Seahorses Defeat Springfield: Dolphins Win
Beach Channel’s two-day sweep of the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses can be looked in many ways. Beach Channel (10-1 overall, 9-0 Queens I-B) defeated Far Rockaway (6-4) at home on December 22, 65-40 and won on the road, on December 23, 50-24. For the first time in the Queens 1-B conference, The Dolphins faced a team that was competitive and kept it close. Though both were defeats, the first game showed signs that a young Seahorses team could stay competitive with the Dolphins.
The Seahorses suffered a big blow when 36 seconds into the game, Naiyama Reid suffered a separated shoulder while grabbing a rebound. The game was delayed 45 minutes when EMS finally arrived to take Reid to Peninsula Hospital. The Seahorses missed one of their leading scorers but stayed in the ballgame to only be down 27-19.
It was the strength and depth of Beach Channel that helped them to take a 50-37 lead in the third quarter and pull away for the victory. Olebusa Soestan scored 21 points, Chaquit Ivory added 15 points and Katreem Palmer scored 14 points.
"We get points from a lot of people", says Beach Channel forward Gina Giles. "Katreem (Beach Channel’s leading scorer) doesn’t need to feel like she has to score all the time".
Winning By a Slim Margin
At one point in Far Rockaway’s 72-66 win over Springfield Gardens, the Seahorses had a 45-21 lead in the third quarter and things were running smoothly. Playing what head coach Anthony Miele says was their best game for three quarters, Far Rockaway passed effectively, shot the ball well and played pressure defense. Before it was over, the Seahorses would go through a nailbiter to secure the victory.
Playing their fifth game in seven days, the Seahorses came out on fire in the first half. The Seahorses took a 37-21 lead to the halftime.
The Seahorses began to rush their shots in the third quarter and slowly saw their lead decrease. Led by the scoring of Melvin Clarida, Springfield Gardens stormed back from a 24-point deficit to take a 58-57 lead with 3:44 left. It was at that point that Derrick Gabriel took over on both offense and defense. Tied at 58-58, Gabriel scored 12 straight points and made three steals to give the Seahorses a 70-60 lead and cement the win. Geohagan added 20 points and Howard scored 13.
"We were rushing shots like we were down 10 points with 30 seconds left", said head coach Anthony Miele. "But the bottom line is that we got out of here with the win".
Dolphins Play in Tournament
The Beach Channel Men Dolphins, who won over Richmond Hill 65-57 on December 23 will play in the 42nd Annual Monsignor King High School Tournament. The tournament will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Gym on Flatbush and Flatlands Avenues in Brooklyn and starts on Friday, December 26. The eight-team tournament will feature the Dolphins (5-3 Queens I-B), as they face off against St. Francis Prep on December 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and the Q35 bus stops at the gym.