Dolphins Fall Short in Optimist Tournament

The Dolphins Open the Season 0-2

By Frank Costagliola

After losing 83-65 to Salisbury College in their season opener, the Dolphins lost their second consecutive game to Cabrini College on Friday, November 19th.

With the losses on Thursday and Friday, the Dolphins kicked off the 2016-2017 regular season with an 0-2 record. The last time the Dolphins started a regular season with this record was the 2011-2012 season when they ended with a 26-5 record and won the CUNYAC Championship.

During game one of the Optimist Tournament, CSI and Salisbury College were trading buckets back and forth during the first half of play. With less than a minute left during the first half of play, the Dolphins trailed the Seagulls by five.

With less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock before halftime, Junior Forward, Edin Bracic, hit a three pointer to cut the deficit to two. That three was then followed by another, thanks to Frank Schettino, who gave the Dolphins a 37-36 lead heading into the half.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the second half was a completely different story. Starting the second half with a lot of momentum, The Dolphins went completely cold and only shot 1-12.

The Seagulls took full advantage of the Dolphins’ offense struggles and stretched their lead by 19 points with nearly 10 minutes left. The Dolphins, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight. They kept things competitive but ultimately dug themselves a hole too deep and lost 83-65.

After a disappointing loss in tournament opener, the Dolphins came into game two of tournament optimistic, despite their loss the night before. They found themselves in a bit of trouble midway through the first half when the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 run.

The Dolphins would slowly inch their way back into the game and went into halftime with a 40-38 lead.

The Dolphins came out of halftime rolling and jumped out 9 point lead, giving them their largest lead of the game. It looked like CSI would get their first win of the season but the 9 point lead over Cabrini College quickly evaporated.

The Dolphins did have plenty of opportunities to win the game but were unsuccessful in doing so and the Cavaliers ultimately won, 85-80.

If there’s a silver lining to the 0-2 to start for CSI, it has to be their Senior Guard, Frank Schettino. The 5-11 senior has put up big numbers for his team, despite their two losses.

In the Dolphins’ season opener against Salisbury College, Schettino scored 21 points for his team, followed by another impressive 28 point performance on Saturday against Cabrini College.

With the departures of Will Fonseca and Thomas Delahanty from this year’s team, Frank Schettino and the other upperclassmen are expected to help fill the scoring gap left behind by the former players.

Schettino, who averaged 15.4 points in 21 games last season, has shown through the first two games of the season that he’s ready to help his team score points.

The Dolphins will play their first divisional game of the season against John Jay College  November 29th at the CSI Complex Center.


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