ing. We didn’t do a good job finding him in the zone and he made some shots.”
After seeing those two shred their zone defense, Harral and AWC switched into a man for the second half. The early results were not good as Cochise pulled ahead 52-38 with 17 minutes left on the clock.
Instead of caving at that point, freshman guard Cash Williams worked his team back into the game by attacking the bucket and making some contested layups. A three-point play from Williams
made the game 56-54 with 11:49 left. Williams had 18 points.
After making that run, Mapaga went down hard with an injury and didn’t return. For a moment, that swung momentum back in the other direction.
“It’s tough when your better players don’t have a good game. I thought Marvin was playing well before he went down,” Harral said. “They went on a six, seven point run and we were kind of deflated.”
Cochise had eight quick points from Whitaker to go back up by double digits. The Apaches were able to pull ahead 72-58 with six
minutes left on the clock, before another spurt by AWC.
Langdon scored nine points in 61 seconds for the Mats to bring the game back to three points at 78-75 with 2:38 left.
There were some chances in the final minutes, but Cochise went 5-for-6 from the line in the final 2:38 to seal the win.
“Cochise, I thought, I don’t know if they are the better team, but tonight they were the better team,” Harral said. “Their energy was ahead of ours. Their toughness was ahead of ours. They seemed to get every loose ball. We couldn’t come up with them.”