YUMA, Ariz. – A late three from a hot shooter upended the Arizona Western Matadors (11-4 overall, 5-2 ACCAC) 74-69 at the hands of the South Mountain Cougars (6-9 overall, 2-5 ACCAC) Saturday afternoon at The House.
The Cougars jumped out in front of AWC behind the guard combination of Makael Rainbow and Kareem Clark.
But the Matadors responded with ten points from both of Jalen Townsell and Cash Williams to lock the game at 31 heading into halftime.
Townsell and Williams continued strong second half performances but it was another guard from South Mountain who kept the Cougars in it.
Anthony Jaramillo connected on five of his six three pointers, four in the second half, including the dagger with his team down two in the final minute.
But Arizona Western had to dig out of an eight point hole with four minutes left. Williams hit a three that sparked a 10-0 run and put AWC up 69-67 before Jaramillo’s heroics.
The loss drops the Matadors into third place in the conference behind Scottsdale and Mesa, while they will still be at-least tied atop the Division I standings with Eastern Arizona—who plays later Saturday evening.
The Matadors look to bounce back on the road Wednesday at Phoenix College. The game starts at 7:30pm, immediately following the women’s game, and will be broadcast on the Matador Athletics Facbeook Page.
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.