Toughness, Shooting and Coaching leads AVC to 14-1 Pre-Season Record

Posted: December 31, 2015 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, Coaches, Pre-Conference
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829_0815 829_0825829_0820829_0834When you shoot 50-59(89.3%) from free throw line in a three game college tournament you are going to win a few games that you might have lost.  Add to that, 40% from beyond the arc and a certain toughness in players that refuse to lose. 

AVC started the year expecting to have one of the biggest teams in the state with a 6’10, 265 center, a 6’9”, 235 power forward and two 6’7” wings.  Dominant team in the middle, master of the rebounds.  Due to injuries and any number of other reasons, not one of these players were available to AVC in this tournament.  Instead, AVC is a team of guards and wings with the “post player” towering at 6’4” wing.  The coaching staff had to do a 180 degree turn in basketball style in the middle of pre-season. 

Playing the second the toughest schedules in Cal JUCO in pre-conference, most coaching staff’s would have just thrown up their hands and hoped for a .500 record at best but not John Taylor’s coaching staff.  In fact, Brian Golden of the Antelope Valley Press said yesterday looking back on the year of sports;

AVC BASKETBALL BRILLIANCE

“Antelope Valley College won the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament, and was one of only 12 undefeated JC teams in the nation when it ascended to No. 1 in the state. John Taylor is the most underrated coach in the Valley. But he seems to like it that way.”

829_0765Two of the biggest top ranked teams in California…San Bernardino Valley and Chabot College…found the tough undersized team from AVC just refused to lose.  Will this continue as AVC enters what many experts believe is the toughest conference in JUCO California?  We will see.

Kashiff Williams, 6’5”, 249, with 7 rebounds, shot 50% from beyond the arc(2-4) is a perfect example of AVC’s toughness.

The following is an article from the AV Press on AVC 14th win. 


AVC rebounds with win over Chabot

HAYWARD – A day after falling to Cosumnes River College for its first loss of the season, the Antelope Valley men’s basketball team bounced back and defeated Chabot College 83-74 in overtime in third-place game of that school’s tournament on Wednesday.

829_0755Free throws made the difference in extra time for the Marauders (14-1) as they made all 12 attempts in the final five minutes, outscoring Chabot 17-8.

"We probably should have won that in regulation," AVC coach John Taylor said. "We missed a late shot and (Chabot) scored."

Jalen Etienne led AVC with 19 points, five assists and three rebounds.829_0689 He was helped out by J.J. Moorer’s 17 points, 15 off them coming from 3-point range.

Cory Dollarhyde scored 12 points, nine of them from beyond the arc, and Chris Martin posted 11 points to go along with five assists.

829_0715Overall, AVC was 12-for-29 from 3-point range, while committing just nine turnovers.

"We’ve really been taking care of the ball," Taylor said. "That really helps."

Taylor added his team was solid staying with829_0738 Chabot through the game.

"I thought we were tougher than (Chabot)," he said. "They’re very big. For us to compete with the and take away their strength of rebounding, I thought we did a really good job."

AVC opens conference play, hosting Glendale at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6.

– SHEL SEGAL

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