TEAM LONG ISLAND ROLLS TO
NYC BIG TIME TITLE
Team Long Island, traditionally put together to represent Long Island at the iconic NIKE/IS8 Tournament every fall and spring, had to find a new event this fall after New York City and PSAL COVID regulations prevented the historic event from being played. We settled on the 200 team NYC Big Time Tournament at the House Of Sports up in Ardsley as our main event, and with what we think is Team Long Island’s best three point shooting team ever, felt confident going into it. Although we didn’t play well on Day 1, we still finished the day 2-0 thanks to big games from Nick Watts of Northport, Ryan Weiss from Hewlett, Macai John from Hauppauge, and Dakari Thomas from St. Anthony’s. We also had good performances from both Jeadon Hutchinson of St. Mary's and Jamir Stewart of Baldwin, with Hutchinson hitting some big baskets and Stewart saving the day by knocking down two pressure packed free throws to seal the victory in game two. Day 2 was a different story. Team Long Island was firing on all cylinders on Day 2! The defensive intensity we are known for was there, the ball movement and moving without the ball was there, the crisp passing was there, and that all came together to unleash an incredible three point shooting barrage that lasted all day long and overwhelmed both of our previously undefeated opponents. Watts, who might be Long Island’s most improved player, has added a reliable three point shot to his big man repertoire and he was raining threes all day, Weiss, Nassau’s leading scorer last year as a sophomore, was raining threes, and so were Dakari Thomas, Mike Gitz from Commack, and David DeBusschere from Chaminade, while Macai John, Jacob Oka from Baldwin, and Watts effectively controlled the boards and the paint and Jalyke Gaines from St. Anthony’s, Preston Edmead from Deer Park, and Kamren Denhart from Sewanhaka played tough D and selflessly orchestrated from the point, penetrating from the top and racking up assists feeding the hot shooters. It was a beautiful thing to see and led to two very impressive blow-out wins and the NYC Big Time Tournament Championship - Team Long Island’s first championship ever! Yes, it was our first ever because we’ve never played in anything other than IS8 before, and although we do well each year and have gone as far as the semifinals, a championship has eluded us. This dominant performance will be a great starting point for our spring team when we renew our quest for that first NIKE/IS8 title next March. 10/17
TEAM LONG ISLAND HEADS
TO NEW JERSEY
We needed a good test before playing in our big event of the fall, the NYC Big Time Tournament, and New Jersey has a reputation as a basketball hotbed, so we decided to sample that for ourselves and enter a Columbus Day weekend tournament there and hopefully get some good competition to prepare us. In hindsight, we probably jumped the gun a little bit because we had unexpectedly few practices leading up to it and hadn't installed any plays or most important, didn't get a chance to work on our press break, and that's what came back to haunt us. In our first game of the season, we started off playing like a team that had never played together before, falling into a quick hole, but Xavier Lewis from Hills East and Dakari Thomas from St. Anthony's settled us down, and then the two of them and Northport's Nick Watts, Hewlett's Ryan Weiss, and Hauppauge's Macai John sparked a rally that carried us to a double digit victory. We looked much better in game two, rolling behind the same group plus David DeBusschere and Mac Kelly from Chaminade and Jaedon Hutchinson from St. Mary's, and our impressive play continued in our semifinal matchup the following morning, where we built a big early lead. The difference was our semifinal opponent was the first opponent to throw an aggressive pressing and trapping defense at us, and without a press break installed, we wilted under the pressure and lost a close game. No shame. They were an IS8 worthy team that we should have beaten but didn't. After the game, I explained to the kids that as well as Team Long Island has done over the years, every one of those teams had at least 1 loss. This was ours.
ABOUT TEAM LONG ISLAND
For those of you not familiar with the program, Team Long Island brings together Long Island's best basketball players every year to represent us at the legendary NIKE IS8 Tournament in New York City. IS8 is an iconic New York City event that has hosted almost every great player in the New York City Metropolitan area over the years, and also brings in high level teams and talent from all over the country to take on New York's best. We've always done well in it, compiling a 49-9 record since we first entered and getting as far as the semifinals, so we're determined to continue that tradition with this years team and hopefully capture that elusive IS8 championship trophy.
This year's team has started practicing and the results so far have been very encouraging. Thanks to the quality and depth of our roster, we can put any of our 15 players out on the floor and know they'll get the job done. Even so, there have been a few kids that have been particularly impressive so far and deserve special mention. At the top of that list is the under the radar Macai John from Hauppauge. He is about 6'5, very athletic with a high motor, and is a rebounding and shot blocking specialist that knows how to put the ball in the basket. Second on the list is Dakari Thomas, a guard from St. Anthony's that earned one of the last spots on the roster. He really didn't excel at the tryouts, but at practice, he has been a relentless force, scoring inside and out and playing hard nosed defense. The final mention goes to another guard that was one of the last players to make the final roster, guard Michael Gitz from Commack. He is a three point specialist that moves well without the ball, has unlimited range on his jumper, and plays hard on both sides of the ball. The coaching staff is really excited about this team, and with Fall IS8 postponed due to New York City and PSAL COVID regulations, will be directing its attention to other high level tournaments in the region and getting this team ready for the return of IS8 this spring. We will keep you updated on our progress.
FALL 2021 ROSTER
The invitation only tryouts for the fall of 2021 team are complete. The players that made the fall roster are:
David DeBusschere, Chaminade
Kamren Denhart, Sewanhaka
Preston Edmead, Deer Park
Jalyke Gaines, St. Anthony's
Michael Gitz, Commack
Jeadon Hutchinson, St. Mary's
Macai John, Hauppauge
Mac Kelly, Chaminade
Xavier Lewis, Hills East
Aaron Nyantakyi, Brentwood
Jacob Oka, Baldwin
Jamir Stewart, Baldwin
Dakari Thomas, St. Anthony's
Nick Watts, Northport
Ryan Weiss, Hewlett
NOTE: Brentwood's Zatai Townsend and Smithtown West's Patrick Burke both made the team, but could not play because of injuries.
Team Long Island brings Long Island's best basketball players together to represent us in high level events, but the COVID epidemic forced us to hold off for the spring and fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. We have decided to publish the names of the players that would have been invited to represent us in order to recognize their excellence.
Here are the players that would have received invitations to tryouts:
FALL OF 2020 AND SPRING 2021
Rence Areola, Valley Stream Central
Mekhi Beckett, Mepham
Patrick Burke, Smithtown West
Darius Coleman, St. Mary’s
Jackson Cronin, Great Neck North
Ahmad Crowell, Manhasset
Anthony Daley, Deer Park
David Debusschere, Chaminade
Ryan Dunn, LuHi
Preston Edmead Deer Park
Jack Garside, Kings Park
Myles Goddard, Amityville
Pat Healy, Northport
Mikell Henry, Lawrence
Franklin Infante, East Rockaway
Macai John, Hauppauge
Colby Jordan, Hills West
Paul Jordan, LuHI
Jaden Kealy, Center Moriches
Luke Long, Garden City
Jonathan Maldonado, Elmont
Malachi Moore, Copiague
Joe Perlowski, Plainview
Jayden Reid, LuHi
Jordan Riley, Brentwood
Chris Toscano, Carey
Michael Warren Jr, Malverne
Jared Weakly, Holy Trinity
Ryan Weiss, Hewlett
Frank Wilson, Hills West
SPRING OF 2020 TEAM
(Tryouts had already been held in the fall of 2019)
Ahkeee Anderson, Center Moriches
Chris Boothe, Sachem East
Kieran Dorney, Chaminade
Malik Edmead, Deer Park
Darnell Evans, Amityville
Brandon Goldberg, Wantagh
Zed Key, LuHi
TJ Long, Holy Trinity
Spencer Malloy, Commack
Tyshon Pannell, Central Islip
Jordan Riley, Brentwood
Mike Sixsmith, Holy Trinity
Andre Snoddy, St. Anthonys
Nick Spinosa, Kellenberg
Brandon Weiss, Jericho
Editors note: In what might have been our strongest team ever, seven players from the spring of 2020 team are on D1 rosters this fall, three on D2, and the remaining 5 D3.
"THEORY AND TECHNIQUES OF COACHING" CLASS
A class that is a New York State requirement for any non-certified physical education major coaching in public schools will be offered online through the Westbury Adult Education program and will be conducted by veteran championship coach Dave Graff of Westbury. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm starting October 26th. See the attached flyer for more information. FLYER 10/20
HIGH LEVEL PRESEASON HS SHOWCASE ON LONG ISLAND
A terrific preseason High School Showcase is coming together here on Long Island at The Fieldhouse in Massapequa. Top teams from all over the region, featuring Long Island preseason Sweet 16 candidates Hills East, St. John The Baptist, and Brentwood, in addition to teams from New York City, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania, will battle it out and tons of talent will be on display. Come enjoy the games the weekend of October 16th and 17th. We will post the schedules when they are finalized. Our thanks to Lucky Brannon and his Manhattan Sports Academy for adding another high profile event to the Long Island basketball calendar!
SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHORTAGE!
There is a shortage of school bus drivers that might have an impact on schools traveling to away games. Some bus companies are offering incentives including signing bonuses!
TEAM LONG ISLAND
2021 NYC BIG TIME CHAMPIONS
NEW YORK STATE RANKINGS
The New York State Sportswriters Association has posted the first High School Basketball rankings of the season. They are for games played through Sunday 12/19. RANKINGS
BEST UPCOMING GAMES
4:00 PM North Babylon @ Deer Park
7:00 PM Plainedge @ Lynbrook
12:00 PM Brentwood @ North Babylon
3:00 PM Holy Trinity @ St. Francis Prep
1:00 PM Calhoun @ Syosset
6:00 PM Bay Shore vs Elmont
8:00 PM St. Dominic @ Baldwin
SOUTH SIDE TOURNAMENT
2:00 PM Lynbrook vs Kellenberg
12:00 PM Chaminade @ Northport
RETURNING ALL-LONG ISLAND PLAYERS
The following high school players are back this season after earning All-Long Island honors last season:
Manu Alford, Holy Trinity
Zaire Baines, Portledge
Patrick Burke Smithtown West
David DeBusschere, Chaminade
Preston Edmead, Deer Park
Drew Feinstein, Port Jefferson
Jayden Pierre LuHi
Jayden Reid LuHi
Ryan Weiss, Hewlett
LONG ISLAND'S RETURNING LEADING SCORERS
The following high school players are back this season after averaging 20 or more points per game last season:
Ryan Weiss/Hewlett 28.3
Drew Feinstein/Port Jefferson 22.6
Luke Woods/Mattituck 22.3
Javin Riddick/Bellport 21.4
Spyro Drenis/Roslyn 20.0
LONG ISLAND NETS DROP
G LEAGUE OPENER
Cam Thomas, who was an NBA first round pick out of LSU, scored 35 points in defeat, and Day’Ron Sharpe, who played for North Carolina and was also a first round pick, finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. 11/6
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 5th
#3 Baldwin 61 #6 Deer Park 51
The Bruins were in control the whole way, leading 51-34 after 3 quarters, and held the visiting Falcons almost 20 points below their season average. Jamir Stewart seems to be peaking as the playoffs approach, and led the way with 21 points and 5 assists.
#13 St. Anthony's 57 Msgr. Farrell 50
The Friars had their leading scorer back, Team Long Island's Jalyke Gaines-Wyatt, and he and another Team Long Island selection, Dakari Thomas, keyed a 21 point fourth quarter that brought St. Anthony's from behind to defeat Staten Island's best Catholic School team. Gaines-Wyatt finished with 24 points and Thomas with 18.
Amityville 75 Hills West 70 OT
The Warriors had to win 4 out of their last 5 league games of the season to qualify for the playoffs, and they picked up their third straight, knocking Hills West out of second place in the process. The Colts took an early lead, but Amityville shut them out in the second quarter and led by 6 at the half. West tied it in regulation, but sophomore Christian Smiley stepped up, scoring 6 points in the extra session, and Ulric Farrier hit the big one, knocking down a thee-pointer with 1:30 left to give Amityville a lead they would not relinquish. Smiley and Elijah Canady both finished with 14 points. Two more to go now, against East Hampton and Rocky Point, and they need to win one of them but both are on the road and Rocky Point is fighting for a playoff spot too.
Our old friend and the long-time coach of the Baldwin Bruins - Darius Burton - won his 350th game last night, bringing his career record to an incredible 350-89, a .800 winning percentage! He has led the Bruins to 6 Long Island Championship Games and three Long Island titles, and produced a long list of college players in his 22 years at the helm. His contributions go way beyond basketball, and it's reflected in the love the Baldwin community shows for him, and the respect the Long Island basketball community has for him and what he has accomplished. Congratulations Darius, and a toast to many more years to come!
Its been a big year for milestones and we will feature more of them in the coming weeks. 1/18
FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!
If you had asked me in early December whether or not we would be able to complete the season and have playoffs after that, I would have answered that it didn't look good. I'd just heard that 43 games had been postponed in the city in just one day, and we were getting more and more here every day and already had a day when half of our games were postponed. On top of that, all the COVID numbers were soaring, and it seemed inevitable that we would soon reach the point where it would be impossible to reschedule all the postponed games. Now, just over a month later, I am pleased to report that we have days when no games are postponed, and even better, all the games that were previously postponed have now been successfully rescheduled! I don't want to jump the gun here because we're certainly not out of the woods yet, but I think it's important to recognize our basketball community for coming together and figuring out a way, even while all the numbers for the general population were going up and up! Let's make sure we stay determined and vigilant, and hopefully I'll see everyone up in Glens Falls!
TOP SCORING TEAMS
13-0 Syosset leads Section 8 averaging 73 points per game, 7-2 Southampton Section 11 at 74 ppg, 7-6 SJB the Catholic League at 68 ppg, and 5-0 Long Island Lutheran B the private schools at 76 ppg. Interestingly, Section 11 has 7 teams averaging 70 points or more while Syosset is the only team in Section 8 and the two Lutheran teams the only two among catholic and private schools.
GAMES OF JANUARY 15th
#2 Chaminade 68 Stony Brook 33
Stony Brook beat SJB earlier this season, but were no match for the red hot Flyers. David DeBusschere led the way with 17 points and Bradley Wyckoff added 14 points and 12 rebounds.
#7 Portledge 66 Dwight 56
The Panthers are into the meat of their private school schedule, and Dwight is one of the teams that might stand in their way of going upstate. Anthony Follett had another big game with 33 points and Zaire Baines filled the stat sheet with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
#14 Manhasset 65 Garden City 62
A great rivalry matchup between two highly regarded teams with only 1 loss, the Trojans took a 4 point lead into the halftime locker room, but a big third quarter from Manhasset put them in front, and they fought off Garden City from there for the big road win. Liam Connor led the way with 25 points and Mike Notias finished with 20 while Joseph Wood and Tarell Joseph led the Trojans with 16 points each.
Plainview 73 Herricks 41
On paper, a big test for both teams, both with only two losses, but it was no contest and Plainview made it very clear that they are a legitimate contender in Section 8 AA. Dylan Banner had a big game with 25 points, Mason Garvey added 17 and Brody Girsky finished with 12.
GAMES OF JANUARY 21st
#10 Portledge 67 LI Lutheran "B" 53
Before I go any further, let me first say that Portledge's Zaire Baines had another great game and finished with 36 points, putting him within striking distance of Long Island's all-time scoring record, and he could break the record in his next game on Monday, so stay tuned! About the game: Basically, the best team in the league put an upstart in its place with a convincing win, but what's interesting about it is that outside of the PSAA, not many people even know that Long Island Lutheran even has has a B Team, but all of a sudden, here they are, 6-0 coming into the game and contending for first place in the PSAA along with established programs like Portledge, Knox, Stony Brook, and Lawrence Woodmere! They don't get a lot of attention, and when you hear B Team, you think JV. Not so. They're a separate varsity team. B teams are a long tradition with New York City Catholic Schools, and it's basically a way for powerhouse programs to accommodate an excess of talent at the varsity level. Can LuHi's B team compete with other high school varsity teams? After watching them for the first time, I have to say yes, they can. They have talent and appear to be well coached, so we'll just have to see how that plays out. One thing to note: They're not State Playoff eligible because New York State or the NYSAIS has a rule that only one varsity team per school can participate in the state playoffs. They'd have to win the PSAA for that to be a factor anyway and getting past Portledge would be a very tall task.
GAMES OF JANUARY 23rd
#2 Chaminade 70 Archbishop Molloy 53
It's not one of Molloy’s best teams, but it still felt good. They’re one of New York’s legendary basketball programs, and the Flyers were in control the whole way. You can’t think stop Debusschere, or stop Kelly, or stop Cantwell, or stop Wyckoff, or stop Edmonds with this team, because someone else will step up and beat you. Chaminade has had 7 different players score in double figures this season, and nobody on the team averages 20 points per game. Talent, depth and balance - a winning combination.
LI Catholic League
A great annual event usually between upstate and downstate CHSAA teams.
DAY 2 -12/11
St. Joseph's 72 #7 Holy Trinity 61
Nichols 100 St. Dominic 84
SJB 82 St. Francis 62
DAY 1 - 12/10
#7 Holy Trinity 56 St. Francis 49
Manu Alford led the way with 18 points, Izaiah Shaw Glen had 13 and Jon McCullers 12.
St. Dominic 68 Hamburg 38
SJB 88 St. Joseph's 75
LUHI HAMMERS IONA PREP
It was never a contest: 38-9 at halftime! Two Long Island kids, Westbury's Jayden Reid, who had 20 points and 5 assists and Merrick's Finley Sheridan, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, led the way.
CTK HOLDS OFF CHAMINADE
A classic CHSAA battle and Christ The King, one of the top teams in the city this season, held on to beat #2 Chaminade 64-60. Junior David DeBusschere had 28 points in the loss, including a three pointer that cut the margin to 2 in the finals seconds before CTK iced it at the free throw line. 12/10
TEAM LONG ISLAND UPDATE
Bad news for alumnus Savion Lewis, who was named New York's Mr. Basketball his senior season and also earned New York State Class AA Player Of The Year honors that year. He has had another setback in his college career, tearing his Achilles tendon. After sitting out for two years, he had just regained his starting spot and was in the midst of leading his team to a big win with a big game when he went down and unfortunately, will miss the rest of season. Doctors say his prognosis is good, and he still has plenty of eligibility left, so we can still look forward to watching him play down the road.
