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When it rains, it usually pours, and that was exactly the case for the men's and women's Eastern Arizona College basketball teams Saturday night. The men's team fell, 105-98, to the Arizona Western Matadors, and the women's squad lost, 77-60. The combination of sloppy defense and poor "attention to detail," EAC head coach Tim Parmeter said, were the two things that ended up costing the Monsters (8-3, 3-1) their first conference loss of the season. "It was quite obvious that our defense was pitiful all night long," Parmeter said. "The first thing I said to the guys in the locker room was, 'Look at Friday's practice. Look at (Saturday's) practice — they were both bad.' "We have to be able to be ready every day," Parmeter said. "We cannot just show up and get thing done. I would like to think that lesson had been learned by now but, clearly, it had not."

Eastern had four players in score in double figures and was led by Ervin Youmans 26 points. Gabor Boros scored 20 points (the second consecutive game he's posted at least 20) and connected on six of eight three-pointers. Sophomore Jerryck Owens-Murrey added 17 points, and Jordan Jamestown finished with 10. "Gabor is obivously shooting the ball very well," Parmeter said, "and I thought Ervin came out in the second half with a lot of energy and helped get us going a little bit." In the first half, both Eastern's and Arizona Western's offenses shot the ball well, (Western shot nearly 61 percent from the field, and Eastern connected at a 54-percent clip), but Eastern never could capitalize the the Matadors' mistakes. The Matadors' 13 missed shots in the first half resulted in seven offensive boards for Western, a stat Parmeter was not happy with. "When we made a mistake, or weren't where we were supposed to be, they did a good job hitting their shots," Parmeter said, "but again it goes back to our not paying attention to detail. Western held a 46-40 advantage with 1:15 left in the first half, and used a 7-0 run to lead, 53-40, at the half.

Youmans came out on fire in the second half, scoring Eastern's first four points, but the Gila Monsters never could get closer than four points the rest of the game. Youmans scored 15 points in the second half before spraining his ankle with just under seven minutes left. The second half was marred by an atrocious 44 combined free- throw attempts by both teams and plenty of phantom fouls called on both squads. "Western is a very good team, and they played exceptionally well," Parmeter said. "Every time we made a mistake they capitalized on it, but we weren't ready and you could see that in the first half."

Lady Matadors 77, Lady Monsters 60 EAC's women's basketball team had a rough first half against Western, scoring a paltry 29 points compared to the Matadors' 41. The culprit behind Eastern's slow start was a 33-percent shooting performance by EAC compared to a 57-percent by Western. EAC women's head coach Dan Dersam said he was discouraged by the Lady Monsters' shooting percentage but was encouraged with how EAC came out and pulled to within six points, four minutes into the second half. "We played better in the second half by making a run at them to pull within six points, and then we turned cold again," Dersam said.

EAC was led by Madonna Hickson, who scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. "We played well with the ball inside," Dersam said. "Hickson played a lot better game than she has recently she really got after it rebounding and worked hard at scoring. "We still turned the ball over too much, and if you turn the ball over like we did or don't rebound, you're going to struggle," Dersam said. The Matadors forced 25 EAC turnovers in the game and after EAC pulled within six points, used a 13-5 run to pull away for the win. Eastern gave up to many easy transition baskets in the second half, which led to the Matadors scoring streak. Dersam said the Mon-sters' inability to hit some "easy layups" was another problem for Eastern. MoNique Redhead posted 14 points for EAC, and Leah Jones added 11. EAC (0-8, 0-4) is still searching for its first win of the season, and Dersam said the emphasis right now for the Lady Monsters is "to get better every day and find a way to improve on our shooting."

Andy Hansen, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier