Moise makes big plays as Aztecs men's basketball denies Cochise College

Sophomore Ilunga Moise grabbed a crucial defensive rebound, hit a pair of free throws and put the defensive pressure on the final shot while finishing with 10 points and six rebounds in Pima's 87-84 win over Cochise College. The Aztecs improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum.
Sophomore Ilunga Moise grabbed a crucial defensive rebound, hit a pair of free throws and put the defensive pressure on the final shot while finishing with 10 points and six rebounds in Pima's 87-84 win over Cochise College. The Aztecs improved to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in ACCAC conference play. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum.

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (14-1, 6-1 in ACCAC) picked up a big ACCAC conference win on Saturday at the West Campus Gym.

The No. 6 ranked Aztecs escaped with an 87-84 win over Division I Cochise College (12-3, 5-2). Up 85-82, the Apaches had a chance to convert on a three-point play but sophomore Ilunga Moise (Raymond S. Kellis HS) grabbed the defensive rebound after the missed free throw. Moise was fouled and went on to hit his two free throws. The Apaches had a final chance but Moise was there again on the defensive pressure to force a missed three-point attempt as time expired.

The Aztecs and the Apaches went back and forth all game. The Aztecs trailed 50-46 at halftime which saw 12 ties and 10 lead changes alone. Neither team led by as much as four points.

The Aztecs started the second half on an 8-2 run to take the lead back. The game featured a total of 15 ties and 15 lead changes.

Sophomore Keven Biggs (Cienega HS) scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half. He went 9 for 15 from the field and 4 for 8 from three-point range. He also grabbed six rebounds with three assists.

Sophomore Isaiah Murphy (Cienega HS) and freshman Abram Carrasco (Cholla HS) each scored 18 points. Moise had 10 points, six rebounds and two steals off the bench. Freshman Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) had five points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

The Aztecs will play at Phoenix College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first meeting since the teams faced off in the NJCAA Region I, Division II Championship game where the Aztecs won 102-99.

CC     50     34     84
PCC   46     41     87