2006-02-10 / Sports

Lady Dolphins Can’t Wake Up In Cardozo Blowout

By Elio Velez

A 10:30 a.m. start time for the Beach Channel Lady Dolphins game at Cardozo last Saturday would mean that the visitors would have needed a little more preparation and most importantly sleep.

The Dolphins heard the clock alarm but ignored the wake up call.

Led by point guard Marissa Flagg, Cardozo walked over sleepwalking and overmatched Beach Channel, 59-39. In her last regular season home game as a senior, Flagg scored 17 points and seemed to display more energy than her opponents.

The Dolphins were blitzed in the second quarter in a 24-2 Judges run. By the end of the half, the Dolphins were down 42-15. Lakesha Harris scored 23 points for Cardozo and Tanya Stafford led BC with 20.

It was a stunning 180 degree turnaround in effort and execution from the Dolphins previous 63-57 loss to Cardozo (12-2) last Thursday. They almost climbed all the way back from a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter to cut it to 60-57 with less than a minute left.

They displayed enough hunger and passion in the comeback that head coach Victor Nazario thought would carry over to last Saturday.

Not only was he more than disappointed at the effort on the floor, the head coach couldn’t have been happier when he turned around and looked at his bench with three minutes in the second quarter.

Four of his bench players arrived late to the game, which only infuriated Nazario even more.

After a good win over rival August Martin last Tuesday, Nazario is concerned that the lackadaisical effort could outweigh any positives gained during the campaign, especially when it comes to the postseason.

He says if the level of effort doesn’t improve, then Beach Channel (8-6) could be bounced early in the PSAL playoffs, which starts this week.

“I know the level of intensity (Cardozo) bring to the table. Right off the bat, I looked at the body language at my kids and we didn’t come off with the same intensity we had on Thursday,” Nazario said.

They got to every loose ball and we didn’t. We have to match that intensity from start to finish. We were flat and dug ourselves too much of a hole.”

The BC Men Dolphins have clinched a playoff spot with a 7-7 record and await their first round opponents when the citywide tournament starts on February 27.

The Lady Seahorses (6-9) lost 61-59 to Law Enforcement and Safety and with one more loss, could find themselves eliminated from reaching the playoffs.

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