PBA Drops Heartbreaker to FIT, 72-70
January 6, 2015
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
MELBOURNE, Fla. – A last-second shot from Evin Graham rimmed in and out before falling harmlessly to the floor on Tuesday night, cementing PBA’s fate against Florida Tech, falling just short to the Panthers 72-70 from the Clemente Center.
Trailing by two with just under four second to play in the game, PBA drew up a play that got Graham open for a shot that couldn’t find paydirt. It marked an unfortunate ending for a tremendous game between the two sides.
After trailing by four at halftime, 38-34, Florida Tech immediately came out and extended their lead to six points. The two squads matched up in an epic battle the rest of the way, with six ties and four lead changes in the final 18 minutes.
Florida Tech shot 49% (24-for-49) from the floor for the game compared to Palm Beach Atlantic’s 44% (26-for-59), while both teams struggled from the free throw line, with the Sailfish shooting 69% (11-for-16) and the Panthers shooting 64% (18-for-28). PBA was outrebounded in the contest, 36-31, but forced FIT into 16 turnovers compared to their own mark of 12.
Senior Garet Tucker led all scorers on the night by pouring in 20 points, matching his season-high. Fellow senior Evin Graham notched his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and pulling down a season-high 10 rebounds. The Ft. Myers native also had four assists and three steals in the game. Lastly, senior Ronnell Ross scored 10 points while grabbing seven boards and dishing out three assists.
Palm Beach Atlantic looks to snap their current losing skid on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Miami Shores to take on No. 8 Barry University at 4 pm.