Chipola Contains Central Florida: Advances In FCCAA Tourney
March 5, 2008
By Chipola Staff
#2 Chipola held down Central
Florida in the first round of the
FCCAA State Tournament, getting big
contributions from two freshman
front-court players, Gary Flowers
and Jon Kreft. The Indian duo each
scored 15 points, helping the
Panhandle Conference Champion
represent the league with a 73-62
win on Wednesday night.
“We were sluggish tonight,” said Chipola head coach Greg Heiar. “We didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter and that gave them a chance to hang around. But the key thing in tournament play is to survive and advance.”
The Indians did survive, despite shooting just 43% from the field and 13% (2-16) from the 3pt line. Couple that with a 55% night at the foul line (17-31), and the Indians were never able to shake the Mid-Florida runner-up Patriots until the final few minutes.
“We played pretty good on the defensive end,” said Heiar. “But right before the end of the first half we had a letdown that kept them in the game.”
Leading 27-15 with 4:28 to play in the 1st half, Chipola stumbled to just a four point half time lead at 31-27.
The Patriots took a 40-39 lead with 17:30 to play in the game before Chipola responded with a 10-1 run. The Indians would not trail the rest of the way.
In addition to his 15 points, Flowers hauled in a game high 12 rebounds, helping Chipola to their 30th win of the season, now holding a 30-1 record.
“I think all of our guys are happy to get the first one out of the way,” said Heiar. “I have a lot of confidence in this team and I know that we have better days ahead.”
Freshman Vernon Teel added 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in the win.
Sophomore Mario Edwards had 13 points and 4 rebounds to round out the double-digit scorers for Chipola.
Up next for Chipola is a semi-final match-up with Indian River. The Southern Conference Champions are 22-8 on the season after defeating Manatee 99-92 on Wednesday night in the quarter-finals.
The game can be seen live via webcast at 6:00 pm CST.