The Chipola Indians basketball team finished out their season 22-8, with a 2-1 run in the state championship games. They opened the state tournament with a solid 77-65 win over Eastern Florida State College in the very first game of the tournament. They then handed St. Petersburg College a 93-72 defeat before facing off against panhandle conference foe, the Northwest Florida State Raiders. After winning over the Raiders at the Johnson Center on homecoming evening 98-91, the Indians fell 92-67, taking second place in the state for 2018.
The Indians hung tough throughout the season with the Raiders, losing in their first game 85-73 at home before taking their game on the road for a closer 85-79 loss. The third game, it was all Chipola, handing the Raiders a 98-91 defeat. Such was not the case in the fourth matchup.
The Indians trailed 39-28 at the half before the Raiders pulled away in the second half of the championship game.
Chipola shot 38% in the game and was led by Keishawn Brewton, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. Brewton also led the team in steals with four. JJ Miles added 13 points and Brandon Mahan was in double digits with 10 points. Shamarkus Kennedy led the team in rebounds with 10. Kennedy also added nine points and four blocks.
Shamarkus Kennedy, Brandon Mahan, and JJ Miles were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Congratulations to Coach Bret Campbell, his staff, and the Indians basketball team on a great season from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times.