For the first time since 2014, both the Chipola College men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the Florida College System Activities Association state tournament.
Chipola men to play Gulf Coast Thursday
The Chipola College Indians are the No. 1 seed in the FCSAA Region 8 state basketball tournament set for April 8-10 in Niceville.
The Indians will play the No. 8 seed Gulf Coast (8-11) Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Gulf Coast earned a berth after Tallahassee was disqualified from the tournament by the NJCAA.
A win Thursday would put the Indians in the semi-finals Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. to face the winner of St. Petersburg and Eastern Florida.
Tournament seeds are: 1. Chipola; 2. Indian River; 3. Florida Southwestern; 4. Eastern Florida; 5. St. Petersburg; 6. State College of Florida; 7. FSC @ Jacksonville; and 8. Gulf Coast.
The Indians (13-3, 18-4) finished the season as Panhandle co-champions with Tallahassee (13-3).
First year Chipola head coach Donnie Tyndall team has led the Indians to a first-place ranking in the FCSAA State Poll and ninth in the NJCAA National Poll.
Lady Indians, No. 2 seed, play today
The Chipola College Lady Indians are the No. 2 seed in the FCSAA Region 8 state basketball tournament set for April 7-10 in Niceville.
Chipola plays Hillsborough Wednesday, April 7, at 1 p.m. A win would move Chipola to face the winner of St. Petersburg and Indian River, Friday, April 9, at 1 p.m.
The seeds for the women’s tournament are: 1. Northwest; 2. Chipola; 3. St. Petersburg; 4. Florida Southwestern; 5. Gulf Coast; 6. Indian River; 7. Hillsborough; and 8. Eastern Florida.
Chipola (12-4) finished second in the league race behind top seed Northwest (15-1). Gulf Coast finished (8-8). Pensacola was (4-12) and Tallahassee was (1-15).
The Lady Indians finished the season with a 71-47 loss at Northwest on March 27. Chipola was 1-4 against Northwest in league play. A fifth meeting of the two teams is possible in the championship of the state tournament.
Chipola is seventh in the NJCAA National Poll and second in the FCSAA State Poll behind Northwest.
Tournament information is available at www.chipolaathletics.com.