MARIANNA, Fla. (Chipola) — The Chipola Indians beat Eastern Florida State 77-63 in the opening round of the FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII Men’s Basketball Tournament March 7 in Ocala.
The win moves Chipola to the semi-finals to take on St. Petersburg on Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m. (EST) The single elimination tournament concludes with the championship, Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m. (EST).
Deep South Sports will Broadcast Chipola's tournament games on WJAQ - 100.9 in Marianna. Games are also webcast through the FCSAA YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4ZLsoE41xmeAZbJbDZnug/featured
Brandon Mahan led the Indians with 26 points in the win over Eastern on Wednesday. Deric Patton scored 18. Keishawn Brewton scored 14. Shamarkus Kennedy had 9 blocks on the night.
Chipola head coach Bret Campbell said, “Our guys stepped up tonight and showed a lot of heart.” Chipola avenged a 102-64 loss to Eastern FL State on Dec. 10. During the broadcast, announcers referred to the Indians as the “magnificent seven,” as only seven players dressed out for the game. Starting point guard TJ Howard returns for contest with St. Pete after serving a one-game suspension for a double-technical foul on Feb. 24.
The Indians are representing the Panhandle Conference as the second place team. If Chipola makes it to the championship, they could face conference foe Northwest Florida State. The Indians have beaten Northwest once in the teams’ three regular season meetings, including a 98-91 win on Feb. 17.
Six Chipola players were named to Panhandle All-Conference: First Team—Brandon Mahan (Freshman of the Year), Shamarkus Kennedy and TJ Howard; Second Team—Yuat Alok, Keishawn Brewton and CJ Williamson.