WINTER PARK, Fla. (November 13, 2019) – Rollins was down 19 late in the second half and came screaming back to make it a four-point game in the final seconds, but the comeback ran out of time as the Tars fell to Warner 100-95 in the home opener Wednesday.
Jakobi Bonner led the way for Rollins (2-1) with 20 points as six players scored in double figures. Brooks Cluxton added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Trevor Recio tallied 13 points and eight rebounds. Both Hutton Yenor and Parker Davis scored 11 while Dayton Gumm netted 10.
The Tars shot 52 percent from the field, but were just 25-of-42 at the free throw line, which proved to be the difference. Warner (7-0) hit 48 percent from the field and made good on 30-of-36 free throws.
Darryl Mercer scored 22 to lead Warner (7-0); a team that came into the game averaging 107 points a game. Maxwell Benoit added 18 off the bench.
Rollins scored the first points of the game, but were down by eight after the first eight minutes of the game. The deficit grew to as many as 13 before a 14-3 run got the Tars to within 46-44 with 1:42 left the half.
Warner took a 51-44 lead into the locker room.
After grabbing a one-point lead early in the second, Rollins went cold from the field and fell into an 84-65 hole with 6:25 left.
The Tars slowly chipped away and closed to within 95-84 with less than a minute to go. After a Warner bucket, Davis raced up the court for a quick lay-in and then stole the inbound pass, hitting Cade Long for a triple to cut the lead to six. Davis again nabbed the inbound pass and found Cluxton for another quick bucket and got Rollins to within 95-91 with 27 seconds left.
The Royals called time out and broke the Tars pressure on the next possession, but Cluxton converted his own put-back in on the next trip down the court to again get Rollins to within 97-94.
Rollins then quickly fouled and Warner was able to ice the game at the line, going 3-4 at the stripe in crunch time.
The Tars are right back in action on Friday, November 15 hosting Lake Erie College at 7 p.m. Fans can check out the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.