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Happy Thanksgiving and More

Posted: November 22, 2017 in AVC Men's Basketball

It has been a busy week at our household getting ready for Thanksgiving.  Family coming in to celebrate from as far away as Warsaw, Poland.  We pickup up our daughter at the train station last evening as she arrived early to help Libby in the cooking.  We are looking forward our celebration.

Other people are heading back home to celebrate all of the things we have earned and have been given over the past year with their family and friends. JJ Moorer, superstar shooter stopped over at Antelope Valley College this week to pick up his AA degree.  Currently he is red-shirting at Northwestern Oklahoma State  University where he is working toward his BA degree and his Masters Degree.  He will start playing there starting next year in his last two years of his university basketball edibility.  Great work young man.

Diploma pick up

A wish of a special thanksgiving to family, the Antelope Valley College players, their family and coaching staff.  We thank God for everything we have and all of our opportunities in the future.

A month or two ago, I warned the AVC fans that their team’s schedule in pre-season was going to be brutal!   AVC was taking on the best of the best in SoCal and the team members were going to have to learn quickly and play well in all aspects of the games, including rebounding and defense.

AVC has been competitive in all of their games this year especially on the offensive end of the court.  Individuals have stood out, D’Mauria Jones and Osi Nwachukwa, are playing D-1 level basketball in every game.

The key for AVC’s success in the rest of the season is that all team members learn from playing the best teams and become as consistent in their roles every game.  Rebounding and defense must be the first thing the players think about when they wake up and when they fall asleep.  If that occurs, the Marauder’s will start putting more wins on their record.  With the rest of their schedule coming up just as tough as their first 7 games, it is imperative that all team members step up now on both ends of the court.

The key question yet to be answered is, “Can this talented group of players put it all together as a team to win basketball games against top teams?”

The following is a overview of AVC’s loss against #2 East Los Angeles yesterday afternoon;

In the third place game of the tournament, Frank Bertz was a perfect 9 of 9 from the floor including six threes and had 24 points and Roderick Williams added 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as 2nd ranked East Los Angeles (4-1) overcame a five point halftime deficit and crushed 13th ranked Antelope Valley 83-67 to take home third place. D’Mauria Jones had 18 points and Osi Nwachukwu added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the loss for Antelope Valley (3-4).



East LA 70 verses  San Bernardino Valley 94

I called this game a toss-up based on East LA’s outstanding performance/deep talent against Riverside.  It was a completely difference story last evening as home team San Bernardino Valley dominated ELA from the tip off on.  If SBVC plays with the skill and consistency they did last night, few teams will have a chance against them.

Cerritos 66 verses Ventura 74

Looks like Ventura College is improving rapidly early in this season as they won the Irvine Valley College Tournament by shocking undefeated Cerritos.



SAN BERNARDINO – D’mauria Jones led the Marauder men’s basketball team with 28 points, but it was not enough as West LA defeated AVC, 93-86, at the San Bernardino Valley College Tournament, Saturday evening.

AVC will face East LA for third place in the tournament after the Huskies fell to host San Bernardino, 94-70, in the other semifinal game.

Both teams shot the ball well as West LA was 50 percent for the game while the Marauders were 48 percent, however, the Wildcats were 47 percent from 3-point range, something AVC head coach John Taylor said his team has to do a better job of defending.

Julian Payton finished with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists and Osi Nwachukwu added 17 points.

1 pm, Game I, Miramar JV verses Mount San Jacinto College

MSJC should win this game going away by 30+ points.

3 pm, Game II, Riverside verses Grossmont

This could be an interesting game.  I give Riverside a 7 point win IF, they are able to shake off their first loss of the season by blow out.

5 pm, Game III, AVC verses West LA

West LA with a better  record(WLA 4-2, AVC 3-2) looks to be further along in building their team potential.  AVC is going to have to step up their game especially in defense, rebounding and taking good shots, to win this game.   I give this game a toss-up rating.

7 pm, Game IV, East LA verses San Bernardino Valley

Two of the top teams in the state.  ELA with deep, deep talent, size, shooting and undefeated.  SBVC great talent, size, undefeated and most importantly at home. +5 for depth of talent for ELA and +5 for home floor for SBVC.  Its a toss-up!



Although I am attending the San Bernardino Valley Tournament for three days, I must mention that undefeated #1(NoCal) San Francisco City College was hammered last night by 9th ranked Sequoias (3-1)(NoCal) who won their third straight game with a 80-63 win.  That will scrabble things up in the ranking up north.

Now lets go to the SBVC tournament first day outcome.  This tournament is considered to be the top draw for teams this weekend.

AVC 90  Miramar 68

Antelope Valley College  walked into the kickoff game with blind folds on against Miramar Air force JV team who had not played a game this year.  No preparation possible.  AVC found at tip off that Miramar JV team had eight players with the tallest player 6’5″.  AVC immediately ran out to 9-0 lead and the coaching staff started to rotate the starters out.  I was especially happy to see three freshmen, Greg Floyd who had a slow start this year, Jalon Tinnin and Angelo Solis all have breakouts during this game.  AVC will need all of these players to win tough games this year.

Greg Floyd, 15 ppg and 4 rpg

D’Mauria Jones, 12 ppg

Julian Payton,  12 ppg

Angelo Solis, 10 ppg

Osi Nwachukwa, 9 ppg

Jalon Tinnin, ppg 8 and 7 rpg

13th ranked Antelope Valley (3-2) won their second game in a row with a 90-68 win over the Miramar JV.

Although the game got ugly at times, the AVC backup players got a lot of floor time which will help Antelope Valley in the future.  No injuries thank goodness and AVC will face West Los Angeles in the semi finals today.

West Los Angeles 74  Mt San Jacinto 58

In an unexpected run-away  game, Corey Jackson had 20 points and 6 rebounds and Prince Obeni added 17 points and 11 rebounds as West Los Angeles (4-2) picked up a 74-58 win over Mt. San Jacinto (2-5). Davon Sanders had 15 points and C.J. Hyder added 11 points in the loss for the Eagles. Mt. San Jack is working hard to put together a talented group players.

East LA 93 Riverside 71

Two undefeated teams, ELA(#2) and Riverside(#5) loaded with talent, looked to have a  battle to the end.  The first half was competitive but ELA crushed Riverside in the second half.  Frank Bertz scored 20 points and Roderick Williams added 16 points and 7 rebounds as 2nd ranked East Los Angeles (3-0) cruised past 5th ranked Riverside 93-71 to advance to the semi finals tomorrow.  Ugly second half.  So far, ELA has the deepest talent I have seen this year.

San Bernardino Valley 77 Grossmont 44

Another run-away as the home team(#1 Ranked) brutalized(#11) Grossmont.  San Bernardino (4-0) got 13 points from Kevin McNeal and Craig LeCesne added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Wolverines cruised past 11th ranked Grossmont 77-44. Bryce Parsons had 11 points in the loss and was the only Griffin player in double figures.



Thu. 16,  at West Hills Coalinga,  L, 85-72, Final

#8 ranked Fullerton College beaten on the road at unranked West Hills Coalinga College.

AVC heading out today to the San Bernardino Valley College Tournament and at 1 p.m. will be taking on Miramar JV.   Hi energy practice yesterday.