More on AVC’s Upset Win Against Saddleback

Posted: November 12, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball

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MISSION VIEJO – Last year it was in the state playoffs. This season it was a non-conference game.  For the second year in a row the Marauder men’s basketball team traveled to Saddleback and upset the Gauchos on their home floor. This time AVC held on for a 56-53 victory over the fifth ranked team in the state, Saturday night.

Saddleback (3-2) led 29-24 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, but the Marauders rallied with a 6-0 to close the half and took a 30-29 lead into halftime.
AVC (2-2) which has blown leads in the second half in losses to Riverside and Palomar, built a 40-31 lead only five minutes into the half. The Marauders maintained their lead midway through the second half following a jumper by Surako Follings. Saddleback mounted a comeback and used a 9-0 run to tie the score, 46-46, with just under eight minutes remaining.

The Gauchos crawled back and took a 51-50 lead with 3:15 remaining in the game. Two free throws by Saddleback helped it keep a 53-52 lead with 1:17 remaining. Jamar Kemp gave the Marauders the lead following two free throws.

“I thought we battled. I didn’t think we battled hard enough in the Ventura Tournament. They’re a team where you have to battle or you’ll lose. It’s a battle of wills,” AVC head coach John Taylor. “It’s a morale booster. Guys have to understand that you’re going to take lumps. I thought we matured a lot from the game itself. Win or lose we would have taken something positive, but it’s just a little sweeter now.”

With 20 seconds remaining AVC’s Osi Nwachukwu missed a jump shot with the Marauders leading 54-53. However, the Gauchos turned the ball over and two free throws by D’Mauria Jones helped seal the victory.  Jones led AVC with 16 points and Kemp finished with 15. The Marauders open the San Bernardino Tournament next Friday.  AVC Basketball Website


AVC men score upset win on the road

MISSION VIEJO – The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team won a non-conference game at Saddleback College 56-53 on Saturday.   The Marauders (2-2) beat Saddleback (3-2), ranked No. 5 in State, in the second round of the state regional playoffs last season.

D’Mauria Jones led AVC with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals and Jamar Kemp had 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.  Kemp gave the Marauders the lead in the final minute with two free throws after Saddleback had taken a 53-52 lead with one minute and 17 seconds remaining on two free throws.  Saddleback turned the ball over in the final seconds and Jones sealed the victory with two free throws.

“The guys hung tough,” AVC coach John Taylor said. “It’s always tough on the road.”
AVC will start play in the three-day San Bernardino Tournament on Friday at 1 p.m.

By: Ley Press News Servi(Antelope Valley Press)

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