The Struggle is Real for CF Men’s Basketball Patriots: Daytona Poses Threat

The Patriots struggle to regain power over the ball during the game against Daytona.

The Patriots struggle to regain power over the ball during the game against Daytona.

The CF men’s basketball team fell short against Daytona State, a game that decided who will take first place in the conference.

The Patriots made a slow start to begin the game and they trailed behind the Falcons the entire game. It was a night where CF couldn’t get the ball to fall through the hoop. The Patriots, who are usually a threat behind the arc, couldn’t get much going last night.

“I think they (Daytona State) wanted the game more and were willing to put it all on the line”, said sophomore guard Diamante Lewis.

CF trailed behind by as many as 18 points in the second half, before creeping up to four points.

With the win, the Falcons have seized the No. 1 spot from the Mid-Florida Conference for the NJCAA/FCSAA Region VIII Tournament.

If Daytona State College wins against Santa Fe in Gainesville on Saturday, it would clinch the conference title and would force CF to play in the Mid-Florida Conference Tournament for the second bid.

Another possible scenario that could take place, making CF co-conference champs, is if Daytona State loses to Santa Fe and CF beats Florida State College. The Falcons would still end up at No. 1 but CF will be awarded the second seed since they lost the series to Daytona State.

The Patriots held their only lead at 3-2 within minutes of play, but ended falling to the Falcons for the second time on their home floor.

Point guard Terrell Rogers had a sluggish start for the Patriots, but came back by scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Teammate Diamante Lewis added 18 points while Brandon Tabb contributed 17 points coming off the bench.

On the positive note, CF shot perfect from the free throw line in the second half, making all 20 and finishing 22-of-23 for the game. But it was going to take a lot more effort than just free throws to compete with the talented Falcons, who was led by Tanksley Efianayi. Efianayi scored 23 of his game-high 32 points in the second half.

By: Brandon Surber

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