Chipola Indians tournament Berth; Host Gulf Coast, Feb. 24

February 22, 2018

Shamarkus Kennedy

MARIANNA—Chipola basketball hosts Gulf Coast in the last home game of the season Saturday, Feb. 24. The games are billed as Pink Cares and Sophomore Night. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians came out on top in their first two meetings with Gulf Coast: 81-69 onJan. 20 and 89-65 on Feb. 7.

The Chipola Indians clinched a berth in the state men’s basketball tournament with a 66-61 win over Pensacola on Feb. 21. Shamarkus Kennedy led Chipola with 17 points. CJ Williamson scored 16 with 8 rebounds and 5 steals. TJ Howard scored 11 with 4 steals. Keishawn Brewton added 10 points.

The Indians will represent the Panhandle Conference as the second place team in the FCSAA/ NJCAA Region VIII Tournament, March 7-10 in Ocala.

Both Chipola teams scored big wins over Northwest Florida on Feb. 17 before a sold out crowd on Feb. 17. The Indians outlasted the Raiders 98-91. Chipola had five players in double figures led by Brandon Mahan and TJ Howard with 24 points each. Other double-digit scorers included: CJ Williamson (18), JJ Miles (16)and Shamarkus Kennedy (10).

The Lady Indians scored a 58-49 win over Northwest. Tyra Johnson led with 19 points and 5 steals. Naomi House had 11 points. Chipola suffered a 77-66 loss to Pensacola. Chipola handed the Lady Commodores one of their two losses on the season, a 64-60 win for Chipola on Jan. 20.

At the Feb. 24 games, the Pink Cares Fire truck will be on hand with t-shirts for sale. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Pink Cares.

Chipola basketball will honor sophomore players between the Feb. 24 games at approximately 7 p.m. Women’s team sophomores include: Nana Sule, Endia Jones,Naomi House, Kiana Coomber, Lawrencia Moten and Tyra Johnson. Men’s team sophomores include: Yuat Alok, Shamarkus Kennedy, Deric Paton, CJ Williamson,TJ Howard and Michael Stone. Sophomore Cheerleader Zannah Glisson also will be recognized.

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