Chipola Advances to State Tournament, Defeats Northwest Florida

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Marianna, FL---Season's were on the line in the Panhandle conference Saturday night. Three teams tied at the top of the standings. Only two advance to state.

Two facing off at Chipola College in the evening, where a packed house was on hand to see the Chipola Indians host the Northwest Florida Raiders.

Both teams would attack and answer back and forth, knowing this game could be it for each of them.

In the highlights attached above, Carlos Morris knocks down a runner to give the Indians an early lead.

Clide Geffard answers back with runner of his own to tie it.

Farad Cobb later hits a three to put the Raiders up one.

They'd up the lead to four, but Sam Cassell, Jr knocks down a three ball of his own and makes it a one point game.

Chipola has gotten to this point despite three key members of their team serving suspensions. But the team has been back at full strength since their previous game against Tallahassee. One of those players, Jamaar McKay gets the layup to drop on the inside. That gives the Indians back the lead.

But no surprise, Northwest Florida is soon able to tie it back up as Darnell Harris gets his own layup on the inside.

The Raiders held an eight point lead at the half, yet it's Chipola who's able to take control of the second half and win 69-64, clinching them a spot in the state tournament and a share of the Panhandle Conference title.

Northwest Florida's season could stay alive if Pensacola would lose to Gulf Coast, but the Pirates were able to win 78-76 in overtime over the Commodores. That win gives Pensacola the second seed in the Panhandle and knocks Northwest Florida out of the postseason for the first time in the last three years.