3-PEAT: Aztecs men's basketball capture Region I, Division II title for third straight year

The No. 1 seeded Aztecs claimed their third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II title after they defeated No. 2 Scottsdale Community College 107-73. The Aztecs will head to the NJCAA Division II Tournament in Danville, IL on Mar. 19-23. Photo by Raymond Suarez
The No. 1 seeded Aztecs claimed their third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II title after they defeated No. 2 Scottsdale Community College 107-73. The Aztecs will head to the NJCAA Division II Tournament in Danville, IL on Mar. 19-23. Photo by Raymond Suarez

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (26-6) set the tone early and left no doubt on Friday in the NJCAA Region I, Division II championship game.

  • The No. 1 seeded Aztecs defeated No. 2 Scottsdale Community College 107-73 to earn their third straight NJCAA Region I, Division II title.
  • The Aztecs started the game going 7 for 7 from the floor and took a double digit lead at 27-8 forcing the Artichokes (20-12) to call timeout with 13:24 left in the half.
  • The Aztecs took a 60-36 lead at the break as they went 23 for 33 (70 percent) in field goals. They were 8 for 14 from three-point range.
  • All five starters scored in double figures. Sophomores Kennedy Koehler and Robert Wilson (Salpointe Catholic HS) posted double-doubles. Koehler produced his 19th double-double as he finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Wilson had his 15th double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.
  •  Freshman Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) scored 17 points while fellow freshman Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) went 5 for 7 from the field and finished with 16 points and four assists. Sophomore Abram Carrasco (Cholla HS) had 14 points and seven assists.
  • Carrasco and Wilson were selected Co-MVPs of the game.
  • The Aztecs finished with a 19-2 record at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium this season.

The Aztecs advance to the NJCAA Division II Tournament from Mar. 19-23 at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, IL.

SCC   36   37    73
PCC   60   47   107