When the Arizona Western College Men's basketball team lost their regular season finale at Mesa, they knew they had to go back and face the same team on the same court in the ACCAC Region 1 semifinal.
They didn't back down. The Matadors came out with an agressive attacking style, giving themselves scoring opportunities on the inside. This strategy allowed them to cultivate a 10 point halftime lead.
Through a series of second half runs, the Thunderbirds would close the gap to 3 points with only 20 seconds remaining. But timely free throw baskets by AWC put Mesa away in the final seconds. The Mats now have another road test ahead of them, as they battle Central Arizona this Saturday night in the Region 1 Final.