The 2022-2023 basketball season kicked off this past week for the Varsity Boys Dolphins of Beach Channel Educational Campus. This came after a pre-season with very successful scrimmages against Stuyvesant High School and Scholars Academy. Right off the bat, the Dolphins were given three games in week one of the PSAL season. It was time to put everything learned in the pre-season to the test.
The first game of the season was the home opener against Epic High School South. This is an up-and-coming PSAL program playing a really extensive schedule. In this contest, the Dolphins jumped out to an early lead but found themselves down three at halftime. Not much changed after the half, as the Dolphins were down three after the third quarter and then would eventually lose the game 60-50 to the Jaguars of Epic South. Senior Malakai Clark had 22 points while Junior Jamell Fletcher contributed 15 in the loss.
Game two of the season came on the road against the Knights of Franklin K. Lane. The Dolphins found themselves down 7 at halftime in this contest. The tables turned, however, in the third quarter as the Dolphins outscored the Knights 24-9 in the period. This offensive outburst by the Dolphins created a lead for them that they would not relinquish. The game ended with the Dolphins taking down Franklin K. Lane 71-61. Senior Malakai Clark led all scorers with 31 points, while Sophomore Ronald Perry pitched in with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Game three of the season was also on the road against the Spartans of John Adams High School. The Dolphins jumped out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter. This lead, however, would not last as the Dolphins went into halftime with only a three-point cushion. The second half saw a little back and forth action but the Dolphins would keep the lead and not look back. The final score had the Dolphins taking down John Adams 60-53. Malakai Clark finished as the high scorer again with 27 points. Jamell Fletcher added 19 points while Senior George Hance pitched in with 12 points.
The Dolphins move to 2-1 on the season with 15 PSAL games remaining. Go Dolphins!!!