Pensacola Tops Gulf Coast, Clinches FCSAA Tournament Spot

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Panama City, FL---Saturday night at the Billy Harrison Field House, the Pensacola Men's Basketball team controlled their own destiny.

A win guaranteed them a spot in the FCSAA Tournament and kept their season alive. A loss would mean they would have to enter a one game playoff to try and advance to the state tourney.

Facing off against Gulf Coast, the Commodores wouldn't make the game an easy one.

In the highlights attached above, late in the first half, Shamar Johnson has his shot blocked, but recovers and gets the and-1. He goes on to make the free throw. That puts the Pirates up 10, as they would go on to lead 33-24 at the half.

In the second half, Gulf Coast starts to make a comeback. Devon Baulkman misses the layup, but Andrew Fishler finishes with the dunk. That cuts it to 7.

Then, Jon Wade swings it to Dwane Miller who knocks down the three and it's a tie ballgame.

Pensacola didn't score a basket in the second half until the near 10 minutes mark. Yet finally Johnson gets one to drop with the foul, moving Pensacola back in the lead by three.

A little later Leonard Livingston comes up with a bucket of his own, but Gulf Coast would tie the game at 69 a piece at the end of regulation.

In overtime, it was Pensacola who was able to take it in overtime 78-76. With the win, the Pirates take the second seed in the Panhandle conference and a share of the Panhandle Cofnerence title. They also officially knock out Northwest Florida, who fell in Marianna to Chipola.

Gulf Coast finishes the season at 4-8 in conference and ranks in forth place.