Ever since their 2016-17 season kicked off, the Palm Beach State Panthers have been one of the top teams in the NJCAA.
In their season opener, the Panthers cruised to a 92-68 win over Baltimore City C.C. in the Battle by the Beach Classic, which Palm Beach State hosted. The next night, the Panthers were even more impressive, routing Red Devil Academy by 79 points, with the final score being 110-31.
A win over the International Sports Academy on Tuesday night pushed the Panthers’ record to a perfect 3-0.
Over the weekend, Palm Beach State took part in the IRSC Classic in Fort Pierce, FL. The Panthers were looking to continue their hot start to the season, and they wouldn’t disappoint.
On Friday night, the Panthers took on Keiser University in their first contest at the IRSC Classic. Palm Beach State didn’t miss a beat, as they rolled to the 116-54 victory.
Six different players scored in double figures for the Panthers, led by Malik Brevard, who scored a team-high 18 points, and Travis Weatherington who added 17 points of his own in the win.
One night later, the Panthers seemingly picked up where they left off on Friday night. Against Florida National on Saturday afternoon, the Panthers showed no signs of slowing down. They pushed their record to a perfect 5-0 with a 108-72 victory.
Gage Ellis led the way for the Panthers, scoring 21 points, and he was one of five players from Palm Beach State to reach double figures on the afternoon.
Over their first five games, the Panthers have been seemingly unstoppable. Palm Beach State has averaged 104.4 points per contest on offense, while holding their opponents to just 61.8 points per game of their own.
While it’s still early on in the season, the Palm Beach State Panthers look to be on a roll that will be tough for any team to bring to a hault.
With a talented roster that features several players who currently hold multiple Division I offers for next season, including former Wofford Terriers’ guard Larry McKnight, Jr., the Panthes have their sights set on big things in 2016-17.
– T. Bennett