LI Catholic League
GAMES OF DECEMBER 28th
#2 Baldwin 61 #9 Elmont 49
A great defensive battle, and the very impressive Baldwin Bruins led wire to wire and looked like they were going to run away with it, but after raising their defensive intensity and finding the range on their shots to stay in the game, the Spartans dug in and cut the lead to 5 with 4:08 to play on a bank shot by Arlyn Brown and a drive by Joshua Phifer. Baldwin responded, forcing some rushed shots, and rebuilt the lead on Josh Petion’s coast to coast basket and Jalen Waters’ two free throws, but Elmont made another run, with Cassius Moore’s fast break basket and Awa Nwabudu’s putback bringing them back within 7 with 2:22 left. They had two chances to cut further into the lead and get back within striking distance, but they missed a key free throw and then a three point shot that would have made it a 3 point game and Team Long Island’s Jaylen Brown came down, spotted up and drained a big right baseline three, abruptly stalling the rally and putting the Bruins back in command for good. Petion led Baldwin’s balanced attack with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. As always, a great atmospher at Baldwin and a good game played with playoff-like intensity! BOX SCORE
#10 Hempstead 73 Holy Trinity 58
The Tigers picked up another quality win and are building towards a 1/11 showdown with 8th ranked Syosset. Team Long Island’s Jakkai Stith led the way with 23 points and 8 rebounds. BOX SCORE
St. Dominic 59 #13 Amityville 51
The St. Dominic program is showing signs of being a contender this season, and Aidan Kolb was the big gun this time with 5 three-pointers, finishing with 23 points.
The Warriors had a rough tournament, going 0-2, but played #2 Baldwin as well as anybody but Port Washington and Elmont have this season. BOX SCORE
#16 Friends 52 Chamberlain, Fl 38
The Quakers got off to a rough start on their Florida trip, forced to forfeit their first game because of travel delays, but once they got on the court, they representd us well. Team Long Island’s Malachi Polson led the way with 26 points. BOX SCORE
Hills West 70 Sachem North 60
The Colts built an early lead, and although North rallied repeatedly, cutting the lead to 5 late in the 3rd quarter on Connor Volz’s left baseline three and a free throw by Andrew Eaton, Hills closed out the quarter on a run, with Frank Wilson’s putback, a Jesse Brooks coast to coast basket, and a left wing three pointer by Mason Reisch giving them a 57-45 advantage at the third quarter buzzer. The lead was as big as 14 in the 4th on a Javelle Epps pull-up jumper from behind the left elbow, but Sachem made one last run, cutting it to 8 on Chris Lally’s fast beak basket 1:32 left. They would get no closer. West featured an impressive balanced attack, with four double digit scorers led by Team Long Island’s Wilson, who stuffed the stat sheet with 20 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to go with his 17 points. BOX SCORE
Bridgehampton 52 C. Moriches 50
A young, talented group, the Killer Bees are building momentum, picking up their 5th straight win. 9th grader Alex Davis led the way with 18 points and 5 rebounds, but it was senior Kris Vinski that hit the big game-winning three-pointer in the second OT. You have to wonder if this might be the beginning of another streak of New York State title runs over the next few years for the 9-time State Champions! We’ll keep you posted! BOX SCORE
Team Long Island's Patrick Burke had 21 points and 15 rebounds in Smithtown West's win over Brentwood.....Marcus Wynter had 27 points and 9 assists in Harborfields' win over Centereach..... Team Long Island's Colin Strohm had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Comsewogue in a win over Lyndenhurst..... BBP's Robby Maurer had 22 points, 7 assists and 3 steals in their win over Roosevelt..... 4-2 Seaford's Frank Pyrt had 32 points in a win over Carey..... Kieran Kehoe had 25 points and 14 rebounds in Mepham's win over Island Trees..... Joey Mammolito had 20 Points and 8 assists in John Glenn's win over Rocky Point.....
1. Long Island Lutheran
6. South Side
8. Bay Shore
10. Smithtown West
12. Friends Academy
14. Kings Park
15. St. Anthony's
16. Port Washington
GAMES OF DECEMBER 20TH
#11 Northport 43 North Babylon 35
Northport seems to be at their best in low scoring games and they picked up a big win over a North Babylon team that will be heard from later. Northport's Andrew Miller led all scorers with 22 points
#12 Commack 72 Central Islip 66
You can never sleep on CI, but the Cougars had enough to hold them off. Team Long Island’s Mike Gitz led the way with 21 points. BOX SCORE
Sewanhaka 75 Garden City 66
Big road win for Sewanhaka. Conference A2 looks like it's going to be a dog fight, so every road win is big. Dylan McLennon had a great game for Sewanhaka, finishing with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 6 steals. Team Long Island’s Leo Vlogianitis led the Trojans with 28. BOX SCORE
Bellport 54 Ward Melville 48
Both of these programs are on the “always good” list, but Bellport was shorthanded to start the season. Expect them to be there at the end. BOX SCORE
#3 Smithtown West's Jack Melore had another big game, with 26 points in a win over West Islip. He and Patrick Burke are forming a dangerous duo.....
Terrell Adderley had 29 points and 8 rebounds for Bay Shore, the third player to lead the 6th ranked Marauders in scoring in 6 games..... Another big game for Smithtown East's Ben Haug, who had 27 in a win over Newfield.....
We're upgrading the website and parts of it will be temporarily unavailable. We'll still keep you posted on key news items, and the SCOREBOARD, SCHEDULE, and STANDINGS PAGES will remain operational!
GAME 1 -12/23
#10 Hempstead 62 Lincoln 54
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jakkai Stith
The inaugural game of the 2022 New York Holiday Invitational went off as scheduled, and the revitalized Hempstead program took center stage, with the 10th ranked Tigers impressively leading the PSAL's Abraham Lincoln almost wire to wire.
GAME 2 - 12/31
#9 Elmont 67 Southampton 65
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Girell Frias-Walsh
A great game played at a frantic pace, and the Spartans rallied from 10 down to win at the buzzer.
GAME 3 - 12/31
#3 Smithtown West 56 Kingston 40
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Patrick Burke
Nobody has been able to play with the Bulls so far this season, and that trend continued against a very good team from Section 9
GAME 4 - 12/31
Dwight-Englewood 64 St. Anthony's 58
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jackson Burke
St. Anthony's just got back some key players from their State Championship football team, and the question was, would they be ready? They were! The Friars battled all the way and had a 1-point lead with 3 quarters in the books, but the talented and physically imposing Bulldogs from New Jersey caught them down the stretch.
Caleb Aurelian - St. Anthony's
Evan Brown - Dwight - Englewood
Patrick Burke - Smithtown West
Jackson Burke - Dwight-Englewood
Ryan Jankowski - Kingston
Ziyair Jones - Hempstead
Jack Melore - Smithtown West
Cassius Moore - Elmont
Joshua Phifer - Elmont
Derek Reed - Southamptom
Jakkai Stith - Hempstead
GAMES OF DECEMBER 21ST
Port Washington 57 Plainview 52
Another sorting out game in Nassau AA between contenders, and the home team held off the visitors. Both teams showed off well balanced attacks. BOX SCORE
Great Neck North 55 Roslyn 49
At first glance, it looks like a big win for GNN, but Roslyn has struggled. Still, North is 6-3 so far with a tough schedule. Luke Cronin, who made Team Long Island but had to sit out with an injury, had another big game with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. BOX SCORE
East Meadow 67 Westbury
East Meadow is another team that has played shorthanded at times, but looks good at full strength. Westbury seems to be down this year, losing their third straight home game. Manjot Singh had a big game for East Meadow with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Frank Destefano added 11 points and 13 rebounds and Jayden Henriquez 12 points and 10 assists. BOX SCORE
Michael Durnin led Massapequa past Freeport with 28 points and 6 assists.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 17TH
Manhasset 62 Hempstead 53
In a heavyweight match-up, defending Class A State Champion Manhasset led almost wire to wire in a tight, hard fought win over Class AA contender Hempstead. Returning All-New York State player Liam Connor led the way with 22 points.
