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Pima men's basketball clinches a top seed in ACCAC tourney with win over Mesa

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (21-5, 14-4 in ACCAC) claimed a top seed in the ACCAC conference tournament on Wednesday with a win at Mesa Community College (12-13, 8-10).

The No. 10-ranked Aztecs defeated the Thunderbirds 90-77. It was Pima’s 17th win in the last 19 games. 

The Aztecs clinched the No. 1 seed for the NJCAA Region I, Division II tournament. The semifinals are Wednesday, March 6.  In the conference standings, Cochise College leads Pima by two games, with four regular-season games remaining.

Sophomore Abram Carrasco (Cholla HS) scored a game-high 27 points on 10 for 15 shooting to go along with six rebounds. He now has 1,145 points as he looks towards Murph Gershman’s (Tucson HS) total of 1,210 points.

Sophomore Kennedy Koehler scored 19 points and grabbed eight boards. Fellow sophomore Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) posted his 13th double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.

Sophomore Davonte Eason (Tucson HS) went 6 for 7 from the field and finished with 13 points with four rebounds and five assists. Freshman Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) posted 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) had four points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

The Aztecs beat the Thunderbirds 100-68 last month at the West Campus Gymnasium.

The Aztecs hit the road against on Saturday as they play at South Mountain Community College. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly reported that PCC had won the conference title.

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Ben Carbajal

Sophomore Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) secured his 13th double-double of the season as he fi nished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in Pima's 90-77 win at Mesa Community College. The Aztecs clinched the ACCAC conference title and will be the No. 1 seed for the NJCAA Region I, Division II Tournament starting on March 6.

(10) Pima CC Aztecs 90, Mesa CC Thunderbirds 77

PCC   39   51   90
MCC  26   51   77