The Panthers battled but were unable to climb out of a second half hole they dug themselves and were defeated in the semi finals of the NJCAA Region 8 Championship tournament held in Ocala on Friday March 4. The Panthers were defeated by a school they had handled earlier in the year falling 95-85 thus eliminating them from contention. Northwest Florida State went on to win the tournament Saturday afternoon and will be headed to the National Finals in Hutchinson Kansas. Palm Beach State got off to a rocky start as they turned the ball over on 4 of their first 5 possessions and Northwest Florida State jumped out to a 16-2 lead. The Panthers battled back and got to within 4 at the half behind 37-33. Out of the locker room for the second stanza Palm Beach State went on an 8-2 run to take a temporary 41-39 lead but the Raiders immediately responded with an 18-3 run of their own and the Panthers battled most of the second half just to get within range. An Ivan Canete 3 with 40 seconds left cut the lead to 5 but Northwest Florida State finished off the game with free throws to secure the victory. The Panthers finished the season 24-8 and at one point were ranked #3 in the country.
The Panthers will return to the FCSAA State/NJCAA District 8 Tournament after a 2 year absence by virtue of their 88-82 victory over Broward in "The Den" on Monday night. The Panthers used a 12-0 burst in the last 3 minutes of the first half to separate with a 50-38 halftime lead and then held off Broward in the second stanza with timely baskets and late free throw shooting. The game never really had an even flow as the 2 teams were guilty of over 50 fouls. With the victory, Palm Beach State is now 23-7 and will take on St. Pete at 1pm on Wednesday, March 2 at the College of Central Florida. All of the tournament games will be live streamed by connecting to FCSAA Sports or cfpatriots.net.
While the other 4 teams in the Southern Conference tournament fight it out on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, the Panthers will wait and watch as they earned the right to play on Championship Monday by virtue of their 74-71 victory over Indian River State last night. The Southern Conference Tournament begins tomorrow with Broward vs. ASA and Indian River State vs. Miami Dade at the higher seeds sight. The 2 winners of those games will face off on Sunday at the higher seed before a team is determined to face the Panthers on Monday night @ 7pm in "The Den". The game last night had all the makings of high drama as the Panthers bolted out to a 10 point lead in the first half before the host school battled their way back to trail by only 1 (36-35) at the half. Indian River State grabbed control of the game late in the 2nd half as they led by 6 with 4 minutes to go but the 3 point shooting of Travis Weatherington kept Palm Beach State within range. Palm Beach State finally took the lead back with 23.1 seconds to go on a running, contested 6 footer off the glass by Ivan Canete put the Panthers up 72-71. Indian River missed a contested layup that lipped off of the rim with 4.3 seconds to go and Gage Ellis made 2 free throws for a 74-71 Panther lead. IRSC had 1 more chance at it but against the full court pressure of the Panthers, they mishandled the ball and in the ensuing scramble the clock ran out as the Panthers secured the win.
Palm Beach State put themselves in a position to become the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament this weekend. The Panthers soundly defeated Broward College last night on "Sophomore Night" in "The Den" on the strength of a 58-32 halftime lead. Final score was 91-69. To get the top seed in the upcoming tourney the Panthers will need to defeat Indian River State on the road Thursday night. PBSC was led in scoring by sophomore DJ Clayton as he had a career night in points with 30 (5-8 from 3) to lead the Panthers. Shawntrez Davis came off the bench to contribute 19 points and 7 rebounds and Jahleem Montague had 11 points. The win improved the Panthers overall record to 21-7 and their conference record to 7-7. Tomorrow night's game in Ft. Pierce will begin at 5:30pm.
The Panther men experienced their first 3 game losing streak of the season over the weekend as they lost another tough one on the road 77-74 at the hands of Miami Dade. The two teams were locked in a tie at the half but Miami Dade came out of the break and went on a 22-6 run to take control of most of the 2nd half. The Panthers did fight their way back to take a brief lead at the 4-minute mark but could not make enough plays down the stretch to secure a victory. Shawntrez Davis and Joseph Williams-Powell led Palm Beach State with 16 points apiece followed by Ivan Canete with 13, Jahleem Montague with 12 and DJ Clayton with 10. The Panthers get right back at it tonight in "The Den" as they take on Broward College in a 7pm contest. The Panthers are 20-7 overall and 6-7 in conference play.
The conference part of the season certainly has not been kind to the Palm Beach State College men's basketball team. The Panthers have experienced the highs and lows of the journey which culminated in Wednesday night's loss to ASA-Miami giving them their 1st Southern Conference win and only third win overall this season. The Panthers led 35-33 at the half but were outscored by 17 in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half and allowed 63 points as their defense completely fell apart. Final score was 96-84. Palm Beach State fell into a 2 way tie for third at 6-6 in the conference with Broward. Indian River State is in 2nd place at 7-5. Amazingly, the Panthers still control their own destiny for a 2nd place finish and a bye into the Southern Conference Tournament if they win their last 3 games. Palm Beach State will take on Miami Dade Saturday on the road in a 2pm contest. The Panthers overall record is 20-6.
The Panthers, who were trying to build off of their impressive performance Wednesday night against IRSC, looked all prepared to defeat Southern Conference rival Eastern Florida State as they had a most impressive first half leading 37-25 in "The Den" on Saturday. However, one half does not a game make and the Titans stormed back in the second half behind the career game of CJ Jackson (39 points, 8 threes, 9-11 from the line) to knot the score at the end of regulation (78 all) and pulled away in the overtime by outscoring Palm Beach State 18-7 to win 96-85. With the loss, Palm Beach State has been mathematically eliminated from winning the Southern Conference. Eastern Florida State has clinched the Southern Conference crown and receives an automatic bid to the NJCAA District playoffs in Ocala the first week in March. With 4 games to go, the Panthers will have to earn their way into the tournament by means of the Southern Conference tourney set to begin on February 20.