Bay Shore 66 Brentwood 55
Clearly Bay Shore is for real, with wins over Plainview, Commack, and now Brentwood to improve to 4-0, but when was the last time Brentwood started a season 2-3? Aiden Swenson led the Marauders with 20 points and 12 rebounds. BOX SCORE
Locust Valley 64 Wheatley 60
Locust Valley halted Wheatley's unbeaten streak at 6. Preston Rothkrug led the way with 20 points. BOX SCORE
Team Long Island's Derick Reed had 39 points and 7 assists in Southampton's win over rival East Hampton..... Jack Melore had 26 points for Smithtown West in a big win over Northport.....Baldwin's and Team Long Island's Josh Petion had 13 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Port Washington.....
NYC NO LONGER THE MECCA?
Any regular reader of this website knows that Long Island boy's varsity teams have dominated the season series with New York City teams over the past decade, and by th way, have a 10-8 lead again so far this season. The City finally broke through last season, mostly because the PSAL did not play non-league games. The margin was 1 game. When I tell people about our success, they don't attribute it to our rise as a basketball power. They say it's because New York City has declined, and you even hear that from some Long Islanders. Is it true? I'm a numbers guy, so let's look at the facts. First, historically, the city's reputation as basketball's Mecca seems to be well deserved. All you have to do is look at a breakdown of the members of the Basketball Hall of Fame. To this day, New York maintains a big lead, and no other region even comes close. I don't think anybody really disputes that, but how about today? This will surprise a lot of you. The NCAA did a study last year to find out where Division 1 players come from, examining every D1 men's roster. Not surprisingly, that study found a significant number of D1 players now come from other countries. But guess what? The study's big conclusion was that, despite what you might have heard, more current men's Division 1 basketball players come from New York City than anywhere else! Surprised? How about this: Players from Long Island were not tracked separately, but based on our count, Long Island stacks up very well too, with more D1 mens players than basketball hotbeds Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Miami! The truth is that yes, there may have been some lean years in the past, but the numbers now say that both Long Island and New York City are enjoying big rebounds, and just might be leading the way towards a second Golden Age of New York basketball! Stay tuned! We'll keep you posted!
GAMES OF DECEMBER 19TH
Deer Park 56 Wyandanch 54
2-0 Wyandanch's schedule was pushed back due to a late coaching change, but they hung tough against a good Deer Park team until Team Long Island's Nate Gordon knocked down a go-ahead three pointer late. He finished with 28 points. STORY BOX SCORE
Pierson 51 Babylon 50
The defending Long Island Class C Champions graduated their entire starting line-up, but Dominick Mancino's three-pointer at the buzzer gave them the win and a 4-0 record in league play!
Wantagh 58 Jericho 48
If you're looking for Long Island's top under the radar team, look no further! Wantagh improves to 7-0 and they hold opponents to an average of 36 points per game. BOX SCORE
Marcus Wynter from Harborfields is off to a great start. He had 27 in a win over John Glenn ans is averaging 29.8 on the season.....Team long Island's Frank Wilson led Hills West past East Islip with 29 points. His Team Long Island teammate, Brendan Kearney, had 11 points and 12 rebounds for EI...... Team Long Island's Colin Strohm had 28 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Westhampton. Teammate Hayden Morris Gray added 20 points and 10 assists..... Bridgehampton 9th grader Alex Davis had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in a win over Ross.....
Kazmin Pensa Johnson from Hampton Bays had 37 points, 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a win over Miller Place.....
Mattituck's Mike Mowdy had 27 points and 7 steals in a win over Southold.
LONG ISLAND'S RETURNING ALL-NY STATE PLAYERS
Patrick Burke/Smithtown West
Drew Feinstein/Mount Sinai
Matthew Garside/Kings Park
Malachi Polson/Friends Academy
Jayden Reid/Long Island Lutheran
GAMES OF DECEMBER 16TH
South Side 61 Great Neck North 59
GNN Has demonstrated their contender status with big wins over Farmingdale and St. John's Prep, but South Side reaffirmed their Elite Program status with a big road win, improving to 5-1 on the season. Josh Garelle had a big game with 20 points and Team long Island's Robert Pericolosi added 17. BOX SCORE
Mt. Sinai 77 Bayport-Blue Point 64
Mt. Sinal is expected to be a serious contender in Class A this season, but BBP's performance on the road in this game and their 3-1 record raises the possibility that they may contend as well.
Drew Feinstein led the way with 29 points and 9 rebounds, and BBP's Tully Campbell had 29 as well. BOX SCORE
St. John the Baptist 72 Hillhouse 63
The unbeaten Cougars picked up a nice win over one of Connecticut's top programs, rallying from an early hole. Jeremiah Carter led the way with 20 points. BOX SCORE
Jack Shields hit the game-winning free throw with no time left to lead Long Beach over Great Neck South..... Team Long Island's Derek Reed had a team record 47 points, and added 11 assists, 9 rebounds, and 8 steals in Southampton's win over Riverhead..... Frankie Mangione had 25 points in New Hyde Park's win over Mepham.....
TOBIAS PUTS IN THE WORK
After a slow start, Long Island's Tobias Harris is having another good year. Here's what is takes. ARTICLE
EDITOR'S NOTE: Part of Tobias's regiment this past off-season included workouts with Long Island's Tom Tempesta.
GAMES OF JANUARY 8TH
Cardozo 68 #2 Baldwin 57
The big matchup of the day was a good one, and the Bruins stayed within striking distance and made several runs, but 8-4 Cardozo led almost wire to wire to hand Baldwin its first loss of the season. Team Long Island’s Josh Petion fought valiantly and finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals, and keeping with the theme of the rest of the day’s match-ups, 8th grader Peyton Howell and freshman Jalen Waters both played big roles in a final run for the Bruins, and both finished with 7 points. BOX SCORE
Holy Trinity 59 Uniondale 46
These are two rebuilding programs looking to show off their progress, and the Titans and the Knights did just that. Holy Trinity is the furthest along, just this past week handing then undefeated SJB their first loss of the season, and they controlled the game from the start, but Uniondale, who lookied over-matched in some of their earlier games, then picked up a big double-digit win over Massapequa, did not back down for a second. They are now 5-6 overall. Malachi Cooper had a big game for Holy Trinity with 21 points and Matt Defalco added 15 points while Zahni Duncan had 17 for the Knights and Ja'quan Morgan 14. BOX S
Bishop Loughlin 68 St Dominic 57
Both of these programs are also in the rebuilding mode, but both could still end the season as contenders in their respective leagues. St. Doms had the early advantage, and the game remained competitive throughout, but the Lions were up 3 at the first quarter buzzer and built on that the rest of the way. Jakai Sanders led Loughlin with 21 points and impressive sophomore big man Makhaya Moore had 15, while Junior Fabian Wheatley led the Bayhawks 22 points and sophomore Christian Thomas added 13.
#5 Chaminade 79 LWA 51
The Flyers, fresh off a big win over Thomas Jefferson, were in command the whole way, but the young and scrappy Tigers have some talent and put up a fight. Their rebuilding process is well underway! David BeBusschere led Chaminade once again, scoring 15 points, while LWA’s impressive sophomore Isaiah Blunt had 18 points and blocked 5 shots and 8th grader Hank Williams 13 points. BOX SCORE
Malverne 43 Kellenberg 38
The Mules and the Firebirds had the honor of playing in the last of 10 games played at this year’s Gary Charles Hoop classic, and they too are both rebuilding. Malverne ran out to a nice lead, and Kellenberg chipped away at it but couldn't quite get over the top. Joshua Croom had a good game for the Mules, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Sean Cannon finished with 14 points for Kellenberg to lead all scorers. BOX SCORE
FIRST NEW YORK STATE RANKINGS
Both the New York State Sportswriters Association and New York High School Basketball.Com have issued their first set of State Rankings, and despite their 3-2 start, Long Island Lutheran sits on top of both Class AA rankings. Manhasset is our highest ranked A team, landing 4th with the Sportswriters and 3rd with the NYSBB. Portledge leads our Class B teams, coming in 8th and 5th, Pierson is tops in C with 20th and Honorable Mention ratings, and Bridgehampton is our top D team, landing an Honorable Mention nod with the Sportswriters.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 22ND
West Babylon 59 Wyandanch 53
Thats three big wins now for WB, with Deer Park and Hills West their other victims. Sean Ehrichs had 6 three-pointers and finished with 25 points and Bobby Schwarz continues to be a monster on the boards with 13 rebounds. BOX SCORE
Clarke 49 Kellenberg 46 OT
6-1 Clarke contiues to build their resume, and utilized a nice balanced attack to take this one at home in OT. Tammyson Emile and James DeSimone hit the big shots down the stretch. BOX SCORE
Calhoun 43 St. Dominic 40
Good road win for Calhoun over an improving St. Dominic’s. BOX SCORE
Kings Park 61 Harborfields 54
Kings Park continues to impress, with just one returning starter, but that returning starter is Team Long Island's Matt Garside, who had 33 in this one and is averaging 30.1 ppg. BOX SCORE
Deer Park 69 Hills West 62
Big road win for Deer Park. The two Team Long Island players led the way for their respective teams, with Nate Gordon finishing with 24 for the Falcons and Frank Wilson had 21 for West. BOX SCORE
Garden City 68 North Shore 66
Definitely a Team Long theme to today's results! TLI's Leo Vlogianitis hit the game-winner and finished with 26. Vasilis Triantafyllou had a big game for North with 28 points. As my grandmother would say, "Two nice Greek boys!" BOX SCORE
Southampton's Derek Reed continues his tear, with 27 points, 8 assists and an incredible 12 steals! .... Bellport's Samir Bell had 28 points in their 2OT win over Centereach.....
MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!
Team Long Island's PJ Kellachan had a good fall season and was looking forward to contributing to one of Long Island's top teams his senior year - the Chaminade Flyers, but he and his teammates were practicing one day when disaster struck. PJ suddenly blacked out, fell to the ground unconscious, and his heart stopped beating. Keeping their heads, Coach Bob Paul and Team Trainer Robert Vargas sprang into action, and working together, incredibly brought him back to life! They are the definition of heros! We're thrilled to say he is back home now resting comfortably and talking about his return date! STORY
GAMES OF DECEMBER 23RD
Almost every game was postponed due to high winds and flooding, with only six games played that we know of.
Sachem North 57 Sachem East 41
Both Sachem schools appear to be contenders this season, so this rivalry game was a big one and host North took command in the second quarter and pulled away in the fourth. North featured a balanced attack, with 4 double digit scorers. BOX SCORE
Bethpage 59 MacArthur 40
6-2 Bethpage continued its winning ways, rallying from an early deficit on the road and outscoring the Generals 33-13 in the second half. Jayden Diaz had 10 of his 19 points in the pivotal third quarter.
North Babylon's Pat Washington had 19 points and 6 assists in a win over West Islip..... Pat-Med's Jason Deabreu led all scorers with 17 points and 7 assists in a win over Longwood.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 27th
#2 Baldwin 66 #13 Amityville 48
In the first battle between Sweet 16 ranked teams this season, the Bruins rode a 21-4 second quarter to another one-sided win. Josh Petion had a big game with 20 points and 5 rebounds. They take on #9 Elmont, who squeaked by St. Dominic 52-50, this Wednesday at 8 PM in the much-anticipated final of their annual tournament. BOX SCORE
Central Islip 58 #6 Bay Shore 54
CI lost their first three games of the season by substantial margins, but Shakeen Legette, in just his second game, scored 21 points to lead them past 6th ranked Bay Shore and to their third win in their last four games. BOX SCORE
#7 SJB 77 Sewanhaka 55
The Cougars keep on winning, and they've had a few nice wins, but they won't face their first real tests until they take on Chaminade and Manhasset back-to-back 1/6 and 1/11. BOX SCORE
Christian Smiley had 26 points in Amityville's loss to Baldwin..... Another big game for Kings Park's Matt Garside, who had 29 in a win over East hampton.....
KJ Anderson had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Farmingdale's win over Jericho..... Ryan Leary had 34 points and Chris Colaciello 28 points to lead Carle Place to victory, while Braden Donellan finished with 38 for Plainedge.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 29TH
#4 Manhasset 58 Malverne 51
The bottom line is that Manhasset is now 8-0,but hats off to the Malverne program for once again demonstrating how good their system is and what a consistent source of talent their community is.
James Notias had his best game of the year and saved the defending New York State Champions. Joshua Croom and Kevin Estime were the offensive stars for the Mules, but is was their team defense that really shined, holding Manhasset well below their season average.
#5 Chaminade 86 Auburn 55
Auburn has a good team and the Flyers were dominant. BOX SCORE
Calhoun 59 #14 Port Washington 55
Calhoun started the season poorly, losing their first four games, some by lopsided scores, but the team came together with a big win over Plainview, and another big win over St. Doms, and were ready for the Vikings. The return of Sean DiPaola has certainly been a factor. BOX SCORE
Team Long Island's Robert Pericolosi had a game-high 18 points in South Side's impressive win over Kellenberg..... CI's Tashawn Bumpers and Jaiden Butts both knocked down huge three-pointers, Bumpers to tie it in regulation and Butts to tie it in the first overtime in the Musketeer's big win over Sachem East.....
Vasilis Triantafyllou had 26 points in North Shore's win over Westhampton.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 13TH
#4 Chaminade 64 St. Anth. 62 OT
Host Chaminade is the consensus favorite in the Catholic League this season, but it looks like SJB, Holy Trinity, and St. Anthony’s will all have their say. The Friars put a real scare into the Flyers, sending the game into overtime when Team Long Island’s Caleb Aurelien knocked down a dramatic three pointer from the right wing off an inbond play with 3 seconds left. Chaminade’s beautifully designed full court play for the win just rimmed out in regulation, but the Flyers survived a white knuckler of an overtime session, with four straight clutch free throws by Brad Wyckoff and Jack Connolly putting them ahead for good. They are now 13-2 overall. BOX SCORE
#5 Baldwin 59 East Meadow 51
Two years agao, a young East Meadow team finishing 3-1 during the peak of the COVID pandemic, and their future looked bright. They haven’t traveled a straight line to get to 6-2 in league play and a place among Section 8 Class AA contenders this season, but take out Baldwin’s big 17-6 second quarter and the Jets outscored the Bruins 45-42. Part of what makes both these teams so good is their balanced attacks, and Chase Timberlake led five Bruins with 8 or more points, scoring 15, and Muneer Ibrahem led three double digit scorers for the Jets with 12 points. The win clinched a playoff spot for Baldwin for the incredible 23rd straight year! BOX SCORE
#8 South Side 76 Garden City 66
Manhasset has shown they are vulnerable, and South Side continues to roll, overcoming a 31-point outburst by Leo Vlogianitis to pick up a big road win. If Friends Academy is healthy come playoff time, they will both challenge the defending State Champions. We’re not sold on Wantagh yet, but you can’t ignore a 10-2 record. Josh Garelle led four double digit scorers for the Cyclones in this one with 22 points. BOX SCORE
Team long Island's Matt Garside scored 34 points to lead Kings Park over Deer Park….. Dylan McLennon had 32 points to lead Sewanhaka over Great Neck North….. Comsewogue’s Hayden Morris Gray had 15 points and 10 assists in a win over SWR….. Ryan Connolly had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Floral Park’s win over Mineola….. Dominic Pennzello had 33 points to lead Mt. Sinai over ESM.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 30TH
#8 Syosset 64 #12 Commack 63 OT
A classic Sweet 16 matchup that was back and forth wire to wire, and all that separated the two teams after 4 hard fought quarters and an overtime were two missed free throws, A.J. AbuSaab's
deterrmined drive for what turned out to be the game winner, and a potential game winning buzzer beater that looked good all the way but bounced off the back of the rim. BOX SCORE
Sachem North 93 Mt. Sinai 87
Two teams knocking on the door of the Sweet 16 faced off, and Sachem North rallied for the big road win. North’s Chris Lally had 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter. BOX SCORE
North Babylon 49 Deer Park 46
A very good back and forth game between two evenly matched contenders, and the home team came out on top. BOX SCORE
Clarke 63 East Meadow 61
We said 8-2 Clarke, a program that doesn’t have a great basketball tradition, had the look of a contender after only 1 game, but this big road win against a solid East Meadow team will add more belivers. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 1ST
#14 Elmont 56 Garden City 48
Section 8A2 is one of the strongest leagues on Long Island this season, and unfortunately, that means a good team like Garden City, with wins over four playoff bound teams, might not make the playoffs. The Trojans have to sweep their remaining games, including a 2/10 matchup at 16-1 South Side. 12-5 Elmont is tied for second with Sewanhaka, a team theiy’ve beaten twice decisively. They too have a date with first place South Side, theirs on 2/7. BOX SCORE
Two more teams that needed to close out their seasons on winning streaks are getting it done. Amityville has won two in a row to get one game over .500, and needs to split two tough games with Kings Park and John Glenn, while Hills West, who has also won two in a row, including an upset of West Babylon, has to keep winning. They have two tough teams - Deer Park and Wyandanch, ahead.
