New Game, Same Story; PBA Stumbles in Second-Half

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

DAVIE, Fla.- With the Sailfish men’s basketball team trailing by only three points after the first-half of action on Saturday night at Nova Southeastern University, an all to familiar fate presented itself after the break as the Fish faltered down the stretch to the tune of a 85-61 loss at the hands of the Sharks.

Now 1-7 on the season, PBA led for much of the first half behind the strong play of senior Fitzroy Anthony (Boca Raton, Fla.) who tallied 23 points while connecting on 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and 9-of-17 shooting overall in the opening half.

With a deficit of only 40-37 entering intermission, the Fish looked poised to separate themselves from their early-season struggles with solid effort in the second period at the University Center on NSU’s campus. However, a sight first-year head coach Terry Primm has experienced more often than he would like took place in half number two as the Fish struggled both with offensive consistency and careless turnovers.

Nova Southeastern (5-2) ended the contest with their fifth straight win after starting the season with back-to-back losses.

NSU junior Tim Coenradd, one of six Shark’s players who are natives of Australia and the two-week reigning Sunshine State Conference player of the week, posted 16 of his team-high 23 points in the first half and helped lead the NSU interior play that collected 20 points in the paint compared to that of only six by PBA.

Three other NSU players finished in double-figures, led by 13 points by Josh Wood and 12 points each for Kevin Chester and Ross Allsop. Chester joined Coenradd with a “double-double” performance as Coenradd registered 10 rebounds while Chester added 12 rebounds, six on the offensive end.

Coenradd also led the NSU effort with team-leading totals in assists (6), blocks (3), and steals (2).

Anthony was the lone bright spot for PBA as he ended the night with 28 points on 10-of-23 shooting while also chipping in two steals.

NSU out-rebounded the Fish by a final tally of 46 to 26.They also sweep the season series with Palm Beach Atlantic after they posted a similar margin of victory back on November 24th when they defeated PBA 84-66 at the Rubin Arena.

The Sailfish look to regroup when they take on Lynn University for their next contest on December 13th in West Palm Beach at 7 pm.

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