2007-12-14 / Sports

Lions'Last Minute Comeback Defeats Far Rockaway

By Elio Velez

Michelle Cashen, who played for the New York City girls' all star team in the Metro Classic last October, helped Midwood win over rival Grand Street Campus. Photo by Damion Reid. Michelle Cashen, who played for the New York City girls' all star team in the Metro Classic last October, helped Midwood win over rival Grand Street Campus. Photo by Damion Reid. One minute and 54 seconds was the time displayed on the old scoreboard inside Far Rockaway's gymnasium.

In overtime last Wednesday, the host Seahorses were just 1:54 away in overtime from grabbing their first boys' basketball win of the year.

But Richmond Hill wouldn't go away to the eventual disappointment of the host Seahorses. Down 65- 60, the Lions stormed back and pulled out a 71-67 victory.

Turnovers and indecision plagued the young Seahorses again this season. Losing a four-point lead in regulation with a minute remaining, the Seahorses failed to hold on to the ball in the late stages of overtime.

Richmond Hill's Javon Figueroa connected on a lay-up to cut the lead to 67-66. Robert Rowe, who scored a team-high 24 points, missed on a long jumper on the other end.

Figueroa received the pass on the fast-break, and was subsequently fouled by Dashawn Williamson with 17 seconds left.

Quenise Holland scored 40 points to lead Far Rockaway to victory. Photo By Peter Borriello. Quenise Holland scored 40 points to lead Far Rockaway to victory. Photo By Peter Borriello. Figueroa, connected with two of the five throws he made in the final minute of overtime to take the lead and seal the victory. The Lions were led by Daniel Madison, who scored 25 points.

Though they showed much improvement in their effort against Richmond Hill, according to head coach Mark Bacchus, the results unfortunately stayed the same.

The Seahorses fell to 0-5 this season in the PSAL Queens AWest Division. Richmond Hill improved to 1-3.

"They settled for jumpshots and bad passes. That's our first time having a lead so late in the game. They have to learn when they have the lead the times to be aggressive and the times to be passive," Bacchus said.

The Seahorses, made up predominately of underclassmen, are going through their growing pains ,Bacchus said it was the best effort he's seen from his young team this season, but there is still more work to be done.

"It's a learning process. The kids got to keep believing that we will get better. Next time, when we're in this predicament, we will know what to do."

Girls Basketball

Quenise Holland exploded for 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses easily defeated Thomas Edison, 60-44, last Tuesday afternoon.

The sophomore shooting guard helped Far Rockaway improve to a 3-2 record. Shawndia Pannell also recorded 14 rebounds. The Seahorses currently reside in fifth place in the Queens B-1 Division.

The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins are 0-5 after losing at home to Francis Lewis, 52-37, last Wednesday afternoon. Precious Hills and Kharizma Hudson scored 12 points each for the Dolphins.

Beach Channel hosts James Madison on Friday, December 14 at 5 p.m.

Celeste Roberts scored a season- high 17 points and Michelle Cashen chipped in with 13 points and 10 rebounds, as the Lady Hornets of Midwood High School defeated rival Grand Street Campus 61-51 last Wednesday.

The two senior co-captains, and local Rockaway residents, helped Midwood improve to a 3-1 record in the PSAL Brooklyn AA Group 2 Division.

Kelly Carman, a Rockaway resident and starting senior center on the highly touted Mary Louis Academy team, will play this weekend at the Francis Lewis Showcase on Sunday afternoon.

Christ the King High School senior Ryan Pearson scored 15 points as the Royals demolished Wadleigh, 71-49, last Saturday in the Big Apple Basketball Challenge at Baruch College.

Boys Basketball

Beach Channel (0-5) are still looking for their first victory in the boys basketball season, as host Campus Magnet defeated the Dolphins, 64-33, last Tuesday.

The Dolphins will play games on the road against Flushing on December 18 and Van Buren on December 20.

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