Rollins College Topples PBA After Long Layoff for the Fish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WINTER PARK, Fla.- Battling for the second time this season, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Rollins College hit the court on Saturday afternoon in a men’s basketball matchup for the Sailfish first action in over a week. The Tars made easy work of the Fish by leading 51-19 at intermission and moved on to a 76-49 victory.

Now 13-1 on the season, Rollins continues their torrid pace to start the 2007-2008 season by defeating PBA for the second time this season, the first coming back on November 19th in PBA’s home opener by a score of 86-64.

Junior Manny Lopez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, put forth a dominating performance as he totaled 26 points and 13 rebounds to aide the Sailfish cause. Without senior leader Fitzroy Anthony (Boca Raton, Fla.) in the lineup, Lopez stepped up for head coach Terry Primm as he paced the Sailfish attack.

Sophomore Jonathan Lawrence (Miami Gardens, Fla.) added nine points and six rebounds for the Fish as they slip to 2-14 on the season.

The Tars utilized their outside-shooting specialists as they threw up 29 attempts from beyond the arc while connecting on nine shots for 31%. Craig Reichel led the Tars on the afternoon with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field while also chipping in four rebounds. Jonny Reibel and Jeremy Sharpe also contributed double-figures with 14 and 11 points respectively.

PBA will look to rebound from Saturday’s loss by taking on West Palm Beach rival Northwood University on Monday, January 14th at 7 pm. The NAIA nationally-ranked Seahawks will welcome in the Fish to their arena.

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