Cold First Half Shooting Ends Sailfish Win Streak

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team (10-7) saw their four-game win streak snapped Saturday afternoon at the hands of the No. 5 Eckerd College Tritons, 79-67. The ‘Fish were plagued by an ice-cold first half that not even a 50-point second half would be enough to bring the Sailfish back into the game.

The opening twenty minutes in the McArthur Center were completely in favor of the Tritons, as the ‘Fish shot a dismal 22.6 percent from the field, and were out-scored 45-17. Derick Yepes was the only Sailfish in the first half to score multiple buckets, as the senior was three-for-five for seven points. The Sailfish weren't helped at the charity stripe either, as they hit just two-of-eight in the opening half.

The second half faired more towards the Sailfish, with the ‘Fish outscoring the Tritons 50-34, but the first half deficit was too much to overcome. As a team, PBA shot 42.9 percent from the field in the second half, including six three-pointers. Bakari Warthen led the Sailfish down the stretch, scoring 10 second half points.

Warthen led the Sailfish offensively on the afternoon. The freshman from West Palm Beach, Fla. scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds, and snatched two steals.

Derick Yepes finished second in scoring on the afternoon for the Sailfish. The senior from Lehigh, Fla. scored11 points, grabbed four boards, dished out four assists, and picked two steals.

The Tritons had four reach double-figures in scoring, and were led by Bradley Reibel’s 15.

The Sailfish return to Rubin Arena Wednesday, Jan. 27 as they host Embry-Riddle starting at 7:30 p.m.

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