2001-02-24 / Sports

BCHS Dolphins In PSAL Playoffs

By Emanuel Jalonschi

The Beach Channel High School basketball program has enjoyed a fair amount of varied success this past year. Both boys and girls basketball made the playoffs, but they did it in two very different ways. While the boys’ team snuck into the PSAL outbrackets, the girls’ team entered the playoffs strong and on a roll. The Lady Dolphins won their division comfortably with a record of 12-2. The boys’ team ended the season with a final record of 7-9.

The BCHS boys’ basketball team, which was seeded 31, was scheduled to play stiff competition in the first round of the playoffs. They were squared off against number two seed, William E. Grady High School. Unfortunately, they lost and as of press-time no further details were made available on the score or statistics of the game.

The girls fared quite a bit better. Seeded number two in their bracket, their first game was against number four William H. Taft. The girls handily defeated Taft by a score of 52-31. Beach Channel was led by Shanna Hamilton (12.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg on the season) and Quianna McBean (13.2 ppg) who had twenty points apiece. Between the two of them they had nearly 80 percent of BCHS’ points. They were helped by Krystal Hill, who provided six assists. Overall, it was a very dominating and thorough victory.

The girls then faced Telecommunications High School who handily defeated Humanities High in the previous round by a score of 48-26. The Beach Channel Dolphins came out strong again and defeated the Telecommunications Yellowjackets by a convincing 15 point margin with a final score of 55-40.

The girls’ team has just been seeded for the next round of the PSAL playoffs. According to the latest information available, they will face The HS of Health Profession and Human Services Vipers. The Vipers had a near perfect season this year. Their record is a dazzling 13-1 and their only loss was a 3-point squeaker to the HS of Humanities. The Vipers will be formidable opponents for the Dolphins. The Vipers feature a tough-rebounding and burly team. They have three starters that average around 7 rebounds and two starters that average double-figures in scoring.

Possible future opponents include high-flying Grover Cleveland who is lead by Jennifer Barenboim. So far, in the PSAL playoffs, she is averaging 18.5 ppg. The might also be pitted against hard-nosed defensive specialists Brandeis. In the second-round they held Bayside to 25 points including a 1 point third quarter. In the first round, they slaughtered William Maxwell HS by a score 58-14.

Either one of these opponents would serve as an extremely difficult challenge for the Dolphins. Still they look strong and led by second year head coach Victor Nazario they will probably fare well.

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