The following players have been chosen to represent their counties at the 2021 Alzheimer's All-Star Basketball Classic:
NASSAU COUNTY BOYS
Manu Alford/Holy Trinity
Jaeden Hutchinson/St. Mary's
Bret Michaels/Long Beach
Richard Neysmith/Holy Trinity
Leonidas Vlogianitis/Garden City
SUFFOLK COUNTY BOYS
Jack Baron/Bayport Blue Point
Clinton Efinda/St. John the Baptist
Roderick Jones II/St. John the Baptist
Xavier Lewis/Hills East
Dakari Thomas/St. Anthony
Derek Varlack/Hills East
Ryan Williams/St. John the Baptist
Jalyke Gaines/St. Anthony
NASSAU COUNTY GIRLS
Meghan Anderson/Our Lady of Mercy
Alisa Blalock/St. Mary’s
Taryn Barbot/St. Mary’s
Taylor Barbot/St. Mary’s
Lindsay Hogan/Locust Valley
Samantha Shea/Our Lady of Mercy
Emma Von Essen/LuHi
SUFFOLK COUNTY GIRLS
Casey Campo/Mount Sinai
Ava Darvassy/St. Anthony
Iris Hoffman/Walt Whitman
Lola Idir/Port Jefferson
Kylie Kuhn/Deer Park
Ashley Pavan/Sachem East
Alyssa Studdert/Hills East
Jade Dockery/West Babylon
The games will be played Sunday, October 24th at Amityville HS
IONA UPSETS #10 ALABAMA BUT LOSES IN SEMIS
STORY After a big win that brought national attention to the program, Rick Pitino's team lost to surprising Belmont in the semifinals, their first loss of the season, and then to #4 Kansas in the Consolation Game. Long time Iona fans will remember back in the 1979-80 season, the Gaels, coached by Jim Valvano and starring Sachem's Jeff Ruland and Babylon's Glenn Vickers, picked up another headline making win when they beat a Louisville team that went on to win the NCAA Championship. Iona finished 29-5 that year and was a 6th seed in the tournament, falling to 3rd seed Georgetown in the second round. 11/26
LONG ISLAND'S NCAA D1 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
This season, it's Hofstra @ Stony Brook, December 8th at 7 PM
Both teams are among the favorites in their respective leagues this season. Should be a good one! GET TICKETS
Long Island is down to just two D2 teams, and unfortunately, the Long Island D2 Championship Game slipped by us back on November 14th, when Adelphi defeated Molloy 80-75.
LONG ISLAND DOWN TO TWO D2 BASKETBALL PROGRAMS
In August 2020, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) announced it would be suspending its intercollegiate NCAA D2 athletics activities for at least two years. Long Island once had a strong presence in Division 2 basketball, but with the closure of Dowling College, the end of the D2 basketball program at what is now LIU/Post, and the suspension of the program at NYIT, only Adelphi and Molloy remain.
GREECE/PITINO FALL SHORT
In order to qualify for a spot in the Olympic Games, Long Island's Rick Pitino had to lead the Greek National team to the title of their Olympic Qualifying Tournament, despite missing their two best players - NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greek legend Vassilis Spanoulis, plus two other important national team veterans. The Greeks, like most Pitino coached teams, overachieved, advancing all the way to the championship game by beating China and then arch-rival Turkey with a young, inexperienced team on the floor. They then caught what looked like a big break when favored Canada was upset by the Czech Republic in the semifinals, but they couldn’t overcome the Czech's big 29-7 third quarter run and fell 97-72 in the title game. Had they advanced, Antetokounmpo, his brother Thanasis and some of the recuperated national team veterans were expected to join them in Tokyo and become a formidable challenger. After the loss, Pitino, who had accepted the offer to coach the team while he was in Greece coaching a Greek Euro League team, posted: “It was a fabulous run coaching the players of Greece. They have great passion and I’ll always be rooting for them from afar. Principles and style were learned and the future is bright!” EDITORS NOTE: Coach Pitino was interviewed months later about the experience and gave a terrific interview. 5/7 STORY
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 1st
#7 Smithtown W #10 Hills East 48
Tyler Anderson knocked down 5 big three pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls over shorthanded Hills East in a Section 11 League 3 first place showdown. Xavier Lewis finished with 16 points for the Thunderbirds,
Northport 39 Ward Melville 36 OT
Ninth ranked Northport wins games with their defense and so does fifteenth ranked Ward Melville, and both teams were 15-2 coming into this Section 11 League 2 first place showdown. The difference was an Owen Zimmerman three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in overtime. Nick Watts led the Tigers with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Brenden Carr added 10 points. Tommy Ribaudo finished with 11 points for the Patriots.
St. Dominic 61 #13 St. Anthony's 60
St. Dominic looks like the dark horse in the NSCHSAA race this season, and the Bayhawks were on their way to a convincing road win over the shorthanded Friars, but Dakari Thomas led a dramatic fourth quarter rally that gave St. Anthony’s a late lead. Kyle Marshall stepped up, knocking down a dramatic long range three point at the buzzer to give St. Doms a thrilling 1 point victory. They improved to 3-3 in the league, good for 3rd place. Matt McGovern and Fabian Wheatley both had 16 points for the Bayhawks and Marshall’s big shot gave him 13 on the day. Thomas led all scorers with 21 for the Friars.
Malverne 76 Friends Academy 71 OT
Malverne always seems to get up for the big games, and they pulled out a big overtime win in this Section 8 Conference B-C first place showdown, rallying from a 7 point third quarter deficit. Chad Weasley’s big steal in OT turned the tide, and he finished with 14 points. Maverne’e big man, Trey Robinson, has been on a tear and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Gabe Ferencz had another big game for the Quakers, finishing with a game high 30 points.
Pierson 76 Center Moriches 63
This is a very good Pierson team, one of the better Class C teams in New York State. For a small school to have three players consistently score in double digits - all three capable of being the leading scorer in any one game, is a rare thing at this level, but that’s what the Whalers bring to the table. Their only loss so far has been by 10 points to Southampton, a New York State ranked Class B team that is 11-2 on the season. Wilson Bennet had a big game, finishing with 35 points, and he’s their leading scorer at 19 ppg, Cecil Munshin added 13 points and Dan Labrozzi 11. CJ Brackett finished with 23 for CM.
Dominates Suffolk In Girls Game
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GAMES OF DECEMBER 22nd
#3 Smithtown W 51 #11 Hills E 49
A classic battle between two ranked teams. West nursed a lead throughout the first half before the host Thunderbirds surged ahead in the 3rd quarter, but the Bulls quickly evened it up in the 4th, holding Hills East to just five 4th quarter points, and Tyler Anderson’s coast to coast driving layup with 4 seconds remaining gave West the big road win. He finished with a game high 20 points and Patrick Burke added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Derek Varlack and Xavier Lewis led East with 17 and 15 points respectively.
#10 Syosset 72 Hempstead 63
Syosset is Syosset, but if anybody doubted that Hempstead was for real, the Tigers 4th quarter rally brought them back within 4, and they were a missed layup away from cutting it to 2 before the Braves iced it at the free throw line. Matt Lindenman and Andrew Zhou both finished with 23 points to lead Syosset, while Jakkai Stith led the rally and had 35 for Hempstead.
Plainedge 61 Bellmore 48
They have a new coach and are flying completely under the radar, but the Red Devils keep piling up wins, utilizing a 22-10 fourth quarter to pull away from a solid Bellmore team and notch their 6th victory without a loss. Bradan Donellan and Caden Morra led a balanced attack with 14 points each and Joseph Iadevaio added 13.
NCAA COACHES ON THE RISE
in an article titled "16 coaches on the rise entering the 21-22 season", two coaches with Long Island roots, Bryant's Jared Grasso and Norfolk State's Robert Jones, are included. 9/23 STORY
Cougars 76 Hills East 68
Cougars 63 Hauppauge 61
Hills East FORFEIT over Muffin Tops
TOWN OF HUNTIGTON
Northport vs Kings Park
Never played due to weather related postponement
Northport 42 Deer Park 38
Kings Park 51 Walt Whitman 37
COES NECK PARK
Baldwin 74 Wyandanch 71
Baldwin 51 Sewanhaka 41
Wyandanch 66 Team Recruits 57
ST. ANTHONY'S SUMMER LEAGUE
Hills East 57 Northport 46
Northport 43 St. Anthony's 40
TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME/LARGE SCHOOL
Ward Melville 37 Comsewogue 31
Comsewogue 65 Newfield 46
Ward Melville 46 Smithtown West 44
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME/SMALL SCHOOL
Mount Sinai 52 Center Moriches 40
Mount Sinai 44 Pierson 41
Center Moriches 56 Shoreham WR 30
BAD END TO SUMMER GAME
Wyandanch upset Holy Trinity and Team Recruits to advance to the championship game of the Coes Neck Park Summer League against host Baldwin, but an exciting game was interrupted by unruly fans. STORY BY DAVE GRAFF
NIKO ROBERTS GETS MOUNTAIN WEST POST
Long Island's Niko Roberts, who starred at St. Anthony's, has been named Associate Commissioner of the D1 Mountain West Conference! 5/25
ATHLETIC DIRECTORS MEET
Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director and Todd Nelson, Assistant Director, will meet with Section 8 Athletic Directors at a workshop on September 17th. Topics such as eligibility standards, NYSED Regulations, review of recently revised rules and an overview of the NYSPHSAA Handbook will be covered during the two-hour workshop. The Section 11 workshop is scheduled for October 4th.
NEW YORK CITY REQUIRES VACCINATIONS
As of August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before they are allowed to enter indoor restaurants or entertainment facilities, and reading the announcement, sports facilities are considered entertainment facilities.
KNICKS/NETS MUST BE VACCINATED
Both New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets players will be required to be vaccinated.
THE GOLD MEDAL MENS OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM
NO USA MEN'S 3 ON 3
*** GREAT ***
*** PERFORMANCES ***
The best single game performances through 12/31/2021
Chris Zaveckas, Calhoun
12/3 43 points, 9 three pointers
Zaire Baines, Portledge
12/18 39 points
Gabe Ferencz, Friends Academy
39 pts 8 threes
Javin Riddick, Bellport
12/3 39 points
Macai John, Hauppauge
12/18 38 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, 5 steals
GAMES OF DECEMBER 14th
Calhoun 71 Garden City 69
It was supposed to be one of the best matchups of the day between two hot teams, but Calhoun Head Coach Jay Kreutzberger was home sick and graduate assistant Brandon Hughes, who had never coached before, had to fill in. It wasn't looking good early on, with Calhoun trailing 38-26 at halftime and 62-41 after three quarters, but then lightning struck! Matt Kalfas led a memorable 30-3 4th quarter run that carried the Colts past rival Garden City for a big come from behind victory, and in front of a delirious home crowd! They are now 5-0 on the season.
#3 CHAMINADE DEFEATS
HOLY CROSS 59-48
The Flyers dug themselves out of a 17 point first half hole, and a 16-3 4th quarter run carried them to a big opening day victory in new Head Coach Dan Feeney's first game. 11/27 STORY
HILLS WEST 68-39
I just have a score on this one and I'm dying to hear more! Hills West finished 9-0 last season and Riverhead was an unknown, not playing a single game last year. 11/27
JOHN GLENN ROCKS SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN
Josiah Brillant had 26 points in the 85-48 win and Grayson Flummer added 20. 11/27
LOCAL PLAYER TRYOUTS
NEW LI NETS COACH
The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Adam Caporn their new head. 7/6 STORY
MTG Back2School Invitational
Hills East 41 John Bowne 39
Derek Varlack game-winning shot.
Hills East 50 Campus Magnet 39
Adam Kirschenblatt 4 threes
Chaminade 50 Van City 38
David DeBusschere 17pts, Mac Kelly 14
Premier Varsity Fall Leaguge
Bay Shore 67 Huntington 62
Smithtown West 73 Comsewogue 59
Deer Park 68 Southampton 56
Pierson 57 Newfield 49
Huntington 49 SWR 25
Kings Park 64 Northport 37
Comsewogue 62 Huntington 45
Smithtown West 66 Cougars 61
Pierson 50 SWR 31
Cougars 78 Stony Brook 53
Newfield 49 SWR 27
Smithtown West 63 Mt. Sinai 41
Pierson 57 Smithtown Christian 31
NY TOP 100 PLAYER SHOWCASE @ LUHI
All-Stars from Long Island Schools
Preston Edmead, Deer Park
Darius Green, Upper Room
CJ Edwards, Stony Brook
Lou Hutchinson, LuHi
James Johns, Luhi
Jackson Koroll, LuHi
Findley Sheridan, LuHi
Nick Watts, Northport
Ryan Williams, SJB
NCAA ELIGIBIILTY REQUIREMETS YOU MUST MEET EACH YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL.
HS SHOWCASE A BIG HIT
Excellent new events are steadily being added to the Long Island basketball calendar, and the new Elite 48 Preseason High School Showcase that took place this past weekend at the beautiful new Fieldhouse in Massapequa is one of them. Good teams and big name players from Long Island and all over the region converged on the three court facility and the action was fast and furious, and with some eye opening results. Go to our SCOREBOARD for all of the scores.
The other great new events that have been recently added to the calendar include the Rivalries Never Die Alumni Tournament, the New York Holiday Invitational Showcase, and starting next spring, it will be the long awaited return of the Long Island All-Star Game. They will all bring attention to Long Island, and the Elite 48 is the perfect addition to that list. Welcome Lucky Brannon and Manhattan Sports and thanks for bringing a great event to Long Island! 10/17
KNICKS RESUME SLUMP WITH BAD LOSS
Their poor play spread to a road game this time, with the 10-16 Pacers handing New York a 122-102 defeat. STORY 12/8
BARRETT ERUPTS, ENDS KNICKS SLIDE AT THREE
RJ Barrett snapped out of his slump with 7 threes in their first win at San Antonio since 2014. STORY
NETS RALLY PAST MAVS
Remain in first place in Eastern Division at 17-7 STORY 12/7
BULLS OVER NETS 111-107
Battle of top two teams in the east. STORY
KNICKS BELOW .500 AFTER BAD HOME LOSS
Fans boo lackluster effort against Denver. STORY
KNICKS PLAY WELL AGAIN IN ANOTHER HOME LOSS
They gave up a late lead to the Bulls and fell to 5-6 at the Garden, although it should be noted that they played without RJ Barrett and Nerlens Noel. STORY
A lot of the New York media and fans are in full panic mode over the Knicks right now, but Burks to the starting line-up looks like a good move and they lost close games to two of the best teams in the league, so I remain optimistic. I also think Walker will reemerge as an important part of the team down the road.
MID-MAJORS TO WATCH
Rick Pitino's Iona Gaels are on the list! COLLEGE HOOPS TODAY STORY
Our good friends at Premier Basketball are running a preseason tournament at the nice SUSA facility in Hauppauge the weekend of Nov 5th-7th. It is for both boys and girls teams in grades 4th through varsity! REGISTER
PSAL TEAMS CANCELLING
NYC PSAL teams are pulling out of scheduled games and events outside of the city limits as a COVID precaution, and it's possible, though not yet decided, that CHSAA teams will too. If your team finds itself needing a game, go to our MATCHMAKER service to post what you're looking for or to find new opponents. New ones are added in daily.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Americans Tommie Smith (gold 19.83 WR) and John Carlos (bronze) famously give the Black Power salute on the 200m medal podium during the Mexico City Olympics to protest racism and injustice against African-Americans
GAMES OF DECEMBER 29th
#1 LuHi 85 Tampa Catholic 54
At first glance, you think they're not as strong as in past years, but they might have one of their best backcourts ever! They're in Tennessee for the Arby's Classic and so far doing to those teams what they've been doing to Long Island's best teams. Semifinal game tonight against Amarillo HS, a Texas State Semifinalist last season that has everybody back.
#12 Kellenberg 47 Lynbrook 43
The Firebirds got their first test of the season and beat a good Lynbrook team. Another test today against South Side.
Malverne 60 #13 Manhasset 56
The Mules were expected to have a very good team this season and are finally playing like it, dominating the full strength Indians inside! Big upset in many people's minds.
MICKEY CROWLEY DEAD AT 85
Long Island's Mickey Crowley, a former NCAA basketball official, dies at 85. 5/9 Newsday Story
GAMES OF NOVEMBER 30TH
#4 Northport 57 Comsewogue 40
The Tigers built an incredible 22-0 first quarter lead on their way to a 30-0 opening run and never looked back. Brendan Carr led the way with 23 points, including 5 three pointers, and Nick Watts stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks.
#14 Portledge 73 Holy Cross 70
Trailing Holy Cross at the third quarter buzzer, Portledge rallied and Joe Scandalios tied it with a left baseline three. Back to back baskets by Brandon Torres gave them a 4 point lead with 2:36 to play, but Holy Cross regrouped and tied it at 70, and after a Portledge free throw, missed three shots from point blank range in the final seconds and free throws provided the final margin.
Oceanside, Herricks Advance
Oceanside defeated Mepham 50-38 and Herricks defeated Mineola 51-48 to advance to the 12/2 championship game of the Coaches vs Cancer Tip-Off Tournament on at Mepham.
GET ALL THE SCORES ON THE
JEFF WEISS TO NASSAU
SPORTS HALL OF FAME!
620 career wins and 2 Federation State Championships! Without a doubt a unanimous first ballot selection! 10/14 STORY
TEAM LONG ISLAND UPDATE
Although not all of Team Long Island's players tried out, 10 of them were on the Alzheimer's Game roster, including MVP Kamren Denhart. He finished with 16 points and Jacob Oka added 15 for Nassau. Xavier Lewis had 18 for Suffolk. Denhart becomes the 4th straight game MVP to come from Team Long Island, and the 7th overall.
NBA LEGEND EARL MONROE LAUNCHES BASKETBALL CHARTER SCHOOL
The Earl Monroe New Renaissance Basketball School in the Bronx. STORY
TAP IN WITH TRISTAN
Former Amityville star Tristan Smith is doing a series of podcasts and I happened to catch one that I enjoyed. The topic was "Wyandanch Warriors Legends: More Than Basketball" PODCAST
Multiple 50+ Point Games
Three Long Island high school players have had multiple 50+ point games in Long Island basketball history, and two of them are named Brown! Top of the list is Zaire Baines, who has had six, including two 60 point games. He still has a chance at becoming Long Island's all-time leading scorer, but Portledge had a very limited schedule last season because of COVID so what once looked like almost a sure thing has become a long shot. The two Browns are former U. Albany Head Coach Will Brown, who had games of 53 and 51 for Miller Place, and no, the second Brown isn't Basketball Hall Of Fame Coach Larry Brown (although he had a 45 point game for Long Beach). It's NFL Hall Of Fame running back Jim Brown! He had back to back 50 point games for Manhasset, and to this day, still holds the Long Island record for single season points per game at 38.1. Brown was obviously an excellent football player too - some say the greatest NFL running back of all-time, and believe it or not, he is also believed to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest lacrosse player of all-time! He not only played all three sports at Manhasset, but in college too at Syracuse and excelled in all three.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 28th
#10 Syosset 84 #16 Calhoun 55
Shorthanded Calhoun kept within striking distance in the first half, but shorthanded Syosset dominated in the second.
