South Shore Boys Also Lose To Jefferson Hoopsters
By Jerry Del Priore
Despite only one victory so far this season, the South Shore High School boy's varsity basketball team felt confident that it could defeat Thomas Jefferson Campus in its first game of 2008.
However, the host Vikings failed to overcome sloppy, inconsistent play last Saturday and lost to the Orange Wave, 68-61.
The Vikings (1-5) fell behind 22-16 in the first period, and couldn't sustain a legitimate offensive attack in the second quarter, trailing 38 - 28, at halftime.
South Shore's lackluster play continued in the second half and ended the third period down 56-45.
The Vikings chipped away at the lead in the final period and narrowed the gap to 60-56 with 2:45 left in the contest. Nevertheless, the Orange Wave (4-2) responded by hitting several key buckets down the stretch, forcing South Shore to foul as time quickly ticked away on the clock. Jefferson converted the charity shots and shut down the Vikings in the closing seconds.
South Shore senior Sharif Muhammad and sophomore Salif Kante drained 17 points each, and junior point guard Devone Davis added 12 and four assists.
Jefferson's standout junior guard Keith Spellman, who has averaged 21 points a game this season, notched 17, while freshman guard Davontay Grace added 13 and eight assists.
Disappointed South Shore head coach Michael Beckles chalked up the defeat to a lack of intensity and effort by his players.
"We never really played," Beckles told the Courier after the game. "We were passive, we weren't aggressive, and didn't play hard enough to win the game."
Although Jefferson is a talented squad, Beckles believed the Vikings beat themselves.
"I don't think it was anything the other team did," he said. "It was just us making poor decisions and not playing hard. I think we got to get a better effort if we're going to win. It's nothing to do with the other team…We've got to bring it"
South Shore hosted cross-neighborhood rivals Canarsie High School Tuesday at 5 p.m.