Aztecs men's basketball uses 21-2 run to down Portland CC

Freshman Sammy Legleu (Nogales HS) scored 16 points off the bench as he went 7 for 9 from the field in Pima's 97-79 win over Portland Community College. The Aztecs have won five straight as they improve to 9-4 overall. The Aztecs close out the Aztec Winter Classic on Monday against Colorado Northwestern Community College. Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m. Photo by Ben Carbajal
Freshman Sammy Legleu (Nogales HS) scored 16 points off the bench as he went 7 for 9 from the field in Pima's 97-79 win over Portland Community College. The Aztecs have won five straight as they improve to 9-4 overall. The Aztecs close out the Aztec Winter Classic on Monday against Colorado Northwestern Community College. Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m. Photo by Ben Carbajal

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (9-4) used a second half run to take over its game on Sunday in the second day of the Aztec Winter Classic.

  • The Aztecs defeated Portland Community College 97-79 for their fifth straight win.
  • The Aztecs led 54-38 at halftime but the Panthers gradually cut into the Pima lead. The Aztecs led 69-68 with under nine minutes left until freshman Jake Lieppert (Saguaro HS) drained a three-pointer. It was followed by freshman Sammy Legleu, (Nogales HS) as he scored on back-to-back jumpers. After another Lieppert basket, the Aztecs led 78-70 forcing the Panthers to call timeout with 6:29 left.
  • The Aztecs went on a 21-2 run in five minutes to take a 90-70 lead with 3:26 left in the game.
  • Lieppert led the way with a game-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Sophomore Kaylon Tippins (Cholla HS) finished with 17 points and five rebounds while Legleu posted 16 points on 7 for 9 shooting off bench.
  • Sophomore Jordan Robinson (Tucson HS) added 14 points with seven rebounds and four assists and fellow sophomore Rashad Smith (Hamilton HS) fell short of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Aztecs will close out play in the Aztec Winter Classic on Monday when they take on Colorado Northwestern Community College at 1:00 p.m.

PORT   38   41   79
PCC      54   43   97