Concordia Stings Sailfish with Overtime Defeat at the Rubin Arena

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Dante Valentine (Pictured, Center) Drained this Shot to Force Overtime on Thursday Evening but it wouldn't be Enough as Concorida Claimed Victory. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Dante Valentine (Pictured, Center) Drained this Shot to Force Overtime on Thursday Evening but it wouldn't be Enough as Concorida Claimed Victory. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A night after taking a tough Saint Leo team to the brink of defeat, the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team came back just 24 hours later for another hard-fought contest on Thursday evening versus the likes of Concordia University of Canada. Regulation would not be enough time to decide a winner as senior Dante Valentine’s buzzer-beating three-pointer forced overtime only to see Concordia fight their way through for an 87-83 win.

A sluggish and foul-filled game throughout much of the second stanza and into overtime, the two teams would commit a combined 48 fouls and shoot 61 free-throws as the game pushed past the two-hour mark. Concordia had four players foul out as they were forced to dig deep into their bench.

In the end the Stingers (4-2) would connect on their trips to the charity stripe in the overtime period as they finished 8-of-10 from the line in OT.

Overtime would never have been necessary had a fade-away 3-pointer from Valentine not given the Fish a chance at victory.

The Sailfish were forced to go the length of the floor in under four seconds as senior Matt Roy delivered a quick pass to Valentine where he then turned and fired a shot toward the basket. After a brief discussion by the officials to determine whether or not he got the shot off before the final buzzer, the two teams then suited back up for an extra period as the score was tied 70-70.

After both teams exchanged baskets and free-throws during the first few minutes of overtime it would be the Stingers who would push their advantage to multi-possessions.

A pair of Jonathan Kreidt free-throws would get the Fish back within two points (81-79) with 18 seconds left however they were then forced to foul and could not keep the Stingers from racking up points at the free-throw line.

Both teams placed four players in double-figures on the night with PBA forward Marcus Hardy leading all scorers with 22 points while adding in eight rebounds. Valentine put forth a strong second-half on his way to a 21 point outburst while Christian Martinez and Kreidt chipped in 15 and 10 points respectively.

Concordia was paced by 23 points from Evens Laroche while Kyle Desmrais added in 21 points.

The Sailfish outscored the Stingers 22-9 on points off turnovers while CU held a sizable advantage on the boards with a 48-31 advantage.

PBA will look to regroup for a Saturday matchup with Florida Tech at 4 pm in the Rubin Arena.

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