Dolphins Eliminated From PSAL Playoffs
Coming off of a 76-21 drubbing of Renaissance on February 24, the Dolphins should have been flying high in their third round matchup against Martin Van Buren in the PSAL B Playoffs. Instead, they played their worst game of the year and were knocked out of the playoffs, 60-47, at Lehman College in the Bronx.
The #2 seeded Dolphins looked sluggish to begin the game and fell behind to the #10 seeded Vee Bees 23-9 in the second quarter. The Dolphins could not overcome the early deficit and would never have a lead in the entire game.
Van Buren’s Delise Johnson won the battle of centers against the Dolphins’ Katreem Palmer. Scoring 20 points and grabbing 19 rebounds, Johnson overmatched BC’s defense.
It was also the sluggish play of a veteran laden Dolphins team that led to their demise. Seniors star players Katreem Palmer and Chaquit Ivory had below average games. Com mit ting many turnovers and numerous defensive lapses, Beach Channel consequently shot themselves in the foot.
It was unlike any performance that head coach Victor Nazario had seen from his Dolphins all season. And Nazario had many reasons to be upset at they way his team played.
"We showed zero intensity to start the game", Nazario said. "It was to the point where it was like we didn’t show up to play".
Falling down at one point 48-30 in the fourth quarter, the Dolphins cut the lead down to 10 points at 55-45 with 4 minutes left but could not claim the lead.
It was a deficit not familiar to a team that went 16-0 in the regular season and regularly beat opponents by an average of 25-30 points a game.
Beach Channel’s Chaquit Ivory scored 13 points with Katreem Palmer adding 12 points and Gina Giles added 11. It was the final game for all three players.
Though it was another excellent regular season for the Dolphins, their championship dreams once again ended a few games short. With seven seniors graduating, the team’s best chance to bring home a championship ended on the Lehman APEX Court.
"We were never in it", coach Nazario said.
Other PSAL Notes
Far Rockaway will announce this week the hiring of a new coach for the varsity football team. In February, longtime head coach Les Sabbah resigned following a 4-4 regular season and a first round playoff appearance in the PSAL Championships. The school will most likely hire one of the assistant coaches from Sabbah’s staff.
Far Rockaway JV basketball team improved to 4-4 with a 73-65 win over John Adams on March 1 at Far Rockaway. Barney Jones led the Seahorses with 22 points and Terell Mathews added 14. Beach Channel won their first game of the year with a 75-36 thrashing of Richmond Hill.