Chipola Gets Strong Bench Play: Outruns Coastal Georgia
November 30, 2007
By Chipola Staff
Chipola improved to 11-0 on the season with a 90-67 win
over Coastal Georgia in the first day of the Panhandle
A steady diet of freshman Gary Flowers, who ended with his 3rd double-double of the season, helped Chipola stave off any chance of a comeback. Flowers ended the night with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
“Once again, Gary played extremely well,” said Chipola coach Greg Heiar. “His energy needs to be contagious.”
The Indians came out of the gates with a defensive swagger, jumping to an early 18-4 lead with 10:40 to play in the first half. Top ranked Chipola scored on seven of their first nine possessions of the game, thanks in large part to easy transition baskets created by their defense.
However, much of that intensity seemed to get left in the locker room during the intermission.
Coastal Georgia slapped on a press, leading to 7 turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the second half. A onetime lead of 19 points dwindled to 5, as the Mariners got to within 46-41.
“We did not handle pressure very well,” said Heiar. “Our poise with some our veterans is unacceptable. We have to correct these problems.”
Enter Chipola’s 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th men. With 15:04 remaining in the game, Heiar wholesale subbed out his starting five, looking for a spark from his bench.
And he got it.
Led by the little used freshman point guard Artem Slipenchuck, the Chipola offense came to life.
“Slip has such great court vision,” said Heiar. “When he gets into the game, the ball just moves around and finds the open man. Then everyone is looking to make the extra pass.”
Slipenchuck, who ended the night with 4 assists, was able to help Chipola solve the Mariner pressure. The Indians outscored Coastal Georgia 35-19 during the 12 minute run of the Ukrainian.
“This is why you call it a team,” added Heiar. “When some guys aren’t playing as well, you have to have other players step up and help you get a win.”
Freshman Casey Mitchell and Torye Pelham scored 14 and 10 points for Chipola.
Sophomores Clevin Hannah and Vernon Teel added 9 and 8 points in the win.
Chipola continues action tomorrow evening, hosting Santa Fe at 8:00 pm CST. Santa Fe lost to Okaloosa-Walton on Friday, 75-60.