Archive for the ‘AVC Men’s BB 2015-16’ Category

Isn’t it great to have two great college basketball teams down here in SoCal???


AVC got its revenge a second time, this time by beating a tough Ventura.  Ventura was one of four teams who beat a early struggling AVC who had only one returnee.  AVC took its revenge several weeks ago against ranked Riverside as well.  It looks now as if the Marauders are getting close to being called a TEAM at both ends of the court.  AVC won going away 76-67 overcoming its ice cold three point shooting with intense defense and dominating the middle and the boards. 

When AVC puts together that smothering defense, dominating paint play and shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, AVC will be the team they were building this year. 

I missed David Rogahn this tournament.  DR passed away at a young age of a heart attack and when I looked at Dave’s seat he always had at the AVC tournament, it was empty.  He didn’t come over at half time to tell me how good a NoCal team was he had seen or tell me about his thoughts on UCLA’s win over Kentucky.  I really missed him and JUCO basketball is poorer for his  loss. 

AV College reaches final

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – It wasn’t the shoes. But it might have been the floor.

The Antelope Valley College men nearly matched their win total of the season in 26 hours, coming from behind to defeat Ventura 76-67 Saturday night to reach the final of the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Marauder Gym.

The Marauders will meet 13th-ranked Fullerton in quest of its second straight tournament championship today at 5 p.m.

D’Mauria Jones scored 24 points and Jailen Gill came off the bench to add 18 for AVC (5-4). Both players made key defensive plays in the game’s final 5:16 when AVC outscored Ventura 16-7.

Gill blocked a layup attempt that turned into a fast break layup at the other end and Jones made three steals and scored seven points when it mattered the most.

Ventura (7-5), which beat AVC 74-67 on the coast Nov. 5, got 10 points from Calvin Young and 12 from Vida Faniel. No other Pirate scored in double figures.

Ventura will take on No. 1-ranked San Bernardino Valley in the third place game at 3 p.m. today.

Gill furnished 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to go with his 18 points. Osinachi Nwachukwu scored 12 points and Cory Dollarhide and Antone Warren each scored 11 points.

"This shows how much we’ve improved from the last time we played Ventura," said AVC Coach John Taylor. "To go 3-for-16 from three and still win by nine?

"That’s the sign of a team that finds ways to win when it isn’t shooting the ball well."

Ventura shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half. They were outscored 41-30 after the intermission when they made just 9-of-29 shots (31 percent).

"And they can really shoot the heck out of the ball," Taylor said. "It shows how tough our defense was.

"I guess now we have to talk about protecting this floor, not just this house."

In the eight tournament games thus far, the team with the inferior record is 8-0.

Top-ranked San Bernardino Valley and No. 13 Fullerton played a thriller in the first semifinal.

The Hornets jumped to 10-point lead at halftime, but the unbeaten Wolverines steady clawed back into the game until forging a 72-all tie with 15 seconds to play.

Dillon Reise drove and was fouled with 5.6 seconds to play. He made one free throw. Ja Morgan drove the lane at the buzzer, but his layup attempt went awry, for SBVC’s first loss of the season (7-1).

LA Harbor will play Mira Costa in the fifth place game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The Seahawks (1-6) got their first win of the year in a 67-63 surprise of No. 19 Bakersfield. Donal Hughes canned 13-of-20 for the floor to lead LAH with 28 points.

Mira Costa (4-6) beat Rio Hondo 82-69, with four Roadrunner players scoring more than 11 points.

Its been a long time since I watched a basketball game without overtime with 65 fouls.  As my readers know, I do not complain about the officiating often.  In fact, the ideal game to me is one where the fans do not even know the officials are there.  Its hard to say that, in a game where there was a foul called every 55 seconds. No chance of any kind of rhythm. 

Took a look at the statistics of the other three games for fouls;  43 fouls average verses 65 for AVC verses OC.  Nuff said. 

As expected, all 13 AVC players got minutes and four players were in double figures;

  1. Cory Dollarhide 16
  2. Ace Warren 15
  3. Chris Solis 13
  4. Scooter Hall 11

AVC’s “Bigs” shot 16 for 17 from the floor.  Great work big men!image

AVC shot a solid 53.6% from the floor. 

Osi Nwachukwu, 6’4” freshman played shut down defense and put in 8 points…my defensive player of the game.






imageChris Solis, 6’2”, freshman was 4-6 from beyond the arc and this was only in 9 minutes in the game.  Chris was not expected to play due to a nagging injury.  Offensive player of the game. 

One ugly game but a win.  I am expecting a better game by AVC against Riverside today.  Riverside a talented team.  I am looking for four players to step up;

  1. Dee Jones
  2. Jailen Gill
  3. Reggie Byers
  4. Nevell Lenard

A defensive struggle it wasn’t.  Palomar bigger and deeperplayed more players(11) than Pasadena put did not have the killer instinct when they got 8 points up on Pasadena to push it into double figures. Both teams both shooting three balls near 45%. Who will get tough and play some defense in the the second half and win this one?

The AVC team finished up its final practice yesterday prior to the start of the 2016-17 season.  The red/grey shirt(Orange Coast) team did a great job in attacking the AVC  “starting 13” on both ends of the court.    I’m not sure how this weekend will turn out for the Marauders, but the guys “just want to play.” Its time to play games that count.

There has been some rumors floating around from old JUCO pro’s who believe there will be some upsets on Big Day 1, Thursday, November 3, 2016:


  1. West LA beats San Bernardino?
  2. Rio Hondo beats Cerritos?
  3. Palomar beats Pasadena?
  4. Orange Coast beats AVC?
  5. Southwest beats Chaffey?


With seven sophomores, their three tallest players at 6’4”, AVC will face a fast, hot shooting, intense group of players who look to run and harass the bigger AVC team off the floor.  Orange Coast will look to:

  1. Wear down AVC by playing 15 players with superior conditioning. 
  2. Force AVC into a uncomfortable up-tempo game.
  3. Use screens, perimeter shooting and slashes to the basket to score.
  4. Get all the lose balls and box out the bigger Marauders.
  5. Take good shots and force turnovers.
  6. Press/Zone Press/ Zone/ AVC

Is AVC ready for this type of basketball?  We will see Thursday at 3 p.m..   Good test of styles for AVC.

imageTen days in Italy playing basketball against local teams.  So far, lead by AVC’s PG Ismail Ali, D-1 Bowling Green State is undefeated.  The following is a note from day four of the tour;

Iimagesmail Ali converted a three-point attempt while being fouled. The Falcons pushed the ball hard nearly every time down the court, and clearly wore the Florence All-Stars down. Florence had a lot of talent on the team, including former Detroit Mercy standout Paris Bass, and a number of first-division professional players. The game was played according to FIBA rules (including playing with a FIBA basketball). The game lasted 40 minutes (four 10-minute quarters).”

Looks like Ish is enjoying himself as he is heading for degree.  Another AVC point guard with a shot next year for a professional contract?