2003-03-01 / Sports

Seahorses Pulls Off Miracle Win

By Elio Velez

Coach Anthony Miele with the Far Rockaway JV Seahorses.Coach Anthony Miele with the Far Rockaway JV Seahorses.

There is always a highly spirited and fierce rivalry that Far Rockaway and Beach Channel has in all sports. The Junior varsity basketball battle was no different as Far Rockaway squeaked out a 75-74 come from behind win against Beach Channel.

What Beach Channel did for three and half quarters was dominate the game. Without starting point guard and leading scorer Mohamed Kabba, Far Rockaway struggled at the start. The 9-1 Far Rockaway Seahorses looked out of sync as the Dolphins pressured them from the start with half court and full court traps. Beach Channel led 44-32 at halftime.

Led by the play of guard Keno Saunders, Raymond Jacob and Michael Hines, BC pushed the lead to 58-46.

The last few minutes was a sloppy affair that saw turnovers and loose balls but it was still filled with a lot of excitement.

The Seahorses started to chip away the lead in the 4th quarter. Forward Kevin Rountree, who scored 25 points and Ervin Ward with 24 led the comeback. Far Rockaway regained the lead to make it 69-67 with 2 minutes left. With Far Rockaway leading 74-70, Dolphins guard Keno Saunders hit two free throws to cut it to 74-72.

When Kevin Rountree missed two free throws, Sanders was fouled with 7 seconds left and hit two free throws to tie it. The Seahorses made a free throw with 3 seconds left to take a 75-74. Saunders was fouled on the inbounds pass but missed a free throw to tie the game and the Seahorses pulled off a miracle.

"We didn’t deserve to win that game," said Far Rockaway head coach Anthony Miele. "But our guys played hard and even without starting point guard (Kabba), we pulled off the win.

"It was a tough game for us with the turnover and the fouls in the end," said Dolphins head coach Joseph Young, whose team is now 2-3. "Our team played very well in the first half. I would like that kind of effort from our team for the rest of the season.

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