Sailfish Play Hard but Fall Short in Knocking Off Eckerd in Tight Contest

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

Salim Fauras (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Nice Effort Off the Bench in Saturday's 68-60 Loss Versus Eckerd College with 16 Points. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Salim Fauras (Pictured) Gave the Fish a Nice Effort Off the Bench in Saturday's 68-60 Loss Versus Eckerd College with 16 Points. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A slow offensive pace coupled with great team defense on both sides was the story through much of Saturday’s South Region battle between Palm Beach Atlantic and Eckerd College. The two teams frustrated one another early on only to see Eckerd put together enough offense in the second-half to topple the Sailfish in men’s basketball action by a final tally of 68-60.

The Sailfish (1-16) gave the athletic and defensive-minded Tritons (11-4) all they could handle for a full 40 minutes as each EC effort to bury PBA was met with a Sailfish comeback.

Perhaps PBA’s biggest challenge came from the game clock as there was simply just not enough time for the Fish to edge out the bigger and faster Tritons.

A slow first-half ended with EC holding a 27-19 lead at the break as they shook off a hot start by Palm Beach Atlantic that included the Fish holding a 14-9 lead with 7:06 remaining in the half.

A 12-0 run by the Tritons would unfortunately ensue as they began forcing PBA into some mistakes and cashing in on the fast-break.

The second-half began with a Darrian Mack jumper just 25 ticks in that would extend the EC lead to double-digits at 29-19. PBA would put forth one of their many counter-blows on the night however as they clawed their way back within three points a few minutes later as Marko Djekovic came through with a layup that cut the EC lead to just 36-33 with 15:25 to play.

From that point EC would manage to put some distance between themselves and the opposition as they went in front by as many as 12 points on two separate occasions.

A few late baskets including a bucket from senior Salim Fauras and a 3-pointer from Matt Roy got the Fish within seven points with under a minute left but they would simply run out of time as EC closed out the game at the free-throw line.

Fauras put together another solid showing by coming off the bench to tie for game-high scoring honors of 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting including a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and another 2-of-2 at the charity stripe.

Nate Vera also topped double-figures with 10 points in 37 minutes.

Eckerd was paced by a player off the bench as well with freshman sharpshooter E.J. Moody knocking down 16 points including 4-of-7 from deep.

The Fish will travel to Saint Leo University for their next contest by taking on the Lions on Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 pm.

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