Overtime Stings the Fish Again; Barry Hands PBA Tough Defeat

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

Sailfish Junior Guard Christian Martinez (Pictured) Tallied 14 Points for PBA in Their Overtime Loss Versus Barry University on Wednesday at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.Sailfish Junior Guard Christian Martinez (Pictured) Tallied 14 Points for PBA in Their Overtime Loss Versus Barry University on Wednesday at the Rubin Arena. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish and Buccaneers men’s basketball teams know a little bit about overtime. The two South Florida universities squared off on Wednesday evening before a solid crowd at the Rubin Arena as Barry University topped Palm Beach Atlantic by a score of 73-68 in BU’s fifth overtime game of the season while PBA went to extra time for the third time in the past two weeks.

A heated battle from the opening tip, neither team saw their lead stretch into double-figures during regulation or overtime as the Bucs (7-6) did just enough to end their three game skid while the Fish (1-13) fell for the 11th straight contest.

The final minutes of regulation provided the most drama during the midweek battle between the Fish and the Bucs as a Matt Roy 3-pointer gave PBA a 66-64 lead with just over a minute to play.

On the next possession however the Black and Red would have a response as Justin McCoy connected on a long two-point bucket to knot the score at 66-66.

Both teams would have their opportunity at a game-winner however neither would find pay dirt.

Entering overtime it became a battle at the free-throw line as Barry made good on 7-of-8 attempts at the charity stripe despite not delivering on a field-goal attempt (0-4) in the extra period.

The Fish would go cold as well in the overtime period as they missed all ten of their shots in OT including 0-for-5 from beyond the arc to go along with two free-throws.

The first-half of the contest witnessed a red-hot effort from PBA as they managed a 54.5-percent (12-22) shooting mark while netting five 3-pointers.

They entered the lockeroom at the break on a high note as senior Dante Valentine scored the team’s final five points including a trey just before the halftime horn sounded as the Fish trailed 37-35.

A quick bucket by PBA’s Christian Martinez saw PBA tie the game to begin the second-half while they took a lead a few minutes later on a Marcus Hardy layup with 18:35 to play.

The Sailfish advantage would stretch to as many as five points but they were unable to put away the scrappy Bucs.

Things continued to be tight the rest of the way until forcing the overtime period.

Both squads provided balanced scoring outputs with Valentine leading all scorers with 16 points (13 in the first-half) on 6-of-11 shooting including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Atlanta, Georgia native added six rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes.

Martinez and Hardy also topped double-figures with Martinez netting 14 points and Hardy adding in 12 points.

Barry was paced by 13 points from McCoy and a pair of bench players registering 14 points each in Magne Fivelstad and Aaron Martin.

The Bucs finished with a 39-32 edge in the rebounding department while also making 31 trips to the foul line compared to just 18 attempts for PBA. The Sailfish forced the Bucs into 16 turnovers while committing only 12 offensive mistakes.

The Fish will look to regroup as they will travel to Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, January 19 for their contest as they will battle Florida Southern College at 4 pm.

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