D’Mauria Jones…Dominant on Both Ends of Court…Sharing the Wealth

Posted: January 14, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

When you score 30+ points, rip down eight rebound and get the rest of your starters involved to all score double figures and dominate the boards like Dee Jones yesterday, basketball is an easy game.

The first 10 minutes of the game didn’t look like it was going to be that kind of game.  Barstow was hitting all of it shots and AVC dropped down by nine points.  Then AVC turned its energy up and the game become easy.

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Expect every game coming up to have Dee Jones double or triple teamed.  No big problem with that if he shares the ball for easy layups and wide open threes like he did in this game.  The double and triple teams on him just disappear.

By: Alex Vejar…Antelope Valley Press

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team dominated in second shots, leading to a 107-81 win over the Barstow Vikings at AVC in the Western State East Conference opener for both teams.\

The Marauders (11-10, 1-0 WSE) outscored the Vikings (7-11, 0-1 WSE) 27-8 in second-chance points, helping AVC win just its second of its six previous games.  “I think we’re a little more athletic than they are,” Marauders head coach John Taylor said. “They have a lot of foreign players and its a different style of basketball. But I thought, considering that we had lost four out of our last five games, I commend our guys for coming out and putting together a good effort.”

D’Mauria Jones scored a game-high 31 points and had eight rebounds and four assists, while Gregory Floyd Jr. tallied 19 points and Osi Nwachukwu added 16 points and two blocks.  “Obviously (Jones) is a special player,” Taylor said. “He does some good things out there, not only for himself, but for others. When he’s sharing the ball like that and making plays, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”

Will Pierce scored 21, leading Barstow. Paul Vilela added 17 for the Vikings.  The Marauders took their biggest lead of 29 after Floyd made a 3-pointer with about two and a half minutes remaining in the game.  AVC took an 18-point lead early in the second half, but the Vikings pulled within 65-56 with 14:45 remaining in the game. Jones’ steal and one-handed transition dunk gave the Marauders a 73-58 lead.  Barstow closed the gap again with about 10 minutes remaining, but AVC answered again, this time with a 6-0 run to take an 83-68 lead.

The Marauders trailed by nine points early in the first half, but pulled within 23-20 after a 3-pointer. Floyd gave AVC a 30-26 lead with a put-back layup with about eight minutes remaining in the first half.

The Vikings tied the game at 30. AVC, however, went on 20-5 run that culminated with Jones making a 3-pointer with less than two minutes left in the first half. AVC ended the first 20 minutes with a 53-42 advantage after Vikings guard Vilela made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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