Cochise College stands in 1st place alone in ACCAC
The Cochise Men’s Basketball team is ecstatic after claiming their fifth victory in a row. The Apaches have shaken off the winter break rust and showed their fans that they are hitting on all cylinders. Phoenix College came to the Stronghold after a big win Wednesday vs. Pima Community College but was outrun by the Apaches. From the tip the Apaches were able to break the pressure of the PC Bears and get easy baskets at the rim. Darnell Robateau was the leader of the fast paced and efficient Apache offense. His ability to get out ahead and create situations where the Apaches had numbers was a big reason for the success of the Cochise Men’s Basketball Team. The Apaches capped off a dominant first half after giving up a three-point field goal leaving four seconds on the clock when Mahki Morris went coast to coast for a layup at the buzzer to take a 50-32 lead into the locker room. The second half was the same success for the Apaches. Shooting a solid 59% from the field overall and 43% from three-point land helped the Apaches win the game with a score of 103-73.
Mahki Morris led the Apaches in scoring while shooting 13/18 from the field and notching 31 points for the night. Four other Apaches hit double figures in points: Chris Whitaker (16) Naje Smith (14) Justus Rainwater (12) and Darnell Robateau (11). Despite the effort on the offensive end from the Apaches, defensively they were playing together as one unit. Robateau and Morris guarded the two guard in front of the PC Bear’s dribble-drive offense, and Smith was able to shut down the Conference Leading scorer, holding him to 7 points.
“I thought this was going to be a fun game for our players to play in. We know we have good players that can make plays when being pressured and that showed tonight,” Head Coach Jerry Carrillo said. “Darnell (Robateau) did a great job making decisions at a fast pace and leading the charge on both ends. Naje (Smith) was excellent in his matchup on the defensive end, and so was the team’s overall effort.”
The Apaches start the second go around of conference play at home on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Pima Community College. Support the Cochise College Apaches as they try to maintain their top spot in the conference standings and go for their 6th win in a row.