Dolphins Squeak By Undermanned Seahorses
For three and half quarters, an undermanned and inexperienced Far Rockaway boys’ squad almost got the upset against Beach Channel. The Dolphins (4-3) veterans did not allow a victory to slip from their grasp and pulled off an 8-0 fourth quarter run for a narrow 43-39 win last Thursday at the Rock.
The Dolphins mustered enough points in a game of attrition to get the win according to junior forward Dwayne Messam.
“We knew it was going to be a good game. You know coming into Far Rock, the court is small but we came out with defense,” Messam said.
This matchup added a new wrinkle. The Dolphins had no idea that they would be facing a different Seahorses’ squad. Coach Anthony Miele has lost four of their five pre-season starts due to different circumstances.
Starting forwards Shiloh Brown and Jeremy Pruitt were declared academically ineligible. Senior guard Chris Howard left the team for personal reasons and senior forward Ricardo Remy has also left the team to concentrate on pursuing on academics and a football scholarship.
With a makeshift starting lineup consisting of starting forward John Jordan and bench players, the Seahorses played an inspired game. They held the Dolphins to 15 points for a 20-15 halftime lead. The Seahorses grew tired and didn’t score for the final 3:08 in the game.
Miele was disappointed in the loss but not at his team’s tough effort.
“We fought hard but we ran out of steam. It’s a shame that we couldn’t win because all of these guys are just getting major minutes now,” Miele said.
The rest of the season will be very tough for Miele as he tries to incorporate new players as well as look at contributors for next year.
He stresses that the Seahorses (1-6) will not throw in the towel just yet.
“I know they gave everything they have. It’s going to be a tough road. I have to work with what I got and I can’t complain what you don’t have,” Miele said. “These kids are hungry, nice kids and dedicated players”.
Alumni Return To Watch Beach Channel
Some interesting faces were in the crowd to watch the Dolphins face off against Campus Magnet last Monday. Famous alumni such as Rhashon Clark, Victor Alvarez and Michael Brockington were on hand to watch the present Dolphins lose 78-69.
Attending Iowa State has been great according to Clark, who will return to play on December 28 against San Diego State. “It’s cool. Our team is really good. We’re deep. Curtis (guard Curtis Stinson and Bronx native) is a monster.”
Alvarez returned to Beach Channel and sat in English teacher Jennifer Prensky’s classroom. Prensky was one of Alvarez’s mentors in high school.
“I love to visit because this is my alma mater and I get a lot of love,” Alvarez said.
Michael Brockington completed his associate’s degree in human services at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y. The point guard, a teammate with Clark and Alvarez graduated from Beach Channel in the 2001-2002 season.
The Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses finished at 7-0 before the Christmas break with a 52-29 win over the Academy of American Studies. The Seahorses have a game and half lead over Van Buren in the Queens B division.