Men's Basketball | 04/10/2021
Matadors fall in Region I Final at Cochise
|Arizona Western College||62|
DOUGLAS, Ariz-A lopsided second half ended up putting the end to the Arizona Western Matadors (11-3 overall) Region I Championship bid as they fell 83-62 to the Cochise Apaches (11-2 overall) Saturday afternoon in the Region I Final.
The Matadors hung tight in the opening half and slowly slid behind Cochise, in what was mostly a 1 and 2 point difference for much of the period, to a five point hole at the half.
Arizona Western shot just 37% from the field and had just two players in double-figures with Mojus Mojus leading with 15 points and Malik Salahuddin adding 12.
Brian Rios hit a trio of three's in the second half to help spur the Apaches. He finished tied with ACCAC Player of the Year Stephen Byard with a game high 18 points each.
Jonathan Garcia chipped in 10 of his 16 points in the second half to help the Apaches clinch their first Region I Championship in five years and punch their ticket to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Arizona Western, the 22nd ranked team in the country, will await for the at-large bids to be announced Sunday night to see if their season will continue.