Men's basketball drops a heartbreaker in final seconds to PBA

Men's basketball drops a heartbreaker in final seconds to PBA

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's basketball team returned to the hardwood after 11 days off, and dropped a heartbreaker to Palm Beach Atlantic, 78-77, in the final seconds inside the Marion Bowman Activities Center Friday, Dec. 30.  

"I am disappointed in this team and the effort they gave tonight," Head Coach Vince Alexander stated following the 78-77 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic Friday night. "The guys are still immature and came out here and didn't give it their all. To lose a 10-point lead going into the final media timeout, it is just very very disappointing to see when we get the support that we do and to perform like this, is unacceptable."

Justin Satchell led all scorers with 27 points on the night where he missed just three shots all night from the field (11-14). Satchell added 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. He hauled in seven rebounds to tie for the team lead with Marcus Dewberry and Necdet Gurkan.

The Basics
Final Score:  Saint Leo 77 | Palm Beach Atlantic 78
Location: Bowman Center | Saint Leo, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 6-7, 1-3 SSC | Palm Beach Atlantic 7-5, 3-2 SSC

How It Happened…

1H | The game between the Lions and Sailfish opened up with a dunk by PBA's Malek Barber as the Sailfish claimed a lead first in the game. Saint Leo would tie the game 1:24 later on a Justin Satchell jumper, 2-2. PBA would surge out to two six-point leads, 11-5 and again 14-8 with 12:42 to play before reaching their largest lead of the game, nine points at 10:10 on the clock, 20-11. The Green and Gold cut the lead to one point with an 8-0 run, 20-19, to the 7:54 mark. Saint Leo would hold close to the Sailfish before tying the game at 25's with 5:20 to play in the opening period. Both teams would gain a slight advantage before Dakota Zinser for PBA hit a three-pointer to push the Sailfish up 34-29. Satchell would drain a three-pointer off a pass from Antoine Tobias with 1:36 to play to cut the deficit to one point, 36-35, before Tobias made a free throw to pull the Lions ahead by one, 37-36. Marcus Dewberry would find Satchell near the paint where he finished it off to put Saint Leo up by three. PBA closed the half on 0-for-5 from the field with zero points in all in the last 2:04 as the Lions charged back to take the 39-36 into the break. Dewberry led all scorers with 12 points at the break with six rebounds, just ahead of Satchell who finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Searcy added nine points for the Lions in the half. | Saint Leo 39-36 |

2H | After the break, the Lions came out charging to extend their lead to eight points quickly, capped off by another Satchell three-pointer with 18:15 to play, 47-39. The Sailfish would close to within one point, 55-54, with 13:56 to play before the Lions regained control on a Dewberry three-pointer and two Satchell layups to push the Lions ahead by six, 72-56. Saint Leo moved out to a 10-point lead, 72-62, with 6:12 to play after Tobias scored five points in a 33-second span. The Lions went out to a 12 point lead, their largest of the game, with 4:52 to play, 75-63. PBA whittled away at the Lions lead over the next 4:20 with a 13-0 run to take a one-point lead with 32-ticks left on Lucas Morales three-pointer, 76-75 PBA. Tyreece Brice put the Lions on his shoulders as he took the ball with 30-seconds to play and drove the lane ending at the free throw line with 8.4 on the clock. Brice sank both free throws to end the Lions scoring for the night as they saw themselves ahead, 77-76. Michael Stones drove the entire length of the court to lay in the game winner as he sliced his way through the defense, leaving just 2.3 on the clock where the game would reach the ending point on a prayer from three quarters length of the court. Satchell added 17 second-half points to his stat line with two rebounds. Dewberry was second on the team with nine points in the second half where Antoine Tobias came off the bench and gave the Lions a little spark of seven points. | Palm Beach Atlantic 78-77 |

Points to Note

  • The Lions fall to 6-7, 1-3 SSC on the year.
  • Justin Satchell has scored double-figures in 11-of-13 games he's played in with six 20-point performances after scoring game-high 27 points Friday night. Satchell went 11-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the three-point territory.
  • Marcus Dewberry scored 21 points in back-to-back games where he has scored in double-figures in 11-of-13 games.
  • Three Lions hauled in seven rebounds on the night in Satchell, Dewberry, and Necdet Gurkan.
  • The Lions shot 50-percent (27-54) from the field, while they shot 47.4-percent (9-19) from downtown. Saint Leo would shoot 70-percent (14-20) from the charity stripe on the night.

For Palm Beach Atlantic

  • The Sailfish jump to 7-5 on the year and 3-2 in the SSC.
  • Four PBA players scored in double-figures on the night led by Malek Barber who scored 16 points. Michael Stones was second on the team with 15 points ahead of Bakari Warthen who had 12 and Grant Gullett with 10 points.
  • Lucas Morales hauled in a game-high eight rebounds on the night.
  • As a team, the Sailfish shot 43.3-percent (29-67) from the field and 44.4-percent (8-18) from the three-point range.
  • The Sailfish edged the Lions 43-24 in the paint and scored 22 points off the Lions 20 turnovers. PBA outscored the Lions 21-17 in bench points on the night.

Next Up
Saint Leo will next play after the New Year when the Sharks of Nova Southeastern comes to the Bowman Center on Jan. 4 for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

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