The Cochise College cut down the nets in Cochise Stronghold Friday night after beating the Phoenix College Bears 101-98 before a festive hometown crowd.
Joe Bell Austin takes his turn at cutting down the net after the Cochise College Apaches won the ACCAC regular season championship Friday following a 101-98 win over Phoenix College. Cochise will host Central Arizona College Thursday at 7:30 in the first round of the Region 1 playoffs. Bruce Whetten/Douglas Dispatch
While Cochise, 25-5 overall and 15-0 at home this season, is taking on Central Arizona College in a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday in Cochise Stronghold the Arizona Western College Matadors will host Eastern Arizona College in the other playoff game.
The two winners will meet Saturday for the right to advance on to the Sectional Tournament.
Against Phoenix College the Apaches led 31-23 at the midway point of the first half and 54-42 at the half.
Mark Simmon’s three early in the second half gave Cochise a 61-48 edge.
The Apaches led 81-67 at the midway point of the second half when Phoenix went on a 19-4 run taking a 86-85 lead.
Matt Korcheck’s dunk with 68 seconds left in the game gave Cochise a 101-98 lead that ended up lasting the rest of the game.
Michael Maya led Cochise in scoring with 22 points. Korcheck followed with 21 including four dunks. Simmons had 17 and Nnamdi Ezenwa 12.
Last Wednesday the Apaches were in Scottsdale where they pulled out a 84-62 win over the Artichokes.
Korcheck and Ezenwa each scored 14 points to lead Cochise in scoring. Joe Bell Austin came off the bench to follow with13.
Lady Apaches head to post season
The Cochise College Lady Apaches wrapped up the No.3 seed in the upcoming Region 1 playoffs after beating Phoenix College 76-70 Friday night.
Ashley Mitchell led the Apaches with 19 points, Paulina Sias added 16 and J.J. Alli scored 11.
Cochise, 18-12, will be at Arizona Western tonight. The Lady Apaches are 0-2 against the Lady Matadors this season losing by 29 at home and by 12 in Yuma.
Tonight’s winner advances to the NJCAA Region I championship game on Friday, at Central Arizona College, which carries the No. 1 seed after winning the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference title.