WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2020) – A slow start and two big scoring droughts had Rollins playing uphill all night as the Tars fell to Palm Beach Atlantic 92-80 on the road Saturday.
Jakobi Bonner led the way with 19 points and became the 42nd member of the Rollins 1000-points club. He ranks 39th on the Tars all-time scoring list with 1018 points. The senior also hauled in seven rebounds and had four assists at PBA.
The loss was a fourth-straight suffered by the Tars, dropping them to 8-7 overall and 2-5 in the Sunshine State Conference.
De'Ondre Jackson and Darhius Nunn both scored 24 to pace PBA (11-4, 4-3 SSC). Jules Jasmin scored 21.
The Sailfish went 17-of-26 from 3-point range and outrebounded Rollins 41-25, both big deciding factors in the game's outcome.
PBA's hot shooting at the start put Rollins in an 18-7 hole after five minutes of play. The Tars cut the deficit to six by the midway point of the first, but it grew to 14 (35-21) with 7:28 to play in the half.
Rollins trailed 47-32 at the 2:39 mark of the first and mounted a comeback, outscoring PBA 10-3 down the stretch to make it a 50-42 game at the half.
The Tars hot steak continued into the second with a Marion layup on the first possession getting Rollins to within 50-44. Two-straight scores from the Sailfish quickly put Rollins down 11, but Recio answered with buckets of his own that made the score 55-48 with 16:59 left.
That would be the Tars last field goal for nearly seven minutes until a Yenor jumper got Rollins to within 65-52 with 10:25 to play.
Rollins would again close to single digits, but would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Tars will look to bounce back with another trip to South Florida on Wednesday, January 15 with a visit to Lynn. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Boca Raton. Fans can catch the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.