AVC, the No. 3 seed from Southern California, will play Fresno City (31-8), Northern California’s No. 1 seed, in the championship game at 1 p.m. today Fresno City, which won the state title in 2005, is in the championship game for the third time in five seasons. AVC trailed 29-27 at halftime, but took the lead for good at 39-37 with 11:17 left on a jumper by Brice Gallow. The Marauders built an eight-point lead, but Ventura (27-7), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, cut AVC’s lead to one, 55-54, on a free throw by Anthony Pimble with 55 seconds left. But Dagunduro made a jumper with 31 seconds left, and the Marauders held on for the victory. Marcellus Robertson had seven points and 17 rebounds for AVC. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Mt. San Antonio 59, College of the Canyons 42: The Cougars (30-6), the No. 3 seed from Southern California, shot just 25 percent in the loss to Mt.SAC (36-1), the No. 1 seed from Southern California, in the state semifinals in Fresno. Ade Dagunduro scored 16points and Robert Arnold added 14 as the Antelope Valley College men’s basketball team advanced to state junior college championship game with a 57-55 upset of Ventura in the semifinals in Fresno. AVC’s last appearance in the state title game was 1956. The Marauders (31-6) can set a school record for victories with a win in the finale. Facion Edwards led Canyons with 11 points. BASEBALL USC 2, Stanford 1: Hector Estrella’s RBI single in the ninth inning capped a two-run rally as the No. 20 Trojans (15-8) defeated the host Cardinal (10-8). Lucas Duda had three hits for the Trojans and drove in the tying run. UCLA 7, Mississippi 6: Freshman Casey Haerther went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Ryan Babineau drove in two runs as the No. 23 Bruins (8-8) defeated the No. 16 Rebels (12-5). Pepperdine 7, Oklahoma St. 3: Sophomore right-hander Brett Hunter allowed two runs in seven innings and Donald Brown, Chase d’Arnaud and Denny Duron hit home runs to lead the No. Waves (15-5) past the No. 16 Cowboys (12-4). UC Santa Barbara 9, Cal State Northridge 8: UCSB (6-8) rallied from an 8-5 deficit with a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to defeat the Matadors (11-12). Jorge Andrade Jr. and Amiel Traynum each drove in three runs for CSUN. TRACK AND FIELD NCAA Indoor Championships: USC’s Noah Bryant won the men’s shot put at 67 feet, 5 inches in Fayetteville, Ark. Bryant, a senior from Santa Barbara, had his 2005 season cut short by a freak accident at Northridge when the hammer bounced off the cage and hit him in the face. He had season-ending surgery. UCLA’s Allie Bohannon and Ingrid Kantola picked up the first All-American honors of their careers. Bohannon finished second in the mile, and Kantola was fourth in the pole vault. WOMEN’S SWIMMING NCAA Championships: USC sophomore Rebecca Soni successfully defended her title in the 200-yard breaststroke in Minneapolis. Soni, who qualified second in the preliminaries, won her second consecutive title in the race in 2:08.23, just off her 2006 school record (2:08.16). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!