Below Freezing Weather But AVC Red Hot!

Posted: December 3, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, AVC Tournament
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Not expected to win a game in its own “murder’s row tournament” based on ranking/record, AVC shocked Rio Hondo College who was going for its 5th straight win and state-wide ranking.   Instead, AVC who started 1-4, attacked Rio Hondo immediately and toward the end of the game, led by as much as 32 points.

The 87-61 win showed the “major surgery” that the AVC coaching staff  had to implement on the AVC team “on the run” looks like it had it’s hoped for therapeutic effect.

Led by point guard Charles Hall who handed out 11 assists and put in 7 points, D’Jones(10 points/6 rebounds),  Ace Warren(17 points/9 rebounds), Christian Solis(11 points/3 assists) and Osi Nwachukwa (12 rebounds/7 points)and  Jailen Gill(16 points/8 rebounds.)

 

At 7 p.m. tonight AVC is looking forward it “revenge match” against Ventura College who whipped AVC two week-ends ago.  AVC .500(4-4) must be considered the under dog again tonight against Ventura. 


AV College shells Rio Hondo in round 1

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – For one brief interlude, there threatened to be some suspense in Antelope Valley College’s opener in the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament.

Rio Hondo had scored 14 straight points to pull within 36-27.

Then Marauder sniper Cory Dollarhide retreated to the wing and pulled the trigger.

Swish.

He got three points, standing on three words – Newton Chelette Court.

AVC never looked back, leading by 32 points before posting an 87-61 victory atop the floor formally dedicated before the game.

The margin of victory nearly matched the 27 years Chelette spent transforming the Antelope Valley College sports landscape as a Hall of Fame basketball coach and athletic director.

"There was no way we were losing this game when we just dedicated Newton Chelette Court," said AVC coach John Taylor. "Newton helped me get this job coaching the men’s team. I owe him so much.

"It was nice to see our guys play as hard as they did. That was a hallmark of Newton’s teams."

AVC shot a scorching 53.5 percent from the floor in squaring its season record at 4-4.

Antone Warren dominated inside with 17 points and nine rebounds. Jailen Gill pounded Rio Honda (6-3) with 16 points, six of which came on thunderous dunks on backdoor lobs.

Solis connected on 3-of-7 from the arc among 11 points, and D’Mauria Jones added 10. Charles Hall choreographed the new floor masterfully with 11 assists.

"We struggled with our shot selection early," Taylor said. "But I was proud of the way we moved the ball and shared it, with 19 assists. Early in the season, we might get seven assists in a game."

The Marauders meet Ventura Saturday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of an AVC loss at Ventura a month ago.

The other semifinal at 5 p.m. pits unbeaten and top-ranked San Bernardino Valley and No. 13 Fullerton.

The defending Gregg Anderson Memorial champions jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the game’s first three minutes.

Back-to-back treys by Hall and Solis made it 31-10 with eight minutes left in the first half.

Taylor, the only active coach in California Community College basketball to take both a men’s and women’s team to the State Final Four, encountered a few raised eyebrows at the 3-4 start he brought into Marauder Gym.

"We only have one starter back from last year, so we’re still learning," Taylor said. "We traveled all over Southern California playing in tournaments in November. Believe me, there’s no gym that has the hometown pride ours does.

"Absolutely, we have a home court advantage here. This is just what our team needs to get things going."

In first-round action earlier Friday, 13th-ranked Fullerton edged No. 19 Bakersfield, 62-60. Ian Fox led all scorers with 27 points.

San Bernardino Valley, the state’s top-tanked team, trailed 30-28 at halftime against L.A. Harbor. The Wolverines responded with a 52-point second half to improve to 8-0 with a n 80-67 victory.

Backcourt running mates Ja Morgan and Brandon Jolley each scored 15 points to lead SBVC.

Ventura built a 16-point halftime lead and coasted to an 83-74 decision over Mira Costa. Vida Faniel and Calvin Young shared scoring honors for the Pirates (7-4) with 19 points.

Fullerton and San Bernardino Valley will meet in the first semifinal today at 5 p.m.

bgolden@avpress.com

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