Strong Second-Half Leads Montevallo to Win Over PBA at Coca Cola Classic

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

Dante Valentine (Pictured) Paced PBA's Scoring Efforts on Friday with 19 Points on 6-of-12 Shooting from the Field. He Added in Seven Rebounds and Five Steals. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. Dante Valentine (Pictured) Paced PBA's Scoring Efforts on Friday with 19 Points on 6-of-12 Shooting from the Field. He Added in Seven Rebounds and Five Steals. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

MONTEVALLO, Ala.- After earning their first win of the season on Tuesday in an overtime effort at Lynn University the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team was unable to make it two in a row on Friday evening as they were defeated 70-47 by the University of Montevallo in their first game at the Coca Cola Classic on the UM campus.

The Falcons remain undefeated on the season as the victory pushes their season streak to 6-0 while the Sailfish drop to 1-4.

Perhaps somewhat sluggish after the long-trip and the Thanksgiving holiday just 24 hours earlier, the Sailfish struggled to find an offensive consistency in the first-half and were joined by their opposition in a low-scoring first-half.

Both teams were close throughout much of the opening stanza with a late 3-pointer from UM guard Ryan May extending the home team’s lead into halftime at 23-12.

Neither team could find much success with their shot in the first-half as Montevallo registered a 31 percent shooting (9-29)  effort while Palm Beach Atlantic posted a 20 percent (5-25) shooting mark.

The Falcons would open up the second-half with a different offensive mindset as they began to attack the rim and get out in transition as they utilized their athleticism to stretch the floor.

The fast-break as well as an improvement in their outside shooting touch allowed the Falcons to connect on an amazing 70.8 percent (17-24)
of their shots in the second-half as they came away with the win.

Dante Valentine led PBA’s scoring efforts on the day as the junior netted 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. He would also lead the team in rebounding with seven and produced five steals in 32 minutes of court time.

Senior Terrell Terry and junior Alan Hardy each chipped in seven points while both also registered four rebounds.

The Falcons were paced by May who had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. DeMarcus Catchings added in 12 points and seven boards while DJ Rivera and Jervan Jackson each topped double-figures as well with 12 and 11 points respectively. Jackson led all players with 13 rebounds.

PBA would be forced into 21 turnovers while Montevallo turned the ball over 15 times.

The Fish will be back to the Bank Trust Arena on Saturday as they will battle Georgia Southwestern University at 2 pm (EST).

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