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Gulf Coast rallies past Chipola, 68-66

PANAMA CITY — Both Gulf Coast and Chipola came into Saturday’s Panhandle Conference showdown at the Billy Harrison Field House riding a wave of momentum with league winning streaks of four and three games, respectively.

Thanks to some more late game magic from the Commodores, they get to ride the wave a little while longer.

Gulf Coast closed Saturday’s game on an 11-2 run to knock off Chipola 68-66 and improve to 19-4 overall and 6-1 in the Panhandle, solidifying its hold on the top spot in the league standings.

It’s the fourth Gulf Coast win by three or fewer points in conference play, with acting head coach Scott Jackson saying what impressed him the most in Saturday’s victory was the poise and leadership of the veteran players even as they trailed through the first 39 minutes of play.

“The main thing is our sophomores are really stepping up and showing leadership,” he said. “In some of our huddles and timeouts and stuff like that, we’re actually listening to them. Cam (Holden) is like, ‘hey guys, we’re gonna win this game and grind through this.’ KK Godwin was doing the same thing.

“It’s just a lot of perseverance from them and it’s relaying down to our freshmen.”

The Indians (16-8, 4-4) led by as much as 12 points in the first half and by 10 with 11:46 left in the second half.

It was 64-57 Chipola after a basket by Lat Mayen with 4:14 to play, but the Commodores stormed back, with a blocked shot by Holden leading to a Davonta Cook layup at the other end to make it 65-62 with 1:57 on the clock.

A 3-pointer from the right corner by Travon Mayo cut the deficit to a point at 66-65 with 47 seconds on the clock.

Maurice Gordon got the ball back for Gulf Coast with a steal, and Jacolbey Owens drew a foul on a drive to the basket with 11.5 seconds remaining.

Owens, who finished with a game-high 23 points, sank both free throws to give the Commodores their first lead of the game.

A Chipola turnover gave it right back to the Commodores, and Cook made 1 of 2 at the foul line with 5.3 seconds on the clock.

The Indians had a chance to tie, but Christian Lorng’s hook shot in the paint missed as time expired.


Lorng led Chipola with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Mayen added 11 points and Marial Mading 10 points.

Grant Howard added 11 points for Gulf Coast and Gordon 10 points. Holden, who came into the game averaging 24.6 points per game in conference play, was limited to eight points in 24 minutes after playing just six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.

Owens helped keep the Commodores afloat in the first half with 13 points, with Chipola taking a 37-28 lead into the break.

“We went into the locker room and basically told the guys, ’Cam has zero points and two fouls, Travon Mayo has zero points and two fouls, we’re shooting 21 percent from the field and we’re down by nine,” Jackson said. “In other situations you’d be down by 30 if you weren’t grinding and getting stops. I thought it might even out some in the second half. I was really impressed with the guys not giving up hardly any threes in the second half and grinding it out with defense.”

Gulf Coast will be back in action on Wednesday night with another big Panhandle game on the road against second-place Tallahassee.

Chipola will be off for the week and return to action Saturday at Tallahassee.

 

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