Dolphins Slide Past August Martin
It was a struggle on Tuesday afternoon for 16th seed Beach Channel Lady Dolphins to pull off a 34-30 first round PSAL AA playoff victory over 17th ranked August Martin. While Beach Channel coach Osei Akoto admits it was hard at times for his team to defeat their Queens AA rivals, a victory still felt sweet at the end.
“We had just five girls who played out there. We had a few who were injured and just couldn’t play,” Akoto said. “A win is a win and I will take it.”
Cynithia Smalls and Tiaira Brathwaite each scored 10 points for Beach Channel, who struggled by finishing 3- 10 within the division and 5-10 overall in the regular season.
The team struggled without former starting center Elnora Ferguson, who had averaged 12 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in five games this season. The 6-2 sophomore departed from the school and moved out of the state because of family reasons in January.
Akoto has had to work with a limited roster this season due to injuries, but he feels progress has been made overall in the two seasons he has coached.
The team has improved this season with six wins, compared to only one victory two years ago, and he hopes the future is bright.
He’ll keep that optimism despite the opponent they will have faced as the Wave went to press. Beach Channel has a tall order in trying to beat the defending PSAL champions and currently unbeaten first seed Murry Bergtraum.
“I’m going to go with what I have. I’m going to tell them to not give up and just play hard,” Akoto said.