2007-01-26 / Sports

Dolphins Halt LIC Big Man For Overtime Win

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel's Brian Baker. Photo By Peter Borriello.Beach Channel's Brian Baker. Photo By Peter Borriello. Long Island City's Kresimi Knez may be the most imposing big man in the PSAL. At 6 foot 8, the senior combines the size and skills of a well-rounded post player.

That was the major challenge facing Beach Channel on January 18 as Long Island City came into their building. Knez came and left with his usual bigtime numbers but the Dolphins left the court with the most important statistic.

In overtime, Beach Channel senior Devon Saxon grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw attempt by Rolando Beckford with 2.1 seconds left. Saxon's then connected on his layup over the outstretched arms of Knez, which would be the winning margin in a 71-70 victory.

"We needed a win like this," BCHS assistant coach Morris Johnson said.

The Dolphins had a lot of time to think about the win, especially since it came before the Regents week which halted PSAL basketball last week. But it did not come easy.

Knez, who finished with 32 points and 21 rebounds, was joined in tandem with 22 points from Kaseem Harris to give Long Island City a 15 point lead in the third quarter.

Beach Channel, who improved their record to 10-3 within the PSAL Queens 'AA" Division, needed a spark and it came from their senior forward.

Saxon admittedly had one of his worst outings in a 46-42 win against Jamaica. Against the Bulldogs, the first half wasn't so kind to Saxon but the light bulb flickered on in the second half.

Scoring 19 of his 25 points, he helped the Dolphins's late surge and it spread to his teammates. Senior guard Brian Baker had his best outing of the season, scoring 25 points and knocking down six three pointers.

Johnson credits the hard work of 6 foot 4 center Mike McGann for inspiring the late run.

"Mike McGann played well for us. He gave us some minutes and when he came in the second half, we went on the big run. He got physical with him (Knez) and it helped the turned the game around," Johnson said.

Lessons For Far Rock Girls

Les Sabbah has kept a positive mindset for his young Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses, who fell to 8-5 with a 57-53 loss toQueens High School of Teaching (12-1, PSAL 'B1").

"They're a young team and hopefully with the long (Regents week) break, we should be energized to go out there

They'll just have to bounce back against Bishop Loughlin today. Caitlin Irwin finished with a team high 26 points.

" Caldera may not get the publicity like her fellow teammates but it doesn't matter to her.

"I take the shots when I need to. If it's an airball, I'll just keep shooting," Caldera, who is headed to Queens College in the fall.

"It doesn't matter to me if I'm out there in the press or not. I just like shocking people."

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