Men's Basketball | 02/28/2022
Matadors fall in Region I final to Cochise in overtime, 73-67
|Arizona Western College||67|
YUMA, AZ – The Arizona Western Matadors (26-5) dropped the Region I championship game in overtime to Cochise on Monday night at the House.
Yaxel Lendeborg led the Matadors in scoring with 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to finish with a double-double.
After the Matadors tied the game at 11-11, Cochise would go on a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the first half at 17-11 before Nate Duda halted the run with a layup to cut the deficit to 17-13.
Duda ended the game with 12 points and scored eight of those 12 points in the first half.
The Matadors went on an 8-0 run to take the lead back at 19-17 but Cochise outscored the Matadors 13-6 to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room.
The Matadors opened the second half on a 7-0 run highlighted by back-to-back threes from Mojus Mojus and Marquis Hargrove to give the Matadors a 33-30 lead.
The Matadors took a 63-57 lead before Cochise closed out regulation on a 6-0 run to send the game to overtime.
Najeeb Muhammad finished as the Matadors' second-leading scorer, scoring 13 points in the loss.
Arizona Western was outscored 10-4 in the overtime period by the Apaches.