Sailfish Drop a Nail-Biter to Nova Southeastern, 79-78

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With one second on the clock and the ‘Fish trailing by a point, the last-effort Milos Kostic attempt fell just short, resulting in a 79-78 defeat for Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team. With the loss Saturday afternoon, the ‘Fish are now 11-8 on the season.

After the game opening up in favor of the ‘Fish via a Derick Yepes three-pointer, the Sharks of Nova Southeastern quickly responded with a three of their own, and were quickly able to to extend their lead to six on the following possession. The ‘Fish were able to cut the deficit down less than 60 seconds later, and the opening eight minutes of the game, each team exchanged blows back and forth without either team gaining more than a four-point lead. Following a Sailfish timeout at the 7:56 mark, momentum turned in favor of the Sharks, which allowed Nova to build an 11-point lead with five minutes remaining in the half. The ‘Fish were able to chip away, but still trailed by four at the half, 41-37.

The second half opened up in favor of the Blue and White, as the Sailfish were able to swing momentum in their favor, taking a seven-point lead over the opening seven minutes of the second half. The ‘Fish were able to capitalize with 13:12 left when Bakari Warthen knocked down three-of-four free throws thanks to back-to-back technical fouls on the Sharks head coach, giving the Sailfish a 10-point advantage.

With six and a half minutes left in the game, and the Sailfish leading 69-61, Nova Southeastern’s Chris Page went on to score 14 of NSU’s final 18 points of the contest, outscoring the entire Sailfish team in that span, 14-to-9; including a go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining in the contest. The Sailfish had an opportunity to win the contest, but were unable to finish, falling to Nova Southeastern 79-78.

The ‘Fish had four reach double-figures in scoring on the afternoon; with Bakari Warthen leading the way. The freshman from West Palm Beach finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.

For the ninth time this season, Malek Barber finished in double-figures, finishing with 16 points. The freshman also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists, picked two steals, and added a block.

Also for his ninth time this season, Derick Yepes finished in double-figure scoring. The senior scored an even 10 points, while grabbing four rebounds and two steals.

Milos Kostic picked up his sixth double-figure scoring performance on the year, scoring 15 on the afternoon, hitting three-of-five from distance. Kostic also dished out three assists and snagged two rebounds.

The Sharks were led offensively by Harrison Goodrich and Chris Page; Goodrich finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Page finished with 24 points, with 14 of his 24 coming in the final six minutes of the game.

The Sailfish are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 3 as they travel to Lakeland, Fla. to take on the defending NCAA D2 National Champions Florida Southern College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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