Ma­raud­ers win con­fer­ence opener

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS -

LAN­CASTER — The An­te­lope Val­ley College men’s bas­ket­ball team won its Western State Con­fer­ence South Divi­sion opener on Wednesday, 84-80 over College of the Canyons at AVC.

The Ma­raud­ers (6-9, 1-0) were led by fresh­man guard Mekhi Smith, who scored 31 points to go with five as­sists, five steals and eight re­bounds.

AVC start­ing point guard Habib Aro­gun­dade fin­ished with 11 points and four as­sis­sts and fresh­man cen­ter Da’Jour Lewis had 16 points and six re­bounds.

The Ma­raud­ers had a late lead that was cut to two when COC hit a 3-pointer with two sec­onds re­main­ing. AVC made two free throws to fin­ish the scor­ing.

“It was a close game though out,” AVC coach John Tay­lor said. “It was a good team win for us. We’ll get back at it on Satur­day.”

AVC will host West L.A. on Satur­day.

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