2010-02-26 / Sports

BCHS Wins First Round Home Playoff Game

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel guard Khalil Bratton shoots a free throw at the end of the game. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel guard Khalil Bratton shoots a free throw at the end of the game. Photo by William Thomas. Khalil Bratton was battling a race against time for Beach Channel High School’s first round playoff game on Wednesday.

The Beach Channel senior point guard has suffered a right ankle sprain in the second quarter of an 80-46 defeat to Cardozo in the PSAL AA Queens borough semifinals. Even with two weeks to rest, Bratton was still feeling the effects and almost didn’t suit up. But he didn’t want to watch what could have been his final game as a high school player sitting on the bench. Bratton would tape up his ankle and not only re-sume his role as the distributor, but also contribute on the offensive end.

“It was hurting a bit. But I taped it up and went out there,” Bratton said. “Everybody told me that I had to provide for the team. “

The point guard scored 12 of his 16 points and teammate Chris Thompson also added 16 points as 15th seed Beach Channel defeated 18th ranked James Monroe Campus, 62-53. Beach Channel will travel to Bedford Stuyvesant to take on second seed Boys and Girls today at 5 p.m.

“He has done a great job and he is certainly a big reason why we have won as many games as we have.” Dolphins coach Jim Malone said about Bratton.

Beach Channel took an unimpressive 27-24 lead into halftime as their sloppy play allowed Monroe to stay within striking distance. The second half told a different story.

Beach Channel reaffirmed their commitment to play strong defense, and they took advantage of the benching of Monroe’s 6-10 center Brandon Goode. While he had led all scorers with 13 points in the first half, Monroe coach Nigel Thompson benched the senior for huge portions of the rest game because he felt his center lacked the hustle and the commitment to play hard.

While Bratton provided a surprise on offense, the Dolphins received a number of contributions which they have received from many players on their roster. Thompson, along with Kevin Marmolejos (14 points), added big buckets in the final stanza. First year players Jahvari Joseph and Demitrius Pelt made big plays on defense to hold off the late Monroe rally.

“We are a defensive team. We stepped our defense up,” Thompson said. “We came out a bit shaky and in the second half, we stepped it up and we got the momentum on our side.”

While it was a winning effort, by no means can Beach Channel play as sloppy for certain portions of the game against a sound team like Boys and Girls. The Dolphins will remember winning efforts against Thomas Edison and Forest Hills, two of the better teams within the Queens AA Division.

“This is why we are in this league for. Coach says that to us all the time,” Thompson said. “We definitely feel we can play against the best and hopefully play just as well like against Edison and some of the top powerhouses we played.”

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