AVC Drops Out of First Place

Posted: February 5, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, conference
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3-pointers spell defeat for AVC men

By: Brian Golden


LANCASTER – All night, even when the Antelope Valley College men led by as 14 points late in the first half, something seemed, well, off.

Something wasn’t right.

This wasn’t the Barstow team the Marauders had already beaten twice, by an average of 14 points.

Worst of all, it wasn’t those same Marauders, either.

Down 83-75 with 3:10 to play, the Vikings hit four straight jumpers, three of them from the three-point arc, to stun AVC 89-85 in Marauder Gym.

Charles Hall’s driving layup was all AVC (4-1, 17-8) had to show for the final 3:10.

The Marauders’ Jalen Gill was assessed a curious technical foul on Hall’s basket. and Jordan Rogers-Garcia converted one of the two free throws for an 87-85 lead.

AVC’s last gasp expired when Greg Dishman stole the ball and went coast to coast for the dagger layup with 9.9seconds to play.

Barstow(10-11, 3-2) made 12-of-24 3-point tries in the second half.

Will Pierce led Barstow with 20 points. He and Rogers-Pierce combined to nail 7-of-14 shots from downtown.

Five Marauders scored in double figures, led by Gill with 16, Hall with 15, Oso Nwachulwu with 14, Reggie Byers with 13 and Cory Dollarhide with 11.

After the Marauders took that 42-30 halftime lead, Barstow came out trapping and pressing in the second half. AVC committed 14 turnovers in the second half, and a stunning 24 in the game.

"We have struggled against pressure all year, for some reason," Hall said. "I don’t know what it is, but pressure always gives us trouble. And it shouldn’t, at this point in the season."

The Marauders out-rebounded Barstow43-28 and shot better from the floor (46.7 percent)

But the turnovers triggered a 59-46 Vikings scoring advantage in the second half.

The visitors turned the 24 turnovers into 27 points

"I think we started looking ahead at halftime," Hall said. "We were making too many mistakes, we missed dunk and layups tonight, and we didn’t take care of the ball as well as we needed to. We really didn’t correct those problems when we had to in the second half."

bgolden@avpress.com

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