Aztecs men's basketball bounces back to top Park University

Sophomore Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge HS) scored 14 points with eight rebounds and six assists as the Aztecs men's basketball team beat Park University 86-76 in the second day of the Pima College Tip-Off Classic. The Aztecs are 2-1. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum
Sophomore Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge HS) scored 14 points with eight rebounds and six assists as the Aztecs men's basketball team beat Park University 86-76 in the second day of the Pima College Tip-Off Classic. The Aztecs are 2-1. Photo by Stephanie Van Latum

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (2-1) responded with a victory in the second day of the Pima College Tip-Off Classic on Friday.

  • The No. 4 ranked Aztecs defeated Park University 86-76. The Aztecs led 34-31 at halftime.
  • Freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds.
  • Sophomore Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) finished with 16 points and seven rebounds while fellow sophomore Cole Gerken (Ironwood Ridge HS) added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) contributed with 12 points.

The Aztecs will close out play in the Pima College Tip-Off Classic on Saturday when they play Howard College (TX) at 2:00 p.m.

PU      31   45   76
PCC   34   52   86