AVC’s(16-1) Bench Steps up in Win Against Citrus

Posted: January 10, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, conference

829_0715With less than six minutes left in the first half, AVC was down 39-21 to Citrus.  AVC was playing its small quick team and was being dominated in the middle by the bigger Citrus players.  Add to that, Citrus was shooting 65% from beyond the arc.  The Citrus players and fans were already wrapping up the game as a win and were trying to figure out how to celebrate this big upset. Libby looked over to me and said, “We need to get AVC within 10 by halftime.”   AVC made a run (17 points in 5 minutes and 17 seconds to pull within 12 points at halftime;  50-38. 

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The AVC coaching brain trust went to work at half time.  They finally had three players available that AVC has not been able to use consistently in the last 6 weeks;  Ryan Wright, 6’6”, 235, Kashiff Willams, 6’5”, 249 and Keshaun Mack, 6’4”, 190.  These three players changed Citrus’s ability to dominate the post and forced them into much more difficult shots  in the second half.

With 1136 left in the second half, AVC took over the lead, 65-63.  A little used statistic, “bench points” was very telling in this game.  AVC’s bench put in 56 points verses 12 for Citrus.  Leading the “bench brigade”, freshman Cory Dollarhide, dropped in 6-9 (67%)three balls, two deuces and two key late free throws to lead AVC with 24 points. 

The following is a short note from the Antelope Valley Press about the game.

AVC rallies in second half to beat Citrus

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point halftime deficit and defeated visiting Citrus College 97-89 on Saturday night.

Corey Dollarhide led the Marauders with 24 points off the bench. Dollarhide shot 6-for-9 from 3-point range and had four rebounds.

J.J. Moorer scored 13 points and had two assists, while K.J. Moffett pitched in 11 points and Kashif Williams added nine off the bench to go along with five rebounds.

AVC shot 19-for-28 from the floor in the second half as opposed to 12-for-31 in the first half. The Marauders also shot 15-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half, as well as 6-for-10 from the 3-point area.

AVC coach John Taylor said the second half was much better for the Marauders.

"We just did a lot better job," he said. "We took better shots. We got to the basket more. We got to the line better the second half.

“We just did a better job” Taylor said. 

He added he liked the way his team didn’t give up against the Owls.

"I thought for us getting down like that, we were bending, bending, but we never broke," he said. "We played more of our game."

AVC is on the road on Wednesday at West LA College at 7 pm. 

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