Tars Pull Away Late as Sailfish Men's Hoops Continue Skid

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Box Score

WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball team traveled to Rollins College on Wednesday night looking to stop their recent losing streak and take a season sweep of the Tars. Despite playing a solid first-half that left PBA up by four points, the Tars battled back and took the contest by a final score of 73-57.

Palm Beach Atlantic (8-12) dropped their fifth straight game as they are in the midst of one of their toughest stretches of opponents of the 2008-2009 season. Always tough on their home court at the Walden Center, Rollins (13-4) had revenge on their mind after dropping a tough 82-78 overtime game back on December 3rd at PBA’s Rubin Arena and improved to 8-1 on their home floor.

The first half of action featured a back-and-forth series of plays by both teams as the Sailfish entered halftime clinging to a 30-26 lead. The Sailfish did this while not shooting a single free-throw attempt in the first-half while the Tars visited the charity stripe ten times, connecting on seven chances.

The second 20 minutes of action unfortunately would mostly belong to the Tars as they outscored the visiting Sailfish by a total of 47-27 to take the victory. The undersized Fish did all they could to hang with the Tars including grabbing 13 offensive rebounds and scoring eight points on the fast break.

After taking a 14-13 lead midway through the first-half, the Sailfish wouldn’t relinquish the lead until the second-half when Kevin Hogan drilled a three-pointer to put the Tars up 41-40 with 11:56 remaining in the ball game.

Try as they might the Sailfish would never gain the lead back as the Tars slowly began to pull away down the stretch. Much of their damage came at the free-throw line where they took full advantage of 38 total opportunities in the game including cashing in on 28 of those attempts. PBA finished the night 6-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Looking to shake things up with his starting lineup, PBA head coach Terry Primm went with an even smaller lineup that usual with the addition of DeAndre Williams, giving him four guards and 6’2” forward Anthony Gugino on the floor.

Jonathan Lawrence led the Fish on the night with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. Senior David Powell was the only other Sailfish player to reach double-figures as the Hollywood, Florida native came away with 13 points, four rebounds, and two steals in 26 minutes of court time.

Williams led the Sailfish rebounding efforts with seven boards while also adding a trio of steals for the junior college transfer by way of Seminole Community College.

The Tars were paced by 22 points from Hogan who connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field including a solid 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Nick Wolf followed Hogan in the scoring column with 17 points while Jeremy Sharpe, who was fresh off a 32-point outburst against Nova Southeastern University, added in 11 points. Zach Pancratz chipped in 10 points including eight from the line.

The Sailfish will have the remainder of the week off before getting ready to host West Palm Beach rival Northwood University on Monday, January 26th at 7 pm in the Rubin Arena. The night will also be a tribute to PBA Hall of Famer Jay McCormick who passed away in November after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Pre-game festivities honoring Jay will begin at 6:30 pm. For More Information Click Here.

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