Palm Beach State played their best overall game in a month as they defeated Indian River State College 89-68 in "The Den" on Wednesday. The Panthers looked like the team that had moved up to #3 in the country in early January. Palm Beach State led 40-32 at the half but it was the first 4 minutes of the 2nd half that turned the table as they went on a 14-2 run right out of the locker room and never looked back. The Panthers had 6 players in double figures and played with a consistent defensive effort throughout the contest. Palm Beach State returns to action on Saturday and will have their hands full in "The Den" as they take on Southern Conference leader Eastern Florida State. Currently, the Panthers are the #3 team in the State of Florida and Eastern Florida State is #2.
The Panthers took a serious hit in their hopes of winning the Southern Conference on Saturday when they fell to Broward on the road 71-68. With only 6 games left in the regular season, Eastern Florida State is up 4 games with only 6 to play. Because they hold the tie breaker against the Panthers, they are actuality up 5 games. Palm Beach State is now in a struggle to finish in 2nd place which would secure a bye into the Championship game of the conference tournament later this month. There are 6 games left and 4 teams are within a game of each other. On Saturday, Palm Beach State was led by Gage Ellis with 18. Ivan Canete with 14 and Derrick Clayton with 10. The Panther's return to "The Den" on Wednesday evening when they face conference foe Indian River State at 7:30pm. Both teams are tied for 2nd place at the current time, with identical 5-4 records. The Panthers are 19-4 overall.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team played possibly their best defensive half of the season and were buoyed by the spectacular shooting of freshman Travis Weatherington in the first half last night in "the Den". The 6-2 inch guard from Royal Palm Beach delivered on 7 three point goals in an 8 minute span to help the Panthers build as high as a 24 point lead in the first stanza. The freshman was complimented by Coastal Carolina committed Joseph Williams Powell who had a monster game of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Palm Beach State led 46-29 at the half but Miami Dade still had something in the tank as they pulled within 9 with about 8 minutes to play. A Gage Ellis 3 point play stemmed the tied for the Panthers and they would never lead by less than double digits the rest of the way. Final score was 88-73. Palm Beach State will continue Southern Conference play on Saturday when they visit Broward in a 4pm start. The Panthers are currently 19-3 overall, 5-3 in the conference and #17 in the country.
The Panthers cannot solve the riddle of undefeated league leader Eastern Florida State as they suffered another close defeat on Saturday in Melbourne 90-86. PBSC dug themselves a hole in the first half trailing 53-42. However, the Panthers fought back to tie the game at the 14-minute mark and again at the 10-minute mark but could never grab the lead. Palm Beach State shot 51% from the floor and 50% from 3 but the game was decided at the line as the hosts outscored the Panthers 20-14. Palm Beach State was led by Derrick Clayton with 22 (5-8 from 3), Shawntrez Davis had 16 points and 6 rebounds and Aaron Horne returned (injury) to contribute 10 points off the bench.
Monday night in "The Den" the Panthers came back riding a dominating first half leading 50-33 and defeated ASA - Miami 87-70. Joseph Williams-Powell had 18 points and 8 rebounds while front court mate Sammis Reyes had 14 points and 8 rebounds. The back court duo of Gage Ellis and Travis Weatherington had 16 and 13 respectively. The Panthers will get right back into action tonight in "The Den" when they face conference rival Miami Dade. Palm Beach State is currently in 2nd place with a 4-3 mark and are 18-3 overall.
Indian River State got their fill of the Panther men's guard core as Palm Beach State slipped by the Pioneers 84-80 in overtime on the road Tuesday night. The Panthers were led by Travis Weatherington with 21 points as he was a sizzling 7-9 from 3 point range. Ivan Canate continued to stuff the stat sheet with 17 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds and DJ Clayton added 12 points. Off the bench, Gage Ellis had a fine night contributing 12 points. Palm Beach State shot 56% from the field which included 44% from 3. With the victory, Palm Beach State climbed into 2nd place in the conference with a 3-2 mark and will face league leader Eastern Florida State (4-0) on the road Saturday in a 2pm tip off start. Palm Beach State is currently 17-2 on the season and has dropped to #4 in the state as of the latest poll. National rankings will come out today.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team evened their conference record at 2-2 and improved to 16-2 overall with a 95-87 win over Broward on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers were led by Ivan Canete who was 2 assists shy of a triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Freshman Shawntrez Davis collected 20 points off the bench. Palm Beach State will continue conference play tonight when they face Indian River State College in a 5:30pm contest in Ft. Pierce.
The Palm Beach State men's team lost for the 2nd time in the past 3 games as they dropped a 77-65 decision to the Miami Dade Sharks on the road Tuesday night. Palm Beach State led 32-30 at the half but were completely outplayed in the 2nd stanza as they were outscored 47-33. Palm Beach State, who is currently the #6 team in the country, will have a chance to right the ship in "The Den" on Saturday, Jan. 16 when they face off against Broward College in a 2pm tip off. Palm Beach State is currently 15-2 and 1-2 in the Southern Conference.
Shooting 58% from the field and gathering 59% of the rebounds will win you most games and that's what it did as the Panthers defeated ASA-Miami on the road Saturday 85-71. The Panthers were never in trouble in this one as they extended their lead in the 2nd stanza to 22 points and cruised to the victory. Palm Beach State had 6 players score in double digits as they were led by Travis Weatherington with 16, DJ Clayton with 14, Gage Ellis off the bench with 13, Ivan Canete and Sammis Reyes with 12 apiece and Joseph Williams Powell off the bench with 12. Clayton and Reyes led the squad in rebounds with 11 and 8 respectively. Palm Beach State is now 15-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. They will take to the floor Tuesday night on the road when they face conference foe Miami Dade in a 7pm tip off.
