Apaches run streak to 9, continue to stay on top of ACCAC

Cochise defeats Coyotes on the road 63-51.

The Cochise College men’s basketball team went on the road and came back with a win on Saturday, defeating Chandler Gilbert 63-51 at the Coyote Center. The win moves the Apaches to 21-6 and 15-4 in the ACCAC. Cochise currently sits in the first place one game ahead of Eastern Arizona College with three regular-season games to go.

Cochise started slow on Saturday before putting together a 10-2 run punctuated by a Milan Szabo tip-in at the buzzer to take a 40-27 halftime lead. The second half saw both teams trade baskets for the majority of the half. An 8-0 run with six minutes left to play would put Cochise up by 16 points before finishing with the 12 point victory.

Sophomore Naje Smith had 24 points and 13 rebounds while Sophomore Milan Szabo chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Freshman Arion Lewis had three 3’s and finished with 12 points. 

“This game was a concern for us. There wasn’t a big crowd in the gym on a Saturday afternoon, but our guys came out and did a decent job of defending and attacking,” said Cochise Head Coach Jerry Carrillo. “We need to continue to play with energy, effort, and enthusiasm as we need no help to win a title. We control that as we have a one-game lead with three games to play.”

Stat(s) of the Night

The Apaches held CHCC to 33% from the floor and 15% from three.

Up Next

The Apaches host South Mountain CC on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Stronghold Gymnasium on the Cochise College Douglas Campus. Admission is free with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.