AVC drops tourney finale

Ventura uses strong 2nd half to top Marauders

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JOHN SANDERS/Valley Press Sports Correspondent

Defense — Antelope Valley College’s Elie Ghomsi (23) tries to defend a Ventura player from behind during the final game of the 67th annual Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament on Sunday.

LANCASTER — It wasn’t quite the auspicious ending to the annual Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament that the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team had hoped for.

After a one-point loss on Friday against Santa Monica, the Marauders won a thrilling game on Saturday against Rio Hondo.

So AVC seemed to be on a high.

It took that high for all of the first half and some of the second against Ventura.

Unfortunately, the Marauders had a poor shooting night overall and the Pirates took advantage, defeating AVC 71-60 on the final day of the tournament, Sunday evening at Antelope Valley College.

“I thought we started out good and we were able to get good shots, but then it seemed as if we couldn’t score which led to the avalanche,” AVC head coach John Taylor said. “We have a lot of stuff to work on. We’re committing too many mental errors.”

The Marauders (3-6) led the majority of the first half and were clinging to the lead early in the second. That was short-lived as Ventura (6-4) tied the score 40-40 with 13:17 remaining.

Former Quartz Hill player Lamont Landers, who attended AVC until he transferred to Ventura, was a thorn in the Marauders’ side. The former Rebel was 5-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 20 points.

After the Pirates eventually took the lead 45-44, Landers netted a 3-pointer to give his team a 48-44 lead. The Pirates used an 11-2 run, including another 3-pointer by Landers which gave Ventura a 53-46 lead, its largest lead at the time.

Following two free throws by Surako Follings, the Marauders stayed close 53-48, however, Landers hit his third consecutive 3-pointer extending the lead to 56-48 with 8:04 remaining.

As a team, the Pirates hit 12 3-pointers and shot 42 percent for the game. One of the Achilles’ heels for AVC has been the ability to guard the 3-pointer. It gave up 12 against Rio Hondo and nine more to Rio Hondo players and we have two in the loss to Santa Monica.

“We show signs that we’re doing well, but then we shoot ourselves in the foot,” Taylor said. “We have a lot of you  players out and we’re starting to feel that. We’re going to have to get better and start improving quickly or this season will get away from us.”

A bucket by the Marauders’ Dion Troupe kept AVC within striking distance, only trailing 58-54. On the ensuing possession, AVC played solid defense having run the shot clock down to two seconds, but Ventura was able to score and extend the lead to 60-54.

“They hit some big 3’s and our shots just weren’t falling. We have to get back to the basics,” said Follings, who finished with 12 points. “I think we have to communicate more and get more physical. This is a very disappointing loss. This one hurts.”

The Marauders shot only 28 percent from 3-point range, connecting on only five. They were 34 percent from the field overall.

After missing a shot, the Pirates seemingly put the game away following a fast-break layup to extend the lead 62-54.

“Our shots weren’t going in, but we kept pushing. We tried our best,” said AVC’s Elie Ghomsi, who led his team with 16 points and eight rebounds. “We beat them in their house and we wanted to save our home court. Anything can happen and we have to learn from this.”

Ventura led 3-0 after scoring the first basket and the Marauders promptly used a 10-0 run to take a 10-3 lead. AVC led most of the half before the Pirates tied the score, but the Marauders gained a little momentum following a thunderous baseline dunk by Stephon Bell. AVC led 34-31 at halftime.

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Antelope Valley College was looking to head into overtime after DionTroupe tied up the game 74-74 with 1.6 seconds left.  Saved from another last second loss.
AVC put on a full court press and Roco Follings, Jr tipped the inbound pass, grabbed his own tip and drilled a 17 footer to win at the buzzer! The AVC team and the home crowd exploded!  The four game losing streak was over.
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Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament | AVC 76, Rio Hondo 74

Follings hits game-winner for AVC

LANCASTER — Another last-second flurry.

Another buzzer.

Saturday night, it was sweet music.

Dion Troupe drove into the lane for a pull-up jumper to tie the game 74-74.

Then Rock Follings, Jr. stole the inbounds pass and buried a 17-footer to lift Antelope Valley College to a thrilling 76-74 victory over Rio Hondo College on the second night of the 67th Annual Gregg Anderson Memorial  Tournament at Marauder Gymnasium.

The circumstances were an eery replay of Friday night vs. Santa Monica, when one AVC shot was blocked, a rebound caromed awry and Troupe’s  buzzer-beater found nothing but twine, but was waved off in the final :05.

Big man Elie Ghomsi led AVC with 13 points and nine rebounds. Julian Payton okayed another silky floor game with 12 points, three assists and a pair of crucial steals.

Follings and Stephon Bell each scored 11, and Bell tolled relentlessly on the fiberglass with  a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Marauders (3-5) missed 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch Friday and failed to shut down the driving  lanes to the basket.

