The Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters faced a tall and powerful opponent for their fifth home game of the young season when the Broncos of New Mexico Military Institute came to town Tuesday night.
The Broncos have five players over 6’6” and even their big men were capable off draining three pointers with ease.
NMMI had nine three pointers in the first half alone. NMMI got out to a 30-21 lead, EAC coach Maurice Leitzke called a timeout at 6:27.
Eastern could only get as close as 33-44, which was the score at the half time break.
The Gila Monsters battled hard early in the second half.
At 7:46 Leitzke stopped the clock again with the score 74-65. Monster Corey Boston came out of the break with a pair of threes that cut the led to three-points, 71-74.
It was NMMI skipper Sean Schooley’s turn to stop the clock and it had the desired effect. The Broncos regained their edge and went up 82-75.
EAC called timeout again, but the rest only seemed to help NMMI as they rattled in six unanswered points, 88-75 with 1:04 left in the game.
The Monsters turned up the defense at that point and started fouling to send NMMI to the line, hoping for a miss that might lead to a EAC rebound that they could convert into points.
But on three trips to the line Luis Varon was four for four and Jerry Kabantu made both of his freebies, 93-80.
On Wednesday night, the Gila Monsters defeated Community Christian College 100-62. They’ll open up the ACCAC season traveling to Central Arizona on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m game.