Chipley takes a tumble in semifinal

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 01:20 PM.
Back-to-back buckets by Daniel Floyd pulled the Tigers within 24-14 midway through the second quarter, but that was as close as Chipley would get the rest of the way. Hamilton County led 43-23 at halftime and was not threatened in the second half. The final score was the biggest margin of the game.
Hamilton County’s Kevin McClain led all scorers with 24 points, and Antefernee Smith contributed with 15. The Trojans’ bench was considerably stronger than that of the Tigers and outscored Chipley’s reserves 53-3. Hamilton County also enjoyed a 59-35 edge on the boards.
“They were very athletic and extremely quick,” Chipley coach Joel Orlando said. “They were very deep and have a solid point guard and 2-guard who is strong as a bull and plays above the rim.”
Tyrome Sharpe led Chipley with 17 points, but he was held to 6-for-20 shooting from the floor with limited help around him. Sharpe also picked up his third foul with 5 minutes left in the second quarter, further limiting him on the offensive end.
Floyd and Adrian Sims scored nine points apiece and combined for 13 rebounds for Chipley, and Justin Campbell added eight points and six rebounds.
“They played to the best of their ability, and I’m extremely proud of the how they handled it and the way they handled it,” Orlando said of some of his players being thrust into a more pronounced role. “It was just a challenge of being put in a situation where they had to do some things they weren’t comfortable with execution-wise.”
Forrest, a sophomore who averaged 24 points a game this year and already is on the recruiting radar of numerous college programs, was suspended along with teammates Bradley Hall and Sagar Patel. Hall is a junior, and Patel is a senior.

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