Local High School Teams Compete in PSAL Playoffs
The Beach Channel Dolphins will have to shake off the remnants of their 80-46 PSAL borough semifinal defeat to Cardozo on February 11 when they step on their home court on Tuesday.
Beach Channel will participate in the first round of the AA playoffs and be the hosts for visiting James Monroe Campus on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Twenty-four AA boys’ basketball teams will compete in this year’s PSAL AA playoff. The Dolphins, who finished at 8-6 in the Queens AA Division and defeated Edison in the borough playoffs was selected as the 15th seed. Monroe, who finished with a 7-10 record in the Bronx AA Division, was ranked as the 18th seed.
Christopher Thompson, who scored 25 points against Cardozo and Kevin Marmolejos (14 points per game) are the top two scorers for the Dolphins. Beach Channel will have to key on Monroe’s top scorers, Coro Wright (13 ppg) and Brandon Goode (12 ppg).
The Dolphins will need starting point guard Khalil Bratton to recover from the sprained right ankle which he suffered in the second quarter of the Cardozo game. The senior guard provides good defense and was clutch with his game tying three-point basket to send the game with Edison into overtime. Beach Channel won that game 77-75.
If Beach Channel can defeat Monroe, they will advance to the second round on February 25 and travel to Brooklyn to visit number two seed Boys and Girl at 5 p.m.
Far Rockaway finished the regular season strong with a four game winning streak which helped the Seahorses clinch a postseason berth in the PSAL A boys’ playoffs. Wins over Grover Cleveland, Hillcrest, John Adams and William Bryant upped the Seahorses record to 11-8 as it gives them the opportunity to host a first round game on Wednesday.
Far Rockaway, who was one of 41 teams to gain a spot in the A playoffs, was given the 28th seed as they take on 37th ranked Christopher Columbus at 5 p.m.
The Seahorses are led in scoring by shooting guard Antoine White, who averaged 17 points per game this season and Idyris Faison (14 ppg) from. The Far Rockaway/Cleveland winner will be on the road on Friday afternoon against fifth seed Grand Street Campus on Friday, February 25.
Seawolves Start Playoff Quest
Under the guidance of coach Janet Kleiner, the first year varsity Scholars Academy varsity girls program finished 10-8 in the PSAL Queen B East Division and clinched a berth into the postseason.
Scholars Academy will participate in their first ever playoff game at home on Wednesday afternoon when the 27th ranked Seawolves will battle 38th seed Clara Barton at 5 p.m.
The Seawolves have been led by the one-two scoring combination of 5-6 junior forward Rebecca Moers (18 points per game) and 5-8 junior Fallon Mullen (11 ppg). Clara Barton finished with an 8-7 record in the Brooklyn B. The Scholars-Clara Barton winner travels to sixth seed Fannie Lou Hamer (17-0, PSAL Bronx B East) on February 25 at 5 p.m.
The Beach Channel Lady Dolphins finished the PSAL AA regular season with a subpar 3-10 record in the Queens Division. But their season is not over because they finished with an under .500 record.
All teams who compete in the PSAL AA Division are entered into the playoffs and Beach Channel was ranked 15th out of 20 teams who will compete starting Wednesday.
The Lady Dolphins will host 18th ranked August Martin (2-12) at 5 p.m. in the first round. The two teams have split the season series with August Martin winning recently on February 3 by the score of 55-47.
The winner of this game will have the monumental task of trying to beat undefeated first seed and 11-time defending PSAL champion Murry Bergtraum on February 25 at 5 p.m.