2010-12-10 / Sports

Young Seahorses Step Up In The Clutch

Girls H.S. Basketball Roundup: Scholars Off To Hot Start
By Elio Velez

Far Rock forward Dominique Jennings goes to the basket. Photo by William Thomas. Far Rock forward Dominique Jennings goes to the basket. Photo by William Thomas. Warren Saylor Jr. had become adjusted to his supporting role as the Far Rockaway/FDA VI basketball team has qualified for the playoffs in the last two years.

The junior shooting guard had to be ready to assume the spotlight this year as the Seahorses go to player. He didn’t disappoint on Wednesday. Saylor scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as Far Rockaway edged Springfield Gardens in a 54-50 home victory.

“I had to step up and be more aggressive and be the one when things become a close game,” Saylor Jr. said. “I feel like I have to get the ball and help my team win.”

The Seahorses (2-1) had blown a 17- 3 lead in the first quarter and were in a battle with the Queens A East defending champions Eagles late in the game.

Saylor Jr. scored his 13 points in the fourth quarter hitting buckets from the onside and driving to the basket. The Seahorses took control on Saylor’s two free throws with 1:04 remaining to go up 48-41 against the only undefeated team coming into the game.

Keeping that intensity for 32 minutes is one of the goals Far Rockaway coach Mark Bacchus is trying to instill in his young squad. Senior forward Dominique Jennings, who had 7 points and 14 rebounds and Saylor are the only two starters to return on a team which is surrounded by youth.

Freshmen Charlie Caver and Manuel Darocha will contribute, but are still going through the pains of learning the game. First year sophomore Tyrelle Gordon (12 points) assumes the starting point guard spot. Christopher Greene, Shaundre Jones and Jarren Oliver-Moore will see time.

While it’s a youthful team, Bacchus is still thinking big.

If Jennings and Saylor Jr. continue to make big contributions and the rest of the players continue to show marked improvement, the Seahorses can contend for a division title.

“It’s an excellent positive that they were the only undefeated team in the conference,” Bacchus said. I think we can win the division.”

Scholars Off To Hot Start

Rebecca Moers scored a game high 27 points and dishes 8 assists as the Scholars’ Academy girls basketball team improved to a 3-0 record with a 73-51 win over Law Enforcement & Public Safety on Tuesday afternoon. Scholars’ will host Robert F. Kennedy (3-0) on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m in a battle for first place in the Queens B East Division.

Rebuilding Year At The Rock

Michael Falzone, the new girls varsity basketball coach at Far Rockaway/FDA VI, knew there would be growing pains with a roster of eight freshmen and five sophomore on the team. It has been rough for the young Lady Seahorses, who have lost their first three games. Falzone says his team has continued to battle.

“They have a lot of courage and a lot of dedication,” Falzone said. They come out every day in practice, and they are improving. In two or three years, I think we can be competitive..”

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