Photo by Bruce Jacobsen
LANCASTER - The Marauder men's basketball team erased an 18-point first half deficit and rallied to defeat visiting Citrus College, the only team that has beaten AVC in conference play the past two seasons.
Cory Dollarhide had a career-high 24 points, including knocking down six 3-pointers helping lead the comeback.
AVC trailed 39-21 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half as Citrus (6-7, 0-2) shot a sizzling 57 percent in the first half, however, the Marauders were able to cut into that lead and trailed 50-38 at halftime.
"I was open and my point guards were finding me and they fell for me," Dollarhide said. "But we have to do a much better job starting the game. This just shows what kind of championship caliber team that we are."
AVC (16-1, 2-0) took its first lead of the game with 11:52 remaining in the second half following a 3-pointer by Dollarhide. The Marauders led 76-70, but then Citrus went on an 8-0 run to recapture the lead, 78-76.
The Marauders showed their resiliency and Dollarhide hit two more 3-pointers late in the game which gave AVC the lead for good, 88-86.
Following Wednesday night's victory against Glendale College, AVC head coach John Taylor said that rebounding was a concern for his team. The Marauders were outrebounded 40-29 against Citrus.