2006-12-15 / Sports

PSAL Roundup: Close But No Cigar For Rockaway Teams

By Elio Velez

Chris Frazier is getting close. He can feel it.

The first year varsity boys head coach at Far Rockaway feels his team is beginning to grasp just how to play a game of team basketball.

But the Seahorses just cannot buy a win yet and a 65-62 defeat to Richmond Hill last Wednesday extended their losing streak to five games to start this season.

Frazier remains positive about his team’s growth since many on the team enter this season with little or no high school basketball experience. They showed the progress he was seeking for on the road but by now, Frazier wants to put a “W” in the victory column.

“We’re getting better. What I want to happen is starting to come to fruition but I would like a win by now,” Frazier said with a laugh.

Richmond Hill, who won their first game of the season (1-4), was ahead for three quarters but the Seahorses kept battling back.

They had their chances to tie the game down by three points and 15 seconds left. Dashawn Williamson (13 points) got the inbounds pass and hoisted the first shot. The ball careened of the rim and bounced back towards Far Rockaway forward David Lawson.

With seconds waning, Lawson got the offensive rebound and threw it back to teammate Malcolm Keller. Two on rushing Richmond Hill defenders arrived and forced Keller (20 points) to miss on the second game tying three-point attempt as time expired.

Optimism just exudes from Frazier’s body and with eleven games remaining, including a contest today against John Bowne at home (4:30 p.m.), he wants the Seahorses to carry over their positives from game to game.

“We got contributions from four players which we need,” Frazier says of Keller, Williamson, Lawson and point guard Davonne Gittens.

“We need to continue to receive that production to have a chance to win.”

Because not only is he proud of the effort his team has given, Frazier likes the support he’s been getting from one injured Seahorses player.

Ednut Egberongbe has missed the season since breaking his wrist in the last game of the varsity football season against Jamaica. Itching to get back to his spot at the small forward, Frazier has to wait until he’s medically cleared to play.

That won’t occur until early January against either August Martin on the 3 rd or Franklin K. Lane on the 5th. Egberonge can give some athleticism and speed which Frazier wants to put on the floor as soon as possible.

“Everyday I watch him in practice or on the sidelines during the game and the kid is dying to play. He’s cheering the guys on and he’s rooting hard,” Frazier said.

“I want him to comeback because what he is contributing for us. It’s hard for him.”

Lessons Learned For Young Lady Seahorses

Les Sabbah has hesitated to throw full praise for his young Seahorses team.

Just last week, his young Lady Seahorses won an early season test, 67-65, against Law Enforcement High School. A few days later, Sabbah has to deal with his first losing steak, falling to Jamaica and Queens High school of Teaching in successive games.

“It’s growing pains. Growing pains,” Sabbah says.

The Seahorses are mixing three freshmen and four sophomores into their rotation. So for all the positive gains, Sabbah knew there would be negatives.

Against Jamaica, a 53-37 loss, the Seahorses were down 20-0 and the younger players got their first taste of trying to battle through adversity.

It didn’t get much better against Queens High School of Teaching. Another loss on the road was perpetrated with a tough opening start. Already down 28-9 at the half, the Seahorses made a late comeback but it was too much to overcome in a 44-41 loss.

“We were down 25 points in that game. If we hit out foul shots, we might have pulled it out but we missed nine free throws,” Sabbah says.

The Sahorses know how to celebrate a win but now is the time in their development where they must figure out how to bounce back from defeat. It’s just another lesson in the game plan Sabbah has to teach his players this season.

“We still have a lot of things to work at.”

BCHS Boys Work Out The Kinks

Kresimi Knez stands 6 foot 8 so the Long Island City High School center is not hard to miss. Not blessedly quick, he is savvy and can create matchup problems for most teams.

Beach Channel had problems containing Krez, who poured in 37 points and grabbed 13 points last Tuesday afternoon in LIC’s 62-50 victory in a Queens “AA” divisional matchup.

Problems containing Krez was an issue and the Dolphins did not play with the consistency that is expected by assistant head coach Morris Johnson.

“Everytime we had a run, we would shoot ourselves in the floor,” Johnson said.

The Dolphins record fell to 3-2 as Rolando Beckford finished with a team high 15 points for Beach Channel. Devon Saxon had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Peter Roberts added 10 points.

The disclaimer Johnson makes is that Saxon is the only senior on the floor with four new starters around him. In seasons past, the Dolphins can solve enough of their on court problems to make the playoffs.

They’ll have to be better because talented Cardozo travels to Beach Channel on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and a visit to Campus Magnet on Thursday will be the first major tests this season.

Johnson says hopefully that this season’s end result will be similar to those in years past.

“I’ll say we’re not going to be a super like team but by the end of the year, but we’re going to be allright.”

South Shore Shatters Beach Channel Lady Dolphins

South Shore High School, which was one of five institutions announced by the Department of Education recently to close its doors due to poor academic standings, hasn’t stopped the girls’ varsity basketball team from rolling this season.

Beach Channel became the latest victim in an 81-38 loss at home as South Shore improved their record to 4-0. Kamiel Brown, who led South Shore with 21 points, was one of five players to record double digits in scoring.

The Dolphins fell to1-4 on the season and playing without s point guard Antoinette Jolly and Precious Hills.

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