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Monsters Run Away From Central

On the same night Eastern Arizona College head coach Tim Parmeter blew out his birthday candles, the Gila Monsters blew Central Arizona out of the gym with a 90-48 victory at Guitteau Gymnasium on Saturday. "It comes back to the fact that we practiced well Thursday, Friday, and we practiced well today," Parmeter said. "We're doing what we're supposed to do, and that is paying attention to detail. And — go figure — you win." Not only did the Monsters win, they won the game in convincing fashion. Eastern (16-6, 10-4) went into the locker room with a 34-22 lead, and in the second half, the Gila Monsters displayed an offensive performance that had Central leaving the gym with its tail between its legs. EAC outscored CACC 56-26 in the second half, and the Gila Monsters' largest lead was 44 points (85-41) after a Jeff Wilson dunk with 3:36 remaining. The Gila Monsters played their most complete game this season, committing only 11 turnovers, out-rebounding the Vaqueros 49-26 and holding Central Arizona to only 31-percent shooting from the field. "In the first half, I thought we were playing well defensively, but we just weren't making any shots," Parmeter said. "For once this season, it was our defense that held us up." EAC used a 15-0 run midway through the second half to lead by 33 points (62-29), and from that juncture on, the Monsters cruised to the victory. "We just did what we were supposed to do, and we kept doing what we were supposed to do," Parmeter said. "We didn't let them hang around," Parmeter said. "We simply put them away, and that was great to see." The Gila Monsters had five players score in double figures, and Jerryck Owens-Murrey led the way with 19 points and 10 boards. "It's my teammates. I don't know how else to say it," Owens-Murrey said. "They have no problem giving me the ball, and I have no problem giving it back. "I just happened to be the one with 19 tonight," Owens-Murrey said. "The next time we play, I could be the one with 10 and someone else might have 19. It can be any single one of us on any given night, and that's what I love." Ervin Youmans poured in 16 points; Wilson and Gabor Boros added 13, and Terry Dunlap chipped in 12. Wilson snagged a game-high 14 rebounds, and Boros dished out five helpers during the dominating win. "Our ability to score has never been a question," Parmeter said. "We have good balance and depth offensively. It's just a matter of everyone trusting one another and doing what we're supposed to do, then things will go well for us." Eastern today travels to Arizona Western, a place where the Matadors have won 31 consecutive home contests. The Gila Monsters host Phoenix College on Saturday. Parmeter said the Monsters will need to win at least one game this week to have the opportunity to finish second in the conference, and that would assure them of one home game during the playoffs. "It's good because we're finally getting our act together," Owens-Murrey said. "We've always been a team that could beat teams convincingly, but when we click, nobody in the league can stop us. "It's just a matter of us getting it together within ourselves," Owens-Murrey said. "Hopefully, tonight we laid the stuff in the past to rest."

Article written by Andy Hansen of the Eastern Arizona Courier