Jericho 79 St. Mary's 76 2OT
A terrific game full of back and forth action, constant lead changes, and two overtimes, and Ryan Kim, who finished with 38 points, and Jericho prevailed.
D1 PRESEASON PICKS
Where are New York’s NCAA Division 1 college teams predicted to finish in their respective conferences this season?
AE: Stony Brook 4th, Albany 7th, Binghamton 8th
ACC: Syracuse 7th
A10: St. Bonaventure 1st, Fordham 19th
Big East: St. John’s 5th
CAA: Hofstra 3rd
IVY: Cornell 7th, Columbia 8th
MAAC: Iona 1st, Siena 3rd, Niagara 6th, Manhattan 7th, Canisius, 8th, Marist 10th
MAC: Buffalo 1st,
NEC: Wagner 2nd, LIU 5th, St. Francis/Brooklyn 9th
Patriot: Colgate 2nd, Army 3rd
GAMES OF JANUARY 12th
Friends Academy 71 Locust Valley 54
The Quakers, 17-4 in Class A during the 2019-20 season, are now in their second season in Class B and are picking up were they left off after going unbeaten in 20-21. They improved to 6-1 this year after this convincing win over a good Locust Valley team that was 5-2 coming into the contest. Their only loss is by one point to a good but up and down Class A Sewanhaka team. Malachi Polson led the way with 23 points, big man CJ Williams finished with 20 points and 20 rebounds, by far his best game of the season, and leading scorer Gabe Ferencz, who has a 39 point game to his credit this season, added 17. Put it on your calendar: Malverne at Friends Academy 1/25.
NEW YORK STATE RANKINGS
The latest New York State Sportswriters Association high school rankings are up! RANKINGS
NEW STATE RANKINGS!
KNICKS/NETS PICK UP CHRISTMAS DAY WINS
Two teams New Yorkers love to beat - the Hawks and the Lakers - fell to the Knicks and Nets respectively. 12/26
KEMBA WALKER SCORES 44 POINTS IN KNICKS LOSS
Former All-Star returns to the line-up in dramatic fashion but it's not enough to snap Knicks out of their funk. STORY
ROSE HAS ANKLE SURGERY
**** SNOW! ****
GAMES OF JANUARY 7th
There were 27 games on the published schedules, and they were all postponed due to our first real snowstorm of the season. Inevitably, some games will be rescheduled for today that we will not know about.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 21st
#7 Deer Park 82 West Babylon 55
With only three games played so far, Deer Park's back-loaded schedule may become a problem for them if postponements take off as many expect. They overwhelmed a good West Babylon team in this one with a smothering defense, taking a 27-7 first quarter lead, and cruised home with a balanced attack led by All-Long Island Sophomore Preston Edmead, who finished with 23 points, and Kyle Jefferson, who had 21. They are now 3-0.
#8 Kings Park 76 Amityville 43
This was a tough one for five time New York State Champion Amityville to swallow, but they are in a rare rebuilding year and Kings Park is one of the best Class A teams in the state. The Kingsmen led wire to wire and blew the doors off with a 26-9 fourth quarter. Matt Garside had another big game with 32 points, and so did Jon Borkowski, who finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
#15 Manhasset 59 Roosevelt 47
A classic COVID game, with 15th ranked Manhasset vulnerable playing shorthanded, but a 13-2 closing run broke open a 1 point game. Mike Notias had 22 points and Liam Connor 20 to lead the way, while Jahkobe Cowans had 14 for Roosevelt.
Calhoun 59 Elmont 58 OT
Always tough Elmont put up a fight, but Calhoun, knocking on the door of the Sweet 16 with a 7-0 record and some impressive wins, prevailed, rallying on a dramatic Chris Zaveckas three-pointer in regulation and then a game winning layup by Bryan Pena in overtime. Pena had a big game, finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds.
GAMES OF JANUARY 9th
THE GARY CHARLES
TIP OF THE HAT CLASSIC
Kings Park 57 St. John The Baptist 56
A big test for both teams, and it was a good one that went right down to the wire. STORY
Malverne 62 Center Moriches 34
This is a very strong Malverne team, and CM is rebuilding. Deandre Blagrove dominated the paint, finishing with 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Josh Croom added 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Baldwin 71 Bishop Loughlin 68
An old-fashioned NYC/LI rivalry game, with the lead going back and forth and never leaving single digits, but a big three pointer by Jamir Stewart put Baldwin up by 7 with 1:53 to play and the Bruins held on from there. Jacob Oka had a big game, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds, and so did Josh Petion, who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Christ The King 68 Holy Trinity 47
CTK, ranked #4 in New York State Class AA, built a solid lead right from the start and the Titans never closed the gap.
Chaminade 55 Portledge 37
The Flyers utilized their outstanding defense to maintain a single digit lead most of the way, and then put the Panthers away with a late 11-1 4th quarter run. David DeBusschere led their balanced attack with 16 points, Brad Wyckoff added 13 points and and 11 rebounds, and Greg Cantwell, who did a great job at point guard and covering Portledge's Zaire Baines, finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. Baines did finished with a game high 17 points, but it was well below his average. 17 was enough, however, to move him up to #3 on Long Island's All-Time scoring List.
St. Mary's 80 Uniondale 58
Two of Long Island’s all-time great basketball programs, and this year, the Gaels had the edge. Jackson McEachern led the way with a season high 33 points and Jaedon Hutchinson added 15.
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 10th
#16 Hauppauge 61 #7 Deer Park 56
Deer Park beat the Eagles convincingly at Hauppauge earlier in the season, but the Eagles bounced back, beating the Falcons at Deer park to recapture their momentum going into the playoffs. STORY
Great Neck N 57 Great Neck S 55 OT
These are the kind of games you really look forward to - two fierce rivals battling it out late in the season in a game with playoff implications for both teams. It was all you could hope for, with Tristin Harrison hitting what turned out to be the game-winning free throw in overtime to give North the big win and a spot in the playoffs, and to knock South out of first place. Luke Cronin had another big game for GNN, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and Jared Ohebshalom added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Joe Fernandez led the Rebels with a game-high 20 points.
HUNTINGTON 58 COPIAGUE 54
Leading 31-15 at the half, the Blue Devils held off a furious rally to secure their spot in the playoffs. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF JANUARY 16th
Sewanhaka 70 #16 Bellport 56
#11 Northport 58 South Side 38
#4 Baldwin 70 #10 Hills East 55
#15 Brentwood 58 Elmont 35
Center Moriches @ Uniondale
1. Long Island Lutheran
4. Hills East
5. Holy Trinity
8. Smithtown West
10. Kings Park
11. Deer Park
15. Garden City
16. St. Anthony's
THANK YOU LONG ISLAND AND WELCOME BACK!
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GAMES OF DECEMBER 30th
#1 LuHi 62 Amarillo HS, TX 42
In a semifinal match-up at The Arby’s Classic in Tennessee, LuHi led the Texas State Championship semifinalists wire to wire. James Johns had his second big day of the tournament, finishing with 27 points. The Championship game is at 6:30 PM today against The Berkmar Patriots, runners-up in the Georgia State Championships last season.
#8 Kings Park 49 Hauppauge 39
Impressive, hard-fought win by the Kingsmen over the previously unbeaten Eagles, holding them 30 points below their season average. Matt Garside led the way with 29 points.
#12 Kellenberg 67 South Side 62 OT
Unbeaten Kellenberg’s strength of schedule has held them back in the rankings so far, but they picked up two good wins over two tough teams to improve to 8-0 on the season. Andrew Koshy hit some big free throws in OT and finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds and tournament MVP James Cavallaro also had 18 points in the win.
Central Islip 48 #15 Ward Melville 44
CI has been a little under the radar, but they are big and tough and at full strength, can play with anybody. Jaiden Butts led the way with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Rahleek Murray finished with 10 points and 5 assists. The host Musketeers improved to 6-2, handing Ward Melville its first loss of the season.
St. Anthony's 62 Kingston 51
The Friars came back from a triumphant trip upstate with two impressive wins, defeating unbeaten and State Class AA ranked Kingston from Section 9 and perennial Class A powerhouse Albany Academy 68-61 the day before. The Team Long Island duo of Jalyke Gaines-Wyatt and Dakari Thomas led the way, finishing with 22 points and 21 points respectively, and they also had big games against Albany, with Thomas scoring 24 and Gaines-Wyatt 18.
GAMES OF JANUARY 6th
St. Joseph BTS 56 #3 Baldwin 49
The Bruins expected St. Joe's, one of Staten Island's best teams, to be a big test, and they were. Very physical and an effective pressing and trapping team, they controlled the boards, particularly in the first half, and once they built a lead, answered every Baldwin run with a big basket and run of their own.
Bayport-Blue Point 72 Mt. Sinai 66
We missed this one on the BEST GAMES THIS WEEK list. Visiting BBP was 6-3 overall coming into it and host Mt. Sinai 8-3 and they were two of the three teams battling it out for first place in Suffolk League 6. The shorthanded Mustangs led by 2 at the half, but a big third quarter put the Phantoms on top and they held on from there. Derek Varley had his best game of the year, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jack Baron finished with 19. Drew Feinstein led all scorers with 29 points for the Mt. Sinai
BAINES LONG ISLAND'S
ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER!
#8 Portledge 75 Stony Brook 53
The big day was finally here, and Portledge's Zaire Baines wasted no time, knocking down a three pointer from the left wing early in the game to score his 2,800th career point, 1 point more than Greenport's Ryan Creighton and good for first place on Long Island's all-time career scoring list! It also moved him up into 3rd place on New York's State's All-Time Scoring list, just 112 points behind second place Lance Stephenson, New York City's all-time leader. He finished this game with 40 points to lead the Panther's, who are undefeated in league play, to their 14th victory of the season against only 2 losses. NEWSDAY STORY 1/27
GAMES OF JANUARY 22nd
#3 Baldwin 50 #16 Plainview 42
It was a first place showdown between two ranked teams unbeaten in league play, and the Bruins got the big road win, snapping Plainview’s 9 game winning streak. It actually wasn’t as close as the final score, but the Hawk’s were missing leading scorer Dylan Banner, so it sets up an intriguing rematch this Saturday at Baldwin. Jamir Stewart led the way with 12 points, and Jacob Oka and Joshua Petion had 11 each. Logan Wiesenthal led the Hawks with 12 points.
Sewanhaka 49 Garden City 47
Thats 7 straight for Sewanhaka, who pulled into a first place tie with the Trojans with the win. Quick, aggressive and well coached, they have avenged two of their four losses during the streak and will be a tough out for anybody. This one was tight wire to wire and J'Den Lloyd came through with the game winner, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kamren Denhart added11 points and three steals, while Michael Fargione and Joseph Tarell paced Garden City with 14 points each.
GAMES OF JANUARY 28th
#2 Chaminade 81 #16 SJB 67 OT
While Chaminade has been an unstoppable force in the league, the Cougars have been up and down this season, losing to Chaminade 79-49 back on January 4th. They’ve been playing well lately, reentering the Sweet 16 with some big wins, and this time around, on their home court, gave the Flyers a serious scare before falling in overtime. David DeBusschere took over for Chaminade in OT and finished with 20 points, Deepuk Edmonds added 16, and Mac Kelly hit a big shot towards the end of regulation and finished with 15. Clinton Efinda led SJB with 24.
#4 Kings Park 82 Amityville 54
The Kingsmen continue to build on their incredible season, improving to 17-0, and Matt Garside continues to build his case for All-Long Island and All-New York State honors, scoring 27 points in three quarters, but the real story is that with the loss, Amityville drops to 3-6 in league play and is in real danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in a very long time. They still have a chance, but they need to get to 8 league wins to qualify, and according to the Section 11 schedule, have only 5 more league games left to get to that number, so they have to go 5-0 in those games. Hills West, who has turned their season around, has a league record of 7-2 and is their biggest obstacle.
PITINO TO MARYLAND?
After capitalizing on the flood of talent in the NCAA transfer portal to add three quality starters to his roster, St. Dom's grad Rick Pitino has his Iona team 10-0 in league play and 18-3 overall and looking to make noise in the NCAA tournament - not just qualify. So when the the head coaching job opened up at Maryland of the Big 10, his name was thrown into the hat right away. Will he go? 69 years old, he has said over and over that Iona will be the last college coaching stop in his career, although he would have to consider an NBA offer, but the PR master is being cagey about it now when asked, seemingly leaving the door open. What better way to top off his coaching career and add to his legacy than to take a mid-major program deep into the NCAA Tournament a couple of times before he retires? I say he stays. ARTICLE 1 ARTICLE 2 2/1
GAMES OF JANUARY 25th
#6 Deer Park 66 #15 Hauppauge 49
This Section 11 League 4 first place showdown clearly demonstrated why Deer Park has been so highly rated all season, with the Falcon's easily handling 10-1 Hauppauge on the road to take sole possession of first place. Point guard Preston Edmead, who dominates games as a sophomore, really stepped it up, finishing with a game high 36 points, but what makes this Deer Park team so formidable is that the pass first point guard can also turn to backcourt partner Kyle Jefferson, who has scored in double digits 10 times this season and has a season high of 21 points, or forward Nate Gordon, another consistent double digit scorer and double digit rebounder who has a 22 point game and two 14 rebound games to his credit, to balance the attack and create defensive nightmares for the opposition. Edmead's Team Long Island teammate Macai John had 23 points to lead the Eagles.
Friends Academy 74 Malverne 65
It was the big Class B showdown of the season so far and the Quakers prevailed at home. As expected, it was a close and hard fought game, but Friends added a few points to their lead every quarter and held off every Malverne rally right to the final buzzer. The Quakers had four double digit scorers, led once again by Gabe Ferencz, who had 21 points, and Logan Mott, who had 18, with lots of help from Malachi Polson, who had 13, and CJ Williams, who had 10. Big man Trey Robinson had a monster game for the Mules, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Wyandanch 87 Mt. Sinai 81 OT
This seems to be the week for first place showdowns, and the Warriors picked up their 10th straight win for sole possession of first place in Section 11’s League 6, pulling away in OT. They are now 11-3 on the season. Deandre Smith had a big game with 27 points and Wyandanch had 5 players with 9 or more points. Mt. Sinai's Drew Feinstein led all scorers with 39 points.
GAMES OF JANUARY 24th
#8 Portledge 81 LWA 47
No, Baines did not break the record! LWA has a strict no spectators policy, and he wanted family and friends to be there when he broke it, so once they had a comfortable lead, he shut it down just short of the record - scoring 23 points to lead the Panthers to their 4th league win without a loss. He hopes to break it on Thursday in another league game against Stony Brook. The game has been moved to the Island Garden.
Copiague 80 Smithtown East 60
The Eagles are getting into a groove, picking up their 6th win in their last 7 games to improve to 9-5 overall. An 18-5 second quarter gave them a 40-19 lead at the half and they cruised home from there. Malachi Moore has been a model of consistency, scoring 15 or more points in every game this season, and he finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds in this one to lead the way. Rashad Kee added 19, Paul Hinkson 14, and Quentin Cesar 12. Matt Wild led East with 20 points.
Bay Shore 67 Newfield 49
I caught Bay Shore, who was in our preseason Sweet 16, earlier in the season and was not impressed, although in fairness it was against 14-1 Smithtown West. The Marauders seem to be coming around, winning their fourth straight to improve to 7-6 overall, this one against a solid Newfield team that is ahead of them in the standings. Mike Samuda led a balanced attack with 19 points, Zamir Gilbert added 12 points and 10 rebounds and they were 2 of 5 Bay Shore players that had 8 points or more. Troy Guy lead all scorers with 21 pts for Newfield.
GAMES OF JANUARY 11th
We had a full slate of games - 37 by my count - and all 8 of the Sweet 16 teams scheduled had tough match-ups. Here are a few of the nail-biters.
#3 Deer Park 53 Eastport/SM 46
To some, this was a big surprise, but the Sharks are a good team (7-4) playing at home and played like it. The lead was back and forth the hole game until super sophomore Preston Edmead took over in the 4th. He finished with a game high 24 points while Allen Flore had 16 points, Justin Turner 13, and Derek Masino 10 for ESM
#5 Kings Park 51 Harborfields 49
It's been an up and down season for the 7-3 Tornadoes, with two lopsided losses tainting an otherwise good record, but they were at their best in this one and had the ball in the final seconds with a chance to win or tie. Jon Borkowski stepped up for the Kingsmen, scoring with 25 seconds left to put them up 51-49. He finished with a game-high 19 points and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
#12 St. Anthony's 59 #7 Portledge 56
The Panthers rallied in the second half and it was back and forth from there, but Jalyke Gaines-Wyatt, with 28 points, and Dakari Thomas, with 18, led the somewhat under the radar Friars to the big home win. Zaire Baines had 33 for Portledge and led a late rally that cut the margin to three, and Portledge had the ball in the closing seconds with a chance to send the game to OT, but could not convert.
#8 Holy Trinity 54 St. Dominic 51
You'd have to say St. Dominic has been under the radar too this season. They put the Titans in a 26-17 first quarter hole before Richard Neysmith, who finished with 18 points, and Eden Boakye, with 17, rallied them for the win. Kyle Marshall was high man for the Bayhawks with 18.
GAMES OF JANUARY 20th
Wyandanch 70 Bayport-Blue Point 66
The Warriors showed signs of being a contender during the offseason when they advanced to the championship game of the Coes Neck Park Summer League, dropping a 3-point decision to champion Baldwin, but surprisingly, they opened the regular season 0-3. Tonight, they reeled off their 9th straight victory, beating 9-3 league rival Bayport-Blue Point and reaffirming that they are a legitimate contender in both Suffolk League 6 and Section 11 Class A. Their only league loss was by 3 points to Mt. Sinai, the league leader that is 1 game ahead of them in the win column. Mark your calendars: 1/25 - Mt. Sinai @ Wyandanch.
