Things just seem to be getting worse for the Big West Conference.  A second team in the conference(U of Hawaii and UC Northridge) is now headed to three years of probation.  Can things get worse for the Big West?

NCAA punishes CSUN men’s basketball program

LOS ANGELES – A former Cal State Northridge director of basketball operations acted unethically when he committed academic misconduct for and provided impermissible academic benefits to 10 players on the men’s team, according to a decision issued Wednesday by the NCAA.

Lior Schwartzberg, whose first season on the job was 2009-10, denied completing coursework or providing impermissible benefits to the players, according to the NCAA. However, the Division I Committee on Infractions panel didn’t find him credible.

Matadors coach Reggie Theus wasn’t found to be responsible for his school’s director of basketball operations.

The NCAA report said the university failed to investigate and monitor the activities of Schwartzberg.

Penalties include three years of probation, a one-year postseason ban for the men’s basketball team, vacating records in which the players participated while ineligible, and a five-year show-cause order for Schwartzberg.

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The 5-5 Antelope Valley College Men’s BB team who lost their tournament championship game after leading by 12 in the second half this weekend is in for a tough week.  Finals week is finally here and all-nighter’s are on the agenda.   Add to that a very unsatisfied coaching staff/team who may have gone through one of their most strenuous practices of the year on Tuesday

AVC is taking on 4-7 College of the Canyons on Friday at COC at 7 p.m. and I have no clue how AVC will look by then.  College of the Canyon’s is shooting 40% from beyond the arc and will probably play a packed zone to test how AVC’s long range shooting is doing.

Not much more to say other than, if AVC is going salvage this season, its time for them to start on Friday.   A quick reminder to the team;  Its much tougher to get recruited to the next level from a losing team than a winning team and grades are just as important.  This is college basketball men. 

The Antelope Valley College’s basketball team is one of the more talented teams in the state sporting size, shooting, athleticism and defensive energy. Why is it then that they have a 5-5 record in the first 1/3 of the season?  Inconsistency.  When the shooters are hot, the Bigs are in foul trouble in the first five minutes of the game.  When Bigs are dominating, the shooters couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.  The freshmen wings often have had to step up and carry the team on their back.  Can you imagine what this team could do if whole group played up to their potential in a complete game?

So what is the future 2/3 of the season going to look like?  If the coaching staff can get all this talent to to play consistently, its going to be a lot of fun in the next 20+ game.  That is the key. 

I predict that something will “click” with the team…don’t know what that will be…but things will fall into place.  Winning basketball games is so much more fun than being losers.  The look on the AVC players faces after their loss to Fullerton in the championship game said it all.  Could it be this loss was  the “click” that will turn the consistency switch on for the Marauders?

Looking at AVC’s record, they have won 4 of the last five games including beating two teams that they lost to in their first tournament.  Good sign.  Waiting for the click.

Consistency is the key for the future.


829_1676In the championship of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament, Fullerton beat AVC 71-66 to take home the championship on Sunday evening. D’Mauria Jones had 22 points and 9 rebounds and Osinachi Nwachukwu added 16 points in the loss for Antelope Valley (5-5).

Early foul trouble on AVC’s Bigs, Jallen Gill and Antone Warren, slowed AVC’s ability to win the Championship game last evening.  Add to that, AVC continued to osihave ice cold shooting from beyond the arc(26%) and the free throw line(63%)

AVC led in the second half by as much as 12 points but lost concentration on the defensive end and let Fullerton back into the game.  Freshman Dee Jones and Osi Nwachukwa carried the scoring and defensive load for the Marauders along with PG Charles Hall who took 4 charges in the game. 


AVC falls to Fullerton in final

By: John Sanders

LANCASTER – Following a 3-pointer from Osinachi Nwachukwu the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team seemed to be in complete control after taking a 12-point lead with 16 minutes remaining in the championship game of the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament.

Unfortunately for the Marauders, 16 minutes was just enough time for Fullerton College to mount its comeback.

AVC went on a 6-minute drought without a field goal in the second half and the Hornets took complete advantage as they climbed their way back into the game and held on for a 71-66 come-from-behind victory against the Marauders Sunday evening at Marauder Gymnasium.

