Second-Half Charge Not Enough as Sailfish Stumble Versus Caldwell College

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- After a pair of tough shooting efforts at home in losses to regional foes Rollins College and the University of Tampa, the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team hoped to leave their shooting woes behind them on Friday evening as they participated in the Eckerd Classic versus Caldwell College. After a sluggish first-half the team would respond nicely in the second 20 minutes however their efforts would still leave them short as Caldwell claimed the 85-71 win over the Fish.

Junior guard Dante Valentine led the way for PBA for a second straight game as he posted a season-high of 20 points while again doing a solid job of drawing contact and cashing in at the free-throw line. The Springstead High School product finished 4-of-9 from the field and 11-of-16 from the line while also leading the squad with nine rebounds.

Fellow juniors Matthew Gierl and Carter McMasters also produced solid showings versus Caldwell as Gierl collected 13 points on 6-of-12 from the field while McMasters produced his best showing yet this season in a PBA uniform with seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Also aiding the Sailfish offense off the bench was junior Alan Hardy who registered eight points and four rebounds.

The Fish finished the night shooting 38.6 percent (22-57) however a late stretch by Caldwell pushed their nightly output to 50.8 percent (31-61) with both teams registering 20+ points at the charity stripe.

A young team still hoping to find its identity, the Sailfish (0-3) were plagued by turnovers as CC won the turnover margin as they forced PBA into 21 turnovers while committing only 13 on their side.

PBA will be back to the grind on Tuesday, November 22nd when they travel to nearby Boca Raton to take on Lynn University at 7:30 pm.

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