The Pima Community College men's basketball team (19-9, 13-7 in ACCAC) grinded out a win on Wednesday against Central Arizona College (15-13, 8-12) on Wednesday at the West Campus.
The No. 20 ranked Aztecs defeated the Vaqueros 84-79 and moved two games ahead of Glendale Community College for the No. 2 seed at the Region I, Division II tournament with two regular season games left.
The win gave head coach Brian Peabody the most wins he's had in a single season at Pima (19) and the most ACCAC conference wins (13). The Aztecs haven't won 13 conference games since the 2000-01 season.
After the Vaqueros converted on a three-point play, the Aztecs saw their lead dwindle down to two points at 78-76 with 27 seconds left. They struggled to find a good shot until the ball went out of bounds with three seconds left on the shot clock. Sophomore Emilio Acedo (Salpointe Catholic HS) found his spot and drained a three-pointer before time expired. Fellow sophomore Deion James hit two free throws to make it 83-76 with 15 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.
The Aztecs trailed for much of the first half but finished tied at 33-33. The Aztecs outscored the Vaqueros 51-46 for the second half.
James finished with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds while Acedo had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
The Aztecs avenged its 103-97 loss at Central Arizona College last month in Coolidge.
The Aztecs will play at Mesa Community College on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
CAC 33 46 79
PCC 33 51 84