Eagles defeat ASA College for second straight win

Dominique Reid battles an ASA defender. Reid finished with 20 points in an 84-76 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Dominique Reid battles an ASA defender. Reid finished with 20 points in an 84-76 win. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State picked up its second straight win today, beating ASA College (Miami) 84-76 in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles won for the fifth time in their last six games. 

Polk State jumped out to a 12-2 lead and ended the first half up 48-41. 

The Silver Storm cut the deficit to 70-66 at the five-minute mark in the second half but failed to get any closer. 

Head Coach Matt Furjanic thought the Eagles could have performed with more intensity. 

"We did what we had to do, but we didn't have the energy we had Saturday against Broward," he said. 

"We're getting so close to conference play that we can't take any steps back now. We have to keep taking steps forward. I still don't think we're in game shape like we should be, and I think it showed tonight. 

Furjanic said the team missed the intensity of Reger Baker, who did not play due to an illness in the family. 

"But that means the next man has to step up, and it seems like we didn't get that tonight," he said. 

"But we persevered and got a win, and that's the important thing. I think the players realized after the game that we have to be a little more intense all the time to be a consistent team every night. 

"This will be a good game to review on film and show the players where we need to do more work." 

Elijah Cottrill and Dominique Reid led the Eagles' attack with 20 points each. 

Troy Simons scored 12, while Dayjar Dickson had 11, Darelle Porter recorded 9 points, and Karim Mouliom added seven.  

The Eagles (13-5, No. 9 FCSAA) play IMG on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Winter Haven.  

They start Suncoast Conference play Jan. 20 at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. 

Dec 16
Men's Basketball 2:00 PM
at Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Fla.
Jan 02
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
at Broward College
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Jan 04
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
Harcum College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 06
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
Hillsborough Community College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Jan 10
Men's Basketball 7:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Bradenton, Fla.
Jan 17
Men's Basketball 7:30 PM
at Florida Southwestern
Fort Myers, Fla.
Jan 20
Men's Basketball 4:00 PM
St. Petersburg College
Winter Haven, Fla.

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