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Basketball on a Roll


Don't look now, but the EAC men's hoops team is on a roll, and, at the moment, it doesn't look like any team can stop it. The Gila Monsters defeated the Glendale Gauchos, 100-79, Saturday night by a dominating performance in the second half. "It's a pretty simple thing. I thought we made them miss, and we rebounded," EAC head coach Tim Parmeter said. "We've played a few teams in a row now, that when we rebound the ball we were going to be able to get out and run." EAC put together a 32-8 run in the second half to pull away from the Gauchos, and the fat lady started to sing. The Monsters were on their way to a rout from that point. "It was kind of a slow, methodical, take charge and take care of our business kind of game," Parmeter said. "That was good because we had to play at a little different pace."

Playing without the steady Gabor Boros, who has an infected and impacted wisdom tooth, the rest of the starters began to pick up the slack. Eastern's usual suspects did the majority of the damage against the Gauchos, and Ervin Youmans and Marcus Palmer led the Monsters with a game-high 22 points each. Jordan Jamestown added 13, and big man Jeff Wilson chipped in 10. EAC went into the locker room with a close 43-36 halftime lead, but it was the second half that EAC pulled away.

EAC pounded away at a tired and obviously outmatched Glendale team in the closing half, and Palmer scored 14 points in the second half alone. Chris Booker was close to having a triple-double game, scoring nine points, 10 boards and dishing out eight helpers. Eastern could have easily buried Glendale late in the game and won by 40 points, but Parmeter unloaded his bench. The Monsters still coasted to an easy victory.

EAC (7-2, 2-0) plays its first ACCAC (Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) road game this week when it travels to Central Arizona on Wednesday night. Youmans was named the ACCAC player of the week via his 28 points and six boards, to go along with his 22 points against the Gauchos. Eastern is tied at the top of the ACCAC standing with Mesa. Glendale dropped to 3-3, 0-2 on the season, putting them in a tie in the cellar dweller with South Mountain and Chandler/ Gilbert. The Gila Monsters are in the driver's position and have the opportunity to pull ahead of the ACCAC pack with a win over Central Arizona. After missing the playoffs last season, and the early success EAC is having thus far, Eastern is on the right track to reach postseason play.

Andy Hansen, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier