Four Game Skid For AVC Ends on Miracle Steal/Shot

Posted: December 2, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball
Antelope Valley College was looking to head into overtime after DionTroupe tied up the game 74-74 with 1.6 seconds left.  Saved from another last second loss.
AVC put on a full court press and Roco Follings, Jr tipped the inbound pass, grabbed his own tip and drilled a 17 footer to win at the buzzer! The AVC team and the home crowd exploded!  The four game losing streak was over.

Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament | AVC 76, Rio Hondo 74

Follings hits game-winner for AVC

LANCASTER — Another last-second flurry.

Another buzzer.

Saturday night, it was sweet music.

Dion Troupe drove into the lane for a pull-up jumper to tie the game 74-74.

Then Rock Follings, Jr. stole the inbounds pass and buried a 17-footer to lift Antelope Valley College to a thrilling 76-74 victory over Rio Hondo College on the second night of the 67th Annual Gregg Anderson Memorial  Tournament at Marauder Gymnasium.

The circumstances were an eery replay of Friday night vs. Santa Monica, when one AVC shot was blocked, a rebound caromed awry and Troupe’s  buzzer-beater found nothing but twine, but was waved off in the final :05.

Big man Elie Ghomsi led AVC with 13 points and nine rebounds. Julian Payton okayed another silky floor game with 12 points, three assists and a pair of crucial steals.

Follings and Stephon Bell each scored 11, and Bell tolled relentlessly on the fiberglass with  a game-high 16 rebounds.

The Marauders (3-5) missed 6-of-10 free throws down the stretch Friday and failed to shut down the driving  lanes to the basket.

When they trailed the ‘Runners  68-64, Coach John Taylor applied  all-court pressure that finally wore down RHC, which only used seven players.

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ced over turnovers in the last  90 seconds, and this time Payton, Troupe  and Follings delivered key baskets at the other end off  those turnovers.

Elijah McElroy led Rio Hondo (2-7) with a game-high 19 points. Bryan Howing canned 4-of-7 from downtown to register 15 points, and forwards Uziel Felix and Jonathan Martinex combined for 27 points.

AVC will conclude tournament play at 5 p.m. Sunday vs. Ventura College. The Pirates (5-4) won their second straight game by overmatching Mira Costa, 73-58.

Santa Monica held off San Bernardino 83-80 to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

An 11-point halftime lead was just big enough for the Corsairs  to withstand a 51-point second half by the Wolverines.

SMCC again used a balanced scoring attack. getting 16 points apiece from  Teddy Parham and Lucas Zemen, 11 each from Jordan Wilson and Kyle Young, and 13 points from Leandrew Knight.

San Bernardino’s  Brandon Thompson led all scorers with 20 points.

Seven-foot-1 center Roman Silva  had 18, and  Nathan Pendarvis was the only other Wolverine to score in double figures, with 12.

Sunday’s action tips off at 1 p.m. with Mira Costa (5-4)  taking on Santa Monica.

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