By Keith Stephens Jr.
The first game post-break for the Beach Channel Dolphins was against a tough Thomas Edison team. In a back and forth contest, the Inventors defeated the Dolphins by a close three point margin. Jamell Fletcher and George Hance both scored 21 in the loss. The next game was against the Fighting VeeBees of Martin Van Buren. This game ended in a loss for the Dolphins. Hance scored 19 and Fletcher scored 14 in the defeat. Following this loss, the Dolphins would travel to Epic South to take on the Jaguars on MLK Day. This game ended with a third straight loss. The Dolphins would lose by seven despite co-captain George Hance scoring 26 points during the matinee. This three-game losing streak would put the Dolphins at 9-4 overall in the division and 11-4 overall. But this loss would also be the last loss of the regular season!
Following the three-game losing streak, the Dolphins would regroup and take on the Knights of Franklin K. Lane. This game would end with the Dolphins winning 70-57. Junior Jamell Fletcher finished the game with 24 points and nine rebounds. Senior co-captain George Hance had 17 points and nine assists.
The following game had the Spartans of John Adams traveling to the bay to take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins were victorious 64-61 behind the 22-point scoring of co-captain Malakai Clark. His co-captain George Hance had 14 points and eight assists. The next game would be the Battle of the Peninsula as the Dolphins hosted Far Rockaway HS. The Dolphins led this game wire to wire and were victorious by a 12-point margin. Malakai Clark had 18 points and eight rebounds while Jamell Fletcher had 17 points and 12 boards.
The next game was supposed to be a home PSAL matchup against Grover Cleveland for Senior Night. Cleveland wound up forfeiting, giving the Dolphins the division win, but an opponent was needed for Senior Night. Adams Street Academy stepped up and came to take on the Dolphins for Senior Night. The Dolphins celebrated eight seniors: George Hance, Malakai Clark, Joseph Janvier, Matthew Boyland, Tyler Daniels, Rahje Theophile, Paul Brock, ansd Devon Eddy. The game and crowd was electric as the Dolphins defeated the Eagles of Adams Street 71-53. BG to the Moon with a huge six-point outburst in the victory. Big thanks to DJ’s @ Work for providing the best entertainment and to the parents for providing post-game pizza and cupcakes.
The final game was on the road vs. Richmond Hill on their Senior Night. The Dolphins were down 43-29 at half and were down 61-53 after three quarters. This didn’t faze the Dolphins as they came back to win 70-67 to beat the Lions on their Senior Night. Jamell Fletcher had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the win. This game ended the regular season with the Dolphins 14-4 in the division and 17-4 overall.
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