Root Canal Pain, “Chief” Home, Readying for Top Team

Posted: February 11, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, coach, Medical

It definitely was a mixed bag yesterday for AVC basketball.  I have been nursing a sore tooth for a week and finally headed to the dentist yesterday and as I feared, I have an abscessed tooth that needs a root canal…hurray!  On antibiotics and periodic Motrin and decided to skip the AVC game against LA Valley last night.  Speaking of the LA Valley game, as I reported, AVC went down by double figures on the road. 

On the good side, I heard from Kashiff “Chief” Williams who was back home after his knee surgery and is talking about getting something to eat and being happy the surgery was over.  Glad to hear from him. 

Finally, AVC has two days to prepare for conference leading Bakersfield(7 straight wins)  who has basically wrapped up the conference title with a three game lead with three games remaining. It will be interesting to see if AVC will dig deep this Saturday and protect their unbeaten record at home against a team that beat them on the road by 21.

Here is the article on the game from DR at

LA Valley 78, Antelope Valley 66

Michael Morrissey scored 21 pts while Guillermo Blas and Taturs Maberry each scored 15 to lead LA Valley to a 78-66 upset of #14-ranked Antelope Valley Wednesday night in WSC-South play in Valley Glen.

LA Valley (10-13, 6-5) erased a 6-point deficit with a 17-2 run late in the first half and, after seeing an 8-point lead disappear in the second half, the Monarchs pulled away late for the win.

The score was tied at 53 when Morrissey hit a jumper with 8:45 left to give LA Valley a lead it would hold the rest of the way. Antelope Valley (20-6, 6-5) was just 5 points back after Jalen Etienne made a 3-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 2:14 left, but that would be as close as the Marauders would get.

Maberry scored off a pass from Isaiah Cooper to give Valley a 66-59 lead. AVC had a chance to get closer, but Nevell Lenard missed a pair of free throws with 1:15 left. After that, Antelope Valley resorted to playing the foul game. But Morrissey and Maberry each made 6 free throws in the final 1:05 to seal the win for the Monarchs.

Early on, Antelope Valley held a narrow lead of between 1 and 6 points for the first 15 minutes of the game. LA Valley trailed, 24-18, before going on a 17-2 run to take the lead. A 3-pointer by Blas gave the Monarchs their first lead of the game at 28-26 with just under 5 minutes left in the first half.

Morrissey completed the run with 2 free throws with 1:28 left in the half to push LA Valley’s lead to 9 points at 35-26, and the Monarchs led, 37-29, at the half. Etienne started the second half with a three for AVC, but the Monarch lead was still 8 at 42-34 when the Marauders called timeout with just under 16 minutes to go.

On the restart, Antelope Valley went into a fullcourt press, and it paid immediate dividends as the Marauders rallied to take a 48-47 lead less than three minutes later. Kenneth KJ Moffett scored off a pass from Chris Martin to put AVC ahead, 48-47, with just over 13 minutes left.

But then LA Valley called a timeout, presumably to adjust its press-break, and the AVC run ended. The teams traded the lead several times until Morrissey’s jumper gave the Monarchs what turned out to be the lead for good with 8:45 left.

Morrissey led all scorers with his 21 pts, taking advantage of his free throw opportunities by making 13 of 14 foul shots. Maberry had 15 pts and a game-high 16 rebs, while Blas came off the bench for 15 pts on 5 three-pointers. Matthew Boudreaux also came off the bench and posted a double-double with 12 pts and 11 rebs. Cooper had a very strong all-around game with 10 pts, 8 rebs and 7 asts.

For Antelope Valley, Martin had a huge game with 16 pts and a game-high 8 asts. Etienne also scored in double digits with 12 pts, and Cory Dollarhide came off the bench for 11. Greg Wesley had 8 pts, a team-high 8 rebs and a game-high 4 blocked shots.

The result leaves both LA Valley and Antelope Valley tied with Citrus for 4th place in the ever-competitive WSC-South. But for AVC the recent slide continues as the Marauders have now gone 7-6 since opening the season with 13 straight wins.

One crazy year. 

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