Michael Stones' Layup Wins It For The Sailfish, Beating Saint Leo 78-77
December 30, 2016
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
ST. LEO, Fla.- Trailing 77-76 with 8.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Michael Stones carried the ball up the court slicing through the Saint Leo defense and landing a perfect layup in the final second to win the game for Palm Beach Atlantic 78-77.
Trailing 75-69 with just under a minute and forty-five seconds to go, the ‘Fish turned things around quick for the comeback win. Following a steal and layup by Daktona Zinser that made the game 75-71, PBA forced a Saint Leo turnover at the 1:36 mark that led to Bakari Warthen knocking down two free throws to bring the ‘Fish within a bucket. The following possession Lucas Morales came up with a clutch defensive steal and drained a three-pointer at the other end to give PBA a 76-75 lead, their first since the first half. Following two made free throws by the Lions putting them ahead 77-76, Stones scored his layup to seal the victory for the Sailfish.
The Sailfish grabbed the opening basket of the game courtesy of a Malek Barber dunk, and held on to their initial lead until the 5:20 mark in the opening half as Saint Leo tied things up at 25. In the opening 15 minutes, PBA led by as many as nine before the Lions scrapped away and tied the game, eventually taking the lead away from PBA sending both teams into the half with Saint Leo leading 39-36.
The Lions continued their ways to open the second half, building their lead to as many as 12 with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Sailfish scrapped away at the lead before eventually taking a one-point lead on the Morales three-pointer in the final thirty seconds of the contest.
Four Sailfish finished in double-figures on the night. Barber led the way with 16, Stones finished with 15, Warthen ended with 12, and Grant Gullett scored 10 points.
The ‘Fish finished the night shooting 43.3 (29-of-67) percent from the field, hitting 44.4 (8-of-18) from distance. The Sailfish also knocked down 70.6 (12-of-17) percent from the charity stripe.
With the win, the Sailfish advance to 7-5 on the year overall, and are now 3-2 in the Sunshine State Conference. The ‘Fish return to action Monday night, as they travel to Jacksonville to take on Division I University of North Florida. The exhibition is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tipoff.