Potent Panther Offense Hands Lopsided Loss to PBA Men's Hoops
January 5, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A late run in the first-half by Florida Tech would carry over to the early stages of Saturday’s second-half action as the Panthers uncorked a 94-point outpouring against the Sailfish at the Rubin Arena. Leading by only ten points at the break, the Panthers held down the Fish to just 25 points in the second stanza as FIT cruised to a 94-61 win over PBA.
Sophomore guards Jermaine Jackson and Chris Carter led the way for the Florida Tech (6-4) offense as Jackson tallied 32 points while Carter netted 21 points to pace four double-digit scorers on the afternoon. The FIT starting lineup accounted for all but 16 points in the contest and didn’t exit the game until the final minutes of play.
On the flip side, no PBA starters reached double-digits in points as junior Johnny Lantz and senior Salim Fauras paced the Sailfish scoring attack with 13 and 11 points off the bench.
A back-and-forth first-half of action was soured for PBA fans in the final three minutes as the Panthers reeled off a 10-point run to enter the lockeroom leading 46-36.
Jackson collected 15 first-half points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding in seven rebounds in 17 minutes.
Lantz was a bright spot for the Fish as the sharpshooter connected on all five of his attempts from the field including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the three-point arc. He posted 13 first-half points to pace the Fish.
Although Tech would struggle both at the free-throw line and in the turnover department, their overall offense carried them in the second-half to a blowout win.
FIT posted a 51.4-percent (19-37) shooting mark after halftime and teamed with their first-half run to post a 17-0 streak after the two teams were tied at 36-36.
The advantage would grow to as many as 34 points in the second-half as they settled on a 33-point victory.
Florida Tech’s lone senior Julius Reid finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 32 minutes to round out Tech’s double-digit scoring starters. Terrance Tubbs chipped in 12 points off the bench.
Newcomer Jahvah Braswell followed up his season debut from a few nights ago with a solid seven-point, seven rebound and three block performance on Saturday in a total of 28 minutes.
The Panthers held a 61-26 advantage of points in the paint while converting 28 points on second-chance opportunities. The Sailfish bench claimed a 33-16 lead in points.
The Sailfish will battle Nova Southeastern University to round out their recent seven-game home swing as the Sharks will come to town on Wednesday, January 9th for a 7 pm tipoff.