H.S. Roundup: Dolphins Buzzer Beater Victory Stuns Bryant
The 2006-2007 Beach Channel Dolphins have performed well this year but they can sometimes make things difficult for themselves.
Down 15 points in the third quarter to William C. Bryant, the Dolphins scratched and clawed their way back from the brink. They capped a comeback as Devon Saxon's offensive rebound and layup with 1.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Dolphins a 57-55 buzzer beating victory.
The win, improved the Dolphins record to 11-3 and it kept their chances alive to solidify a good seeding in the PSAL Borough and citywide championship later this month.
Turnovers almost put a halt to another victory, which leapt them to third place ahead of Bayside and behind Campus Magnet in the Queens 'AA' Division.
It's been great that we have gone 11-3 so far," Beach Channel center Mike McGann, who injured his calf and will miss two weeks said. "Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers. We can't keep doing that."
But turn it around they did with a stingy defensive effort that sliced a 15 point deficit to a tied ballgame with 30 seconds remaining.
On their last possession, Bryant's Jason Campbell drove to the lane but was halted by Beach Channel forward Peter Roberts.
The ball bounced towards teammate Brian Baker, who was fouled with 1.7 seconds left and went to the free throw line.
Baker misses the first free throw and was off the mark on the second but Bryant could not grab the ball as it went out of bounds.
Beach Channel point guard Marcus Thompkins setup behind the basket and found forward Devon Saxon, who scored 22 points, cutting towards the basket and hit the buzzer beater to end the game.
Dolphins assistant coach Morris Johnson applauded the defensive effort but knows they can't flirt with disaster against quality teams.
But throughout the season, he's noticed that his team's confidence has been skyhigh especially since they've acquired success in their first year in the restructured Queens 'AA' Division.
And they've also gained an underdog mentality because they want to prove that they can play well against the top competition.
"We know we can't win like that," Johnson said about falling down 15 points to Bryant.
"We're resilient and they've shown that all season. We've been trying to get it done, continue to get it done, cut down on the mistakes and play our best."
Bishop Kearney had four players in double figures as they defeated St. Joseph Hill of Staten Island 64-52 last Wednesday.
Maria Laterza led the Tigers with 17 points as they improved to a 13-2 record and 5-2 in the BQCHSAA league this season. Caitlin Irwin chipped in with 15 points, Michelle Kenel added 14 points and Marissa Maffei scored 14 points.
Quenise Holland scored a game high 35 points as Far Rockaway (9-5) easily defeated Springfield Gardens (3-12) 52-23 last Tuesday in a PSAL Queens 'B1' contest. The Lady Seahorses, currently in fourth place in the B1 Division, travel to Hillcrest on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.