Sky Opened Up in AVC… 95-56

Posted: January 19, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball

The sky had opened up in the high desert just as it has in the last six weeks.  No, I’m not talking about all the rain we have had but I am talking about the great shooting decisions leading to a rain of scoring for AVC last night. 

Sometimes when you go against a team that is shooting well and playing high energy defense the whole game, you write it off as just one of those nights.  AVC added to its statewide leading field goal shooting percentage; 50.3%. and to its 4th ranking of 3FG% of 39.0%. 

FG% 58.1 / 3FG% 52.2 / FT% 84.6 

Its great to be taking/making good shots but AVC’s improvement from the first part of the season is its consistent high energy defense.  This has led to AVC’s 15-6 record with 7 straight wins. 

AV College men mow down Valley

By: John Sanders…Antelope Valley Press
LANCASTER – It wasn’t the fact that LA Valley College was mentally and physically fatigued from its upset victory against conference favorite Citrus College last Saturday evening when it travelled to Antelope Valley to face the Marauders.

It certainly wasn’t that.

The simple fact: AVC is a much better team.

It showed too.

The Marauders (15-6, 2-0) jumped out early and kept their foot on the gas as they had no trouble with the Monarchs cruising to a 95-56 victory, Wednesday night at Marauder Gymnasium.

"In the first half, on both ends offensively and defensively, I thought we played really well," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "And I thought we could have even played better and that’s the scary part. In the second half we didn’t play as well. I thought we had too many turnovers (in the second half). We got a little careless. You have to fight human nature because you get comfortable (with big leads)."

While the Marauders jumped out of the blocks quickly, it was as if the Monarchs didn’t hear the gun. AVC, which has won seven games in a row since a slip up at the Chabot Tournament against Diablo Valley, began the game on an 8-0 run and extended the lead to 16-4.

LA Valley (7-11, 1-1) certainly didn’t look like a team that upset the conference favorite only four nights earlier. As the Monarchs struggled to shoot from the field, the Marauders were having their way. A put back dunk on the offensive rebound by Jailen Gill gave AVC a 20-7 lead. Gill’s dunk help ignite AVC’s 16-6 run which extended its lead to 36-13.

"We’re playing unselfish, just like coach told us to play. We’ve done so much better than we did at the beginning of the season," said Gill, who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. "We’re working harder in practice. We wanted it more tonight. If we start out the game with more energy, things will be fine."

Things went from bad to really bad later in the first half. D’Mauria Jones helped fuel another run by AVC and the Marauders led 53-25 heading into the locker room.

"I thought we executed and played well," said Jones, who led all scorers with 20 points in only 23 minutes. "(Our coaches) stress defense. We went out and did what we had to do."

AVC’s stingy defense forced LA Valley to commit 16 turnovers, while holding the Monarchs to shoot only 36 percent from the field for the game, including holding them to only 1-of-16 from behind 3-point range.

"We consider ourselves the toughest team to play against," Taylor said. "We’ve come a long (since the beginning of the season).

Leading 62-34 and in complete control, AVC used a 27-10 run which turned the game into a laugher as if it wasn’t already. The Marauders led 89-44 at that point.

Later in the half, sharpshooter Cory Dollarhide connected on four of his five 3-pointers during a stretch of about three minutes. Dollarhide, who is coming of a career-high with 26 points in Saturday night’s victory against Barstow, finished with 17 points.

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