Monsters Fall to Scottsdale in Home Finale
Thatcher, AZ --
The Gila Monster menís basketball team let an 11-point lead slip away in the final 7:58 as the Scottsdale College Fighting Artichokes defeated the home team 96-90 in Guitteau Gymnasium.
An 11-3 Scottsdale run, aided by eight points from freshman Paul Mallory, closed the EAC lead to 84-81 with 5:08 to play. The game was neck and neck from there before the Fighting Artichokesí Danny Thomas scored to take an 87-85 lead they would not relinquish.
The Monsters were led by freshman Mike James with team-highs of 23 points and six assists. Brandon Magee had 17 points off the bench on 7-for-7 shooting. Donald Johnson, Kalonji Paschal, and Chris Pruitt all had 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers.
Mallory had a game-high 28 points for Scottsdale.
Next up for EAC is a trip to Yuma, AZ for a game at Arizona Western on Friday to close out ACCAC regular-season play. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.