Rollins Hot Start Leads to Big Finish as Tars Spoil Sailfish Home Opener
November 28, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Blessed with a deep and talented roster and the experience to boot the Rollins College men’s basketball team flexed their muscle on the hardwood Wednesday night before a large crowd of excited fans at the Rubin Arena. A slow start by the Sailfish shooters hurt their chances in upending the interior size of the Tars as Rollins rolled to an 89-54 win over the Fish.
Keeping with their early-season trends the Tars utilized a balanced scoring effort in defeating their third opponent in four tries.
Adam Allen led four Tars (3-1) players in double-figures with 18 points off the bench thanks to his good work from the outside as he posted a 7-of-10 shooting performance including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in 19 minutes of action.
The Sailfish (1-5) on the other side were forced to play from behind early and their efforts to close the gap with the three-ball were left unfulfilled as they knocked down only 4-of-29 shots from deep.
Rollins moved in front 11-8 on an Allen trey with 14:18 remaining in the first-half and never looked back. They built a first-half advantage to as many as 17 points before pushing things to as large a gap as 36 points in the second-half.
PBA’s top scoring tandem of Marcus Hardy and Dante Valentine were each targeted members of Rollins defensive schemes as Hardy was held to 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting and Valentine to just five points on 2-of-12 from the field including 1-of-7 from behind the three-point line.
Freshman Jonathan Kreidt was a bright spot off the bench for the Sailfish as he netted a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.
The Sailfish will look to get back in the winner’s circle by hosting Flagler College their next time out which won’t be until Saturday, December 8th at 4 pm.