Late Lead Dwindles as PBA Drops Tough Decision to University of North Alabama

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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MONTEVALLO, Ala.- Despite an improved shooting effort in their second contest of the season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team was unable to get a big basket down the stretch as they were defeated 76-68 by the University of North Alabama in the final game for both teams in the University of Montevallo Coca Cola Classic.

Utilizing a smaller rotation with only seven players seeing action on Sunday afternoon, PBA second-year head coach Terry Primm witnessed a solid overall offensive performance by his starting lineup as all five players reached double-figures in the tough loss.

Holding on to a 43-40 lead entering intermission and gaining a lead as big as nine points over UNA in the second-half, it appeared as if the Fish would return home to West Palm Beach with a 1-1 record after being defeated yesterday by the University of Montevallo. However, that wouldn’t be the case down the stretch as UNA came away with a number of key plays.

PBA senior David Powell connected for what would be his fourteenth point of the afternoon with just over three-minutes left in the contest to give the Fish a 66-64 lead. However, it would be all UNA from there as they closed out the game on a 12-2 run to cap the second-half and leave the Fish still searching for their first win of the 2008-2009 campaign. The victory pushed UNA’s record to 2-0 on the season as they defeated Shaw University on Saturday as a part of the UM Coca Cola Classic.

A balanced offensive attack, PBA was led by sophomore swingman Hunter Ross who tallied 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. He was followed by Powell with 14 points and junior Jonathan Lawrence with 13 points.

Junior point guard Chris Joseph came away with an impressive all-around performance with 11 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and three steals.

UNA was led by the strong interior play of big-man Thomas Fraise who posted a “double-double” with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Jarelle Redden tied Fraise for game-high honors with 20 points.

Now 0-2 to start the season, PBA will look for its first victory this coming week as they return to Florida and begin their more customary regular season schedule. The Sailfish will travel to nearby Lynn University on Wednesday, November 19th for a 7 pm showdown with the Fighting Knights.

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