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Sunday Q&A with Cam Holden

By Dustin Kent
The rash of cancellations and postponements that followed the COVID-19 outbreak was a bitter pill for athletes and coaches all over the country to swallow, though perhaps for none more than the Gulf Coast men’s basketball team.


Sunday Q&A with GC coach Phil Gaffney

By Dustin Kent
Phil Gaffney’s first season as the head men’s basketball coach at Gulf Coast was certainly interesting if no thing else.

The former Georgia Highlands coach brought his fast-paced trapping style to the Commodores and led them to an immediate turnaround.


Commodores lament lost opportunity at Hutch

By Dustin Kent
When the announcement came down from the NJCAA on Monday about the cancellation of the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. - already postponed to April 20 from its original scheduled start date of March 16 - the news didn’t come as much of a surprise to Gulf Coast men’s basketball players.


Gulf Coast coaches react to their seasons being canceled

By Dustin Kent
When the news came down Monday that the NJCAA would cancel its already-postponed national basketball tournaments in Hutchinson, Kan., and Lubbock, Tex., along with the remainder of spring sports seasons, Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Roonie Scovel wasn’t among those stunned by the decision.

NJCAA COVID-19 Update Homepage
Charlotte, NC – In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19, the NJCAA has made the decision to postpone national championship events for the upcoming DI and DII men's and women's basketball tournaments. DIII men's and women's basketball championships, currently underway, will work with an expedited schedule that will conclude on Friday, March 13.

Gulf Coast gets 8-seed at Hutch

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast sophomore Cam Holden knew that the Commodores were going to be in the 24-team field for the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., after their state title win over Tallahassee on Saturday.


Commodores win again, advance to title game

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — On Wednesday, Gulf Coast beat the No. 1 team in the country Florida Southwestern, giving the Buccaneers just their second loss of the season.


Gulf Coast takes out top-ranked Florida Southwestern

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast needed a half-court buzzer-beater in triple overtime of its regular season finale just to get into the FCSAA State Tournament in Niceville.


Gulf Coast takes out top-ranked Florida Southwestern

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — Gulf Coast needed a half-court buzzer-beater in triple overtime of its regular season finale just to get into the FCSAA State Tournament in Niceville.


Commodores embrace underdog role vs. No. 1 Buccaneers

By Dustin Kent
Before this season, not many people would’ve predicted Gulf Coast to be one of the last two Panhandle Conference teams standing in the postseason.


Gulf Coast sophomores relish rise from Panhandle cellar to state berth

By Dustin Kent
For Gulf Coast players Cam Holden, Jacolbey Owens, Maurice Gordon, and KK Godwin, their first season playing college basketball couldn’t have gone a lot worse.


Gordon sends Gulf Coast to state with half-court shot

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — It had been 11 years since the Gulf Coast men had advanced to the state tournament.


Commodores get another chance to clinch state berth vs. TCC

By Dustin Kent
There are multiple avenues through which Gulf Coast (20-7 overall, 7-4 in the Panhandle Conference) could qualify for the state tournament on Saturday afternoon.


Lady Commodores clinch, GC men have to wait

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team punched its ticket to the state tournament with a 71-50 victory over Chipola on Wednesday night in Marianna, while the Commodore men failed to clinch their own state berth for a second straight game.


Commodores take another stab at clinching playoff bid


By Dustin Kent
In last week’s home game against Pensacola State, Gulf Coast had a simple task to ensure a berth in the state tournament: just win.


2nd half surge lifts Pirates past Commodores

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Pensacola State dominated the second half of all three matchups with Gulf Coast this season.


Holden helping Commodores reach new heights

By Dustin Kent
In his first season at Gulf Coast, Cam Holden proved he belonged on the court with the best players the Panhandle Conference, leading the Commodores in scoring and rebounding while making First Team All-Conference.


Gulf Coast looks to clinch state berth vs. PCola

By Dustin Kent
The past week has been a tumultuous one for Gulf Coast, to say the least.


GC men stay in 1st, women fall back

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams split a doubleheader against Northwest Florida State in Niceville on Saturday night.


TCC sweeps Gulf Coast

By Dustin Kent
The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams lost both ends of a doubleheader to Tallahassee on Wednesday night, with both results making the top of the Panhandle Conference standings a bit more crowded.


Panhandle powers face off with 1st place at stake

By Dustin Kent
With just five Panhandle Conference games remaining, Wednesday’s showdown between first-place Gulf Coast and second-place Tallahassee will go a long way toward determining who wins the league and who gets to play in the postseason.


Gulf Coast rallies past Chipola, 68-66

By Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Both Gulf Coast and Chipola came into Saturday’s Panhandle Conference showdown at the Billy Harrison Field House riding a wave of momentum with league winning streaks of four and three games, respectively.


Commodores embracing adversity as Chipola showdown looms

By Dustin Kent
Following Saturday’s 21-point home win over Northwest Florida State - the No. 17 Commodores’ second game since head coach Phil Gaffney suffered a heart attack - acting GC head coach Scott Jackson expressed hope that Gaffney could rejoin the team a week later when Chipola comes to the Billy Harrison Field House for a key Panhandle Conference showdown.


Gulf Coast men take 4th straight Panhandle win

By Dusting Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast lost its point guard to a broken hand and its head coach to a heart attack, yet nothing seems to be able to stop the Commodores’ climb to the top of the Panhandle Conference standings.

 


GC men back in NJCAA top 25

By Dustin Kent
For the first time in six weeks, the Gulf Coast men’s basketball team is nationally ranked.


