Chipola Holds Off Motlow State
November 3, 2007
By Chipola Staff
The #1 nationally
relied heavily on
Little’s game high
26 points en route
to a 95-78 win over
Motlow State (TN) in
the Milton H.
Chipola, now 3-0 on the season, built a 75-45 advantage midway thru the second half. But the Bucks of Motlow battled back and cut the deficit to just nine with 4:50 to play in the game.
“You’ve got to give Coach (Bobby) Steinburg a lot of credit,” said Chipola coach Greg Heiar. “He’s put together a team that battles and just wouldn’t quit.”
During the 26-5 run, Motlow connected on six three point field goals in a seven possession stretch.
Tyree Evans, a transfer from Butler County CC, led the Bucks with 29 points, including eight three point field goals for the game.
The good news for the Indians is that much of Evans damage was done late in the second half as Motlow battled to trim the 30 point Chipola lead and get within striking distance.
“We missed Skyler Williams on the defensive end,” said Heiar. “We now know what we need to work on in practice. We have to find someone to be a lock down defender to take his place.”
Williams, a sophomore, was injured during the season opener against Truett-McConnell just ten minutes into the game. On the breakaway to the basket, he suffered what is likely to be a season ending knee injury.
“The good news is we made plays down the stretch and were able to close this thing out,” said Heiar. “I thought Mario (Little) did a great job of scoring when we needed him.”
Little, who scored 15 points in the second half, had his number called on three consecutive possessions to close out the game. On those plays, he scored twice and accounted for another score via an assist.
“He makes us look like really good coaches,” said Heiar. “We just try to come up with different ways to get him the basketball so he can make plays.”
Lost in the hectic finish was freshman Gary Flowers solid night. He scored 19 points, helping Chipola gain early momentum.
Freshman Casey Mitchell and sophomore Mario Edwards added 14 and 11 points to the Indian’s cause.
Chipola, who has played on three consecutive nights, now is off until next Saturday when they travel to Birmingham, Alabama to face Lawson State.