DOUGLAS, Ariz. – A slow pace to start the game translated to a flat finish as the Arizona Western Matadors fell to first place Cochise 88-79 Saturday night.
The game was a defensive struggle for the opening ten minutes, contrary to both team’s typical high paced offenses.
The Matadors (16-6, 10-5 ACCAC) held the early advantage before the Apaches closed out the half on a 20-9 run despite the Matadors getting 10 free throw attempts in that stretch. Arizona Western was below 50% from the line in the half.
Arizona Western played the aggressor multiple times in the second half, getting major production from Alfonso Plummer and Bryson Langdon who had 21 points apiece.
But the Apaches received 18 points from Darnell Robateau as well as 16 each from Chris Whitaker and Naje Smith.
It’s the 11th consecutive win for Cochise while the Matadors drop to 0-2 on the road trip with Mesa looming on Wednesday.
The Matadors fall three games behind Cochise in the ACCAC standings.
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.