MBB: Sophomores Explode in Regular Season Finale


YUMA, Ariz. – Capturing the excitement of friends, family, and a great home crowd, the Arizona Western Matadors (17-13 overall, 11-11 ACCAC) stopped the Scottsdale Fighting Artichokes (23-7 overall, 15-7 ACCAC) 107-62 on Sophomore Night at The House on Tuesday.

From Pharoh Allah’s opening bucket 20 seconds into the ballgame, Arizona Western had the electric atmosphere in The House mounting.

All five Matador sophomores in the starting lineup scored within the first six baskets, including a second from Allah, who finished with his second 20-point game of the season.

The Matadors bounced back after not hitting a single three on Saturday against Eastern with eight against the Artichokes. In fact, the Mats hit on 47% of their attempts with Solomon Fernander, Daniel Kiely, Cash Williams, and Gio Nelson all hitting two a piece in their final home game in Yuma.

Every Matador shot at lead 50% from the field for the game with all eight Matadors combining to shoot 67% for the game. Seven of the eight Matadors finished in double-figures.

Allah finished with a 22 point, 10 rebound double-double, game highs in both categories.

Kiely and Nelson each finished with 19 points while Kiely tacked on assists. Williams finished with 14 points and 7 assists.

The complete team effort also saw AWC shoot above 70 percent from the line.

It’s the first time this season that Arizona Western eclipsed the century mark and bodes as a momentum boost heading into the program’s 22nd consecutive Region I Playoff Appearance.

Arizona Western will enter the playoffs as the 4th seed on the Division I bracket and travel to Douglas on Saturday to take on conference champion and top seeded Cochise at 7:00pm.

The game will be available via live stream on the Matador Athletics Facebook 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.


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