The Team We Were Expecting All Year

Posted: February 19, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, coach, conference, Playoffs
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“This is the team that I was expecting all year.” said head coach John Taylor.  AVC is big, talented and at least till now, soooo inconsistent especially in defensive energy.  Could it be that this team now decided its playoff time and it must win or they are done?

The group that decides on the playoff teams and their schedule meets on Monday and we will find out who where AVC fits.  Stay tuned. 


AV College men explode on offense

By: Brian Golden


LANCASTER – Attorneys should only make the kind of closing argument the Antelope Valley College basketball men did Saturday.

Demonstrating their maddening inability to maintain intensity this season was the exception, rather than the rule, the Marauders raced to a 60-29 halftime lead and went on to 116-74 blowout of Glendale College on Newton Chelette Court at Marauder Gym.

AVC (5-4, 18-10) didn’t get tacos for the program’s biggest scoring outburst in 19 years, and highest since putting up 120 in the 1994-95 season.

They did make the case they’re the best 5-4 conference team in Southern California and worthy of a ticket to the playoffs beginning next week.

The home uniforms could have read "ACE," rather than AVC, as sophomore center Antone Warren scored a career-high 24 points. With 12 rebounds and six dunks that had Marauder Gym roaring, he took a shot at his first AVC triple-double.

Seven Marauders scored in double figures, including D’Mauria Jones (18), Reggie Byers and Jalen Gill (15), Cory Dollarhide (13) Osi Nwachukwu (12) and Scooter Hall (11).

AVC’s relentless press and trap forced 20 first-half Glendale turnovers, triggering 25 Marauder points.

Gill’s driving layup seesawed AVC In front 10-9 with 16:20 to play in the first half. The Marauders would not trail again.

The Vaqueros (3-7, 13-14) were held scoreless for stretches of four minutes and 5:23 in the first half.

A 42-11 surge by AVC made it 50-30 with 5:32 left in the first half.

Serigne Athj, Glendale’s top scorer at 20 points per game, collected three early fouls and watched most of the blowout from the bench.

Athj and Dom Gullu shared GCC scoring honors with 18 points each.

AVC will find out its playoff fate after seedings are announced Monday.

bgolden@avpress.com

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