By: Joshua Gerard Gargiulo
PHOENIX - Bears topple 5th-placed Gila Monsters, 110-101 on the road, to extend their win-streak to five games and position themselves tied-for-sixth in the ACCAC. Guards Trey Mitchell, Kenny Sutton, and Deron Kyle combined for 72 points and 18 assists. Forward Darius Goudeau impressed again as he finished the night with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Second-year guard, Kenny Sutton entered the game: 59 seconds in, replacing Treyjahn Johnson after an unnecessary foul, and found the holes in Eastern Arizona’s defense. He immediately set-up fellow teammate Deron Kyle for an open-three. He then fed a pass to Parker Anderson for an easy two, one minute later.
Quiet as kept, Sutton let his teammates find their own baskets for the next few possessions. As the ball eventually found its way back to him, he rebounded his own blocked-shot and put-it-back for two. This gave the Bears a six-point lead, 4:00 in.
The torch was figuratively passed as Darius Goudeau and Trey Mitchell began lighting up the floor. An already-hot Deron Kyle joined in on the party and the points flew up in mere seconds; and even with the stellar scoring from all four men, Phoenix College still could not find a way to shake the Gila Monsters.
Collin Kelley (22 points) and James Burns (29 points), alongside Nathaniel Pollard (16 points), led an offensive attack for Eastern Arizona that gave them the strength to match nearly-all of PC’s baskets. During large periods of the game, the three men of Eastern Arizona; and four men of Phoenix College, often going blow-for-blow.
The halftime score was Phoenix College 50 and Eastern Arizona 48.
The Gila Monsters started out the second half with a 10-4 run, in the first four minutes. This was subject of another slow start from the Bears. It looked gloomy for PC, as the lead was eventually stretched to 12 with just two minutes of regulation remaining.
Following the substitution of Darius Goudeau and Demitrius Campbell, Parker Anderson rebounded a Trey Mitchell miss and was fouled. This is where the run began. Anderson netted both shots and Coach Eason shouted for his team to guard in a Full-Court Press.
Not two seconds ticked-off before the Bears’ were back in possession; seven seconds later they cut the lead to eight. As they patiently waited for the right opportunity, two more steals came in the next: 30 seconds, and the Bears’ only needed two-points with: 24 remaining, to tie.
At this time, sharp-shooter Darius Goudeau re-entered the game for only “one” reason. Subsequently, a Nathaniel Pollard foul sent Goudeau to-the-line with: 12 seconds left. Where he sank both to send it into overtime.
In overtime, Phoenix College closed the door on Eastern, out-scoring the Gila Monsters 15-6.
Deron Kyle fell one rebound shy of his second double-double of the season. He finished the game with 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Combo-Guards, Trey Mitchell and Kenny Sutton both showed-out on the stat sheet. Sutton ended his night with 25 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds. Mitchell followed-up his 17/6 game on Saturday with 22/8 against Eastern. The pair had a combined +/- of +16.
Phoenix College will 3rd-placed Arizona Western College on Saturday (2/16) and host Central Arizona College on Wednesday (2/20). Phoenix College is located at 1202 West Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85013.