Arizona Western College's men's and women's teams both knew they would be in the postseason playoff picture in the ACCAC. The question was where? The possibility of a first round home court game was on the line for each team as they went to take on the Mesa Thunderbirds.
The Lady Mats dug themselves into a hole early on against the third ranked Lady Thunderbirds; trailing 31-10 late in the first half. Even though AWC played a more competitive second half, they wound up falling 59-43.
The men found themselves in a tight back-and-forth battle the whole way, but didn't quite make enough shots when they needed them at the end. The 55-52 loss puts the Matadors in a second place tie with Mesa in the conference and sets up a region one semifinal against the same team. The rematch will take place at Mesa next Wednesday (2-27) at 7:30 pm (MST). Meanwhile, the Lady Mats will play their region one semifinal game on the road at Cochise on Wednesday (2-27) at 7:30 pm (MST).