2006-12-29 / Sports

Host Dolphins Stun Campus Magnet

By Elio Velez

Dayvon Washington (32) grabbed the offensive rebound and hits the layup for Beach Channel. Dayvon Washington (32) grabbed the offensive rebound and hits the layup for Beach Channel. Campus Magnet has gotten the deserved reputation of being one of the top contenders for the PSAL basketball title this season.

Beach Channel, the hosts of their Queens “AA” divisional game on December 23rd, may not possess the wealth of talent that other city high schools powerhouses possess.

But what they do have is the ability to outwork, hustle and get up for the challenge of facing the big teams and the Dolphins did just that.

Beach Channel got fired up and for three quarters dominated the large Campus Magnet frontcourt. The Dolphins held on though for dear life in a late fourth quarter Bulldogs comeback and held on for a 64-61 victory.

If the proverbial phrase of a team effort was needed to beat the Bulldogs, the hosts showed many examples.

“We have to go out there and play hard. We had to stay strong as a team,” Dolphins forward Rolando Beckford, who scored 14 points in the game, said.

“When we play these teams, I know we play better. We hustled and never gave up.”

Davon Saxon (left) scores a basket over the outstretched arms of Campus Magnet center Keith McAllister. Photos by Peter Borriello. Davon Saxon (left) scores a basket over the outstretched arms of Campus Magnet center Keith McAllister. Photos by Peter Borriello. For the first three quarters, the Bulldogs looked overwhelmed as Beach Channel ran off to a 54-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

But Campus Magnet would creep back in a furious race to regain the lead. 6 foot 5 6 foot 5 forward Malachi Peay, scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and sliced the Dolphins lead to 58-51.

With their offense sputtering, the Dolphins hung tough inside the paint. Though undersized, 6 foot 2 senior Davon Saxon, who scored 19 points and 11 rebounds held his own quite well against the Bulldogs’ big men.

After Peay missed a turn aroundjumper and an open layup, Beach Channel’s Dayvon Washington hit two free throws with a minute left to increase the lead to 60-51.

The Bulldogs looked out of sorts for most of the game and continued to do in critical moments. Peay traveled and Dexter Jones missed two key free throws with 30 seconds left after cutting the score to 61-57 with 32 seconds left. An exuberant head coach Jim Malone says he got a great Christmas and New Year’s gift in heading to the holiday break with a 5-2 record.

Malone believes that fundamentals are one of the great equalizers to win a ballgame. By forcing the Bulldogs to bad shots and hustling on the offense and defensive ends, he says the Dolphins accomplished what they needed to do.

“That’s why we play the game of basketball. When we make the right pass and make the basket, it’s a great thing,” Malone said.

The Dolphins first took care of Campus Magnet’s talented center, 6 foot 7 Keith McAllister. They limited him to only two points and frustrated the senior as he spent much of the game on the visitor’s bench.

The Bulldogs missed woefully from the outside and made numerous turnovers due to Beach Channel’s tenacious man on man defense.

Malone also noted the huge contributions made by Dayvon Washington, who built like a tank at 6 foot 2, grabbed 14 rebounds. The first year junior received the game ball for his efforts.

“He did a great job of creating space to get rebounds. He’s got good hands and he came up huge for us,” Malone said.

The host Dolphins, coming off a week of inactivity after a postponement against Cardozo on December 21, were prepared to play against Campus Magnet according to Davon Saxon.

“This game was very important to us....We pushed ourselves as a team,” Saxon.

“We got to keep it up and step it up against everybody else.”

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