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1/22/2006

Monsters Sweep South Mountain

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The Eastern Arizona College men's hoopsters picked up another ACCAC (Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) road-win Saturday night with a 80-68 victory over South Mountain. The Gila Monsters (13-5, 7-3) led from tipoff to final buzzer, and EAC head coach Tim Parmeter said it came down to Eastern doing the simple things to get the win. "Go figure. We did what we were supposed to do, and we won," Parmeter said. "We played pretty solid defense and did a good job of just containing them and keeping them in front of us," Parmeter said.

EAC held a commanding 41-23 halftime lead, but as the case has been for the Monsters of late, a second-half letdown put a small damper on the overall impressive victory. "The only downside was that we started the second half with the same crap we've been doing," Parmeter said. "We had turnovers on our first four possessions, and all a sudden, our lead goes from 18 to 11. " South Mountain''s run at taking the lead was very short-lived, however, and the Gila Monsters jumped out to a 22-point lead with six minutes remaining via a 9-0 run.

After gaining a 22-point advantage, Eastern cruised to the victory with ease.

Parmeter said when Eastern limits its turnovers, the Monsters provide a lot of trouble to opposing teams. "Offensively, if we don't turn it over, we're going to score, and we did a good job of that in the first half," Parmeter said. "We can shoot, so when we get a shot at the basket, good things are usually going to happen for us."

Eastern got an outstanding offensive performance from Ervin Youmans, who is EAC's leading scorer with 18.1 points per game. Youmans was on fire for the entire game and poured in a team-high 28 points, which tied his career high (He scored 28 against Cochise on Nov. 30). "I thought Ervin did a good job of taking what they gave him," Parmeter said. "We saw a lot of zone, and you had better be into him when he gets the ball, or he's going to be able to knock down shots. "I also thought we did a good job of finding him," Parmeter said. "He really got going, and we did a good job of recognizing that." Youmans was 10-15 from the floor and dialed up six of his nine attempts from long distance to go along with five assists and five rebounds. Jerryck Owens-Murrey was the other Monster in double figures with 12 points. Jordan Jamestown was a perfect 4-4 from the field and scored nine points. Gabor Boros tallied nine points with three field goals from beyond the arc.

Eastern hosts Chandler/Gilbert tonight at Guitteau Gymansium and Parmeter expects a different pace of play. "It's going to be two contrasting styles of play because we've been good in transition and need to continue to be, but this is one team that shows a lot of patience in the half court," Parmeter said. Parmeter said Chandler/Gilbert is an "older, more mature team with a good basketball IQ, and they don't do anything to beat themselves." Chandler/Gilbert has a 9-8 overall record and is 5-5 in ACCAC play. EAC committed 25 turnovers against the Cougars, and Parmeter said the focus of the club at this juncture is to "keep making sure we make some progress." "When we do what we're supposed to do, and we have execution, we're going to be hard to stop," Parmeter said.

Lady Gila Monsters 77, Lady Cougars 53Eastern's Lady Monsters won its second game of the season Saturday night with an impressive 77-53 win over ACCAC opponent South Mountain. EAC (2-11, 2-7) got off to a great start against South Mountain and had a 35-20 halftime lead. Leah Jones (game-high 17 points) drained three shots from long distance to give EAC a great offensive output in the first half. Even with the Lady Monsters offense playing well (EAC shot 55 percent for the game), EAC head coach Dan Dersam was impressed with what he saw on the defensive side of the ball. "We played with great defensive intensity all game long," Dersam said. "That was what made the biggest difference. "Our defensive intensity gave us a lot of inside shots," Dersam said. "We really just played extremely well." Eastern maintained its offensive intensity in the second half, and the worst Dersam said the Lady Monsters did "was trade baskets a couple of times." Christina Brito scored 15 points; Madonna Hickson tallied 13, and Tana Welker was the fourth Lady Monster in double figures, chipping in 12. All told, all 10 players contributed and scored for Eastern. The Lady Gila Monsters host ACCAC foe Chandler/Gilbert tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Andy Hansen, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier