Harris explodes for 42, but Commodores' comeback falls short
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at 12:01 AM
By Dustin Kent747-5065 | @PCNHDustinKentdkent@pcnh.com
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast sophomore Jeremy Harris put on a show Saturday night that Commodores fans in attendance won't soon forget, knocking in 10 threes and scoring 42 points. Unfortunately for the Commodores, Harris' performance wasn't accompanied by a victory.
Chipola overcame Harris' heroics and held off a furious Gulf Coast rally to take a 98-95 victory at the Billy Harrison Field House. With the win, the Indians improved to 20-7 overall and 4-6 in the Panhandle Conference. The Commodores dropped to 16-10 and 2-7 in league play.
The evening was further marred by freshman forward Londell King suffering a seizure late in the first half and being taken to the hospital, according to GulfCoast coach Jay Powell. No word was available on King's condition at press time.
"First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to Londell King," the coach said. "After some of his battles, we're hoping and praying that he's OK."
Will Robinson added 15 points and Van Johnson 14 for GulfCoast. Jamall Gregory led Chipola with 21, followed by Eric Cobb with 16, Shamarkus Kennedy with 14, and Cedric Wright and Jashire Hardnett with 13 each.
Chipola controlled the game through much of the first 30 minutes, overcoming four 3-pointers and 15 first-half points by Harris to take a 53-44 edge into the break. The Indians finished the half with a flurry, getting a three from Hardnett and then a quick steal and jumper by Taevon Ashmeade as time expired.
The second half was more of the same, with the Indians answering a three by Johnson with a 10-1 run to go up 63-48 after a three-point play by Wright. Wright scored again inside off of a nice pass from Hardnett to give Chipola its biggest lead of the night at 74-57 with 12:55 remaining.
A 7-0 Gulf Coast run capped by a transition basket by Harris cut the margin to 10 with 9:41 to play, with Harris later hitting a three to get Gulf Coast to within single digits at 76-67. A 3-pointer from Dyshane Murphy and then another by Harris trimmed the Chipola edge to 81-75 with 6:27 to play, but Gregory answered with a tough, contested three to put the Indians back up nine.
It was a 10-point Chipola lead following a three from Carter Skaggs in the left corner with 4:10 to play, but GC kept charging back with the
aid of the long ball, as Harris found Murphy for a three from the left wing and Harris added another himself to make it 91-87 with 3:30 on the clock.
The Commodores had chances to draw closer, but Ricquail Smoot and Robinson each missed contested shots in the paint and Robinson missed two free throws with 1:35 to play. Robinson hit a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next GC possession to make it a four-point game with 1:01 on the clock, with Johnson hitting a short jumper in the lane to make it a one-possession game at 95-92 with 13.7 seconds to play.
Skaggs split a pair of free throws and Harris knocked down his 10th three of the night to make it a one-point game at 96-95 with 6.1 seconds remaining. After a pair of Kennedy free throws, Murphy drove the ball down the court and found Johnson in the right corner, but his hurried three bounced off the rim as time expired.
Despite the loss, Powell said he was proud of his team's effort, particularly that of his sophomore star Harris.
"Jeremy Harris played so hard and so well and shot the ball well for us," he said. "I'm very proud of the way he competed, and then also the rest of the guys. I thought everyone played hard. A few less turnovers, maybe a couple of more defensive rebounds, a few plays here and there, and it could've maybe been a different outcome. But it was a great show for the fans and great effort by both teams."
Gulf Coast is next at Tallahassee on Tuesday, while Chipola is off for a week before hosting TCC on Saturday.
Gregory 7 4-6 21, Touray 2 0-0 4, Martin 1 4-6 6, Alok 0 0-0 0, Hardnett 5 2-2 13, Wright 4 5-7 13, Cobb 5 6-9 16, Ashmeade 1 2-4 4, Kennedy 4 6-7 14, Turner 1 0-0 3, Skaggs 1 1-2 4. Totals: 31 30-43 98.
GULF COAST (95)
Wade 1 1-2 3, King 1 0-0 2, Harris 12 8-9 42, Byrd 0 1-2 1, Murphy 2 0-0 6, V. Johnson 6 3-4 14, Smoot 3 0-0 6, Robinson 3 8-12 15, Shorter 0 1-2 1, Marshall 1 0-0 3, C. Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 29 22-31 95.
Halftime score: Chipola 53, Gulf Coast 44
3-point field goals: Gulf Coast 15 (Harris 10, Murphy 2, V. Johnson, Robinson, Marshall), Chipola 6 (Gregory 3, Hardnett, Turner, Skaggs). Total fouls: Gulf Coast 29, Chipola 25. Fouled out: Wright, C. Johnson.