AVC, 20+ Wins, Six Years in a Row, AVC Wins Over WLA

Posted: February 7, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2014-15, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, conference

imageRumor has it, that the coaches are going to move 5’10” 180 guard Cory Dollarhide to the post position after leading his team in this game with eight rebounds along with Izayah Doyle.   Yes he also led the team team with 15 points including 4-8 beyond the arc.  His extra hoursimage before practice on the court last week paid off big time.

Jalen Entienne, guard, drilled  a looooong three ball with 0.6 second left on the clock to pull out AVC’s 20th win. 

AVC were ready to play a high energy game last night but, they were a step slow especially in the first half and it was nearly their downfall. 

The following story is from the AV Press.

AVC men win on Etienne’s 3-pointer

By: John Sanders

LANCASTER – It had a playoff atmosphere.

And it was a win the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team certainly needed, but the final play of the game certainly wasn’t drawn up that way.

But they’ll take it.

Trailing much of the entire game, the Marauders found a way to win, much like they have all season. And in doing so, head coach John Taylor won his 20th game of the season for a sixth consecutive year since taking over.

AVC’s Jalen Etienne hit a deep 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining helping propel the Marauders to a come-from-behind 63-62 victory over West L.A. College, a team that defeated AVC already once this season, Saturday night at Antelope Valley College.

"Coach (Taylor) chose to put me in last second and the team had faith in me," Etienne said. "The play was drawn up for Cory (Dollarhide) and he didn’t get it.

"This team just keeps on fighting. A loss would have put us in a bad position to get in the playoffs, so this win actually helped us. I’m comfortable with being in this position. It was a bad win, but sometimes you get those. Hopefully this will give us momentum."

AVC (20-5, 6-4) trailed 53-44 midway through the second half before Dollarhide connected on two consecutive 3-pointers, cutting the lead to 56-50 with 7:32 remaining. Still, the Wildcats (9-12, 2-8) maintained a 59-52 lead with 3:50 remaining.

Greg Wesley converted the old fashioned 3-point play, which cut West L.A.’s lead to 59-55. The Marauders eventually took a 60-59 lead following a drive and score by Etienne, who finished with nine points.

"I was proud of the way the guys hung tough. I was a little disappointed in our energy and execution, though," Taylor said. "Sometimes you have to grind these types of wins out. They (West L.A.) are a tough matchup for us. They’ve played tough in conference all season so there’s no disgrace tonight. When the guys get down, we don’t look at the scoreboard. We talk about possession by possession."

Taylor changed up the defense and decided to full-court press the Wildcats. West L.A. clung to a 62-60 lead with 15.4 seconds remaining, however, turned the ball over to the Marauders.

Taylor drew up a play for Dollarhide, who had already hit four 3-pointers, but the play didn’t go as planned and with the shot clock winding down Etienne calmly drained the 3-point shot.

"I’ve hit many of those shots before," a humble Etienne said with a smile.

West L.A. still had an opportunity to win, but Chris Martin deflected the in-bounds pass as time expired.

"It’s a big win for us against a team whose record isn’t as good. My man J hit a big-time shot," said Dollarhide who finished with a team-high 14 points. "As he released it, somehow I knew it was going in. It was a big-time shot by a big-time player. It seems like getting behind is a trend for us. We trail, but we find ways to win. We definitely need to change that."

AVC had a five-minute drought in the second half before Wesley hit a jumper, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to 42-39 at that point.

"This is just a testament to our program," said Taylor on having six consecutive 20-win seasons. "We’ll take it. It was an ugly win, which was beautiful."

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