Sailfish Wins Battle of the Unbeatens Over Saints, 70-67
December 3, 2014
Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball put together a near picture-perfect second half to take down Flagler College in a battle of unbeaten teams on Wednesday night from the Rubin Arena, 70-67.
The loss was the first of the season for Flagler College, while Palm Beach Atlantic moves to 5-0 on the year.
PBA shot an eye-popping 50% (17-for-34) in the game’s second half after being held to just 29% (11-for-38) in the opening stanza. The Sailfish also pulled together on the defensive end as well, holding the Saints to just 31% (9-for-29) in the second session after FC shot 54% (15-for-28) in the first half.
With the Sailfish trailing by 12 heading into the break, senior Evin Graham knocked down a three at the buzzer to send PBA into the break down by nine. Palm Beach Atlantic came storming back to start the second half, going on a 10-2 run to kick things off. PBA was able to take the lead and actually led by as many as ten points with 5:31 to go in the game.
Flagler would not go quietly however, using a high-pressure defense to force a few Palm Beach Atlantic turnovers and knocking down five free throws along the way. The Saints tied the game up with just under a minute remaining in the game when PBA’s Ronnell Ross knocked down a mid-range jumper to give the Sailfish the lead for good.
Ross, who struggled with foul trouble in the first half, came up big for the Sailfish in the second stanza, scoring all 11 of his points while also adding eight rebounds. Fellow seniors Evin Graham and Garet Tucker did their share of the scoring as well, scoring 15 and 12 points respectively. Graham also added six rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block.
Crashing the senior double-digit scoring party was junior Michael Simpson, who also finished with 12 points. Senior Clark Major added 12 huge rebounds and seven points off the bench.
Palm Beach Atlantic returns to action on Friday night when they travel to No. 6 Florida Southern College as part of a men’s and women’s double-header. The men’s contest will begin at approximately 7:30 pm, following the 5:30 pm women’s game.