17-2(3-1) AVC Wins To Take Over Conference Lead

Posted: January 17, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, coach, conference

Dollarhide1Trailing most of the game…up to 13 points…things did not look good for AVC.  Especially being dominated in the paint—LA Valley 59-30 rebounding—the coaching staff in the second half went back to what worked in the first 16 wins;  four guards and wing.  AVC energy level and defense exploded and forced LA Valley into 22 turnovers. 

Five AVC players scored in double figures;

  1. Cory Dollarhide, 18
  2. Chris Martin, 14
  3. Jalen Etienne 14
  4. Kashif Williams, 12
  5. Joseph JJ Moorer, 12

The next two weeks will be key for AVC’s run for their third straight conference championship.  The Marauders will be on the road three of four games against;  Santa Monica, Bakersfield, Glendale(all tied for first place with AVC and home against COC.


The following is a note in the AV Press about the game.

AVC men 82, L.A. Valley 80 (OT)

The Marauders men’s basketball team (17-2, 3-1) rallied from a 13-point second half deficit and stayed atop the Western State Conference (South) Division standings.

It looked as though the Monarchs (6-10, 2-2) had control of the game with a 71-65 lead with 1:53 remaining in the second half. AVC’s Cory Dollarhide (18 points) hit a 3-pointer, which trimmed the lead to 71-68. A steal by Dollarhide seconds later and a layup on the other end cut L.A. Valley’s lead to 71-70.

The Marauders’ Chris Martin was fouled with 37.4 seconds remaining. Martin (14 points) converted one of two free throws to tie the score. L.A. Valley was unable to score and the game went into overtime.

Trailing 74-73, Dollarhide was fouled and the 93-percent free throw shooter hit all three of his free throws, giving the Marauders a 76-74 lead in overtime. The Monarchs evened the score later in overtime, 80-80, with a couple of free throws.

Dollarhide hit two more free throws to give AVC the lead. On L.A. Valley’s ensuing possession, Dollarhide blocked the Monarchs’ Michael Morrissey (the state’s second leading scorer), giving the Marauders the ball back.

Jalen Etienne missed a 3-point attempt and L.A. Valley had one last chance. But the Marauders’ pressure defense forced the Monarch’s into their 22nd turnover of the night as time expired, sealing the victory.

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