EAC Men’s basketball looks to win first Region Championship since 2007

EAC's Nate Pollard(22) puts in 2 of his 18 en route to a 91-89 win over AWC in January.

This year’s Eastern Arizona College Men ‘s basketball team finds themselves in rare air Monday night in Yuma. For only the 2nd time since 2007 they have a chance to win the NJCAA Region 1 Championship.

In 2007, the Monsters won the Region in Yuma before finishing 5th in the National Tournament. EAC’s last appearance in a Region championship game was a 98-76 loss to Cochise on December 29th, 2016.

The Gila Monsters split this year’s regular season meetings with Arizona Western. The home teams won both meetings. Eastern’s win was a coast to coast layup by Nate Pollard as time expired. AWC won 85-72 last week to end the regular season.

Arizona Western finished the regular season a 23-8 record, including a 13-2 mark at home. Both of the Matadors home  losses came in the month of February. EAC is 19-11 on the year and are 6-7 on the road.

The winner of Monday’s Region 1 Championship will host Snow College on March 9th in the District 1 Championship. The winner of that game will be in the field of 24 teams in Hutchinson, Kansas on March 18th through 23rd.

You can hear tonight’s game live on KATO 1230 AM or online by clicking here.