Second-Half Surge Not Quite Enough for PBA Men's Basketball at Rollins College
February 16, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WINTER PARK, Fla.- After trailing by 14 points at halftime it would have been easy for the Sailfish men’s basketball team to quit against the #18-ranked Rollins College Tars on Wednesday evening but then again that’s not the style of a Terry Primm coached team. Trailing by as many as 26 points early in the second-half, the Fish would fight back through some strong outside shooting as they got to within single digits before time simply ran out as the Tars held on for an 87-80 final tally.
Sailfish senior David Wood shook off an off night on Monday against Northwood University with a 24-point performance against the Tars who have now won 12 straight games including the previous 11 games being played within the Sunshine State Conference.
Fellow senior Jonathan Lawrence joined Wood atop the PBA scoring leaders with 23 points and seven rebounds before fouling out late. Lawrence finished 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc while Wood managed a 7-of-11 performance including a spectacular 6-of-8 from three-point range.
Junior Terrell Terry added 10 points off the PBA bench while Dante Valentine contributed eight points, six rebounds, and four assists despite a tough shooting night of 3-of-14 including 2-of-9 from three-point land.
The Tars were paced by having all five starters reach double-figures including 20 points each from Nick Wolf and Matt Robertson who added in seven and six assists respectively. Ian Scott and Alex Castillo each chipped in 14 points while Nikola Baran rounded out the RC starters in double-figures with 12 points.
Down 55-29 with 13:30 to go, the Sailfish would begin to go to work as they were hoping to shock the Tars for the second time this season after defeating them at the Rubin Arena in early December.
Over the next 10 minutes or so the Sailfish would outscore the Tars 37-18 to get back within single digits. Credit must go to Rollins however for withstanding the charge as they made enough free-throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Perhaps the biggest disparity in the game came at the free-throw line as Rollins was awarded 38 trips to the foul line while making 29 where as PBA was afforded only 13 opportunities at the charity stripe, making good on nine free-throws.
When not shooting free-throws the Tars had a solid night with their field-goal shooting as well as they finished with a blistering 58.7% (27-46) shooting performance on the night compared to 46.8% (29-62) for Palm Beach Atlantic.
The Sailfish will take on another Sunshine State Conference foe in their next outing as they will welcome in Saint Leo University on Saturday, February 19th at 7 pm.