Cochise College beats South Mountain 75-64
On the night before the spring semester started the Cochise College Apaches hosted conference opponent South Mountain Community College. Standing at the top of the conference with a record of 7-2 the Apaches found their rhythm coming back from winter break. With four games under their belt and the rust shaken off, Coach Carrillo has his team playing well. The Apaches were able to get some separation in Saturday night’s game early in the first half by making plays on the defensive end. Chris Whitaker’s back to back steals led to fast break dunks and gave the Runnin’ Apaches momentum early. It never wavered. Through the ebbs and flows of the game, South Mountain was able to make their runs late in the first half and midway through the second half, but it was the Apaches game regardless.
Freshman Chris Whitaker scoring 17 points led the Runnin’ Apaches. Sophomores, Mahki Morris, Jamaure Gregg, and Justus Rainwater also contributed double-figure scores for the win. Gregg and Rainwater each went 5 of 6 from the field finishing with strong moves at the rim and Morris with a game-high of 7 free-throws. As a team, the Apaches led in every major statistical category. The 50% shooting from the field was due to getting easy baskets in transition early and utilizing the drive to score.
“Our commitment to the defensive end has been a big emphasis as of late, and our guys are responding to the challenge to be a great defensive team,” said Head Coach Jerry Carrillo. “We want to come out each game and have an edge. I like our chances to have a strong run as we go through our conference schedule coming up. We plan to keep the same energy defensively and play downhill on the offensive end.”
The Apaches head to Glendale to take on former Apache Assistant Coach, Guy Meyer. The game will be played at Glendale Community College at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16.