By Raymond Suarez / PCC Sports
The Pima Community College men’s basketball team has had one of its best seasons in program history and much of the success is due to sophomore standouts Deion James (Empire HS) and Emilio Acedo (Salpointe Catholic HS).
The Arizona Community College Athletic conference took notice and added James and Acedo to the All-ACCAC conference and All-Region, Division II teams released late last week.
James was named ACCAC Co-Player of the Year along with Cochise College’s Dallas Polk-Hilliard. James was also selected first team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region, Division II. James produced 17 double-doubles in points and rebounds during the regular season and averaged 20.5 points (led the ACCAC) and 9.7 rebounds (second in the ACCAC) as he played and started in 28 games. He also averaged 3.6 assists and one block per game. James shot 46.2 percent from the field, 38.6 percent from three-point range and 75.1 percent from the free throw line.
Acedo was selected second team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region, Division II. He was second on the team in scoring averaging 17.4 points per game as he played and started in 29 games. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block. Acedo shot 44.4 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three-point range and was 84.3 percent from the foul line. He had nine games where he hit five 3-pointers or more.
The Aztecs finished the regular season at 19-11, 13-9 in ACCAC conference play. Both win totals are the most for coach Brian Peabody in a season at Pima. The 13 wins in conference are the most for a Pima team since the 2000-01 season.
The No. 2 seeded Aztecs will host a Region I, Division II tournament semifinal game on Wednesday against No. 3 Glendale Community College at 7:30 p.m.
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