Southampton 64 Pierson 54
Unbeaten Pierson, who is looking like Long Island's best Class C team, stepped up to face Class B competition for the 4th time this season, but this time it was against one of the best Class B teams, the 7-2 Mariners, and they suffered their first defeat. They actually took a 36-33 lead into the fourth quarter, but Southampton exploded for 31 fourth quarter points for a convincing road win. Southampton's LeBron Napier had another big game, finishing with 27 points,10 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Derek Reed continues to put up good numbers, finishing with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Dan Labrozzi had 19 points for the Whalers, Wilson Bennett 17, and Cecil Munshin 12.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 5TH
There is a new event on the basketball calendar this season called the Tom Konchalski Classic. Held at Archbishop Molloy HS, it is in memory of the legendary basketball talent scout who passed away last February after a battle with cancer. In it's first year, three Long Island teams were honored to participate, but unfortunately, all three fell.
Mount St. Michael 68 #6 Holy Trinity 59
Xaverian 52 #10 St. Anthony's 44
St. Francis Prep 70 St. Mary's 50
#1 L.I. Lutheran 72 Berkmar, Ga 58
The Crusaders rallied past last season's Georgia State Championship Finalists to become the first New York Team to ever win the 38 year old national event. Trailing at the first quarter buzzer, Jayden Pierre, sparked a second quarter rally that put LuHi ahead for good. He finished with 22 points and 4 assists and took home Tournament MVP honors. As impressive as their outstanding backcourt of Pierre, Jayden Reid, and James Johns were the entire tournament, outstanding team defense was the real star, holding one national level prospect after another in check and one powerhouse program after another well below their scoring average. STORY LuHi's Goodman and Abusaab finish 1-2 in 3 Point Contest
GAMES OF DECEMBER 2ND
15th ranked Syosset and Sewanhaka from our preseason teams to watch list both kicked off their season's in impressive fashion. Syosset rolled over East Meadow 96-53 and Sewanhaka stopped Westbury 78-42. Matt Lindenman is back and picked up where he left off, finishing with 17 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals, Andrew Zhou added 16 points and Jason Lebson 14 points and 8 rebounds. Naheel Sheihk and Jayden Henriquez both finished with 13 for East Meadow. We don't have stats yet from the Syosset/East Meadow game, but J'Den Lloyd had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Alzheimer's game MVP Kamren Denhart had 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals for Sewanhaka wile Anthony Todd paced Westbury with 23 of their 42 points.
GAMES OF JANUARY 18th
#5 Syosset 65 Port Washington 47
We thought Port Washington might provide a pretty good challenge for undefeated Syosset, but the Braves, playing at home, had a comfortable lead pretty much the whole way. Their next big obstacle is Hempstead at Hempstead 1/29. Syosset fought off the Tigers 72-63 in the first match-up with their league rival. Floor General Matt Lindenman led the way in this one with 19 points and Amare Jordan added 17, while Trevor Amalfitano was high man for Port Washington with 13 points.
#12 Hills East 79 Bellport 52
After struggling through a very rugged early season schedule (every team they've lost to was and still is in the top 10 of the most recent Sweet 16 poll), the Thunderbirds faced what looked like another tough match-up against league rival Bellport, who had been ranked only a week earlier, but they ran the Clippers right out of their own gym. Team Long Island’s Xavier Lewis had another big game, finishing with 27 points, his fourth 25+ game of the season, and so did Derek Varlack, who finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists. Samir Bell led Bellport with 21 points
GREAT PERFORMANCES PREVIEW
I don't usually do this, but he's a Team Long Island player and from the town we raised our kids in, so I'm making an exception. Nick Watt's, Northport's 6'7 big man, was looking to diversify his already solid game by adding a three point shot to his repertoire this season, and the other day, he stepped out and hit 10 first quarter three pointers, finishing the game with 12 and a total of 42 points, the high point total on Long Island so far this season. And he didn't even play in the second half! Incredible! There have been a bunch more Great Performances, and our next full report will be posted somewhere around February 1st.
GAMES OF JANUARY 19th
#10 Portledge 65 #8 Holy Trinity 58
Portledge is winding its way through the NSCHSAA this season and picked up a big home win over the Titans. A 22-10 second quarter, sparked by Zaire Baines and Anthony Follett, was the difference. Baines finished with 35 points, which puts him only 64 points away from becoming Long Island's All-Time Leading scorer!
Hauppauge 70 Comsewogue 34
We recently mentioned the 9-1 Eagles as an under the radar team, and this game was another good example of what they are capable of. Comsewogue was 7-4 coming into it, but Hauppauge was up 40-17 at the half and never looked back. Team Long Island forward Macai John led the way once again with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 3 steals and the Eagles also showed a nice balanced attack, with Kevin Zembrzycki adding 14 points and Aidan Augeri and Nick Neglia 12 each. They played tough D too, holding the Warriors 21 points below their season average and have held all their opponents to an average of 49 points per game.
Sewanhaka 56 Roslyn 48
Sewanhaka is back on track after an early season slump that saw them lose 4 out of 5, all close games. This was their 6th straight win and they avenged a 66-59 earlier defeat in the process. They featured a nice balanced attack, with J'Den Lloyd, Chris Cherry, and Kamren Denhart all scoring in double digits, led by Lloyd's 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Tyler Hart handed out 11 assists. They played tough D too, holding the Bulldogs 16 points under their season average.
Hewlett 67 Bellmore 61
Hewlett gave up a late lead, but a 4 point play by Team Long Island's Ryan Weiss with less than a minute to play put them back on top and free throws provided the final margin. Weiss finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals, and now has over 1000 career points mid-way through his junior season.
GAMES OF JANUARY 14th
#2 Chaminade 63 #8 Holy Trinity 48
The more games they play, the more impressive the Flyers get! Chaminade and then everybody in the else in the NSCHSAA this season? We'll see!
#7 Portledge 50 Knox 45
Tough competition in the PSAA this season, but so far it looks like the Panthers are once again the top team. Knox and Stony Brook are both solid and have quality wins under their belts, and LuHi "B", who hasn't yet started the difficult part of their schedule, has yet to lose a game. Rare down year for LWA. Zaire Baines continues his quest to become Long Island's All-Time leading scorer. He's up to 2,677. Greenport's Ryan Creighton has held the record of 2,799 since 2009.
#12 St. Anthony's 66 #13 Kellenberg 57
Nice to see a deep Catholic League once again. The Friars held serve on their home court.
GAMES OF JANUARY 13th
Roselle Catholic 62 #1 LuHi 59
It was a clash of the titans between two nationally ranked teams, and the Crusaders took a 7 point lead into the fourth quarter behind Long Island native Jaden Reid, who had 21 points up to that point, but the Lions locked down defensively, holding LuHi to just 8 fourth quarter points, and rallied for the big home court victory. STORY
Mount Vernon 75 #3 Deer Park 61
Taking on the 11 time New York State Champions, who are undefeated and the 6th ranked Class AA team in the state so far this season, and on their home court is a tall task for anyone, and the Falcons were not up to it on this day, suffering their first loss.
#16 Bellport 74 Smithtown East 48
Four of the eight 16th ranked Sweet 16 teams have been knocked off the week after their first appearance in the poll, but the Clippers responded convincing, overwhelming East with a balanced attack led by Javin Riddick, who finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Riddick is a strong candidate for All-Long Island and All-New York State honors this season.
UNDER THE RADAR
Teams that are putting together impressive seasons so far, but have not caught the attention of the Sweet 16 Coaches Panel yet.
Garden City (7-1) Section 8 Class A
Their one loss was to a once hot Calhoun team that has lost 4 of their last 5, and that has held them back, but they probably have the deepest resume of the teams knocking on the door, with wins over Plainview, Roslyn, Sewanhaka, and Calhoun, so beating #14 Manhasset 1/15 and then Calhoun in the rematch 1/18 - both at home - should do it.
Hauppauge (8-1) Section 11 Class A
Their one loss was to #5 Kings Park, so that's not holding them back, but they need need that one signature win and don't have many opportunities on their schedule. It will have to be either a 1/25 or 2/10 win over #3 Deer Park - a tall task.
Plainview (7-2) Section 8 Class AA
A loss to #6 Syosset does no harm, but their other loss to a good but so far unproven Garden City team is holding them back. They have to root for Carden City to get they're big win against Manhasset on 1/15 and get a convincing win over Herricks themselves on that same day to become strong candidates, but that and a win in one of their back to back games against #4 Baldwin on 1/22 and 1/29 will certainly do the trick. 1/14
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 8TH
Chaminade 71 #15 Holy Trinity 63
Their victory margin may be down somewhat the second time through, but nothing else has changed for the #2 ranked Flyers, who improved to 19-2 and 9-0 in league play with this tough road win. Holy Trinity's Manu Alford has stepped up his game, reaching the 20+ level for the 4th straight game and averaging 26.3 ppg in the run, and he did everything he could to turn the tables, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Chaminade's season long domination of the 4th quarter.
#11 Manhasset 64 South Side 50
We had Manhasset ranked in our preseason Sweet 16, and now pretty much everybody knows why. They are now 16-1, win their games by an average of 21 points, and have a well balanced, multi-faceted attack that features Mike Notias, who knocks down threes and averages 18.1 ppg, Liam Conner, who hands out assists and averages 16.8 ppg, and Liam Buckley, who rebounds and protects the paint and averages 12.8 ppg. South Side can play, and they got swept in the season series.
West Babylon 52 #16 Hauppauge 40
Surprising. West Babylon is battling for a playoff spot, and it was a home game and seniors night, but still, surprising.
Hauppauge is going to have to get its mojo back to do anything in the playoffs. I honestly don't believe in jinxes, but every 16th ranked team we've had but one this season has been knocked out of the rankings the next week, with only Ward Melville repeating and moving up. Some are calling it a jinx, but it’s more a case of the teams we choose being part of a group that are good/very good but not yet dominant. As for WB, excellent effort to beat a favored team and stay in the hunt. Vaughn Bottex had a big game, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Bobby Schwartz had Dennis Rodman like numbers, scoring 5 points and hauling down 17 rebounds.
GAMES OF JANUARY 26th
Hempstead 49 Port Washington 45
A big hard fought Section 8 Conference AA1 second place showdown went to the road team. The game was played at Port Washington's pace, but the Tigers took the lead with a 19-7 third quarter and held off the Vikings from there. Jakkai Stith was Hempstead's only double-digit scorer with 14 points, but 5 of his teammates had 5 points or more. Trevor Amalfitano led Port with 12. The rematch is February 4th at Hempstead!
GAMES OF JANUARY 27th
Dr. Phillips, Fl 66 #1 LI Lutheran 60
The Crusaders now have lost three games, all against nationally ranked teams, and gave up leads in all three of them.
#10 Hills East 74 Copiague 59
The Eagles came into the game on a roll, but the Thunderbirds put an end to it with a 23-8 second quarter. Xavier Lewis continued his torrid pace, racking up 32 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Rashard Kee had 25 points for Copiague.
#11 Brentwood 78 Central Islip 45
Brentwood’s Zatai Townsend broke the game open with 14 points in a 26-12 third quarter and finished with 34 points and 5 assists. Ro'Sean Knowles-Bryant led CI with 26 points.
GAMES OF JANUARY 10th
#15 Brentwood 58 William Floyd 43
If you know Long Island Basketball history, you know that every year, the Brentwood program graduates some of Long Island's best basketball players, and every year, new ones take their place. After their narrow early season losses to both #3 Deer Park and #7 Portledge, it was easy to lose sight of that, but their recent run of wins against some good teams, topped off by this big road win over resurgent William Floyd, has made it clear that Brentwood is back where they belong, among Long Island's best teams. Once again, Zatai Townsend led the way with 31 points and five steals, but this team is deep, with 5 players capable of putting up numbers.
Port Washington 44 Farmingdale 36
The sorting out process in Section 8 AA continues. #4 Baldwin and #6 Syosset are clearly the two best teams, but Port Washington and perhaps Plainview are falling in right behind. The Pirates are one of those teams that have a balanced attack and prefer low scoring games. so nobody reached double digit in this one. Beware: Port knows know how to win the close ones.
GAMES OF JANUARY 4th
#2 Baldwin 71 Herricks 28
Granted, they played a light schedule coming into this game, but Herricks was still 7-1! It was 25-0 at the first quarter buzzer! Wow! Two Team Long Island players led the way, with Jamir Stewart finishing with 16 points and 3 assists and Jacob Oka 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.
#5 Chaminade 79 #9 SJB 49
The Flyers are good enough to win even when their shooters are not hot, but they knocked down 13 threes in this game and the Cougars never had a prayer. Team Long Island's David DeBusschere led the way and he and another Team Long Island player - Mac Kelly, get better and better every game, but it's the Flyers depth and teamwork that sets them apart.
#10 Syosset 82 Uniondale 50
The Section 8 Class AA title is Syosset's to lose this season. They were all over the Knights to improve to 8-0 and are winning their games by an average of 28 points. Matt Lindenman led the way once again, and he and Andrew Zhou are the big guns, but it's their balanced attack that makes them so tough. They had 4 double digit scorers in this one and usually have at least 3 in every game.
Brentwood 66 #16 Central Islip 33
Brentwood let us know that they are once again a serious contender in Section 11. They might not have a First Team All-New York State player on the squad this season, but they have plenty of talent, play hard, and play good D - holding their opponents to just 47 ppg so far this season. Team Long Island's Zatai Townsend had another big game, finishing with 18 points and 8 assists.
Floral Park 80 Plainedge 71
A lot of people were jumping on the Plainedge bandwagon, but not a tough, well-coached Floral Park team. They led pretty much wire to wire and the previously unbeaten Red Devils had to rally to lose by 9.
GAMES OF JANUARY 5th
Hewlett 61 Roosevelt 41
Team Long Island's Ryan Weiss scored 25 of Hewlett's 26 first half points and finished with 39 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He had 37 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in his previous game against East Greenwich, RI.
Mineola 64 Academy Charter 53
Mineola's Jordan Gabriel had another big game, racking up 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots to lead Mineola. The 6'7 sophomore is averaging over 21 points a game so far, double digit rebounds, and big blocked shot numbers as well.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 16th
#10 Holy Trinity 70 #7 Hills East 65
Titans give up an early lead but rally for the win. STORY
TEAM LONG ISLAND UPDATE
Another of Team Long Island's two New York State Mr. Basketball award winners is out for the season. Brentwood's Jordan Reilly, who also picked up First Team All-New York State honors and Long Island Player Of The Year honors, is a freshman at Georgetown, and has been trying to play with a torn labrum is his shoulder, but the decision was made for him to go ahead and have surgery on it, ending his freshman campaign. He will retain his four year eligibility and is looking forward to coming back healthy and strong and making a big contribution to the Hoyas next season.
NEWSDAY'S TOP 100
Newsday's early season top 100 list is out! STORY
GAMES OF DECEMBER 9TH
#1 LuHi 78 #8 Hills East 54
Hills East led after one quarter and it was an 11 point game with 6:40 to play, but the top ranked Crusaders pulled away from there thanks to a big game from Westbury's Jayden Reid, who finished with 30 points and 4 steals.
#6 Portledge 98 LWA 42
It was a rematch of last season's PSAA Championship Game, which Portledge won 64-61, but it was all Panthers on this day, led by 39 points from Zaire Baines.
#9 Kings Park 72 East Hampton 50
East Hampton is off to a good start this season and might be the East End's best team, but they were no match for the 9th ranked Kingsmen, who got 20 points from both Matt Garside and Jon Borkowski in a nice road win.
#12 Deer Park 77 Uniondale 44
Two young teams, but Deer Park's Preston Edmead plays way beyond his years, pouring in 22 first half points in a very impressive win for the host Falcons.
Hewlett 77 VS South 41
Last year's COVID ravaged season overshadowed Ryan Weiss's 28 ppg average, but he's picking up right where he left off and then some, racking up 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Bulldogs to their 4th straight win.
THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON IS UNDERWAY!
Follow all of Long Island's college teams on the SCOREBOARD. We post scores and recaps of every game! Long Island player updates will start soon!
BASKETBALL AT THE NEW UBS ARENA IN ELMONT!
Yes, there will be basketball at the beautiful new UBS Arena in Elmont! TONIGHT, 12/3, St. John's takes on Kansas at 7 PM. TICKETS
NETS TOP KNICKS IN THRILLER
Kevin Garnet's two free throws give Brooklyn a 2 point win. STORY 11/30
LINEUP CHANGE SPARKS KNICKS WIN OVER HAWKS
Alec Burks moves into the starting line-up with Walker, Rose unavailable. STORY
Editors note: People forget the Knicks won the regular season series with the Hawks last year to earn the higher seed in the playoffs. Headline today: Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau tells reporters that Alec Burks will remain the starting point guard.
NETS RALLY FALLS SHORT, FALL 113-107 TO SUNS
KNICKS/SUNS NO CONTEST
The Phoenix Suns are on a roll, winning their 15th straight game by overwhelming the Knicks. STORY
NETS HAMMER CELTICS
KNICKS BLOW BIG LEAD BUT HOLD ON TO BEAT LAKERS
NETS RALLY PAST CAVALIERS
Pick up another road win to go to 13-5 on the season. STORY
KNICKS FALL TO BULLS ON THE ROAD, NOW 9-8
ANOTHER UNSATISFYING WIN FOR KNICKS
The Knicks struggled against a Houston team coming to the Garden on a 13 game losing streak. STORY
SHORTHANDED NETS BEAT DALLAS 115-113
KNICKS END SKID
The Knicks had lost 5 of their last 7 and were on a three game losing streak at home, so their 92-84 win over Indiana at Madison Square Garden was a much needed start to their three game homestand. Emanuel Quickly led the way and after a slow start this season, seems to be getting better every game. STORY
NETS STAY ON A ROLL, TOP OKC ON THE ROAD
HARDEN, DURANT, HARRIS COMBINE FOR 91 POINTS
Just like the Knicks, the Nets gave up a big lead, but they had enough firepower to hold on and defeat New Orleans to grab a share of first place. STORY
ANOTHER TOUGH LOSS FOR THE KNICKS
A day after blaming himself for the poor play of the starting unit, Kemba Walker exploded for 17 first quarter points, and the Knicks held the highest scoring team in the NBA to just 18 first quarter points, but Charlotte won every quarter after that, taking the lead in the third quarter and even though the second unit rallied them once again, it wasn't enough and New York sustained their 5th loss in their last 7 games. STORY
KEMBA WALKER TAKES
STRUGGLING BUCKS GET REVENGE AGAINST KNICKS
Hold off second half rally to hand New York its 4th loss in the last 6 games.
