Revenge is Sweet…I Missed Dave Rogahn

Posted: December 4, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2015-16, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Pre-Conference
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AVC got its revenge a second time, this time by beating a tough Ventura.  Ventura was one of four teams who beat a early struggling AVC who had only one returnee.  AVC took its revenge several weeks ago against ranked Riverside as well.  It looks now as if the Marauders are getting close to being called a TEAM at both ends of the court.  AVC won going away 76-67 overcoming its ice cold three point shooting with intense defense and dominating the middle and the boards. 

When AVC puts together that smothering defense, dominating paint play and shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, AVC will be the team they were building this year. 

I missed David Rogahn this tournament.  DR passed away at a young age of a heart attack and when I looked at Dave’s seat he always had at the AVC tournament, it was empty.  He didn’t come over at half time to tell me how good a NoCal team was he had seen or tell me about his thoughts on UCLA’s win over Kentucky.  I really missed him and JUCO basketball is poorer for his  loss. 


AV College reaches final

By: Brian Golden


LANCASTER – It wasn’t the shoes. But it might have been the floor.

The Antelope Valley College men nearly matched their win total of the season in 26 hours, coming from behind to defeat Ventura 76-67 Saturday night to reach the final of the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Marauder Gym.

The Marauders will meet 13th-ranked Fullerton in quest of its second straight tournament championship today at 5 p.m.

D’Mauria Jones scored 24 points and Jailen Gill came off the bench to add 18 for AVC (5-4). Both players made key defensive plays in the game’s final 5:16 when AVC outscored Ventura 16-7.

Gill blocked a layup attempt that turned into a fast break layup at the other end and Jones made three steals and scored seven points when it mattered the most.

Ventura (7-5), which beat AVC 74-67 on the coast Nov. 5, got 10 points from Calvin Young and 12 from Vida Faniel. No other Pirate scored in double figures.

Ventura will take on No. 1-ranked San Bernardino Valley in the third place game at 3 p.m. today.

Gill furnished 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to go with his 18 points. Osinachi Nwachukwu scored 12 points and Cory Dollarhide and Antone Warren each scored 11 points.

"This shows how much we’ve improved from the last time we played Ventura," said AVC Coach John Taylor. "To go 3-for-16 from three and still win by nine?

"That’s the sign of a team that finds ways to win when it isn’t shooting the ball well."

Ventura shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half. They were outscored 41-30 after the intermission when they made just 9-of-29 shots (31 percent).

"And they can really shoot the heck out of the ball," Taylor said. "It shows how tough our defense was.

"I guess now we have to talk about protecting this floor, not just this house."

In the eight tournament games thus far, the team with the inferior record is 8-0.

Top-ranked San Bernardino Valley and No. 13 Fullerton played a thriller in the first semifinal.

The Hornets jumped to 10-point lead at halftime, but the unbeaten Wolverines steady clawed back into the game until forging a 72-all tie with 15 seconds to play.

Dillon Reise drove and was fouled with 5.6 seconds to play. He made one free throw. Ja Morgan drove the lane at the buzzer, but his layup attempt went awry, for SBVC’s first loss of the season (7-1).

LA Harbor will play Mira Costa in the fifth place game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Seahawks (1-6) got their first win of the year in a 67-63 surprise of No. 19 Bakersfield. Donal Hughes canned 13-of-20 for the floor to lead LAH with 28 points.

Mira Costa (4-6) beat Rio Hondo 82-69, with four Roadrunner players scoring more than 11 points.

bgolden@avpress.com

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