And this was just the first game of Foothill Conference play!
San Bernardino Valley College (15-2) emerged with an 85-84 win over Antelope Valley in the conference opener for both teams at Snyder Gymnasium. If all conference games are going to be like that, and most coaches think they will be, we’re in for quite a ride.
Both teams had double-digit leads in the second half. Antelope (9-7) was up 76-66 with 4:25 to go so SBVC had to mount the last rally.
The formidable presence of the Wolverines big men was pivotal down the stretch. They finished with 11 blocked shots, five of those by Maurice McGee. McGee’s last came on a driving shot by Nick Bennett with Antelope clinging to an 82-80 lead and 1:22 left.
SBVC eventually went up 85-84 on a fall-away jumper by Nate Roth who was well defended on the play.
Then came more dramatics. Rod Singleton drove the lane and lofted a shot that was poked away by Curtis Wilkinson. Antelope’s Jason Logan scrambled for the loose ball and threw up a shot that was well off the mark. But again the Marauders got the rebound.
This time it was scooped up by Gary Winfield but his last attempt was defended by Wilkinson and Aaron Edwards, although Edwards got credit for the block.