Great Neck So 71 New Hyde Park 53
The Rebels have been up and down this season, but picked up their seventh straight win and are now alone in first place in Section 8 A1. They have a big 2/4 showdown at 2nd place Calhoun, who they beat convincingly at home. Jesse Tricario had 24 points in this win, Jesse Roggendorf had 18 and both are having big seasons for GNS. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF JANUARY 3RD
Holy Trinity 75 #6 SJB 66
Holy Trinity is always tough to guage early in the season. They play a tough non-league schedule, and sometimes they take their lumps, like this year, going 4-5 coming into this matchup. Yet somehow, it’s no surprise they knocked off the 9-0 Cougars, leading wire to wire. BOX SCORE
Garden City 62 #11 Elmont 48
The Trojans had slipped off the radar with a 5-4 record so far, but they’re back on it after this big win. Team Long Island's Leonidas Vlogiantis led the way with 25 points BOX SCORE
Amityville 51 Kings Park 48
It looks like there are a lot of contenders in Section 11 Class A this season, so this is a big road win for the Warriors.
Hampton Bays 68 Mt. Sinai 65
You can add the Baymen to that Class A contender list after this big win. A clutch game from Kazmin Pensa-Johnson, who finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, brings them to 8-2 on the season and 3-1 in league play.
St. Anthony's 53 St. Dominic 42
Both these teams will be NSCHSAA contenders this season and the Friars got their league season off to a good start, pulling away in the second half at home. BOX SCORE
Seaford 101 Plainedge 100 2OT
Wow! The Vikings improved to 5-2 after TJ Harrington’s three-pointer at the buzzer of the second OT ended this incredible offensive display. BOX SCORE
Jayden Mosley's buzzer-beater gave East Islip the upset win over West Babylon..... Ryan Wolff had 13 of his 14 points in the second half to rally Plainview past VSC..... Sayville's Richie Carmody had 24 points in a win over Rocky Point..... Savion Ward had 20 points and 11 assists in Bridgehampton's win over Shelter Island.
GAMES OF JANUARY 4TH
Brentwood 70 #9 Northport 47
We hadn’t heard much from Brentwood this season, but we have now! The perennial contender served notice that they will be there once again come playoff time. Marquese Dennis had a big game with 17 points and 8 rebounds and he was one of their four double digit scorers.
#12 Commack 55 #14 N. Babylon 47
A tough Sweet 16 matchup and Christopher McHugh led the Cougar’s balanced attack with 11 points and 14 rebounds BOX SCORE
Copiague 50 Central Islip 44
Another battle between two contenders, and CI had no answer for Team Long Island’s Malachi Moore, who finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds.
Friends Academy 64 Lawrence 48
The defending Long Island Champions and New York State Finalists took care of business, reaffirming that they are the team to beat in Nassau A5. Team Long Island's Malachi Polson expertly ran the show, racking up 12 assists, and he was one of four double digit scorers for the Quakers. BOX SCORE
Bay Shore's Aiden Swinson had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in Bay Shore's win over Central Islip..... Jakai Lester had 22 points, 12 rebounds, and an amazing 7 blocks in Wantagh's win over Mineola..... Clarke's Jack Hollywood had 25 points in a win over Valley Stream South..... Tyler Diez's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left gave Division the win over Carey..... Jesse Tricario had 30 points in Great Neck South's win over New Hyde Park.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 5TH
#1 LIU Lutheran 73 Bishop Walsh 47
The rest of the country is quickly learning what we have known for years - that the Crusaders, now ranked 7th in the country, have an outstanding program - well coached, and loaded with talent. They will represent Long Island well on the national stage. BOX SCORE
BBP 86 Rocky Point 54
The Phantoms just keep winning! Two 25-point scorers in this one and four in double digits. They are now 8-1. Their next big match-up is 1/15 at Deer Park. Their rematch with Mount Sinai, their only loss, is 1/30 at home. BOX SCORE
Comsewogue 59 Miller Place 38
The Warriors struggled without their point guard, Hayden Morris-Gray, going 1-2, but he came back with a vengeance last night, handing out 15 assists. He’s also had two 40 point games this season. Team Long Island’s Colin Strohm was one of the beneficiaries, finishing with 21 points and 7 rebounds. BOX SCORE
Great Neck North's Luke Cronin had 21 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Bellmore..... Team Long Island's Frank Wilson had 32 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks in Hills West's win over John Glenn..... Team Long Island's Matt Garside had 33 points, 7 rebounds, and had 6 assists in Kings Park's win over Hauppauge..... Super sophomore Naevon Williams had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals in Southampton's win over Mayyituck..... Harborfields beat East Islip behind 29 points from Marcus Wynter.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 6TH
#5 Chaminade 73 #6 SJB 64
SJB falls at home to a fellow NSCHSAA contender. Joe Knaus led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars are coming off a 75-66 loss at the hands of Holy Trinity, and the tough road continues for them today with a game against defending Section 11 Class B Champion Southampton at the Garry Charles Classic. Chaminade, which is hosting the Gary Charles event, also has a tough opponent in the PSAL’s Thomas Jefferson!
#9 Northport 81 Central Islip 50
We were beginning to wonder about the Tigers, who have two one-sided losses this season, but they made a statement against the improving Musketeers. Andrew Miller, who has emerged as the leading scorer in a balanced attack, finished with 21 points. BOX SCORE
East Meadow 61 VS Central 49
That’s four wins in the last five games for East Meadow, but they are still looking for that first signature win. Big home match-up 1/10 against Port Washington.
Wheatley 51 Malverne 44
Wheatley is the team to beat in Section 8 Class B and is now 10-1 on the season. Michael Santarelli led the way once again with 17 points BOX SCORE
Malachi Moore had a huge game with 42 points in Copiage's win over Walt Whitman..... Baldwin's Josh Petion has emerged as a double-double machine this season, and had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals in a win over Westbury..... Bay Shore's Michael Samuda scored 24 points and had 6 assists in a win over Huntington
..... Christian Thomas had 21 points and 15 rebounds in St. Dom's win over St. Mary's..... Tim McCarthy got the game-winning layup with 7 seconds left in Centereach's win over Sachem North.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 7TH
#15 Portledge 46 #10 Bay Shore 40
Its tough to rank private school teams because the strength of their opponents is not always clear. Portledge has shown over and over that they play a tough non-league schedule and are up to the task. This game is a case in point. Once again, Anthony Follett led the way with 22 points and Brandon Torres added 13.
#5 Chaminade 77 Jefferson 65
It looked like the PSAL powerhouse was going to run the Flyers right out of their home gym, but the defense adjusted to the blistering pace, they stopped turning the ball over, and their shots started to fall. Very big win! Dave DeBusschere led the way with 30 points, and Antoni Vlogianitis added 22. BOX SCORE
Archbishop Molloy 73 Kings Park 58
This is not last season’s Section 11 Championship team, but the Kingsmen were not intimidated, played excellent defense, and represented Long Island well against one of the CHSAA's best Class AA teams. Ironicly, Molloy was led by Josh Powell, who is from Valley Stream! Kings Park’s Matt Garside, who is the focus of every defense they face, finished with 21 hard earned points. BOX SCORE
Clarke 57 North Shore 46
Now 10-1, the Rams have made it clear they are a team to be delt with. James DeSimone had anothe big game with 27 points, and so did Tammyson Emile, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. BOX SCORE
Great Neck North 57 Garden City 54
Like we said, Section 8 A2 is going to be a dog fight, with five teams that have 2 losses or less, and these two teams are right in the thick of it. Jackson Southerland led North with 21 points and Luke Cronin added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Garden City’s Leo Vlogianitis, who knotched his 6th game of 20 points or more, led all scorers with 28.
