Apaches complete sweep of Gila Monsters, now tied for ACCAC lead

Apaches hold EAC to 65 points, sit on top of ACCAC

With the top spot in the ACCAC on the line, the Cochise College men’s basketball team put together a solid effort to win their sixth straight game, sweep Eastern Arizona College, and move to a tie for first in the ACCAC. With the win, the Apaches are now 18-6 and 12-4 in the conference.

The game was back and forth through the first half with seven lead changes and three ties. Cochise would eventually pull away for a 37-29 lead.

Coming out of halftime, EAC put together an 11-0 run over the first 1:57 to take a 3 point lead. From there, Cochise would answer with two Naje Smith baskets to regain the lead. From there, Cochise kept control of the game, eventually leading by as many as ten points before finishing with a six-point win. 

Sophomore Naje Smith had game-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds while Freshman Patrick Samoura had one of his best games of the year with 16 points and five rebounds while going 8-8 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Damon Wall finished with 14 points and five assists while knocking down crucial free throws in the last minute of the game to seal the win.

“Right now, our guys are listening and, more importantly, improving. We had a game plan and our players executed,” Cochise Head Coach Jerry Carrillo said. “We played with energy and enthusiasm. It continues to pay off. We need to step up our focus to improve as we compete for an ACCAC Title.” 

Stat(s) of the Night

Cochise held EAC to 36% from the floor

Up Next

The Apaches travel to Mesa CC on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tip-off is at 4:00 p.m.