Tars Fast Start Too Much for Palm Beach Atlantic to Overcome

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

Dante Valentine (Pictured, Center) Led PBA in Points (16), Rebounds (8) and Assists (5) in Saturday's Loss at Rollins College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Dante Valentine (Pictured, Center) Led PBA in Points (16), Rebounds (8) and Assists (5) in Saturday's Loss at Rollins College. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla.- An 18-2 run from Rollins College to start Saturday’s contest between the Tars and Sailfish men’s basketball teams at the Walden Arena would be enough to bury a potential PBA comeback effort as RC defeated PBA by a final score of 86-68. The Tars would connect on 15 of their first 20 field-goal attempts as they shot out of the gate on the way to their 11th victory of the season.

Credit the Sailfish (1-12) efforts after the rough start as they never quit and put pressure on the Tars (11-12) to maintain their advantage throughout. Rollins entered the game having received votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll.

The Fish would trail by as many 32 points in the first-half as Rollins settled in for a 54-24 lead at the break.

After hitting 63.3-percent (19-30) of their shots in the opening half, the Tars were slowed by the PBA pressure in the second stanza as they managed only a 47.6-percent (10-21) mark. The Sailfish shooters found success in the second-half as they connected on 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc and 15-of-18 at the free-throw line as they looked to force their way back into contention.

PBA outscored Rollins by a 44-32 margin in the second-half but would have to settle for the 18-point defeat.

The Sailfish were paced by 16-point performances from sophomore Marcus Hardy and senior Dante Valentine while Valentine also led the team’s efforts in rebounding (eight) and assists (five) in 38 minutes.

Salim Fauras put together his second straight solid performance off the Blue and White bench with 11 points while Jonathan Kreidt chipped in 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 at the free-throw line.

The Tars were led by two of their six NCAA Division I transfers in former University of Central Florida player Dave Diakite with 25 points and former University of Florida Gator Adam Allen with 20 points.

Rollins collected 24 assists compared to 12 for PBA while holding a 33-24 edge in rebounding.

The Sailfish will take on yet another member of the Sunshine State Conference on Wednesday, January 16, when they square off against Barry University at 7 pm as part of a PBA-Barry basketball double-header with the women’s teams.

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