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Chipola Men Hammer Gulf Coast  

By Josh Weinfuss
News Herald Writer 747-5069 / jweinfuss@pcnh.com
   

Of all the weapons top-ranked Chipola has, a local may have stolen the show Wednesday night. Bay High School graduate Michael Vogler had seven steals and seven points in the Indians’ 88-63 win over Gulf Coast at Billy Harrison Field House.
 

For 39 of the 40 minutes, Vogler had the local spotlight to himself. With the outcome long since decided, Gulf Coast coach Jim Hatfield looked to another former Bay standout, Rodney Hayes.
   

As time ran out, Hayes guarded Vogler with a smile on his face as their former coach, Matt Anderson, looked on from the stands.
   

Vogler’s seven steals were important, but didn’t break the game open for the Indians. Chipola had 10 players score, three in double figures, and was just too much for Gulf Coast. Chipola improved to 19-0 overall, 2-0 in the Panhandle Conference.    

Gulf Coast has lost nine in a row and fell to 5-13, 0-1.    

“We let it get away from us by not taking care of the basketball and giving up second shots,” Hatfield said. “Those are two sound fundamental things you just can’t do if you expect to get an upset.”    

For nearly the first 15 minutes, an upset was within reach. At the 5:38 mark of the first half the Commodores trailed by four points. Chipola went on 15-4 run to end the half ahead 46-29.   

After that, it was a matter of how lopsided the final score would become. Hatfield said it will take a solid team effort to knock off the Indians. Instead, Gulf Coast committed 33 turnovers and gave up 20 steals.    

Gulf Coast was playing with an injured Dmitry Pirshin. The freshman came off the bench for the first time this season and fouled out without scoring. Hatfield said Pirshin didn’t practice the last two days.    

His inside presence was missed. Gulf Coast collared only three offensive rebounds, all in the second half.    

The Commodores were led by freshman Darryl McGhee with 17 points and four rebounds. Jadranko Jusufagic, 6-foot-10, added 14 points including four 3-pointers, but had only one rebound.    

Chipola was led by Johnnie Harris, who scored 16 points. Indiana-bound Jamarcus Ellis added 13 and Skylar Williams scored 10.    

Ahead by 17 entering the second half, the Indians went on a 10-0 run to put the final out of reach. The Commodores pulled within 22 after McGhee hit two layups and sophomore Marcus Nicks scored. But that was as close as they got.

 

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