Cochise College 74 Glendale 57
A friendly matchup tonight between two colleagues in Coach Jerry Carrillo and Glendale Head Coach Guy Meyer. Coach Meyer was the assistant coach for the Apaches from 2011-2016 and helped the Apaches win 114 games and two NJCAA Region 1 titles. From the tip, the Apaches had the advantage, and it stayed that way until the clock hit zero at the end of the game. Cochise was able to start off hot on the defensive end in both the first and second halves to create and extend their lead. Cochise took a 31-24 lead into half time and fought off a run from the Gauchos that made it a 5-point game at 43-48. Coach Carrillo called a time out and within seconds after the time out the lead was extended to 10 by a layup by Chris Whitaker and a deep three-pointer from Mahki Morris. The Apaches closed out the game by getting stops and converting on the offensive end to win their fourth game in a row allowing them to stay in 1st place in the ACCAC.
Sophomore sharpshooter Mahki Morris led the Apaches. Morris led all scorers with 22 points. His hot shooting from behind the three-point arc helped soften the 2-3 zone that Glendale showed the majority of the game. Morris went 3 for 5 and posted a solid 8 for 14 from the field. Chris Whitaker and Jamaure Gregg had 17 and 11 points respectively for the Apaches. Freshmen do it all forward Naje Smith was great on the offensive glass grabbing three offensive rebounds; which he scored twice off of, to add to his total of a game-high 8 rebounds. Smith also had 11 points as well. Darnell Robateau turned in a solid game at the point guard spot with 11 points and a game-high 6 assist.
“We are playing at a high level on the defensive end. I have a ton of respect for what Coach Meyer is doing at Glendale,” Head Coach Jerry Carrillo said. “They will win games because they play hard and they are tough. Our guys were able to match their toughness and convert on the offensive end.”
The Apaches have a home game on Saturday, January 19 vs. Phoenix College. This game will round out the first half of conference play. Come watch the Apaches defend home court and their 1st place standing at 7:30 p.m.