By JAIME HERNANDEZ
The Pima Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t hold on to a halftime lead Dec. 7 and lost 97-80 to Mesa Community College.
The Aztecs’ record fell to 3-7 overall and 3-4 in conference.
Pima was led by freshman Murphy Gershman’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Matt O’Boyle had his second straight strong performance with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman Andres Marquez finished with 12 points and seven assists, while freshman Bryan Cervantes had 11 points and freshman Tyler Roberts had 10.
Gershman was happy with the team’s overall performance. He said the team is showing flashes of just how good it can be, but needs to show it on the court for a full 40 minutes.
“We have to get better, myself included, to be able to compete with a team like Mesa, but I have no doubt we will get there,” Gershman said.
On Dec.4, PCC defeated South Mountain Community College 91-81.
The Aztecs controlled the game until Gershman fouled out with 4:28 left. It then became a free throw shooting contest, and Pima held on for the win.
South Mountain pressed Pima, and was able to force turnovers to take an early lead.
As the game progressed, Pima players figured out the press and got some easy points.
Head coach Brian Peabody was pleased with the team’s performance, and said players have shown improvement from game to game.
They are moving the ball better and looking to make an extra pass, he said.
O’Boyle had a game-high 26 points. Gershman recorded another double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Marquez had 12 points and eight assists, while Cervantes scored 13 points and freshman Cameron Volk had 11 points.
On Nov. 26, the Aztecs fell to Scottsdale Community College 104-99 in a back-and-forth battle that marked their second straight loss. They were led by Gershman’s 31 points and seven rebounds.
The Aztecs will host the Pima Invitational Tournament Dec. 28-30 at West Campus.