Panthers Stay Undefeated with Home Win Over Fish
November 28, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director
MELBOURNE, Fla.- Battling back and forth for most of the game, the Florida Tech and Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball teams got together on Saturday afternoon at the Clemente Center for a post-Thanksgiving matchup on the hardwood. Trailing by only five points at intermission and cutting the lead even closer during the second-half, the Fish were unable to overtake the Panthers who prevailed 74-56.
Now 5-0 on the season, Florida Tech utilized their size advantage as well as the ability to get to the free-throw line to hold on for the victory. FIT won the rebounding battle 36-32 while shooting 48 free-throws (making 35) compared to that of 15 attempts from the charity stripe for Palm Beach Atlantic.
Freshman guard Dante Valentine, making his first start of his collegiate career in this his sixth game, busted out for a career-night with team-high honors of 19 points on 7-of-13 from the field including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Senior Chris Joseph added a nice performance as well with 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Junior Hunter Ross chipped in with 10 points off the bench while playing 24 minutes.
Leading the way for FIT were a trio of players that carried the offensive load led by redshirt junior Justin Sedlak who posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds while doing a big part of his damage from the charity stripe with a 13-of-16 showing at the line.
Sophomores Derek Hellemann and Simon Cummings also registered solid outings with 18 points each with Hellemann pulling down six rebounds.
PBA will return to West Palm Beach for their next contest as they will host Barry University on Tuesday, December 1st at approximately 7 p.m. The PBA women’s team will host Florida Tech at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Both games will be aired live via Penn Atlantic video and the Sailfish Sports Network.