TUCSON, Ariz. – A fateful 10-0 run in the final four minutes doomed the Arizona Western College Matadors in a 100-95 road loss to the Pima Aztecs Wednesday night.
The Matadors traded the lead with Pima 20 times and were tied at 12 different points but it was the Aztecs ability to hit the three when the game was tied at 84 that changed the tide for good.
Robert Wilson hit four of his five threes for the Aztecs and finished with 23 points, seemingly coming up clutch for the Aztecs when the game was on the line.
The Matadors rallied despite falling down by as many as 12 with 2:45 to play in the game, getting the deficit to four. But a couple of tough luck misses kept the game out of reach.
Abram Carrasco had a game high 25 points for the Aztecs.
The Matadors countered with their typical attack as Alfonso Plummer had 24 points, Andre Allen contributed 22, and Cash Williams had 20.
But the Mats were cold from three in key stretches while the Aztecs were on fire, connecting on 8 of 11 attempts in the second half.
The Aztecs were also able to find key stops periodically in a game that was dominated by offense. ACCAC Player of the Week Bryson Langdon had just two points in the first half and despite ten second half points had a key bucket rattle out in what would have made it a one possession game in the final minute.
Now, the Matadors find themselves two games behind Cochise for the top seed among Division I schools in Region I.
The Matadors continue a tough road trip at those conference leading Apaches from Cochise Saturday night. Both Matador Basketball games, starting with the women, can be heard on AM in Yuma on 560 KBLU beginning at 5:20pm with the Pre-Game Show.
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.