Rollins Knocks Off Sailfish in Season Opener
November 12, 2013
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s basketball team made their long-anticipated debut on Tuesday evening by taking on Rollins College in Winter Park at the Warden Arena. After trailing by nine points at the break the ‘Fish were unable to upset the tradition-rich Tars as RC expanded upon their lead for a final tally of 83-61.
Blessed with a pair of games already under their belt following a weekend trip to Las Vegas the Tars (1-2) shot over 50-percent in both halves on Tuesday while finishing with a 51.7-percent mark (31-60) from the field. On the flip side the Sailfish (0-1) were limited to a 40-percent (20-50) showing that ultimately made the difference in the contest.
The first-half saw the Tars jump in front early and withstand a few solid PBA runs to capture a 41-30 lead at the break as Evin Graham and Adam Allen each poured in 13 first-half points to pace their respective squads.
A layup from Lukas Winegarner with 2:53 remaining in the first-half gave the Tars their biggest lead of the half with a 40-19 advantage only to see the Fish put together a ferocious final stretch to cut the lead back to a manageable nine points.
A basket underneath from Marcus Hardy followed by a pair of Graham free-throws set the stage for back-to-back 3-pointers from Clayton Williams and Graham to close out the half with PBA on a 12-0 run.
The Sailfish would continue their momentum in the early stages of the second-half by cutting into the Tars advantage even further as a Ronnell Ross triple trimmed the lead to only seven points (44-37). Quickly following however would be a counter-punch from the home team as Rollins pushed the PBA deficit back to as many as 22 points down the stretch for the final score.
Graham led all PBA scorers with his 13 points, all coming in the first-half, as he managed a 2-of-6 shooting night while knocking down all eight of his free-throws in 25 minutes of court time.
Williams was next in line with 10 points while Christian Martinez added in nine points while hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Hardy led the team with seven rebounds while adding in six points as he finished 3-of-8 from the floor.
The Tars placed four players in double-figures including a game-high 20 points from Allen while Mitch Woods poured in 17 points with five assists.
The biggest differential of the night came in the turnovers department as Rollins forced PBA into 17 turnovers while leading 23-9 in points off turnovers.
PBA will look to get in the win column on Saturday, Nov. 16th when they host Northwood (Fla.) University at 2 pm in the team’s home opener as a part of Homecoming. All PBA Alumni will be admitted free.