AVC’s Season Ends One Game Short of the State Tournament

Posted: March 6, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, Playoffs

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AVC’s loss, 84-78, really showed up how much they missed their injured big men.  Lack of rebounding and no size presence in the middle to stop the Chaffey slashing into the paint kept AVC out of the State Tournament..

With that said, AVC put together a great season(25-7) and the sophomores on the team will be heading off to their next stop a scholarship playing university basketball.

Congratulations gentleman for all the great work you have done this year.  Totally unselfish work.

Marauders’ run ends against Chaffey

By: John Sanders

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – With a little over nine minutes remaining in the South Regional Final game at Chaffey College, it seemed as if the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team was in control following a fast break reverse layup by Kenneth Moffett.

That gave the Marauders a six-point lead and all the momentum.

It seemed.

But it’s the playoffs and the Panthers had the home court advantage.

Nearly every loose ball ended up in Chaffey’s hands and an unlikely candidate for the Panthers knocked down some big 3-point shots, helping propel them into the State Championships with an 84-78 victory over the Marauders on Saturday night.

"On any night those things can happen. Anybody can get hot," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "They had the home court advantage and you’re asking us to do something we haven’t done that well this season, which is win on the road."

Taylor was referring to Panthers guard Brian Beard, a less than 20-percent shooter from 3-point range, who knocked down two deep 3-pointers that helped mount Chaffey’s comeback and keep it in the lead with the shot clock winding down.

The Marauders (25-7) trailed 39-37 at halftime following Joseph Moorer’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. AVC opened the second half right where it left off and took its first lead of the game since midway through the first half following a 3-pointer by KeShaun Mack.

The Marauders built on their lead following a 3-pointer by Cory Dollarhide, giving them a 55-51 lead. A monster dunk over a Chaffey player by Nevell Lenard followed by another from Gregory Wesley gave AVC a 59-55 lead. Moffett’s layup gave AVC a 61-55 lead.

"I thought we ran some good sets," Taylor said. "But I don’t think we really fed off those and they caught fire. But we learned this season never to give up.

"We were only a few plays away from not even being here. I thought we were the better team for 30 minutes of the game. We played really good basketball, but I don’t think we played great basketball."

Trailing, Chaffey (25-6) responded over the next five minutes of the game with a 16-5 run to grab a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. That stretch included seven consecutive points from the shifty Beard, who finished with 22 points.

The Marauders struggled rebounding the ball and the Panthers’ Christopher Edward took advantage. Edward, who averages 11 points and 10 rebounds on the season, had one of his best nights and scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

"The ball just fell their way. Somebody has to lose and unfortunately tonight it was us," said Moorer, who finished with 18 points. "They made their run, but I felt like we were within two possessions. We still have a lot to be proud of."

Chaffey used a 7-0 run in the first half and built a 21-13 lead. The Panthers led by as many as 10 points twice in the first half before the Marauders rallied to cut the lead to only two at halftime.

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