Scottsdale, EAC, now tied for men's basketball lead

Scottsdale, EAC, now tied for men's basketball lead

  Scottsdale had its nine-game winning streak halted by Tohono O'odham and Eastern Arizona climbed into a tie for first place in ACCAC men's basketball in action from Jan. 6-12.

  SCC (15-2, 7-2) fell to TOCC, 106-98 in triple overtime on the road. Xavier Fuller scored 21 points and grabbed 23 rebounds for the Artichokes while Boogie Anderson scored 23. Scottsdale then rebounded with a 70-60 win over Mesa, knocking the T-Birds from a first-place tie. Anderson led the way in scoring with 14 points with Chris Orozco (13-11) and Fuller (12-11) each producing double-doubles.

  For EAC (15-2, 7-2) it was wins over the same two schools. In a 70-66 triumph over MCC, Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., led the way with 24 points with Anthony Anderson and Jalen Brown each chipping in with 14. The T-Birds got 18 from Jok Jok. The Gila Monsters then silenced TOCC, 87-69 on the road. Brown canned 27 points and Pollard 21 with 17 rebounds.

  Arizona Western, Mesa and Cochise are deadlocked for third place at 6-3.

  AZW (12-5) split a pair of games during the week. The Matadors first lost at Phoenix, 88-81, but then bounced back for a 95-89 victory over Glendale. Against PC, Daniel Kiely led the way with 22 points, while Gio Nelson added 20. Treyvon McCrary came off the bench to score 25 for the Bears. Sherman Wilson had a 17-10 double-double. Western then stopped Glendale with Jalen Townsell leading the way with 22 while Lawrence Long added 20 in a reserve role.

  Mesa (10-7) fell twice in road games, dropping the afore-mentioned contests at Eastern Arizona and Scottsdale.

  Cochise (12-5) scored a pair of wins. The Apaches first downed Chandler-Gilbert 94-74 at home as Naje Smith poured in 35 points going 14-20 from the floor. Damon Wall added 19 and Arion Lewis 16 as CC shot a blistering .597 from the floor. CC then went on the road to edge South Mountain, 78-74, as Smith canned another 29 points on 12-20 shooting. SMCC got 21 off the bench from Anthony Jaramillo.

  Phoenix and Pima are tied with 5-4 ACCAC records.