YUMA, Ariz. – A last second shot rattled out as the Arizona Western Matadors couldn’t complete the comeback in an 87-86 loss to the Glendale Gauchos Wednesday night.
Alfonso Plummer started the game with a deep three and the Matadors led from the start. But a 15-1 by the Gauchos highlighted by 3 of their 6 three’s in the first half put the Mats down seven at the break.
Abderrahmane Hailouf helped the Mats hang around with 8 of his 10 points in the first half, but the Gauchos balanced attack in the first half helped turn the tide in their favor.
The Gauchos extended their halftime lead to its largest margin at 73-60 with just under ten minutes to go before the Matadors began to call back.
Bryson Langdon and Cash Williams each finished with 17 points for the game, contributing in the rally.
Arizona Western chipped away until the final seconds using many of the Gauchos 15 turnovers to erase the margin.
Down by one, the Matadors fouled Glendale with 6.5 seconds to go. The Gauchos missed both free-throws to set up the final sequence.
Without timeouts, Plummer advanced the ball into the front court along the sideline and in front of the Matador bench. Navigating through a pair of defenders, Plummer worked towards the corner and attempted a potential game-winning shot. A Gaucho deflected the ball downward, and the bounce landed back in Plummer’s hands for a hurried final chance that rattled out.
Plummer finished with 17 points for the Matadors.
The Matadors fall to 20-8 on the season, 14-6 in ACCAC. They are home for sophomore night, hosting Eastern Arizona. The women start at 5:30pm, the men follow at 7:30pm.
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.