Bayside Ends Beach Channel’s Championship Hopes
For anyone who has not seen the Bayside Lady Tigers in action, it is a sight to see when head coach Stephen Piorkowski makes substitutions. Not 35 seconds into the game, Piorkowski replaced his entire starting 5 players with his bench after a turnover. When the bench players played as well as the starting 5, it foreshadowed a long day for Beach Channel as the Tigers won 66-51 at Bayside.
Bayside (22-4, 15-0 PSAL III B), got contributions from their entire team as 11 of 13 players scored at least 2 points to lead their team to the quarterfinals of the PSAL B championships at Lehman College in the Bronx on Sunday.
Beach Channel (15-4, 10-0 PSAL B) got off to a good start at the beginning of the game as Katreem Palmer scored 8 points in the first quarter. Beach Channel led 12- 8 but two stars from Bayside were about to take over the game.
Bayside came out flying in the second quarter as Gayle Silverstein scored 4 quick points to give the Tigers a 19-16 lead. Shakia Woods then put the dagger in the hearts of the Dolphins with 6 straight points including a three pointer to give Bayside a 27-17 lead. Beach Channel would never see the lead for the rest of the game.
For Beach Channel head coach Victor Nazario, his frustration with the calls from the referees led to a technical foul in the first quarter. But as the team lost the lead, Nazario knew that the team’s main objectives to win the game did not happen.
"We didn’t play defense or rebound," said Nazario. "And we committed stupid turnovers."
The lead increased in the third quarter as Gayle Silverstein hit two three pointers in a span of a minute to give the Tigers a 33-20 lead. Silverstein put in a team high 15 points in the game. Bayside would keep a double-digit lead for the rest of the game and the some of the packed home crowd began to taunt
Beach Channel’s Katreem Palmer, who scored 24 points for the Dolphins, spoke about how disappointing it was that the team’s run in the playoffs had ended. "Yeah it’s frustrating to lose like that," Palmer said.
Beach Channel may have been frustrated by their loss but they kept battling to the last seconds of the ballgame. Nazario strongly made the point that it was something that he will remember of his team this season.
"I’m proud that my team kept fighting out there," Nazario said. They never gave up."
For Beach Channel, there is great hope that next year’s squad will be even better. Four of the starting five members of the Dolphins are juniors and will return as a seasoned and experienced squad. Expectations are high from many team members and Coach Victor Nazario that this team will advance deep into the playoffs next year.
"I know we’re going to be good next year. All of my team are juniors and we are going to work very hard," Nazario said. "I’m proud of my team."
In the last few minutes of the game, tempers flared between Bayside’s guard Karina Mendoza and Beach Channel guard Chaquit Ivory. A hard foul was committed by Ivory with 2 minutes left in the game and words were exchanged between Ivory and Mendoza. At the end of the game, more words were exchanged but players and Bayside High School officials quickly separated Ivory and Mendoza.
That incident may have led up to a scuffle that occurred in front of the high school between students from Beach Channel and Bayside. The scuffle was quickly terminated, no injuries were reported and no arrests were made.