wins 200th game as Cochise's Head Men's Basketball Coach
Ariz. - Cochise College Apaches Head Coach Jerry Carrillo
hit a milestone Jan. 19 as the Apaches (13-4, 6-3) defeated
Mesa Community College 91-87.
Carrillo, in his 10th season as head coach at
Cochise, won game No. 200 in dramatic fashion as the Apaches
defeated Mesa in overtime. The win also was the teams' sixth
Mesa led 40-36 at the half and 51-50 at the
beginning of the fourth quarter. Cochise took the lead and,
with just eight seconds left, Mesa tied the score at 76. The
Apaches won in overtime with key plays by freshmen Jason Hopkins
of Edmonds, Wash.; Brett Sortal of Wilmette, Ill.; and Jude
Roybal of Albuquerque, N.M.
Roybal and freshman Orlando Griego of Durango,
Colo., led the team with 19 points each. Hopkins and Sortal
scored 15 each, and sophomore Angel Encinas of Bisbee, Ariz.,
finished the game with 10 points.
Carrillo's 200th comes with a young team that
is eager to top a challenging conference and prove themselves
in the playoffs. Only four players returned from last season.
Carrillo has established a winning tradition
at Cochise, whose record since he began coaching there in
1995 is 200-103. In nine years, five of his teams have won
20 or more games in a season, and his 2000 and 2001 teams
won the Region I title.
Carrillo's players often transfer to four-year
institutions, and he is viewed by parents, players and fellow
coaches alike as a role model. Prior to his tenure at Cochise,
Carrillo coached the Buena High School boys basketball team,
guiding the Colts to a state top 10 ranking his last two seasons.
Previously, he served as assistant coach at Jamestown Community
College and California State University-Northridge. He played
high school basketball at Salpointe Catholic High School in
Tucson, where he is a member of the hall of fame.