Sailfish Shake Off Tough Start to Earn First Victory of 2009
January 2, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Traveling across town to take part in the Northwood University Classic, the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team overcame a dismal first-half shooting effort and came away with a 72-68 victory over Malone College (Ohio) in the first of two games scheduled for the weekend at the NU Classic.
Certainly an off shooting night for the guard-heavy Sailfish (8-7), PBA had to find other ways in which to earn a hard-fought victory on Friday night including coming from behind in the last minute to pull off the win. Junior Chris Joseph connected on a three-point play with under 25 seconds to play to put the Fish in the lead followed by a huge blocked shot from DeAndre Williams that sealed the victory on the Pioneers final possession.
Senior guard David Powell led the Fish on the night with 19 points despite not putting forth his best shooting effort. The usually dangerous Hollywood, Florida native was just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc and 5-of-16 from the field but did take advantage of a strong performance at the free-throw line by connecting on 7-of-8 attempts.
Joseph followed up Powell’s team-leading total with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Joseph also chipped in three steals in 30 minutes of action. Sophomore Hunter Ross was the only other PBA player to reach double-figures as the local product added in 10 points off the Sailfish bench.
The Pioneers were paced by senior guard Jarrod Ferwerda who put together a solid overall night with 23 points including a stellar 4-of-7 from three-point land.
Beyond the big advantage for the Fish at the free-throw line, the Blue and White also earned a big lead on the offensive glass as the Fish led 21-13 in offensive rebounds and 43-35 overall in rebounding.
After shooting a disappointing 29% (11-38) in the first-half, the Sailfish rebounded for a much better effort in half number two as they tallied a 50% overall mark (11-22).
Now back above .500 at 8-7 on the season, the Sailfish will look to increase their win total as they will take on Emmanuel College (Mass.) on Saturday evening with a 5 pm tip-off at the Northwood University Arena.