Monsters Pull Away From Phoenix
Thatcher, AZ --
The Eastern Arizona College menís basketball team played two entirely different halves Saturday night as it played host to Phoenix College. After clinging to a four-point lead at the half, the Gila Monsters scored 54 points in the second half en route to an 89-59 victory.
EAC used a 23-5 run, including three consecutive dunks, to push its lead to 79-52 at the 5:03 mark.
The Monsters were led by freshman Dazmond Starke with a game-high 29 points and seven rebounds while Mike James tallied 21 points and a game-high eight assists. Mario Gill chipped in with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Bears were led by Curtis Mitchell with 22 points.
The victory puts EAC even closer to the ACCAC Division I playoffs. With the victory and a one-point loss for fifth-place Central Arizona at Scottsdale Saturday, the Monsters now have a two-game lead over the Vaqueros for the fourth and final playoff spot with just four conference games remaining. EAC also sits one game out of third place behind Mesa College.
With the win, the Monsters improve to 17-9 overall and 11-7 in ACCAC play. They have now won six straight games and 13 out of their last 15. Next up is a game at Yavapai on Wednesday. Phoenix hosts Scottsdale. Both games are set to tip off at 7:30 p.m.