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FSU make light work of Jamaica Select team with 116-78 win

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

After their blowout 116-78 win over the Minto 79ers, a Jamaica Select team on Monday night, the visiting Florida State University (FSU) will be aiming to wrap up the two-game pre-season contest at the National Indoor Sports Centre today.

The feature game is scheduled for 8:00 pm, following a 6:00 pm curtain-raiser between two Business House rivals.

The games will be open to the public free of cost with a number of spot prizes and giveaways from Cal's, among other partners, being a part of the entertainment package.

Meanwhile, Monday's opener produced a close first quarter that had the tourists leading 22-19, but things became more open as the game progressed by virtue of the class shown by the number eighth-ranked National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men's basketball team in the US, in overcoming the tiring Jamaicans.

By half-time, the Seminoles led 54-34, before going on to close out the game with consumate ease.

FSU guards PJ Savoy and Terance Mann led the scoring with a joint game-high 16 points, while Braian Angola contributed 15 points.

Veteran Kimani Ffriend was the best performer from a Jamaican perspective with 16 points, getting major support from Tyrone Lattibeaudiere (15 points) and Damion Staple, who bucketed 13 points.

FSU's head coach Leonard Hamilton was pleased with the level of competition provided by the makeshift Jamaican team.

“Yeah, very much so. I just think we have a lot of depth and I think it's the time of year where a lot of the European players are not in the best condition. We've been practising for a while, so the quality of our depth kind of wore them down.

“But if you notice in the first quarter it was (up and down), but I think as the game went on, and because I played so many different people, it wore them down. But those guys gave us a good fight,” Hamilton said in a post-match interview.

For Michael Minto, head coach of the Minto 79ers, his team offered the best they could against a stellar FSU team that is on a 12-day pre-season training trip,

“Most of our guys are really not here because it's getting to the end of August, so most of them went back to Europe. This (team) that we used here is just to give them a little competition. Florida State is a very good team; they're ranked number eight in the nation and they are in good shape, we haven't practised; so we just came out here and do the best we can,” Minto noted.