Sailfish Can't Hold Halftime Lead, Fall to No. 4 Bellarmine
December 19, 2016
Written By: TJ Budd, Sports Information Director
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An early second half lead fell by the wayside as the Sailfish fell to No. 4 Bellarmine 82-70 in the finale of the PBA Holiday Hoops Classic inside Rubin Arena.
The ‘Fish (4-7) ended the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 38-33 lead into the break. PBA overcame a six-point deficit to grab their largest lead of the game as four players scored during the run. In the second half the Knights (10-0) answered to take a 39-38 lead just over two minutes into the period. PBA retook the lead on a bucket by Rachael Holehouse but the Knights again tied it up at 44-44 on a triple from Katie Downey.
Bellarmine outscored the ‘Fish 17-6 over the final 5:09 of the quarter to take an 11 point lead into the final quarter. The ‘Fish cut into the lead early in the quarter thanks to a rare five-point possession where Ayana Holmes nailed a three in the corner and off the ball the Knights were whistled for a foul. On the ensuing play it was Holehouse getting inside to score and cutting the Knights lead to four at 61-57. The Knights hit threes on back-to-back possessions to push the lead back to double digits, proving to be too much for the Sailfish to overcome.
Holmes finished the game with 17 points and six rebounds while Holehouse added 10 points and a game-high eight assists. Hannah Grim led all players with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Sailfish shot just 40 percent in the second half after connecting at a 53.3 percent clip in the first half. They finished the game at 46.7 percent, better than Bellarmine’s 44.4 percent. The Knights had the advantage in two big areas, second chance points and free throws. Bellarmine scored 20 second chance points to PBA’s seven though the ‘Fish outrebounded the Knights 38-37 on the night. Bellarmine also made 20-of-27 at the free throw line while PBA was just 10-of-19.
The Sailfish will get some time off before playing at Saint Leo on Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. They return home on Jan. 4 to host Eckerd at 5:30 p.m.