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.