It was Fullerton College’s first championship in the annual tournament, hosted by AVC, since 2005 when it defeated Moorpark College.

AVC, which captured the tournament title last season by defeating San Bernardino Valley College, has not won back-to-back tournament titles since 1967-1968.

"I thought in the first half we weren’t playing that great, but we were hanging tough," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "I thought for about 28 minutes we played really good basketball, but for that other 12 minutes we played so poorly and we still had a chance to win. When you start playing marquee teams you can’t take off possessions."

The Marauders (5-5) led 32-30 at halftime and opened the first four minutes of the second half on a 13-3 run following Nwachukwu’s 3-pointer, giving them a 45-33 lead. AVC led 48-38, but tournament MVP Nick Anderson drilled a 3-pointer and was fouled. Anderson’s free throw conversion trimmed the lead to only 48-42.

That gave the 13th ranked Hornets (7-2), which knocked off the state’s top ranked team San Bernardino on Saturday night, much needed momentum.

Later in the half as the Marauders struggled shooting the ball, Fullerton scored five consecutive points, which included a stretch in which AVC turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions, and took its first lead of the game since 2:15 remaining in the first half. That capped a 20-7 run by the Hornets.

From then on, the Marauders continued to struggle. Fullerton’s Ian Fox connected on a deep 3-pointer which gave his team its largest lead of the game, 64-54, with 5:46 left.

"In the first half we were executing and in the second half we started playing their game," said Nwachukwu, who finished with 16 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting. "We started paying attention to the score and then we started doing our own thing. We just have to keep playing like we don’t have the lead. This is a learning experience for us and a stepping stone."

AVC used a 10-3 run of its own later in the half and a bucket by D’Mauria Jones cut the Hornets lead to 67-64 with just under three minutes remaining. The Marauders trailed 70-66 with 38 seconds left and forced Fullerton to commit a turnover, getting the ball back. However, a 3-point attempt by Cory Dollarhide missed and Fullerton was able to preserve the victory.

"We lost focus out there," said Jones, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds and was named to the All-Tourney team. "We were supposed to keep after them. It’s disappointing, but we have to let this one go. I thought for 28 minutes we played excellent basketball."

The Hornets took a 23-15 lead late in the first half, but the Marauders were able to chip away at that lead. With the help of an acrobatic shot by Jones which turned into the old fashioned 3-point play, AVC tied the score, 25-25, with a little more than two minutes remaining.

A 3-pointer by Reggie Byers gave AVC its first lead since early in the first half at 28-26. The Marauders led at halftime 32-30. They were able to hold onto that lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half until Fullerton mounted its comeback.

"If you think about it we’ve won 80 percent of our last five games (after a 1-4 start)," Taylor said. "I thought we gave them some easy baskets. These types of games can only help us. These are the teams we want to play."

MiraCosta 46 LA Harbor 36  Halftime score

MiraCosta a step too fast for LA Harbor. 

Final—- MiraCosta 92  LA Harbor 76


Before the AVC tournament started, people following JUCO basketball were saying it might be the toughest eight team tournament of the year.  The #1 only undefeated team in the state,  San Bernardino Valley, looked to run away with the tournament.  Then there was the #11 team in the state, Fullerton who was taking on #19 *Bakersfield.  Both teams were expected to be in the Consolation or Championship game.  Add to that two up and coming teams ranked in some polls and sporting great records;  Ventura and *Rio Hondo.  The up and comers!  Finally there were three teams that were thought to not have a chance to win any games at all and were heading out after two big losses.  Antelope Valley College,  LA Harbor College and MiraCosta.  The duds. 

Boy have things blown up from the experts predictions…kinda like the presidential election…LOL.  Instead, here are the finals in the AVC tournament;

1 pm LA Harbor MiraCosta Consolation Championship
3 pm San Bernardino Ventura Third Place Game
5 pm AVC Fullerton Championship Game

* Rio Hondo and Bakersfield with two straight loses headed home.

