Superior Shooting Effort Helps Rollins College Spoil Fish Home Opener
November 24, 2009
Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A tale of two distinctly different offensive styles was displayed on Tuesday evening in the Rubin Arena as the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team welcomed in Rollins College for the Sailfish 2009-2010 home opener. After shooting 57% from the floor in the first-half but still trailing by three points, the Tars regrouped and continued to execute all the way to a 70-58 victory.
Sophomore transfer Myk Brown along with junior Nick Wolf both put together monster performances with Brown leading all scorers with 23 points while Wolf showed solid presence all over the court with 18 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Now ranked #16 in the nation, the Tars improve to 4-0 while PBA drops to 1-3.
With Palm Beach Atlantic students off from school for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Rubin Arena crowd was not quite at its usual numbers, however a solid showing still saw an entertaining game, no matter what brand of basketball you like.
After scoring 102 points in their previous game in a win over Clark College, the Sailfish once again came out firing as all five starters came ready to shoot. Early on, it would appear the Sailfish tactics would reign supreme as they jumped out to a half-high lead of seven points on a layup from freshman guard Mike Wells to put the score at 27-20 with 7:09 to play in the first-half.
Back came the veteran Tars however as they retook the lead 29-28 with 2:54 remaining when Greg Sweeney came through with a bucket underneath. After both teams traded misses the next few times down the floor, the Fish would close out the half on a 4-0 run when Jonathan Lawrence added a jumper and Christ Joseph connected on two-of-three free-throws right before the buzzer sounded as PBA entered halftime leading 32-29.
The second period started smoothly for PBA as well as they stretched their lead to a game-high 11 points when Lawrence connected on a two-point field goal at the 17:19 mark of the second-half to go up 41-30.
Unfortunately for the Fish, a 15-3 run by the Tars would then follow as they took their first lead of the half with 12:04 remaining on a Brown bucket to go up 44-43. More points from RC would follow after the Fish briefly tied things up at 45-45 on a tip-in basket from DeAndre Williams. Rollins converted the next seven points to move ahead 52-45 on a pair of Wolf free-throws before trading baskets with PBA over the next few minutes.
The Fish got close in the second-half with a steal and a fastbreak layup down the floor from Chris Joseph with 5:50 to play as the basket cut the deficit to only six points at 57-51 but that would be as close as they would get. Solid free-throw shooting by the Tars down the stretch closed things out as Rollins took the victory.
Ross led the way for PBA with a double-double performance of 10 points and 10 rebounds including seven of the team’s 15 offensive rebounds. Lawrence led all PBA scorers at 14 points however the senior shot just 5-of-17 from the field. Joseph finished with 13 points and two steals in 39 minutes.
Coming off a spectacular game against Clark College including 23 first-half points, Pejovic never could quite find his long-range shot for PBA as the Serbia native connected on just 2-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc while PBA struggled as a whole from three-point land with a 6-of-30 showing for 20%.
PBA won’t have much time to rest as they return to the court on Wednesday afternoon for a 4 p.m. showdown with NCAA Division I, Stetson University at 4 p.m.