Pima Community College sports

Pima Men Victorious in Consolation Game Behind Six Scorers in Double Figures

Information for this report provided by the Pima media relations department.

The Pima Community College men’s basketball team routed Pitt Community College 105-73 on Friday in a consolation game of the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Danville, Ill.

The No. 3 seeded Aztecs led from start to finish against the No. 15 Bulldogs. Pima will play in the seventh place game tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tucson time against Ancilla (Tenn.) College.

The Aztecs (28-7) jumped out to a 9-1 lead but the Bulldogs closed the gap within two points at 21-19 with 10:57 left in the half. Pima took over from there as it went on a 23-2 run in six minutes to lead 44-21. The Aztecs scored 11 of the final 13 points of the first half to take a 57-27 lead at the break.

Former Salpointe standout Robby Wilson had his 16th double-double in the season in Pima’s win on Friday in the NJCAA Division II national tournament (NJCAA photo)

The Aztecs maintained a 30-point advantage in the latter part of the second half but their biggest lead was at 40 points at 104-64 with under three minutes left in the game.

“I’m really proud of my team and how they’ve responded (the last two game),” Pima men’s basketball coach Brian Peabody said. “We put a lot of energy into getting this far. We wanted to represent for Pima (Community) College and the community of Tucson.”

The Aztecs had six players score in double figures led by sophomore Kennedy Koehler, who finished with 22 points on 6 for 8 shooting and 3 for 4 from three-point range. He produced his 21st double-double as he also added 10 rebounds.

Freshman Rashad Smith flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 19 points 10 rebounds and six assists. Fellow freshman Jordan Robinson (a former Tucson High standout) posted 17 points on 4 for 6 shooting.

Sophomore Robby Wilson (Salpointe) gained his 16th double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Davonte Eason (Tucson HS) and freshman Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge) scored in double figures off the bench. Eason scored 11 points on 5 for 6 shooting and Gerken finished with 10 points as he went 3 for 4 from three-point range.

Sophomore Abram Carrasco (Cholla) scored nine points and now has a total of 1,284 career points at Pima. He broke the career scoring record held by Greg Cook on Mar. 6.

The Pima women’s team will play in the fifth-place game of the women’s NJCAA Division II national tournament against Sinclair (Ohio) Junior College at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Freshman Alyssa Perez (Marana) was a major contributor off the bench with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the No. 6 seeded Aztecs (23-12) kept their season alive with a 110-90 upset victory over No. 2 North Iowa Area Community College on Thursday.

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