NETS HAMMER ORLANDO
Dominate the Magic for their 7th win in their last 8 games. James Harden bounced back from a tough game against Chicago, finishing with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. NYC's Mo Bamba had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Orlando. Red hot Cole Anthony was held to 10 points and had 5 turnovers. STORY
BULLS RALLY TO END NETS WINNING STREAK 118-95
Chicago outscored Brooklyn 44-17 in the 4th quarter. STORY
KNICKS HOLD OFF SHORTHANDED 76ERS
NETS IMPROVE TO 7-3 WITH ROAD WIN OVER RAPTORS
Durant had 31 points and Harden came through in the clutch and finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists in Brooklyn's 116-103 victory. STORY
CAVALIERS BATTER KNICKS 126-109 AT MSG
Ricky Rubio scored a career high 37 points, hitting 8 of 9 threes and handing out 10 assists, Rookie Evan Mobley added 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, and ex-Net Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 17 rebounds in a bad loss for the Knicks. STORY
KNICKS CLIMB OUT OF 21 POINT HOLE TO BEAT BUCKS
Second unit sparks turnaround, and first unit turns spark into roaring fire that scorches Milwaukee 113-98. STORY
NETS HOLD ON FOR 96-90 WIN OVER PISTONS
Detroit rallies to get within 2 before two Durant baskets seal the win. STORY
NETS DRAIN 22 THREES IN 117-108 WIN OVER HAWKS
Salvage 8 game home stand with 5th win. Kevin Durant finishes with 32 points, James Harden 16 points and 11 assists. Hawks Trae Young triple double on poor shooting night. STORY
KNICKS TRAIL PACERS
WIRE TO WIRE
New York drops 111-98 decision for first road loss - goes 5-24 from behind the arc. Pacers center Myles Turner knocks down a career high 7 threes. Knicks becoming "Live by the three, die by the three" team? STORY
RAPTORS RIP KNICKS
On the anniversary of the first NBA game ever, the Knicks starters were red hot, racking up 34 first quarter points, 18 of them by Julius Randle, but the second unit came in cold and let Toronto back in the game and once the Raptors had the momentum, they never gave it back, picking up their 4 straight win. STORY
NETS HAMMER PISTONS
Harden first triple-double. STORY
KNICKS IMPROVE TO 5-1 WITH LACKLUSTER WIN
RJ Barrett was the bright spot with a career high 35 points in a 123-117 victory over the lowly Pelicans. The newcomers, Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, continued to shine with 19 points each and Taj Gibson chipped in with 13 points and 7 rebounds. STORY
JAMES HARDIN BREAKS OUT
His season high 29 points, including 16 points from the free throw line, helped lead Brooklyn to a 105-98 home win over Indiana. STORY
KNICKS SURVIVE 12-0 CLOSING RUN TO BEAT BULLS
NETS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE
Adebayo, Heat take control in 4th quarter as Nets drop 106-93 home decision to Miami. Durant Concedes Nets Miss Kyrie. STORY
KNICKS ROUGH UP 76ERS
It was not as close as the 112-99 final score. Kemba Walker had his best game so far, leading the Knicks with 19 points. Hills West's Tobias Harris was the bright spot for Philly with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. BOX SCORE
NETS BOUNCE BACK
Earn first home win, defeating Wizards, 104-90 STORY
PROTESTORS BREAK THROUGH BARRICADES OVER VACCINE DRAMA
KNICKS STUNNED BY MAGIC FOR FIRST LOSS
NETS FALL TO 1-2 ON SEASON
Collapse late in eventful home opener, get stung by Hornets, 111-95. STORY
KNICKS BAG RECORD 24 THREES IN 123-96 ROUT
UP NEXT: Home Sunday vs Orlando
NETS CLOSE ON 16-1 RUN TO NIP 76ERS 114-109
Kevin Durant had 28 points and a triple double and LaMarcus Aldrich finished with an encouraging 23 points. Long Island's Tobias Harris had 23 for Philly.
UP NEXT: Home Sunday vs Charlotte
GAMES OF DECEMBER 23rd
On a day that saw 39 of 44 PSAL games in New York City either postponed or cancelled due to COVID, Long Island had a light schedule leading into the Christmas break, and unfortunately, about half of those games ended up being postponed as well.
#7 Deer Park 78 North Babylon 44
The Falcons continue to impress and Team Long Island's Preston Edmead looks unstoppable at times. Class AA North Babylon was 4-2 coming into the game, and trailed 39-22 at the half.
Plainedge 83 Lynbrook 58
Yes COVID was a factor, with 6-1 Lynbrook short handed, but as a Sweet 16 panelist said after seeing the game, "Plainedge is for real" STATS LATER
Mt. Sinai 69 Sayville 47
Mt. Sinai is a legit Class A contender in Section 11, improving to 7-3 and 3-0 in Suffolk League 6 and Drew Feinstein has been on a tear, racking up his third 30+ point game in his last 5.
NEW YORK TEAMS
The Nets were short 10 players and have had to postpone at least two of their games, while the Knicks continue to play and lose. 12/20
KNICKS PREVAIL BUT BOTH TEAMS MISSING PLAYERS
The good news is the Knicks beat Houston on the road, but the bad news is that both teams were short handed due to COVID. Its an ominous sign and its happening all over the league - and at the college and high school levels too. Hopefully, the basketball season will survive.
SAME STORY WITH NETS
Missing 7 players, but Durant continues to carry the team. STORY
NETS MISSING 8, KNICKS 3 FROM POSSIBLE COVID EXPOSURE
A shorthanded win by the Nets, and a three-point career scoring record in another Knicks loss were overshadowed by the growing threat that COVID will end up leading to cancelled games in the NBA.
DURANT HAS 51 IN NETS WIN OVER PISTONS
KNICKS FALL TO BUCKS MISSING THREE FROM COVID
Silver lining was the play of rookie Quentin Grimes, who started and had 27 points STORY
KNICKS SLUMP CONTIUES VS RAPTORS
Game tying shot rims out. STORY
NETS RALLY, PULL AWAY FROM HAWKS
Durrant/Trae Young duel ends in Nets 113-105 win. STORY 12/10
GAMES OF DECEMBER 20th
#11 Hills East 89 Copiague 73
After losing to #1 LuHi, #5 Chaminade, and #6 Holy Trinity, the Thunderbirds are rolling through league play, upending a solid Copiague team to improve to 5-3 overall. Xavier Lewis had a big day with 34 points and so did Derek Varlack, who rang up 24 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals.
Friends Acad 74 W Hempstead 35
Friends is a Class B school this season and will be a serious contender in B. Gabe Ferencz had a big game, finishing with 30 points for Friends.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 18th
Cardinal Hayes 56 #1 LuHi 55
It was a good tight game, arguably between New York's two best teams, but Hayes, who will probably be New York's #1 ranked team in the New York State Sportswriters Association's soon to be released New York State Rankings, shut down the Crusaders in the 4th quarter, rallying to defeat Long Island's #1 team and improve to 6-0 on the season. LuHi's potential game winning shot rimmed out.
Hofstra 89 #24 Arkansas 81
The Pride didn't let this one get way. They led the nationally ranked Razorbacks most of the way and held off a late charge to secure the big road win. Earlier in the season, they had nationally ranked Houston in a similar hole, but the Cougars rallied to win in OT. STORY
GAMES OF DECEMBER 7TH
#12 Deer Park 62 #10 Brentwood 59
The Falcons grabbed an early lead, gave it up, and then rallied for the big road win behind sophomore Preston Edmead, who scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter.
#15 Manhasset 54 Sewanhaka 52
In a duel between serious Section 8 Class A contenders, visiting Manhasset came out on top. MORE LATER
Hewlett 76 Roslyn 71
When you have Ryan Weiss, Nassau County's second leading scorer from last season as a sophomore, returning, and he has grown and gotten stronger during the off-season, you know you're going to be a contender this season, and the Bulldogs have done nothing to change that perception, picking up their 3rd straight win without a loss. Weiss finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
GAMES OF DECEMBER 13th
#6 Portledge 64 Hempstead 58
The once dominant Hempstead program was showing signs of being on its way back this season, but an unexpected loss to Roosevelt changed that perception. After giving #6 Portledge everything they could handle, it does look like they are on their way back, and so, apparantly, is Roosevelt! Zaire Baines continued his assault on the record books, scoring 34 points to move into 4th place on Long Island's all-time scoring list. Jakkai Stith had 23 points for Hempstead.
Hauppauge 85 Eastport/SM 67 BOX
Solid win against a good ESM team.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 11-12
Central Islip 74 Mt. Sinai 68
The Musketeers came roaring from behind to defeat a good Mt. Sinal team and improve to 4-0. Ro'Sean Knowles-Bryant had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Rahleek Murray had 17 points and 7 assists. Drew Feinstein led Mt. Sinai with 20 points.
Calhoun 71 South Side 51
The Colts get more impressive with each game, knocking off a good South Side team at the 10 For 10 Jo-Jo Wright Scholarship Games in Uniondale to improve to 4-0. Matt Kalfas and Chris Zaveckas both had 16 points to lead the way. Luke Schwartzberg finished with 11 for South Side.
Hewlett 69 Sachem North 62 OT
Hewlett’s Ryan Weiss is off to an incredible start this season. In a big intersectional matchup, he scored all 9 of his teams points in overtime and finished with 32 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs over a good Class AA Sachem North team from Section 11. Hewlett is now 5-0. Chris Lally led North with 18 points.
Sewanhaka 50 Friends Academy 49
It was Sunday’s featured match-up at the Jo-Jo Wright 10 for 10 Scholarship Games in Uniondale, and it didn’t disappoint, with J'Den Lloyd’s buzzer beating putback giving Sewanhaka a thrilling 50-49 victory. Kamren Denhart led all scorers with 18 points, while Gabe Ferencz had 16 for Friends.
#14 Syosset 71 Elmont 41
Elmont's longtime coach George Holub is retired now, and a budding star was lured away by a prep school salesman, but Syosset's domination is still very impressive. It was 60-23 after three quarters!
10 YEARS AGO - DEC 2011
LUHI NIPS FARMINGDALE
The first classic game of the 2011-12 season has been played! 3rd ranked LuHi had led the whole way, but could not shake #15 Farmingdale, and the determined Dalers took the lead with 1:45 remaining on a putback by Pierre St. Simon. They were up 3 with 1:38 to go after two big free throws by Kevin Petit-Ferer, but the Crusaders would not back down, despite the big momentum shift and the raucous Farmingdale crowd. Ryan Denicola caught the ball at the foul line, drove right and scored to make it a 1 point game, and after two huge missed Farmingdale free throws, KJ Lee walked through the open door and knocked down a short jumper from the right wing for the game winner. Denicola added a free throw in the final seconds to give LuHi the dramatic 59-57 victory.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 1ST
#1 L.I. Lutheran 78 St. Mary's 46
The #1 ranked Crusaders were a heavy favorite in their home opener against St. Mary’s, but Jaeden Hutchinson kept the Gaels in the game the first half, knocking down a three pointer and two free throws to tie the game at 16, and scoring 17 points in the half overall, but it was 34-26 LuHi at intermission and the Crusaders opened the third on a 14-2 run led by Jayden Pierre, Lou Hutchinson, James John’s and Finley Sheridan and St. Mary’s never recovered. It was 57-36 with three quarters in the books and a 78-46 final. Lutheran boasts a dominant backcourt with Jayden Pierre and Jaden Reid, and they certainly led the way in this game, but most impressive was the balance the Crusaders showed. It will serve them well going forward.
Hauppauge 74 Riverhead 34
The Eagles were a preseason team to watch in Class A, but Riverhead was fresh off a surprising 68-39 win over defending Section 11 Class A Champion Hills West, so we expected a good game! Wow! Hauppauge is a talented, well coached team led by one of Long Island’s best players in 6'6 senior Macai John, who was all over the court and all over the stat sheet, finishing with 21 points and putting up big rebounding, blocked shot, steal and assist numbers too. Kevin Zembrzycki also had a big game, finishing with 17 points, and Erik Quinonez did too with 16. Based on tonight's performance, it looks like they have lots of weapons and are a serious contender for the Class A crown.
Calhoun 73 Glen Cove 66 OT
In a semifinal at the Wheatley Tip-Off Tournament, Glen Cove staged a second half rally to send the game into overtime, but Calhoun's Chris Zaveckas picked up where in left off in regulation, scoring 9 points in the extra session to lead the Colts to the Championship Game. Zaveckas finished with 43 points and Bryan Pena added 17 while Londell Wheeler led Glen Cove with 21 points and Matthew Basil added 17.
GAMES OF DECEMBER 3RD
#3 Chaminade 63 #2 Hills East 54
The Flyers were missing two starters! FULL STORY LATER
Kellenberg 59 Stony Brook 56 OT
Looks like Kellenberg might be back in the mix, improving to 3-0 behind James Cavallaro's 18 points, Greg Kenney's 16, and Brendan Dunster added 13. Oskar Humpert led Stony Brook with 15.
CHAMINADE'S CYO COACHES CLINIC THIS SUNDAY 11/7
GAMES OF DECEMBER 4TH
#8 Smithtown West 74 Bay Shore 41
The stage was set! Two ranked teams in the championship game of the Newfield Tournament, with Agostino brothers coaching both teams, but the Bulls left no doubt they are one of Long Island's best, roughing up the Marauders behind a very well balanced attack led by 20 points from Joseph Mitchell, 16 from Patrick Burke, 14 from Tyler Anderson, and 11 from Lorenzo Rappa. Michael Samuda was the bright spot for Bay Shore with 18.
#14 Portledge 70 Albany Acad 66
No details yet, but Albany Academy is always one of the top Class A teams in New York State!
GAMES OF DECEMBER 6TH
Hempstead 72 Floral Park 69
Floral Park had impressive double digit wins over Massapequa and Roslyn coming into it, but the Tigers beat them at their place to improve to 2-0. Too soon to tell if either team is for real, but Hempstead's real tests come soon enough - back to back league games on 12/18 and 12/22 when they host Uniondale, and pay a visit to 14th ranked Syosset. Floral Park has 3-0 Lynbrook on their plate the 15th.
RIVALRIES NEVER DIE!
Thanks to former Long Island basketball stars Bryant Lassiter of Bay Shore and Alvin Vivican of Brentwood, we have a great new event on the summer calendar. It's called "Rivalries Never Die" and it's now in its 6th year and features heated competition between alumni dream teams from many of Long Island's best high school basketball programs - 13 of them in this years edition! Our own Chris Palermo has the COVERAGE! 7/25
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 7th
#3 Baldwin 59 Plainview 41
The Hawks proved themselves worthy of a second place finish, giving the first place Bruins everything they could handle until about half way through the 4th quarter. Jamir Stewart had another good game, finishing 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Jacob Oka added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Brody Girsky paced Plainview with 16 points.
#5 Syosset 55 Hempstead 49
It was a back and forth battle all the way, but Andrew Zhou stepped up, scoring 10 of his 18 points in the decisive 4th quarter to lead Syosset to victory. Syosset swept the season series, but the Tigers have given them a scare in both games, and as the old saying goes, “Its tough to beat a good team three times in the same season” We’ll have to wait and see how the seeding goes and if they will face off again.
#6 Smithtown West 64 Bellport 47
The box scores aren’t in yet, but the Bulls avenged their only loss of the season in convincing fashion.
Amityville 65 East Hampton 61
Again, the box scores aren’t in yet, but the big news is that Amityville kept their 40 year streak of making the playoffs alive, picking up their 7th league win to guarantee at least a .500 record in league play. There was some late drama, with the Bonackers staging a late rally, but the Warriors held on to secure the big road win.
East Meadow 64 Westbury 63
The Jets trailed all the way, but with their leading scorer on the bench with a twisted ankle, they rallied from a 9 point 4th quarter deficit, taking their first lead on a Nabeel Sheihk 3 pointer at the 2:42 mark and they held on for the big win. The win kept their playoff hopes alive - they must win one of their last two games to be sure of getting in, and the loss dimmed chances for the Green Dragons. who must win their final game against 2nd place Plainview to be sure of getting in. Jayden Henriquez led the way with 17 points, Manjot Singh 16, Frank DeStephano had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Sheihk finished with 12. Anthony Todd had a game-high 25 points for Westbury.
PLAYER DIES AT TRYOUTS
In an unimaginable tragedy, Carmyne Payton, a 15 year old sophomore trying out for the Copiague High School basketball team, collapsed and died on the court while running laps during day two of the tryouts. He died of an apparent heart attack, although autopsy results are still pending. He was thrilled that he had made the first cut and hoping to make the team, and like everyone that plays high school sports, had passed a basic physical just a few months ago. His parents said he did have asthma, but that usually doesn't prevent you from playing sports if it's under control, and his apparently was. What could be more devastating to family, friends, coaches and players. Our thoughts are with all of them.
NOTE: Electrocardiograms are not a standard test given at sports physicals unless a prior condition exists, and Carmyne was not known to have one, but if you want to get one as a precaution, Dr. Sean Levchuck at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn actually does them and echocardiograms on adolescents for free in a special program. 11/18
FORDHAM WILL HOST FED TOC THROUGH 2024
After two years of cancelations due to the pandemic, Fordham University has extended their commitment to host the New York Federation Tournament Of Champions through 2024. The Tournament Of Champions brings together high school State Champions from the NYSPHAA, CHSAA, and NYSAIS, plus the New York City PSAL Champions, to compete for the overall New York State title in classes AA, A and B.
YESHIVA EXTENDS NATIONS LONGEST WIN STREAK
Yeshiva University in New York City, a member of the Skyline Conference, has opened the season 4-0, extending the NCAA's longest current winning streak to an incredible 40 games by defeated St. Joseph's 82-59. The 2nd ranked D3 team in the country features Lawrence's Gabriel Leifer, who is both an All-American and an Academic All-American.
LUHI ALUM KNOCK DOWN TWO GAME WINNERS
Zed Key's basket from underneath gave Ohio State a 1 point win over Akron, and Tyson Etienne's deep 3 gave Wichita State a 3 point win over Jacksonville State.
