YUMA, Ariz. – It was a tale of two half’s as the Arizona Western College Matadors (14-5, 8-3 ACCAC) overcame the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes (16-3, 8-3 ACCAC) 91-74 Saturday at the House in Yuma.
The Mats were lights out from three in the second half, shooting 80%, and making 8 of 10 attempts to close out the game. But those were the only 3’s the Mats made in the win as they struggled to go 0-7 in the first half and found themselves down 4.
The Matadors shooting woes started from the jump, failing to score on their first 6 shots despite three offensive rebounds on their first three trips down the floor. Carlos Barela added to their misery by burying his first three shots and Scottsdale was out to a 7-0 lead.
But the Matadors rallied as soon as Jordan Greene entered the ball game and held Barela without another point until midway through the second half. The Mats offense found the basket and went on a 8-0 run of their own, led by Guard Cash Williams and Forward Andre Allen.
Despite being within four at the break, trailing 34-30, AWC saw little first half contributions from many of its other leading scorers.
That changed in the second half as Bryson Landon caught fire, connecting on three straight three’s and tallying 18 of his game high 20 points in the second.
The Mats outscored the Artichokes 59-37 in the second half, snapping Scottsdale’s nine game winning streak and bulling even with the ‘Chokes at 8-3 in conference play
Arizona Western will start their second round of conference play on Wednesday, continuing the home stand against Central Arizona at 7:30pm in Yuma.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.