DOUGLAS — The Cochise College Apaches’ opportunity to clinch a third straight ACCAC title Thursday night in the Stronghold gymnasium was denied by Central Arizona College in a 69-65 upset, snapping Cochise’s eight-game winning streak.
Cochise trailed 32-31 at the half and came out strong in the second, scoring the first seven points for a 38-32 lead.
Central battled back and came away with the win, the first victory by the Vaqueros over Cochise since the 2014-15 season.
Cochise was led by Brian Rios, who finished with 18 points. Johnny Garcia scored 15 and Patrick Samoura added 11.
Cochise, 7-2 in conference play, 8-3 overall, will be on the road to Central Arizona College on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
This will be the final regular season game for the Apaches.
A win will lock up the ACCAC title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region 1 tournament, which begins April 7.
A loss will drop the Apaches to the No. 2 seed.