2008-12-05 / Sports

Beach Channel Basketball Teams Split Home Openers

By Elio Velez

Travis Scott scores the basket against Flushing. Photo by Peter Borriello. Travis Scott scores the basket against Flushing. Photo by Peter Borriello. Jim Malone has been in the high school coaching long enough what is a good performance from a basketball team or a bad performance. The Beach Channel coach also has more than 20 years worth of experience to know when a team wasn't impressive even through victory.

The latter occurred even as Beach Channel struggled at times to win at home for their first PSAL AA game of the season, 58-45, over Flushing on Tuesday afternoon.

Malone didn't see the overall precision from his motion offense. The passing wasn't quick, the cuts to the basket weren't clean and the overall play wasn't as smooth as he wanted.

"Our offense was just bad and they were nervous and the new guys come in and forgot what they were doing in two seconds," Malone said.

"We drilled so much but it was the first game and maybe it was just nervousness. They're good guys and that want to do better but the pass doesn't move fast and the hesitation is there."

Yet the Dolphins did enough to get their first win as they led from the end of the first quarter and never relinquished it. Yaquis Moss scored 12 of his team high 16 points in the fourth quarter and Travis Scott came off the bench to grab 16 rebounds.

Malone is more patient than in years past. Coming off a 4-14 season, which was the first losing campaign in many years, Beach Channel will once again have a mix of newcomers and veterans that may need some time to jell.

"We may not have great players but we're deeper and we're better. And we 're just nervous and I see it," Malone said.

Moss a shooting guard, and 6-3 Christopher Thompson should provide the points. Thompson can be the inside presence but he fouled out early in the fourth quarter in scoring only 8 points.

But Malone doesn't want just two or three players to carry the team. The competition in the division from Thomas Edison, Cardozo and others will be tough once again. But Moss feels his team is ready to face the competition.

"Everybody plays hard and we hustle. We're a bigger team. We'll have a better season than last year."

BCHS Late Rally Falls Short

Osei Akoto was just three minutes away from celebrating his first victory as the Lady Dolphins new head coach. On Wednesday afternoon, Beach Channel had made a fourth quarter comeback rally and was up by three against the visiting Benjamin Cardozo Lady Judges.

But with time winding down, the Dolphins lead would disappear. The Lady Judges capitalized on turnovers and made enough free throws to pull out a 51-46 victory in the PSAL AA Queens Division season opener at Beach Channel.

Jade Medley led the Lady Judges with 12 points along with Samantha Mersten chipping in with 11 points. Beach Channel was led by Precious Hills, who scored 9 points. "They didn't play as good as they can play but I think they had a little nervousness and tension but after this I think this will be a wakeup call," Akoto said.

Beach Channel took a 38-33 lead in the fourth quarter after their starting point guard Cynithia Smalls crashed to the court with an apparent knee injury. Smalls did return later in the game. Mistakes and inopportune fouls hurt the Dolphins and led to the Cardozo comeback, which they capitialized from the free-throw line.

"We had it but they did some silly fouls and simple mistakes that cost them the game," Akoto said.

The new Dolphins head coach was pleased with their comeback effort which he hopes can make the 2008-09 season better than the 1-14 record the team had last year. As a guidance counselor in the school and an assistant coach on the boys and girls soccer team, Akoto knows most of the players on the team.

A former college basketball player with Bates College and with plenty of semi-pro experience, he was excited for the opportunity to restore pride and stability to the Lady Dolphins.

"They see I'm here and dedicated to them and they are giving back to help this team win," Akoto said. "The good thing this team can do is they can bring up their record and make a statement that they can play."

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