The Palm Beach State men's team got off to a rocky start in conference play Wednesday night in "The Den" as they were defeated by the 3-time defending Southern Conference Champions on a buzzer beater 74-72. Palm Beach State, playing its 4th nationally ranked team in the last 4 games, did not have enough to pull this one out as Eastern Florida State made an early conference season statement that they would be a tough out. The Panthers did not help themselves as they shot a below average 39% from the field and battled from behind most of the game. Palm Beach State trailed 32-28 at the half and were down 9 with about 7 minutes left before they started to chip away at the lead. Gage Ellis (23 points) actually put the home team in the lead 66-65 with a little over 2 minutes left when he converted 3 free throws off of an Eastern Florida State foul. However, the visitors grabbed the lead right back on the next possession. Sammis Reyes (12 points) tied the game for the Panthers at 72 with a rebound tip in at 4.2 seconds. After a time out on the ensuing in bounds, Kareem Brewton (25 points) of Eastern Florida State went the length of the floor and made a contested lay-up at the buzzer ending the Panthers 14-game winning streak. Travis Weatherington scored 11 points for Palm Beach State while Jahleem Montague had 10 rebounds and Ivan Canete collected 5 assists and 6 steals. The Panthers were playing without Shawntrez Davis and Aaron Horne. Palm Beach State is now 14-1 on the year and 0-1 in conference play. They return to action on Saturday when they face ASA-Miami on the road.
The Panthers closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule by steamrolling over Harcum Community College in Melbourne yesterday 99-72. The Panthers were hitting on all cylinders offensively and bolted to a 51-34 lead at the half and never looked back. Palm Beach State will now enter the always tough Southern Conference slate beginning this Wednesday in "The Den" with Eastern Florida State @ 7pm. Palm Beach State is currently 14-0, ranked #3 in the country and #1 in the State of Florida.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team continued to roll through their non-conference schedule as they held on to defeat Daytona State on the road Friday night 91-87. The Panthers led at the half 46-41 and expanded that lead to double digits into the middle of the 2nd stanza. Daytona State charged back to get within 3 late in the contest and actually had a good look at a 3 to tie the game but was off the mark and PBSC finished the game off on free throws by Ivan Canete. The Panthers again showed great balance as they placed 5 players in double figure scoring led by Canete with 23 (8-9 at the line). Palm Beach State shot an outstanding 29-54 (53.7%) from the field and 8-20 (40%) from the 3 point line. The #3 team in the nation is a current perfect 13-0. They resume play on January 3 when they take on Harcum (NY) in Melbourne, Florida.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team made an early season statement in the recently concluded Florida JUCO Shootout in Gainesville this past weekend. The Panthers won their 11th and 12th game in a row by defeating Cape Fear Community College 78-73 on Saturday and then handled the #3 team in the country and #1 team in the state Northwest Florida State 72-64 on Sunday. Ivan Canete led Palm Beach State in both games as he appears to be rounding into form after struggling with injuries last season. The sophomore guard led the Panthers with 17 points and 5 assists in Saturday's victory and had a career game on Sunday as he poured in 28 points with 6 rebounds. Helping Canete on Saturday were freshmen Travis Weathering with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Shawntrez Davis who had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Joseph Williams Powell assisted Canete on Sunday as he had 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Panthers conclude the first semester of their schedule with another tough road game when they face #3 state ranked Daytona State on the road Friday.
The Panthers finished the 1st semester home portion of their schedule on Thursday night in "The Den" as the slipped by an upset- minded Florida State College @ Jacksonville squad 87-85. FSC came out firing early and took an 11 point lead with about 10 minutes to go in the half but the Panthers fought back on the play of Sammis Reyes and Aaron Horne to grab a 47-44 halftime lead. Palm Beach State methodically extended their lead in the 2nd stanza to mid double digits but could never put away the school from Jacksonville as they came battling back. PBSC compromised their lead by going a woeful 4-16 from three and were 19-34 from the free throw line. As the Panthers missed 3 of 4 free throws down the stretch, Florida State College actually had a chance to tie or win with 2.9 seconds left. However, an in-bounds pass that was tipped by DJ Clayton prevented the visitors from getting a decent look at the basket and their final attempt bounced off the backboard harmlessly to end the game. Horne led the victors with 20 points while Reyes had his best game of the season collecting 18 points and 11 rebounds and freshman Shawntrez Davis had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers will finish the 1st semester portion of their schedule on the road as they face Cape Fear Community College on Saturday at 5pm and Northwest Florida State at 1pm on Sunday. Both of those games are part of the Florida Juco Shootout in Gainesville. PBSC will then go to Daytona State on Friday, December 18 to finish their 1st semester schedule. The Panthers are currently 10-0 and ranked #7 in the nation and #2 in the State.
The depth of the men's basketball team wore down but still out manned TAAG Academy on Tuesday evening, as the Panthers continued their perfect start by defeating the visitors 107-87. Palm Beach State placed 7 players in double figure scoring, led by Travis Weatherington off the bench with 17. Jahleem Montague had his best game of the season with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Shawntrez Davis led the home team in rebounding with 7 followed by Sammis Reyes with 6. Ivan Canete collected 8 assists. The Panthers shot 56% from the field and 44% from 3. Palm Beach State will return to action on Thursday night as they take on Florida State College @ Jacksonville in a 6pm tip off. The Panthers are currently 9-0 and are ranked #7 nationally and #2 in the State.
The Panthers continued their current perfection as they defeated Florida State College @ Jacksonville last night on the road. Final score was 82-78. Palm Beach State trailed for approximately 37 of the 40 minute game and never took the lead until 3:28 to go. From there on, they made the plays down the stretch to secure their 8th win in as many tries. In addition, the Panthers learned they rose in the National rankings this past week as they climbed from #16 to #8 in the country. Florida has 4 schools ranked in the top 20 Nationally. PBSC is currently #3 in the State. The Panthers return home next week as they play TAAG Academy Tuesday, December 8 @ 7:30pm and Florida State College at Jacksonville Thursday, December 10 @ 6pm in "The Den".
