Close Contest Goes the Way of the Bobcats at the Miami Gardens Classic
December 29, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- After an overtime thrilling victory on Wednesday evening versus Florida Memorial University in their first game back from the Christmas break, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team looked to avenge an earlier season loss to St. Thomas University on Thursday evening. Although they would battle to the very end, the Fish would come up short in their goal of knocking off the Bobcats who earned their eighth victory in a row as they claimed the 68-61 win.
The Sailfish (3-9) would outshoot their opponent by knocking down 47 percent (24-51) of their field-goals however a nine-shot advantage at the free-throw line would prove to be a difference-maker as the Bobcats (9-6) earned the home victory in the final game of the Miami Gardens Classic.
The first-half of Thursday’s contest saw neither team deliver a knock-out blow as the game remained close through the first 20 minutes of action.
A late run by the Bobcats nearing halftime left them in control of the lead as they went to the locker room holding a slim 30-29 lead.
A bucket from PBA’s Terrell Terry with 14:45 to play gave the Fish their first lead of the second period as his drive to the hoop resulted in a 43-42 lead for the visiting Sailfish.
Things would continue to go back-and-forth between the two South Florida rivals with Terry sinking a jumper with 3:52 to play to draw his team to within a 61-59 deficit.
From there however the Fish shooting efforts would go cold as it wouldn’t be until the final 30 seconds that the Fish would net another point as STU did enough to claim the win on their home floor.
Junior Dante Valentine backed up his game-winning score at the buzzer from Wednesday ‘s overtime win over Florida Memorial with another solid showing on Thursday as he tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points. Valentine connected on 5-of-7 field-goals while making his only 3-point attempt while collecting three boards.
Terry finished with 14 points as well with Marcus chipping in 12 points while Ian Sitz led the team in rebounding with nine boards.
St. Thomas was paced by 21 points from David Nesbitt who put home 6-of-8 field-goals and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe. Dylan O’Sullivan added in 12 points while Kodahmus Llongbey deposited a trio of 3-pointers while producing 13 points off the bench for the Bobcats.
The Fish will have little time to rest as they will take on their third opponent in as many days when they travel to the University of North Florida on Friday to battle the NCAA Division I, Ospreys at 7 pm in Jacksonville.