Chipola Defense Sizzles In Win: Indians Remain Unbeaten
January 30, 2008
By Chipola Staff
Gulf Coast to just
22 second half
points during a
66-51 win in Panama
“I thought our energy was phenomenal for stretches,” said Chipola head coach Greg Heiar. “We had a attitude on the defensive end that we didn’t have against Tallahassee.”
The top ranked Indians, who had given up 84 points during an overtime win at home on January 26 against Tallahassee, came out of the gates with both pressure and a purpose.
Gulf Coast scored just 5 points during the opening 9:45 of the game, as Chipola built an early 16-5 lead midway through the first half.
“I thought during our first two substitution runs, we were really focused and executed the game plan,” said Heiar. “We need to keep improving as fatigue sets in to ensure that our second and third runs are played with that same mindset.”
The Indians built the lead to as large as 19 with 6:30 to play in the opening period before eventually heading into the locker room with a 41-29 halftime advantage.
Offensively, it was a balanced trio that helped the Indians improve to 24-0 on the season.
Sophomore Mario Little finished the night with a team high 13 points, while grabbing 3 rebounds and handing out 3 assists.
Sophomore Mario Edwards and freshman Vernon Teel each scored 9 points, as Chipola moved to 6-0 in the Panhandle Conference.
“We did a good job at times, but we know we have to keep getting better,” added Heiar. “Offensively we can execute better. Defensively we can become more efficient. It’s just all about improving in every aspect every time that we step onto the wood.”
Freshman Gary Flowers led Chipola with a game high 10 rebounds, while adding 6 points and 3 blocks to the cause.
Next up for Chipola is #9 Okaloosa-Walton (20-2). The road contest will pit the league leaders and will have major implications in the conference race.
The Red Raiders are 5-1 in league play and sit just a game behind Chipola in the loss column. Chipola won the first contest 56-52 back on January 12 in Marianna. Six of the past seven games, dating back to the 2005-06 season, have been decided by 5 points or less, including every game played in Niceville.
The game can be heard live via webcast on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 pm CST.