The PBSC men's basketball team completed the month of November schedule the same way they started it, undefeated. For only the 1st time this season, the Panthers trailed at the half to State College of Florida @ Manatee (40-38). However, Palm Beach State put up 54 points in the 2nd stanza and pulled away for a 92-80 victory on Thanksgiving Eve. Palm Beach State is 1 of 2 teams remaining in the state, along with Daytona State, that is still undefeated. The Panthers had their usual balance in scoring as they placed 6 players in double figures, led by Lake Worth High School grad Aaron Horne with 18. Horne was complimented by Joseph Williams-Powell with 15, Gage Ellis with 12, Shawntrez Davis with 11 and Sammis Reyes and Travis Weatherington with 10 apiece. Davis continued his outstanding rebounding off the bench as he had 10 and Ivan Canete led the Panthers with 4 assists and Ellis had 5 steals. Palm Beach State is now 7-0 and will visit FSC @ Jacksonville Wednesday in a 7pm game.
The Palm Beach State College men's basketball team survived their first road test with a hard fought 73-66 victory over Polk State on Saturday evening. For the 2nd game in a row, the Panthers had difficulty at the offensive end as they shot 40% from the field and only 53% from the free throw line. The game was tied at half time (38-38) but the Panthers defense stiffened in the 2nd stanza holding the hosts to only 28 points. As has been the case all season long, Palm Beach State had balanced scoring as they placed 4 players in double figures. Starters "DJ" Clayton and Aaron Horne led the way with 20 and 14 points respectively while Shawntrez Davis collected a double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Ivan Canete tallied 13 points off the bench. Clayton also led the Panthers with 5 assists. With the win, the Panthers record currently stands at 6-0.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball season ran their current winning streak to 5 games as they defeated Game Changer Academy 73-58 Saturday afternoon. The Panthers were out of sync most of the day as they were tied at half (31-31) and never really pulled away until about the 6-minute mark of the second stanza. Poor offensive execution (20 turnovers) and poor free throw (11-22) and 3 point shooting (2-14) were the culprits that handcuffed the Panthers for most of the game. However, Palm Beach State's defense clamped down in the 2nd half as they held their opponents to 27 points while scoring 42 themselves. The Panthers will hit the road this coming Saturday when they take on Polk State College in Winter Haven. That game is scheduled to tip off at 4pm. Palm Beach State is currently 5-0 and ranked #4 in the State.
Palm Beach State men's basketball team ran their record to 4-0 last night as they defeated Florida National University's Junior Varsity 107-77. The Panthers scored 19 of the first 23 points and the rout was on. PBSC led at halftime by a count of 60-29. The Panthers seemed to become disinterested in the 2nd stanza as the game deteriorated somewhat to an up and down affair. Palm Beach State was actually outscored in the second stanza 48-47. For the game, the Panthers placed all 5 starters in double figures as Aaron Horne tallied 20 points, "DJ" Clayton had 19, Joseph Williams Powell collected 18, Gage Ellis scored 16 and Sammis Reyes got 10. Powell led the Panthers in rebounding with 16 while Reyes had 9 and Clayton collected 9 assists. The Panthers will close out this early 5-game home stand when they face Game Changer Academy @ 4pm on Saturday, November 14.
In other news, the Panthers had 2 players sign NCAA Division 1 yesterday when Joseph Williams Powell committed to Coastal Carolina and Ivan Canete inked with Stephen F. Austin. Coastal Carolina will be a member of the Sun Belt Conference next season and Stephen F. Austin is a member of the Southland.
For the third consecutive time, the Panthers rolled to a double-digit victory when they defeated Santa Fe College 75-48 in the final day of their "Battle By The Beach" Classic Saturday afternoon. This game was more of a physical grind as for most of the first half, it was only a single digit lead. With the Panthers up 27-21, they ended the half on a 10-0 run and from the 7-minute mark of the first half and the first 3 minutes of the second half, they held their opponent scoreless. For the game, the Panthers leading scorers were Gage Ellis (15), Aaron Horne (13), Derrick Clayton (12) and Shawntrez Davis (11). Ivan Canete and Joseph Williams-Powell each collected 6 rebounds and Clayton had 4 assists. Palm Beach State returns to "The Den" on Wednesday evening when they take on Florida National University JV in a 7:30pm tilt. Palm Beach State is currently 3-0 on the season.
In the opening game of their "Battle By the Beach" Classic, the Panthers exceeded the century mark for the second game in a row, as they ran away from State College of Florida - Manatee in the second half to win 101-78. Palm Beach State toyed with an 18-point lead in the first half but allowed the Manatees to battle back to within 8 by halftime to lead 50-42. The Panthers overall talent and depth begin to wear on State College of Florida in the second half as they pulled away. Derrick "DJ" Clayton was the "stat sheet stuffer" for the Panthers as he tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Palm Beach State also had double figure scoring with Aaron Horne (18), Gage Ellis (13) Sammis Reyes (12) and Shawntrez Davis (10) helping Clayton out. Ivan Canete also had 6 assists for the Panthers.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team scored the first 11 points out of the gate and never looked back as they defeated Red Devil Basketball Academy 116-56 in "The Den" Tuesday night. The unusually large crowd for the first game of the year were entertained by a series of high flying dunks and 3 point shots in the first half as PBSC sprinted out to a 66-23 lead. Excessive fouling in the second half by the Panthers allowed the Red Devil Academy to score 33 points but the outcome had already been decided in the first few minutes. Palm Beach State placed 6 players in double figure scoring with Sammis Reyes and Aaron Horne getting 17 apiece, Joseph Williams-Powell and Shawntrez Davis collected 16 and Gage Ellis had 12 while Derrick Clayton contributed 11. The Panthers were led in rebounding with Williams-Powell getting 9 and Reyes pulling down 8. Gage Ellis led PBSC in assists with 6. The Panthers return to the home court on Friday and Saturday when they take on State College of Florida-Manatee @ 7:30 on Friday followed by a 4pm Saturday start against Santa Fe College.
