2012-02-10 / Sports

H.S. Report: Bulldogs Chomp Dolphins Out Of Boro Playoffs

By Elio Velez


Taylor Gallagher scored 14 points to lead Scholars’ Academy to a victory over RFK. Photo by William Thomas. Taylor Gallagher scored 14 points to lead Scholars’ Academy to a victory over RFK. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel/Channel View committed plenty of turnovers and mistakes on Tuesday in their first round PSAL Queens borough playoff game against Long Island City.

Despite all of their woes, the Dolphins still had a good opportunity to send the game into overtime or win against the visiting Bulldogs. Kapreme Irving missed a contested three-point shot and his forced attempt hit off the backboard to the waiting hands of teammate Ismail Abdullah.

The Beach Channel forward had his layup shot roll excruciatingly in and out of the cylinder as time expired to give the PSAL Queens West A division champions Long Island City a 45-43 win.

Sadji Camara had 18 points and Arthur Santanna contributed with 10 points to lead Long Island City. Abdullah led the Dolphins with 18 points.

It was a tough loss for Beach Channel to swallow. They committed too many turnovers and it would ultimately hurt their chances of advancing to the second round of the tournament.

“We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win. Unforced errors in high school varsity basketball. You have unforced errors, or you can’t make the plays or we’re nervous or its something,” said Beach Channel coach Jim Malone.

Long Island City held a 44-35 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Dolphins put together one last charge. Abdullah connected on two free throws to cut the lead to 45-41 with 1:25 remaining. Yachin Blake tipped in a missed shot with 25 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to two points.

Beach Channel will have a week to fix their problems. The PSAL will hold a seeding meeting for the upcoming city playoffs this weekend and the first round of the ‘AA’ tournament begins on Wednesday, February 15.

The Dolphins finished in fourth place in the Queens AA division with a 9-5 record. Scholars’Wins Division Title

The Scholars’ Academy earned their second consecutive Queens B East division title on Monday afternoon with a 61-24 victory at Robert F. Kennedy.

Junior forward Taylor Gallagher had 14 points and 6 assists to lead Scholars’, which finished the regular season with a 12-2 record and held off second place Jamaica (11-3) and Springfield Gardens (10-4) in the race for the division.

The Seawolves also got big efforts from freshmen Serena Yannello and Emma Michales, who each scored 14 points.

The defending PSAL ‘B’ champions are expected to gather a high seed in the upcoming city playoffs. A meeting held on Saturday will determine if Scholars’ will get a first round bye in the tournament, which begins on Tuesday, February 14. Seahorses Await Playoff Date

The boys varsity basketball team at Far Rockaway Educational Campus earned an 8-6 regular season record in the Queens A East Division, and will play the first round at a site and date to be determined.

The first round of the PSAL ‘A’ playoffs begins on Wednesday, February 15 and concludes February 17.

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