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Brewton scores 36 as Indians rout Commodores

Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast did everything it could to try to contain Chipola sophomore guard Keishawn Brewton in Saturday’s Panhandle Conference finale at the Billy Harrison Field House.

No strategy was good enough to stop Brewton, however, as he made eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 36 points to lift the Indians past the Commodores 99-84.

Brewton scored 19 points in the first half and 16 in the second, torching every defensive coverage the Commodores could throw at him.

“We just didn’t have an answer for Keishawn Brewton,” Gulf Coast coach Jay Powell said. “He was lights out, he was so good. We tried to guard him straight up first, then all-out denial and couldn’t keep him from getting the ball, and then we tried to run two (defenders) at him a few times, but that gets problematic when you’ve got other guys out there that can play a little bit. Kudos to him, he did a great job.”

Chipola improved to 26-4 overall and 9-3 in the Panhandle with the win and will move on to the state tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the conference. The Commodores end up 14-15 and 2-10 in league play.

Gulf Coast led only once in the entire game after a basket by Cameron Holden made it 5-4, but Brewton ran off three consecutive 3-pointers to put Chipola up 13-7 and the Indians never looked back.

Brewton’s fourth triple of the game made it 35-25 with 4:04 remaining in the first half, and he later scored on a Euro step layup in transition and knocked in a fifth shot from deep to put Chipola up 44-29.

Gulf Coast tried to stay close with some great 3-point shooting of its own, as the Commodores made four threes in the first six minutes of the second half, with Cam Holden connecting from deep and then scoring in the paint to cut the deficit to single digits at 63-54.

But the Indians used a 10-0 run to blow the game open, with Brewton contributing a spinning mid-range jumper and another 3-pointer as Chipola took a 77-56 advantage with 9:03 to play.

Brewton’s seventh and eighth 3-pointers of the night kept the Indians comfortably in front 88-66 with 5:18 to play. Daniel Oladapo added 17 points for Chipola, with LaQuan Butler scoring 13.

KK Godwin was the top scorer for Gulf Coast with 21 points, followed by Holden with 20, and Jacolbey Owens with 15.

The loss wrapped up a difficult and disappointing season for the Commodores, though Powell said he was proud of the way his players and the college as a whole fought through the adversity they faced throughout the year.

“We told them we’re not going to make excuses and as the leader I felt like I couldn’t be making excuses and complaining all season long,” Powell said. “But at this point we’re so thankful we were able to have a season this year. The college worked its rear end off for us to be able to have some home games.

“We did miss three weeks of practice, then we get back and practice a week at a high school and the second week of practice our best player (sophomore point guard Daniel Kiely) breaks his foot. This group of freshmen and Reggie (Rivera) continued to play hard and compete and showed a lot of adversity for men who 12 months ago were playing in the high school playoffs. I want to give some credit to those guys for staying the course all season.”

CHIPOLA (99)

Baruti 3 2-2 8, Butler 4 3-4 13, Zachery 1 0-0 2, Brewton 14 0-0 36, Sankare 3 2-2 8, Long 3 2-2 8, Oladapo 7 2-2 17, Lefort 0 0-0 0, Gooden 2 3-4 7, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Walker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 37 14-16 99.

GULF COAST (84)

Godwin 8 0-0 21, Gordon 2 0-0 6, Owens 6 2-3 15, N’Dolo 0 0-0 0, Holden 9 0-0 20, Burke 0 0-0 0, Okechekwu 0 0-0 0, Kelly 3 2-2 11, Rivera 5 1-2 11. Totals: 33 5-7 84.

Halftime score — Chipola 46, Gulf Coast 35

3-point field goals: Gulf Coast 13 (Godwin 5, Kelly 3, Holden 2, Gordon 2, Owens), Chipola 11 (Brewton 8, Butler 2, Oladapo). Total fouls: Gulf Coast 14, Chipola 11. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.


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