Easter Arizona vaults into first place in men's basketball

Easter Arizona vaults into first place in men's basketball

  After a wild week, Eastern Arizona has taken over the ACCAC men's basketball lead.

  EAC won twice, while Scottsdale which has led most of the year, fell twice.

  The Gila Monsters (18-3, 10-3) first beat SCC on the road, 80-75, as Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., poured in 29 points on 11-19 shooting and completed a double-double with 12 rebounds. D.J. Henderson had his own double-double with 17 and ten. Chris Orozco had a double-double for SCC with 19 and ten as did Xavier Fuller with 12 and 12. EAC then travelled to Pima where it took a 101-88 victory. Pollard had another twin-double at 31 and 13, hitting 12 of 14 from the floor. Ty Rankin had yet another double at 14 and ten and Jalen Brown scored 28.

  That leaves Scottsdale, Cochise, and Mesa in a three-way tie for second place.

  Scottsdale (17-4, 9-4), along with its loss to EAC also fell to Cochise, 77-75, in double overtime. In that one Naje Smith led the Apaches with, you guessed it, a double-double at 23 and 12, while Patrick Samoura had still another with ten and ten. Damon Wall chipped in with 18 points. Riley Matticks scored 28 for SCC.

  In its other game of the week CC (15-6, 9-4) took a 111-94 triumph at Phoenix. There were, of course, two more doubles foo Cochise, Smith with 27 and 11 and Milan Szabo with 20 and 11. Arion Lewis added 21 points.

  Mesa (13-9, 9-4) first beat Tohono O'odham on the road, 86-79, but then fell at Central Arizona, 64-61.

  That leaves Arizona Western in fifth place at 14-7, 8-5. AZW split a pair during the week. It fell to Central Arizona, 84-78, on the road. Cash Williams led with 22 points while D.J. Hawkins had 22 for CAC which also got double-doubles from Shakeil Bertrand (14, 11) and J.C. Canahuate (ten and ten). The Matadors then won a road game at Tohono O'odham, 96-91. Williams poured in 31 in that one as all five starters scored in double figures. Tajik Bartholomew paced the Jegos with 18.