The No. 9-ranked Pima men’s basketball team extended its winning streak to three games on Wednesday night with a 129-85 win against Arizona Sol, a post-graduation team from Tucson.
Pima (10-3, 3-3 in ACCAC) overcame a slow start and pulled away in Pima’s West Campus Gym.
“I was a little worried to be honest with you. It was kind of a trap game for us tonight,” Pima coach Brian Peabody said. “Our guys are all going home after tonight’s game and we were all just trying to get them to play hard. We came out slow, I think it was a six-point game at halftime. Obviously we played much harder in the second half.”
Leaders for the Aztecs were forwards Daniel Moody (Walden Grove graduate) and Traivar Jackson.
Moody had 30 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson scored 24 points and had eight rebounds. Both players managed to not miss a single shot during the entirety of the second half. Moody went 7-of-7 from the field while Jackson was 4-of-4.
Moody made 12 for 17 from the field while Jackson went 11 for 15.
Arizona Sol went on a 16-7 run in the first half, cutting their deficit from 35-24 to 42-40 with just under 5:00 to play until halftime.
The Aztecs eventually found their groove again, ending the half with a lead of 52-44.
Pima came out looking much faster than they did at the beginning of the game. The Aztecs opened up the beginning of the second half with a 22-9 run, widening their lead to 74-53 before the first timeout was taken with 15:03 left.
They did not let up from there. Pima scored another 55 points, compared to Arizona Sol’s 32 before the end of the game.
“We didn’t turn the ball over, I think we had 11 or 12 I think in the first half. We only had two or three in the second. We took much better care of the basketball and our bigs are good. We got our bigs involved and we took easy shots.” said Peabody.
Pima outscored Arizona Sol 77-41 in the second half.
The Aztecs are off until Dec. 27 when they host the Pima CC Holiday Invitational at the West Campus Gym from Dec. 27-29. They play the College of Southern Nevada (6-6) — an NJCAA Division I program — on Dec. 27 at 6:00 p.m.