Indians Defend the Homecoming Court
Although the Super Bowl dropped the curtain on another NFL season Sunday night, college basketball fans can still feel the blood rushing through their veins as they feast on the heart-pounding action on the hardwood.
In what was called by some the “Super Bash”, on Saturday night, Chipola College hosted Northwest Florida State in a capacity filled Johnson Health Center. Chipola led at halftime by 10, but after the crowning of Homecoming King and Queen, NWF rallied to cut the deficit and take the lead mid-way through the final half. Nevertheless, the Chipola faithfully in attendance join forces behind their ball team to help the Indians capture the victory with a 78-71 final score. With the victory, the Indians’ improved to 23-1 on the season and 7-0 in Panhandle Conference play.
Now the Indians must turn their focus towards the Pirates of Pensacola. Wednesday afternoon will see the men’s program load the bus and travel to Pensacola to play in what is sure to be a heated match-up.
“Coach Swanson is a great coach and always has his club prepared for each and every game,” said Coach Greg Heiar. “We’re going to have to continue to improve during practice this week and work hard.”
The 18-7 Pirates are certainly not being taken lightly by the Indians.
“I think everyone remembers when they came to our place last year and had us on the ropes,” recalled Coach Heiar. “We have to have the proper mind set going into the final stretch run of conference play.”
And what a run it will be.
After playing on the road Wednesday night, the Indians will have to turn right around and play their arch-rivals of Tallahassee only three days later. With all Panhandle teams still jockeying for the two coveted state tournament bids, every game becomes extremely vital.
“This upcoming week will lay the foundation for the remainder of the season,” expressed Coach Heiar. “We must continue to buy stock into each other and the team if we want to be successful.”Wednesday’s game can be seen live on Panhandle Broadcasting www.pslive.com