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.