Men's Basketball | 03/06/2021

MBB: #22 Matadors Depth Tops Central

Team Score
Arizona Western College 71
Central Arizona College 57

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COOLIDGE, Ariz---Eight different Matadors had multiple field goals and thirteen different players scored for #22 Arizona Western (9-2 overall, 7-2 ACCAC) in a 71-57 road win at Central Arizona (1-7 overall, 1-6 ACCAC) Saturday afternoon.

The win secures the season series for the Matadors over the Vaqueros, their second of the three division one opponents.

Marquis Hargrove was an efficient 5-6 for the field with 11 points, leading the way for the Matadors. Mojus Mojus was the only other Matador in double figures with ten points.

The Matadors shot 48% from the field but struggled from deep, hitting just five of eighteen three's.

It was a complete team effort as all five starters (Mojus, Malik Salahuddin, Evan Butts, James Dunlop, and Leo Gerrardo) each hit at least one field goal in addition to buckets from Hargrove and five more reserves.

The win also marked the return of forward Nate Duda and guard Najeeb Muhammad. The sophomore forward had been out since January 20th, played 16 minutes while scoring 7 points while registering a block and a steal and grabbing four rebounds.

Muhammad played 23 minutes in his return and scored three points while doling out four assists. He also grabbed three rebounds.

Yaxel Lendeborg helped lead AWC to 47 total rebounds snatching eight of his own.

The Matador's upcoming week has become really tricky, while very free. The game originally scheduled for Tuesday against Cochise has been postponed due to COVID protocols and Pima has once again cancelled their week of indoor sports.

The next scheduled game for Arizona Western is a non-conference game Tuesday against Community Christian in Yuma at 7:30pm.


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