Competitive Contest from Start to Finish Goes the Way of the Falcons
December 15, 2012
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s basketball team welcomed in St. Augustine’s (N.C.) University on Saturday to the Rubin Arena as they continued their six-game home stand before the Christmas break. With the campus quiet due to Christmas break a small crowd on hand witnessed a well-played contest on both sides with the Falcons prevailing 73-69.
The Sailfish held a slim one point lead (41-40) at the break however both offenses would lose their rhythm in the second-half as the two squads combined for just 20 field-goals in the second-stanza.
St. Augustine’s (6-3) went to a smaller and quicker lineup in the second-half which gave the Sailfish (1-7) issues on the offensive end as evidenced by just four made field-goals in the final eight minutes of the contest.
The Falcons trailed for much of the game but gained an advantage of 66-63 on an old-fashioned three-point play with 6:46 remaining from Percy Woods.
A tip-in basket from senior Dante Valentine with 21 seconds would draw the Fish within a bucket at 71-69 but Woods pair of free-throws down the stretch sealed a four-point win for SAU.
Both teams featured balanced scoring attacks with PBA sophomore Marcus Hardy leading all scorers with 20 points as he connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field and 6-of-6 at the charity stripe. Hardy’s good work at the foul lined continued as he led the collective team effort to an impressive 15-of-15 at the line.
Senior Nate Vera gave the team another solid effort before fouling out as he managed 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting while adding in six rebounds.
Marko Djekovic made a nice impact in his first start as he finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while adding in a pair of steals in 38 minutes of court time.
Junior Johnny Lantz gave the Fish a nice spark off the bench as well with a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc in only six minutes of action. Valentine shook off a tough shooting night of 4-of-13 for eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Falcons were led by 16 points from guard Joel Kindred on 7-of-14 shooting while four other players reached double-figures. Kindred led all SAU players with eight boards.
The two teams played very even in nearly every respect as each team turned the ball over 12 times while SAU held only a 33-32 rebounding edge.
The Sailfish will now begin their extended Christmas break with no game action until January 2nd, 2013 when they welcome in Saint Leo University at 7 pm.