Aztecs Men's Basketball uses balance scoring to upend Benedictine Mesa JV

Sophomore Pablo Gutierrez (Sabino HS) was one of seven players in double figures as the Aztecs men's basketball team beat Benedictine Mesa JV 135-62. Gutierrez finished with 16 points after going 7 for 10 from the field along with six rebounds. The Aztecs are 2-0 on the season. Photo by Stephanie van Latum
Sophomore Pablo Gutierrez (Sabino HS) was one of seven players in double figures as the Aztecs men's basketball team beat Benedictine Mesa JV 135-62. Gutierrez finished with 16 points after going 7 for 10 from the field along with six rebounds. The Aztecs are 2-0 on the season. Photo by Stephanie van Latum

The Pima Community College men's basketball team (2-0) took control early and overpowered Benedictine Mesa JV on Tuesday at the West Campus Aztec Gymnasium.

  • The Aztecs defeated the Redhawks 135-62. The Aztecs outscored Benedictine Mesa JV 20-2 in the final 6:40 of the first half to take a 58-22 lead at halftime. The Aztecs went on to score 77 points in the second half.
  • Seven players scored in double figures, and the Aztecs finished the game with 29 assists.
  • Sophomore Cesar Saenz (Sabino HS) and freshman Mike Pope each finished with 17 points. Saenz added seven assists and three steals. Pope went 6 for 8 from the field and 5 for 7 from three-point range.
  • Sophomore Pablo Gutierrez (Sabino HS) and freshman Yahir Garcia (Tucson Magnet HS) each had 16 points. Gutierrez was 7 for 10 from the field and also had six rebounds. Garcia added seven rebounds.
  • Freshman Khamani Steckler posted 14 points and seven rebounds while freshman Jamison Kay (Gila Ridge HS) contributed with 13 points after going 5 for 8 from the field. Sophomore Traivar Jackson was also 5 for 8 from the floor with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus Aztec Gym on Saturday when they play ABC Prep. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.

BENE   22   40    62
PCC      58   77   135