Sayville 71 Bayport-Blue Point 65
Sayville joins the list of Section 11 Class A contenders with this big win. Ryan Cunningham led the way with 22 points, Richie Carmody had 16, and Jeremy Brett added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
GAMES OF JANUARY 18TH
Great Neck North 58 #15 Elmont 55
We warned you that Section 8 A2 would be a war this season, and the war continues. South Side is still setting the pace, but Elmont, Great Neck North, Sewanhaka, and Garden City are all battling for second and hoping to knock off the Cyclones in the process. North did what they had to do stay in the hunt, defending their home court thanks to a big game from Luke Cronin, who racked up 19 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. BOX SCORE
Mt. Sinai 71 Comsewogue 58
You really have to give the Mustangs credit. They held onto a piece of first place despite playing 8 games without point guard Derrek Shechter, and they got him back just in time for this big Section 11 4A matchup between two of the three contenders, the other being East Hampton. Drew Feinstein had the big game, finishing with 32 points, and Dominic Pennzello continued his excellent play, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Shecter kicked in 8 points and 8 assists. Mount Sinai doesn’t face East Hampton again, but if a tiebreaker becomes necessary, they have a 5-point win over the Bonackers. BOX SCORE
James Notias had 24 points and 5 assists to help Manhasset hand Glen Cove their first league loss. Londell Wheeler led Glen Cove with 32 points..... Team Long Island's Frank Wilson had 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Hills West over Amityville..... Another Team Long Island player, Southampton's Derek Reed, finished with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in a win over Center Moriches..... Sae'vion Ward's buzzer-beater gave Bridgehampton the win over Port Jefferson..... Tully Campbell had 25 points and 6 assists in BBP's win over ESM..... Roosevelt had two big scorers in Andrew Lee (31 points) and Jaliel McFadden (29 points) in their win over Carey..... Richie Carmody had the game-winner with four seconds left in Saville's win over SWR..... Nehemiah Yuen had another big game with 29 points and 4 assists in Smithtown Christian's win over Southold..... Kazmin Pensa-Johnson had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists in Hampton Bays win over Rocky Point. It was his fouth 30 point game of the season.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 9TH
#10 SJB 74 #3 Manhasset 60
When SJB got off to a great start this season, this game became a big game, and it was hard fought and close most of the way - Manhasset actually had a 4th quarter lead - but it was clear the Indians couldn’t match SJB’s quickness, and worse, they short poorly, and only their domination on the boards kept them in it. The difference was, whenever a big basket was needed, either SJB’s Steven Williams or Carter Wilson got it. The big shots didn't fall for Manhasset. Williams bulled and shot his way to 21 points, and Wilson smoothly added 16 points and 7 assists. Chris Williams had a good game too with 16 points in this statement win for the Cougars. BOX SCORE
Bellport 63 William Floyd 52
In a Section 11 League 2 showdown, Bellport pulled away in the fourth quarter for a big road win and a first-place tie with the Colonials. Samir Bell, who is putting together a terrific season, finished with 29 points and Xavier George added 17.
Jack Melore had 27 points in Smithtown West's win over Central Islip..... Commack's Nick Waga had 18 points and 10 assists in a win over Huntington..... Evan Grant stole the ball and scored at the buzzer to give Centereach a win over Longwood..... Hills East's Jordan Heyman had 27 points and 6 assists in a win over Lindenhurst...
AJ Esposito had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Sachem East's win over Newefield.
GAMES OF JANUARY 10TH
#8 South Side 69 Elmont 54
I think just about everybody thought South Side would be good this season, but not this good! Earlier in the season, the Class A Cyclones handed Class AA Syosset their only loss, and they picked up a convincing win over rival Elmont in this one, led by Team Long Island’s Robert Pericolosi, who finished with 26 points. They are now 11-1 and alone in first place in Section 8 A2. BOX SCORE
#15 Friends Academy 60 Clarke 44
We might have underestimated how good Friends would be coming into this season, partly because they were New York State Class B finalists last season and are playing in Class A this season, and partly because they lost two key players to prep schools during the off-season. They did lose an early season game to Amityville, a good team for sure, but they played without 3 key players and have been nothing but impressive since. This 16-point win over red-hot Clarke, accomplished without Malachi Polson, their outstanding point guard, put them alone in first place in A-5 and in the thick of things in Section 8 Class A. Polson may be out until playoff time. Jackson O'Brien, a 6’6 junior forward, had a big game, finishing with 27 points, and he is one of several players that have stepped up for the Quakers this season. BOX SCORE
East Meadow 65 Port Wash. 61 OT
This makes 5 of their last 6, and this was a big one over a perennial contender. Muneer Ibrahem, who transferred back home after leaving for prep school, has been the catalyst since he returned, and he hit the big three pointer that put them on top in OT. He finished with 17 points to lead East Meadow's balanced attack, but his biggest contribution so far is that he brings out the best in his teammates, getting everybody involved and spacing the floor with his three-point shooting. The Jets have responded well and are now tied for second place in Section 8 AA2. Frank Destefano, Manjot Singh, and Izaiah Richards all reached double digits in this one. Next big test is Friday, at Baldwin! BOX SCORE
West Babylon 51 Amityville 49
WB confirmed their Class A contender status with another big win. They already have impressive wins over Deer Park, Hills West, and Wyandanch on the books. Bobby Schwartz, one of Long Island’s top rebounding forwards, blocked a shot with 6 seconds left to secure the win and finished with 13 points and 23 rebounds. BOX SCORE
Comsewogue 91 Hampton Bays 77
This game was a sorting out game between two Section 11 Class A contenders, and this is the Comsewogue team we were expecting before Hayden Morris-Gray, their terrific point guard, missed several games with an injury. Kazmin Pensa-Johnson did everything he could for the Baymen, finishing with 36 points, but three 20 point scorers, led by Morris-Gray with 29 points and 10 assists, Team Long Island’s Colin Strohm, with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Austin Nesbitt, who finished with 22 points and 7 assists, were too much to overcome.
GAMES OF JANUARY 11TH
#7 Hempstead 71 #6 Syosset 60
This was a big statement game for the Tigers - confirmation that the once dominant program is back! Syosset is a very good team, but their lack of depth may be hurting them. They had an early lead, but their starters are on the floor most of the game and that's tough against a very physical team like Hempstead. Team Long Island's Jakkai Stith was outstanding, but by no means a one man show, leading four double digit scorers with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. BOX SCORE
Brian Kopp had 24 points and 5 assists in Massapequa's win over Farmingdale.....
Ryan Leary led Carle Place to a big win over Malverne with 36 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists..... Smithtown Christian's Nehemiah Yuen had 24 points in a win over The Ross school....
GAMES OF JANUARY 12TH
#11 Bay Shore 47 #14 Northport 40
A very big road win for the Marauders and Aiden Swinson had the big game, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds . Bay Shore controlled the boards, with three double digit rebounders, and held the Tigers 20 points under their season average. The win knocks Northport back into the second tier of the Section 11 League 1 standings and sets up a huge League 1 match-up this Saturday when first place Smithtown West (11-0) visits Bay Shore (9-2), who is now tied for second place with Commack (10-2). The Marauders currently own the tie-breaker with a 58-53 win over the Cougars back on 12/12.. BOX SCORE
#13 Brentwood 67 #16 N.Babylon 66
Brentwood closed out the game on a 12-0 run, and when North Babylon missed the front end of a 1 and 1, Jerimiah Webb came down and got the game winner with 8 seconds left. Brentwood is now tied with Northport for 4th in the League 1 standings, and they have the tie-breaker there, but they don’t have any games left against the league leaders so they’ll have to wait until playoff time to make their mark. They do have a very big non-league match-up with Baldwin this Sunday 1/15 at Uniondale. BOX SCORE
Anthony Follet had 30 points and hit the 1000 point mark in Portledge's win over St. Dominic..... Malachi Moore had 28 points in Copiague's loss to Commack. Team Long Island teammate Mike Gitz led Commack with 18..... Ben Haug scored 35 points and had 6 steals to lead Smithtown East over Longwood.
