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MARAUDERS LOSE TO WSC LEADER WEST LA ON LAST SECOND SHOT

MARAUDERS LOSE TO WSC LEADER WEST LA ON LAST SECOND SHOT

PHOTOS by Byron Devers

AVC Men's Basketball lost 88-90 to the West LA Cougars in their second conference game of the season. The Marauders are now 1-1 in conference play and 6-10 overall.

The Marauders came out with plenty of energy jumping out an early 7-2 lead in the opening minutes. Da'Jour Lewis had 12 first-half points off the bench to give Antelope Valley a 48-39 lead at the break. Lewis finished with 20 points 8 rebounds. 

The Cougars found their rhythm in the second half as they shot 63% from the field and outscored AVC by 11.  Justin Hill kept AVC in it offensively, having a huge second half with 18 points. The 6'3 Freshman from Highland High was 6-10 from behind the 3-point line and led all Marauders with 26 points on the night. Hill now has a team-high 28 3-pointers on the season. He also chipped in three steals in the loss.

Both teams stepped up the intensity in the final minutes. The Marauders were down 85-88 with :11 seconds to go when Hill hit his sixth 3-pointer of the day off an assist from Habib Arogundade. Tied at 88, West LA called a timeout to set up one last shot to avoid overtime. With :01 seconds left on the clock, West LA's Derrick Woods took the baseline inbound pass and threw up a quick jump shot that fell in as the clock expired to give the cougars the win.

Habib Arogundade finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, and led AVC with 6 assists, while Mekhi Smith had 13 points and 5 assists. 

Sophomore Tyriq Perry led the Marauders in rebounds with 10, and also had 6 points and 2 blocks.

AVC will travel to Santa Monica before returning home to face Bakersfield on Saturday, January 18th, at 7:00 pm.