Beach Channel Halts Bulldogs In First PSAL Win
There is always a season when longtime Beach Channel/Channel View coach Jim Malone has to mold a younger crop of players into a battle tested team.
They aren’t just full of inexperienced players. Beach Channel can count on a few skillful players this season to compete in the PSAL AA Queens Division. Senior forward Ismail Abdullah scored a game high 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Beach Channel to a 64- 48 home victory over Campus Magnet on Tuesday night.
It was a sloppy affair for most of the game until Beach Channel took control midway through the second half in which they eventually outscored the Bulldogs 39-24. While the Dolphins many not have been clicking on all cylinders, Malone was impressed with the overall hustle and effort his team displayed against Campus.
The Dolphins (1-1) lost to JFK ina non-league game held in the Bronx last Sunday.
“The effort was really strong. They scrambled and clawed. It’s a nice sign,” Malone said. “Kennedy was pretty good. It was tough to start the season over there. The team was a little shellshocked.”
The 6-4 Abdullah displayed good flashes last year as a junior by averaging 9 points a game, but was not counted to be one of the main cogs. The since graduated trio of Kevin Marmolejos, Jahvari Josiah and Demitrius Pelt each combined to score up to 40 points per game. Abdullah knows he needs to fill a big role in many ways.
“Last year we had a great lineup, Kevin Jahvari and Demetrius, They were big for us. I got to step up and practice hard. I got to play big this year,” Abdullah said.
Senior point guard Christopher John (8 points), George Palmer (6 points, 6 rebounds) and Jose Castro also return from a Dolphins team that was eliminated by Gompers in the first round of the PSAL AA tournament.
Malone is very optimistic about the future of the program and the improvement the schools within the campus has shown academically. The Dolphins will work in two new transfers in former Newtown player Semaj Smith, who scored 9 points in his debut and August Martin transfer Kapreme Irving (11 points). Freshmen Demonie Morris and Savion Morris will see time as well
Beach Channel will have a lot of speed, but their lack of size could become an issue against taller teams like PSAL championship contender Cardozo.
“We got to play hard. In this division, anyone can be beaten,” Abdullah said. “Beach Channel is always the underdog. We got to compete and play hard.”