Apaches fight off Central Arizona to keep win streak alive

Cochise wins 94-89

The Runnin’ Apaches ended the month of January games with a perfect record of eight wins and zero losses after going on the road and beating Central Arizona College. The 1st place Apaches had their way with the Vaqueros of Central Arizona in the first half of the game by creating turnovers and getting easy baskets in transition. There was a point to attack the Central defense and get to the rim early which made for plenty of opportunities at the charity stripe early and often. The Apaches shot a total of 36 free throws and converted on 25 of those attempts. That number equaled the amount of free-throws the Vaqueros took the whole game. The Aggressiveness of the Apaches had them up by 16 at the end of the first half. Central was able to cut the lead to one point with 10 minutes to go in half number two, but the Apaches were able to get stops and make plays when they needed to get their eighth straight conference win and stay perfect in 2019.

Chris Whitaker led all scorers with 31 points. Whitaker was able to convert 13 times from the field of play and was a perfect five for five from the free-throw line. Mahki Morris poured in 22 points for the Apaches while being a pest on the defensive end snatching four steals for the Apaches. The post presence of Sophomore Jamaure Gregg and Freshman Naje Smith were felt as both forwards finished the games with double-doubles. Gregg scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Smith was able to notch 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jalun Trent reached double-figure points with 10 and eight of those being from the free-throw line.

“We were lucky to come out of there with a win. I thought we got sloppy with our defensive integrity in the second half and it let Central get back in the game,” Head Coach Jerry Carrillo said. “Our Defensive readiness has been the staple to our success during this streak and tonight wasn’t our best effort.”

UP NEXT

The Apaches host conference and region rival, Arizona Western on Saturday, February 2 in the Stronghold Gymnasium at the Douglas Campus. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m. after the women’s game. Support and be loud for your Apaches as they go for their 9th win in a row.