Murder’s Row Today at the AVC

Posted: December 2, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, AVC Tournament, Poll, Pre-Conference
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1:00 PM

FullertonBakersfield
Fullerton                              Bakersfield

3:00 PM

LA HarborSan Bernardino
LA Harbor                        San Bernardino

 

5:00 PM

MiraCostaVentura
MiraCosta                             Ventura

7:30 PM

Rio HondoAntelope Valley
Rio Hondo                       Antelope Valley


When you follow a JUCO basketball team, even an elite team,  you must prepare yourself for lots of unexpected ups and down.  Last year for example AVC was undefeated rolling into the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament which they won and went all they way to 13-0…the last undefeated team in the State.  They ended up their year in the State Elite 8.

This year, they started out with a stumbling 1-4 record but, they have won their last two games beating ranked John TaylorRiverside handily winning the Consolation Championship at the San Bernardino Valley tournament and making up for their loss to Riverside in the Ventura Tournament. 

Many coaches and fans believe Coach Taylor has put together the toughest pre-conference tournament of the year with five of the eight teams, San Bernardino, Fullerton, Bakersfield + Ventura and Rio Hondo who just missed state ranking this week all having a shot at the State Tournament.

Looking at this murder’s row, it looks like AVC has little chance to advance in the tournament but I know two things that may impact that expectation;

  1. AVC is at home.
  2. AVC is a completely different team since their last loss to Palomar College.  Much change has occurred.

AVC is taking on a tough well coached 6-2 Rio Hondo who is in every game and believes they can run over the unranked AVC.  Should be a interesting game at 7:30 pm.2016-17 Team2


AVC tournament tips off today

By: Brian Golden

Antelope Valley College will formally dedicate its first new floor in Marauder Gymnasium in 60 years, and try to use it as a launch pad, in the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament tipping off today at 1 p.m.

The Marauder Men, off to a 3-4 start, meet Rio Hondo in the final first round game at approximately 7 p.m.

The game will be preceded by formal ceremonies dedicating the new floor, which honors Newton Chelette, AVC’s Hall of Fame coach and former athletic director.

From 1989-2006, Chelette led the Marauders to 16 straight playoff appearances, 10 conference titles and AVC’s first two state final four appearances since 1964.

He was named Coach of the Year seven times, and produced a future NCAA scoring champion and NBA Draft Lottery pick in Isaiah “J.R.” Rider.

As athletic director, Chelette, who retired from the college in May, spearheaded the bond issue that refurbished Brent Carder Marauder Stadium and transformed the Marauder athletics complex

To honor Chelette, his former college coach at McNeese State in Louisiana, Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars is flying in from Detroit for the occasion.

Dumars, along with Jerry West and John Elway the only three men in American professional sports history to win world championships as both Finals MVP’s and executives, will first assist Chelette on the bench as an assistant coach for Paraclete’s game in the Rosamond boys basketball tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Long known as “The Toughest Eight-Team Tournament In California To Win,” the 65th Marauder Men’s Basketball Tournament is packed with state championship contenders.

Fullerton, ranked 13th in California, takes on 19th-ranked Bakersfield in the tournament opener at 1 p.m.

At 3 p.m., L.A. Harbor meets undefeated San Bernardino Valley, the state’s No. 1 ranked team. The Wolverines are seeking their third Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament championship in four years.

The third quarterfinal game at 5 p.m. matches Mira Costa and Ventura, which beat AVC 74-67 in Ventura on Nov. 5.

In six of the last 13 years, the team entering the Gregg Anderson Memorial with the best record went home after Saturday’s semifinals.

In winning their tournament for the 14th time last December, the Marauders handed SBVC its first loss of the season. In 2012 and 2013, it was AVC carrying the high ranking into the tournament and being a footnote by Sunday’s championship game.

AVC lost three of its first four games in tournament play this season after opening the season with a 95-81 victory over Orange Coast in the Ventura Tournament.

The Marauders have won two straight. In the consolation bracket of the San Bernardino Valley Tournament, they bounced back from a 73-71 loss to Grossmont with victories over Barstow (80-61) and Riverside (79-71).

The tournament is named for Gregg Anderson, a generous AVC basketball benefactor.

The Rancho Vista developer, who was among the first 10 season ticket holders in Los Angeles Lakers history when they moved from Minneapolis in 1960, died in December, 2009.

bgolden@avpress.com

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