AV College bows out of state

Posted: March 10, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, State Tournament

An exciting season came to an end last night.  AVC took on the biggest, deepest and the most talented team they had seen this year.  San Francisco was a beast. 

With only one player back from last year’s elite 8 team…Cory Dollarhide…who did not play last night due to a hamstring injury, it was a season of putting a completely new team together.  With a 22-11 final record, AVC fans rode the ups and downs of a very young team learning learning to play together.  I believe that if you asked the AVC coaching staff if they expected to make the State Tournament, they would have looked at me and said, “This Year?”  

Finally, six freshmen are with solid playing experience at the highest level JUCO level are eligible to return.  Add some solid new players and here come the State Tournament again?

By: Alex Vejar

LIVERMORE – The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals of the California Community College Athletic Association State Tournament in a 74-54 loss to No. 1-ranked San Francisco on Thursday at Las Positas College.

"I think we learned a lot this season," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "Our guys kind of grew up. It was great to get here."

AVC’s D’Mauria Jones led the way for the Marauders with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting off the bench, while Jailen Gill added 12 points and Charles Hall had 10.

The Marauders kept things close in the opening minutes of the first half, but San Francisco went on a 10-0 run for a 17-6 lead with 12:31 left in the half. AVC pulled to within three with 6:08 left in the first 20 minutes, but allowed San Francisco to extend its lead to nine going into halftime.

San Francisco blitzed the Marauders with a 14-3 run in the first 5:01 of the second half, building a 49-29 lead. AVC never recovered, and trailed by as many as 26.

AVC shot 39.3% from the field, and 5 of 15 from beyond the arc. San Francisco shot 51.7% from the field.

San Francisco’s Armani Collins scored a game-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

Coming into Thursday, the Marauders had won four straight games, which consisted of a whopping 42-point win over Glendale and the three postseason victories it took to get to the final eight.

On Saturday, AVC edged Citrus College on the road, 74-71, with a 3-pointer by Reggie Byers with only 2.2 seconds remaining in the game. Byers had 17 points that night, and the Marauders notched their first win over Citrus this season.

AVC on Feb. 25 put a hurting on No. 2-ranked Saddleback in Round 2, winning 79-67 over the Gauchos behind Cory Dollarhide’s 19 points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. The Marauders led by 10 at the half.

The Marauders came away in an 89-80 win over Santa Monica on Feb. 22 in the first round. Jailen Gill led AVC against the Corsairs with his double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds.


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