Panama City, FL---The Harrison Field House on the Gulf Coast campus will be rocking Saturday with the sounds of Panhandle Conference basketball.
The teams of Chipola and Gulf Coast go head to head there Saturday night for the second time this season.
On the men's side of things, the Commodores come in 2-2 in conference, that's a game and a half behind first place Chipola, which is 4-1 in league. That despite having to play it's last two games without three key players, suspended late last week after their arrests. Still Chipola won those two games, getting them to that 4-1 mark.
The fact the Indians are missing those three key players, Cinmeon Bowers, Torian Graham and Jamaar McKay, doesn't mean G.C. head coach Jay Powell is preparing his team any differently for Saturday's game.
"We really are only, you know their play as a whole, we're concerned with that, knowing offensive things that they do, trying to take those away." Powell says. "And no matter who is on the court, we're preparing for those individuals, and Chipola's team as a whole."
A huge advantage for the Commodores heading into tip off is that they'll be playing at home in the Billy Harrison Field House, where they're 2-0 in Panhandle Conference Play.
"We've had two tough matchups but we've been able to pull it out. I give our local fans a lot of credit for that, we've had good crowds at the game, they've been loud and energetic. and you know, the game's played between the lines but i think you would be kind of naive if you didn't say that that didn't bring some energy towards the end of ballgames when we've been able to pull a couple of games out."
The Indians won the first meeting 69-64 back on January 7th. As for the ladies, Chipola, which is atop the league at 5-0, won the first matchup 68-61. The Lady Commodores are 2-2, so more pressure perhaps on them. The Ladies tip off at 5:30, the men go at 7:30.