Chiefs smoke gators

Published 3:16 am Monday, January 31, 2005

By By Tim Cottrell
The Northview Chiefs avenged an earlier 53-27 loss and found themselves back in the playoff hunt as they defeated the Baker Gators Tuesday night at home 55-46.
Injuries and defections have been a problem for the Chiefs all year, but coach Leroy Harris said things are finally starting to come together.
"We've had a lot of problems with turnovers this year," Harris said. "Its cost us a lot of games. Tonight we only had four turnovers in the first half. We had a few more in the second half but overall we did very well."
Jarius Allen was the game's leading scorer, racking up 30 points. He also hit 18 of 22 free throws. Cody Ellis added 10 points, Akoya Banks added 9 points to go along with 15 rebounds, and Jordan Cook rounded out the scoring with 6 points.
Rick Allen was the top scorer for the Gators with 17 points.
The Chiefs improved to 4-11 with the win and coach Harris is feeling optimistic about the rest of the season.
"We've got six games left, and we very easily could've beaten them the first time around if we had played better," Harris said. "We're getting a lot better, and while we don't have a lot of numbers right now, I think we've gotten down to a good core group."

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