Chipola hosts Panhandle Classic

MARIANNA—Chipola College will host the Panhandle Classic Nov. 4-5 in the Milton H. Johnson Center.

The Chipola Indians play Conrad at 7 p.m., Friday. The Indians play Jones College, Saturday, at 4 p.m. IMG plays Jones Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. IMG plays Conrad Nov. 5, at 2 p.m.

The Indians will be in action again, Tuesday, Nov. 8, when they host Faith Baptist, at 7 p.m.

Both Chipola teams host the Milton Johnson Classic Nov. 18-19. The Lady Indians play East Georgia State at 5 p.m., Nov. 18, and Georgia Highlands at 5 p.m., Nov. 19. The Indians play Reddevil’s Academy, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. and Combine Academy, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. Tallahassee plays Combine, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. and Reddevil’s, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. Pensacola faces East Georgia, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.

Second year Chipola men’s basketball coach Bret Campbell leads the Indians into battle with a pair of seasoned players. Forward Eric Turner averaged 11 points and nearly 6 rebounds a game season last year for Chipola. Point guard Taevon Ashmeade started in final stretch of the 2016 conference season.

Coach Campbell says, “We have more size than we had a year ago. We’ve got a couple transfers that are going to be solid for us.” University of South Carolina transfer Eric Cobb (6-9, 280) will give the Indians some size inside. Freshman Yuat Alok from New Zealand (6-10, 220) was one of the top recruits in the country. Campbell says, “We’re deeper at every position than we were a year ago. Our goal is to defend and rebound well because that’s what wins you championships. I think our team can certainly play for a Panhandle championship. We’ve got four Division I transfers that understand what it takes.”

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