Dolphins Cause Springfield Gardens First Division Loss
The Beach Channel-Springfield Gardens basketball game last Wednesday was not a work of art. It was a sloppy affair that at times bewildered and angered Dolphins coach Jim Malone and Golden Eagles coach Michael Shelton.
In the end someone had to win and Beach Channel ended Springfield Gardens 7-0 division start with a 66-62 win. The Dolphins made enough defensive stops to curb a late Eagles rally in the fourth quarter to improve to 5-3. They lost the first game of the season to Springfield, 63-38.
It has been a big surprise that Beach Channel has accumulated five wins with an inexperienced team. At times they were impressive against Springfield. Dwayne Messam scored 21 points and Davon Saxon chipped in 14 points.
But at other times, the Dolphins played so poorly that Malone was about to pull his hair out. After the game, Malone scolded his team for their poor play and admitted that Beach Channel were lucky to get the win.
“There was no excitement against the best team in our league and we’re out there just walking around,” Malone said. “It’s tough. That was very ugly and I’m disgusted. We’ve taken like 10 steps backward.”
Up 64-57 late in the fourth, The Dolphins had the chance to run out the clock. After the Golden Eagles’ Charles Jenkins (22 points) missed two free throws with 18 seconds left, the Dolphins tried to score quickly instead of holding on to the ball.
“We had that happen in Van Buren (a 62-60 double overtime loss) and we discussed it a lot. We made a lot of inroads to discuss the mindset that we don’t shoot in those situations,” Malone said.
When Trevor Marson hit a running three pointer to make it 64-62 with 2.3 seconds left, the Eagles called a timeout. Unfortunately they had no timeouts and Beach Channel’s Michael Hines made two technical free throws to ice the game.
“I knew we were rusty. I knew If we came in here taking these guys lightly, this would happen,” Springfield Gardens (12-1 overal , 7-1 Queens A-II division) head coach Michael Shelton said.
Shelton took responsibility for not knowing that they had no timeouts left .He said that the squad may have been looking to revenge it’s only loss to Campus Magnet today and took the blame for not preparing his team for Beach Channel.
What was disappointing to Shelton was that guard Charles Jenkins seemed to be the only one to take charge. He dominated on both ends of the floor as teammates Melvin Clarida and Marson was ineffective.
“I don’t want any one player to have to (take control). I told the guys that everyone has to step up,” Shelton said.
“But at the end it seemed that Charles was the only one who wasn’t shy to shoot the ball. Sometimes you have to feed the hot hand but he burned himself out.”
Jenkins was finally shutdown by forward Davon Saxon, who made up for some questionable decisions in the fourth with a key rebound and forcing an offensive foul.
“They kept kicking into the post. They were trying to muscle us. We contained them,” Saxon said.
If it’s a victory in the standings, Malone believes it’s a loss in the improvement that he thought Beach Channel had made. In his 16 years as head coach of the Dolphins, Malone knew that this team would have to work twice as hard to combat their inexperience and grow together.
After the game, Malone and the team agreed that they must work harder to earn the wins. Getting to the playoffs is the reason why they must quickly correct the mistakes
“Every day we do the drills to defend, penetrate and dish. There was no screening,” Malone said. “We practice very hard and we do not play like this.”
High School Roundup
Far Rockaway men’s varsity basketball team fell to 1-7 as they lost to Van Buren, 73-52.
Far Rockaway men’s swimming was two points short as they lost to Beach Channel 48-46. The Dolphins were led by Nicole Pierce, who won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly. Far Rockaway’s Sebastian Augustin finished first in the 200-yard butterfly and Emmanuel Jean Pierre placed first in the 100-yard butterfly.
Varsity Girls Basketball
Down nine points in the first half, Beach Channel (2-5) could pull no closer as Cardozo (6-2) coasted to a 63-43 victory. Far Rockaway remains undefeated at 8-0 and in first place in the Queens 1-B division.