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Monsters Sneak by Glendale

Home victories have come quite easily for the Eastern Arizona College men’s basketball team this season. The wins on the road have been a bit more difficult. The Monsters are a perfect 14-0 at Guitteau Gymnasium, and most of those wins have been by a large margin. Saturday night’s 70-68 win at Glendale was the latest nail-biter on the road for the Monsters.

EAC is just 2-4 in its last six road games, and the two wins have been by one and two points, respectively. The all-around play of sophomore point guard Dontae Bryant was a big reason the Monsters pulled off the victory. He only scored five points but had 12 rebounds, 11 assists and six steals.

Bryant was named the ACCAC Player of the Week mostly due to his triple-double (26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists) against South Mountain on Feb. 20. Eastern (23-5, 16-4) trailed 68-66 when Nikola Kecman hit a 3-pointer to put the Monsters up 69-68 with just more than 30 seconds left in the game. Glendale missed a shot in the lane on its next possession, and Will Bynum grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Bynum went to the line and hit the first shot but missed the second. Glendale didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer. Markhuri Frison-Sanders had a team-high 13 points and 16 rebounds; Bynum scored 12, and Chop Tang added 11. Kecman registered four blocked shots.

EAC remained in second place in the ACCAC with two games left in the regular season. If the Monsters finish second in the conference, they will host a game in Thatcher on March 6 in the regional tournament.

Article written by Brian Wright

Sports Editor, Eastern Arizona College