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Men’s basketball falls in first round of championship tournament

Kian Hagerman
Mesa Legend

Jamil Wilson-Jones (21) looks to cut off his opponent’s path. (Photo: Tania Ritko / Mesa Legend)
Jamil Wilson-Jones (21) looks to cut off his opponent’s path.
(Photo: Tania Ritko / Mesa Legend)

The MCC men’s basketball team lost in the first round of the ACCAC championship tournament to Cochise College on March 4. Even though Cochise had home court advantage, the game ended fairly close, going 79-76 for the Apaches who had already beaten MCC twice prior in the season.

Cochise would go on to fall to Arizona Western in their Region I final match on March 6, setting up Arizona Western to play the winner on March 11 of the second region’s final between Phoenix College and Pima. The final match will decide the winner of the District Championship of the ACCAC, and who will then go on to compete at the national level.

Michael Vos-Otin played in the most games, though Obi Megwa and Noe Anabir played in only one less with 29 games played each. James Hampshire led the team in FG PCT with a success rate of 66.7 percent. Anabir trailed slightly behind Hampshire with 58 percent FG PCT.

Jamil Wilson-Jones averaged 5.8 rebounds each game, the highest average of the team for the season. Vos-Otin came close with 5.7 rebounds per game of his own. The men’s team as a whole averaged 36.9 rebounds a game for the season. Field goal accuracy was greater for the T-Birds than their opponents, with 46.8 percent of all attempts resulting in points on the board compared to 42.3 percent for their competitors.

This superiority of precision unfortunately did not mitigate the lower number of overall shots made per game by MCC, in comparison to their opposition. Though unable to find postseason success, there is always next year for the T-Birds. To find out more information about future MCC athletic events including dates and times, as well as individual player statistics, visit www.mesatbirdsports.com.

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