HUTCHINSON, Kan—Slow starts to each half and their opponents balanced attack proved too much to overcome as the Arizona Western College Matadors fell to the Cape Fear Sea Devils 104-90 Monday morning at the Sports Arena.
Cape Fear got off to a blazing start, leading 14-1 less than five minutes in.
The Mats got their first basket on an Andre Allen turnaround just inside the five minute mark.
From there, Bryson Langdon hit his first three as the Matadors searched for their footing.
The Matadors rallied over the next ten minutes behind Allen and Langdon. Allen had all 19 of points in the first half and Landon added 9 in the rally as the Matadors went on a 34-11 run to tie the game at 35 with 3:14 left in the first half.
But Cape Fear made another push to close out the half. Five different Sea Devils made a basket in the final three minutes of the half and Cape Fear closed the period on a 13-5 run to take an eight point half-time lead.
The Sea Devils had five different guys with multiple field-goals in the first half, led by JJ Miles’ 14 points.
Cape Fear raced out again to start the second half with a 20-11 run with all three of the Matadors field goals in the segment coming on Alfonso Plummer three-pointers.
Plummer continued to catch fire, connecting on five more three’s, eight in total for the half and game. But the closest Arizona Western could cut the deficit was 10 points halfway through the second half.
Cape Fear answered with one more big run, pushing the difference to 21 points with just over five minutes to go.
Arizona Western pulled it within 11 just under two minutes before the Sea Devils cemented the final score at 104-90.
Miles led all scorers for Cape Fear with 28 points. Donte Tatum, Quate McKinzie, and Demetric Horton each added 17 while Jalen Cameron finished with 10.
The Matadors received 26 points from Plummer, 22 from Langdon, and 19 from Allen. Williams rounded out the double-figure scorers with 13.
AWC finishes the season at 25-9 while Cape Fear advances to play top seeded Norwest Florida State Tuesday afternoon at 2pm CT.
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.