The Glendale Community College Gauchos men’s basketball team hosted the Eastern Arizona College Gila Monsters at the Glendale Community College Gymnasium for an in conference match-up Jan. 28.
Eastern Arizona came into the game with an overall record of 15-5 and Glendale with an overall record of 11-9. Both teams were looking to rebound from a loss from their previous game.
The Gauchos jumped off to an early lead in the first few minutes, but after a Gila Monster timeout, Eastern Arizona came back to tie the Gauchos and eventually take the lead.
Eastern Arizona went into halftime on top by a score of 33-39 in a bad shooting first half from both teams. In the first half Glendale had trouble stopping the Gila Monsters in transition as Eastern College was able to push the ball up the court off of long rebounds and Glendale turnovers.
In order for GCC to get back in the game Gauchos head coach Damin Lopez said “we need to do a better job of containing them in transition, and then we need to execute on the offensive side of the ball and make some shots, and we’ll be okay.”
GCC begun the second half by giving up easy transition baskets off of long rebounds as they did in the first half and the Gila Monsters were able to go up by double digits. After a timeout by coach Lopez, the Gauchos came out with a different intensity.
Glendale was able to come back from an early deficit and make it a 3 point game. Unfortunately for GCC, Eastern College point guard Darrian Ringo came out on fire. Ringo scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half alone and was able to get the foul line 12 times and go an almost perfect 11 for 12 as he would not let his team fall behind.
Ringo helped his team jump to a 13 point lead over the Gauchos with less than five minutes left in the game.
However, GCC point guard, Isaiah Lopez, and forward Jacob Taylor were not to be outdone as they managed to bring their team back and bring the lead down to as many as three with only a few seconds left. Lopez scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and Taylor scored 15 of his 17.
Both Lopez and Taylor made critical baskets down the stretch to try and will the Gauchos to victory, but came up short. Eastern College pulled off the victory over Glendale with a score of 92-88.
GCC forward Jacob Taylor said all the team could do is “learn from it, work hard, and get better.”
GCC will be on the road for their next four games before they return home to play Phoenix Community College Feb. 6.