Missed Opportunities Cost Sailfish as ‘Fish Fall 97-84 to Saint Leo
February 17, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball team (12-12) fell to the Saint Leo University Lions (16-9) 97-84 Wednesday night in the Rubin Arena. The Sailfish shot themselves in the foot turning the ball over 20 times on the night, and missing 15 free-throws.
The first half opened up a very high paced affair in the Rubin, with both teams scoring over 20 points in the game’s first seven minutes. The ‘Fish gained the first real margin of the game, following a Trey Koonce layup with 10:30 remaining the first half, the Blue and White jumped out to a 10-point advantage, and looked as if they would be heading to their 13th win on the season. The Sailfish held onto their lead for the remainder of the half, but the Lions chipped away at the Sailfish lead, heading into halftime with the ‘Fish out in front 54-52.
The Lions quickly opened the second half tying up the contest at 54 a piece, and worked their way to a slim lead. Both clubs exchanged baskets over the next few minutes, but a Milos Kostic layup with 15:57 on the clock would give the Sailfish their final lead of the game. The Lions capitalized by scoring 17 points in the second half off of nine Sailfish turnovers, leading way to a 13-point final advantage for the Lions.
Despite the loss, four Sailfish finished in double figures on the night. Bakari Warthen and Shavanno Cooper each surpassed the 20 point plateau. Warthen finished with 22 points and five rebounds, Cooper finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Michael Simpson ended the night with 11 points while dishing our four assists. The senior from Spring, Texas hit three-of-eight from distance on the night. Milos Kostic finished with an even 10 points.
Trey Koonce was key off the bench Wednesday night, the red-shirt freshman scored nine points while hitting both attempts from three-point land. Derick Yepes led the way for the Sailfish in rebounds and assists, snagging 10 boards and dishing out eight assists.
The Lions were led offensively by Marcus Dewberry and Tyreece Brice, the duo finished with 33 and 26 points, respectively.
The Sailfish are off this weekend and will be back in action Wednesday, Feb. 24 as they hit the road to Melbourne for their final road trip of the regular season to face the Florida Tech Panthers at 7:30 p.m. The ‘Fish will conclude their regular season next Saturday, Feb. 27 in the Rubin Arena. The Sailfish will honor their four seniors, Nigel Sydnor, Michael Simpson, Derick Yepes, and Giles Chapman as they host Rollins College at 4:00 p.m.