Chipola eliminates TCC from postseason race

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (February 9, 2008) – Jermaine Dixon joined Tallahassee Community College’s 1,000-point club but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Eagles from being eliminated from postseason contention. On Saturday evening at the Eagledome, top-ranked Chipola College’s 93-77 win ended the No. 7 Eagles’ hopes at a third straight trip to the FCCAA Tournament.

With the win, Chipola (26-1) improved to 8-1 in league play heading into next Saturday’s showdown at home against Okaloosa-Walton College in a game that will likely determine the Panhandle Conference Championship. O-W defeated Gulf Coast Community College, 99-56, to keep pace with Chipola in the league standings with an identical 8-1 record.

TCC (17-7) travels to Gulf Coast on Wednesday in a match-up of 3-6 teams. The winner will have a leg up on third place in the league standings.

Saturday’s contest was rarely ever in doubt. Chipola shot 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the field in the first half en route to a 43-30 halftime lead. The Indians were even better in the second stanza, connecting on 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the floor. Despite Chipola’s red-hot shooting, the undermanned Eagles made a valiant second-half run at the nation’s third-ranked team.

After trailing by as many as 20 early in the second half, Dixon rattled off six consecutive points to bring the Eagles within five, 69-64, with 7:42 remaining in the game. Dixon finished the night with a career-high 36 points, the sixth highest single-game total in TCC history. In the process, he not only became just the eighth player to score 1,000 career points but passed former Eagle standout Kerry Thompson to move into seventh on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Two free throws by Patrick Spencer kept the deficit in single digits, 74-66, at the 5:12 mark but that was as close as TCC would get the rest of the game.

Shamar Coombs added 12 for TCC while Paul Guede scored 10.

Malik Alvin led four Indians in double-figures with 19 points, hitting 11-of-12 from the foul line.

TCC and Gulf Coast tip off at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

CHIPOLA (93) – Antwon Hall, 2; Gary Flowers, 14; Clevin Hannah, 6; Vernon Teel, 6; Malik Alvin, 19; Torye Pelham, 14; Joey Cameron, 2; Mario Little, 9; Mario Edwards, 12; Casey Mitchell, 9.

TALLAHASSEE (77) – Jeremy Robinson, 9; Jermaine Dixon, 36; Paul Guede, 10; Patrick Spencer, 4; Rory Miller, 4; Delbert Samuel, 2; Shamar Coombs, 12.

Halftime: Chipola 43, Tallahassee 30

Records: Tallahassee (17-7, 3-6), Chipola (26-1, 8-1)

Attendance: 750


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