Men's Basketball Season Ends at NCCAA Regional Tournament

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

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team saw their season end at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Regional tournament on Tuesday evening as they dropped a heart-breaking 62-60 contest to Southeastern University. The #1-seeded Sailfish took on the Fire on the campus of Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Although a tough loss, the Sailfish closed out a solid season on the hardwood under fourth-year head coach Terry Primm who posted nine wins over NCAA South Region opponents along with a monumental victory over the likes of Stetson University, a NCAA Division I opponent. The Fish also swept the season series with local rivals Lynn University and Florida Tech.

Malcolm Pollock led the way for Southeastern as he led all scorers with 19 points while chipping in eight rebounds and four blocks. The Fire were aided by 15 points off the bench from Chris Patterson and 12 points from Nate Marshall to go along with six assists.

The Sailfish (12-13) saw their season come to a close as well as the playing career of two outstanding players in David Wood and Jonathan Lawrence. Wood led the Fish with 17 points against the Fire on 7-of-16 shooting while adding in four steals in 29 minutes. Lawrence finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 36 minutes of court time.

Two key returners for next season include Dante Valentine and Terrell Terry who each reached double-figures against SU with 12 points and seven rebounds for Valentine while Terry chipped in a near double-double of 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Fish started off slowly in the first-half as they managed only a 22% (8-36) shooting mark in the opening-half while connecting on 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Palm Beach Atlantic improved to 40% (16-40) in the second period but couldn’t slow down the Fire who shot the basketball at nearly a 52% (14-27) in the second-half while also holding the advantage at the free-throw line with 14 makes compared to only eight for PBA.

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