Photo by Bruce Jacobsen
OCEANSIDE - The Marauder men's basketball team trailed at halftime, again, but outscored host Mira Costa College, 40-23, in the second half en route to a 78-69 victory, Wednesday night at Mira Costa College.
Cory Dollarhide led AVC (11-6) with 16 points in only 22 minutes and was one of five different Marauder players in double figures.
"We're starting to turn the corner, but we have to get better at our shot selection and discipline. We turned the ball over nine time in the first half and we're down eight, but in the second half we played much better defense," AVC head coach John Taylor said. "We have to sustain that for 40 minutes, not just at times. We're focused on trying on trying to get this championship tomorrow. They're a good team, but I think our depth will help us."
The Marauders will face a familiar foe in Bakersfield College in the championship game on Thursday afternoon. The Renegades (13-7) defeated No. 8 ranked San Diego City College on its way to the championship.
AVC's defense held the Spartans to only 2-of-14 from 3-point range in the second half and only 21 percent shooting.