HOFSTRA LETS BIG UPSET SLIP THROUGH ITS FINGERS
Up 9 with 3:49 to play, they scored only 3 more points in regulation and fell 83-75 to #11 Houston in overtime. 11/9
ALZHEIMERS GAME TRYOUTS
After two days of Suffolk County Team tryouts, the the following players were invited back for round 3, Tuesday 9/28 from 7 to 9 pm at Amityville HS:
Christian Smiley: Amityville
Justin Thornton: Amityville
Jordan Cardenas: Bay Shore
J.J Desiderio: Harborfields
Sammy Gerstman: Hills East
Shawn Piazza: William Floyd
Shy Lucas: Amityville
Roderick Jones II: SJB
Naevono Williams: Southampton
Sam Verdone: Sayville
Derek Reed: Southampton
Mike Gitz: Commack
Isaiah Brown: Newfield
Clinton Efienda: SJB
Jacoby Brandly: SJB
Ryan Williams Jr: SJB
Nicholas Brown: Amityville
Derek Varlack: Hills East
Elijah Canady: Amityville
Jack Baron: Bayport-Blue Point
Nick Watts: Northport
Dakari Thomas: St. Anthony's
Jalyke Gaines: St. Anthony's
Malachi Moore: Copiague
Colin Strohm: Comsewogue
The third round of Nassau County tryouts is still scheduled for Monday 9/27 at
the Island Garden.
12/14 SWEET 16 RESULTS
#3 Northport 65 Commack 45
#7 Hills East 65 Centereach 36
#14 Manhasset 65 VS North 36
#15 Brentwood 73 Sachem North 44
#16 Ward Melville 67 Connetquot 45
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 2nd
#2 Chaminade 63 Kellenberg 55
The shorthanded Flyers got off to a rough start and fell into an early hole, but Mac Kelly caught fire and got them back into it. They managed to get some breathing room late in the fourth quarter, again thanks to Kelly and to Greg Cantwell, and held on from there for the unlikely road win. Kelly finished with a game high 20 points, Cantwell added 14, and Greg Kenney led the Firebirds with 16. Chaminade is now 17-2 on the season while Kellenberg falls to 9-8.
Plainedge 65 Floral Park 56
The 11-3 Red Devils rode four double digit scorers, led by Caden Mora’s 25 points, to an early lead and held off the first place 13-2 Knights from there for the big road win, locking up a playoff birth in the process. Matt Ollen was high man for Floral Park with 19. Floral Park had already secured their spot in the playoffs.
Southampton 70 Amityville 52
Southampton continues to impress, blowing open a close game with a 20-9 fourth quarter. Both of Southampton's big guns had big games. Derek Reed finished with 29 points and 7 assists and LeBron Napier 20 points and 10 rebounds. Elijah Canady did all he could, scoring 25 points for the Warriors in the loss.
AMAZING STREAK ENDS!
I don't have to tell anybody what a dominant program Uniondale has been over the years. Not counting last year, when there were no Section 8 playoffs, the Knights had qualified for the playoffs an incredible 43 years in a row! Going all the way back to 1977! Unfortunately, that impressive streak came to an end this season. Congratulations to all of those teams and players over the years that contributed to the unprecedented run, and also to the two all-time great coaches - Russ Bastin and Tom Diana, that orchestrated it. You've solidified your spot in Long Island basketball history as one of Long Island's all-time greatest basketball programs.
Smithtown West (7-0)
Ward Melville (7-0)
Kings Park (6-0)
Deer Park (3-0)
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 9th
Bellport 69 North Babylon 63
The Bulldogs got off to a good start this season, coming out of the gate 5-2, but needed this one to qualify for the playoffs and had their hands full with 13-7 Bellport. BOX SCORE
Hempstead 60 Massapequa 52
The Tigers were looking to improve their playoff seeding and the Chiefs need one more win to make the playoffs. They have one last shot Saturday, 12pm, at playoff bound Farmingdale. BOX SCORE
Bay Shore 77 Connetquot 57
The Marauders got off to a slow start, but they're coming around and were 6-3 in their last 9, and one of those losses was a 67-62 defeat at the hands of #8 Northport. BOX SCORE
BAINES #2 IN NY STATE
Zaire Baines, Long Island's all-time leading scorer, has now moved into the second spot on New York State's All-Team Leading Scorers list, surpassing Lincoln HS great Lance Stephenson. 2/7
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA OUTBRACKET
East Meadow 62 Westbury 56
It’s been a bizarre season for East Meadow, one of the favorites in Section 8 Class AA coming into the season before arguably their three best players were talked into transferring to private schools - a decision, by the way, they all now regret. A relatively successful season followed given the circumstances, but in the middle of it, two of the JV players they brought up to help fill out the roster requested to go back to the JV, leaving the already reduced squad with just 9 players. There are some advantages to having a smaller squad, but there’s one fear you always have in the back of your mind, and that fear played out for the Jets. They were on their way to a big win, but gave up a late 7 point lead because injuries and foul trouble brought them down to just 4 available players and they couldn't hold on. Yet somehow, they finished 4th in Conference AA2 to qualify for the playoffs, and have now won their out bracket game and earned a spot in the quarterfinals. A truly heroic effort, but next up: #1 seed Baldwin, who is undefeated against Long Island teams and wins their games by an average of 30 points! 2/17
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 3rd
#4 Kings Park 63 Harborfields 62
Harborfields built a 20 point third quarter lead, but undefeated Kings Park came roaring back and took their first and only lead when Jon Borkowski rebounded his own missed free throw and put back the game winner at the buzzer. STORY
John Glenn 57 Bayport-Blue Point 55
Like Harborfields, Glenn is another one of those schools that are all close together in the eastern part of Huntington town and all have have long basketball traditions. Northport is the other. Last night, another great game took place in that basketball hotbed, with the Knights dramatically defeating the best Phantoms team in many years when Chris Franzese stole an inbound pass with 3.8 seconds remaining and Grayson Flummer knocked down the game winning three pointer at the buzzer. Stats later.
Amityville 67 Sayville 41
When a team has a great tradition to uphold, they either live up to it or buckle under the pressure. For 40 straight years, the Amityville Warriors have made the playoffs, going on to 11 Long Island Championships and 5 New York State Championships, but this year, they have to win their last 5 league games in a row in order to qualify and keep the streak alive. It won’t be easy - Half Hollow Hills West, who has their own great basketball tradition and is 7-3 in league play, is one of the teams that stand in their way. The the Warriors took the first two big steps, rolling over an East Hampton team that also has a great tradition, and soundly beating a Sayville team that was right behind them in the standings. Two down and three to go, but the next hurdle is the big one - home against the Colts tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 pm.
STONY BROOK MOVING TO NEW CONFERENCE
Stony Brook University is leaving the America East Conference and joining Hofstra's Colonial Athletic Conference, effective next season. In response, the AE is banning them from all conference championship events. Tough break because they're in second place right now. I'm guessing it will be settled in court. Moving to the CAC sets up a great twice a year rivalry between the two Long Island schools! 1/25
EDITORS NOTE: I'm hearing from multiple sources that the Big East might raid the A10 for teams, and if that happens, its very possible the A10 wiil in turn raid the CAC, and Hofstra might be one of its targets.
BEST DEFENSIVE TEAMS
They say defense wins championships. They also say if you play good defense, you're in every game. Here are the Long Island teams that have held their opponents to the fewest ppg so far this season, with their W-L records thru 1/14.
Port Jefferson (7-3) 31 ppg
Pierson (8-0) 37 ppg
Baldwin (8-1) 40 ppg
Ward Melville (11-2) 42 ppg
Long Island Lutheran "B" (5-0) 43 ppg
Friends Academy (8-1) 44 ppg
Lynbrook (10-3) 44 ppg
Northport (9-2) 44 ppg
Malverne (7-1) 45 ppg
Smithtown West (12-1) 45 ppg 1/14
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS C SEMIFINALS
PIERSON CONTINUES DOMINANCE
#1 Pierson 67 #4 Southold 41 STORY
GREEPORT HOLDS OFF ROYALS
#2 Greenport 60 #3 Port Jeff 50 BOX
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 11th
St. Anthony's 64 Chaminade 54
The Friars hand #2 Chaminade their first league loss of the season. STORY
New Hyde Park 46 MacArthur 44
The Generals fell short.
Jericho 57 Mepham 40
The Jayhawks locked up a playoff spot, wining 5 of their last 6.
VS Central 65 East Meadow 59
The Jets had a 7 point lead, but finished the game with only 4 players and couldn't hold on.
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Friends Academy 59 Malverne 46
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 12th
Farmingdale 51 Massapequa 41
It was Massapequa's misfortune to have to play Farmingdale on the road in a must win game. The Dalers had won 5 straight before losing to undefeated Syosset, and they rallied from a first quarter deficit to eliminate the Chiefs from the playoffs. BOX
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A FIRST ROUND
WB PULLS OFF ANOTHER UPSET
West Babylon 58 Harborfields 54
Everybody thought West Babylon’s upset win over #15 Hauppauge was a fluke, but they’re not thinking that now! The Eagles pulled off another big upset, this time defeating the 5th seeded Green Tornadoes on the road to advance to the quarterfinals and a rematch with 4th seeded Hauppauge! Harborfields discovered it was in for a tough game right from the start, and WB built a 10 point 4th quarter lead in tough, back and fourth action, but the Tornadoes rallied to move in front with time running down. WB’s Vaughn Bottex stepped up, nailing a huge left baseline three pointer to make it a 1 point game, and then Brendan Barnes underhanded one in on a drive from the top through traffic for the dramatic come from behind victory! BOX
HILLS WEST RISES UP
Hills West 55 Bayport-Blue Point 37
Traditional powerhouse Hills West got off to an uncharacteristically bad start this season, losing their first four games, one of them to Bayport, but they turned it around in league play and qualified for the playoffs. Playoff success seemed unlikely after they lost their last two regular season games in unimpressive fashion and drew 12-6 BBP as a first round opponent, but after falling behind early, they overwhelmed a good Phantoms team to advance behind a big game from Frank Wilson, who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and an outstanding defensive effort. Wilson, who was one of the teams biggest contributors last season, transferred to a different school this year, but decided to return home after a short stay and has played a big part in their revival. BOX
ESM UNDER THE RADAR
Eastport-S Manor 50 John Glenn 43
ESM is a good team that had the misfortune of playing in a league with two of Long Island’s best teams - Deer Park and Hauppauge, and although they played well against both of them, always fell short. They got off to a good start in their opening round game playoff game, up most of the way, but Glenn rallied to take a fourth quarter lead. The Sharks responded, mounting a 9-1 closing run for the win, advancing to a quarterfinal rematch with, of course, Deer Park. BOX
#15 Hauppauge 70 Amityville 45
The Eagles got a little down on themselves after losing their first big matchup of the season with league leader Deer Park on their home court, and played tentatively in their following games right up until the rematch, where they got their revenge and are once again playing dominant basketball. They have to beware, though, they face a West Babylon team next that upset them during their funk. BOX
MT. SINAI’S BIG GUN BLAZES
Mt. Sinai 79 Rocky Point 46
If you want to be sure of beating the Mustangs, you have to limit both of their 1000 point scorers, and as Rocky Point will attest, that’s easier said than done. They managed to limit Derrick Schechter, but that opened the door for Drew Feinstein, who scored 28 points and grabbed 8 rebounds from the guard spot. Dominic Pennzello played well too, adding 18 points. BOX 2/14
There were 6 high school games and two college games scheduled on Long Island 1/3/22, and between COVID and the threat of snow, only one was played:
Sachem N. 59 Patchogue-Medford 56
TEN FOR TEN DAY TWO!
After an exciting first day, here is the line-up for day two of the Jo-Jo Wright Scholorship games:
10:00 AM Oceanside vs Lynbrook
12:00 PM Sewanhaka vs Friends Acad
2:00 PM Freeport vs Roslyn
4:00 PM Syosset vs Elmont
6:00 PM VS South @ Uniondale
GREAT LONG ISLAND EVENTS
10 FOR #10 TIPOFF THIS WEEKEND!
There's a terrific lineup of special basketball events and showcases this season, and the first one is going to be a good one! Tom Diana has put together the new 10 For #10 Showcase this coming Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th, and it will benefit the Jo-Jo Wright Scholarship Fund. Jo-Jo was an All-New York State basketball player on the Uniondale varsity team that died tragically in an automobile accident. Every year, the scholarship created to honor him will help a deserving Uniondale senior with college expenses. Admission for the two-day ten game schedule is just $5 a day, and many of Nassau's top programs are participating, so please come down and support it! Great basketball for a great cause - you can't beat it!
10:00 AM Mepham vs Floral Park
12:00 PM South Side vs Calhoun
2:00 PM Island Trees vs Jericho
4:00 PM Plainview vs Garden City
6:00 PM Wantagh @ Uniondale
KELLENBERG CAPTURES REID-ROBESON CLASSIC
The Firebirds defeated host Westbury for the title. STORY 2/5
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA FIRST ROUND
BULLS PULL AWAY
#6 Smithtown West 50 Bay Shore 37
The teams met earlier in the season, and West dominated, so it was a surprise that the Marauders led by 3 at the end of a scrappy first half, but it was all Smithtown in the second half, thanks to a defense that held Bay Shore to just 15 second half points. They host Bellport, the only team to beat them this season, in the next round. BOX
#12 Hills East 67 Sachem North 43
North had won five straight coming in, but East took command with a 23-10 second quarter and added to it from there. Xavier Lewis was the spark, finishing with 18 points and 6 steals. The Thunderbirds will be tested in the next round, hosting 18-3 Ward Melville in the 4-5 game. BOX
CLIPPERS BOUNCE BACK
Bellport 69 Commack 53
The Clippers were not impressive in their three games leading up to the playoffs, going 1-2, but they were ready for a Commack team we thought would give them more of a challenge. Javin Riddick had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. They’re looking forward to a rematch with league rival Smithtown West in the next round. BOX
IMPRESSIVE WIN FOR EAGLES
Copiague 82 Longwood 50
You’d have to say that this game was a surprise - not because Copiague won, but because they won so easily, taking a 28-14 first quarter lead and going up 45-21 at the half. Rashad Kee had a great game, finishing with 33 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Northport next! BOX
HUNTINGTON HAS MOMENTUM
Huntington 50 Newfield 38
This was another game where the margin of victory was a surprise, not so much the result. The Blue Devils did end the regular season with five straight wins, including wins over playoff teams Bellport and Copiague, while Newfield dropped three of their last five, so maybe it shouldn’t have been. Kevin Drake and Max Rentsch both had big games, with Drake finishing with 20 points and Rentsch 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Huntington’s defense was outstanding. Their reward? A date with top seed Brentwood. BOX 2/15
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 15th
NSCHSAA REGULAR SEASON
St. Dominic 59 #3 Chaminade 52
After reeling off 9 straight league wins, the Flyers have now lost two in a row with the playoffs in sight. The 10-9 Bayhawks now have wins over both the first and second place teams. BOX
Kings Park (12-0)
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A FIRST ROUND
SIX OF LAST SEVEN FOR JAYHAWKS
Jericho 59 Long Beach 54
The 17th seeded Jayhawks, who trailed by one after a back and forth first half, utilized a 23-13 third quarter to build a lead and then held off host Long Beach to win their sixth game in their last seven. Both team’s star players did their thing - Ryan Kim challenged the defense every time he touched the ball and led the Jayhawks with 23 points, and Bret Michaels led all scorer’s with 26 points for the host Marines. Now the big test for Jericho - #1 seed Manhasset at Manhasset. BOX
NHP MAY BE TOUGH OUT
New Hyde Park 63 Great Neck N 50
NHP has a solid team, with decent size, and they were in control most of the way in this one. Isaiah Lariosa had an impressive stat line, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists to lead the way, and so did Amal Kayani, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Next up #3 Garden City. BOX
TORNADES TURN THE TABLES
Lawrence 45 North Shore 42
This is another one of those surprising upsets. North Shore beat Lawrence 57-33 eleven days ago! Don Smalls, Kanye Robinson, and Dexter Robinson all had big games, and the Tornadoes kept a lid on a North Shore offense that had averaged over 53 points per game against them in their previous two meetings. Smalls finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Kanye with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Dexter with 8 points and 12 rebounds. South Side is next. BOX
SEAFORD STAYS HOT
Seaford 62 Bethpage 49
It’s 5 out of their last 6 for Seaford. It was a tight battle until the forth quarter, when the Vikings outscored the Golden Eagles 18-8 to pull away for the win. Evan Block led a nice balanced attack, finishing with 21 points and 9 rebounds, Devin O'Donnell added 16 points and Chris Navin 14 points in the win. Jayden Diaz finished with 13 points for Bethpage. Seaford now takes on Floral Park. BOX
Clarke 51 Great Neck South 50
The most exciting game of the day, with GNS staging a late rally to take a 51-50 lead on a big three point play by Joe Fernandez with 41 seconds remaining, then Clark's Jonathan Segura retook the lead with two big free throws at the 23 second mark, and in the final seconds, GNS came up short after two chances to get the game winner. BOX
WANTAGH PUTS UP GOOD FIGHT
Hewlett 50 Wantagh 44
Hewlett was the highest ranked team playing in the opening round, but Wantagh, who came into the game 6-9 and tied for fourth in Conference 5, battled them right down to the final buzzer. The Bulldogs got out to any early lead and maintained it, but could never break loose, and Nick Morgan’s 7 fourth quarter points were needed to hold the Warriors off for the win. Ryan Weiss led all scorers with 22 points and Morgan finished with 15. Hewlett will take on 6th seeded Roslyn next. BOX 2/16
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP
Pierson 68 Greenport 52
For the third time this season, the Whalers proved they were the better team, but Greenport’s great basketball tradition would not allow the senior dominated Porters to go quietly. Trailing by as many as 18 points, Jameek Freeman led a rally that cut the deficit to 5 early in the fourth quarter, but Pierson dug in and answered with a 13-2 run to pull away for the win and the Class C Title. Wilson Bennett finished with a game high 24 points and Dan Labrozzi added 20 points for the Whalers while Donovan Lawrence led Greenport with 17 points and Ev Corwin and Freeman both finished with 15. Pierson now advances to both the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions and the Long Island Class C Championship Game. For those that don’t know, the TOC is a “Hoosiers” style tournament that determines one overall Suffolk County Champion among all the classes, while the Long Island Championship Game is a Regional of the New York State Class C Championship Tournament. BOX 2/16
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS D CHAMPIONSHIP
Bridgehampton 45 Smithtown Chr 38
Its been a very tough season for Long Island’s Class D schools, all of whom are in Section 11. They play many of their games against bigger schools, and draw on small student bodies to field a team, so its tough to be consistently competitive. But it can be done, as 9 time New York State Champion Bridgehampton has demonstrated many times over the years. Led by an excellent 8th grader, common at small schools, this season’s Bridgehampton team might not be one of their best, but they carried on the great Killer Bee tradition, utilizing a 16-2 second quarter run to take control, and they held off top seed Smithtown Christian the rest of the way to capture both the Section 11 and Long Island Class D Championships. The talented 8th grader’s name is Jai Feaster, and he finished with 18 points, Kris Vinski had 12 points, and another 8th grader - Alex Davis, added 9 points for the Bees. Danny Voisich led Smithtown with 12. BOX 2/16
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B SEMIFINAL
Babylon 55 Mattituck 51
Six days ago, Mattituck beat Babylon by 20 points. How do you explain it? This time, the 10-8 Panthers got out in front early and held off second seeded Mattituck to advance to the Section 11 Class B Championship Game, where they will face top seeded Southampton. Brennan O'Halloran had the big game, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Joe Hanson added 11 points, Eric Hoffman handed out 10 assists, and Elijah Kneeland pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the way. BOX 2/16
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A QUARTERFINALS
#4 Kings Park 58 Hills West 28
The Kingsmen held the Colts to single digits in every quarter in another impressive performance, improving to 21-0 and advancing to the Section 11 Class A Semifinals, where they will take on upstart Hauppauge, who they beat by 10 earlier in the season. BOX
#13 Deer Park 78 Eastport-SM 54
Deer Park had lost three straight coming into this game, so the Falcons needed a good performance to get them back on track, and they got one, thumping a good ESM team to advance to a semifinal matchup with red hot Wyandanch. BOX
#15 Hauppauge 53 West Babylon 33
The Eagles have now avenged two of their three losses, with only Kings Park - their semifinal opponent, remaining. Hauppauge used a balanced attack to overwhelm WB in this quarterfinal match-up, getting 16 points from both Kevin Zembrzycki and Macai John, and 12 points from Nick Neglia, while John led a dominating defensive effort, controlling the boards and the paint while his teammates contested shots and clogged the passing lanes. BOX
Wyandanch 85 Mt. Sinai 78
The Mustangs got big games from both Derrek Shechter and Drew Feinstein, who finished with 28 and 20 points respectively, but they couldn’t outscore the Warriors, who finished off Mt. Sinai with a 32 point forth quarter for their 16th straight win and a spot in the semifinals against Deer Park. Noah Green led the attack with 20 points, Marcus Harris had 19, and a total of 9 players put points on the board. BOX 2/17
Kings Park 21-0
PSAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Portledge 81 Avenues 55
This season's Portledge team has played a very demanding schedule, and has repeatedly demonstrated that they can play with much larger schools, but for the time being, they remain in Class B. Part of the process of qualifying for the Class B State Tournament is winning your league, and the Panthers rolled to the PSAA title with another dominating performance. Zaire Baines once again led the way, and he is now only the second player in New York State history to break the 3,000 point career scoring mark. Next up, the NYSIAS State Championships. 2/17
IT'S TIME TO STEP UP
AND SAVE THE SEASON!
