AVC Sports 10 Wins After Turning Up Defense at End of Game

Posted: January 4, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Pre-Conference

AVC didn’t play play great defense most of their game against LA Pierce last evening. Leading at half time by 40-36, AVC was shocked by LA Pierce’s red hot shooting at the start of the second half…Pierce hit four 3-balls and three deuces in a row in four minutes.  Due to weak defense,  AVC was looking out of a nine point hole with ten minutes left in the game.  Add to early defensive weakness, AVC had 19 turnovers.

AVC started to scratch and claw on both ends of the court and with two minutes left, AV tied the game.  AVC had great shot selection through out the game, 57.4% overall shooting, 55.6% three point shooting, and 77.8% from the free throw line.  Add to that, AVC out rebounded Pierce by 10.

AVC as usual spread their scoring around with Dee Jones, 17 points and great defense.  Double-Double Ace Warren 16-10, Jailen Gill, 14-9 and 4 assists.  Christian Solis 12 points(4-7 from beyond the arc).  Charles Hall handed out 10 assists. 

AVC is taking on the tournament home team MiraCosta at 6 p.m. today.  With a 7-1 record in the last games and home court advantage, AVC is going to have to turn up their defense and keep their offense rolling to have a chance to win this game. 

By: Ley Press News Servi, AV Press

AVC men’s basketball tops Pierce in tourney

OCEANSIDE -The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team defeated L.A. Pierce 79-75 in the first round of the MiraCosta Tournament on Tuesday.

"We’re just happy to be in the right side of the bracket," AVC coach John Taylor said.

The Marauders (10-6) led by six points at halftime, but Pierce came back to take the lead in the second half. The Marauders battled, got a few key stops and hit some baskets down the stretch to get the lead back. They also outrebounded Pierce by 10.

Taylor said turnovers helped keep Pierce in the game.

"We turned the ball over 19 times and I think that’s what kept the game close," he said.

Antone Warren led the Marauders with a double-double, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, while Jailen Gill just missed a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds and Charles Hall scored six points with 10 assists.

D’Mauria Jones recorded 17 points and four rebounds off the bench for AVC, while Chris Solis went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line to score 12 points off the bench. The Marauders will play the host team MiraCosta in the semifinals today at 6 p.m.

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