Men's Basketball Can't Hang With Florida Tech Panthers At Home

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Fighting both fatigue and an undefeated Florida Tech squad on Thursday evening, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team couldn’t quite get things moving in the right direction an eventually fell to the visiting Panthers by a final score of 94-69 at the Rubin Arena.

Florida Tech (10-0) placed five players in double-figures on the night with 10 players etching their names in the scorebook with points as they rolled to an easy victory over the Fish, sweeping the season series after taking a much closer match up earlier in the season on their own campus.

PBA (1-10) dropped their ninth straight decision in the loss versus the Panthers and now take a break from game action for the Christmas holidays just around the corner.

Sailfish head coach Terry Primm continuous to work his young squad into a team that will be competitive in the future.

“We really played a quality opponent tonight in Florida Tech, they have a great team with an exceptionally hard-working coaching staff and they really played their game well tonight and it showed in the final score,” said Primm.

“We as a program must recognize our mistakes and continue to build through hard work and team play and we will put up better results with out a doubt,” continued the first-year head coach of the Fish.

The Sailfish were led by junior David Powell (Hollywood, Fla.) who once again came off the PBA bench to provide both an offensive spark and a deadly outside shot. Powell connected on four of his first five shots from beyond the arc before cooling off later in the game. In total, Powell led the Fish with 18 points while also chipping in four rebounds.

Other Sailfish contributors included 13 points from freshman Brandon Mitchell (Minneapolis, Minn.), 12 points from sophomore Jay Jackson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and 11 points from Jonathan Lawrence (Miami Gardens, Fla.) Lawrence pulled down team-high honors in rebounds with nine while Mitchell registered seven rebounds including six on the offensive end.

With second-leading scorer E.J. Murray sidelined early in the first-half after only 12 minutes on the floor, FIT head coach Billy Mims would turn to junior Ryan Ballard for some tough minutes and even better performance. Ballard nearly reached a double-double in 25 minutes of court time with 15 points and nine assists while doing a good bit of his damage from the free-throw line by connecting on 8-of-10 attempts.

As a unit, the Panthers shot a blistering 58.8% from the field (33-56) even though the Sailfish were able to force them into 20 turnovers. FIT also won the rebounding battle with a 39 to 36 count for the Fish.

The Fish will return to the court after the holiday season when they travel to Lakeland, Florida to take part in the Florida Southern Tournament beginning December 28th.

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