When I finish this post about tonight’s game between AVC and Cuesta, we will be loading up the car for the 200 mile drive to Cuesta College.  Yesterday’s practice for AVC was spirited and the team looked healthy and happy to take on the game.

Neither Cuesta or AVC are happy with their overall year.  AVC 16-14 and Cuesta 16-15.  On the other hand, both are happy to make it to the Round 1/Play in game.  Cuesta picks up one advantage…a home game verses a 400 mile round trip for AVC.

SHOOTING

Cuesta is known for its three point shooting…35.6%…which AVC is going to have to defend.  If AVC gives up wide open three’s, the game could be over before it starts.  AVC on the other hand is shooting a 32.4% from beyond the arc.  Both team is shooting 45.4% overall.

AVC is dominate in free throw shooting 70.8% verses Cuesta’s 61.9%

REBOUNDS

AVC dominates on the boards 38.7 verses Cuesta 32.5.

OTHER

AVC has 13.5 turnovers per game verses 12.5 for Cuesta.

Finally, AVC should expect a slow down game with zone defense while AV will try to up the pace and score in transition.

Time to load up the car and enjoy our trip to Cuesta College.

After stumbling to the finish of their season…lost 3 of their last 4 games…AVC slips in to  a “play-in” game against Cuesta College on the road of course.  AVC takes on Cuesta on Highway #1, 201 miles from AVC College on Wednesday, 21 February 2017,  7 p.m..

Playoffs 2018

We are looking forward to the game and oh yes, we might as well stay overnight just down the road at Morro Bay.  The view of Morro Rock from our hotel’s window.

Morro Bay

Nothing Libby and I would like more is a win at Cuesta, have an upscale seafood lunch,  a great breakfast and a comfortable hotel right on the Pacific.  We have it all under control and except winning the game.  That’s up to AVC team to get the win.

 

Congratulations to D’Mauria Jones and Osi Nwachukwa for being named to the 1st Team Western State All Conference Team.  Outstanding players for AVC for two years.  We are going to miss them next year but will be playing D-1 ball.  Outstanding!

Conference team from AVC

Final…AVC 78 Glendale 82

Posted: February 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

This game says it all for the AVC’S year.

Halftime…AVC 30 Glendale 29

Posted: February 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

A sloppy half for both teams.

I was walking out of the AVC Gym last evening just after the men’s team was crushed 90-73 by Citrus.  The AVC fans were in shock as this is the time of the year they are planning to attend their team’s  play off run.   “Did AVC run any plays tonight one said?”  Another said, “I think its been 20 years since AVC got beat that bad at home.”  “Where are the AVC three point shooters this year?”

AVC always wins 20+ games.  AVC was in the elite eight State Tournament in the last two years.  The fans have expectations.  Losing by 17 at home is not one of them.

With one game left in the season for AVC, I have a feeling that the AVC’s coaching staff is not going to have any time off this year.  They  will be putting their foot to the peddle in doing some serious recruiting  to replace their four sophomores and to improve the team’s depth dramatically.

Why do I say that?  If you think AVC fans hate to lose, you should see how much the coaching staff hates to be embarrassed.


Marauders fade in 2nd half versus Citrus’ depth

By: Brian Golden…AV Press

LANCASTER – Championship Wednesday was making a comeback after the Citrus women cancelled Valentine’s Day Marauder ladies night.  The Antelope Valley College basketball men took a 33-31 lead over Citrus on Julian Payton’s three from the corner off Greg Floyd’s setup with :13 left in the first half.  Then Citrus proceeded to demonstrate why they are ranked fifth in Southern California, and ninth in the state.

The Owls came out with an 8-0 blitz behavior the second half was 90 seconds old and never looked back in a 90-73 victory that clinched the Western State Conference East title.  Citrus (8-1, 25-4) had its bench outscore the AVC reserves, 31-5.  “We were able to hang with them for 20-25 minutes, said AVC coach John Taylor. “But this is a 40-minute game, and they wear you down with their depth.  ‘They spread you out, and they always have four outside shooters on the floor. They are clearly the best team in our conference.”

The setback for AVC (6-3, 16-13) marked the first time the Marauder men and women both lost on the same night in Marauder Gym since Jan. 23, 2013.  The Marauders crew got back to within 50-46 when D’Mauria Jones rebounded a Payton misfire.  Citrus then went on an 8-2 run, with Kyle Gray’s baseline drive plus a free throw and a more conventional trey from the arc making it 60-48.  The Marauders went 5:34 between field goals, by which time the Owls were comfortably in command, 69-55.

Ten players figured in the Citrus scorebook, led by point guard Jeremy Smith’s 24 points. Austin Clarke and Miles Crawford combined for 29 points of bench scoring, and Gray finished with 10 points.  The Owls went 17-for-27 (63 percent) from the floor in the second half, including 7-of-16 from downtown.

“They keep the pressure on you with their depth,” Taylor said. “Everyone knows we’ve been dealing with depth challenges that I”m not used to this season.’
Smith led the Marauders with 25 points.Payton scored 16, Osi Nwachukwu added 14, and Floyd finished with 11.

AVC closes out its regular season schedule at Glendale with Taylor’s streak of 17 straight seasons of 19-or-more victories in jeopardy.

bgolden@avpress.com

Final…AVC LOSES 90-73

Posted: February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Dominated by their outside shooting and a deeper team, AVC drops the key game of the season at home to Citrus.