2009-12-18 / Sports

BCHS Boys, Lady Dolphins Basketball Teams Win Ugly

By Elio Velez

After Kevin Marmolejos knocked down a three-pointer to increase Beach Channel's lead over Bayside to 17 points in the fourth quarter, it could have been easy for the fans in the crowd to believe a victory was in hand for the home team.

But not so fast. Bayside fought back and in a span of minutes, cut the Dol - phins lead to three points with 50 sec - onds remaining. Beach Channel was struggling and Marmolejos knew it.

"We was turning the ball over. We was nervous. We wasn't coming to the ball. Coach calls a timeout and we re - grouped ourselves," Marmolejos said.

They regrouped in the nick of time

on Tuesday afternoon. Beach Chan - nel made two stops on defense, and Marmolejos (22 points) hit the final four free throws as the Dolphins (beat Bayside 48-43.

The victory for Beach Channel, who improved to 3-2, wasn't pretty. They had gotten out to a 39-22 lead in the fourth quarter before their offense sputtered.

Bayside (1-4) responded as Kevin Chang scored seven out of his 13 points, and William Dobie's basket cut the lead to 41-37.

While Beach Channel weathered the storm, and recovered with a win, it's been typical of the early growing pains the team has gone through.

With only forward Christopher Thompson (12 points), Khalil Bratton and Marmolejos returning, the eight other players have either arrived from the junior varsity or are playing organized basketball for the first time.

"We played sloppy this whole game. We could do better," Marmolejos said.

"Me, Khalil and Chris, we got to push everybody in practice. It'll take time."

Lady Dolphins Win Ugly

The Beach Channel girls' basketball team reached a small milestone on Wednesday. Even if the performance on the court didn't quite suit coach Osei Akoto. Despite a sometimes ineffective performance, Beach Channel recorded a 40-31 victory over August Martin which improved the Lady Dolphins to 2-2. August Martin fell to 0-5.

Akoto at least smiled at the fact that Beach Channel has more wins this season than the 1-13 record they had in the 2008-09 season.

With more talent on the roster this season, Akoto is looking for better re - sults. Starting center Elnora Ferguson battled foul trouble while scoring a game high 15 points and 17 rebounds. Tiaira Braithwaite added 11 points.

After recording a 12-2 first quarter lead, and an 18-3 advantage in the second quarter, Beach Channel wasn't the same team afterwards.

As they made plenty of turnovers and missed too many layups, the Dolphins allowed the Lady Falcons to hang around. If August Martin didn't miss 24 free throws, Beach Channel could have suffered a terrible loss. So there is still some work to be done

"They are still trying to formulate themselves. I got all of the parts and it's just a matter of coming together," Akoto said.

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