Sailfish Rebound for Victory Over Oakland City University at NCCAA Tournament
March 19, 2010
Written By: PBA Sports Information Director, Michael Brown
OAKLAND CITY, Ind.- After a tough loss on Thursday night in the opening round of the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team had little time to prepare to take on the host school and #5-seeded Oakland City University on Friday. After OCU was forced into overtime the night before, the Sailfish made sure they took care of business against the Mighty Oaks with a victory by the score of 82-60.
The Sailfish (6-24) utilized five players reaching double-figures on Friday afternoon including a team-high 20 points from senior guard Chris Joseph while getting another solid shooting performance from the underclassman duo of Matthew Gierl and Phil Pejovic who contributed 14 and 11 points respectively. Gierl also dished out a team-high six assists and grabbed four steals.
The Mighty Oaks (19-9) received a strong performance from forward Nathan Schumacher who led all players with 22 points on the afternoon by making 10-of-15 field-goals however the leading scorer struggled at the free-throw line, making only two of seven attempts. OCU managed just 7-of-17 made free-throws from the charity stripe.
After a solid 40% (16-40) shooting mark in the first-half, the Fish improved in the second-half to a 55% (16-29) thanks in large part to their efficient work behind the three-point line as they made 4-of-5 attempts.
Following the leading point total from Joseph, the Sailfish also received 10 points in 13 minutes of play by junior forward Hunter Ross while also witnessing guard Jonathan Lawrence pour in 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 30 minutes of court time. Joseph led the Fish with eight rebounds while adding in four assists and three steals and playing all 40 minutes.
Palm Beach Atlantic won the rebounding battle by a final tally of 45-31 with six players registering at least five boards. The Sailfish also forced the Mighty Oaks into 16 turnovers while limiting their mistakes to the tune of only 12 turnovers.
The Sailfish will close out their 2010 postseason by playing third game in as many days on Saturday as they will battle at 5 p.m. against #7-seeded Geneva College in the fifth place game.