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Commodores Fall Hard at Chipola


On Saturday night, the No. 1 Chipola Indians had to go to overtime to beat Tallahassee on the road.

On Tuesday night against Gulf Coast, in front of a home crowd, the game was essentially over moments after tip-off.

The Indians dominated the action from start to finish in an 83-46 blowout of the Commodores.

The game was even more lopsided than the final score indicates.

Chipola led 39-14 at halftime, a lead the Indians extended to 53-14 with a 14-0 spurt to start the second half.

The Indians led 70-22 with 9:26 left in the game before coach Greg Heiar started taking out his starters.

Casey Mitchell led Chipola with 19 points and seven rebounds. Gary Flowers added 16 points and Justin Brownlee 13.

Malcolm Armstead, who saved the Indians Saturday night with a late 3-pointer against TCC, put in nine points, with Jeremy Jacob adding eight points and 10 rebounds.

Marquis Gilstrap led Gulf Coast with 15 points,al though he only shot 5-of-16 from the field. On this night, that could’ve passed for good Commodore shooting.

Gulf Coast made just 18-of-75 shots from the field for the game, or 24 percent, including 6-of-25 from the 3-point line.

The Commodores made just 7-of-36 from the field in the first 20 minutes, missing all eight 3-pointers and all three free throws they attempted as well.

Chipola posted runs of 20-2, 14-0 and 17-4 during the game.

It was the 21st consecutive win for the Indians, who are running away with the Panhandle Conference.

Chipola now sits at 6-0 in the league standings, three games better than any other Panhandle team. The loss was the third in conference for the Commodores, who are in second place. Pensacola is third at 2-4, and disappointing Northwest Florida State is last at 1-5.

The Indians next play host to NWF St. Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

In the Indians’ 86-81 overtime win over TCC Saturday, Mitchell broke the NJCAA record for most consecutive free throws made — 25 — in a single game.

The previous record of 24 had stood since 1969.

Mitchell is currently leading the Indians in scoring at 21.6 points per game.

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