Tampa Stays Undefeated with Overtime Win Over Sailfish

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

This Shot by PBA's David Wood (#11) Swished Through the Net with 22 Seconds Remaining in Regulation to Force Overtime Before the University of Tampa Would Hold on for an 83-79 Victory Over the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. This Shot by PBA's David Wood (#11) Swished Through the Net with 22 Seconds Remaining in Regulation to Force Overtime Before the University of Tampa Would Hold on for an 83-79 Victory Over the Fish. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A late three-pointer from senior David Wood would send the Sailfish men’s basketball team into overtime on Monday evening however the Blue and White would not be able to recreate their heroics from late in regulation to overtime as the University of Tampa started hot in the extra period and held on for an 83-79 win despite a desperation rally by the Fish. Tampa improves to 9-0 on the season while PBA drops to 6-3.

Riding a four-game winning streak into tonight’s contest, the Sailfish appeared that the momentum had swung in their favor when Wood nailed a long-three pointer with 22 seconds remaining to tie the game at 70-70 as a last second three-pointer from the corner for UT fell short and the two teams would go to extra time.

The momentum quickly shifted back to the Spartans however when they jumped out with a 10-1 run to start the overtime period to move ahead 80-71 with 2:03 to play.

Although the Sailfish would force some late turnovers and require the UT backcourt and bench to call multiple timeouts because of their relentless defense, time would be on the UT side as they connected on some crucial late free throws and put home the hard-fought victory.

The ballgame featured a number of spectacular plays from both sides as All-American candidates David Wood (PBA) and Rashad Callaway (UT) both came away with huge shots throughout the game while receiving momentum killers from their supporting casts.

The contest featured seven ties and 11 lead changes as Callaway’s bunch got the best of PBA this time around with a matchup at Tampa set for January 15th, 2011.

Utilizing a different lineup due to the smaller size of the opposition, Sailfish head coach Terry Primm received huge contributions off the bench from reserves Terrell Terry and Darren Sheffield who both played season-highs in minutes. Terry entered play tonight with seven points on the season but put together his best showing of his young PBA career with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds including five on the offensive glass.

Now in his second season with the team and a valued leader for the team, Sheffield produced only three points but came away with six rebounds including four on the offensive side.

Speaking of rebounding, sophomore Dante Valentine came away with a career night for PBA with his all-around game as he finished two assists shy of a triple-double as he posted 12 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists in 40 minutes off the bench. Valentine was thrust into the lineup early on as starter Matt Roy was forced to leave just four minutes into the game with dizziness.

Although an off shooting night, Wood still found a way to hit some big shots as he posted 29 points on 8-of-24 from the field including 5-of-14 from beyond the arc to lead all players.

Following Wood in the scoring column for PBA was senior Jonathan Lawrence who had 17 points on 5-of-14 from the floor.

The Spartans were led by the gritty play of their senior point guard in Callaway who had 26 points and four steals in 43 minutes of court time before fouling out in overtime. Callum Townsend added some key long-range shots as he netted 19 points while Anthony Griffis registered 16 points along with six turnovers before fouling out late on the second of his two intentional fouls on the night.

The first-half began with both teams trying to find a rythmn before the Sailfish caught fire, seeing their lead bloom to as many as 12 points when Matt Roy came through with a layup in traffic to push PBA ahead 23-11 with 9:26 remaining in the first-half.

Led by Callaway and Townsend from the outside, the Spartans would draw the score back to as close as a one-point lead on a Callaway triple with 3:35 to play as PBA clung to a 27-26 lead.

A jumper by Terry and a late three-pointer by Wood gave the Sailfish a 32-26 lead into halftime as neither team could produce a higher than 36% shooting mark in the half.

A mini-run a few minutes into the second-half allowed the Spartans to take a six point lead with Griffis connected for a trey to go ahead 40-34 with 16:06 to go in regulation.

Wood put the Sailfish back in front later in the half as the two teams kept things close down the stretch.

A pair of Valentine free-throws with 45 seconds remaining cut the UT lead to only one point at 68-67 before Callaway drained two more from the charity stripe to hopefully ice the game late in regulation for the Spartans. Back came Wood with his triple to force the overtime period.

In OT the game belonged to the visitors as Glyn Hunter drained a triple then the next time down Ashton Graham produced an old-fashioned three-point play to go ahead six points at 76-70 with 2:51 to play.

A turnover by PBA then led to a layup by the Spartans followed by two more Callaway freebies to go ahead by nine points with less than two minutes to play. Although PBA would fight hard down the stretch and have their chances, UT would hold on and claim the victory.

Although utilizing a smaller lineup throughout the game, PBA outrebounded UT 53-31 although UT would win the turnover battle at 23-14. PBA’s 29 to five bench point advantage would not be enough on this night as UT prevailed.

The Sailfish will look to rebound on Wednesday, December 8th when they make the short trip to Boca Raton, Florida to take on Lynn University for a 7 pm showdown. Those that cannot make the game can tune in to an audio broadcast provided by the Sailfish Sports Network.

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