AVC to Play the Best JUCO Team in the State For Championship

Posted: December 6, 2015 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, AVC Tournament, Pre-Conference
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The last two undefeated teams in JUCO SoCal basketball will be playing each other for the AVC tournament championship at 5 pm.  San Bernardino Valley is so big that even the Big Ten Conference teams quail at the thought of playing that much size.  That’s not all, their guards and wings are dead eye shooters from beyond the arc.

AVC is going to have its best game of the season from its whole team to tonight.  Play shut down defense every minute of the game. Shoot 75% from the free throw line.  Shoot 45% from beyond the arc.  Block out every play. The AVC Bigs are going to have to step up and play like men.  And most important, play under control every play. 

Expect another big home crowd tonight at AVC.

 


The following article is from the AV Press about AVC’s win last night against LA Harbor and its tight 2-3 zone.


AVC cruises, will play for title

By: John Sanders(AV Press)

LANCASTER – Maybe, just maybe, Antelope Valley College men’s basketball coach John Taylor can relax.

At least for a few hours.

Yeah, right.

His team needed a last second tip-in to defeat Pierce in the opening round of the 64th Annual Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament on Friday night.

On Saturday, AVC had first-half trouble with L.A. Harbor after seeing a zone defense for the first time this season, but exploded in the second half and cruised to an easy 80-59 victory against the Seahawks, propelling the Marauders to the championship game today.

Taylor and the Marauders’ reward by easily defeating the Seahawks? A matchup with undefeated and familiar foe, San Bernardino Valley College, in a battle of unbeatens.

“We haven’t seen a zone defense all season,” Taylor said. “We struggled early with it and then got a little better with it in the second half. It was good for us to see that and good for us to work against that.”

The Marauders (8-0) struggled in the first half after spotting Harbor (2-5) a 7-point lead midway through the period. They were able to keep the game close and finally began to break down the 2-3 zone the Seahawks employed.

imageEnter Cory Dollarhide.

“The only way to stop Cory Dollarhide 3-ball last night was to have a 6’5”, 235 big man pin him to the floor.(Photos by David Nurse)” by Melgru

Dollarhide went in the game and promptly hit a 3-pointer, cutting Harbor’s lead to 22-17.

But Dollarhide wasn’t done.

The freshman from Inglewood netted two more 3-pointers from the corner, which turned a 22-17 deficit into a 23-22 lead – the first of the game for the Marauders – with 8:50 remaining in the first half.

AVC would never trail again.

“Coach was telling us to work on our shot selection more and we were getting easier shots,” said Dollarhide, who finished with 12 points, all of those coming from behind the 3-point line. “When we played Pierce we were struggling a bit. Tonight we calmed down and we were more focused and we got the ‘W.’

“I thought tonight we played better offensively and defensively. We played AVC basketball.”

A 3-pointer by AVC’s Joseph Moorer later in the first half put his team upimage 41-33 with less than 20 seconds remaining. The Marauders led 41-35 at halftime and finished with a total of 10 3-pointers on the evening.

“In the first half I struggled personally, but we kept grinding it out,” said Moorer, who led AVC with 13 points. “In the second half my teammates started looking for me more and I started finishing more.

“It was a good team win. (Today against San Bernardino) we have to step up the intensity. I think we have to continue to keep our foot on their throats when we get teams down.”

AVC held a 51-47 lead with 13:47 remaining in the second half before going on an 18-2 run to take a 69-49 lead. That run included two 3-pointers by Kenneth Moffett and Moorer after the shot clock was winding down.

“I thought we really played more disciplined tonight and that was key because L.A. Harbor is really disciplined,” Taylor said. “We grinded it out and that’s one thing we haven’t been particularly good at.”

Taylor was pleased with his team’s 46-36 rebound advantage against Harbor, but he knows his team is up for a more daunting task against the much larger San Bernardino Valley College, which could be top-ranked team in the state after defeating Saddleback College a few weeks ago.

“I think they’re the best team in the state,” Taylor said.

The Marauders could have faced the Wolverines in last year’s final, but they were upset by the same L.A. Harbor team.

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