LA Harbor looks like a team that is really coming on strong and a team to watch.

MIraCosta without its head coach…sabbatical…with only 8 players, playing hard and as a team.

San Bernardino outstanding team but playing 9 games in 10 days are testing depth of team. 

Fullerton is a TEAM and must be considered to be the favorite to win it all now.

Ventura an excellent team who can beat anyone on any given night depending on their shooting.

AVC the shocker of the tournament.  Fans keep asking me “Where did this team come from?”  Keep in mind AVC has only one player who returned and the the coaching staff had to completely rebuild the team, much of it in the last two weeks.  Now that the AVC team is playing with energy on both ends and with confidence, AVC is not yet at full potential, but  it is a team that should not over looked.  Can a team win three straight games as an under dog?

AVC got its revenge a second time, this time by beating a tough Ventura.  Ventura was one of four teams who beat a early struggling AVC who had only one returnee.  AVC took its revenge several weeks ago against ranked Riverside as well.  It looks now as if the Marauders are getting close to being called a TEAM at both ends of the court.  AVC won going away 76-67 overcoming its ice cold three point shooting with intense defense and dominating the middle and the boards. 

When AVC puts together that smothering defense, dominating paint play and shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, AVC will be the team they were building this year. 

I missed David Rogahn this tournament.  DR passed away at a young age of a heart attack and when I looked at Dave’s seat he always had at the AVC tournament, it was empty.  He didn’t come over at half time to tell me how good a NoCal team was he had seen or tell me about his thoughts on UCLA’s win over Kentucky.  I really missed him and JUCO basketball is poorer for his  loss. 

AV College reaches final

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – It wasn’t the shoes. But it might have been the floor.

The Antelope Valley College men nearly matched their win total of the season in 26 hours, coming from behind to defeat Ventura 76-67 Saturday night to reach the final of the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Marauder Gym.

The Marauders will meet 13th-ranked Fullerton in quest of its second straight tournament championship today at 5 p.m.

D’Mauria Jones scored 24 points and Jailen Gill came off the bench to add 18 for AVC (5-4). Both players made key defensive plays in the game’s final 5:16 when AVC outscored Ventura 16-7.

Gill blocked a layup attempt that turned into a fast break layup at the other end and Jones made three steals and scored seven points when it mattered the most.

Ventura (7-5), which beat AVC 74-67 on the coast Nov. 5, got 10 points from Calvin Young and 12 from Vida Faniel. No other Pirate scored in double figures.

Ventura will take on No. 1-ranked San Bernardino Valley in the third place game at 3 p.m. today.

Gill furnished 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to go with his 18 points. Osinachi Nwachukwu scored 12 points and Cory Dollarhide and Antone Warren each scored 11 points.

"This shows how much we’ve improved from the last time we played Ventura," said AVC Coach John Taylor. "To go 3-for-16 from three and still win by nine?

"That’s the sign of a team that finds ways to win when it isn’t shooting the ball well."

Ventura shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half. They were outscored 41-30 after the intermission when they made just 9-of-29 shots (31 percent).

"And they can really shoot the heck out of the ball," Taylor said. "It shows how tough our defense was.

"I guess now we have to talk about protecting this floor, not just this house."

In the eight tournament games thus far, the team with the inferior record is 8-0.

Top-ranked San Bernardino Valley and No. 13 Fullerton played a thriller in the first semifinal.

The Hornets jumped to 10-point lead at halftime, but the unbeaten Wolverines steady clawed back into the game until forging a 72-all tie with 15 seconds to play.

Dillon Reise drove and was fouled with 5.6 seconds to play. He made one free throw. Ja Morgan drove the lane at the buzzer, but his layup attempt went awry, for SBVC’s first loss of the season (7-1).

LA Harbor will play Mira Costa in the fifth place game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Seahawks (1-6) got their first win of the year in a 67-63 surprise of No. 19 Bakersfield. Donal Hughes canned 13-of-20 for the floor to lead LAH with 28 points.

Mira Costa (4-6) beat Rio Hondo 82-69, with four Roadrunner players scoring more than 11 points.