Rider Scores 9 Points; Antelope Valley Falls
Antelope Valley College picked the wrong opponent and the wrong time to record season lows in virtually every offensive category.
Falling flat in every way imaginable, the Marauders were upset by Cypress, 75-60, in a men’s junior college regional playoff basketball game Wednesday at Antelope Valley.
The Marauders (25-6) recorded season lows in shooting percentage (35.3%), field goals, points and largest losing margin.
J. R. Rider, who was averaging 34 points a game, made two of 17 shots from the field and finished with a season-low nine points.
Antelope Valley trailed, 32-30, at halftime but made just 26.6% of its shots over the next 10 minutes. Eric Pauley, a 6-foot-10 center who had 24 points and 11 rebounds, converted a three-point play with 2 minutes 10 seconds left to give Cypress (24-10) a 63-51 lead.
Tony Madison (23 points) made three three-point baskets in a 50-second span to cut the deficit to 67-60 with 1:10 left. Cypress made its final 13 free throws to seal the victory.