PBA Turns In Solid Performance at Tarleton Classic After Day One

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS- Competing in the Tarleton Classic on the campus of Tarleton State University, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team once again made solid strides in improving the young Sailfish program as they took a loss on Friday evening by a score of 70-62 to the hands of the host TU Texans.

Battling throughout, the Fish once again made a positive impression on a high-profile opponent after being narrowly defeated in their season opener against Stetson University (NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference) by a score of 56-54 and then their contest versus Tarleton which resulted in a 70-62 defeat on Friday evening.

For the second consecutive game, the Fish got off to a slow start by falling behind early and then forced their way back into contention by staying poised and pushing their opponent to the brink.

With 8:39 to play in the second half, PBA point guard Fitzroy Anthony pushed the blue and white ahead for the first time on the evening with a jumper that gave the Fish a 54-52 lead.

However, the Texans would quickly fire back and use a similar style they’ve used in their two other games during the season which matched the Texans up against NCAA Division I intuitions, Baylor University and Texas A & M. Tarleton defeated Baylor in their previous game while falling to Big 12 powerhouse Texas A & M by only ten points in their season opener.

PBA would hold tight with the Texans by pushing the score to 60-63 in favor of TSU before allowing them to pull away for the hard-fought victory down the stretch.

The Fish placed four players in double-digits in the scoring column led by a 13 point performance by junior David Powell. Fellow junior Manny Lopez was next in line as he posted 12 points on four of seven shooting from the field while also adding in eight rebounds.

Anthony and sophomore guard Jonathon Lawrence rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts of Palm Beach Atlantic (0-1) with 10 points each. Anthony also contributed four assists.

As a team, PBA performed better from the field as they connected on 22 of 51 shots (43%) while holding TSU to a similar figure of 44% (25-56). Both teams utilized the three-point arc as Tarleton attempted 24 treys compared to PBA’s 31 attempts from long-range.

PBA will continue their trip to Stephenville, Texas tomorrow when they face off against another high quality opponent in NCAA Division I, Texas A & M-Commerce at 3:00 p.m.

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