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3-PEAT: Pima men's basketball capture third straight Region I, Division II title

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (26-6) set the tone early and left no doubt on Friday in the NJCAA Region I, Division II championship game.

The No. 1-seeded Aztecs defeated No. 2 Scottsdale Community College 107-73 to earn their third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II title.

The Aztecs started the game going 7 for 7 from the floor and took a double digit lead at 27-8 forcing the Artichokes (20-12) to call timeout with 13:24 left in the half.

The Aztecs took a 60-36 lead at the break as they went 23 for 33 (70 percent) in field goals. They were 8 for 14 from three-point range.

All five starters scored in double figures. Sophomores Kennedy Koehler and Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) posted double-doubles. Koehler produced his 19th double-double as he finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Wilson had his 15th double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) scored 17 points while fellow freshman Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) went 5 for 7 from the field and finished with 16 points and four assists. Sophomore Abram Carrasco (Cholla HS) had 14 points and seven assists.

Carrasco and Wilson were selected Co-MVPs of the game.

The Aztecs finished with a 19-2 record at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium this season.

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The Aztecs advance to the NJCAA Division II Tournament, March 19-23 at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Ill.

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NJCAA Region I, Division II Championship

(1 Seed) Pima CC Aztecs 107, (#2 seed) Scottsdale CC Artichokes 73