Rollins College Holds Off PBA in Men's Basketball Action
January 4, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WINTER PARK, Fla.- Although Palm Beach Atlantic’s starting backcourt would net a combined 31 points it wouldn’t be enough on Wednesday evening at the Warden Arena for the Sailfish to overcome four Tars scorers reaching double-figures as RC claimed a 76-64 victory. Juniors Matt Roy and Dante Valentine led the way for the Blue and White on Wednesday as Roy posted a season-best 16 points while Valentine nearly missed out on a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Tars earned their ninth win of the season in 12 tries while the Sailfish drop to 3-11 on the season heading into a Saturday showdown with Lynn University at the Rubin Arena. The contest will begin at 4 pm following a women’s matinee between the two Palm Beach County rivals as the Knights will be looking to avenge their earlier season loss to PBA in overtime in Boca Raton.
Rollins utilized a solid first-half scoring effort by working the ball into the paint as they claimed a 44.8 percent (13-29) shooting effort while limiting PBA to 32.1 percent (9-28) and just 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
Through the middle stages of the first-half the contest remained back-and-forth until a late Rollins run of 10-0 to close out the half resulted in a 32-24 halftime lead for the home-standing Tars.
Rollins pushed their lead to double-digits on the first possession of the second-half when Myk Brown nailed a triple to move his team in front 35-24 with most of the second period left to play.
The Fish would then begin to chip away at the Tars lead, getting as close as three points on a Valentine layup with 6:05 to play as RC led 58-55 going into the home stretch.
Unfortunately for the Fish and their fans the second-half would end much like the first as the Tars went on an 18-9 run the rest of the way to close out the win.
Roy finished 6-of-13 from the floor while adding in four rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 36 minutes of court time while Valentine added his 15 points thanks in large part to his work inside the three-point arc as he was a tough 0-for-9 from three-point range.
Senior Terrell Terry added in nine points and seven boards for PBA while Matthew Gierl chipped in with six points and five rebounds off the bench.
Rollins was led by 17 points from Dave Diakite who did a majority of his damage at the free-throw line with 8-of-10 freebies falling in for points. Ian Scott added in 14 points while Jeremy Sharpe and Brown rounded out their double-digit scorers with 12 and 11 points respectively.
Both teams would struggle with turnovers on the night as PBA had 20 miscues while Rollins added in 16 turnovers of their own. Rollins also found their way to the charity stripe a total of 24 times while making 19 while PBA was just 9-of-11 from the line.