Men's Basketball

Cesar Saenz and Jaylen Alexander combine for 52 points as Men’s Basketball surges in the second half over Eastern AZ

Cesar Saenz and Jaylen Alexander/Photos by Stephanie van Latum

(Tucson, AZ)  The Pima Community College men’s basketball team (5-0, 1-0 in ACCAC) opened ACCAC conference play on Tuesday against Eastern Arizona College (6-2, 0-1) at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.

The Aztecs rallied in the second half to topple the Gila Monsters 96-83. Pima went 23 for 30 (.767) from the field in the second half and outscored Eastern Arizona College 56-38.

Up 63-62 with 10:20 left in the game, the Aztecs went on a 12-1 run in almost five minutes and got a boost from sophomore Cesar Saenz (Sabino HS), who scored nine straight points during that stretch. The Aztecs led 75-63 with 5:37 remaining.

Pima trailed by as much as eight points in the first half and were behind 45-40 at halftime.

Saenz scored 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half. He went 1 for 6 from the field in the first half and 9 for 13 in the second half. He also added nine rebounds and five assists.

Freshman Jaylen Alexander was nearly flawless from the floor as he went 11 for 12, finishing with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. He scored 17 points in the first half.

Sophomore Traivar Jackson closed it out with 15 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block while freshman Dillan Baker (Salpointe Catholic HS) added 13 points and five rebounds after going 4 for 6 from the field.

The Aztecs will play at Phoenix College on Wednesday, November 30. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

EAC  45  38  83
PCC  40  56  96

Press Release courtesy of Pima Athletics – Raymond Suarez 

 

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