Gaucho Roundup: Men's and women's basketball begin regular season playBy Justin Shepard
Sports Editor, The VOICE
The Glendale Community College men's basketball team (1-2 ACCAC, 4-2 overall) has gotten off to a solid start for the 2009-2010 season.
The regular season opened up on Nov. 4 as Glendale faced Luke Air Force Base. GCC showcased their powerful offense as they pulled off a 132-77 win.
On Nov. 7 the Gaucho's faced Westwind Prep for the second time in a short span. Glendale avenged their pre-season loss to Westwind, by winning this matchup 105-98.
The team played another non-conference game against Arizona Legends on Nov. 14. Once again, GCC showed their offensive fury by winning 127-100.
Conference play opened up on Nov. 18 as Glendale took on a stout Phoenix College team.
Phoenix is ranked sixth in the Nov. 24 NJCAA poll and has yet to lose a game this season.
Glendale couldn't contend with the tough defense of the Bears as they suffered their first loss of the season 100-58.
GCC returned home to take on Eastern Arizona on Nov. 21. The Gaucho's came out on top with a 95-85 victory over the Gila Monsters.
GCC lost once again when they faced nationallyranked Arizona Western on Nov. 25.
A 51 point combined effort by Lee Ames and JamesEllisor wasn't enough as GCC lost 101-92.
Sophomore Lee Ames has been impressive to begin the season as he leads the team averaging 22.1 ppg.
James Ellisor is continuing his strong performances from last season as he is averaging 18.6 ppg and 2.8 steals a game.
As a whole, the team is averaging 101.6 ppg to lead the conference.
The women's basketball team at Glendale Community College (1-2 ACCAC, 1-4 overall) has had a slow start to their young season.
Conference play began immediately on Nov. 18 as the Lady Gaucho's took on the Phoenix College Bears. GCC fell short in a 78-65 loss.
On Nov. 21 Glendale rebounded with a 65-56 victory over Eastern Arizona.
GCC lost to AZ Western on Nov. 25 by a score of 70-53.
Freshman Emily Robinson was a perfect 5 for 5 in three-point shots.
It comes as no surprise that Melissa Capone is GCC's leading scorer, averaging 14.6 ppg.
Sophomore Tamika Howard has also been stout as she is putting up 12 ppg. Cherice Wilson, a freshman from Millenium High School is averaging 10.4 ppg and leading GCC with 6.8 rpg.
Head coach Timi Brown emphasized in pre-season that her Lady Gaucho's were going to put more focus on the defensive end, and so far, results have been respectable.
Through the first handful of games, Glendale is allowing a mere 74 ppg as opposed to 92.5 to end last season.
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