Tallahassee, FL - The opportunity to climb in the Panhandle Conference standings is what's at stake for Tallahassee Community College on Tuesday evening when it hosts Pensacola State College in a men's and women's basketball doubleheader.
The Eagle men (16-7) enter Tuesday's 7:30 p.m. contest at 2-3 in PC play and with two important games on the horizon. A quick glimpse at the schedule might lead one to believe this Saturday's trip to Northwest Florida State College is the week's marquee matchup. The PC standings suggest otherwise.
Tallahassee and Northwest Florida State are tied for third with identical 2-3 records. Meanwhile, it's Pensacola State (15-7, 3-2) who is all alone in second place, following last Saturday's upset win over Northwest Florida State. But as is always the case in the rugged Panhandle Conference, 40 minutes is all that's needed to alter the standings dramatically.
Tuesday is no different for Tallahassee, who can claim a share of second place with a win but will fall to fourth place all by itself with a loss. A victory would also help avenge one of the Eagles' least-inspiring performances of the season - a 62-59 loss in Pensacola on January 8.
In Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. tilt, the Lady Eagles (12-6, 1-4) will try to ride the momentum from Saturday's surprising 64-54 win at Gulf Coast Community College. The task will be much tougher, however, as the Lady Pirates bring a gaudy 22-0 record and the nation's No. 1 ranking into the Eagledome.
Pensacola State has a 2.5 game lead over Chipola College as it hits the midway point of the conference schedule on Tuesday. And the Lady Pirates already have a win over Tallahassee under its belt - a convincing 84-62 triumph on January 8.
Tallahassee snapped a four-game losing streak with its win over the Lady Commodores. More importantly, it kept the Lady Eagles' slim postseason hopes alive. Tallahassee is only one game back of Gulf Coast and Northwest Florida State, both of whom are 2-3. Chipola (2-2) sits only 1.5 games ahead of Tallahassee.
Both of Tuesday's games will be carried by Panhandle Sports Broadcasting and can be seen online at www.PSBlive.com.