Coming off a solid 2014-15 campaign (20-10) with 1st year head coach Martin McCann, the Panthers are set to begin regular season play in "The Den" on Tuesday evening, November 3, against Red Devil Basketball Academy @ 7pm. With 3 returnees and a host of quality recruits, McCann, now in his 2nd season, looks for improvement. And if early season predictions are any indication of what others perceive, Palm Beach State could be in for an exciting journey. In the early season Florida Coaches Poll, the Panthers are ranked #5 in the State of Florida and in the National Junior College Athletic Association Poll, they are receiving votes. Palm Beach State returns 3 players that received significant minutes in 6-7 power forward Joseph Williams-Powell, 6-4 point guard Ivan Canete and 6-5 shooting guard Aaron Horne. Next weekend, November 6 and 7, the Panthers will host their own "Battle By the Beach" with participating teams Broward College, Santa Fe College and State College of Florida @ Manatee.
Shane Rector from Miami Dade hit a 17-foot jump shot off the bounce as time expired to send the Panthers to defeat in their season final at "The Den". As was the case with the PBSC squad during the course of the year, they battled to the end but came up just short. The Panthers lost 6 games this season by a cumulative total of 16 points (2.67 pts. per game) and yet managed a 20-game win season. Palm Beach State ended the year at 20-10 and were 5-7 in the Southern Conference. Second year sophomores that completed their eligibility were honored before the game.
Although the Panthers have been eliminated from state playoff consideration, they continue to play with heart and pride as they poured it on Wednesday night against Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce. After the first 10 minutes of the game, PBSC stretched a close battle into a 37-20 half time advantage. If that wasn't good enough, they scored another 56 points in the second half to win 96-53. Palm Beach State had 4 players in double figures as Jarrel Marshall, Kelsley Wilkinson and Fabian McDonald each had 20 and Bobby Conley contributed 13. Paul Jones led the rebounding stat as he collected 10 and he also had 2 blocks. With the win, the Panthers improved their overall record to 20-9 and they are 5-6 in the Southern conference. Palm Beach State will play their last game of the season in "The Den" on Saturday afternoon as they face off against Miami Dade. This will be the Panthers annual sophomore day.
The Panther men's basketball team were game but in the end did not have enough depth as they fell to league leading and nationally ranked Eastern Florida State in Melbourne on Wednesday night. Palm Beach State hung around and were only down 7 with 2:30 to play and had the ball but Jarrel Marshall's open 3 went in and out to all but end the Panther's chances at an upset. Palm Beach State did not score in the last 2:30 of the game. With the loss the Panthers were mathematically eliminated for a chance at 1 of the top 2 seeds to qualify for the FCSAA State tournament. PBSC is 19-9 overall and 4-6 in the conference. Palm Beach State will finish the season on the road against Indian River next Wednesday and back in "The Den" vs. Miami Dade a week from this Saturday.
In a game that had all the drama of tournament play, Deandre Turner's wild 3 point contested shot splashed through the net with 15.8 seconds to go, proving to be the game winner in "The Den" Saturday afternoon. With that shot, the Broward Seahawks defeated the Panthers 71-70 and it was the Seahawks only lead of the game. Palm Beach State built an 18 point lead in the first half and settled for a 10 point advantage (41-31) at the end of the period. However, PBSC could only manage 29 second-half points and fell for the third time this season to Broward by a cumulative total of 7 points. With the loss, Palm Beach State fell to 19-8 overall and 4-5 in the Southern Conference. The Panthers will travel to league leading Eastern Florida State on Wednesday in a 7pm game.
The Panther Men held off Miami Dade last evening to move their overall record to 19-7 (4-4 in conference). The Panthers stingy defense in the first half was the difference as they limited Miami Dade to 23 points en route to a 73-64 victory. PBSC placed 4 players in double figure scoring as Jarrel Marshall tallied 16 followed by Ivan Canete's 14 (4-4 from three), Joseph- Williams Powell's 13 and Paul Jones' 10 off the bench. Rebounding leaders were Powell with 8, and Marshall and Jones with 7 while Bobby Conley had 5 assists. Palm Beach State continues their journey through the Southern Conference on Saturday when they host Broward @ 4pm in "The Den".
It was raining 3's last night in "The Den" as the Panthers sprinted out to a 45-21 halftime lead against conference foe Indian River State and eventually cruised to a 77-57 victory. PBSC set a single game record for 3's in a half this season as they collected 9 in the first half, led by freshman Ivan Canete's 4. The Panthers never allowed Indian River to make a heavy run in the 2nd stanza as they could get no closer than 16. For the game, Palm Beach State had 12 three-point baskets. The victory improves the Panthers record to 18-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference with a critical game next Wednesday, February 4 in Kendall vs. league leading Miami Dade @ 7pm.
After suffering through 2 weeks of their toughest stretch, losing 3 straight games and 4 of 5, the Panthers got a signature win last night in "The Den" as they defeated Eastern Florida State 72-67 in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Eastern Florida State came into the game ranked #7 nationally with a 21-2 record but could not overhaul the Panthers in the second half. The game was a physical battle throughout. PBSC fell behind early (16-7) but battled back on the 3 point shooting of Jarrel Marshall, Bobby Conley and Fabian MacDonald. With Paul Jones changing shots in the paint, the Panthers overtook the Titans by halftime 38-34. It was a lead they would never give up as they extended it to 11 points in the second stanza and then held on for the victory. The Panthers improved their record to 17-7 overall and 2-4 in the conference. PBSC will be back home again on Wednesday when they take on Indian River State @ 7pm.
The Panthers continue to be on the short end of scores against the 2 top teams in the league. For the 3rd time in the last two weeks, Palm Beach State went down to the wire with a nationally ranked team but fell for the second time this season to Broward College 88-85. In the end, this game played similar to the scenario in the last game when PBSC faced the Seahawks. Palm Beach State led at halftime (48-47) but let Broward build an 11-point lead midway through the second half and were never able to grab the lead again. With the loss, Palm Beach State drops to 16-6 on the year and 1-3 in the Conference. The Panthers have little time to recover as they have 3 games in 5 days at home. They play Saturday against Miami Dade @ 4pm, followed by a game Monday with Eastern Florida State @7pm and closing the home stand next Wednesday @7pm with Indian River State.
