Top Teams Win Championship Games

Posted: January 5, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Pre-Conference
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We now know that AVC can play defense for a half of a game.  When they decided to play shut down defense in the second half of the basketball game, AVC shut down a red hot home team to 2-14 for 3-point and 21% over all.  There defensive prowess led them to out score MiraCosta 40-23 in the second half. 

Five AVC players scored in double figures;  Cory Dollarhide=16, Dee Jones=14, Antone Ace Warren 13, Jailen Gill=11 and 13 rebounds, Osinachi Nwachukwu=11. 

I must mention PG Charles Hall who only scored eight points but, all eight points were from the free throw line…8-8.  Absolutely key points in win. 

The championship game tomorrow, 4 p.m.- against Bakersfield, is the kind of games that top teams use their defense to win.


OCEANSIDE – The Marauder men’s basketball team trailed at halftime, again, but outscored host Mira Costa College, 40-23, in the second half en route to a 78-69 victory, Wednesday night at Mira Costa College.

Cory Dollarhide led AVC (11-6) with 16 points in only 22 minutes and was one of five different Marauder players in double figures.

"We’re starting to turn the corner, but we have to get better at our shot selection and discipline. We turned the ball over nine time in the first half and we’re down eight, but in the second half we played much better defense," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "We have to sustain that for 40 minutes, not just at times. We’re focused on trying on trying to get this championship tomorrow. They’re a good team, but I think our depth will help us."

The Marauders will face a familiar foe in Bakersfield College in the championship game on Thursday afternoon. The Renegades (13-7) defeated No. 8 ranked San Diego City College on its way to the championship.

AVC’s defense held the Spartans to only 2-of-14 from 3-point range in the second half and only 21 percent shooting.


Marauders to play in MiraCosta title game

OCEANSIDE -The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team has a chance to play for its first tournament title of the season after defeating MiraCosta 46-38 in the MiraCosta Tournament semifinals on Wednesday.

It’s the second tournament championship game of the season for the Marauders (11-6), who lost in their own tourney final in December.

AVC was down 46-38 at halftime, but came back strong to outscore MiraCosta 40-23 in the second half.

"We shut down their 3-point shooting," AVC coach John Taylor said. "We started getting the ball inside, using our size. … Just much better defense overall."

Cory Dollarhide led the Marauders with 16 points and Jailen Gill had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and added five assists.

AVC’s Osi Nwachukwu picked up 11 points with six rebounds, Antone Warren added 13 points and D’Mauria Jones scored 15 points off the bench.

The Marauders will play Bakersfield College in the championship game today at 4 p.m.

– MERISA JENSEN, AV Press

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