The second half of the ACCAC men's basketball season begins Wednesday and the log-jam at the top has thinned just a bit.
Scottsdale (17-2, 9-2) continues to lead the way after two wins last week. SCC edged Central Arizona on the road, 65-61. The Artichokes got 25 points from Boogie Anderson who was 11-18 from the floor. CAC was paced by J.C. Canahuate with 19. Saturday Scottsdale beat Arizona Western, 91-82, with Xavier Fuller dropping in 25 on 10-16 shooting and adding 11 rebounds. Anderson contributed 20 going 9-14. As a team, SCC had a .525 shooting percentage.
One game back are Eastern Arizona (16-3, 8-3) and Mesa (12-7, 8-3).
EAC fell in a road game Wednesday at Arizona Western, 88-60, as Cash Williams paced the Matadors with 28 points going 11-18 from the floor. EAC was led by Anthony Anderson with 13. The Gila Monsters bounced back Saturday with a 75-70 win over Central Arizona as Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., led with 20 points and D.J. Henderson added 18.
Mesa won twice beating Chandler-Gilbert, 66-61, and South Mountain, 63-61. In the SMCC game Amaury Matthews made two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining for the win. He also paced MCC in scoring with 13 points. Kareem Clark led the Cougars with 18 points.
Cochise (14-6, 7-4) and Arizona Western (13-6, 7-4) are tied for fourth place. CC fell at home to Glendale, 76-69, despite 24 points from Naje Smith and 19, plus ten assists, from Damon Wall. The Gauchos were led by Terrell Handy Johnson with 20 on 9-15 shooting. The Apaches rebounded with an 86-75 victory at Phoenix as Arion Lewis dropped in 29 points on 12-17 shooting, including 5-8 on threes. PC got 20 off the bench from Treyvon McCray going 8-12 from the floor.