Sailfish Show Toughness in 56-53 Win on the Road at Lynn

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

The PBA Defense Limited Lynn University to a 35.7 Percent Shooting Effort on Saturday Evening as PBA Prevailed 56-53 in Boca Raton, Fla. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.The PBA Defense Limited Lynn University to a 35.7 Percent Shooting Effort on Saturday Evening as PBA Prevailed 56-53 in Boca Raton, Fla. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

BOCA RATON, Fla.- A low scoring affair that featured momentum shifts for both sides finished with a Sailfish victory on Saturday evening as the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team knocked off Lynn University by the score of 56-53. The victory lifts the Sailfish to 5-9 on the season as they earned their first victory of the calendar year.

Neither team was able to muster much offensive consistency on the day however much of that can be attributed to the defensive intensity put forth by both of the Palm Beach County teams.

Trailing 25-14 with 6:21 to go in the first-half it appeared the Sailfish might be looking at a season sweep to the Fighting Knights (6-5) as Lynn continued to utilize their athleticism and superior size inside to gain the early advantage.

Things would shift in a big way down the stretch of the opening period however as the ‘Fish rattled off a 14-5 run to close out the half and go into the break trailing by just a 30-28 margin.

Palm Beach Atlantic finished 10-of-25 (40-percent) from the field in the opening half while cashing in on 5-of-6 attempts from the free-throw line while Lynn shot 13-of-33 (25-percent) from the floor and made only 1-of-2 at the charity stripe in the opening stanza.

After trading baskets in the early goings of the second-half the Sailfish began to push ahead when junior Marcus Hardy netted two free-throws at the 11:53 mark to put the ‘Fish in front for what would turn out to be a final time.

The PBA advantage would swell to as many as seven points but the defensive struggle by both teams kept the Knights within striking distance.

After the Knights trimmed the PBA advantage down to 50-47 with 4:30 to play the ‘Fish turned to senior Christian Martinez who would knock down one of his four 3-pointers on the night to put PBA back in front by six points. The Martinez shot came with the shot clock winding down and the Miami native twisting his way for an acrobatic heave toward the basket where he found nothing but net.

Lynn would have a chance late following a PBA foul on Kaleb Clyburn’s three-point attempt sent the Knights guard to the line with eight seconds remaining , three-free throws to come and his team trailing by three points. After missing the first and making the second free-throw to trim the PBA lead to just two points the LU guard missed his third attempt with PBA grabbing the rebound and LU forced to foul.

Following a 1-of-2 free-throw trip for Marcus Hardy the Knights had one last chance at a potential game-tying three-pointer only to see it clang off the rim just before the buzzer sounded that ended the game and gave the Sailfish a victory.

The Sailfish knocked down 10-of-21 (43.5-percent) shots from the field in the second-half while limiting LU to only seven made baskets in 30 attempts (30.4-percent) in the half. Both teams were 7-of-12 at the foul line in the second-half.

Martinez did all his damage from beyond the three-point line as he led PBA with 12 points on 4-of-7 shots from deep in 17 minutes of action. Clayton Williams was the only other PBA scorer to reach double digits as he added 10 points including a couple of key late baskets for the ‘Fish.

Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 14 points on the night for Lynn while adding in 14 rebounds. Fred Landers and Haki Stampley each chipped in 10 points for the Fighting Knights.

PBA will be back on the road against another Sunshine State Conference foe in Barry University on Tues., Jan. 7th as part of another men’s and women’s basketball double-header. The game is slated for a 7:30 tipoff following the women’s contest.

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