Monsters Are Region Champions
Yuma, AZ --
Eastern Arizona College defeated Arizona Western in the Region I Championship 69-58 in Yuma. The Monsters took a 7-0 lead and never looked back for their first Region title since 1995. They built a 20 point cushion in the second half only to see the Matadors go on a 23-6 run to close the gap to 5 points (55-50). But the Monsters answered the call in the sold out arena and never led by less than 10 points the rest of the way.
Tournament MVP Nikola Kecman scored 21 points for Eastern. Will Bynum tossed in 15 points as Chop Tang added 14 points.
Eastern now advances to the NJCAA National Tounament in Hutchinson, Kansas March 18-22. They will open up against the Kentucky-Tennessee District winner on March 18 in the 16 team tournament.