CHIPLEY — The air resonated with the shouts, stomps, jeers and cheers of basketball enthusiasts, as it was standing room only at this evening’s game between longstanding rivals the Holmes County Blue Devils and the Chipley Tigers Monday night in Chipley.
The Chipley High School Tigers defeated the Holmes County High School Blue Devils 82-70.
The Tigers came out with their head in the game and set on proving the Blue Devils had met their match when they came into Tiger territory. At the half the Tigers lead the Blue Devils 46-28.
During the third and fourth period Chris Walker and the Blue Devils came back and fought hard. Even though the Blue Devils didn’t make it to take the lead at any point during the game, they still put up a good fight.
Chipley head coach Joel Orlando weighed in on the game following the action. “First and foremost this victory goes to the fans. This victory was because of the immense support of the student body, staff and community. This was a great community win.”
Orlando said they were going to “build on this win.”
“These boys practiced hard, played hard and it was a hard won win,” he said. “It was a joy to see them win tonight.” Coach Orlando pointed out a few of the key players. “Kobe McCrary came from the inside and he was, as usual, a beast,” said Orlando. “Which isn’t unusual coming from the number four player in the country. I’m very proud of how Tyrome Sharpe and Trent Forrest handled the pressure they were under tonight.”
The Junior Varsity Tigers also walked away with a 44-31 win of the Blue Devils.