2005-12-02 / Sports

Dolphins Cure Early Struggles To Defeat Falcons

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel’s Davon Saxon (left) leaps to block the shot of August Martin’s Olanrew Majekodunmi. Photo by Pete Borriello.
Beach Channel’s Davon Saxon (left) leaps to block the shot of August Martin’s Olanrew Majekodunmi. Photo by Pete Borriello. The motto that the 2005 version of the Beach Channel Dolphins has adopted can be found on the back of their practice t-shirts.

The quote from Jerry Powell, a trainer who works in Long Island said, “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard!”

It’s the quote that most appropriately fits this Dolphins team because their hard work was apparent when it counted most in their 74-57 win over August Martin in the first game of the boys’ varsity season. And it was only their hard work that saved them from leaving with a loss.

In the first three quarters, the Dolphins and the Falcons both combined to struggle in a turnover plagued game. Dolphins coach Jim Malone and August Martin coach James Kearney could be seen visibly shaking their heads at the maddening inconsistency and played on the court. Beach Channel had their problems as they were incorporating two new starters, Frank McArthur and Desmond Gray, who have never played at the varsity level. August Martin, who had their share of lineup changes with the suspension of shooting guard and all-city football star Roderick Reese, found a way to chip the lead down to 45-40 to begin the fourth quarter.

Dolphins Forward Davon Saxon took the scoring load on his shoulders as he poured in 13 of his 26 points in the fourth. Doing everything from rebounding, stealing to blocking shots, the 6 foot 3 junior gave the Dolphins breathing room when he scored five straight points to up their lead to 60-51.

After a shaky start in his first high school action, McArthur knocked down two three-pointers with three minutes left to put the game away. He finished the game with 19 points.

Saxon will have to up his game for the Dolphins to stay level with Queens divisional rivals Campus Magnet, Springfield Gardens, Van Buren and Far Rockaway. A three year starter on the varsity level, the junior has already started to attract attention form Division I colleges Rider and St. .Francis.

Having Davon back is a key,” assistant coach Morris Johnson said. ”He averaged 14 points last year and he should do that or more this year He’s a legitimate Division I player. Rider, St. Francis and Albany have inquired about him. If he’s not a good player, then why is there interest for him?” Dwayne Messam, the lone four year varsity player, is the last member to be affiliated with the 2002 PSAL Queens championship that feature current Iowa Sate star Rhashon Clark, Arthur Robertson and Victor Alvarez. Though Messam did not have a strong game, his defense and scoring has risen each year and is expected to score at least 13-15 points per game.

“Dwayne is another four year varsity player. He is one of the lone kids from when Rhashon was here. He’s had some memorable years here and obviously he wants it to continue as far as he wants to,” Johnson said. “They are both going to take us as far as we can go.”

Hard work though can only go so far. Malone knows that his team cannot continue their less than stellar performance at Far Rockaway (4:30 p.m.) today. “It’ll take some time,” Malone said. “They’re going to have to learn fast. We have a lot of work to do.”Far Rockaway Falls

Campus Magnet crushed Far Rockaway 56-27 for their first victory of the season at home last Wednesday. Far Rockaway fell to 0-1 and can bounce back with a win at home against Beach Channel.

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