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Author Topic: Chandler-Gilbert Defeats Top-Ranked Scottsdale
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Post Chandler-Gilbert Defeats Top-Ranked Scottsdale
on: December 6, 2018, 00:32

The ACCAC standings are bunched up to start the 2018-2019 junior college season, as Chandler-Gilbert Junior College and Scottsdale JC are now tied for a first place lead in the conference standings.  Both Division-II programs, these two schools were unlikely thought to be in the lead before the season began, but the strong leadership of hardworking head coaches, <strong>Mark Bunker</strong> (Scottsdale) and <strong>Steve Silsby</strong> (Chandler-Gilbert) has both their teams in the hunt for the conference regular season titles to start the year.

<strong>Scottsdale JC (7-1, 3-1)</strong> had won 7 games in a row to start the junior college season, and came into Wednesday evening's match-up with Chandler-Gilbert as an undefeated team, and holding on to the first place lead in the conference.  <strong>Chandler-Gilbert (8-2, 3-1)</strong> has also been very hot to start the season, and it would make a very good match-up on Wednesday at Chandler-Gilbert nice gymnasium.

On paper, it would be a match-up of two of the conference's top two point guard prospects from the sophomore and freshman class.  Chandler-Gilbert's 5-foot-11 sophomore guard <strong>Kendrick Williams</strong> (13.9 points per/game) is our top sophomore point guard in the conference, while Scottsdale's freshman guard <strong>Donald Carter</strong> (15.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists per/game),  has been terrific this season, and looks to be the best overall point guard in the conference this season.  Carter has already being selected as the <em>D-II ACCAC Player of the Week</em> twice early in the year.  Both prospects would match up in this contest, in a game that might not have one division-I prospect on the floor, but rather two very good teams that are well-coached, compete hard and play the game the right way - sharing the basketball and looking for the open man.

It would be a closely played contest in the first half, until athletic sophomore guard<strong> Ilisia Washington</strong> would give Chandler-Gilbert a two-point margin, 24-22, with 3:20 left to play in the first half.  A Donald Carter floater though would tie the game at 24 all with 2 minutes to play, and Scottsdale would take a narrow 25-24 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Head Coach Mark Bunker's imprint on this year's Scottsdale team would show, as they looked much like last year's Sunnyslope HS team - moving the basketball unselfishly to the open man and taking high percentage shots in the offense.  Scottsdale would jump out to their biggest lead in the game, a 6-point margin, 35-29, with 15 minutes left to play in the game, after a layup in transition from freshman guard <strong>Mark Hatch</strong>.

But Chandler-Gilbert would not lay down, as Kendrick Williams would make his presence felt - finishing a strong three-point play, after being fouled and converting a driving layup over two defenders.  Another three-pointer from the corner by Williams with 7:45 left to play would pull Chandler-Gilbert to within one point, 46-45.

Then with 5:18 to play, freshman guard <strong>Blake Williams</strong> would finish a driving layup to give Chandler-Gilbert their first lead since the first half, 50-48.  After another drive to the basket from sophomore guard <strong>Joe Abiakam</strong>, and then a left-handed driving layup from Williams, and Chandler-Gilbert would take a 54-49 lead with 1:53 left to play.

Scottsdale would fail to get back into it after that point, and Head Coach Steve Silsby and his fired up Chandler-Gilbert group would finish off a big 62-55 home win - tieing Scottsdale for a first place lead in the conference.

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