2011-01-21 / Sports

BCHS Getting Confidence Back: Seahorses Clinch Playoff Berth

By Elio Velez

The Beach Channel boys basketball team are starting to turn their season around.

Beach Channel recorded their largest margin of victory this season on Tuesday with a 78-55 win at Martin Van Buren. After a tough start in which they lost five of their games by only 4 points or less, the Dolphins are beginning to play well at the right time.

Kevin Marmolejos scored 20 points as Beach Channel improved to 4-7 in the Queens AA Division.

“It was quite frustrating. I was losing my voice,” said Dolphins coach Jim Malone. “It was tough to watch all of these two-point losses. Bayside, Forest Hills twice.”

Malone didn’t have two of his returning starters, Demitrius Pelt and Jahvari Josiah, who each played a roles in getting the varsity football team to the PSAL Bowl championship.

Pelt and Josiah returned to the basketball team a day before the start of the season. Their rustiness, along with some of the new players still adjusting to Malone’s system hurt the Dolphins as they encountered two-point loss after another to their division rivals.

“We got a lot of intensity in the beginning of the game and then four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, we get tired, our brains start not to work and we turn it over and turn it over when its crunchtime,” Marmolejos said.

With recent wins over Campus Magnetand oan Buren, the Dolphins are showing signs of being a cohesive unit. Pelt and Josiah have played well. Marmolejos, a senior and the team’s leading scorer has taken more of a vocal leadership role. Christopher John has matured at the point guard spot. Newcomers Ismail Abdullah and a few others players are contributing in a number of ways.

“They are starting to catch the ball well, making the good passes and they have been practicing well,” Malone said. “This is the time for us to be the team we can be.” Seahorses Clinch Berth

Far Rockaway clinched a PSAL A playoff berth with a 47-46 overtime victory at Grover Cleveland on Wednesday.

Raymond Conley made two free throws with 28 seconds left in the overtime session to give Far Rockaway (7- 3) a 47-44 advantage. After Grover Cleveland made a basket with three seconds remaining, Far Rockaway inbounded the ball and held on to the ball as time ran out.

Conley was a perfect 6 for 6 at the free throw line and Warren Saylor, Jr. had 20 points to lead the Seahorses. Far Rockaway can earn a Queens A East Division title if they sweep their last four games of the regular season. A division crown could also lead to a berth to the Queens borough playoffs.

The team travels to take on High School of Construction today at 4:30 p.m. Far Rockaway will not play next week due to regents testing.

“We played some good defense. I guess it was meant to be that we won and can keep fighting to try to win a division,” Bacchus said.

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