YUMA, Ariz. –The Arizona Western Matadors (9-2 overall, 3-0 ACCAC) set the tone early defensively and got enough offense to earn the 68-53 conference win over the Cochise Apaches (7-2 overall, 2-2 ACCAC).
The Matadors controlled the Apaches pace from the start and dictated the tempo, translating 12 turnovers into 14 points that gave the Mats 37-26 lead at the end of the first half.
Arizona Western started off the first half with a strong defense that controlled the Apaches ability to run in transition. The tight Matador defense gave Cash Williams the ability to score 17 points, 9 of which came from three pointers. Daniel Kiely followed up with 9 points and Pharoh Allah with 7 points. For the Apaches, Naje Smith shot 10 points and Donte Dupriest shot 6 points.
The game took a slight turn in the second half. Both teams made the second half a physical and a free throw game. The Matadors shot 17 points from free throws and had 23 points from turnovers.
Cash Williams lead the Matadors with 21 overall points and Daniel Kiely ended with 11 total points.
The win extends the Matador streak to eight games before two road games in three days. The tough test begins on Saturday as AWC heads to Mesa to play the Thunderbirds. The Men's game will start at 4:00pm, with the Women tipping off at 2:00pm.
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.