AVC’s Perfect Record at Home at Stake

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

Displaying 829_6314.jpgAVC is perfect at home with a 9-0 record. A win for AVC on Wednesday will give them a perfect 10-0 at home for the year. 

The final game left at home on Wednesday, 17 February 2016, AVC will be taking on Santa Monica College to whom they lost to on the road by nine points.  AVC will need to put on the defensive pressure to pull out the win as they did against Bakersfield. 

The story below is from the AV Press on yesterday’s win against Bakersfield. 

Marauders get upset win against Bakersfield

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – The score glowed there above the Marauder Gym hardwood like a nightmare marquee.

Bakersfield guard Jamelk Riviere had slashed through the Antelope Valley College defense with ease for a game-tying layup.

At 68-all with 6.4 seconds to play, the score glared like a street sign pointing to overtime.

Then something else floated in midair: AVC forward Gregory Wesley.

Eschewing a timeout, Marauder point guard Jalen Etienne raced the inbounds pass up the floor and found Wesley coiled to launch for a lob.

The pass was delivered perfectly, the ball dropped gracefully through the nylon with 1.8 seconds left, and AVC had a thrilling 70-68 upset of the state’s 12th-ranked team.

The Marauder Men improved to 9-0 at home this season.

"Jalen and I have been playing together since the seventh grade in Dallas," Wesley said. "Nobody had to say anything. We both knew what we had to do."

The Marauders (21-5, 7-5) knew what they had to do with three games remaining: convince the Southland COA powers that they’re not the team that somehow lost to three schools with losing records.

Wesley finished with a sweet 16 points, making 8 of 11 shots. Etienne scored six of his 10 points after AVC trailed 57-51with 6:48 left.

Etienne connected from the top of the key to make it 57-56 then found the range along the baseline and slashed down the lane for a driving layup putting AVC up 65-62.

"He’s so fast, he didn’t leave us any time to think about a timeout after they tied it 68-68," said AVC coach John Taylor. "We haven’t been executing well lately, so it wouldn’t have been easy to inbound the ball against a bigger team if we did call the timeout, anyway.

"The ball was in the right hands, and Jalen made the right play."

AVC was led in scoring by Joseph Moorer, who finished with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting. He made five straight jumpers to keep the Marauders in the game when BC (22-4, 11-1) jumped out to an 11-point lead 6:36 before halftime.

Etienne, Brandon Wade and Chris Martin combined for 24 points out of the AVC backcourt. Martin drilled his only field goal of the night, a cold-blooded three that tied the game at 51 with eight minutes to play.

"Coach has a lot of faith in his guards," Etienne said. "There late in the game, he just told me to be more aggressive offensively. That was certainly the plan with (6.8 seconds) left.

"We weren’t going to wait around for a timeout."

Bakersfield’s touted center, Deandre Dickson, didn’t disappoint the half-dozen college recruiters on hand to see him. The 6-foot-10 Renegade led all scorers with 20 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Riviere had 18 points and James Pendleton came off the bench to contribute 12 points for BC, which missed a shot to clinch the Western State South title outright.

"Obviously we can’t lose to any more teams with losing records," Taylor said. "In this game we had stretches where we played like we did in those losses.

"But when it counted, we played great against one of the best teams in the state. I know we can play like this in the tournament. Now we have to take this momentum forward and prove it."

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