GAMES OF JANUARY 14TH
#2 Smithtown W 57 11 Bay Shore 32
The Bulls completely dominated the Marauders wire to wire. Smithtown has a strong inside/out attack led by an elite big man in Patrick Burke and an elite shooter in Jack Melore and they play strong, aggressive D. BOX SCORE
Massapequa 56 #7 Hempstead 48
Huge win for Massapequa and stunning considering Hempstead just beat Syosset to briefly take sole possession of first place in Section 8 AA1! Massapequa held the Tigers 20 points below their scoring average. Massapequa's Michael Durnin was a force, collecting 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in what some are calling the biggest upset of the season. BOX SCORE
#12 Commack 62 #14 Northport 55
The Cougars moved into sole possession of 2nd place in Section 11 AA1 and are beating teams they don't usually beat this season. Nick Waga had another big game, finishing with 28 points.Can they play with Smithtown West? We'll see this Tuesday when the Cougars visit the Bullpen!
GAMES OF JANUARY 15TH
#5 Baldwin 56 #13 Brentwood 35
Another great defensive exhibition from the Bruins. Brentwood could never build any momentum and was never in it.
Deer Park 53 Bayport BP 52
Games between contenders in Section 11 Class A have been exciting and hard fought this season, and in this one, BBP trailed by 16 on the road in the fourth quarter but went on a dramatic 17-2 run and only a clutch steal by Jaivon Martin prevented them from rallying for the win. BOX SCORE
South Side's James Murphy had 31 points in a win over Wyandanch.....
Cassius Moore had 28 points in Elmont's win over Bellport.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 17TH
Commack 68 Smithtown West 57
It was an excellent first half, and undefeated Smithtown West went into the locker room leading 26-23. All seemed well for the Bulls as they started to build their lead on Patrick Burke’s three pointer and running hook shot, and then Jack Melore’s fall away jumper and a Burke free throw made it a 7 point game, but when Commack rallied behind Nick Waga to take a 44-42 lead into the fourth quarter, and Mike Gitz hit a runner to open the quarter and then a left wing three pointer to make it 49-42 Cougars, you could see the Bulls, who had never trailed in the second half of a game all season, were rattled. All the signs were there: rushed shots, turnovers, repeated one on one moves, defensive lapses, and it got worse as Commack’s shooters, particularly Gitz, heated up. The lead was 14 after Ethan Meisel’s short baseline jumper, and New York State’s 5th ranked team needed to settle down and refocus or they were on their way to their first defeat. They could not, and Commack, who came into the game 11-2 overall and trailing West by only a game in the standings, held on for the upset and a first-place tie in Section 11 AA1. The Smithtown faithful have to hope it serves as a wakeup call for a team that seemed destined to compete for a Section 11 Championship and beyond. BOX SCORE
Chaminade 60 Holy Trinity 50
A classic NSCHSAA battle, and although 3rd ranked Chaminade led most of the way, it was close and contentious. If we didn’t know already, the 14th ranked Titans are for real. BOX SCORE
Carter Wilson led SJB past St. Doms with 13 points and 8 assists..... Ari Kesselman's two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining gave Plainview the win over East Mreadow..... Samir Bell had 32 points in Bellport's win over Riverhead.....
Smithtown East's Ben Haug had 34 points in their win over William Floyd.....
Chris Lally had 28 points 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in Sachem North's win over Connetquot..... Sachem East's AJ Esposito had 20 points and 14 rebounds in their win over Ward Melville..... Adam Elbehiry had 25 points and 26 rebounds to lead Oceanside over Westbury.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 19TH
#8 Portledge 80 Knox 67
We keep searching for a team that might challenge the Panthers for supremacy in the PSAA, but only Stony Brook has come close so far. Unfortunately, Portledge is the only PSAA team in the habit of reporting scores and submitting stats, so it’s difficult to follow the other teams in the league, and makes it unlikely that any of their players will qualify for post-season honors, which is a shame because some no doubt are deserving. NO BOX
#12 Bay Shore 55 North Babylon 46
It's not too early to start thinking about playoff positioning, and if the Marauders want to avoid Smithtown West until the Section 11 Class AA Championship Game, they are probably going to have to get the #3 seed (I think the two league champions will get 1 and 2). This was a big win toward that end. Although they have some quality wins, North Bab is still searching for that signature win and it will have to come 2/6 at home against Northport. BOX SCORE
Jack Melore had 25 points and Patrick Burke 24 points and 12 rebounds in Smithtown West's win over Lindenhurst....
Sachem North's Andrew Eaton had 26 points and 10 rebounds in their win over Ward Melville..... Sophomore Christian Thomas had 25 points and 16 rebounds in St. Dominic's win over Kellenberg.....
REQUIRED COACHING CLASS
A course required if you want to coach at a New York State public school will be offered on Long Island starting February 7th and taught by long time Westbury High School Coach David Graff. MORE
GAMES OF DECEMBER 15TH
Commack 53 Brentwood 46
GAMES OF DECEMBER 8TH
Brentwood 59 Deer Park 55
WHO IS 3 STEP SPORTS?
A HOOPS MONOPOLI TAKING SHAPE?
You might have read about the stunning moves that 3 Step Sports - a relatively unknown company founded in 2016, has made in recent months, taking over youth basketball industry giants Hoop Group and Zero Gravity, who combined operate hundreds of basketball tournaments and events throughout the year. It turns out that the company, founded by former ESPN Vice President of High School Sports and Recruiting David Geaslen, has rapidly grown into a sports empire with over 700 employees, and was valued, as of last May, at over $250 million dollars! Looking back at past news releases, they are acquiring additional companies in eight different sports at an almost frantic pace, perhaps taking advantage of perceived bargains created in the aftermath of the pandemic. Their apparent objective is to dominate youth sports, not only regionally, but across the country, and almost overnight, they have become one of the big players, with the apparently very deep pockets of investment firms Fiume Capital and Juggernaut Capital behind them to pay for all of it. Will this new giant have an impact on our basketball community? Almost certainly. With their size and acquired expertise, they should be able to put together bigger, better run events in our area and all across the country, with less duplication, and their economies of scale should bring down their costs and enable them to undercut any competitor. But there are dangers. Competition gives companies the incentive to keep prices low and provide great service. Who's going to effectively compete with them when they have most of the gym space tied up and most of the teams in the area are part of their organization and committed to their own events? Another danger: It's very possible their timing is perfect and they are snapping up these companies at bargain prices, but we've all seen companies that have over-extended themselves and been forced into drastic cut-backs and lay-offs and even gone out of business because they misjudged the market or their timing was bad. We'll see how it plays out. Meanwhile, the sleeping giant of youth sports, USA Basketball, continues to slowly make their presence known, now sponsoring 5 age group National Championship tournaments for both boys and girls teams. If they choose to, they can dominate any sport right down the the local level. How would that effect 3 Step and the rest of us? We'll see how that plays out tool
There was a rumor that 3 Step Sports had acquired the Island Garden. Although the two parties have been in negotiations for some time, no agreement had been finalized as of October or 2022. They will work together for now, with the Island Garden hosting 3 Step programs, like their new Steph Curry program, and Lightning teams and players will continue to participate in 3 Step events.
FINAL FOUR ROSTER
Caleb Aurelien/St. Anthony's
Patrick Burke/Smithtown West
Nate Gordon/Deer Park
Brendan Kearney/East Islip
Malachi Polson/Friends Academy
Leonidas Vlogianitis/Garden City
Frank Wilson/Hills West
LONG ISLAND FALLS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Team Long Island upset the #5, #4, and #1 seeds to advance to the NIKE/IS8 Championship Game, the first time they've ever gone that far in the prestigious tournament, but an outburst of three pointers by UCLA bound Tournament MVP Brandon Williams carried Team Rundown to the IS8 Title. The final was 69-59. Garden City’s Leo Vlogianitis was named Long Island’s Final Four MVP and Long Island Lutheran’s Kayden Mingo, who unfortunately was unable to participate in the Final Four, was named to the All-Tournament Team. PLAYOFF RECAPS
TEAM LONG ISLAND SWEEPS INTO THE FINAL FOUR!