PLEASE! PLAYERS! THIS WAVE OF THE PANDEMIC IS SPREADING VERY QUICKLY. WE HAD 6 GAMES POSTPONED THIS PAST SATURDAY ALONE AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. IF WE ARE GOING TO SAVE THIS SEASON, YOU HAVE TO ACT DECISIVELY AND MAKE SURE YOUR TEAMMATES DO TOO. WE ALL HAVE TO BE FANATICAL ABOUT STAYING AWAY FROM CROWDS AND WEARING MASKS AROUND ANY SIZE GROUP OF PEOPLE. MOST IMPORTANT: WE ALL HAVE TO PROTECT OURSELVES AND THE PEOPLE WE CARE ABOUT BY GETTING VACCINATED AND GETTING OUR BOOSTER SHOTS! THE TRUTH IS, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED AND PUT ON VENTILATORS AND THE OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED. THAT IS FACT!
GAMES OF DECEMBER 19th
Brentwood 79 Banneker 45
Their 2-2 record wasn't typical of a Brentwood team, but they turned in a very Brentwood-like performance at the Bishop Loughlin Showcase, running over 5-1 Benjamin Banneker of the PSAL behind a triple-double from Team Long Island's Zatai Townsend, who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 steals, and Aaron Nyantaki, who added 8 points and 11 rebounds.
PUBLIC/CATHOLIC CHALLENGE POSTPONED
Saturday's showcase at Elmont, featuring three top public school teams and three top Catholic school teams, has been postponed due to positive COVID tests at two of the schools.
2. Hills East
6. Holy Trinity
8. Smithtown West
10. St. Anthony’s
11. Kings Park
12. Deer Park
16. Bay Shore
TIPS FOR TRYOUTS
Nothing replaces working hard on your fundamentals and your conditioning during the off-season, but there are 6 simple things you can do that will help you make the team, and if you make the team, get more playing time. Make a copy of these pointers and go over them before every tryout:
1. ARRIVE EARLY AND IMMEDIATELY BEGIN LOOSENING UP
Stretch out, do some dribble drills. That's what serious basketball players do.
2. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND GREET ALL OF THE COACHES.
Probably the easiest and most effective tip. Do it every day, even if it's just "Hey Coach". Make sure the coaches know who you are so you're not just another face in the crowd to them.
3. PAY ATTENTION TO INSTRUCTIONS
Another big one. Show the coaches you are serious, anxious to hear what they have to say, and a quick learner. Those are the kind of kids coaches want in practice.
4. TALK ON DEFENSE
This is a difficult one for shy kids, but if you get out of your comfort zone, it will pay off. Call out in a nice loud voice "ball" if you've got the ball handler, or "help" if you don't and are ready to help. Coaches love it. It shows teamwork and leadership.
5. MAKE THE HUSTLE PLAYS
Another surefire way to get the coaches eye is to go hard after every rebound, every loose ball, and to be one of the first players out on the break and back on D. Do that and you can make the team even if you don't hit a shot.
3. GO ALL OUT IN EVERY SPRINT
This ties in with making hustle plays. Nothing catches the coach's eye better than showing all-out effort, even if you don't come in first. Just as important, nothing looks worse than dragging behind and looking unmotivated.
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A ROUND OF 16
#10 Manhasset 90 Jericho 37
People have talking about how good this Manhasset team is since last season. The Jayhawks were hot coming into this matchup, but the Bulldogs quickly dispelled any thoughts of an upset with a 25-6 first quarter. BOX
Plainedge 66 Calhoun 60
Everything about this game suggested it would be a good one, and it was, with Plainedge holding on for the win. BOX
Hewlett 80 Roslyn 79 OT
The best game of the day, with two of Long Island's best players - Ryan Weiss from Hewlett, who finished with 46 points, and Spyro Drenis from Roslyn, who finished with 38, both at their best. In the end of a game filled with dramatic moments, 6 strait free throws by Weiss in the final seconds were the difference. BOX
Floral Park 63 Seaford 28
There are a lot of good Class A teams in Section 8 this season, and Floral Park is one of them. They held Seaford, who averages 58 ppg, to just 28. Someone different seems to step up for them every game, and that someone has been Matt Olen in the last two. He had 18 against the Vikings. BOX
Garden City 59 New Hyde Park 35
The Trojans are a dangerous team, with a 3 point loss to #1 seed Manhasset and a 2 point loss to second seeded Sewanhaka accounting for two of their 3 losses. They face Hewlett and Ryan Weiss - Section 8's leading scorer at 28.2 ppg, in the next round. BOX
Valley Stream North 47 Lynbrook 46
Another very good game, with the Spartans rallying for a 1 point win over favored Lynbrook. Godwin Eyiuche led the way with 20 points and Malcolm Harrington added 14. BOX
South Side 64 Lawrence 36
This South Side team cannot be taken for granted. The Cyclones led 35-15 at the half. Next up, long time rival Floral Park, a matchup that has produced many memorable games over the years.BOX
#16 Sewanhaka 63 Clarke 35
Their 14th win in a row. With every passing game, the Indians look more and more like a deserving #2 seed. Tough D and balanced scoring are the keys to success in the playoffs, and they have both. They had 5 players with 9 or more points in this one, and held Clarke to 10 points in the first half. BOX 2/18
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
#12 Hills E. 70 #14 Ward Melville 51
This one had all the markings of a barn burner, and it played out that way over the first three quarters, with the teams knotted at 41, but the Thunderbirds exploded in the 4th quarter, outscoring Ward Melville 29-10 to claim their spot in the Section 11 Class AA Semifinals. Hills had ended the third quarter on a run, making up a 6 point deficit in the final 1:11 on a basket by Derek Varlack off an inbound play, a floater by Xavier Lewis from the left wing, and a steal by Adam Kirschenblatt that Varlack converted at the buzzer to tie it up, and the Thunderbirds just kept it going in the fourth quarter, taking a six point lead on back to back threes by Kirschenblatt and a 10 point lead on back to back drives by Varlack. Ward Melville badly needed a basket, and they got one from Tommy Engel, who buried a deep left wing three to keep the Patriots within striking distance, but Louis Mathurin answered with a putback and Lewis with a steal and fast beak basket and Hills continued to pull away. Kirschenblatt’s three point play made it 59-46 with 3:07 remaining, a Lewis’s fast break basket seconds later made it a 15 point game, and then Varlack stole the ball and scored and Lewis scored again on the break and it was 65-56 - game over! Hills featured a well balanced attack, with Varlack finishing with 24 points, Xavier Lewis 22, and Adam Kirschenblatt 18 - 9 of them during the pivotal forth quarter run. BOX
#7 Northport 62 Copiague 54
Copiague can put points on the board, and they did just that, ringing up the 4th highest total that defensive minded Northport has allowed this season. The Tigers struggled to keep pace, trailing most of the way, but Northport has a knack for winning the close ones, and they rallied late in the game, taking the lead on a Nick Watts basket from underneath at about the two minute mark and going up 4 on Dylan McNaughton’s free throw with 29 seconds remaining. Brendan Carr led the Tigers with 18 points, JJ Ahlstrand added 17, and Watts finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. BOX
#6 Smithtown West 67 Bellport 57
This was the rubber match between the two League 3 rivals, and the Bulls took an early lead and held it wire to wire. NEWSDAY STORY BOX
#8 Brentwood 86 Huntington 55
The Blue Devils were the longshot in this round, and a 27-11 first quarter only increased those odds, but Huntington didn’t let things get completely out of hand, trailing by only 2 more at intermission. All hopes were quickly dashed in the third quarter when top seeded Brentwood held the Blue Devils to just 10 points and had a 30 point lead by the time the quarter ended. Team Long Island’s Zatai Townsend has established himself as one of Long Island’s top point guards, and the Brentwood star showed off another facet of his game, knocking down 8 three pointers on his way to a game high 32 points. BOX 2/18
GAMES OF FEBRUARY 18th
NSCHSAA REGULAR SEASON
Holy Trinity 59 #9 St. Anthony's 45
The Titans picked up a convincing win over the Friars in the battle for second place in the NSCHSAA. BOX
SUFFOLK COUNTY TOC
Class C Champion Pierson 81
Class D Champion Bridgehampton 52
Pierson is a senior led team and the #1 ranked Class C team in New York State, while Bridgehampton is a young team led by an 8th grader whose future looks bright. No surprise here. The first intriguing matchup of the TOC is next round, when the Whalers take on Southampton, one of the top ranked Class B teams in New York State. The teams played a 10 point game earlier in the season, Pierson's only loss! 2/19
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
Port Washington 75 Hempstead 69 OT
These teams went head to head three times this season, all three hard fought games, with Hempstead winning the first two, but Port won the big one - a quarterfinal match-up in the Section 8 Class AA Playoffs. Port had a healthy 41-27 lead at the half, but the Tigers came roaring back to tie it in regulation behind another big game from Jakkai Stith, with help from Zi'yair Jones. Trevor Amalfitano stepped up for the Vikings in the extra session, scoring 8 of their 10 points in overtime, including the big three pointer that put them in front for good and secured their spot in a Semifinal matchup with top seed Baldwin. BOX
#5 Syosset 56 Farmingdale 51
#2 seed Syosset’s march towards a seemingly inevitable confrontation with top seeded Baldwin in the Section 8 Class AA Championship Game continues, with the Braves, now 20-0, defeating a game Farmingdale squad led by 8th grader Dylan Mingo, who led all scorers wit 22 points. Although Syosset wins their games by an average of 24 points, they once again showed they can win the close ones, fighting off a serious challenge from a team that will almost certainly be ranked in the Preseason Sweet 16 in 2022-23. Andrew Zhou led the way for Syosset with 20 points and Matt Lindenman added 15. Senior Ryan Woodland finished his high school basketball career with a nice game for the Dalers, scoring 19 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. BOX
Plainview 64 Herricks 53
After losing to the Hawks decisively the first two times the teams played, Herricks stepped up and stayed within striking distance the whole way in this Class AA Quarterfinal, but they just couldn’t get past Dylan Banner and 3rd seeded Plainview. Banner led the way with a game high 28 points, Brody Girsky finished with 14, and Mason Garvey added 11. Braden Sosnik and Josh Socias kept Herricks in it, finishing with 21 points and 17 point respectively. Next up, undefeated Syosset in the semifinals. BOX
#2 Baldwin 87 East Meadow 41
The Bruins are an intimidating group that play a fast paced, aggressive style, and they overwhelmed yet another opponent to advance. East Meadow needed to knock down their threes to stay in this game, and Baldwin held them to 3. Next up, an interesting semifinal matchup with a Port Washington team that likes to slow down the pace. BOX 2/19
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP
Southampton 71 Babylon 48
Class B Southampton’s two losses have been to Class AA teams. They are undefeated against Class A and B teams, with a big win over Class A #3 seed and long time rival Wyandanch. Babylon finished their season well, upsetting #2 seed Mattituck to get to the Championship Game, but they were no match for the Mariners, who jumped out to a 20-9 first quarter lead. Southampton was led once again by LeBron Napier, who racked up 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Derek Reed, who had 21 points and 8 assists. Naevon Jenkins played well too, finishing with 13 points and 7 rebounds. STATS 2/19
NO FEDERATION TOC!
It seemed like we were getting closer and closer to a normal basketball season, but this setback brings us all back to earth. How did it happen? First, Fordham University, who was scheduled to host New York's State Championship Event, was unwilling to back off their requirement that everyone that came to their campus be vaccinated, so a last minute search for a replacement began. Marist was the first potential host to step up with an offer, and it appeared there was a good chance things would soon be back on track for our first complete basketball season in three years, but instead of holding the event at Marist, the heads of the PSAL, CHSAA, NYSPHSAA, and NYSAIS (the New York Federation) met and decided to cancel the Championships altogether. They did not entertain any other offers to host. 2/18 NEWS RELEASE
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
Plainview 54 #4 Syosset 50
The first big upset of this season's playoffs! STORY
#2 Baldwin 71 Port Washington 42
Can anybody stop the Bruins? STORY 2/22
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A QUARTERFINALS
VS North 58 #16 Sewanhaka 44
Valley Stream North put together their most impressive performance of the season, stopping red hot Sewanhaka in its tracks. The Spartans held the #2 seed to their second lowest point total of the season and built a comfortable 18 point 3rd quarter lead on their way to the upset. They utilized a well balanced attack, with Godwin Eyiuche leading the way with 17 points and 5 assists, Malcolm Harrington finishing with 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Dominic Obukwelu added 12 points. J'Den Lloyd had 14 for Sewanhaka. BOX
South Side 61 Floral Park 29
These two teams have a history of great playoff confrontations, but this wasn't one of them. The 5th seeded Cyclones dominated wire to wire, completely shutting down #4 Floral Park's attack. BOX
Garden City 70 Hewlett 32
Every team that faces Hewlett knows they have to shut down Ryan Weiss. The Trojans actually pulled it off. BOX
#10 Manhasset 99 Plainedge 76
The Red Devils are a good team and put up an early fight, but top seeded Manhasset punished them for it. It was close for most of the first quarter, but Manhasset ended the quarter on a run and had a 15 point lead by halftime. A 31 point third quarter blew the game open and they went on to record their second straight playoff game of 90 points or more, earning a spot in the semifinals against 5th seeded South Side. BOX 2/23
LUTHERAN EXTENDS SEASON
Faced with the premature end to their 2021-22 season with the cancelation of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions, the 8 time champs have entered an excellent 60 year old event in Maryland called the Alhambra Tournament, which brings together top teams from Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. They are the first New York team to participate in the event since 1973. NEWS RELEASE 2/23
St. Mary's 68 Kellenberg 55
It’s been an injury riddled season for the Gaels, who entered the game without Team Long Island’s Jaeden Hutchinson, who missed his 5th straight game and who had 24 points in the first game between the two schools. Fortunately, they did have Jackson McEachern back after he had missed 7 games, and he, sophomore Kyle Joe, and Jagger Bascombe led a second half comeback from an 8 point halftime deficit that carried St. Mary’s to an 8 point victory and a spot in the NSCHSAA Quarterfinals.
The game started out predictably, with James Cavallaro leading the Firebirds to a 35-27 lead with 14 first half points, but the St. Mary’s defense clamped down in the second half, holding Kellenberg to just 20 total points, while eight point 3rd quarters by both McEachern and Joe carried the Gaels to a 50-46 lead at the third quarter buzzer, and then Bascombe joined in with a 7 point forth quarter and St. Mary’s pulled away for the big road win. 2/23
Chaminade 65 SJB 56
The Flyers dug themselves out of an early hole led by Team Long Island's David DeBusschere. STORY BOX SCORE
Holy Trinity 40 St. Anthony's 38
This was a game of sheer willpower. The defenses were dominant, and none of the usually potent scorers on either team had a big game, but every time there was a pivotal moment, the Titans rose to the occasion, eventually prevailing to earn a spot in the Championship Game against top seed Chaminade.
CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Poly Prep 56 Portledge 54
In a New York State Top 4 showdown, #2 ranked Poly Prep defeated #4 Portledge on a coast to coast layup at the buzzer. STORY 2/27
CLASS B SEMIFINALS
Portledge 61 Trinity 50
CLASS B FIRST ROUND
Portledge 68 Collegiate 44
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
#12 Deer Park 75 Wyandanch 69
#3 Kings Park 61 #15 Hauppauge 58
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
#7 Northport 62 #5 Smithtown W 50
Battle of the bigs decided by a shooter
#11 Hills East 71 #8 Brentwood 63
Derek Varlack, whose father suffered a serious heart attack during the game, forcing a one day postponement, led the Hills East rally out of a 13 point hole to a 71-63 victory. STORY BOX SCORE 2/26-7
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Kings Park 60 Deer Park 52
Kingsmen now 23-0!
