The Cochise men’s basketball team headed to Yuma and walked away with a big conference road win, 86-79. The rematch of last year’s Region I championship was avenged as the Cochise Apaches beat the Arizona Western Matadors. This was by far the best environment that the team has played all year. The team came out and thrived. There was little error on the defensive end for the Cochise men. The Apaches were ready to defend without fouling. The whole goal of the game was for Cochise to make Western uncomfortable and they succeeded. The first half ended in favor of the Apaches by 8 points which were led by the shooting of Mahki Morris. Morris had 4 of his 6 three’s in the first segment of the game which allowed the Apaches to create separation and set up on the defensive end. The second half the Matadors switched their defensive strategy and decided to get out of their zone to better find Morris and contain his hot shooting. The Apaches buckled down and found ways to maintain their defensive prowess. This enabled the team to get out in transition, set up and execute on the offensive end.
Freshman Chris Whitaker led the way for the Apaches in scoring with 25 points, and Morris followed with 23. The high octane backcourt has been able to sustain their scoring for the Apaches this season which also leads the conference in points per game with averages of 22 points per game and 21 points per game. Jamaure Gregg was able to control the inside with his 5th double-double of the season scoring 10 points and grabbing ten big rebounds. Fellow sophomore, Darnell Robateau also chipped in with 10 points and seven assists. The Apaches improved to 8-2 on the season and 3-1 in conference play, placing themselves at the top the standings in first place.
“Our defensive effort was exceptional tonight. I thought our guards were able to contain and limit the shots of their guards, which they (Western) rely on. Inside we did a good job rebounding the basketball and transitioning into our offense where we executed at a high level. I’m proud of our team and their effort,” Head Coach Jerry Carrillo said.
The Apaches host the Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona at the Stronghold gym in Douglas, AZ on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 pm.