SMCC Hoops Knocks Off Chandler-Gilbert CC
The South Mountain Community College men's basketball team (14-16, 8-12 ACCAC) defeated Chandler-Gilbert CC 62-61 in an Arizona Community College Athletic Conference home contest on Feb. 22. The Cougars held off a Coyote rally as sophomore Elijah Melendez led three Cougars in double-figures with a team-high 18 points.
SMCC held a 28-25 lead at halftime, but lost the second half 36-34. CGCC had a chance to win it, but the Cougar defense held strong in the final minute. SMCC shot 47.1 percent from the field and knocked down six 3-pointers. The Cougars grabbed 42 rebounds, dished out 15 assists and had nine steals.
Melendez finished 7-of-14 from the field and connected on 3-of-6 from the 3-point line. He added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes.