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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
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA OUTBRACKET
BRACKET
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
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
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
NEWS RELEASE ARTICLE 1 ARTICLE 2
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.
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS C SEMIFINALS
BRACKET
PIERSON CONTINUES DOMINANCE
#1 Pierson 67 #4 Southold 41 STORY
GREEPORT HOLDS OFF ROYALS
#2 Greenport 60 #3 Port Jeff 50 BOX
SEMIFINAL REVIEW 2/12
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
BRACKET
Friends Academy 59 Malverne 46
NEWSDAY STORY  BOX SCORE 3/2
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A FIRST ROUND
BRACKET
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
HAUPPAUGE ROLLS
#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
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA FIRST ROUND 
BRACKET
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
THUNDERBIRDS ROLL
#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
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A FIRST ROUND
BRACKET
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
BIG FINISH
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
BRACKET 
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 
BRACKET
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 A QUARTERFINALS
BRACKET
#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
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
UNDEFEATED TEAMS
Through 2/20
Kings Park 21-0
Syosset 20-0
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
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
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A ROUND OF 16
BRACKET
#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
BOX SCORE
#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
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
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
BRACKET
#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
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
BRACKET
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
SUFFOLK COUNTY TOC
FIRST ROUND
BRACKET
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 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP
BRACKET
​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
PREVIEW
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A QUARTERFINALS
BRACKET
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
PLAYOFF SEMIFINALS
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.
 BOX SCORE 2/27
NSCHSAA PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
BRACKET
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, and sophomores 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
NYSAIS PLAYOFFS
CLASS B STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
BRACKET
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
BOX SCORE 2/25
CLASS B FIRST ROUND
Portledge 68 Collegiate 44
BOX SCORE 2/23
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
BRACKET
#7 Northport 62 #5 Smithtown W 50
Battle of the bigs decided by a shooter
STORY BOX SCORE  2/26
#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 SEMIFINALS
BRACKET
#12 Deer Park 75 Wyandanch 69
STORY  BOX SCORE
#3 Kings Park 61 #15 Hauppauge 58
STORY  BOX SCORE  2/25
SECTION 11 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
Kings Park 60 Deer Park 52
Kingsmen now 23-0!
STORY BOX SCORE 3/1
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
Holy Trinity 51 Chaminade 50 OT
Titan D Stops Flyers!
STORY BOX SCORE 3/3
SUFFOLK TOC/SEMIFINAL
BRACKET
CLASS A Champion Kings Park 54
CLASS B Champion Southampton 45
NEWSDAY STORY BOX SCORE
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
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 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS A SEMIFINALS
BRACKET
Garden City 67 Valley Stream N 55
Trojans hold off VSN
NEWSDAY STORY  BOX SCORE
Manhasset 66 South Side 43
The unstoppable force
NEWSDAY STORY  BOX SCORE  3/1
SECTION 11 CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
#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.
STORY AND BOX SCORE  3/5
SECTION 8 CLASS AA PLAYOFFS
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
#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
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BRACKET
#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
BRACKET
#2 Hills East 57 #3 Kings Park 50
The Thunderbirds, missing arguably their best three players, ended Kings Parks 24 game winning streak.
NEWSDAY STORY 3/7
CLASS D STATE PLAYOFFS
BRACKET
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
BRACKET
Canisius 53 #5 Holy Trinity 45
​NEWSDAY STORY  3/6
CLASS B STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
BRACKET
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
BRACKET
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.
 NEWSDAY STORY BOX SCORE 3/9
SECTION 8 PLAYOFFS
CLASS B SEMIFINALS
 BRACKET 
Malverne 49 Wheatley 46
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
SEMIFINAL PREVIEW
ALHAMBRA TOURNAMENT
With the cancellation of the Federation TOC, the Crusaders filled in with a prestigious out of state tournament 
BRACKET  TEAM PREVIEWS
3/12 3RD PLACE GAME
St. Frances, MD 64 LI Lutheran 61
Free throws sink Crusaders STORY
3/11 SEMIFINALS
​Paul VI, Va 69  LI Lutheran 66
LuHi gives up 11 point lead STORY
3/10 QUARTERFINALS
LI Lutheran 60 Gonzaga, D.C. 46
Crusaders led by as many as 30 points STORY
CLASS AA STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
BRACKET
#2 Baldwin 79 #3 Hills East 68
Stewart, late surge carry Bruins to New York State Class AA Final Four. 
STORY BOX SCORE 3/12
CLASS A STATE PLAYOFFS
LONG ISLAND REGIONAL
BRACKET
#4 Manhasset 75 #10 Kings Park 57
Indians more impressive with each win. STORY BOX SCORE 3/12
CLASS B STATE PLAYOFFS
REGIONAL FINAL
BRACKET
Friends Academy 50 Bronxville 46
Quakers hold off Section 1 champs for Final Four birth. STORY BOX SCORE 3/13
CLASS C STATE PLAYOFFS
REGIONAL FINAL
BRACKET
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. GAME VIDEO STORY BRACKET BOX SCORE  CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE STORY 3/20

