AVC Plays El Camino’s Running Game and Breaks Records

Posted: December 2, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball

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By: John Sanders(Antelope Valley Press)

LANCASTER – It was more like a track meet than a men’s basketball game.
And if you blinked once you might have missed it.

The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team nearly short circuited the scoreboard at Marauder Gymnasium as it dismantled El Camino College, 148-99, Friday night on Newton Chelette Court in the opening round of the 66th Annual Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament.

“This week we did not run one offensive set in practice. All we did was practice for (El Camino’s) press,” AVC head coach John Taylor said. “I still think we need to be more disciplined, but we did what we had to do. It’s nice to come home after all the games on the road that we’ve had. There’s something comforting about it. It’s a slow process, but we’re getting better.”
D’Mauria Jones led the Marauders (4-4) with a career-high 39 points on 18-of-21 shooting. At times, Jones looked like an acrobat from Cirque du Soleil as he converted several off-balance shots and converted them into 3-point plays.
“We played uptempo like they wanted to do, but we were the better team,” said Jones. “We’re more of a half court team. Tonight we wanted to show the home crowd what we’re about. I just tried to make it exciting for them.”
Jones did.
Especially in the first half when he connected on four dunks off fast breaks in which he got behind the Warriors lackluster defense. He finished with six dunks on the night.
Following one of Jones’ dunks, the Marauders slowly ran away from El Camino, which uses an uptempo style of play, giving them a 17-8 lead only a few minutes into the game.
The Marauders led 27-16 in the first five minutes of the first half, as El Camino tried to hang tough with its ability to shoot the three. However, AVC put its foot to the gas and promptly went on a 22-6 run over the next five minutes of the game giving it a 49-23 lead.

“We knew they were going to play (sloppy) basketball, so we had to make sure we played good basketball. This was a good bounce-back victory for us,” AVC’s Greg Floyd said. “We actually lost to them in the summer league so we made sure we didn’t this time. I thought we did a good job running back and forth with them. I think we still have to do a better job defending the three.”

The Marauders allowed 14 3-pointers in the first half as the Warriors shot nearly 52 percent from beyond the arc, however, AVC’s defense was stingy in the second half and El Camino (2-6) didn’t nearly have as much success as it only connected on four. The Marauders shot a blistering 71 percent for the game, many coming on high-percentage shots including fast break dunks and uncontested layups

Floyd finished with a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Julian Payton added 19 points as AVC’s starters shot 84 percent on 42-of-50 shooting.
“I thought in the second half once we went to our man defense, we defended them a lot better,” Taylor said.

A bucket by Floyd late in the first half gave AVC a 72-41 lead then Angelo Solis netted a 3-pointer further distancing the game 76-46 with 3:30 remaining in the first half. Floyd capped the run after a missed shot in which he grabbed the offensive rebound and flushed it with two hands.  AVC led 86-59 at halftime.

The Marauders will face De Anza College in the semifinals tonight at 7 p.m. The Dons held on for a 93-85 victory against MiraCosta College.

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