Cochise holds a two-game lead in the conference standings.
Cochise College went on the road Wednesday night to face Tohono O’odham Community College and had no issue coming away with the win. The Apaches are sitting two games above every other team in the conference with four games left to play in the regular season. The Apaches took their first place ranking and proved its worth after thumping the Jegos of Tohono O’odham 102-78. The game was lopsided early as the Apaches converted against the Jegos zone defense getting dunk after dunk. Cochise was able to get out in transition and acquire easy baskets, leading by 21 points in the first half. The second half was much of the same story. Cochise came out and got stops early in half and continued their dominance until the time ran out.
The leading scorers for the Apaches were Mahki Morris and Naje Smith with 19 points each. Both Morris and Smith shot a combined 16/21 from the field with Smith making all eight of his attempts. Sophomore big man Jamaure Gregg and freshman wing Chris Whitaker added 14 points each. Justus Rainwater controlled the boards with a game-high of seven rebounds adding 10 points to his stat line. Freshman point guard Jalun Trent, was the beneficiary of the Runnin’ Apaches as he accumulated the game’s only double-double of the night with 12 points and ten assists. The Apaches shot an outstanding 61% from the field as they took advantage of the easy buckets in transition.
“We knew what tonight entailed. We just wanted to come out and play the right way and get better as a team,” said Head Coach Jerry Carrillo. “We were able to get good looks at the basket early and often, and we created a lot of turnovers due to our length and athleticism.”
The Apache men take on Chandler-Gilbert on Saturday, February 16 at the Stronghold gym on the Douglas campus after the Women’s game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Come and support your Apaches as they try to clinch the #1 seed for the NJCAA Region 1 playoffs for division 1.