Scholars Team Battles On
“When Sandy devastated the neighborhood our 2013 basketball season was jeopardized.
“Luckily we found out that the Beach Channel gymnasium floor was untouched, enabling us to both practice and play games.
“We were able to begin our season, even though it started six games into the regular season, we had very little practice time and were only able to able to hold work outs at Far Rockaway High School.
“Our kids were displaced to different schools in East New York and the Queens region. They had to travel great lengths to make it to practice each day.”
Coach Tawil stayed positive and explained to his team that they would learn valuable life lessons down the road.
“Our kids displayed mental toughness as they easily could’ve made excuses such as “no time to practice, too tired to practice, and too tired to study” to hinder their season.
“Our first four games were played on the road and our kids rose to the challenge winning 3 of 4 games and pumping some much needed life into our developing program. We would finally play some home games at the Beach Channel gym, but since we were practicing at Far Rock this was not as advantageous as we had expected.
“Losing the next four games, our season seemed doomed. Yet with our Senior Captains Casey Shamloo and Robert Brunswick we would need seven games to qualify for a playoff berth. With every game being a must win game, we found a way to win significant games at home and on the road. Our most recent two victories at home at Beach Channel we beat Law Enforcement High School 59-55 and August Martin High School 42-40 in close contest.”
Casey Shamloo, senior captain point guard scored over 50 points in those two victories while Robert Brunswick defended the paint and rebounded the basketball with conviction. Winning four straight games, all close contests, will enable the Scholar’s Academy Boys Basketball Program to make it to their first playoff appearance in school history.
“The PSAL commissioner Dwayne Brunette has complimented our program’s success and has placed us with a very difficult game against a top seated PSAL school.”
Coach Tawil expects his kids to fight hard hoping all the adversity that Sandy has brought will strengthen the team’s resolve to win.