Men's Basketball Gets Revenge Over Saint Leo with Home Win Against Lions

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

Dante Valentine (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Big Lift on Saturday Evening with 15 Points and 14 Rebounds in Their Home Win Over Saint Leo University. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Dante Valentine (Pictured) Gave the Sailfish a Big Lift on Saturday Evening with 15 Points and 14 Rebounds in Their Home Win Over Saint Leo University. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After having one of their worst performances of the season back in December at Saint Leo University, the Palm Beach University men’s basketball team managed to grind out a victory on Saturday as they topped the Lions by a final score of 72-61. Neither team would top 40% shooting on the night however PBA’s efficient work with the basketball helped contribute to a team victory.

Sophomore guard Dante Valentine produced a double-double for the Fish as his aggressive play on the boards led the Spring Hill, Florida product to a night of 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds while playing 36 minutes.

Three other PBA players registered double-figures as well with a team-high 19 points from senior David Wood. A sometimes deadly outside shooter, Wood never could get in a rhythm on Saturday evening as he put up 21 total shots while making only six including a 4-of-16 performance from beyond the arc.

Jonathan Lawrence managed 14 points while dealing with some foul issues while the Fish received another solid and inspired performance from their lone big man in Clay Mbayi who produced a 5-of-9 shooting performance into 11 points while grabbing seven rebounds.

Matthew Gierl chipped in with nine points while playing some big defensive minutes off the bench.

The Sailfish (11-11) came out firing in the first-half as they never trailed and connected on 51.5% (17-33) of their shots to the tune of a 40-25 lead heading into the break. SLU was limited to only 26.9% (7-26) in the opening period while hitting only 2-of-9 shots from beyond the arc.

The second-half would not find much better luck for the Lions (11-15) shooters as they managed only one three-pointer in 11 attempts while shooting slightly better from the field overall in the period with 38.9% of their shots being successful.

An even contest for much of the second-half, the Fish would take advantage of 16 SLU turnovers in the game for a 27-10 advantage on points off turnovers. Both teams went to the paint often in the game with each squad tallying a total of 30 points inside while benefiting from 19 points each in second-chance points.

Saint Leo was paced by 16 points from Dominick Robinson and 15 points from Saladeem Dewberry. Matt Kendrick, Saint Leo’s 6’11” big man who poured in 24 points versus PBA back in December was limited to only eight points and six rebounds.

The Fish will be on the road for their next outing as they look to take a season-sweep from Barry University by visiting Miami Shores, Florida on Wednesday, February 23rd. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

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