Balanced attack leads to a victory for the Cochise Apaches.
The Cochise Men’s Basketball team came out Saturday night ready to get back on track after losing a close on the road earlier in the week. The Apaches came ready and gave a great all-around team effort. The first half of the game was even until the Apaches put together a run of stops and scores. Then Mahki Morris made a 3-point field goal as the time expired in the first half which helped extend the Apache lead to 44-37. The balanced attack from the Apaches continued in the second half as they got to the free-throw line and converted multiple 3 point plays in a transition from Morris and Freshman Chris Whitaker.
Morris led the way for the Apaches in scoring with a game-high 24 points. 6th man, Naje Smith followed with 17 points of his own while Sophomores Jamaure Gregg and Darnell Robateau had 14 and 11 respectively. Chris Whitaker was the final Apache in double figures with 10 points. Justus Rainwater pulled down nine rebounds that only he could have gotten. The overall balanced attack from the Apaches was critical to the success of the game.
“We had a couple good days of practice to get us ready for our home opener in the conference,” said Coach Jerry Carrillo. “Our guys played hard and took pride in getting stops on the defensive end. We are a good team when the scoring is balanced, and the defensive effort is there.”
The Cochise Men take a trip to Yuma, AZ this Wednesday to take on Arizona Western in a rematch of last year’s Region 1 championship game.