Commodores blow out Central Florida, move on to title game
There is at least one more game for the Gulf Coast Commodores this basketball season, and likely games beyond that!
Gulf Coast made surprisingly easy work of Central Florida Friday in their state semifinal game at the Arena at Northwest Florida, 105-84 that final.
Gulf Coast came out smoking in the first half, hitting some outside shots, forcing Central Florida to eventually abandon their game plan of playing zone defense. The Commodores meanwhile, slowing the Patriots offense with a full court press that seemed to take the Central Florida shoots out of any kind of rhythm.
The result was a 40-23 Gulf Coast lead by halftime. In the second half the Commodores answered every Central Florida charge, and when it was all over it was a 21 point win.
Sophomore guard Cam Holden led the way for Gulf Coast with 24, sophomore Jacolbey Owens added 17. Grant Howard had 15 off the bench.
So next up comes the state title game against Tallahassee, the Panhandle rival that Gulf Coast beat twice out of three meetings earlier this season. That game Saturday at 5.
With Florida getting three bids to Nationals, and one of the two at-large bids going to 29-2 Florida Southwestern, the previously top ranked team Gulf Coast beat Wednesday in the quarterfinals, it seems logical to believe even the loser in Saturday's title game will get the other at-large big to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas later this month.