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LANCASTER - Osi Nwachukwu knows his team has the talent, but is that enough to win a conference championship and knock off favorite Citrus.
"We have a chip on our shoulder right now. We know where we should be and we know where we're at," the sophomore said. "We've definitely underachieved, but we're a young team. It shouldn't take this long to come together. We know this is where we need to pick it up."
The topsy-turvy season for the Marauder men's basketball team enters Saturday night's contest at home against Barstow with a new season, new life: the Western State Conference opener for both teams.
AVC will face the Vikings with a 10-10 overall record but still remains one of the conference's most dangerous teams.
"I think we're making a step in the right direction. I feel we're the best team in conference. We shown that in spurts this season," Nwachukwu said. "I think we should win, we just have to take one step at a time. It's a lot easier now. We don't have to play back to backs in tournaments. We can just focus on each opponent."
The Marauders are not ranked, however, two teams in their division are: Citrus and Victor Valley. AVC lost to both teams already once this season in various tournaments. The Owls, the conference's favorite to win, are ranked No. 9 in the state, while the Rams are ranked 20th.