Panther’s Basketball Sinks Tritons in Overtime 64-61

By  //  January 27, 2014

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Lady Panthers dug in and fought Hard

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Rita Acevedo and Tiesha Flagler posted double-doubles in the Panthers overtime win over Eckerd. (Florida Tech, Eric Gallo image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Tech Panthers hosted the Tritons of Eckerd Saturday looking to get back into the Sunshine State Conference win column.

John Reynolds

John Reynolds

The Panthers dug in and fought threw a back-and-forth game that needed overtime, and claimed a 64-61 victory.

“First, if Eckerd is1-6 in conference, that will tell you how tough our conference is,” said head coach John Reynolds.

“I thought Eckerd had as many opportunities to win as we had tonight. We got the six point lead in overtime and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line in overtime.”

Both teams started cold from the floor with the Panthers leading 6-5 at the first media timeout. The offense for both teams got going after the timeout, and it was the Tritons who took a 19-16 lead.

The Panthers fought back with a 5-0 run to take a 21-19 lead thanks to a three from junior Kayk Wilson.

THE TRITONS FOUGHT HARD

The Tritons fought right back to regain the lead. Trailing by one with just seconds to go in the half, sophomore Tiesha Flagler beat the buzzer to give the Panthers the 29-28 lead at halftime.

Kayk_Wilson_180The Panthers shot 8-of-22 in the half from the field good for 36.4 percent. They were 4-of-7 from three point range, and 9-of-13 from the foul line.

Wilson led the Panthers with 10 points in the half. Eckerd shot 11-of-21 from the field in the first half good for 52.4 percent. They were 1-of-4 from three-point range, and 5-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Liga Vente led the Tritons with 10 points of her own in the half.

The back-and-forth action continued in the second half with both teams trading leads. The Panthers used two free-throws from junior Rosie Hynes to get a 43-42 lead with fewer than nine minutes to play.

The Tritons continued to fight, and took a four point lead at 50-46 with five minutes to play.

“I thought Rosie off the bench, who normally starts for us, didn’t pout, and just came out and played good basketball for us and there is something to be said for that,” Reynolds said.

“I thought Kaila Callender off the bench showed us what she is capable of.”

PANTHER’S TAKE THE LARGEST LEAD OF THE GAME

With fewer than four minutes to play, the Panthers trailed the Tritons by one at 50-49. A steal followed by two free-throws from Wilson was enough to cause the 20th lead change and put the Panthers in front 51-50.

Tiesha Flagler

Tiesha Flagler

The Panthers still led by one with under a minute to go when Eckerd’s Amy Buccilla went to the line. Buccilla hit one of the two shots, and tied the game with just 12 seconds to play.

The Panthers had a chance at the end of regulation, but could not convert sending the game into overtime.

The Panthers took their largest lead of the game at six with under a minute to play in overtime. The Tritons did not go away as they answered with a three to make it a 60-57 game with 30 seconds to play.

The Panthers were able to make free-throws at the end, and held off Eckerd for the 64-61 victory.

FLORIDA TECH PANTHER’S END GAME STATS

Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. Flagler finished with a double-double, her fourth of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Acevedo’s 12 points and 10 rebounds helped the Panthers avoid an upset as FIT escaped Lakeland, Fla. with a 63-62 win to improve 12-5 overall and 3-2 in SSC play. (Florida Tech image)

Rita Acevedo’s 10 points and 10 rebounds helped the Panthers avoid an upset as FIT escaped Lakeland, Fla. with a 64-61 win to improve 13-6 overall and 4-3 in SSC play. (Florida Tech image)

Senior Rita Acevedo also recorded a double-double, her second of the season, with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Panthers (13-6, 4-3 SSC) shot 17-of-61 for the game good for 27.9 percent. They were 4-of-14 from three-point range, and 26-of-38 from the foul line. Eckerd (7-9, 1-6 SSC) shot 23-of-59 from the field good for 39 percent.

They were 3-of-17 from three point range, and 12-of-24 from the foul line. Vente led the Tritons with 20 points, and was one of four players in double-figures for Eckerd.

The game was tied 17 times, and the advantage changed hands 20 times.

The Panthers will hit the road next week for a pair of SSC contests. The Panthers will face Barry on Wednesday in Miami Shores. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and after the Panthers face the Bucs, they will travel to face Lynn on Saturday Feb. 1.

“Barry is solid, they will be ready to go on Wednesday,” Reynolds said. “It does not get any easier, it only gets harder. It is about getting a consistent level of energy in our practices, because if we do that we will have a chance to go out and win some games.”


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