Late Turnovers Cost Sailfish
February 4, 2017
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Leading by a bucket with 3:48 to play, Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball (10-11, 6-8 SSC) committed five turnovers over a 2:29 time frame resulting in a 12-2 run for Florida Southern College (9-13, 7-6 SSC), giving the Mocs a 84-76 lead with 1:19 to play. While the Sailfish managed to outscore FSC down the final 1:19, it was not enough, as the Mocs defeated PBA 91-85 Saturday afternoon in the Rubin Arena.
Four Sailfish hit the double-figure mark in scoring on the afternoon, with two of them grabbing double-figure rebounds for two PBA double-doubles on the day. Junior Grant Gullett and Lucas Morales picked up the double-doubles for the ‘Fish. The double-doubles were Gullett’s second of the season and Morales’ third of the campaign.
Gullett, a native of Pflugerville, Texas, led both teams in scoring and rebounds with 22 and 13 on the day. Morales, the Oakland, Fla. native finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dakota Zinser finished with 19 points on the afternoon, hitting 7-of-12 from the field, including a pair from distance, and three from the stripe. Shavanno Cooper finished with 11 points, hitting 5-of-10 from the field, with one being from distance.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, as neither team as their lead grow more than four points in the half. More often than not, the Sailfish led in the first half, but the Mocs tied things up several times over the first 20 minutes. The first half contained 10 lead changes and eight different occasions with the score being drawn at even. Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Southern both 42 percent from the field in the opening half, as the ‘Fish hit on 16-of-38 while the Mocs connected on 14-of-33. At the first buzzer, teams headed to their locker rooms with the Sailfish out in front 39-37.
The Sailfish started off hot in the second half, as their lead grew from four to 12 with just 8:04 remaining in regulation. That did not hold for long, as the ‘Fish hit just six of their final 15 attempts of the game while committing six turnovers, getting outscored 33-15 over the final eight minutes, to lose 91-85.
All five Florida Southern College starters finished in double-digit scoring figures, as both Tyler Ross and Jarel Spellman each finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
The Sailfish return to Rubin Arena Wednesday night, as they take on Barry University, with a scheduled tip-off of 7:30 p.m.