Eagles soar to second win

Richard Gaetano passes against Game on Rise Academy. He scored 14 points in an 88-68 victory. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Richard Gaetano passes against Game on Rise Academy. He scored 14 points in an 88-68 victory. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State earned its second win of the season tonight, defeating Game on Rise Academy 88-68 in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles had a 49-44 halftime lead before holding Game on Rise to 24 points in the second half. 

"In the second half we wanted to put more defensive pressure on the ball," said Head Coach Matt Furjanic. 

"In the first half we were very lackadaisical. We were playing off of our man. We weren't attacking them around the arc. I told the team at the half that they had to do a lot better job, and they came through and played better defense in the second half." 

With seven players scoring in double figures, Furjanic expressed pleasure in his offense. 

"I'm real happy with the offense tonight," he said. 

"This is the first game that we had our big guys really give us some point production. I hope this helps their confidence. We needed it because we've played a perimeter game up until now. We need our big guys scoring inside because you can't live and die by the outside shot. " 

Richard Gaetano had 14 points, shooting five-for-seven from the field and making four three-pointers. 

Quinton Hamilton also scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. 

Branislav Labudovic finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, shooting six-for-eight from the field. 

Luka Dmitrovic and Kevin Hamlet each scored 12 points. 

Kareem Chever-Moore had 11 points and six assists. 

Charles Humphries also added 11 points. 

Polk State's two sophomores, Kahleek Bakare-Whyte and Troy Simons, did not play due to injury. 

The Eagles (2-2) return to action against Indian River State College at 7 p.m. Thursday in Winter Haven.

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