Sailfish Play Tough But Unable to Topple Visiting Tritons

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Taking part in game two of the scheduled basketball double-header between Palm Beach Atlantic University and Eckerd College on Wednesday evening, the men’s team fought hard but in the end could not overtake a strong Tritons squad. EC improved to 7-3 on the season with the 91-68 victory.

Hitting their shots at an incredible 55.4% (36-65) for the contest, the Tritons fell behind early but were able to gain their composure and slowly put the young Sailfish away.

PBA jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in the opening minutes but could not keep the momentum as the Tritons cruised into halftime with a 47-32 lead over the Fish.

In the end, the Fish weren’t able to handle the inside-outside combination that the Tritons successfully displayed all game to the tune of 54 points in the paint while also hitting 8-of-15 shots from beyond the arc for the game.

Josh King (Trinity, N.C.) a senior guard, earned team-high honors with 24 points while connecting on 9-of-14 shots from the field including a solid, if not spectacular 4-of-7 from long range. King also proved to be a menace on the defensive end as well as he registered three steals and helped lead the Tritons for 34 minutes on the floor.

Joining King in double-figures were three bench performers for head coach Tom Ryan in: Erick Green (15), Zaronn Cann (14), and Trevor Lee (11). These three players in particular helped expose the Sailfish lack of size to the tune of 54 points in the paint compared to that of just 22 points by the Fish.

Leading PBA on the night was a solid outing for junior Manny Lopez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) who registered a season-high 24 points while connecting on two of his three attempts from beyond the arc while also hitting eight of ten shots from the line. From the field, Lopez put seven of ten shots in the basket while also adding in a team-high 11 rebounds.

PBA sixth-man David Powell (Hollywood, Fla.) added 13 points off the bench while freshman Brandon Mitchell (Minneapolis, Minn.) connected for 10 points in his first start of his young Sailfish career. Sophomore Jay Jackson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) put for a solid showing off the Sailfish bench with seven points and five rebounds to aide the Sailfish cause.

Now 1-9 on the season, PBA will have a quick turnaround for their next date as they welcome in Florida Tech tomorrow at 7:00 pm for a showdown with the Panthers. This will be the final home contest for the Fish during the 2007 portion of the schedule.

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