AVC Perfect at Home, $14,347 Raised to Fight Cancer, 22-6 Record

Posted: February 18, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, conference, Fund Raising

Brandon Wade DunkPerfect at home(10-0), a first in history for Marauders! AVC without their point guard for nearly the whole game Jalen Enteinne, who was out with a sprained ankle after three minutes into the game, got tough and moved into second place in conference with a 22-6 record. 

AVC is looks like they finally have learned to play without their four Bigs they lost this year.  Against a much larger Santa Monica team, AVC all-guard team out rebounded them 41-34.  Add to that solid defense especially in the second half and shooting 55%(10-18) from beyond  the arc and 83% from the free throw line, AVC is improving every game.  The following article is from the AV Press about the game.

AVC gets conference win vs. Santa Monica

By: Brian Golden LANCASTER – The year of living dangerously continues for the Antelope Valley College basketball men.

Maybe, for a while.

The Marauders had the lead for a grand total of 90 seconds against Santa Monica College by the time the 3:29 mark in the game glowed on the clock in Marauder Gym.

Then Joseph Moorer took Chris Martin’s pass at the top of the key, rose and cold-bloodedly drilled the three-pointer that officially welcomed all to the Marauder Zone.

Moorer’s dagger put AVC ahead for keeps in an 82-71 victory that enabled the 2015-16 Marauders to become the first team in school history to complete a regular season undefeated (10-0).

After Brandon Baker’s three lifting the Corsairs to a 61-57 lead with 8:50 to play, the visitors only managed two field goals the rest of the way.

AVC’s 25-10 closing argument left the Marauders (8-5, 22-6) in a three-way tie for second place in the Western State South Conference with the season finale at Canyons left on Saturday.

Brandon Wade led the Marauders on offense with 18 points, and on defense with a suffocating surveillance of Baker, who went 1-for-8 from the floor after making his first four 3-point tries.

"We just have a will to win," said Wade, whose team similarly avenged an earlier season loss with clutch play against Bakersfield last Saturday. "I trust every single guy on that bench. We all trust each other.

"No matter what the scoreboard may show, we never think we’re going to lose."

The Marauders had smilier fitful starts against SMC and BC earlier, when they somehow managed to lose four games to conference rivals with losing records.

That wasn’t the Marauder Zone; that was the Twilight Zone.

It turned out to be the learning zone, too.

"Oh definitely,": said Moorer, who went 3-for-5 from the arc enroute to 16 points. "The season is a process, and we had some things to learn from those losses. They were frustrating, but they paid dividends. It showed against two very good teams in Bakersfield and Santa Monica."

Santa Monica (7-6, 18-8) led by as many as 10 points in the first half.

The Corsairs still led by six when Isiah Ajiboye slammed home a Baker misfire with 5:08 left.

But just when the game threatened to go Twilight Zone on AVC, Coach John Taylor came up with his own zone.

A matchup zone. And a full-court press, and a less claustrophobic man-to-man defense.

"It got them out of the rhythm they had in the first half," Taylor said. "The job Brandon did on Wade was exceptional. Our guards really turned it up when it mattered."

Baker led all scorers with 20 points, but he only made 3-of-13 shots after opening with four straight three’s. Michael Garcia, Jr. scored 11 for Santa Monica, which got 10 points each from Nicholas Smiley and Erron Vaughn.

Izayah Doyle, one of the sophomores saluted prior to tipoff, signed off the Gregg Anderson Memorial hardwood with a season-high 12 points and five rebounds. That didn’t include opponents shots he changed or balls he tipped away from SMC’s taller front line.

"He usually comes with his lunch pail and hardhat and never gets a headline for his hard work," Taylor said. "He played his best game of the year when we needed it the most.

"That will to win? You can’t teach that or coach that. But our team has that."

In the halftime Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser effort, $14,367 was raised. Over the last four years, the Marauders’ Coaches vs. Cancer effort has raised more than $75,000.

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