Valentine Cashes in with Buzzer-Beating Basket to Lift PBA to Victory
December 28, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- After a long layoff for the Christmas holiday the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team exited the Robinson Center on Wednesday night with a thrilling overtime win over Florida Memorial University in the first game of the Miami Gardens Classic. Following a Lions bucket to move on top by one point in overtime, PBA junior guard Dante Valentine would drive the length of the floor with less than five seconds remaining to sink a buzzer-beating layup to lift the Fish to an 89-88 overtime win.
Senior and Miami native Terrell Terry put together a big game for the Fish as he led four double-digit scorers with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Terry had missed the last several games before Christmas with a hand injury.
The game would remain tight between the two teams throughout regulation as neither team led by more than nine points at any one time.
A two point bucket by Terry with under a minute to go would give his team a temporary 77-75 edge before a George Gray bucket with 20 ticks left knotted the score at 77-77 with one final possession left for the visitors from West Palm Beach.
It appeared as if the Fish might escape with a regulation win as Terry was fouled with just one second remaining on a three-point attempt, awarding the Sailfish swingman three trips to the charity stripe.
Although he had produced a career-night to that point Terry was unable to sink any of his three attempts from the foul line as the game would go to overtime.
Continuing a torrid pace and strong defensive pressure from both sides, the Fish would jump in front by as many as seven points in the overtime period however another late Lions comeback would ensue.
With the Fish clinging to an 87-86 lead, the Lions would net what looked to be a potential game-winner with under five seconds remaining only to be spoiled by the heroics of Valentine’s game-winning drive.
Valentine would finish with 13 points on a 6-of-15 mark in the ballgame while adding in three steals and three assists.
Junior post players Ian Sitz and Carter McMasters each added in 10 points with Sitz collecting a career-high of 14 rebounds in the win.
The Lions were led by a monster performance of 27 points and 23 rebounds from Matthew Rolle while twin brother Mark Rolle chipped in 16 points. Gray added 16 points off the bench.
Palm Beach Atlantic improves to 3-8 while Florida Memorial drops to 4-8.
PBA will battle St. Thomas University at 7 pm on Saturday at STU.