Sailfish Dominate on Their Way to a Route of Trinity College
January 20, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- A total of 12 players scored at least two points for the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team on Monday afternoon as the Sailfish hosted Trinity (Fla.) College at the Rubin Arena. Taking to the floor for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee the ‘Fish used a late scoring spurt in the first-half to create some separation on the scoreboard and proceeded to cruise in the second-half for an 87-64 victory over the Tigers.
Head coach David Balza saw playing time for every active player on the roster for Palm Beach Atlantic (7-11) with no player playing more than 21 minutes in the contest. The ‘Fish will now turn their focus to a matchup on Wednesday with Rollins College at 7 pm once again at the Rubin Arena.
An early barrage of outside shooting by Trinity (4-7) kept things close in the early stages of the first-half but a 14-3 run by the Sailfish to end the period quickly gave the ‘Fish the halftime lead they sought. Shooting 50-percent (12-24) overall from the floor and 77.3-percent (17-22) at the charity stripe by PBA led to a 45-29 lead into intermission.
Junior Evin Graham netted 11 points to lead all scorers in the first-half as the Fort Myers, Fla. native knocked down 5-of-7 shots from the floor while adding three assists and two rebounds.
The strong end to the first-half carried over into the second-half for PBA as the lead ballooned to as many as 31 points when Stefan Dombrowsky made good on an old-fashioned three-point play with 7:34 remaining as PBA was in full control up 73-42.
The Sailfish relied heavily on their reserves in the second-half and saw some strong performances in the stat sheet. Senior Ian Sitz tied for the team lead with 13 points in the contest which included a thunderous slam in the lane on a feed from Marcus Hardy. Sitz finished 5-of-7 from the floor and added in four rebounds in 15 total minutes.
Starters Ronnell Ross (10 points) and Alan Hardy (10 points) joined the double-digit scoring efforts on the day while Graham finished with 13 points. Senior Marko Djekovic put together a strong all-around performance for the ‘Fish with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes of duty.
Marcus Hardy added nine points while Clayton Williams contributed a pair of treys to put in six points. Senior Johnny Lantz finished with five points.
Trinity was paced by a game-high 14 points from Kevin Brown while Kornilous Donnell contributed 10 points off the Tigers’ bench.