In the last week, the Panthers have shown the capacity to compete with the elite teams in the country and now they need to prove they belong with the best. For the second time in the past 7 days, the Palm Beach State men's basketball team battled but in the end lost another close decision. This time the loss was to the #7 team in the country, Eastern Florida State College, 78-74 in Melbourne last night. Palm Beach State will now take a week off before they go to Davie and face Broward (currently #22 in the nation) for the 2nd time this season next Wednesday Jan 21 @ 7pm. The Panthers lost to Broward 77-74 in "The Den" 1 week ago. With the loss, PBSC drops to 16-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
The Panther men rebounded from their tough loss at home last Wednesday by going on the road to Indian River State College and defeating the hosts 85-54 on Saturday afternoon. Palm Beach State played with great effort and execution as they bolted to a 27 point halftime lead and never looked back. The Panthers were led by a breakout performance off the bench from freshman Ivan Canete. Canete tallied 21 points (4/5 from 3), 7 assists and 4 steals to lead the Panther in all those categories. The ever steady Jarrel Marshall collected 17 points and 8 rebounds while Bobby Conley and Fabian MacDonald had 13 and 11 points respectively. With the win Palm Beach State moved their overall record to 16-4 and they are 1-1 in the conference. PBSC will take on the #7 ranked team in the country tonight when they face Eastern Florida State at 7:30pm in Melbourne, Florida.
Palm Beach State's 4 game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night as they lost for the 4th time in 19 games 77-74 to visiting Broward College. The game was played with 2 of the better teams in the state going at it (Broward ranked #25 in the country and #5 in the State and PBSC # 7 in the State). The game was tightly contested for 37 minutes and tied at 65 with 2:57 to go in the contest when Broward went on a 10-2 run aided by 2 huge deep threes that the Panthers could not recover from. Palm Beach State was led in scoring by Jarrel Marshall with 27 points followed by Bobby Conley with 15 and Paul Jones with 13. Jones also led the Panthers with 16 rebounds and 3 blocks while Kelsley Wilkinson had 4 assists. The Panthers had an unusual 21 turnovers and were outscored at the free throw line by Broward 27-10. PBSC will take to the road Saturday when they continue Southern Conference action facing Indian River State College in a 4pm contest.
The Panther Men's Basketball team continued their non-conference success over the holidays as they defeated Hillsborough 62-58 (Dec. 20), Community College of Rhode Island 82-69 (Dec. 31), Pitt Community College 101-65 (Jan 2) and Red Devil Basketball Academy 112-47 (Jan. 3). The Panthers moved their overall record to 15-3 with the Southern Conference season now upon them. During this 18 game non-conference stretch, PBSC has shown great balanced scoring with Jarrel Marshall leading the way with 17.2ppg, followed by Bobby Conley (10.6), Fabian MacDonald (10.4) and Terence Johnson (10.1). Paul Jones and Marshall lead the Panthers in rebounding averaging 7.8 and 7.1 rpg respectively, while Jones averages 2.8 blocks per game. Starting point guard Kelsley Wilkinson averages 4.4 assists per game.
The Panthers start conference play on Wednesday, January 7 when they face off against Broward at 7:30pm in "The Den".
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team continued their early season success as they defeated FSC @ Jacksonville 92-61 in "The Den" on Tuesday night. The Panthers, in perhaps their best defensive half of the season, used 94 feet of swarming and trapping defense to build a 16-point halftime lead and continued the torrid pace in the first 10 minutes of the second half expanding their lead to 40 points. Palm Beach State used their depth liberally in the contest as they won for the 9th time in 11 games. The Panthers now face 3 difficult road games as they take on College of Central Florida on Friday in Ocala followed up by the tough JUCO Florida Shootout Saturday (Hillsborough) and Sunday (Gulf Coast).
The Panther Men's Basketball program continued their surprising early season start as they defeated Red Devil Academy 122-64 on Tuesday, November 25 in "The Den" and followed that up with an exciting 83-77 overtime win against Polk State on Saturday afternoon, November 29. In the process, the #8 ranked team in the State of Florida moved their season record to 8-2. The Red Devil game did not prove to be much of a challenge as the Panthers raced out to a 64-22 halftime lead and cruised home from there. PBSC placed 6 players in double figure scoring led by Jarrel Marshall (20), Kaashif English (19), Terance Johnson (14), Aaron Horne and Joseph Williams-Powell (13) and Fabian McDonald (12). Williams-Powell and Horne led the Panthers in rebounds with 10 and 7 respectively while Bobby Conley and Kelsley Wilkinson tallied 7 assists.
Saturday's game was much more difficult as the Panthers were locked in a tight battle with Polk State. PBSC played their best defensive half of the season, leading at the break 33-25 but found themselves down 69-67 when Aaron Horne got fouled on a 3 point attempt. Horne hit 2 of 3 shots to tie the game up and sent it into overtime. In the OT, Marshall scored 8 of his game high 20 points to seal the victory for the Panthers. For the game, Marshall had 20 points and 7 rebounds while sophomore Paul Jones had his best overall game of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The State's leader in blocked shots, Jones also batted away 7 shots at the rim for the game. In addition, PBSC guards Terance Johnson had 14 points and the always steady Bobby Conley contributed 10 points and 7 assists.
The Panther's scored the 1st basket of the game but never led after that! For the first time this season, they were out played particularly in the first half, suffering their 2nd defeat of the season. Final score St. Pete 95 PBSC 83. St. Pete completely dominated the first stanza building their lead to 22 points at one time as they continuously beat the Panthers down the floor for easy transition buckets. Palm Beach State did themselves no favor in the contest as they committed an uncharacteristic 21 turnovers. Down 18 at the half, Palm Beach State put on a furious rush to get to within 6 points at the 11 minute mark but 4 empty possessions by the Panthers resulted in a 10 - 0 run by St. Pete and the host school could get no closer than 10 the rest of the way. For the game, Palm Beach State was led in scoring by 6-6 sophomore Jarrel Marshall who had 29 points ( 8-9 FT and 3-6 on threes), combo guard Bobby Conley had 17 points and off the bench Terence Johnson collected 12. Paul Jones continued his solid defensive play as he had 11 rebounds and 2 blocks while Conley led PBSC in assists with 4. Palm Beach State will be back in "The Den" on Tuesday night when they face the Red Devil Basketball Academy in a 7pm tipoff.
