Climb Continues for Men's Basketball

February 08, 2019

By: Joshua Gerard Gargiulo

PHOENIX - Phoenix College’s search for a play-off spot continued Wednesday night as they traveled to Chandler-Gilbert, for the second half of their regular season series. They managed to stun the Coyotes, on their floor, 90-85.

Despite the final score being so close, the game was heavily dominated by Phoenix College; who held leads of 7, 11, and as much 15 during the majority of both half’s.

The ball movement of Phoenix College proved to be a key-factor in their win, as they tallied nine more assists than the Coyotes- by game’s end.

Nothing was falling for Chandler-Gilbert in the opening minutes. They only hit two of their first twelve attempts. Phoenix College took advantage of this blunder and jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the first six minutes. The onslaught from PC continued as they saw their lead expand to 37-22 at its peak and went into halftime up by ten.

The Bears held onto their double-digit lead well into the second half. Surprisingly, a late-game surge came from the coyotes with 2:30 left. Chandler-Gilbert finally slashed the lead to single-digits at this time, and was threatening a late-game win. Costly fouls and turnovers almost cost PC the game; but it was “too little, too late” on Chandler-Gilbert part, as their late-run could only add five-more points to the final score.

If not for forfeiture, the Bears would have swept the season-series.

Sophomore Darius Goudeau recorded his 12th double-double of the season, after falling a few rebounds shy over the last three games. Goudeau has proven to be a leader on both sides of the ball. He is averaging 21.2 PPG and 9.0 RPG. It is worth noting that Goudeau has also drained multiple game-winning shots throughout the season.

Sophomore Deron Kyle led the team in points (25) alongside Goudeau. He shot 8-21 from the field and 86% from-the-line. Kyle complimented his 25-point game with six rebounds.

Trey Mitchell had another fantastic game at the point guard position, finishing with a team-high nine assists. Michael Walcott chipped in with nine points, in thirteen minutes; he fouled out with 5:42 remaining.

Phoenix College takes on Scottsdale Community College this Saturday in Scottsdale. Men’s Basketball plays after Women’s Basketball at 4:30pm.

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.