2004-02-06 / Sports

Championships Start For Rockaway Teams

By Elio Velez
Championships Start For Rockaway Teams By Elio Velez

The Far Rockaway Seahorses felt confident that they could stay close as they went to Bayside for the first round of the Queens Borough championships last Friday. Bayside’s Ryan Leak proved that idea wrong as he scored 30 points in 85-48 blowout. Derrick Gabriel scored only 17 points as Bayside’s press stymied the fast break attack of the Seahorses.

The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins feel to August Martin 55-40 in the first round of the PSAL Queens Cham pionships last Friday. Down 33-30 in the first half, the Dolphins could only muster three points in the third quarter.

Beach Channel and Far Rockaway men’s and women’s teams will be looking forward to the announcement today of who they will play in the PSAL High School Men/Women Basketball Championships. The first round of games will be played from Feb. 10-13. The teams will make the playoffs after finishing over .500 in their conferences. Over 50 teams from the "A" and "B" Conferences may be announced as entering this year’s tournament.

The cream of the crop in high school basketball met last Saturday at St. John’s University for the Tom Crotty Memorial Classic.

Twelve teams from the tri-state area met at Alumni Hall to participate in a daylong schedule of game. The games included four of the top 25 teams in the country in St. Anthony of Jersey City, Rice High School, Mount Vernon and St. Raymond’s according to USA Today. The most exciting game was St. Raymond’s winning 61-60 over Mt. Vernon broadcasted by the MSG Network.

The funds raised will be given to various charities from the Hope Thru Hoops Foundation. Tom Crotty was a former four-year basketball player with Marist College who was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

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