CLASS A Champion Kings Park 54
CLASS B Champion Southampton 45
Two excellent small school teams met in the semifinals of the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions, a "Hoosiers" style tournament that determines one overall Suffolk County Champion, and the undefeated Class A Champion Kings Park Kingsmen advanced to the Championship Game after a hard fought win over an excellent Southampton team, the reigning Class B Champions. They will face the large school Champion, either Northport or Hills East, for the overall Suffolk County Title. You might be surprised to hear that the result's of the championship game have been 50/50 over the years, with the small school Champion winning the overall title as often as the large school team has. Many of Suffolk's All-Time greatest teams and programs - like 11 time County Champion Amityville - are small schools. 3/4
Holy Trinity 51 Chaminade 50 OT
Titan D Stops Flyers!
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Garden City 67 Valley Stream N 55
Trojans hold off VSN
Manhasset 66 South Side 43
The unstoppable force
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B/C CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Friends Academy 54 Carle Place 48
Rocco Zannino's free throw sent the game into overtime, but the Frogs went cold in OT and couldn't complete the big upset. 3/4
SECTION 11 CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
#6 Hills East 56 #5 Northport 50 OT
Brendan Carr led Northport to a 30-22 halftime lead, but Xavier Lewis kept his Thunderbirds in it , and then he and the Hills East defense shut down Carr and Northport in the second half, holding them to just 13 second half points, and the Thunderbirds rallied to tie it in regulation and win the Section 11 Class AA Championship in overtime. It was their fourth title in the last 7 years.
SECTION 8 CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
#2 Baldwin 55 Plainview 44
The Bruins have rampaged through the regular season and the playoffs, and they built another big lead before holding off a late Plainview rally, claiming the Section 8 Class AA title for the 6th time in the last 10 contested. STORY 3/5
SECTION 8 CLASS A PLAYOFFS
#7 Manhasset 56 Garden City 48
Garden City ran up a stunning 16-0 lead, but the Indians gradually got back into it, taking the lead for good in the 4th quarter behind their well balanced attack, and they went on to claim the Section 8 Class A title for the second time in the last three contested. STORY 3/5
SUFFOLK TOC FINAL
#2 Hills East 57 #3 Kings Park 50
The Thunderbirds, missing arguably their best three players, ended Kings Parks 24 game winning streak.
CLASS D STATE PLAYOFFS
Chapel Field 56 Bridgehampton 47
The Killer Bees are rebuilding, with 8th graders making major contributions, and they gave the Section 9 Champions everything they could handle before falling. NEWSDAY STORY 3/8
CHSAA STATE PLAYOFFS
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
Canisius 53 #5 Holy Trinity 45
CLASS B STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
Friends Academy 56 Southampton 46
Southampton had no answer for 6'8 big man CJ Williams. NEWSDAY STORY 3/9
CLASS C STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
Pierson 55 Carle Place 50
Carle Place led most of the way on the red hot shooting of Rocco Zannino, who knocked 6 three-pointers, but heavily favored Pierson stayed within striking distance and rallied to advance to the Regional Championship Game against the Section 9 Champion Alexander Hamilton.
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B SEMIFINALS
The Mules gave up an 18 point lead, but closed with a 10-2 run to advance. STORY
Friends Academy 54 Locust Valley 38
The Quakers raced out to a 20-2 lead and never looked back. STORY 2/21
OPENING DAY 2021-22!
It was a rare opening day, with two heavyweight match-ups kicking off this much anticipated season! 11/22
Stony Brook Stuns SJB 59-58
#14 Portledge Over St. Mary's
CAUTION: After an abbreviated 2020-21 season, we're all looking forward to 2021-22 and hoping COVID doesn't intervene again. That's all up to us! The numbers are already going up nationwide as we move indoors (STORY) so if you want to prevent game postponements and cancellations from ruining your season, wear your mask if you can't social distance, get tested before you attend any big indoor gatherings, and get vaccinated! A successful season depends on your staying healthy and also continuing to think of the safety of others even if it means some personal discomfort.
3/12 3RD PLACE GAME
St. Frances, MD 64 LI Lutheran 61
Free throws sink Crusaders STORY
Paul VI, Va 69 LI Lutheran 66
LuHi gives up 11 point lead STORY
LI Lutheran 60 Gonzaga, D.C. 46
Crusaders led by as many as 30 points STORY
CLASS AA STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
#2 Baldwin 79 #3 Hills East 68
Stewart, late surge carry Bruins to New York State Class AA Final Four.
CLASS A STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
#4 Manhasset 75 #10 Kings Park 57
CLASS B STATE PLAYOFFS
Friends Academy 50 Bronxville 46
Quakers hold off Section 1 champs for Final Four birth. STORY BOX SCORE 3/13
CLASS C STATE PLAYOFFS
Pierson 65 Alexander Hamilton 63
A dramatic basket at the buzzer sends the Whalers to Glens Falls. STORY BOX 3/13
NYSAIS/PSAL CHAMPIONS WILL FACE OFF MARCH 26TH
With no New York State Federation Tournament of Champions this season, New York State's private schools and the New York City Public Schools have stepped up and are putting together a season finale that will match up their respective class champions. In class AA, our Long Island Lutheran Crusaders will represent the NYSAIS against the yet to be determined PSAL Champion. 3/14
LONG ISLAND IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
There are many players and coaches in the NCAA Tournament with Long Island roots. STORY 3/15
MANHASSET CLASS A NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONS!
The Indians rode what got them there - a talented, well balanced attack and tough D - to an impressive 62-51 victory and a New York State title.
FRIENDS SUFFERS HEARTBREAKING ONE POINT LOSS
The Quakers got big games from their big three and led most of the way, but couldn't hold off a late surge. STORY BRACKET BOX SCORE 3/20
CLASS A STATE SEMIFINAL
Manhasset 69 Poughkeepsie 55
Indians roll into final behind 29 points from Liam Connor.
CLASS B STATE SEMIFINAL
Friends Acad 56 Seton Catholic 50
CLASS AA STATE SEMIFINAL
Mount Vernon 64 #2 Baldwin 57
The Bruins battled the undefeated 11 time New York State Champions wire to wire, leading much of the way, but turnovers down the stretch spelled their doom.
CLASS C STATE SEMIFINAL
Newfield, NY 66 Pierson 62
The Whalers took and held the lead almost the whole way, but couldn't pull away and got caught.
NYSAIS vs PSAL!
CLASS AA CHAMPIONS
South Shore 57 LI Lutheran 56
It was a familiar pattern for the Crusaders this season. They had the PSAL champs on the ropes and gave up a late lead.
CLASS A CHAMPIONS
Albany Academy 79 Bergtraum 74
Albany lost to both St. Anthony's and Portledge this season, but finished with a big win over the PSAL champs.
LONG ISLAND'S NDEFO
LEADS TEAM TO SWEET 16
Elmont's KC Ndefo, who played a big role on Elmont's 2016 New York State Championship Team, had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots to lead 15th seeded St. Peter's to a 70-60 victory over Murray State and into the Sweet 16. Next up, #3 seed Purdue.
LONG ISLAND'S LEADING SCORERS
THE 2021-2022 SEASON
Zaire Baines Portledge 29.6
Ryan Weiss Hewlett 27.5
Luke Woods Mattituck 26.6
Zatai Townsend Brentwood 24.5
Drew Feinstein Mt. Sinai 24.3
Preston Edmead Deer Park 23.9
Dylan Banner Plainview 23.7
Spyro Drenis Roslyn 22.7
LeBron Napier Southampton 22.4
Justin Turner Eastport-South Manor 22.2
James O'Connell Wheatley 21.5
CJ Brackett Center Moriches 21.4
Rashad Kee Copiague 21.4
Anthony Todd Westbury 21.4
Xavier Lewis Hills East 21.0
Macai John Hauppauge 20.9
Jordan Gabriel Mineola 20.7
Jalyke Gaines-Wyatt St. Anthony's 20.5
Javin Riddick Bellport 20.5
Matthew Garside Kings Park 20.4
Wilson Bennett Pierson 20.3
Ryan Kim Jericho 20.3
Patrick Burke Smithtown West 20.0
Frank Wilson Hills West 20.0
MOST THREE POINTERS
Matthew Garside Kings Park 98
Ryan Weiss Hewlett 84
Brendan Carr Northport 79
Zaire Baines Portledge 76
David DeBusschere Chaminade 73
Michael Gitz Commack 67
Jayden Reid LI Lutheran 65
Gabe Ferencz Friends Academy 63
Roderick Jones Jr. SJB 63
Spyro Drenis Roslyn 62
Preston Edmead Deer Park 61
Zatai Townsend Brentwood 60
James Cavallaro Kellenberg 58
Mike Notias Manhasset 58
Andrew Zhou Syosset 58
Javin Riddick Bellport 56
James Johns LI Lutheran 50
Rocco Zannino Carle Place 50
OVERALL 3-POINT SHOOTING CHAMPION
Matt Garside, Kings Park
GIRLS 3-POINT SHOOTING CHAMPION
Sophia Yearwood, Northport
THE FINAL FOURS TEAM BY TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dylan Mingo Farmingdale 8th
Judah Bontemps Uniondale 8th
Lorenzo Crilly Smithtown Christian
Alex Davis Bridgehampton 8th
Brady Delvalle, Valley Stream South
Naevon Jenkins Southampton
Jermain King, William Floyd
Jake Mangio Farmingdale
Kayden Mingo LI Lutheran
Orlando Morris Uniondale 8th
Dominic Pennzello, Mt. Sinai
Jesse Roggendorf, Great Neck South
John Roggendorf, Great Neck South
Jawuan Smith William Floyd
Carter Wilson, St. John The Baptist
Tyler Ziminski John Glenn
LONG ISLAND'S DREAM TEAM
Team Long Island was born during a discussion we had about 10 years ago while we were putting together our selections for First Team All-Long Island. We wondered how good the team would be if they actually played games, and decided the only way to find out was to get them together and play in a big tournament. Looking at the list of First Team players, we quickly realized that it needed to be tweaked to include the best assist men, the best rebounders, the best defenders, and the best 3 point shooters - even if they didn't make First Team, and when we were done, we had put together Long Island's first Dream Team. We chose the legendary NIKE/IS8 Tournament as our one and only showcase, and we have proudly represented Long Island there ever since, compiling a 83-31 record playing against the best players and teams in the New York Metro Area, and against a long list of players and teams that have come from all over the country to take on New York's best. We have advanced out of our pool and into the Championship round for the last 8 years in a row, getting as far as the semifinals, and lost to the eventual champion three different times. No team composed only of Long Islanders has ever won the tournament, but we are determined to bring home the title and this year's team has an excellent chance of doing just that. Over the years, we have been represented by New York State Mr. Basketball award winners, New York State Player of the Year award winners, and a long list of All-New York State selections, and every one of them a Long Islander. We are proud to say that every player that has ever played for Team Long Island has gone on to a college basketball career, including the 14 that were on D1 rosters this past season.
SPRING 2022 DREAM TEAM ROSTER
DeAndre Blagrove, Malverne David DeBusschere, Chaminade
Kamren Denhart, Sewanhaka Matt Garside, Kings Park
Mike Gitz, Commack Macai John, Hauppauge
Rashad Kee, Copiague Greg Kenney, Kellenberg
Xavier Lewis, Hills East Dakari Thomas, St. Anthony’s
Zatai Townsend, Brentwood Nick Watts, Northport
Ryan Weiss, Hewlett CJ Williams Friends Academy
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Preston Edmead, Deer Park
Jordan Gabriel, Mineola
Trevor Amalfitano, Port Washington
Jagger Bascombe, St. Mary's
Jayden Diaz, Bethpage
Conor Daily, Port Jefferson
Tyler Diez, Division
Kyle Joe, St. Mary's
Kieran Kehoe, Mepham
Joe Knaus, Chaminade
Joe Gotti, Oyster Bay
Ben Haug, Smithtown East
Mike Main, Long Beach
Jalil McFadden, Roosevelt
James Notias, Manhasset
Dominic Obukwelu, Valley Stream North
Christian Smiley, Amityville
Gustav Skogsjo, Stony Brook School
Vasilis Triantafyllou, North Shore
Jesse Tricario, Great Neck South
LI vs NYC
City Rallies For First Win in 13 years
Trailing Long Island by 1 game with two to play, New York City boys high school varsity teams took both games, with Poly Prep defeating Portledge 56-54 and South Shore defeating Long Island Lutheran 67-66 to win the season series between the two regions for the first time in 13 years. COVID had a major impact, reducing the number of games played by over 60, with the PSAL's restrictions on non-league games the single biggest factor. 4/5
10 Years Ago
20-3 William Floyd won the 2012 Section 11 Class AA Championship, their fist since 1997, and then tragedy struck. STORY
15 Years Ago
We first published this website way back in November of 2005, but the visitor count we had proudly displayed at the top of the website over the years was as of November of 2012. Why? STORY
South Shore 67 LI Lutheran 66
FINAL STATE RANKINGS
Who's #1? Manhasset! The Indians finished as the #1 ranked Class A Team in New York State, tied with CHSAA Champion Canisius. Unfortunately, there was no Federation Tournament this year to settle things. LI Lutheran was our top ranked AA team, coming in at #5, Portledge was 3rd in Class B, and Pierson #2 in Class C, giving us one of the best teams in the State in every Classification but D, and a very young Bridgehampton made us proud there too, showing great potential in the state playoffs.
There were almost 2000 boys varsity players on Long Island this past season, and the players on this list were the best of them. We've have had some great classes on Long Island in recent years, with over 50 Long Islanders on D1 Men's College Basketball rosters last season, and looking at all the talent in our junior, sophomore, freshmen, and 8th grade classes, it's clear there are more on the way. It's great to see college coaches returning to Long Island gyms, and that trend should continue. THE HONOR ROLL
ALL-LONG ISLAND TEAMS
Newsday's selections for first and second teams. STORY
LARGE SCHOOLS (AA-A)
The list of Large School All-New York State award winners has been posted. Highlighting the selections are LuHi's Jayden Reid, who earned First Team honors in Class AA, and Hewlett's Ryan Weiss, who was First Team in Class A.
SMALL SCHOOLS (B-D)
The list of Small School All-New York State players chosen by the New York State Sportswriters Association has been posted! Highlighting the selections are Portledge's Zaire Baines, who was chosen New York State Class B Player Of The Year, and Pierson's Wilson Bennett, First Team All-New York State in Class C!
FINISHES POOL PLAY 3-1
GETS 8th SEED IN 18 TEAM PLAYOFF
Team Long Island won their third straight game at the famous NIKE/IS8 Tournament, with Northport's Nick Watts leading the way with 18 points, Kings Park's Matt Garside finishing with 17, Sewanhaka's Kamren Denhart, the Alzheimer's Game MVP, running the point with great skill and racking up 13 points and 6 assists, and the very consistent Mike Gitz from Commack adding 12 points. The win qualifies them for the prestigious NIKE/IS8 Championship Playoffs, and they will open the playoffs with a 10am game at the IS8 main gym this Saturday. Elite 8 games are later that day, and the Final Four and Championship Game are the weekend of June 4th and 5th.
IMPROVES TO 2-1 AT IS8
Team Long Island has its best three-point shooting team ever this season, and used 19 three pointers to upset a very highly regarded team from Philly. The win put them one win away from clinching a spot in the NIKE/IS8 Championship Round for the 9th straight time. Kings Park's Matt Garside led the way, exploding for 34 points, Brentwood's Zatai Townsend was his relentless self, racking up 27, and Commack's Mike Gitz efficiently added 19. Forward's Nick Watts from Northport, CJ Williams from Friends Academy, and DeAndre Blagrove from Malverne all did excellent work on the boards and defensively against another big, athletic front line. Sewanhaka's Kamren Denhart and Townsend led the defensive charge, hounding ball handlers baseline to baseline, and last minute replacements Jakkai Stith from Hempstead and Jimmy O'Connell from Wheatley filled in like they had played on the team all season long, smoothly adjusting and playing important minutes. Next game this Saturday 12:30 PM at IS8.
NOW 1-1 at NIKE/IS8
After opening the season with a tough loss, giving up a 4th quarter lead and wasting big games from Northport’s Nick Watts and Brentwood’s Zatai Townsend, Team Long Island bounced back with a good win. They led pretty much wire to wire, with Copiague’s Rashad Kee and Townsend leading the way, playing excellent D and finishing with 14 points a piece. Malverne's DeAndre Blagrove provided an important physical presence underneath, scoring 6 hard fought points, pulling down 10 rebounds, and playing excellent defense against a D1 level opponent, and Watts added 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks and knocked down two big three pointers to help build the lead. They were both key in holding Jahmere Tripp from Our Savior Lutheran, who has offers from Penn State, Temple, Iona and others, to just 11 points. Hauppauge’s Macai John also made an important contribution with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks despite playing hurt. Ryan Weiss, Matt Garside, and Michael Gitz all played well despite having off nights from behind the arc. Weiss rebounded well and had 8 big second half points on basket cuts and pull-up jumpers, Garside spelled Townsend at the point and did a good job, rebounding well too, and finished with 5, and Gitz did a little bit of everything well and also finished with 5! A great team effort!
Next game 5/8 at 11:15
Blackwell Commits to D1 McNeese St
Team Long Island had 11 players on D1 college rosters last season, and you can add Baldwin’s Rhyjon Blackwell to that list next season. Blackwell teamed with Malik Edmead, another one of Team Long Island’s D1 players, to form an outstanding backcourt that was relentless on both sides of the ball and haunted every opponent we played. He will be a big addition to the Southland Conference team.
Watts to U Pitt-Johnstown
My first thought is that Nick is probably a D1 caliber player, but spots are scarce for high school seniors because extra years of eligibility were awarded to college players to make up for games lost to COVID and a new wide open transfer portal makes experienced college players immediately available to every team. He can’t go wrong going to this excellent D2 program.
Two From The Fall Team Commit
Baldwin's Jamir Stewart to John Jay and
Jacob Oka to SUNY- Brockport
50+ LONG ISLANDERS IN D1
There were over 50 players that were either born on Long Island or attended a Long Island high school that were on NCAA D1 rosters this past season! We have complied the list and ranked the top 10 in 7 statistical categories. STORY
JAY WRIGHT RETIRES
The former Hofstra coach and Hall of Famer, who I hear also coached at Villanova, called it quits. STORY