EAC, Cochise tied for top in DI; Scottsdale up 2 in DII

EAC, Cochise tied for top in DI; Scottsdale up 2 in DII

  There are five games to go with seeding battles going on in both men's basketball divisions.

  In Division I, Eastern Arizona and Cochise are tied for the top spot at 13-4 apiece.

  Cochise (19-6) moved into the tie with a 71-65 win over the Gila Monsters with Naje Smith leading the way with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Damon Wall contributed 14 points. Jalen Brown had 15 and Ty Rankin 13 for EAC.

  Then, Cochise topped Mesa, 83-75, as Arion Lewis poured in 24 and Smith had a 21-14 double-double. MCC got 24 off the bench from Dane Maggi.

  EAC bounced back with a 95-75 victory at Glendale as all five starters scored in double figures with Brown leading the way with 20 points. Rankin (18-13) and Nathaniel Pollard, Jr., (15-10) had double-doubles.

  Mesa (15-10, 11-6) has a two-game margin over Arizona Western after topping the Matadors in Yuma, 65-54.  In that one, Sherman Dedrick, Jr., and Carter Coray each scored 15 while Donte Gonzalez had 12 points and 13 assists. Jalen Townsell topped AZW with 18. The Matadors bounced back with a 51-47 win at Chandler-Gilbert as Cash Williams led with 15.

  AZW (15-10, 9-8) has a one-game lead over Central Arizona (13-12, 8-9) for the final playoff spot. CAC won twice during the week. First was an 81-74 triumph at Tohono O'odham as Jalen Menzies popped in 19 and Brenton Woods had an 18-10 double-double. The Vaqueros then won at South Mountain, 66-55, with Woods scoring 16.

  In Division II, Scottsdale (20-5, 12-5) holds the top spot with a two-game margin over Glendale.

  SCC began the week with a loss at Pima, 87-84, as Boogie Anderson scored 24 points and had ten rebounds. The Artichokes then beat Phoenix, 81-56. In that one, Xavier Fuller went for a 26-13 double.

  Glendale (15-9, 10-7) sits two games back. The Gauchos beat South Mountain, 81-77, earlier in the week, but lost to Eastern Arizona. In the SMCC contest, Joshuwan Johnson hit for 28 points while Cassius Carmichael (14-12) and Myles Malachesen (12-11) added double-doubles. Kareem Clark knocked down 28 for SMCC.

Phoenix (15-10, 9-8) and Pima (15-10, 9-8) have a four-game bulge over Tohono O'odham for the last two playoff berths, but are in a deadlock themselves.

  PC beat Chandler-Gilbert, 80-75, to start the week with Jonah LaBranche scoring 17, but then fell to Scottsdale.

  Pima lost to Scottdale and then beat TOCC, 86-80.