MARAUDER MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS STATE WITH VICTORY

MARAUDER MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS STATE WITH VICTORY

Photo by Bruce Jacobsen

 

LANCASTER - Mission Viejo here we come.

Saddleback College that is.

With the Marauder men's basketball opening round state playoff victory against Santa Monica College, AVC will travel for the second round against third-seeded Saddleback.

The Marauders lost to the Gauchos 82-80 earlier this season at Marauder Gymnasium.

AVC had to hold off Santa Monica 89-80 on Wednesday behind Jailen Gill's 18 points and 16 rebounds.

The Corsairs (13-14) jumped out to a 26-19 lead midway through the first half, but that would be their last. A 13-0 run by the Marauders helped them get back on top and lead 42-35 at halftime.

Santa Monica tried to remain close, but AVC was too tough and built its largest lead 89-76 with only 1:49 remaining in the game.