The Pirates were led by their primary scorer Myles Powell who recorded his sixth twenty plus point game of the season with 23 points. Powell continued to show off his impressive shot making ability by hitting off balance jumpers and NBA range threes. Powell may be a shooting guard in a point guards’ body but he does show that he can take on that point guard role, with his incredible vision and quick first step. Powell showed glimpses of making the right pass and beating defenders off the dribble but needs to do this more consistently. He will make the right play and on the very next possession force a tough shot.
Alongside Powell, were big man Romaro Gill and Powell’s back-court mate Quincy McKnight. Gill showed yet again that you should not enter the paint when he is down there. He continued to force A&M into tough shots and recorded a game high three blocks. Gill had an incredible block at the 18:17 mark, where he fearlessly met A&M’s Bryce Morgane, at the rim. Gill could have finished with a higher point total but he failed to finish a few easy layups that he was fouled on. He needs to strengthen up and develop his touch around the rim.
McKnight brought the toughness on both ends of the floor for the Pirates. He relentlessly attacked the rim, leading to 13 free throw attempts, of which he knocked down ten. He brought this same tenacity on the defensive end with two steals and a block. McKnight has a motor that these Pirates need if they are going to continue to win games. He is a great compliment to the offensive minded Powell.
Although the score indicates that Florida A&M was never in this game, that wasn’t the case. A&M played a tough game and went on a couple of runs. Towards the first half they went on a 7-0 run putting them within 12 to end the half. They would come out of the second half cutting down the lead to as much as nine and would continue to stay in it until the 13:26 mark. M. J. Randolph and D.J. Jones played a tough game for the Rattlers. Randolph at 6’4 fought hard to finish with nine rebounds and three steals. The undersized Jones did everything from bringing the ball up the court to guarding the much bigger Gill. Unfortunately, Randolph and Jones efforts weren’t enough to keep the Rattlers in it as they ultimately lost by 36 points.
The Pirates (4-1) will take on Oregon (5-0) in the Battle 4 Atlantis on November 27th. Florida A&M (0-5) will travel to face Kansas State (4-0) on December 2nd.