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Getting ready for the two hour drive to Citrus College where AVC is looking to upset the home team(22nd Win this year) and to play in the State Tournament next week.  I will be keeping you updated during the game that starts at 7 p.m..  Go Marauders!!!

Plan on meeting AV Jim at the game as he is back being a staunch AVC fan again after their big road win over Saddleback and Ventura’s second round loss.  

Coaches vs. Cancer challenge

In its annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser, Antelope Valley College raised more than $15,000 for the American Cancer Society. For the fifth straight year, AVC is the most generous community college program in the nation to Cancer research.

Ed Knudsen, AVC’s Superintendent/President, practiced so much for his role alongside AVC Dean of Athletics Newton Chelette that he suffered spinal inflammation that put him on his back all day Saturday.

Wade Sandra, a college official, was pressed into duty in Knudsen’s absence. Sandra sank 23 free throws in one minute.

“We didn’t know whether Wade ever played basketball, and he goes out there and puts the pressure on me,” laughed Chelette, who matched his 2016 total of 28 free throws made. “What Wade did showed how special this community is, the way it gets behind these great causes.”

Responding to $1,000 challenges from Valley business executive John Calandri and Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, Chelette donned a blindfold and sank five more free throws.




829_1676In the championship of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament, Fullerton beat AVC 71-66 to take home the championship on Sunday evening. D’Mauria Jones had 22 points and 9 rebounds and Osinachi Nwachukwu added 16 points in the loss for Antelope Valley (5-5).

Early foul trouble on AVC’s Bigs, Jallen Gill and Antone Warren, slowed AVC’s ability to win the Championship game last evening.  Add to that, AVC continued to osihave ice cold shooting from beyond the arc(26%) and the free throw line(63%)

AVC led in the second half by as much as 12 points but lost concentration on the defensive end and let Fullerton back into the game.  Freshman Dee Jones and Osi Nwachukwa carried the scoring and defensive load for the Marauders along with PG Charles Hall who took 4 charges in the game. 


AVC falls to Fullerton in final

By: John Sanders

LANCASTER – Following a 3-pointer from Osinachi Nwachukwu the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team seemed to be in complete control after taking a 12-point lead with 16 minutes remaining in the championship game of the 65th Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament.

Unfortunately for the Marauders, 16 minutes was just enough time for Fullerton College to mount its comeback.

AVC went on a 6-minute drought without a field goal in the second half and the Hornets took complete advantage as they climbed their way back into the game and held on for a 71-66 come-from-behind victory against the Marauders Sunday evening at Marauder Gymnasium.

It was Fullerton College’s first championship in the annual tournament, hosted by AVC, since 2005 when it defeated Moorpark College.

AVC, which captured the tournament title last season by defeating San Bernardino Valley College, has not won back-to-back tournament titles since 1967-1968.

"I thought in the first half we weren’t playing that great, but we were hanging tough," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "I thought for about 28 minutes we played really good basketball, but for that other 12 minutes we played so poorly and we still had a chance to win. When you start playing marquee teams you can’t take off possessions."

The Marauders (5-5) led 32-30 at halftime and opened the first four minutes of the second half on a 13-3 run following Nwachukwu’s 3-pointer, giving them a 45-33 lead. AVC led 48-38, but tournament MVP Nick Anderson drilled a 3-pointer and was fouled. Anderson’s free throw conversion trimmed the lead to only 48-42.

That gave the 13th ranked Hornets (7-2), which knocked off the state’s top ranked team San Bernardino on Saturday night, much needed momentum.

Later in the half as the Marauders struggled shooting the ball, Fullerton scored five consecutive points, which included a stretch in which AVC turned the ball over on four consecutive possessions, and took its first lead of the game since 2:15 remaining in the first half. That capped a 20-7 run by the Hornets.

From then on, the Marauders continued to struggle. Fullerton’s Ian Fox connected on a deep 3-pointer which gave his team its largest lead of the game, 64-54, with 5:46 left.

"In the first half we were executing and in the second half we started playing their game," said Nwachukwu, who finished with 16 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting. "We started paying attention to the score and then we started doing our own thing. We just have to keep playing like we don’t have the lead. This is a learning experience for us and a stepping stone."

AVC used a 10-3 run of its own later in the half and a bucket by D’Mauria Jones cut the Hornets lead to 67-64 with just under three minutes remaining. The Marauders trailed 70-66 with 38 seconds left and forced Fullerton to commit a turnover, getting the ball back. However, a 3-point attempt by Cory Dollarhide missed and Fullerton was able to preserve the victory.

"We lost focus out there," said Jones, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds and was named to the All-Tourney team. "We were supposed to keep after them. It’s disappointing, but we have to let this one go. I thought for 28 minutes we played excellent basketball."

The Hornets took a 23-15 lead late in the first half, but the Marauders were able to chip away at that lead. With the help of an acrobatic shot by Jones which turned into the old fashioned 3-point play, AVC tied the score, 25-25, with a little more than two minutes remaining.

A 3-pointer by Reggie Byers gave AVC its first lead since early in the first half at 28-26. The Marauders led at halftime 32-30. They were able to hold onto that lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half until Fullerton mounted its comeback.

"If you think about it we’ve won 80 percent of our last five games (after a 1-4 start)," Taylor said. "I thought we gave them some easy baskets. These types of games can only help us. These are the teams we want to play."

MiraCosta 46 LA Harbor 36  Halftime score

MiraCosta a step too fast for LA Harbor. 

Final—- MiraCosta 92  LA Harbor 76


It was a battle…#1 verses #11…#11 Fullerton led most of the first half and with a T-foul on Quincy Brewer as the half ended.  Fullerton went up 12 at the start of the second half.

Now about the ready of the second half.  Quincy started driving the middle and living  at the free throw line….successfully.  Fullerton were missing 3 after 3.  Then it was within. one point. Fullerton made a final run to go up by 8 and San Bernardino’s final gasp could not pull it out.

It ended Fullerton 73  San Bernardino 72 and no more undefeated teams in the state.

I had penciled in Bakersfield as the Consolation Champion in the AVC tournament, after all they were ranked #19 in the state coaches poll and they were playing 0-6 LA Harbor.  Good thing my “pencil” has an eraser as Bakersfield lost in the second round 76-74 to LA Harbor and heading home early.

Bakersfield poor shooting was their nemesis again today(41% yesterday and 45% today.  Add to that Bakersfield was 57% from the free-throw line.  What does that old say say?  “If you can’t shoot free throws you can’t win close game.”  Did you hear that AVC?

LA  Harbor heading to Consolation Championship Game.

1 PM Bakersfield 6-4 LA Harbor 0-6 AVC should run away with this one. 
3 PM Rio Hondo 6-3 Mira Costa 3-6 Rio Hondo should win this going away if they shake off their unexpected loss to AVC last night. 
5 PM SBVC 8-0 Fullerton 5-2 Toss up!  Such different styles…grinder verses up tempo.  Defense will win this one.
7 PM AVC 4-4 Ventura 7-4 Ventura has big advantage here with early win except… AVC at home and showing with a very different team.

Four very interesting games, especially the 5 p.m. game with #1 San Bernardino verses #11 Fullerton.