Sailfish Men's Basketball Competes in Offensive Shootout to Open the Season in Pensacola

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Sophomore Marcus Hardy (Pictured) Finished as One of Four PBA Starters in Double-Figures in Scoring with 18 Points and Team-High Seven Rebounds.Sophomore Marcus Hardy (Pictured) Finished as One of Four PBA Starters in Double-Figures in Scoring with 18 Points and Team-High Seven Rebounds.

Box Score

PENSACOLA, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team opened their 2012-13 campaign on Friday evening by competing in the first of two games to be played at the University of West Florida for the McDonald Fleming Moorhead Tip-Off Classic this weekend. Battling the host Argonauts on Friday night, the two teams would both find an offensive rhythm while combining to shoot 74 free-throws as the Argos outlasted the Fish for a 100-91 victory.

The Sailfish (0-1) will look to rebound quickly and hope to return home with a weekend split as they will square off against Georgia College and State University on Saturday with another 4 pm tipoff.

Four of the five starters for Palm Beach Atlantic reached double-figures on the night including an impressive 30 points from newcomer Christian Martinez, a junior transfer from Broward College. Senior Salim Fauras and sophomore Marcus Hardy each chipped in solid totals of 19 and 18 points respectively while senior Nate Vera rounded out PBA’s double-digit scorers with 12 points.

After a quick 6-0 spurt to start the game by UWF (1-0), the Sailfish would settle in and begin to push the tempo as they tied the game for the first time at 10-10 with 12:50 to go in the first-half thanks to back-to-back treys from Hardy and Martinez.

The two teams would produce nine lead changes and eight ties during the first 20 minutes as neither team led by more than seven points in the first-half.

Trailing 31-24 following a Sean Voss bucket with 4:36 remaining in the half, the Fish started to lean on the strong outside shooting of Martinez who banged home back-to-back three-pointers while a pair of Hardy free-throws with 3:09 left gave the Fish a 35-33 lead.

A three-pointer from Fauras just a few seconds before the half left the visiting Sailfish with a 44-41 lead going into the break.

Martinez led the way with 16 points in the first-half while knocking down 4-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc.

The early stages of the second-half saw PBA’s lead grow to as many as seven points before a UWF comeback effort would ensue.

A cold shooting streak by PBA and the ability of UWF to work their way to the free-throw line allowed for a growing advantage for UWF that reached double-digits with 4:15 remaining in the game.

In total, the Argos outscored the Fish by a 61-47 margin in the second-half while shooting 72 percent (18-25) from the field and knocking down 23-of-30 attempts at the line. Both teams found success at the line for the game as PBA finished 23-of-30 (76.7%) from the line while UWF cashed in on 31-of-44 (70.5 p%) from the charity stripe.

The Argos saw five players reach double-figures in the game including three topping the 20 point mark. Tracy Williams led all scorers with 26 points while Ellis Young chipped in 21 points in only 19 minutes off the bench.

The Argos held the advantage on the glass with a 44-26 lead in rebounds while also forcing PBA into 21 turnovers.

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