When they trailed the ‘Runners  68-64, Coach John Taylor applied  all-court pressure that finally wore down RHC, which only used seven players.

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ced over turnovers in the last  90 seconds, and this time Payton, Troupe  and Follings delivered key baskets at the other end off  those turnovers.

Elijah McElroy led Rio Hondo (2-7) with a game-high 19 points. Bryan Howing canned 4-of-7 from downtown to register 15 points, and forwards Uziel Felix and Jonathan Martinex combined for 27 points.

AVC will conclude tournament play at 5 p.m. Sunday vs. Ventura College. The Pirates (5-4) won their second straight game by overmatching Mira Costa, 73-58.

Santa Monica held off San Bernardino 83-80 to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

An 11-point halftime lead was just big enough for the Corsairs  to withstand a 51-point second half by the Wolverines.

SMCC again used a balanced scoring attack. getting 16 points apiece from  Teddy Parham and Lucas Zemen, 11 each from Jordan Wilson and Kyle Young, and 13 points from Leandrew Knight.

San Bernardino’s  Brandon Thompson led all scorers with 20 points.

Seven-foot-1 center Roman Silva  had 18, and  Nathan Pendarvis was the only other Wolverine to score in double figures, with 12.

Sunday’s action tips off at 1 p.m. with Mira Costa (5-4)  taking on Santa Monica.

College Basketball | Santa Monica 86, AVC 85

Marauders lose close one to Santa Monica

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Photo courtesy of AVC

Leader — Antelope Valley College’s Julian Payton led his team with 17 points in an 86-85 loss to Santa Monica at the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament on Friday.

LANCASTER — Free throws aren’t always free.

They proved very costly for Antelope Valley College in its opener of the 67th Annual Gregg Anderson Invitational Tournament.

The Marauders made only 4-of-10 free throws in the last three minutes and fell to Santa Monica College, 86-85 on Newton Chelette Court.

Rubbing salt into the wound, AVC had three cracks at the basket in the final 18 seconds.

One was blocked, another misfired and the buzzer precluded Dion Troupe’s tip-in from counting.

“Our free throw shooting made it closer than it needed to be there at the end,” said AVC coach John Taylor, whose team slipped to 2-5 on the season. “Our plan was to take it right to them, because they had a tendency to foul.

“Sure enough, we shot 32 free throws, but only made 17. We left 15 points on the table in a game we lost by one.”

Conversely, the Corsairs (4-3) executed beautifully on offense. When AVC pressed, and later trapped, SMCC moved the ball expertly and found one player after another open for a layup.

Showing remarkable balance, Teddy Parham, Jordan Wilson, Leandrew Knight and Kyle Young shared scoring honors with 15 points each. Daisone Hughes added 10.

AVC burst to a 22-13 lead in the game’s first 11 minutes as defensive pressure produced five turnovers that led directly to 10 points.

The visitors clawed back to lead 39-37 at halftime.

The teams were tied five different times before Santa Monica sank four consecutive layups in the final three minutes.

Julian Payton, the only Marauder to make two consecutive free throws down the stretch, finished with an AVC-high 17 points.

Stephon Bell worked mainly inside for 16 points and 11 rebounds, Elie Ghomsi had 15 points and Surako Follings Jr., 14. Gianni Brown scored 11.

AVC will play Rio Hondo, a 79-76 winner over Mira Costa, today at 7 p.m.

The reconfigured round robin format also pits Santa Monica and San Bernardino at 3 p.m. today.

Ventura, a one-point winner over San Bernardino in a game in which the Pirates trailed by 18 and did not take their first lead until the final minute, will meet Mira Costa at 5 p.m.

AVC Tournament Begins Today

Posted: November 30, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

Antelope Valley College enters its home tournament a hungry team.  Sporting a 2-4 record with three straight losses, AVC is hoping  the home court will turn their start around.  AVC is playing tonight against SoCal 15th ranked(CCCAA) Santa Monica at 7 p.m.

Antelope Valley Tournament

November 30
Rio Hondo vs. MiraCosta, 3 P.M.
San Bernardino vs. Ventura, 5 P.M.
Santa Monica vs. Antelope Valley, 7 P.M.

December 1
San Bernardino vs. Santa Monica, 3 P.M.
MiraCosta vs. Ventura, 5 P.M.
Rio Hondo vs. Antelope Valley, 7 P.M.

December 2
MiraCosta vs. Santa Monica, 1 P.M.
Rio Hondo vs. San Bernardino, 3 P.M.
Ventura vs. Antelope Valley, 5 P.M.

See you at the game tonight.

 

Final…AVC San Bernadino

Posted: November 17, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

It looked like AVC  ran out of gas at the beginning of 2nd half and AVC was down by 20. Then they caught fire and lost by 8.

Battle royal!

WLA Shocks ELA 67-61

Posted: November 17, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

ELA came out tired and flat in the first half and were behind 15 at half time.