GC hosts New Year’s Classic

By The News Herald

Posted Dec 26, 2017 at 3:43 PM


PANAMA CITY — The Panhandle Conference annually provides some of the best men’s junior college basketball competition in the country.


Fans wanting a preview of this year’s conference schedule that begins early next month can take in the Gulf Coast State College New Year’s Classic.


The annual tournament not only helps bring the year to an end, but provides a final glimpse of three Panhandle Conference teams before they begin to concentrate on each other starting the opening week of January.


Chipola, Northwest Florida State and host Gulf Coast each will play two games against out-of-state competition beginning on Friday and continuing Saturday at Billy Harrison Field House.


East Georgia State, Gordon State and Alabama Southern complete the field. With conference play on the horizon, the Panhandle teams will not meet each other.


Gulf Coast enters with a 12-3 record. Northwest Florida is 14-0 and Chipola 9-3.


The schedule:


Friday — Chipola vs. East Georgia State noon, Northwest Florida vs. Gordon State 2 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Alabama Southern 4



Saturday — Chipola vs. Alabama Southern noon, Northwest Florida vs. East Georgia State 2 p.m., Gulf Coast vs. Gordon State 4 p.m.

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