Division races taking shape in men's basketball

Division races taking shape in men's basketball

  With the men's basketball regular season having entered its final month it's time to look at the races by divisions.

  In Division I, Eastern Arizona is on top by a game over Cochise and two over Mesa.

  The Gila Monsters (20-3, 12-3) won twice last week. They scored an 81-63 win over Chandler-Gilbert with D.J. Henderson leading the way with 18 points on 8-10 shooting. Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., chimed in with 14 plus 11 rebounds. Kurt Wood had 14 to pace CGCC. EAC then beat South Mountain, 76-63. Jalen Brown scored 18 and Pollard 17, while Michael Rainbow led SMCC with 26.

  Cochise (17-6, 11-4) also won twice during the week. The Apaches first knocked off Central Arizona, 77-58, as Arion Lewis scored 18, going 7-9 from the field and Kyle Moore added 17 off the bench. D.J. Hawkins had 17 for CAC. CC then stopped Arizona Wester, 78-66. Naje Smith knocked in 24, also hitting 7-9 from the floor. AZW was led by Cash Williams with 14.

  Mesa (14-9, 10-5) split its two contests. The T-Birds beat Phoenix, 66-62, as Rajhaun Billingsley led the way with 24 points. PC got 15 from Jonah LaBrance. MCC then fell to Glendale 80-77, as Terrell Handy Johnson hit 7-8 shots and scored 20 points for GCC. Billingsley again led Mesa, this time with 23.

  Arizona Western (14-9, 8-7) sits two games behind Mesa, but two ahead of Central Arizona, for the fourth playoff spot. The Matadors fell twice last week. First was a 92-81 loss to Pima. Jake Lieppert led the Aztecs with 24 and Jordan Robinson added 20. Cash Williams scored 24 for AZC.

  In Division II, Scottsdale (19-4, 11-4) holds a two-game bulge over Glendale. SCC won twice, beating South Mountain and Chandler-Gilbert. In the 73-70 victory over SMCC, Xavier Fuller poured in 30 points and added ten rebounds. Boogie Anderson added an unusual double-double with 18 points and ten assists. Christian Allen had 15 for the Cougars.

  Glendale (14-8, 9-6) topped both Tohono O'odham and Mesa. In the TOCC contest, Joshuwan Johnson led with 15 points.

  Phoenix (14-9, 8-7) leads Pima by a game for third place. The Bears fell to Mesa but bounced back with a 107-57 triumph against TOCC. Reserve Treyvon McCray had 21 for PC.

  Pima (13-10, 7-8) is two games up on South Mountain for the final playoff slot. The Aztecs beat Arizona Western and Central Arizona during the week.