PBA Falls in OT Thriller to Eckerd to End Season, 90-86

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

Senior Ronnell Ross (Pictured) Led PBA With 20 Points In His Sailfish Swansong On Saturday Night (Photo Credit: Damon Higgins).Senior Ronnell Ross (Pictured) Led PBA With 20 Points In His Sailfish Swansong On Saturday Night (Photo Credit: Damon Higgins).

Box Score

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – In the finale of the 2014-15 campaign the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team gave their all on the road at Eckerd College, erasing a 17-point second half deficit to force overtime, but ultimately fell short against the Tritons in overtime, 90-86.

Eckerd jumped on the board right out of the shoot and held the lead for the next 39 minutes and 43 seconds, when junior Michael Simpson knocked down a clutch three-pointer to draw the game even at 77-77. The Tritons would lead by as many as seven in the extra session before the Sailfish were able to cut it down to two with just under 40 seconds remaining.

Palm Beach Atlantic had a chance to bring the score and game to an epic conclusion down by three when the Tritons received a technical foul with just 24 seconds remaining, but the ‘Fish missed both free throws and were forced to foul. EC only shot 60% (3-for-5) in the final stretch of the overtime, but it was enough for the victory.

Offense came easy for both teams on the night, as Palm Beach Atlantic shot 41% (26-for-63) from the field and Eckerd shot 46% (31-for-68). The ‘Fish were able to climb back into the game thanks to a blistering 47% (15-for-32) in the second half while also converting on 11 free throw attempts. The Sailfish out-rebounded the Tritons 45-40, but turned the ball over 19 times compared to Eckerd 14.

The seniors led the way for PBA, with Ronnell Ross scoring 20 points (going 11-for-11 from the charity stripe) to lead the way for the Sailfish and Evin Graham adding a 19 point and 12 rebound performance. Simpson finished the night with 11 points including the game-tying triple, and senior Garet Tucker chipped in 10 points. Fellow seniors Clayton Williams and Clark Major finishes with nine and five points respectively in their final game in the blue and white.

PBA finishes the season 10-16, boasting wins over Flagler, Nova Southeastern, Rollins and Florida Tech along the way.

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