Victorious Beach Channel Overcomes Recent Bad Luck
Christopher Thompson kept saying there was enough time for Beach Channel to turn their season around. In the past few weeks, Thompson and the Beach Channel Dolphins have gone through a mix of heartbreak and bad luck.
Beach Channel lost six straight games and lost five of those by a combined total of 12 points to Queens AA Division opponents.
But Thompson, along with his Dolphins teammates, never lost hope that they could compete.
"It's very frustrating. We worked really hard in practice and we deserved some of these games. We were losing by one or two points to some of these teams and we knew we could compete with them," Thompson said.
The high school basketball season is still young and the Dolphins are starting to prove that they do belong. Beach Channel went on the road last Tuesday as Thompson scored a game high 17 points in a 59-54 victory at Martin van Buren.
Kevin Marmolejos scored 14 points and Yaquis Moss hit 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter for 12 points overall for Beach Channel.
At this point, the Dolphins aren't looking to score style points in their wins. It wasn't the crisp or cleanest within the division.
But they got the job done in the fourth quarter, holding off a late Van Buren rally as they cut the lead to 56-53 with 1:04 seconds remaining.
The Dolphins clamed defensively and Van Buren shooting guard Dwayne Irving's game-tying three point attempt clanged off the rim with 34 seconds left to play.
"We didn't want to lose no more. After losing by one or two, we knew we could compete with them," Thompson said. "We can compete, we can play, we can win out here."
These are good times for the Dolphins which in stark contrast to the losing streak in which they had a lead at the late stages of the games. Losing by one point against Bayside on December 16 of last year started the brief tumble.
An unfortunate tap-in by Moss at his own basket gave Thomas Edison a 55-54 win at the buzzer, but there was a bright spot in all those defeats.
Moss says that because they could compete with those teams, it meant the Dolphins had to erase the little mistakes to win.
"We wasn't 2-6 because we were worse than those teams. We're 2-6 because one simple mistake cost us. I knew we were better than most of the people we played. We should be… wait, we should have no losses," Moss says with a laugh. "We was playing better than those teams. We knew we could win those."
A 58-56 victory at Flushing on January 6 started an overall five game winning streak. Two non-league wins over Manhattan Center and St. John's Prep at the Elmcor Classic on January 11 have them brimming with confidence according to head coach Jim Malone.
Of course it's not perfect just yet. But facing those top teams in the division again the next few weeks might prove more victorious than not.
"We grinded out a win and that's for us, any win is a good win," Malone said.
Seahorses Fall Flat
The Far Rockaway Seahorses boys' varsity team learned a valuable lesson the hard way. The lesson is not to too overconfident towards an opponent, especially towards Queens A Division leaders Hillcrest.
After going up 7-0 in the first quarter over the division rivals, the Seahorses looked poised to win a valuable home game. But things got ugly real fast.
Hillcrest (9-2) exploded on a 16-0 run at the end of the second quarter and was strong on both sides of the floor as they pounded Far Rockaway, 80-44 last Monday afternoon. Patrick Parker scored 25 points and Rodney James added 18 points along with 11 rebounds for Hillcrest.
The Seahorses who only lost to Hillcrest in their first meeting, 66-59 last December, was looking to make a statement. instead, they committed 29 turnovers and allowed Hillcrest to get easy looks at the basket. According to Idryis Faison, who scored 26 points for the Seahorses (6-5), the team got a wakeup call.
"I think they took the last game into consideration that we lost by seven and this game was going to be here, now they know they got to play hard all the time," Faison said. "This is the first time, we got blown out."
Head coach Mark Bacchus says there is still a lot of work to do.
"We started off great and then we get some pressure and we lose our heads," Bacchus said.
The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins won their first game of the year to beat host Canarsie 52- 39 victory. Precious Hills scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to improve to 1-5 in the Queens AA Division. The Stella Maris JV team lost to undefeated Bishop Loughlin, 48-47, on January 8. Chelsea Flores led Stella Maris with 14 points and Alison McGovern chipped in with 12 points. The Lady Flippers beat St. Agnes 66-32 on January 10. McGovern scored 16 points, Jaci Clyde scored 12, Shannon O' Connor and Flores each scored 11 points.