Confident BCHS Dolphins Roll In Road Victory
The Beach Channel/Channel View senior guard turned out to be right. The Dolphins have played their best stretch in the last three weeks and Tuesday’s 83-67 Queens AA Division win against second place Bayside was their most important win of the season.
Marmolejos and Jahvari Josiah each recorded season high in points with 31 as the Dolphins improved to 6-7 with one game remaining at presstime on the road to Thomas Edison. The victory avenged a 65-63 defeat to Bayside in which they had blown a 16-point lead. The Dolphins has also secured their berth to the 8-team Queens borough playoffs which start on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
“We wanted this win and we see they are in second place. So it just made us more hungry,” Marmolejos We went out here and played as a team. Everybody.”
After the 60-47 win over Campus Magnet, the Dolphins continued their impressive play with a78-55 road win over Van Buren. Beach Channel had defeated Flushing 66-49 on January 20. Even with 11 days off to regents testing, the team exploded early in the first half against Bayside. Marmolejos scored 14 points in the first quarter as Beach Channel took a 28-10 advantage. The Dolphins played tight man to man defense, which led to plenty of Bayside turnovers in the first half to take a 45-28 lead.
In the few practices held before the Bayside game, Marmolejos would get any chance to urge his teammate Jahvari Josiah to pick up the scoring slack. The athletic 6-2 Josiah, who is third in scoring with 11 points behind Marmolejos and Demitrius Pelt, got his opportunity in the third quarter.
Bayside applied a full court pressure defense to begin the third period and cut the Dolphins lead to 48-39 with 4 minutes remaining. Josiah was able to help his team weather the storm. In scoring the next 9 out of 11 Beach Channel points the Dolphins took a 63-41 lead at the end of the third quarter and never looked back.
“I know they was going to come out and press. Its practice its practice and practice pays off,” Josiah said.
Another impressive thing about Beach Channel lately is their ability to finish off opponents. There were five games this season the Dolphins had lead going into the fourth quarter and lost. Four of those five defeats came by a demoralizing two-point margin. Dolphins coach Jim Malone never saw his team give up while they were struggling on the court.
“The hard work and we are practicing hard. We don’t come to practice and do layups, we work on our man to man, helping out on the screen, high screen and it stymied them [Bayside],” Malone said.
Malone added, “It’s definitely not the team I saw last month. Confidence. Knowing where to play and knowing where to go,” Malone said. “We were up 16 against them at home and we had guys hiding out who didn’t want the basketball and now look.” Seahorses Lose
John Adams defeated Far Rockaway, 65-51, in the final game of the Queens A East regular season. Far Rockaway finished 8-6 and qualified for the PSAL A playoffs that will begin with first round action on February 16.