Far Rockaway Sweeps Over Beach Channel
Far Rockaway and Beach Channel met for the second time this season on January 22. For both teams, the natural rivalry always brings out an in tense effort. But as in the first meeting this season, the Seahorses pulled away in the second half to win 75-55 to sweep the season series.
With the PSAL Queens and Citywide championship ahead, the Seahorses were playing for playoff positioning. They were also playing for the chance to get a home game in the first round of the citywide playoffs.
It was a close game with both teams trading leads throughout the first half. As Far Rockaway only led 32-30 at the half, The Seahorses looked frustrated in the first half but were different and determined in the second half.
The Seahorses ran in the second half led by Derrick Gabriel with 35 points and 14 assists. Chris Howard scored 20 points and Dexter Geohagan added 16. Their team defensive effort held Beach Channel’s Arthur Robertson, who averages 26 points per game, to only score 17 for the game.
"We did what we had to do to win. The kids listened to me", said Far Rockaway head coach Anthony Miele. "We were a little frustrated at the start but they listened and knew they had to play defense, which I sressed, to win."
The game was also frustrating to Beach Channel head coach Jim Mal one. His arguing with the referees earned him his second technical and his ejection from the game with 4 minutes left in the second half. The referees left the court because without a certified coach, Beach Channel would have to forfeit the game.
While confusion reigned between officials and players, Beach Channel Athletic Director Robert Comer came out of the stands and because he was certified to coach, took over the Dolphins coaching duties. The referees were brought back and the game was finally concluded.
"I was a coach for 15 years so I’ve seen everything that can happen", Bob Comer said.
For a team that did not return one starter from last season, Miele reminded his squad that if they played to form, they would be talented enough to win many games.
"The kids were energetic and they knew what was in front of us. The boroughs means a lot to the kids especially with not one starter back from last year".
"They want to step up showcase their skills and play hard win or lose against teams like Bayside and Car dozo. I thought we played an excellent game".
Playoffs For Far Rock and BC
Far Rockaway lost the next day against Van Buren 63-52 but they made the PSAL Queens Borough Champ ionship as a seventh seed with a 16-7 overall and 10-4 in the Queens conference. The Seahorses will play today at #2 seed Bayside at 4p.m. If the Seahorses win, they will play their second round game on Saturday at John Bowne High School. The finals begin on Feb 2.
The Beach Channel women’s varsity teams swept the PSAL B conference wit a 16-0 record. The team will be #5 seed as they head to August Martin today at 4 p.m. A veteran squad, head coach Victor Nazario is looking for his team to make some noise in this year’s playoffs.
"I felt pretty good with the way we finished this year. We’re taking better care of the ball and the girls are showing signs of a championship team."
Nazario has a deeper team this season but is looking to his senior co-captains Chaquit Ivory and Katrem Pal mer to step up their games in the playoffs. "We have been talented enough to make the playoffs but talk is cheap and we have to prove ourselves."
Beach Channel men’s varsity and Far Rockaway girls’ varsity teams did not make the borough championships. With an over .500 record in their conferences, both teams will make the PSAL city championships that starts on February 10.