2007-01-19 / Sports

Dolphins Learn Valuable Court Lesson In Win Over Jamaica

By Elio Velez

The twisted contortions that Jim Malone, head coach of the Beach Channel men's Dolphins, displayed on the sideline of his team's contest against Jamaica could have been construed as pure comedy.

But it wasn't. The lackadaisical play from his Dolphins sure wasn't pleasing the longtime head coach at all. They committed 24 turnovers on offense, were absentminded at times on defense and as a number of players said after the game was their worst performance of the season.

Yet the Dolphins won. You read that right. Beach Channel somehow pulled off a 46-42 home victory against a now 1-12 Jamaica Bulldogs last Tuesday evening in a PSAL "AA" Queens league matchup.

It was a game for the taking fo Jamaica but the one of the reasons why the Bulldogs are 1-12 this year is their inability to win many games.

The Dolphins, holding a narrow 42-38 lead late in the fourth quarter gave Jamaica two golden chances to steal the game.

Point guard Malik Wade (17 points) hoisted a three point shot from the top of the circle with 20.7 seconds left. Though he missed, Dolphins forward Peter Roberts fouled Wade as he landed on the floor.

As Wade headed to the line for three foul shot, Dolphins head coach Jim Malone was charged with a curious technical foul after the foul was whistled. Though it seemed he was directing his frustration toward Roberts, the referees may have thought differently. Wade stepped to the line and hit the first two free throws but missed on the third. Jamaica's Amar Yvas was distracted by the Beach Channel crowd who raised their voices loud enough to distract the guard into missing the two technical free throws.

Rolando Beckford only hit on one of two free throws for Beach Channel to be up 44-42 with 10 seconds. But his deflection and steal on a cross court inbounds pass would seal the game when he hit two free throws for the final point margin. It was very fortunate for Beach Channel (9-3) that they could afford an off-day. Though they now have a four game winning streak it was a lesson learned for senior forward Devon Saxon (16 points, 10 rebounds), who admitted that his team may have taken Jamaica lightly.

"We got too cocky. We got away with this game. It's hard to explain. We may have gotten too confident for this game," Saxon says. "That won't happen again. I'll make sure of that."

Luck and victories has not arrived yet for coach Chris Frazier and his Far Rockaway Seahorses . Two more losses to Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison sank the Seahorses to 0-12 and last place in the PSAL Queens "A" Division.

Madison Square Garden can be an imposing place for the athlete who enters the hallowed halls for the first time in their careers.

Not so for Ryan Pearson , the junior forward from Christ the King who continues to solidify his status as one of the up and coming high school players in the city. Leading all scorers in points with 23, the Far Rockaway native helped Christ the King defeat Wings Academy 74-63 in the Nike Super Six Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

The lanky six foot 5 Far Rockaway resident hit on 10 of 14 shots, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished four assists in a well rounded performance.

Girls Basketball: Good times keep rolling for the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses. Quenise Holland scored 17 points and senior center Sandy Jean Francois grabbed 17 rebounds as they squeaked by Jamaica 38-34 on Tuesday.

Far Rockaway's three game winning streak increased their record to 8-4 and placed them fourth in the PSAL "B1" Queens Division. The young Seahorses will have faced one of their toughest tests of the season so far. At presstime, they will have hosted second place Queens High School of Teaching, who has a record of 11-1. Due to high school mid-terms, the Lady Seahorses will resume play at home on January 30 at 4:30 p.m. against Springfield Gardens.

August Martin thumped Beach Channel in a PSAL Queens "AA" divisional matchup 67-46 last Wednesday night at August Martin High School.

The Falcons (3-7) got out of the gate quickly and had big leads of 21-5 and a 32-12 lead at halftime as Patrice Lewis scored 24 points and Krystin Agard chipped in with 16 points. Beach Channel fell to 2-8.

The Midwood Lady Hornets continued their nine game undefeated PSAL streak at presstime with a 53-45 overtime victory in the battle of Brooklyn over rival Grand Street Campus on January 11.

Rockaway's Michelle Cashen , who scored a game high 22 points, hit the tying bucket with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 41. In overtime, teammate and Rockaway resident Megan McKenna (14 points) connected on a three pointer which helped the Hornets to a 46-41 lead and control of the overtime.

Maria Laterza scored 30 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked six shots as Bishop Kearney defeated Our Lady of Mercy High School of Buffalo 52-44 on Saturday. The win improved the Tigers record to 10-1. Their next game is the anticipated matchup of Bishop Kearney and Mary Louis, two of the top teams in the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA Division will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m. The game, which features Rockaway residents on both sides, will take place at BKHS, which is located on 2202 60th Street in Brooklyn.

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