Long Island's Dream Team won its Sweet 16 and Elite 8 matchups, upsetting the #4 seed with a balanced attack and great team defense! STORY
GAMES OF JANUARY 30TH
Bayport-Blue Point 53 Mt. Sinai 48
The Mustangs had one last big hurdle to get past to finish in at least a tie for first place in Section 11 League 4, but the Phantoms, in a three-way tie for third, tripped them up. BBP now has wins over all of the other league contenders but East Hampton, who they dropped a 60-57 decision to at home. With Mt Sinai’s loss, the Bonackers are now alone in first place, but they have one last big hurdle on the road at Comsewogue. This Bayport team features three scorers that average double digits, led by Tully Campbell, who had 25 in this game, and a good point guard, Robby Mauer, who can both score and distribute the ball with skill. BOX SCORE
Hills West 50 West Babylon 46
We saw Hills West beat 13-4 Sachem North earlier in the season, and were impressed. Somehow, they are on the verge of elimination and must sweep the rest of their games to qualify for the playoffs. This is the big win that might spark them to do just that. WB is tough to figure, but they will be a factor come playoff time. BOX SCORE
Stony Brook 53 LuHi PSAA 47
A lack of information coming from most of the teams in the PSAA is keeping us from effectively covering them and their players, but clearly, Stony Brook has talent and will be a threat in the playoffs. We would love to have up to date W-L records and player stats from all of the teams, but we do not. NO BOX SCORE SUBMITTED
Matt Garside was unstoppable once again, scoring 40 points in Kings Park's win over John Glenn..... Jalen Harrison had 24 points in Valley Styream North's win over Plainedge.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 20TH
#4 Baldwin 58 Port Washington 55
The Bruins have had a couple of close calls the second time through. They had a comfortable lead in this one, but the Vikings came roaring from behind thanks to a 3-point barrage by Trevor Amalfitano. Jaylen Brown, who has shown a nack for hitting big shots, knocked down some big threes of his own and his three free throws in the closing seconds were the difference. BOX SCORE
#5 SJB 50 St. Anthony's 48
Another dramatic come from behind story, but Carter Wilson spoiled it, going coast to coast for the game winner. BOX SCORE
#10 Syosset 63 Massapequa 47
The Brave’s have reasserted themselves, rolling over the team that knocked rival Hempstead out of first place. BOX SCORE
#16 West Babylon 59 John Glenn 40
This is what we expected from them. What the heck happened against Kings Park? BOX SCORE
Bayport-BP 74 Comsewogue 57
The Phantoms are tough at home and pulled away for an impressive win. Robby Maurer was fantastic, finishing with 27 points and 6 assists. BOX SCORE
Wheatley 64 Cold Spring Harbor 43
Class B Wheatley is now 15-1! Mike Santarelli leads the Wildcat offense, averaging 19.7 ppg. He has knocked down an incredible 67 three pointers this season, far and away the most on Long Island. Santarelli is joined by Bryan McCleary, who averages 16.9 ppg, and Nate Song, who averages 12.6 ppg. Not only is their offense one of the most potent on Long island, but they are also holding their opponents to just 47 points per game. BOX SCORE
Just another day for Matt Garside: He had 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Kings Park past Wyandanch….. Southampton’s Derek Reed is another model of consistency. He had 25 points, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the Mariners past Port Jeff….. Frank Wilson had 33 points in Hills West’s loss to Harborfields. It was his fourth 30+ game of the season…..
COPIAGUE'S MALACHI MOORE LEADS SUFFOLK PAST NASSAU
He is the 6th straight Team Long Island player to win the MVP award in this event!
GAMES OF JANUARY 22ND
St. Anthony's 71 Holy Cross 59
I'll tell you how this works. Whenever a New York City program thinks they don't have one of their best teams, they put Long Island teams on their schedule to pick up some "easy" wins, not knowing that Long Island teams almost always win the season series between the two regions. The result: St. Anthonys makes Holy Cross 0-3 vs Long Island this season, rallying for a very satisfying win behind Team Long Island's Caleb Aurelien.
GAMES OF JANUARY 23RD
#11 Bay Shore 58 #5 Commack 46
It's going to be one of those years in Section 11 1AA. Bay Shore beats Commack, Smithtown West beats Bay Shore, Commack beats Smithtown West, and Bay Shore beats Commack. So as of now, West is alone in first place, and Bay Shore and Commack are both one game back. This game was was tied at 25 at the half, but Bay Shore opened the second half on a 13-0 run. The Cougars stayed within striking distance, but never really recovered. You had to be impressed with the way Aiden Swinson played. He didn’t force things, and when he got the ball in a position to score, couldn’t be stopped. He finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists to lead the way. BOX SCORE
East Islip 37 Amityville 31
Like last season, the Warriors, who have qualified for the playoffs 41 years in a row, are in danger of breaking that impressive streak. They are now 4-6 in league play and need at least a .500 record to qualify. Last years team responded with a winning streak and made the playoffs. What will happen this season? Big win for East Islip, who would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today. The Redmen have some talent and could surprise someone if they get the chance. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF JANUARY 24TH
East Hampton 70 Hampton Bays 48
The Bonackers held on to a share of first place in Section 11 4A, pulling away from third place Hampton Bays in impressive fashion. They have a good, aggressive multi-pronged attack, but their defense was the star in this one, holding the Baymen 26 points below their season average and holding Kazmin Pensa-Johnson, one of Long Island’s leading scorers, well below his average as well. Looking ahead, Mt. Sinai, who is now at full strength and has the tiebreaker advantage with a 5-point win over East Hampton back on 1/10, will face two contenders in their final five games - BBP on the road and Hampton Bays at home, while the Bonackers face one contender - Comsewogue on the road - their last game of the regular season. BOX SCORE
Hauppauge 54 Harborfields 48
The Eagles had one of the best teams in Suffolk last season, but are rebuilding this season and it looks like things are going well! After starting off 0-4, they settled in and are now .500 in league play with this big win over a good Harborfields team. It looks like the playoffs are within reach! BOX SCORE
Babylon 59 Pierson 41
As their rivals know, you can never sleep on a Panthers team. The program has a great history, and they were too much for surprisingly good Pierson, thanks to three double digit scorers led by Sincere McDougal, who had another big game with 21 points. BOX SCORE
Anthony Follett had 28 points in Portledge’s win over Kew Forest….. Mt. Sinai’s Drew Feinstein had 25 points in their win over Rocky Point….. Jai Feaster had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead Bridgehampton over rival Greenport…..
GAMES OF JANUARY 25TH
Northport 45 West Islip 44
West Islip came from behind in the fourth quarter and with 54 seconds remaining had a 44-40 lead in their bid to upset the Tigers, but they missed three crucial free throws down the stretch and JoJo Cipollino’s three free throws and Brendan Carr’s pull-up jumper from the right baseline at the buzzer completed the stirring Northport comeback. BOX SCORE
Copiague 56 North Babylon 50
Copiague has a tough road ahead to qualify for the playoffs, having to go 4-1 over their last 5 games, but they took a big first step behind an outstanding game from Malachi Moore, who responded with 35 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks. Two of their remaining games are against playoff caliber opponents Northport and Hills East. BOX SCORE
Derek Reed had 26 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals to lead Southampton over Southold.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 21ST
#7 South Side 71 GN North 45
Its not surprising that the Cyclones won - they’ve won 15 in a row now! It's the margin of victory that was a bit of a surprise, given that GNN had beaten both Elmont and Garden City in recent games. James Murphy led the way with 21 points and Josh Garelle had 17. BOX SCORE
#13 Friends by forfeit
By forfeit over Academy Charter?? Believe it or not, there was another forfeit last night too. Martin Luther pulled out of their game with Portledge at the last minute.
NO BOX SCORE
Great Neck South 64 Long Beach 55
GN South is still searing for that first big win, but they’ve put together an 11-5 record overall and are 7-1 in Section 8 1A. Unfortunately, there are no candidates for a big win on the remainder of their schedule, so they’ll have to show what they can do in the playoffs. Jesse Roggendorf is putting together a memorable season for GNS, averaging 19.3 ppg while knocking down 44 three-pointers. BOX SCORE
Wantagh 47 Valley Stream North 37
13-2 Wantagh is another team in search of a quality win. They did beat Clarke, another team in search of quality wins. What catches your eye is that they allow only 37 points per game - tied with Friends Academy for best on Long Island! BOX SCORE
Alessandro Giacomorra had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Division's win over Hewlett..... Ryan Connolly had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Floral Park over Plainedge.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 26TH
#10 Portledge 65 LuHi PSAA 64
There is no basketball team that is more under the radar than the LuHi PSAA team, or Regional Team, or B Team. Playing under the big shadow of the LuHi National Team makes it tough to get much attention, but they took a big step towards getting out of that shadow, falling a basket short of upsetting 10th ranked Portledge. Anthony Sennett hit the game winner in the final seconds for the Panthers, who climbed out of a 12-point 4th quarter hole for the win.