The Panther men's basketball team continued their early season success as they won their 3rd straight and 6 of 7 when they defeated Daytona State last night in "The Den" 74-68. The game was a battle from the start as there were over 15 lead changes and no team led by more than 5 until the final score. The first half was a back and forth affair and Palm Beach State grabbed a 31-30 lead at the break. The second half was similar as the #9 team in the State (PBSC) and # 8 (Daytona State) battled for control. The turning point of the contest came with PBSC, down by 2 with approximately 4 minutes left, got 2 defensive stops complemented by back to back 3's from Fabian MacDonald. Daytona State would never grab the lead again as the Panthers held on. For the game, MacDonald had 19 points (4 three pointers), Jarrel Marshall collected 16 and Kelsley Wilkinson had 13. Paul Jones continued his defensive presence as he collected 7 rebounds and 4 blocks while Wilkinson dished off for 5 assists. The Panthers were 23-29 from the line (79.6%) with Marshall going 8-9.
The Panther Men's Basketball Team passed their first road test of the year as they defeated Santa Fe College Friday night in Gainesville 77-73 in overtime, and came back Saturday afternoon to defeat Florida State College @ Jacksonville 63-46. Friday night's victory avenged the only loss the Panthers have this young season but it certainly wasn't easy. After a back and forth 30 minutes, Santa Fe took control of the last 10 minutes of regulation maintaining a 2-5 point lead. PBSC was resolved late in the game and Santa Fe had a difficult time converting free throws, as they missed 4 out of 5 down the stretch in regulation. Palm Beach was down 3 late in regulation when freshman Fabian McDonald hit a "cold blooded" 3 with 5 seconds left sending the game into overtime. Palm Beach State scored the first 5 points of the extra session and hung on with superior free throw shooting down the stretch. Scoring leaders for the game were Jarrel Marshall with 17 points, Kelsley Wilkinson had 18 and McDonald collected 17. Marshall also led both teams in rebounding with 15.
Saturday's game was more methodical and low scoring as both teams shot in the mid 30 percentile for the game. The Panthers were only up 24-19 at the half but expanded that lead to double digits early in the second half and never trailed. Marshall led PBSC with 27 points (11-11 from the line) and 6-7 Paul Jones (Eastern Kentucky signee) collected 8 points and 7 rebounds. With the 2 victories, the Panthers moved their overall record to 5-1 heading into tomorrow's (Tuesday, November 18) night game against Daytona State in "The Den" at 7pm.
In a week where the Panthers had rare back to back to back games, PBSC went 2-1 as they defeated Pensacola (66-62) on Thursday 11/6, lost to Santa Fe (69-89) on Friday 11/7 and won against State College of Florida (78-59) on Saturday 11/08. In the Thursday night contest, the Panthers were tied with 48 seconds to go and converted 4 straight free throws down the stretch to secure the victory against their Pan Handle Conference rival. Sophomore guards Kelsley Wilkinson and Bobby Conley led the way with 15 and 11 points respectively while Jarrel Marshall collected 8 rebounds. The Friday night contest was a different story as the Panthers shot a woeful 32% from the floor and committed 36 fouls! Even with their subpar play the Panthers were within 8 with 4 minutes to go and missed a wide open 3 off of a set play. Santa Fe came down and converted back to back 3's to "seal the deal". Marshall and Conley led the way for PBSC as Jarrel had 16 points and 5 rebounds and Conley stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Saturday the Panthers finished their 3 day marathon as they defeated State College of Florida. Palm Beach State took a 20 point lead into the locker room at half and coasted to the victory leading by as many as 27. Conley again led PBSC as he had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Off the bench Terrance Johnson collected 16 points and starter freshman Aaron Horne scored 12. Palm Beach State had a huge advantage on the boards as they out rebounded the Manatees 43-24 with 20 of those being offensive rebounds.
The PBSC men's basketball team had their way with out-manned Elev8 Academy in "The Den" on Saturday afternoon as they defeated their foe 131-55. The Panthers jumped on their opponents early with an array of 3 pointers and fast break dunks. Palm Beach State placed 6 players in double figure scoring with Terrance Johnson (27), Aaron Horne (21) and Jarrel Marshall (16) leading the way. Marshall also grabbed 8 rebounds while point guards Bobby Conley had 10 assists and Kelsley Wilkinson followed closely behind with 8. The Panthers schedule gets much more severe as they face Pensacola on Thursday, Santa Fe on Friday and State College of Florida on Saturday - all in "The Den".
The Panther men had a rocky road the last 2 months of the season which culminated in a 76-51 defeat at the hands of Miami Dade on Saturday afternoon. With the defeat, Palm Beach State ended the season on a 4-game losing streak and were 5-10 in the last 2 months of the campaign. To their credit, the Panthers were in contention for a State/Region playoff berth and not officially being eliminated until the 2nd to last game of the season. However, the future is bright as from the 11-man squad that ended the season, 10 of those are freshman. The Panthers ended their season with an overall record of 16-13 with a 4-8 Southern Conference mark.
It was a tale of 2 halves as a promising first half turned into a nightmare of a second half, spelling doom for the Panthers. PBSC fell to Southern Conference leader Eastern Florida State College 79-75 in "The Den" on Wednesday evening and hopes of a 4th straight FCSAA state tournament bid went with the loss. The Panthers came out on fire in the 1st stanza and led 43-30 at the break. The second half was a completely different story as the visitors outscored PBSC 33-9 in a 15 minute span to take control of the game. The Panthers continued to battle trading 3's for 2's down the stretch but could never overcome the previous 15 minutes of offensive meltdown. The Panthers have 2 remaining games left on their schedule as they take on Indian River State College in "The Den" next Wednesday night and end the season in Miami Dade on Saturday February 22. Palm Beach State is now 16-11 overall and 4-6 in the Southern Conference.
