#3 Chipola Preps for Cape Fear
The #3 ranked Chipola Indians open their home season Thursday night at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center against Cape Fear, N.C. at 7 pm.
Before the game, Chipola players will host a special clinic for all ages from 5:30 pm to 6:00pm. Also, Chipola is sponsoring a canned food drive for a local food bank. Fans that bring a non-perishable food item will be admitted to the game for free. At halftime, fans will be treated to a performance by children from Mega Gymnastics.
It’s a full night that Indians coach Greg Heiar said he hoped would get the fans more involved.
“We just wanted to do something for the community,” coach Heiar said. “The support isn’t always great early in the year, so we thought this would be a great time to something for the community to help the youth out and get people to come out for the game.”
The Indians bring a 5-1 record into the home opener against a 4-1 Cape Fear team that Heiar said will pose quite a challenge for his club.
“They’re very talented,” the coach said. “They’re the best team in North Carolina. They’ve got a great change to play in the National Tournament. Cape Fear is very well-coached, very structured, have some good guards and some size as well.”
“It will be a good game for us. The guys are excited to open up at home, but this is very good opponent and we can’t take them lightly. We have to come out and focus on what’s important for us and do what is required to win the basketball game.”
The Indians have won four straight since being upset by Three Rivers Nov. 1 and have taken three wins against top 10 opponents this season.
The last such win came Saturday night against Georgia Perimeter in Decatur, GA. in a 72-62 victory.
“We played real solid basketball for two halves and to get a win like that on the road, at their place, was good for our team,” Heiar said of the Perimeter game. “We played consistently well the entire night. It was a solid 40 minutes of basketball and that was a good sign.”
The Indians are led in scoring this season by Casey Mitchell with 21.5 points per game, while Gary Flowers (14.5ppg), Torye Pelham (11.5ppg), Jeremy Jacob (11ppg), and Darrell Williams (9.9ppg) give Chipola nearly six players averaging double figures on the early season.Jacob leads the team with 10.1 rebounds per game, while Flowers adds 3.4 assists and 3.1 blocks per night. Mitchell leads the team with 3.2 steals per game. Chipola is averaging 78 points per game this season, while giving up just 63.1 per night.