H.S.Roundup: Far Rockaway Beats Lane
He was averaging 15 points a game before the junior saw his season prematurely end only five games into the 2010 campaign due to ineligibility.
It was certainly a wakeup call for the 5-8 starting point guard. Gordon‘s turnaround in the classroom paved the way for him to return to the court. The junior had 18 points to help Far Rockaway narrowly defeat Franklin K. Lane, 39- 35 on Wednesday afternoon.
Far Rockaway improved to 2-1 in the Queens A East division after losing a 16- 4 lead in the second quarter and coming back to record a home victory.
Gordon has a big role this year as a distributor and a scorer, but it almost didn’t happen. If he didn’t commit himself to improving academically, the junior would not have been able to return.
“I kick myself about it every day. I was on the team last year, but I failed off,” Gordon said. “I could have felt with me playing, we was missing a part and we could have went farther than we did last year.”
He did extra classwork before and after school, and passed the classes he had originally failed in summer school.
Far Rockaway coach Mark Bacchus was surprised when Gordon informed before the first practices began last month that he was eligible to return.
“I was surprised he told me. I wasn’t expecting it,” Bacchus said.
“It’s a lot of pressure on him to come back and manage the team, but so far he’s doing an excellent job.”
The team is still working together to form a cohesive unit. Bacchus is working in a bunch of new starters, including promising 6-4 center Shaleek Saunders, who scored 10 points against Lane.
Saunders was on the bench for most of last season, and is still raw in terms of game experience. But he is learning rapidly and gaining more confidence in his abilities. Bacchus expects him to form a potent inside-outside combo with Gordon this season.
“He’s come a long way. He’s 100 percent better than before,” Bacchus said. “He’s take ownership of his actions. Tyrelle is the floor general but he is our catalyst in the paint. If he controls the paint, we have a chance to win every single game.”
Shaundre Jones and Jarron Oliver- Moore will provide some offensive production. But the team is still incomplete.
Bacchus says last year’s top scorer, 6- foot shooting guard Warren Saylor Jr. could return this week to the lineup. The Seahorses coach also expects 6-5 junior Malik Stewart to join the lineup and prove some aggressive play inside the paint.
Springfield Gardens, Richmond Hill and High School of Construction are the teams Far Rockaway will compete with for a division crown. If the team can start firing once the roster is complete, Bacchus is confident things can turn out well.
“We can win this conference,” Bacchus said. “If we get Warren and Malik back, we should be clicking.”
It was difficult for Beach Channel/ Channel View senior Ismail Abdullah to walk off the Cardozo court last week after his team was soundly beaten 72-49 by the Judges.
After soundly defeating Campus Magnet in their first PSAL Queens AA game of the season, Beach Channel was knocked down by junior standout Jermaine Lawrence and the Judges.
The forward, along with his teammates, learned a valuable lesson against Cardozo to give a maximum effort both in practice and in games. The Dolphins would bounce back on Tuesday, December 6 as Christopher John knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 1.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to help Beach Channel defeat Forest Hills 55-53.
“We learned we can’t take nothing for granted. We had to work hard. We got to go hard every practice,” Abdullah said. “Yesterday (Tuesday) we came up hungry just like we played against Campus Magnet. We came out as a winner.”
Abdullah led Beach Channel with 18 points and 7 rebounds and George Palmer put up his best performance so far with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Beach Channel (2-1) played against Thomas Edison on December 8, and will travel to Bayside on December 13. The Dolphins return home on December 15 at 5 p.m. in a game against Martin Van Buren.
Girls Basketball: Taylor Gallagher scored a team high 18 points as The Scholars Academy (2-1) defeated Jamaica on the road, 43-33, on December 6 in a PSAL Queens B East matchup. Jessica Glaz added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Seawolves, who bounced back from their first defeat on December 2 to Law Enforcement and Public Safety. Scholars’ hosts Springfield Gardens on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.