Crazy Night of Basketball Ends with a Big Victory for the Fish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Chris Joseph (Pictured) Helped Carry the Fish as the Junior Point Guard Tallied Seven Assists and Zero Turnovers Against Saint Leo on Tuesday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chris Joseph (Pictured) Helped Carry the Fish as the Junior Point Guard Tallied Seven Assists and Zero Turnovers Against Saint Leo on Tuesday Night. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- November 25th won’t soon be a day the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team will forget. A broke down bus, a short warmup period, fire alarms going off in the Rubin Arena; those were just some of the things that went on before or during Tuesday nights basketball double-header with Saint Leo University. After all the turmoil, the Fish managed a convincing 76-60 victory over the visiting Lions.

Coming off an impressive last second win on Monday night against the mighty Eckerd College Tritons, the Fish were stranded for the night in St. Petersburg after their bus endured some “mechanical” failures. Throughout Monday the bus was repaired and the team raced for West Palm Beach to take on the undefeated Lions.

Arriving for an 8 o’clock tip-off the Fish came out firing on all cylinders as they started the game on a 12-4 runs highlighted by two three-pointers from senior David Powell.

The Lions would fight back however and claw their way back to a 13-12 lead at the 12:50 mark in the first-half on a lay-up by Josue Vazquez.

From there the Fish would re-assert themselves and push their lead back to as many as 10 points in the first-half as Powell drilled another long ball with 8:03 left on the clock to put PBA up by a 29-19 score. Powell gave PBA its largest lead of the half with his fifth three-point basket with just 1:20 remaining before intermission.

A free-throw by Vazquez cut the lead to 13 points at 42-29 as the teams entered the locker room for halftime.

The second-half featured a much slower attack from head coach Terry Primm and the Sailfish offense as they countered each Lions possession with one of their own that featured many long shot clock possessions.

The Lions would never get within single digits in the second-half as PBA cruised to their first home win of the 2008 season and pushed their season record now to 3-3.

Much like their game against Eckerd the night before, the Fish rode the scoring of their three-headed monster of Manny Lopez, David Powell, and Hunter Ross.

Lopez had a very efficient night with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Powell did nearly all his damage in the first-half but still came away with 18 points on 6-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Ross, who brought the Sailfish crowd to their feet in the second-half with a high-flying ally-hoop dunk from teammate Chris Joseph, finished with 16 points while grabbing six rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.

Joseph finished the contest with seven assists and zero turnovers while leading the team from the point guard spot as he played 39 minutes on the night.

For Saint Leo, the majority of their offense came from the stellar inside play of senior big-man Jordan Prais. The reigning Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, Prais connected for 25 points and pulled down 10 boards in 30 minutes on the floor. Prais had his way at times as he hit 10-of-13 shots from the field while nailing 5-of-7 free-throw attempts.

PBA held a slight rebounding edge on the night by a 34-30 margin while hitting 49% of their shots (27-55) compared to that of 46% for SLU (25-55). The Fish were especially lethal from three-point land as they hit 10-of-18 attempts from long range.

Taking a short break for the holidays, the Fish will be back in action on Saturday as they welcome in Barry University for the second game of another basketball double-header at the Rubin Arena. The PBA women’s team will host Lynn University at 2 pm followed by the men versus Barry University at approximately 4 pm.

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