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Tars Can’t Cool Hot Shooting Sailfish

Jakobi Bonner
Jakobi Bonner

WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 10, 2018) – Rollins saw Palm Beach Atlantic jump out to a big halftime lead and couldn't catch up in the second as the Tars were dealt an 89-83 loss Saturday afternoon. 

The setback is a fourth-straight for Rollins and drops its record to 14-11 overall, 10-7 in Sunshine State Conference play. PBA improves to 13-14, 7-9 SSC. 

Jeff Merton led four players scoring in double figures for the Tars with 14 points. Deion Clark and Jack Fleming both scored 13. Jakobi Bonner added 12 points, five rebounds and four steals. 

Marshall Riddle hit six 3-pointers and netted 18 to lead PBA. De'Ondre Jackson tallied 17 points with Grant Gullett getting 15 points and nine rebounds. 

Rollins shot just 38 percent in the first half, but hit 60 percent in the second and ended the night 29-of-59 (49 percent) from the field. The Tars were just 13-of-33 from long range. The Sailfish shot 54 percent (30-55) and outrebounded Rollins 34-28. 

Palm Beach Atlantic hit its first eight shots and put Rollins down 20-6 after the first five minutes. Rollins came back to twice cut the lead to four, first on a Fleming 3-pointer and again after a Marcus Camacho triple. 

The Sailfish got hot again and led 38-26 with 3:45 left in the half and eventually put Rollins in a 42-31 hole at intermission. 

Rollins trailed by double digits for the first 10 minutes of the second half and were down 62-48 with 10:03 to play. Parker Davis hit from deep and sparked a 15-3 run that cut PBA's advantage to 65-63 with 6:56 left. Merton hit two big three's during the span.   

After a PBA a trio of PBA free throws, Rollins again got within a possession at the five minute mark, trailing 68-65. That would be as close as the Tars would get the rest of the way as PBA continued to hit from the stripe and keep Rollins at bay. 

The Tars will look to get back on track Wednesday, February 14 at Nova Southeastern. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Ft. Lauderdale. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network and SSC Digital Network at RollinsSports.com.