AVC Not to Be Stopped Last Night…AVC by 20

Posted: January 28, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

I don’t complain about officiating in this blog very often as nearly all of them do well on a tough job.  Sure they make a mistake once and awhile but who doesn’t?  It usually balances out.  Last night however, the third official did not show and the remaining two officials really had a miserable time calling the game.   Luckily for them, Glendale had 8 fouls called them in the last 90 seconds of the game when they fouled AVC in hope they would miss the foul shots.  Final thoughts on this.  Officiating is a tough job and last night the third ref was desperately needed.

With that, AVC won by 20 points with the foul issue and lost of one of their stars Osinachi Nwachukwa early in the first half.  Thanks you David Nurse for the photo’s.

AVC overcomes fouls to top Glendale

By: Brian Golden…AV Press


LANCASTER – The 138 has an annoying habit of taking the charge at this time of year.
The latest proof was the scheduled third official for the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball game vs. Glendale who spent the evening on the side of the road somewhere east of Palmdale.
With one second left in the first half, there were twice as many fouls called against the Marauders as against the Vaqueros, and only one point separated the teams.
So D’Mauria Jones reenacted his buzzer beater that knocked off Victor Valley a week ago, only this time for three points.
The visitors never got closer than three points in the second half of what became an 86-66 AVC blowout at Marauder Gym.
“I called (assistant athletic director) Cindy Vargas to contact Newton (Chelette) to see if he could get us a third official,” said AVC coach John Taylor.
Even better, Chelette himself walked in.
With a 21-9 foul differential, Taylor and the officials were exchanging hostilities every time down the floor.
Then someone approached Chelette, the Paraclete coach who became a California JC Hall of Famer building AVC basketball into a cultural rite between 1989-2006. AVC led 44-41 at the time.
When Chelette departed just under five minutes later, the Marauders led, 55-41.
Jones rebounded misfires by Julien Payton and Surako Follings Jr. for four of his AVC-high 28 points. Greg Floyd stuck back another misfire and Payton connected for a three-ball from the wing to elicit a GC timeout with 9:21 to play.
Floyd, the Marauders’ center, played a marvelous floor game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal.
Payton and Angelo Solis, who canned 3-of-5 from downtown, finished with 11 points each.
Beloved backup big man Jesse Burns scored eight points and claimed four rebounds, two steals and two assists on a night when teammates Jalon Tinnin and Solis fouled out amid the blare of whistles.
“The key tonight was shutting down their long-range game,” Taylor said after Glendale went 2-for-24 from the arc in the second half, and 8-for-34 overall for the game. “It always comes down to defense.”
Serge Athj led the Vaqueros (2-3, 9-13) with 19 points.
Former Highland stars Chris Daniels (19 points) and Dominic Gully (10) made effective homecomings. They scored 18 of their combined 29 points in the second half.
“Glendale lit up some pretty good teams this season,” Taylor said, “so this is a nice win for us.”
Osi Nwachukwu pinwheeled directly onto his back and butt chasing a rebound with 10:41 left in the first half.
He played on before retreating to the bench in pain. He was able to walk the handshake line and exit to the locker room afterward under his own power.
The Marauders (14-11, 4-1 Western State Conference) will travel to Barstow on Feb. 3.

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