2011-02-11 / Sports

High School Roundup: Benn Finds Home At LWA

By Elio Velez

Lawrence Woodmere Academy senior guard Jamal Benn doesn’t feel any pressure when he looks up at the gymnasium wall. One of the banners has the number honoring former star and big brother Carl.

“I like it. I look it as a milestone and something to look up to. It’s always pressure. It depends how you take it,” Benn said.

Jamal Benn just wanted to establish himself as a player. After an injury plagued junior year, the Far Rockaway native has worked hard to lead in Tigers in scoring with 23 points per game and lead LWA to the top seed in the PSAA playoffs.

After transferring from Far Rockaway after his sophomore season, Benn encountered his first troubles. It was in his first regular season game with LWA that Benn broke his ankle in three places.

The 17-year old Benn rejoined the team near the end of the season, but could never get back in game shape to contribute as much as he wanted.

LWA coach Jeff Weiss guided Carl Benn in 2002 when the team won Class C state federation title with has watched Jamal work hard to get back on the team and make an impact.

He wanted to play. Having an injury is hard, especially for a 16-year old,” Weiss said. “I thought he could score, but not this extent. He’s been great. Lightning fast and he can shoot the ball.”

LWA will host a semifinal game on Tuesday and Benn just wants to get his team into the PSAA championship on Thursday at Long Island Lutheran.

“I had a lot to prove this year and it’s the eagerness I have to play basketball,” Benn said. Dolphins Bounced

Beach Channel discovered their PSAL borough playoff hopes was dashed. The PSAL ruled the Dolphins would have to forfeit two previous wins to Flushing and Thomas Edison in January. With their confidence deflated, Beach Channel lost 71-62 to Edison on February 3 to end their season with a 4-10 ecord.

The cause of the forfeits was due to an ineligible player, Rashawn Rhoden, a senior transfer from John Bowne who had participated in six games for the Dolphins. Malone said the team is still eligible for the PSAL city playoffs. The PSAL will reveal the Dolphins playoff opponent at the end of the weekend.

“It’s disappointing. The kids like Kevin [Marmolejos], Jahvari [Josiah] was playing great. We was playing so confident. “Malone said.

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