Bellport 74 Smithtown East 65
Good win for the Clippers. Bellport is in first place in their league and has now won 11 of their last 12 games, but still gets no respect from the Sweet 16 Coaches Panel. Why? First, their league, 2AA in Secion 11, is considered down this season, and all 12 of their wins are league wins, and second, in their non-league games, they’ve gone 0-4 and 3 of their loses have been one-sided. They will have to change that perception the playoffs. Meanwhile, two of Long Island’s best players had big games in this one. Samir Bell had 28 for Bellport and Ben Haug 35 for Smithtown East. BOX SCORE
Freshman Alex Davis had 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead Bridgehampton over Smithtown Christian..... Pierson's Luke Seltzer had 37 points to lead Pierson past Mattituck.....
GAMES OF JANUARRY 27TH
#5 Commack 51 Brentwood 46
After a tough loss to Bay Shore, the Cougars are back doing what they do - proving over and over that they are one of Section 11’s best teams. Nobody can remember the last time they swept Brentwood, if ever. Their win and Smithtown West’s loss creates a three-way tie for first in Section 11 1AA. BOX SCORE
N. Babylon 57 #6 Smithtown W 52
The Bulls were running so high that any loss is a shocker, but they are now 14-2, and both of their losses have been to very good teams. We already know how tough North Babylon is. Nobody wants them in the playoffs. BOX SCORE
#14 Holy Trinity 68 St. Dominic 64
The bottom line is the Titans are now 5-1 in league play and without a doubt one of the favorites in the always tough NSCHSAA, but the Bayhawks are dangerous! Matt Defalco registered his 12th double digit game and his 3rd 20+ game for Holy Trinity, while Fabian Wheatley had his 3rd 20+ game for St. Doms. BOX SCORE
Northport 80 Hills East 62
Northport has had 4 different players lead them in scoring this season. That and their always excellent defense will serve them well in the playoffs. Drew Miller led the way in this one with 28 points. Hills East is rebuiding, but has shown the potential to upset someone. They are 7-8 in league play and have to make the playoffs first. BOX SCORE
Wantagh 47 Floral Park 45 OT
Your schedule is what it is. You can tweak you non-league opponents, but for the most park, the teams you play and the league you play in are set. 14-2 Wantagh has done as much as they can do, and anxiously await the opportunity to prove how good they are in the playoffs. Jakai Lester scored the winning basket at the buzzer on this one to give Wantagh the thrilling win in OT. BOX SCORE
Sophomore Carter Wilson had 20 points and 10 assists in SJB's win over St. Mary's..... James Notias had 25 points in Manhasset's win over Division..... Sachem North's Matt Rintoul had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Lally had 18 points and 7 assists in their win over Riverhaed..... Caleb Aurelien exploded for 37 points to lead St. Anthony's over Kellenberg..... Amityville pulled away from Harborfields behind 15 second half points from Christian Smiley..... Dylan McLennon had 27 points and 8 steals in Sewanhak's win over Garden City. The Trojan's Leo Vlogianitis also had 27 points..... Jericho's Issac Varghese had 27 points in their win over Long Beach..... Sonny D'Errico had 35 points to lead MacArthur over New Hyde Park..... Chris Colaciello had 26 points to lead Carle Place over Oyster Bay.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 29TH
#2 Chaminade 71 Archb. Molloy 68
It was shaping up to be a dominant win for the Flyers. They got off to a good start and had a 24-13 lead at the first quarter buzzer. It was 41-28 Chaminade at the half and 57-45 after three quarters, with Joe Knaus on his way to 9 three-pointers, but Molloy finally made its run in the 4th quarter, cutting the lead to 5 with 3 minutes to play and to 3 with 30 seconds on the clock. The Flyers missed back-to-back 1 and 1 free throws to open the door, but a potential game tying three pointer was off target and the Stanners missed a 1 and 1 of their own and Antoni Vlogianitis came through, icing the game with two big free throws with 7.6 seconds left to give Chaminade a 5-point advantage. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF JANUARY 28TH
Port Washington 46 Plainview 43
Three teams, including East Meadow, are battling for second place in Section 8 AA2, and this win gave the Vikings a share of it and put Plainview one game back. Port climbed out of an early hole to lead by 2 at the half, and it was back and forth from there. Trevor Amalfitano led the way in the big road win with 19 points.
Wheatley 63 Locust Valley 57
Wheatley avenged their only league loss of the season, but it was tight wire to wire once again. Wheatley's Nate Song led all scorers with 20 points, but both teams had four double digit scorers. BOX SCORE
Hempstead's Jakkai Stith had 22 points and 10 assists to lead the Tigers past Oceanside..... Josh Socias had 36 points and 10 rebounds in a Herricks win over Valley Stream Central.....
GAMES OF JANUARY 31ST
#4 SJB 70 Holy Trinity 56
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead and held onto it. Steven Williams gets big baskets and he was at his best in this one, finishing with 26 points and 5 assists.
#7 Syosset 56 Uniondale 53
There has been an amazing turnaround at Uniondale and watch out if they qualify for the playoffs! The Braves had to come from behind for this win! BOX SCORE
Malverne 73 Seaford 56
This is the time of year when the Mules start to assert themselves, gearing up for the playoffs. They have won 5 of their last 6, and Seaford was in second place in their division coming into this game. Farvens Ulysse has led the offense this season, as he did in this game, with 24 points, and he’s an excellent rebounder as well, pulling down 12 - the 6th time he’s registered double digits in that stat. Kevin Estime had his best game of the season, with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Barring upsets, Wheatley stands in the way of another Class B title, but at 16-1, it will be no easy task. BOX SCORE
Patrick Burke had 28 points and 13 rebounds in Smithtown West's win over Huntington..... Jakkai Stith had 39 points and 11 rebounds in Hempstead's win over Freeport.....
NEXT WEEK'S CAN'T MISS GAMES
4:45 PM Wyandanch @ Hills West
5:00 PM South Side @ Elmont
5:45 PM Hampton Bays @ Mt Sinai
6:15 PM East Hampton @ Comsewogue
5:00 PM Hempstead @ Syosset
7:00 PM East Meadow @ Port Washingtom
5:00 PM Sewanhaka @ Great Neck North
7:00 PM Chaminade @ St. Anthony's
7:00 PM Oak Hill @ LI Lutheran
12:00 PM Massapequa @ Hempstead
12:00 PM Baldwin @ East Meadow
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 2ND
#10 Smithtown W 63 #16 Northport 58
At first glance, a very good game between two ranked teams, but the big story is that Long Island Player Of The Year candidate Patrick Burke suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury during the game. His teammates heroically rallied to pick up a big road win. UPDATE: Burke required surgery, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, not until after his senior season is over. BOX SCORE
#8 Bay Shore 71 Brentwood 62
Bay Shore has had some puzzling losses this season, but when they’re at their best, they’ve racked up far more impressive wins. Beating Brentwood at Brentwood is one of them. Adjusting to a new head coach and adding a new starter to the line-up doesn’t come together overnight, but they’ve progressed to the point that they are now one of the best teams, if not the best team in Section 11 AA as the playoffs approach. BOX SCORE
Mike Corley scored 33 points in Longwood's OT win over Riverhead..... North Babylon's Daniel Blake Watson had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Huntington.....
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 3RD
#4 SJB 102 #2 Chaminade 88
The young Cougars overwhelmed the Flyers on their home court, tearing their formidable defense to scheds with a balanced attack that had 5 players reach double digits. Jeremiah Carter led the way with 28 points, Jawuan Smith had his best game of the season, dominating the paint with 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Carter Wilson finished with 19 points and 11 assists. All three are sophomores! It was one of the most impressive performances by any team this season. BOX SCORE
Amityville 57 John Glenn 53
Legendary Hall of Fame coach Jack Agostino, who has taken the Amityville Warriors to 4 New York State Championships, picked up his 500th career victory - only the 4th Long Island coach to ever achieve that milestone. The win clinched a playoff spot for his Warriors for the 42nd year in a row! An amazing career with an amazing program, and it's not over yet! 2/3 BOX SCORE
ACTIVE COACHES WITH THE MOST CAREER VICTORIES
Wally Bachman/Jericho /485
Steve Liebertz/GN South/443