By: Joshua Gerard Gargiulo
PHOENIX - Phoenix College continues to prove their versatility with a well-earned 89-76 road-win at Scottsdale Community College last Saturday.
The Bears went down by six quickly; slow starts are a trend with Phoenix College.
Deron Kyle turned out to be the leader against Scottsdale. He sparked the run that gave PC their first lead of the game around the 13:00 mark of the first half. The teams then traded baskets for about the next seven minutes.
The Bears finally began to increase their cushion with 5:00 minutes left in half one. Guards, Habib Arogundade and Trey Mitchell got aggressive and found their ways to the line. Before the buzzer, Darius Goudeau converted on a 4-point play to put Phoenix College ahead by 12- at half.
The Bears maintained their lead throughout the second half, never truly looking back after their “end-of-the-half run.” They extended their lead to as much as 23 with around ten minutes left. Both teams went flat with about five minutes left. Even with Scottsdale managing to close the deficit by ten points; the Bears shut-the-door winning 89-76.
The high-pressure defense from both teams forced a plethora of missed shots. Both teams shot a “sub-par” 39% from-the-field.
It was a dazzling game for Trey Mitchell, who finished with 17/6/3. During a time when the team has needed both a leader and a solid-one to keep the composure on the floor; Trey has found a way to guide his team through the flames. He ranks 5th in the ACCAC for Assists/per game and has averaged 14.2 PPG over his last ten.
Deron Kyle recorded his first double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Darius Goudeau produced another monster game with 24 points and 16 rebounds. This performance single-handedly earned him “Player-of-the-Week” for the week of 2/12. As if he had not already done so, last Wednesday, at Chandler-Gilbert; a game where Goudeau finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 90-85 road victory.
Ahmed Levon made his first appearance in the last 13 games. He recorded two points and three rebounds in eight-and-a-half minutes. He first entered between the 16:00-14:00 in the second half and helped to jumpstart a small-run, where he also compiled all his stats.
The Bears’ travel to Eastern Arizona College today, then they return home this up-coming Saturday and next Wednesday. As your Bears will host two Division I schools in Arizona Western College and Central Arizona College. Phoenix College is located at 1202 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85013.