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Beacon boys' basketball upsets Mariner 45-43

Gelof and Mackey deliver during Captain Crunch time
By Dave Frederick | Feb 06, 2014
Photo by: Dave Frederick Coach Sean O'Grady talks to Australia Mackey, center, and Zach Gelof, telling his players, "Have fun; we're going to win this game!"

A crazy good middle school boys' basketball game featuring the Twin Capes of Beacon and Mariner went back and forth and came down to Captain Crunch time. Mariner had the basketball with under a minute to play when Zach Gelof picked a pocket at the top of the key and flew down the court and converted a hard layup with pressure on his back, giving Beacon a 43-39 lead. Beacon was a major underdog coming into the game against a Mariner team that had blown out undefeated Seaford two days earlier.

Randy Rickards scored on the inside for Mariner, cutting the lead to 43-41, but two free throws by Australia Mackey clinched the victory. Rickards scored a final basket at the buzzer, but Beacon prevailed 45-43.

"This team has worked hard every day to get better, and today was just a great middle school basketball game," said Beacon coach Sean O’Grady.  Mariner has some great players, and so do we."

Beacon was led in scoring by Ian Robertson with 13 and Austin Elliot with 12, and received solid efforts from Ben Ashby, Gelof, Mackey, Izaiah Dadzie, Dane Palmer and Kolbi Wright.

“I usually play more people but didn’t tonight, and I feel bad about that," O'Grady said. “Those kids who didn’t get in need to know how important they were to this big win.”

Mariner's Hassan Corbin, who can light it up like a master electrician, was in foul trouble the entire game and eventually fouled out. Point guard Elijah Daniels did a great job handling the basketball. Mariner also got solid efforts from Xavier Williams and Malik Aiken.

Mariner standout Hassan Corbin was saddled with foul problems the entire game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Ben Ashby of Beacon drives to the basket. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Elijah Daniels goes left to the basket. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Ian Robertson, center, battles Randy Rickards on the inside as Isaiah Morris looks on. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Zack Gelof picks a pocket and steals the game. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Zach Gelof flies to the rim and puts Beacon up 43-39 in the final moments. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Beacon celebrates its upset win. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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