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“This is the team that I was expecting all year.” said head coach John Taylor.  AVC is big, talented and at least till now, soooo inconsistent especially in defensive energy.  Could it be that this team now decided its playoff time and it must win or they are done?

The group that decides on the playoff teams and their schedule meets on Monday and we will find out who where AVC fits.  Stay tuned. 

AV College men explode on offense

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – Attorneys should only make the kind of closing argument the Antelope Valley College basketball men did Saturday.

Demonstrating their maddening inability to maintain intensity this season was the exception, rather than the rule, the Marauders raced to a 60-29 halftime lead and went on to 116-74 blowout of Glendale College on Newton Chelette Court at Marauder Gym.

AVC (5-4, 18-10) didn’t get tacos for the program’s biggest scoring outburst in 19 years, and highest since putting up 120 in the 1994-95 season.

They did make the case they’re the best 5-4 conference team in Southern California and worthy of a ticket to the playoffs beginning next week.

The home uniforms could have read "ACE," rather than AVC, as sophomore center Antone Warren scored a career-high 24 points. With 12 rebounds and six dunks that had Marauder Gym roaring, he took a shot at his first AVC triple-double.

Seven Marauders scored in double figures, including D’Mauria Jones (18), Reggie Byers and Jalen Gill (15), Cory Dollarhide (13) Osi Nwachukwu (12) and Scooter Hall (11).

AVC’s relentless press and trap forced 20 first-half Glendale turnovers, triggering 25 Marauder points.

Gill’s driving layup seesawed AVC In front 10-9 with 16:20 to play in the first half. The Marauders would not trail again.

The Vaqueros (3-7, 13-14) were held scoreless for stretches of four minutes and 5:23 in the first half.

A 42-11 surge by AVC made it 50-30 with 5:32 left in the first half.

Serigne Athj, Glendale’s top scorer at 20 points per game, collected three early fouls and watched most of the blowout from the bench.

Athj and Dom Gullu shared GCC scoring honors with 18 points each.

AVC will find out its playoff fate after seedings are announced Monday.

AVC will be playing Glendale College this afternoon at 5 p.m. at home.  It is sophomore night for their five graduating second year men.  AVC squeaked by Glendale on the road by two points.  Expect a tough game!

Brian Golden says it all.

AVC holds off VVC

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – That wasn’t a basketball boxscore.

It was a CHP accident report.

The Marauder men, barely, walked away from the wreckage.

Antelope Valley College, winners of 17 games, couldn’t exhale until Bryan Katz’s potential game-winning three-point bid from the corner bounded awry at the buzzer, finalizing a 71-69 escape of Victor Valley on Newton Chelette Court at Marauder Gym.

The Marauders (18-9, 5-3 Western State Conference) led 71-61 with 3:21 to play. They did not score again.

The Rams (4-17, 0-8) forced four AVC turnovers, including two in the last 50 seconds.

Katz converted one turnover into a three-pointer from the wing, and drove another through an astonishingly porous AVC defense for a layup.

Garrett White’s midcourt pickpocketing of AVC led to the fateful three at the buzzer.

The Marauders never actually trailed after Cory Dollarhide, who officially earned his degree earlier last week, nailed a longball for a 9-6 lead with 16:12 to play in the first half.

But even after putting three straight field goals together for the first time all night early in the second half, the Marauders could never put away the Rams.

A major reason was turnovers. AVC committed 19, leading to 19 Victor Valley points.

On five different occasions the Marauders forced turnovers, only to turn the ball right back over in transition.

Ace Warren led AVC with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jailen Gill scored 14 points, and Darik Pradia, who connected three times in six tries from the arc, finished with 11.

The Marauders notched 18 assists on their 29 field goals, led by nine helpers from point guard Scooter Hall.

White led VVC with 24 points, and Katz finished with 20. The two guards combined to go 8-for-5 from downtown.

The Marauder men close out Western State Conference play at Citrus on Wednesday, before the pre-playoff finale in Marauder Gym next Saturday night vs. Glendale.

  STATS Comments    
Points per Game 12.9 Team Leader
Rebounds per Game 7.3  
Shooting % 61.2% #9 in California

“Coming to Antelope Valley College gave me the chance of fulfilling a dream I have had as long as I can remember…getting a D-1 scholarship.” “The first in my family.”  “The coaching staff improved my shooting and basketball skills, gave me the chance to play at the power forward position.”  “That gave me the package that Division 1 Universities were looking for, said Jailen Gill.”

