College Basketball | Santa Monica 86, AVC 85

Marauders lose close one to Santa Monica

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Photo courtesy of AVC

Leader — Antelope Valley College’s Julian Payton led his team with 17 points in an 86-85 loss to Santa Monica at the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament on Friday.

LANCASTER — Free throws aren’t always free.

They proved very costly for Antelope Valley College in its opener of the 67th Annual Gregg Anderson Invitational Tournament.

The Marauders made only 4-of-10 free throws in the last three minutes and fell to Santa Monica College, 86-85 on Newton Chelette Court.

Rubbing salt into the wound, AVC had three cracks at the basket in the final 18 seconds.

One was blocked, another misfired and the buzzer precluded Dion Troupe’s tip-in from counting.

“Our free throw shooting made it closer than it needed to be there at the end,” said AVC coach John Taylor, whose team slipped to 2-5 on the season. “Our plan was to take it right to them, because they had a tendency to foul.

“Sure enough, we shot 32 free throws, but only made 17. We left 15 points on the table in a game we lost by one.”

Conversely, the Corsairs (4-3) executed beautifully on offense. When AVC pressed, and later trapped, SMCC moved the ball expertly and found one player after another open for a layup.

Showing remarkable balance, Teddy Parham, Jordan Wilson, Leandrew Knight and Kyle Young shared scoring honors with 15 points each. Daisone Hughes added 10.

AVC burst to a 22-13 lead in the game’s first 11 minutes as defensive pressure produced five turnovers that led directly to 10 points.

The visitors clawed back to lead 39-37 at halftime.

The teams were tied five different times before Santa Monica sank four consecutive layups in the final three minutes.

Julian Payton, the only Marauder to make two consecutive free throws down the stretch, finished with an AVC-high 17 points.

Stephon Bell worked mainly inside for 16 points and 11 rebounds, Elie Ghomsi had 15 points and Surako Follings Jr., 14. Gianni Brown scored 11.

AVC will play Rio Hondo, a 79-76 winner over Mira Costa, today at 7 p.m.

The reconfigured round robin format also pits Santa Monica and San Bernardino at 3 p.m. today.

Ventura, a one-point winner over San Bernardino in a game in which the Pirates trailed by 18 and did not take their first lead until the final minute, will meet Mira Costa at 5 p.m.

AVC Tournament Begins Today

Posted: November 30, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

Antelope Valley College enters its home tournament a hungry team.  Sporting a 2-4 record with three straight losses, AVC is hoping  the home court will turn their start around.  AVC is playing tonight against SoCal 15th ranked(CCCAA) Santa Monica at 7 p.m.

Antelope Valley Tournament

November 30
Rio Hondo vs. MiraCosta, 3 P.M.
San Bernardino vs. Ventura, 5 P.M.
Santa Monica vs. Antelope Valley, 7 P.M.

December 1
San Bernardino vs. Santa Monica, 3 P.M.
MiraCosta vs. Ventura, 5 P.M.
Rio Hondo vs. Antelope Valley, 7 P.M.

December 2
MiraCosta vs. Santa Monica, 1 P.M.
Rio Hondo vs. San Bernardino, 3 P.M.
Ventura vs. Antelope Valley, 5 P.M.

See you at the game tonight.


Final…AVC San Bernadino

Posted: November 17, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

It looked like AVC  ran out of gas at the beginning of 2nd half and AVC was down by 20. Then they caught fire and lost by 8.

Battle royal!

WLA Shocks ELA 67-61

Posted: November 17, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

ELA came out tired and flat in the first half and were behind 15 at half time.

Compton 96 Grossmont 70

Posted: November 17, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

Compton crushes Grossmont.  Goes 2-0 in tournament and faces AVC TOMORROW.

When you look back at a losing game’s statistics after a good night night’s sleep, the game you saw the night before looks a bit different than you remember.

It’s been a few years since I have seen a JUCO team bring in six university players(UC Riverside D1), (UTEP D1), (Penn State D1), (Army West Point D1), CSUDH D2 and Academy of Arts(NAIA) which put last year’s starters on the bench.  East Los Angeles did that it this year.  Its a talented team.  Adding to the talent, add size as well;  Three 6’9″, Two 6’8″, Two 6’5″, One 6’7″.

With this talent and size, you would expect ELA to win every game by 25? But, AVC was leading by 9 points in the second half and it took shooting 91% from the free throw line by ELA to win the game.

AVC team played an excellent game.

  1. F  Gianni Brown, 24 points, 10 rebounds
  2. S Surako Folling Jr, 15 points
  3. S Stephon Bell, 13 points, 4 rebounds
  4. F Elie Ghomsi, 10 points, 3 rebounds
  5. F Jalen Riley, 6 assists

Now AVC will take on  undefeated home team San Bernardino, #6 who beat Grossmont by 47…117-70.  Is AVC ready to bounce back after it’s tough loss?