Commodores ‘more prepared’ for rematch with Pirates

By Dustin Kent
The first round of Panhandle Conference games for Gulf Coast couldn’t have gone much better, with the Commodores delivering big road wins over Northwest Florida State and Chipola and notching arguably their biggest victory of the year at home in knocking off No. 10 Tallahassee.


Commodores stun No. 10 TCC, move into 1st place tie in Panhandle

By Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — Coming off of a 93-70 home loss to Pensacola State on Jan. 8 with starting point guard and second leading scorer KK Godwin out indefinitely with a broken hand, Gulf Coast’s postseason hopes looked to be in peril just two games in the Panhandle Conference schedule.


Gulf Coast goes for 1st vs. No. 10 TCC

By Dustin Kent

On Wednesday in Marianna, Gulf Coast got a win that kept the Commodores from falling into fourth place in the Panhandle Conference standings.


Holden, Commodores hang on for big road win

By Dustin Kent

MARIANNA — Cam Holden scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out five assists as Gulf Coast notched a big road win over Chipola 76-68 on Wednesday night at the Milton H. Johnson Health Center.

 


GC’s Butler battles injury to get back on the court

By Dustin Kent
On Jan. 8 at the Billy Harrison Field House, Gulf Coast center Deion Butler took the court for the first time this season.


Gulf Coast rips Red Devils

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — The Gulf Coast men’s basketball team stepped out of Panhandle Conference play on Saturday and crushed Red Devils Basketball Academy 126-43.


Commodores try to rebound from disappointing defeat

By Dustin Kent

Following a disappointing 93-70 home loss to Pensacola State last week, Gulf Coast comes into Wednesday’s game in Marianna hungry for a victory.


Pensacola State stuns Gulf Coast, 93-70

By Dustin Kent
Trailing 63-57 with just over 10 minutes to play, it appeared as though Gulf Coast was in the midst of a comeback after falling behind by as much as 11 points to visiting Pensacola State.


Gaffney hopes for sharper performance vs. Pensacola State

By Dustin Kent
Gulf Coast coach Phil Gaffney was happy to see his team come away from its Panhandle Conference opener against Northwest Florida State with a win.


GC men, women sweep Northwest

By Dustin Kent
NICEVILLE — The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams opened the Panhandle Conference season with road victories over Northwest Florida State on Saturday night.


Gulf Coast opens Panhandle play with newfound confidence

By Dustin Kent
The last time Gulf Coast coach Phil Gaffney took a team to Raider Arena to take on Northwest Florida State, it was with Georgia Highlands in the opener of the 2015-16 season.


Gulf Coast smashes Monroe College, 111-67

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast took its second straight lopsided victory at the Visit Panama City Beach Men’s Basketball Classic on Tuesday.


Commodores crush East Georgia State, 124-59

By Dustin Kent
PANAMA CITY — Gulf Coast finished the first half of this season about as poorly as they started the season brilliantly, dropping three out of five games following an 8-0 start.


GC tries to bounce back from tough weekend

Phil Gaffney’s first season as Gulf Coast head coach had been going just about as well as possible through eight games, with the Commodores winning all eight and ascending to the No. 1 ranking in the state and No. 6 in the nation.


Gulf Coast men take first loss

MARIANNA — The Gulf Coast men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night at Chipola, falling to Polk State 73-67.


GC sweeps doubleheader vs. LB Wallace

ANDALUSIA, Ala. — The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams swept a road doubleheader against Lurleen B. Wallace on Tuesday night to stay unbeaten.


GC teams travel for doubleheader vs. LB Wallace

The Gulf Coast men’s and women’s basketball teams will return to action Tuesday night, and for the second straight week will do so as the top teams in the state.


Gulf Coast men enter NJCAA rankings at No. 10

The latest NJCAA top 25 rankings were released Monday afternoon, with the Gulf Coast women remaining No. 1 in the nation where the Lady Commodores (5-0) have been all season.


Commodores coast by East Mississippi, improve to 6-0

Gulf Coast men’s basketball coach Phil Gaffney knew his team would have a letdown following Thursday night’s big win over No. 3 Indian Hills in Niceville.


Gulf Coast edges No. 3 Indian Hills, moves to 5-0

The Gulf Coast men’s basketball team was still unranked in this week’s NJCAA top 25 poll following a home win over No. 15 Daytona State.


GC knocks off No. 15 Daytona State, moves to 4-0

PANAMA CITY — Going into the week, Gulf Coast coach Phil Gaffney presented his players with both a challenge and an opportunity.


Holden, Godwin lift Commodores by Chargers

PANAMA CITY — If there was any ambiguity regarding Gulf Coast coach Phil Gaffney’s feelings about facing his former team on Thursday night, the first-year Commodores coach quickly cleared it up.


Gulf Coast coach Gaffney set to face former team

When first-year Gulf Coast head coach Phil Gaffney walks out onto the court for Thursday’s home game against Georgia Highlands, he’ll see plenty of familiar faces on the other bench.


GC women, men look to stay unbeaten

Gulf Coast will be back in action Tuesday night to put its four-game win streak on the line as Lurleen B. Wallace (0-3) comes to the Billy Harrison Field House for a non-conference matchup at 5 p.m.


 

Gaffney introduced as GC head coach

Dustin Kent

PANAMA CITY — For the better part of the last two decades, when anyone mentioned the words “Gulf Coast basketball,” the first thought for most with any knowledge of junior college basketball has been the Gulf Coast women, and with good reason.

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