Sailfish Rally in Second Half for First Win over Rollins

Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director

Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic trailed for the entire first half and most of the third quarter but a triple by Darsan DeShazier gave the ‘Fish the lead for good as PBA defeated Rollins for the first time in school history, 62-48, on Saturday afternoon at Warden Arena.

Ayanna Holmes led the ‘Fish (6-9) all night, battling in the paint and earning trip after trip to the free throw line. The junior finished with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds. Her point total ties a season-high set just a week ago against Florida Tech. She finished 6-of-11 from the floor and 9-of-13 from the free throw line. Holmes also added four steals.

The ‘Fish held Rollins (8-7) to just 14 points in the second half as Janelle Cannon outscored the Tars all by herself after halftime, 15-14. The senior finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, making 8-of-9 from the free throw line as the team made 22-of-32 from the stripe on the afternoon. Rollins only took five shots at the free throw line, making four.

Neither team shot well from the floor as PBA connected at just a 33.3 percent clip while the home side was worse at 27.9 percent. Both teams hit six treys with Hannah Grim leading PBA with two from downtown and finished the game with nine points and eight rebounds.

Nina Krstic led PBA with nine rebounds as the ‘Fish edged the Tars 45-44 in the battle on the boards. Krstic scored four points and four steals on the day as well. Rachael Holehouse led the team with five assists and also picked up a pair of rebounds

PBA trailed the entire first half, never even trying the contest but came out differently in the second half. The ‘Fish turned around a 34-29 halftime deficit to quickly tie the game at 37-37 with 5:24 to go in the third quarter on the second of two free throws by Cannon. DeShazier gave the ‘Fish their first lead at 40-39 three minutes later and a three by the sophomore with 1:50 to play in the quarter put PBA on top for good at 43-41.

An 8-0 run to start the fourth put PBA in the driver’s seat as the lead grew to nine. The Tars bounced back to close within three at 51-48 with 7:07 to play but the ‘Fish ended the game on an 11-0 run to give them their third straight win of the season.

The three-game winning streak is the longest since the team won three in a row to start the 2011-12 season.

The win over Rollins marks the first time the ‘Fish have defeated the Tars in 21 attempts.

The ‘Fish continue their three-game road trip with a short trip to Lynn University on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip against the Fighting Knights.

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