2012-03-02 / Sports

Railsplitters Sink Dolphins

By Elio Velez

Beach Channel coach Jim Malone (far right) looks on in the second half of their 82-27 defeat at Lincoln High School. Photo by William Thomas. Beach Channel coach Jim Malone (far right) looks on in the second half of their 82-27 defeat at Lincoln High School. Photo by William Thomas. The first sign of bad things to come for Beach Channel/Channel View boys basketball team on Tuesday was on their travels to Lincoln High School.

Their arrival was scheduled for 5 p.m. for their AA second round playoff game matchup. But the opening of the Marine Parkway Bridge delayed their travels until close to gametime.

It got even worse when tipoff began. The third seed Railsplitters overwhelmed the Dolphins from the first second to the final buzzer in an 82-27 victory to advance to the quarterfinals.

It didn’t even matter that Lincoln was missing their top post player, 6-7 Tafari Whittingham, who was suspended by the PSAL for three games for his role in a brawl during a game against South Shore in early January.

A deep and talented Lincoln squad turned up their defense. By applying a suffocating and intense full court pressure, Beach Channel could simply not get either inbound the ball, or dribble it past halfcourt without a Lincoln player in the way. By the end of the first quarter, Beach Channel (10-7) was losing 19-2 and had turned the ball over 10 times. Lincoln was up 44-9 at halftime and slammed the door shut on the Dolphins season.

Longtime Dolphins coach Jim Malone kept shaking his head throughout the contest sitting on the bench.

“I’ve never lost by more than 30. 30 points. I’ve never lost close to 60 points. Never ever ever,” Malone said. “There’s nothing to say. I just want it to be over.”

Malone said his team season had too many ups and downs, despite making it to the second round. Ismail Abdulah, who scored 17 points in final high school game, echoed the sentiments from his coach.

“The turnovers just killed us. They long and they all 6-4 or higher and press press and we couldn’t get it over the half court,” Abdullah said. “I’m devastated. It’s my last year to go out there like that. I thought we would go in and fight but we didn’t pull it out. It’s a been a tough year. A lot of bumps.”

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Rockaway product C.J. Davis scored 15 points to help Archbishop Molloy defeat St. Peter’s 65-59 in the second round of the CHSAA Class AA city playoffs on Wednesday at Christ the King High School. Molloy takes on Holy Cross in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon at Fordham University.

Senior guard Chris Tsatsis scored the game winning three-point bucket to lead St. Edmund Prep to a 44-43 win and a berth in the CHSAA Class A championship to be held tonight against Iona Prep at Fordham University. The Rockaway hit a three-point shot with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Xavier’s two local products, junior forward Matt Crockett and his brother Kevin, each scored 7 points.

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