2012-02-17 / Sports

H.S. Playoff Report: BCHS Wins First Round Game

By Elio Velez

Ismail Abdullah leaps to the basket against Thurgood Marshall Academy. Photos by William Thomas. Ismail Abdullah leaps to the basket against Thurgood Marshall Academy. Photos by William Thomas. Every player on Beach Channel/ Channel View walked off the court with a disappointed look after losing their first round playoff game on February 7 to Queens West A Division champion Long Island City.

It was a defeat that was typical of their up and down season. Despite finishing 9-5 in the Queens AA Division, the Dolphins had too many nights where their inconsistencies on the floor proved very frustrating for their longtime coach Jim Malone.

Beach Channel stepped up on Wednesday night in the first round of the AA city playoffs with a much improved performance. The No. 14 Dolphins pulled away in the second half to defeat 19th seed Thurgood Marshall Academy, 66-47.

Ismail Abdullah led the Dolphins a game high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Semaj Smith added 14 points for the Dolphins as they advance to the second round against No. 3 Lincoln on February 28.

Semaj Smith scored 14 points for Beach Channel. Semaj Smith scored 14 points for Beach Channel. “We didn’t want to come with our heads down and lose to Thurgood Marshall,” Smith said. “We slept on LIC and cause they was the underdogs. We played bad against LIC. We didn’t play to our full potential.”

While the Dolphins got off to a slow start in the first half, Beach Channel proved too athletic and quick for the Manhattan visitors to handle. Smith, along with Kapreme Irving (13 points), helped Beach Channel extend their advantage to 41-27 late in the third quarter.

TMA also couldn’t handle the efforts of Abdullah, either inside or outside the basket. The 6-3 center said his team needed to come out with a more intense effort.

“Coach was talking to us in the locker room and said forget about the regular season,” Abdullah said. ”We just go to come out and play hard. We had two good practices. That’s why our confidence went way high. I think it paid off.”

There have been nights where lack of confidence, along with not enough execution, has proven to be a downfall at times. It’s been an uphill battle this season for Malone, who while pleased with the win, has been at times frustrated by the effort his team have displayed.

“We get nervous. We expect every game to be hard,” Malone said. “We knew we play well against Carodzo, and the first game we won against Campus. It’s been tough. It’s been tough to get them what to do. A lot of resistance.”

Malone expects his team to get fired up for what will be their biggest challenge of the season. Beach Channel will need a maximum effort and few mistakes as possible to upset a Lincoln team coming off a finals appearance last season and has top sophomore point guard Isaiah Whitehead returning from an ankle injury.

“We can’t get scared now,” Abdullah said. “We came too far. This was a huge season. A lot of ups and downs. We can’t worry about who’s next. Even if it is Lincoln.” Scholars Start Playoff Run

It was another banner season for the Scholars’ Academy as they earned the number two seed in this year’s PSAL ‘B’ playoffs.

The defending ‘B’ city champions began their playoff run at presstime with a second round game against No. 31 seed Campus Magnet.

This is matchup between two division rivals. The Seawolves claimed the Queens B East division title with a 12- 2 record. Campus Magnet ended up in fifth place with a 7-7 record. Scholars’ defeated Campus Magnet 47-17 on December 8, 2011 and won 55-37 at home on January 19.

Sophomore forward Jessica Glaz and junior guard Taylor Gallagher each led the Scholars’ Academy with 14 points a game this season. Junior guard Kristin Henschel has contributed with her experience on the floor.

The younger members of the team have provided solid performances on the court. Freshman guard/forward Emma Michaels averaged 8 points a game and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kayla Nolan scored 7 points a game.

If Scholars’ get past Campus Magnet, they will advance to the third round on February 29, and will play at home against Jamaica, another divisional rival. Far Rock Begins Playoff At Home

After the Seahorses earned a 71-43 regular season finale win on February 1 over Grove Cleveland, coach Mark Bacchus said he would go the PSAL playoff seeding meeting to persuade the committee to give his team a first round home game.

Far Rockaway Educational Campus had finished 8-6 in a competitive Queens A East division. They made the playoffs along with division winner Springfield Gardens, High School of Construction and John Adams. By defeating Construction and Springfield Gardens, the Seahorses earned the No. 29 seed and a first round home game at presstime against Harry Van Arsdale.

Junior point guard Tyrelle Gordon lead the Seahorses in points by averaging 18.8 per game. Warren Saylor Jr. returned for the last six games after dealing with academic issues to provide some needed offense with 13 points a game. Junior forwards Shaleek Saunders and Malik Stewart have improved this season in the post.

Van Arsdale ended up in fourth place in the Brooklyn A West with an 8-6 record and wound up with the No. 36 seed. The Cardinals are not a high scoring team as their top three scorers, Xavier Long, Kasheem Angrum and Marcus Royes each averaged less than 10 points per game.

If Far Rockaway wins, they will travel to Brooklyn to take on No. 4 seed Bedford Academy on February 28 at 5 p.m.

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