Sailfish Men's Basketball Gathers Together for End-of-Year Banquet

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team gathered on Sunday, March 23rd for their annual Senior Recognition and Awards banquet to recap and celebrate the 2013-14 season under first-year head coach David Balza. The evening featured each of the seniors speaking while an awards presentation and a highlight video were presented to those in attendance.

CLICK HERE to View the 2013-14 Season Highlight Video

The Sailfish men’s basketball team saw a seven-game improvement from the previous season under Coach Balza’s leadership in his first season in West Palm Beach while the team will say goodbye to their six seniors from the 2013-14 season.

Below are a list of the senior bios and the awards given out to members of this year’s team.

This year’s seniors were:

• Marko Djekovic
 Played in 40 games in two years at PBA, making 15 starts. He totaled 118 points  and 102  assists. He transferred from Santa Fe CC. His 4-year totals were 515 points & 333 assists.

• Matthew Gierl
 Spent 5 years at PBA. Missed better part of last two years with injuries. Scored 460  career points and hauled in 183 rebounds.

• Alan Hardy
 Spent his final three years at PBA. Recovered nicely after missing all of last season.  Scored 252 points and grabbed 131 rebounds.

• Johnny Lantz
 Transferred into PBA after his frosh year and spent his final three years at PBA. Scored  166 points in his career.

• Christian Martinez
 Scored 491 points in two years at PBA and 777 in two years of JC for a 4-year total of  1,268 career points. Made a total of 244 career 3-pointers (94 of them at PBA)

• Ian Sitz
 Spent his final four years at PBA, including a medical redshirt a year ago. Amassed 347  points & 248 rebounds in his time at PBA. Including one year at Central CC (NE), Ian  totaled 680 points and 414 rebounds.

The following awards were presented:

• Co-Academic Achievement Award – Matthew Gierl & Stefan Dombrowsky
• Leading Rebounder Award – Ronnell Ross
• Free Throw Award  - Christian Martinez
• Charge Leader Award – Garet Tucker
• Fan of the Year Award  - Tim Worley & Family
• Most Improved Player Award  - Alan Hardy
• Scout Team Award – Johnny Lantz
• Heart & Hustle Award  - Clayton Williams
• Leadership Award – Ronnell Ross
• Offensive Player of the Year Award  - Evin Graham
• Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award  - Alan Hardy & Garet Tucker
• Coach’s TEAM Award  - Ronnell Ross

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