Sailfish Hold Off Gallitos in 78-73 Win
November 23, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- In a game where neither team saw an advantage any larger than six points, the Sailfish were able to buckle down and hit their final eight free throws to beat the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, 78-83, bringing the Sailfish to 2-2 on the year.
The Sailfish were led offensively by Derick Yepes’ 19 points, knocking down 9-of-11 free throws and hitting 2-3 from long range. Yepes was followed by Bakari Warthen’s 16 points and five rebounds.
The Sailfish jumped out to an early lead, but were never able to spread the gap as the Gallitos kept the pace, matching PBA’s 27 made buckets from the field, and hit nine three-pointers.
The game went back-and-forth until PBA took a one-point lead with 2:11 left in the second half that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. An offensive rebound and put-back by Lucas Morales with one minute left gave the ‘Fish a three-point lead that they would hold on to until the 11 second mark when Rio Piedras’ Carmelo Betancourt finished a layup in the paint to bring the game within one.
The Sailfish were able to widen their margin thanks to a Gallitos turnover with seven seconds left and clutch free throw shooting from Yepes and Michael Simpson to close things out.
The Sailfish capitalized scoring 27 points off Puerto Rico turnovers, and scored 40 points on the night inside the paint. The ‘Fish shot tremendously from the charity strip knocking down 17 of 22 attempts.
Palm Beach Atlantic will be back in action Friday, Nov. 27 as they take on Valdosta State University in game one of the Valdosta State Classic. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. The Sailfish will be back in the Rubin Arena Friday, Dec. 5 as they host Barry University, scheduled for 4 p.m.