Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – Having one player record a career-high point total that is also the second-highest single-game point total in program history and another player set a program record for highest point and rebound totals in a double-double more often than not would equally a victory.
Unfortunately for ASA Miami's men, Saturday's game was one of the times it was not.
Despite Matt Maturah knocking down nine three-pointers to help him total a game-high 34 points and freshman guard Sebastian Jean recording 23 points and 14 rebounds, the Silver Storm couldn't Miami Dade and fell 106-103 Saturday night at The Dent.
Maturah, who's been riding a hot shooting streak since Tuesday's victory at Broward College, shot a career-best 69 percent from the three-point line (9-for-13) and moved into a tie with Katrell Myers for third place on the ASA Miami men's basketball record book for most points scored in a game. Anthony Gomes owns the Silver Storm record with 39 points scored during the 2017-18 season.
Jean, who came into Saturday's game as the team's assists leader, racked up a game-high six assists while also capturing his program-best double-double. Jean also knocked down 13 of his 18 free throw attempts.
The Silver Storm (4-14) trailed the Sharks 63-51 at halftime but fought their way back into the game multiple times in the second half. ASA came out of the locker room and opened the half on a 14-2 run in the first three minutes to cut its deficit to just two. Miami Dade pulled away again – opening as large as a 12-point lead on the Silver Storm again midway through the second.
ASA Miami showed its resilience, climbing back into the game – thanks to Maturah, Jean and timely shots from Marko Jovanovic – and only trailed the Sharks 99-98 with 2:02 left to play. That one-point deficit ended up being the bane of the Silver Storm as Miami Dade got a couple of big baskets and free throws from guard Montese Blake and was able to hold off ASA in the waning seconds.
Aside from Maturah and Jean, ASA Miami got a 23-point performance from Jovanovic. Coming on the heels of his 24-point performance in his first game back from injury this past Wednesday, Jovanovic was 5-of-11 from long range Saturday while also totaling five rebounds and three steals. Levard Missick Jr. added 10 points for ASA as the team recorded its highest point total of the season.
The Silver Storm also had center Malik Brikat back in the lineup for the first time this season on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 big man appeared to be primed for a solid night but was saddled with foul trouble early in the first half and ended up fouling out midway in the second half and only finished with six points and six boards. ASA also had to play without freshman Jonathan Vilchez for much of the night as well. The team's leading scorer this season took an awkward fall while attempting a layup and injured his elbow.
Miami Dade, too, had four players finish with double-digit points – led by Jahmal Wright's 25 points. Blake finished with 24, DJ Russell had 20, and Alberto Hernandez added 13 points off the bench (all in the first half).
Up Next: The Silver Storm will have a few days to recharge their batteries before going on the road for a January 16 meeting with Indian River State College.