Palm Beach State could not overcome a first half where they scored only 26 points and fell behind by 17 (43-26) at the break as they went down to Broward 75-57 Saturday afternoon on the road. The Panthers started strong and had an 8-2 lead but Broward came charging back with a 16-0 run of their own to take control into halftime. The second half Palm Beach State came within 8 of the lead twice but could not sustain the momentum. The loss drops the Panthers into 4th place in the conference at 4-5 and 16-10 overall. Palm Beach State has an opportunity to redeem themselves quickly as they face league leader Eastern Florida State College (7-2) Wednesday night at 7pm in "The Den".
Palm Beach State continues to battle for a right to go to the FCSAA State tournament in March. The Panthers took over sole possession of 3rd place in the Southern Conference with a hard fought 74-71 win against Miami Dade Wednesday night in Elisabeth Erling Gymnasium. After trailing 31-30 at the half, the Panthers gradually built an 11-point lead in the 2nd frame and survived a furious comeback by Dade in the waning minutes to secure their 16th victory of the season. The Panthers were led in scoring by Bobby Conley with 18. In addition, 3 other Panthers scored in double figures as Elijah Mays and David Akibo had 13 and Jarrell Marshall collected 12. Conley and Akibo had 8 and 7 rebounds collectively. The Panthers are now 4-4 in the Southern Conference and they will take on Broward Saturday in Davie, Fl. who is in 2nd place at 5-3. Game time is 4pm.
The Palm Beach State men's basketball team continues to battle and improve as they head into the home stretch of the Southern Conference. The Panthers had one of their best offensive outings of the season as they went on the road Wednesday night to Indian River State College and defeated the hosts convincingly 86-53. The Panthers shot a season high 62% from the floor which included 50% from three and had 27 assists as a team. The Panthers had 5 players in double figures led by the skilled Jarrel Marshall with 19, followed by Jason Pimentel's 13. In addition, Maurice West, Kelsley Wilkinson and 6'8" D'Adrian Allen had 10. Allen also led the Panthers with 9 rebounds and Bobby Conley had 10 assists. With the win the Panthers stayed afloat in the Southern Conference race for a berth in the FCSAA "elite 8 " state tournament. The Panthers have 5 games remaining with 3 of those 5 against Broward and Miami Dade who are 2 and 1 game ahead of them respectively. Palm Beach State will take on Miami Dade in the "Den" Wednesday evening at 7:30pm. The Panthers are currently 15-9 and 3-4 in the Southern Conference.
Palm Beach State had a golden opportunity slip away on Saturday afternoon in Elisabeth Erling Gymnasium as they were defeated by Broward 78-71. The Panthers had an opportunity to get within 1 game of the Southern Conference lead as they fought valiantly, but they couldn't come up with key stops and baskets during critical points of the game. The Panthers never led in the game but tied the score midway through the second half (51-51). Broward responded with an 8-0 run then kept Palm Beach State at bay for the rest of the afternoon. Palm Beach State remains in 3rd place in the SC at 2-3 and their overall record is 14-8. The Panthers will be on the road this evening in Melbourne when they take on Southern Conference leader Eastern Florida State College.
After a lackluster first half where they trailed 32-31, the Panthers outscored their opponents 47-24 in the second stanza to win - going away 78-56. Palm Beach State was led by Jarrell Marshall's 18 and Kelsley Wilkinson 15 off the bench. The win moves the Panthers record to 13-7.
The Panthers lost for the first time on their home floor this season when Southern Conference co-leader Eastern Florida State College defeated Palm Beach State 82-73 on Wednesday night. The visitors connected on 8 of their first 9 three-point attempts and made seventeen 3's on the evening. The game was a battle for 34 minutes but with the Panthers up 51-47, Eastern Florida State went on a 16-0 run and Palm Beach State could get no closer than 8 the rest of the way. With the loss, Palm Beach State dropped to 12-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Panthers will take a game off from Southern Conference play when they host Elevate 8 Sports Academy in a Friday 7pm game in "The Den".
The Panther men gave Coach Scott McMillin his 1st Southern Conference win on Saturday afternoon in "The Den" as they defeated Indian River State College 90-75. Palm Beach State built a huge lead in the first half and led by 25 (53-28) at the break. Indian River did play more energized in the second stanza but could never get closer than 14 the rest of the way. Palm Beach State hit 9 three's with both Eli Mays and Kaashif English getting 3. The Panthers had 2 players get double-doubles as Jarrell Marshall had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Eli Mays collected 11 points and 13 assists. Also scoring in double figures were Bobby Conley with 14, Maurice West 13, and Kaashif English with 12. Palm Beach State's record is now 12-6 and 1-1 in the Southern Conference.
The Palm Beach State College men's basketball team dropped their 4th game in the last 5 outings as they fell on the road Wednesday night 63-61 to Broward. It was the conference opener for both teams and as it is in many cases, came down to the last few minutes. The Panthers led for much of the 2nd half but were overtaken in the last few minutes by a barrage of 3's from the host school. Palm Beach State did have an opportunity with the last possession of regulation but Jarrell Marshall missed a short jumper and Jason Pimental's rebound try missed also. The Panthers are back in action this Saturday in "The Den" as they continue Southern Conference play with a contest against Indian River State College. Game time is scheduled for 2pm.
The Panther men's team took 2 tough losses in the Polk State College tournament over the weekend as they fell to Harcum (NY) Community College 71-66 Friday and Shelton State Community College 73-65 on Saturday. On Friday, the game was tied late in the contest however 2 offensive rebound put backs by the opponent sealed the Panther's doom. On Saturday Palm Beach State uncharacteristically did not take care of the ball as they committed a season high 23 turnovers in the loss. The losses drop the Panthers record to 11-5 overall. Palm Beach State will begin Southern Conference play this Wednesday January 8 when they take on Broward College in Davie, Florida. Game time is set for 7:30pm.