The AVC Fans Have Expectations and They Were Not Met!

Posted: February 15, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

I was walking out of the AVC Gym last evening just after the men’s team was crushed 90-73 by Citrus.  The AVC fans were in shock as this is the time of the year they are planning to attend their team’s  play off run.   “Did AVC run any plays tonight one said?”  Another said, “I think its been 20 years since AVC got beat that bad at home.”  “Where are the AVC three point shooters this year?”

AVC always wins 20+ games.  AVC was in the elite eight State Tournament in the last two years.  The fans have expectations.  Losing by 17 at home is not one of them.

With one game left in the season for AVC, I have a feeling that the AVC’s coaching staff is not going to have any time off this year.  They  will be putting their foot to the peddle in doing some serious recruiting  to replace their four sophomores and to improve the team’s depth dramatically.

Why do I say that?  If you think AVC fans hate to lose, you should see how much the coaching staff hates to be embarrassed.

Marauders fade in 2nd half versus Citrus’ depth

By: Brian Golden…AV Press

LANCASTER – Championship Wednesday was making a comeback after the Citrus women cancelled Valentine’s Day Marauder ladies night.  The Antelope Valley College basketball men took a 33-31 lead over Citrus on Julian Payton’s three from the corner off Greg Floyd’s setup with :13 left in the first half.  Then Citrus proceeded to demonstrate why they are ranked fifth in Southern California, and ninth in the state.

The Owls came out with an 8-0 blitz behavior the second half was 90 seconds old and never looked back in a 90-73 victory that clinched the Western State Conference East title.  Citrus (8-1, 25-4) had its bench outscore the AVC reserves, 31-5.  “We were able to hang with them for 20-25 minutes, said AVC coach John Taylor. “But this is a 40-minute game, and they wear you down with their depth.  ‘They spread you out, and they always have four outside shooters on the floor. They are clearly the best team in our conference.”

The setback for AVC (6-3, 16-13) marked the first time the Marauder men and women both lost on the same night in Marauder Gym since Jan. 23, 2013.  The Marauders crew got back to within 50-46 when D’Mauria Jones rebounded a Payton misfire.  Citrus then went on an 8-2 run, with Kyle Gray’s baseline drive plus a free throw and a more conventional trey from the arc making it 60-48.  The Marauders went 5:34 between field goals, by which time the Owls were comfortably in command, 69-55.

Ten players figured in the Citrus scorebook, led by point guard Jeremy Smith’s 24 points. Austin Clarke and Miles Crawford combined for 29 points of bench scoring, and Gray finished with 10 points.  The Owls went 17-for-27 (63 percent) from the floor in the second half, including 7-of-16 from downtown.

“They keep the pressure on you with their depth,” Taylor said. “Everyone knows we’ve been dealing with depth challenges that I”m not used to this season.’
Smith led the Marauders with 25 points.Payton scored 16, Osi Nwachukwu added 14, and Floyd finished with 11.

AVC closes out its regular season schedule at Glendale with Taylor’s streak of 17 straight seasons of 19-or-more victories in jeopardy.

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