Dolphins Fly High With Win Over Forest Hills
Beach Channel boys basketball coach Jim Malone saw a different dynamic from his team throughout the Christmas holidays.
He witnessed a team with a few returning starters from last season and eight newcomers continue to mesh as a unit. A victory over Manhattan Center in the Pro-Am tournament on December 27 was a good sign that his team would continue to provide an inspired effort once the PSAL season resumed.
That did happen against one of the highly regarded teams in their own Queens AA Division. Chris Thomp son scored 19 points and Kevin Marmolejos added 15 as hosts Beach Channel (8-4 overall, 4-3 Queens AA) defeated Forest Hills (5-1), 55-50, on Tuesday.
When the Dolphins lost 62-47 to Van Buren on December 17, Malone wasn’t pleased at the outcome. So throughout the school break, Malone invited some of his former players to practice with his current team.
Our guys practiced against Arthur (Robertson), Yaquis (Moss), Vic (Alvarez). They saw how physical we have to be on the floor. They saw the commitment to play hard,” Malone said.
The Dolphins were down 20-10 in the first quarter, but woke up from their slow start. Thompson scored 10 of his 19 in the second quarter as Beach Channel took a 31-30 lead.
Beach Channel held Forest Hills forward Maurice Harkless, a junior who committed early to attend the University of Connecticut, to only 9 points.
With 36 seconds left, Demitrius Pelt (11 points) scored a basket to give the Dolphins a 3-point lead. After a defensive stop, Beach Channel iced the game when Marmolejos hit two free throws with seconds remaining. “The kids are trying hard. We’re energized by the win.,” said Malone.
Far Rockaway withstood a late rally by Franklin K. Lane to win at home, 57-52 on Wednesday afternoon. The Seahorses improved to 4-6 in the Queens A East.
Far Rockaway’s Antoine White led with 17 points, Idriys Faison added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Ramel Gittens chipped in with 10. The Seahorses play today at home (4:30 p.m.) against Jamaica.
The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins evened their record to 3-3 this season in the Queens AA Division with a 43-25 win at home over Cardozo on Wednesday. Cynithia Smalls poured in a team high 27 points and Whitney Brown added 10. Cardozo fell to 1-6.
Beach Channel will host South Shore today at 5 p.m. Rebecca Moers scored a game high 28 points and Fallon Mullen added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Scholars Academy defeated Far Rockaway, 52-36 on Tuesday afternoon.