Jailen Gill2AVC’s Jailen Gill provided D-1 University of Tennessee, Martin a verbal commitment to play basketball with them the next two years.  The school’s team currently competes in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jailen Gill,

“I chose the University of Tennessee, Martin for two main reasons, “They were the first team of quite a number of D-1 schools who wanted me to play for them.” “They stuck with me throughout the season and I felt very comfortable with the coaching staff.”  “Secondly they play against really good teams in the the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Gill.

Last season the Skyhawks posted their second straight 20-win campaign, notching the program’s first-ever OVC West division title. UT Martin also advanced to the OVC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history in 2015-16 before amassing another win in the Postseason Tournament – its fourth in the past two years.

Anthony StewartAnthony Stewart was appointed head coach of the UT Martin men’s basketball program on April 21, 2016.
Stewart’s promotion came after he served two seasons as an associate head coach under Heath Schroyer at UT Martin. Since Stewart joined the Skyhawk program, the team has compiled 41 victories (tied for the most in a two-year span in school history) – including four in the postseason. UT Martin also was the only Ohio Valley Conference school to win at least one postseason game in each of the last two seasons.

Currently, UT Martin has 17-10 record and is in second place in their conference.

Head Coach John Taylor stated, “I think it was a great decision as he had a lot of D-1 schools talking to him.”  “Now he can focus on his game and his academics knowing he will be playing at a great D-1 university program.”


Ace Warren4The 66-64 loss on the road against LA Valley was not difficult to understand as LA Valley did the same to Citrus.  LA Valley plays extremely hard on both ends of the court.  When AVC shoots an abominable 17.6%(3-17) from beyond the arc, gives up 17 turnovers and 62% from the free throw line, you can expect a loss on the road.  AVC’s Bigs Ace Warren, 22 point and 11 rebounds and Jailen Gill (17 points 11 rebounds) had outstanding games but it was not enough last night.  It’s time…one win in the last four games…for the team to look at themselves and step up the energy if they want to participate in the playoffs.

Jailen Shot2


AVC’s combo guard, Cory Dollarhide, received his AA degree.  Congratulations team captain Cory.  Full time college, 1/2 work and outstanding basketball player.  Outstanding young man!  Leader of the future.


Osi LayupThis is not the usual time of the year when practice means pain…running, non-stop intensity and brutal honesty…but when you keep giving up double digit leads in the second half and losing key games, what can you expect?  Oh yea.  24 turnovers????

AVC preparing for the next four conference games and beyond.

School started today for the team.  Double the necessary intensity now.  No let up. 

Jailen Shot2Intense practice…..ready for the conference road game against LA Valley tomorrow???

3-pointers spell defeat for AVC men

By: Brian Golden

LANCASTER – All night, even when the Antelope Valley College men led by as 14 points late in the first half, something seemed, well, off.

Something wasn’t right.

This wasn’t the Barstow team the Marauders had already beaten twice, by an average of 14 points.

Worst of all, it wasn’t those same Marauders, either.

Down 83-75 with 3:10 to play, the Vikings hit four straight jumpers, three of them from the three-point arc, to stun AVC 89-85 in Marauder Gym.

Charles Hall’s driving layup was all AVC (4-1, 17-8) had to show for the final 3:10.

The Marauders’ Jalen Gill was assessed a curious technical foul on Hall’s basket. and Jordan Rogers-Garcia converted one of the two free throws for an 87-85 lead.

AVC’s last gasp expired when Greg Dishman stole the ball and went coast to coast for the dagger layup with 9.9seconds to play.

Barstow(10-11, 3-2) made 12-of-24 3-point tries in the second half.

Will Pierce led Barstow with 20 points. He and Rogers-Pierce combined to nail 7-of-14 shots from downtown.

Five Marauders scored in double figures, led by Gill with 16, Hall with 15, Oso Nwachulwu with 14, Reggie Byers with 13 and Cory Dollarhide with 11.

After the Marauders took that 42-30 halftime lead, Barstow came out trapping and pressing in the second half. AVC committed 14 turnovers in the second half, and a stunning 24 in the game.

"We have struggled against pressure all year, for some reason," Hall said. "I don’t know what it is, but pressure always gives us trouble. And it shouldn’t, at this point in the season."

The Marauders out-rebounded Barstow43-28 and shot better from the floor (46.7 percent)

But the turnovers triggered a 59-46 Vikings scoring advantage in the second half.

The visitors turned the 24 turnovers into 27 points

"I think we started looking ahead at halftime," Hall said. "We were making too many mistakes, we missed dunk and layups tonight, and we didn’t take care of the ball as well as we needed to. We really didn’t correct those problems when we had to in the second half."