Sailfish Play Hard but Unable to Take Down University of North Florida

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team hit the road on Saturday evening for a tough task at hand in trying to upset NCAA Division I foe the University of North Florida. Despite holding a six point lead at the half, the Fish were unable to push past the home-standing Ospreys as they went on to a 70-62 victory.

After a big win on Friday evening against Eckerd College pushed the Fish back above .500 and capped another solid Sunshine State Conference victory, PBA was looking for even greater things tonight as they took on the 1-8 Ospreys.

The early going showed how far the Sailfish have come as a program as the young Fish led for the entire first-half despite playing most of the half without junior point guard Chris Joseph who picked up two early fouls.

Entering intermission with a 34-28 advantage, the Fish would rely heavily on their pressure defense and effective outside shooting. The second-half belonged to the Ospreys unfortunately as they went on a number of runs keyed by their successful mid-range game.

PBA was led on the night by senior guard David Powell who posted a team-high 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting while connecting on 2-of-6 long range attempts. Joseph, despite playing just 17 minutes, also reached double-figures with 12 points while hitting 4-of-5 shots from the field.

The Ospreys were led by the inside play of Stan Januska and Eni Cuka who collected 17 and 18 points respectively.

Both squads shot well on the night as UNF held the slight advantage of 58% (26-45) to that of PBA who hit at a 51% clip. PBA also out rebounded the Ospreys 23-21.

The Sailfish will take the remainder of the calendar year off as they will be on a bit of a break for the holidays. PBA returns to action on January 2nd and 3rd as they will participate in the Northwood Classic. 

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