Florida Tech Holds On Against Late Sailfish Rally

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

MELBOURNE, Fla.- With the Sailfish charging late after a lackluster first-half, the Florida Tech Panthers men’s basketball team was able to hold on for a 69-66 victory at home on Monday evening.

Trailing 38-26 at intermission, it appeared as if Palm Beach Atlantic might not give the Panthers a run at ending their perfect start to the season (8-0) but with some good work from the free throw line and an improved offensive effort, the Sailfish nearly pulled the upset.

“We really learned a lot tonight and I was proud of our teams effort in staying in the game with a quality opponent,” said head coach Terry Primm after the narrow defeat at the hands of the Panthers.

Coach Primm once again utilized the scoring of junior David Powell (Hollywood, Fla.) off the Sailfish bench as it once again paid dividends as Powell paced the Sailfish attack with 20 points including nailing 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc and all six of his attempts from the free-throw line.

Other Sailfish scorers reaching double-figures included junior Manny Lopez (San Juan, Puerto Rico and) senior Anthony Fitzroy (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 17 and 11 points respectively. Lopez added in eight rebounds and four steals while playing 37 minutes on the floor.

The Panthers were paced by three double-digit scorers themselves as they were led by 17 points apiece for E.J. Murray and Justin Sedlak. Sedlack also added in 13 rebounds in the victory while playing all 40 minutes on the floor.

Neither team shot particularly well from the field as the Sailfish totaled a shooting percentage of 32% (19-60) while the Panthers stood at 39% (22-57). Perhaps a sign of their inability to pull away in the second half, FIT connected on only 18-of-31 free-throws while PBA finished the contest at 19-of-21 from the charity stripe.

The Fish return to action this Saturday, December 8th, when they travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to take on the Sharks of Nova Southeastern. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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