2006-12-08 / Sports

BCHS Boys Slide Past Flushing; FRHS Struggles Early On

By Elio Velez

Looking at the body language of any Beach Channel basketball player at the end of their game against Flushing last Tuesday night, you might have guessed that a defeat caused them to walk off the court with their heads down. It was the exact opposite. Well not the heads down description part. The Dolphins departed the court after pulling out an ugly 45-40 victory over visiting Flushing in a PSAL "AA" matchup last Tuesday.

Beach Channel knew they just escaped with a win after a subpar performance for four quarters. Flushing wasn't much better and they did not capitalize on their 11-3 run in the fourth quarter which cut the Dolphins lead to three points.

Two chances to cut the lead in the last two minutes failed as Hassan Abdus Salaam's drive to the basket was partially blocked by the Dolphins' Davon Saxon.

On the next possession, Dolphins point guard Marcus Thompkins committed one of 20 team turnovers on the afternoon with 44 seconds on the clock.

Down by three points again, Flushing had with plenty of time to work for a decent shot to cut the lead. Flushing guard Darin Marshall though decided to tie the game as he was double teamed on a contested three point shot.

Saxon, who scored 13 points on the day, grabbed the rebound and dished the ball to Thompkins, who hit one of two free throws with 18.6 seconds left to give the Dolphins a narrow escape.

Though Beach Channel improved their record to 2-1, an effort like they showed against Flushing won't be the right formula to win ballgames. According to head coach Jim Malone, their motion offense, predicated on patience and precision has been off-kilter.

Defenses have exploited it for numerous turnovers. Against high powered teams like Cardozo and Campus Magnet, Malone says that if the Dolphins don't remember to patient and smart with the ball, it will be a long day before the buzzer sounds to end a game.

"It takes a while to get comfortable and be patience against zones. That's it in a nutshell. We're not and that's it," Malone says. "Anybody can beat you with 20 turnovers. We shouldn't force the ball or think we can make that pass when it isn't there."

Frazier Works To Correct

Far Rockaway's Woes

The first three results for the Far Rockaway varsity basketball team, all losses by more than double digit figures hasn't pleased head coach Chris Frazier.

There's not much more Frazier can say when a young and inexperienced Seahorses lose 89-38 on opening day against August Martin, 72-49 to Hillcrest and their third defeat last Wednesday to Edison, 66-32.

"The guys here haven't quit. I like that they play hard and hustle. We're trying but we got to do the little things and again, it's about gaining experience to make the simple plays," Frazier said.

The enthusiasm of coaching in his first year at the Rock hasn't changed at all for Frazier.

In fact, he is enjoying his time bonding with the players as they go through the rigors of playing high school basketball.

"This has been great. I got some great guys. We talk on the phone about basketball. The guys hang out here in the house and talk about it. I love coaching," Frazier, who teaches at MS 53 said.

Of course he would also like to enhance that happiness with a some victories in the PSAL Queens West "A" win column.

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