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Yavapai College Men’s Basketball Loses to Scottsdale

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The Yavapai College men’s basketball team was unable to keep pace with the No. 11-ranked Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes on Saturday afternoon inside of Walraven Gymnasium as Scottsdale earned the 90-78 victory, dropping the Roughriders to 7-18 overall and 4-13 within the conference.

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By Chris Henstra

Freshman forward Evan Joyner came out of the gates on fire and had five field goals and 11 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, however, YC trailed 31-18 halfway through the half as Scottsdale benefited from a hot start as well.

Later in the half, and trailing 40-29, the Roughriders made a run at the Fighting artichokes after a three-pointer from freshman guard Cardell Bailey, jump shot from sophomore guard Josh Favors, and jump shot from Joyner.

The 7-0 run by YC brought the Roughriders to within four points at 40-36 with four minutes left to play in the first half.

From there, Scottsdale maintained leads of five-to-eight points for the remainder of the half, however, a clutch three-pointer from Bailey with 10 seconds to go in the half cut the Scottsdale lead to just five.

Unfortunately for YC, the Fighting Artichokes inbounded the ball, dribbled up the floor, and buried a three at the buzzer to go into the break-up eight points, rather than five, at 53-45.

The Roughriders would get no closer to Scottsdale in the second half and finished the game with the aforementioned final of 90-78.

Joyner led all YC scorers with 26 points while Bailey joined him in double digits with 22 points.

Up Next

The Roughriders’ next game is Wednesday, February 15, in Mesa, Arizona, against the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds with game time set for 5:30 p.m.

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