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.
 STORY BRACKET BOX SCORE 3/19
CLASS B STATE SEMIFINAL
Friends Acad 56 Seton Catholic 50
CJ Williams powers Quakers to final. STORY BRACKET BOX 3/19
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. 
STORY BRACKET BOX SCORE 3/19
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. 
STORY BRACKET BOX SCORE 3/19
NYSAIS vs PSAL!
CLASS AA CHAMPIONS
South Shore 67 LI Lutheran 66
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. 3/27
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.  3/19
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
Tommy Signor Sachem East 56
Kyle Jefferson Deer Park 52
Michael Samuda Bay Shore 52
Jermaine King William Floyd 51
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
MORE
THE FINAL FOURS TEAM BY TEAM
POSTSTAR STORY
FRESHMAN
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 
SOPHOMORES
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
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.

FINAL DREAM TEAM ROSTER
SPRING 2022 
DeAndre Blagrove, Malverne     
Kamren Denhart, Sewanhaka    
Matt Garside, Kings Park
Mike Gitz, Commack                 
Macai John, Hauppauge
Rashad Kee, Copiague              
Greg Kenney, Kellenberg           
Zatai Townsend, Brentwood
Nick Watts, Northport
Ryan Weiss, Hewlett                 
CJ Williams Friends Academy
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
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.
COMPLETE STATE RANKINGS
LONG ISLAND'S BEST
BASKETBALL PLAYERS
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
NEWSDAY'S
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.
ALL-NEW YORK STATE/LARGE SCHOOLS

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!
ALL-NEW YORK STATE/SMALL SCHOOLS
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 4/22
NEWS
TEAM LONG ISLAND ELIMINATED IN ROUND OF 16
We had a talented group, but our shots just didn't fall. SEASON WRAP-UP

TLI 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/5th.

TEAM LI 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.
TEAM LI 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
FINAL 2021-22
SWEET 16
COACHES POLL
  1. Long Island Lutheran
  2. Baldwin
  3. Manhasset
  4. Hills East
  5. Holy Trinity
  6. Chaminade
  7. Northport
  8. Smithtown West
  9. Portledge
10. Kings Park
11. Deer Park
12. Brentwood
13. Plainview
14. Syosset
15. Garden City
16. St. Anthony's
WESTHAMPTON TAKES FEDERATION CROWN
COMPLETES UNDEFEATED SEASON
The Westhampton Hurricanes, under the direction of Head Coach Rich Wrase, beat CHSAA Champion St. Mary's and then PSAL Champion Wadleigh to win the 1998 New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions title.
STORY GAME REPLAY
LONGWOOD'S DAVIS PLACES AT 1 ON 1 REGIONAL 
 Former Longwood star Darien Davis, who, along with his teammates, staged an unforgettable battle with the NBA's Tobias Harris and his Hills West Colts in the 2010 Section 11 Championship Game, took third place in the New York Regional of Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady’s new National 1 on 1 Competition. That qualifies him for the finals to be held in Las Vegas, and the winner will take home a $250,000 first prize. STORY
LONG ISLAND'S
DOMINANT PROGRAMS
*Over a 21 year stretch, from 1981 to 2001, Hempstead won 18 Section 8 titles
 *Over  a 20 year stretch, from 1980 to 2000, Bridgehampton won 16 Section 11 titles.
*Over a 15 year stretch, from 1991 to 2005, Amityville won 10 Section 11 Titles.
*Over a 12 year stretch, from 2004 to 2015, Malverne won 8 Section 8 titles. 
*Over an 11 year stretch, from 2004 to 2014, Friends Academy won 8 Section 8 titles.
*Southampton set and still holds the longest winning streak in Long Island history, winning 61 straight games from 1967 through 1970. That included back to back undefeated seasons.
* From 1972 to 1975, St. Anthony's won 49 straight games.
From 1998 to 2005, St. Mary's won 8 straight NSCHSAA titles.
NSCHSAA BIG 3
In the last 10 years, only three teams have won a NSCHSAA Championship. Chaminade has won 4, Holy Trinity 3, and St. Anthony's 3. 
D1 ALL-COLLEGIATE TEAM
There were over 50 Long Islanders on D1 rosters this past season. We chose the 10 best! GO TO OUR D1 FIRST TEAM
NSCHSAA
LI Catholic League
NSCHSAA
LI Catholic League
NSCHSAA
LI Catholic League
NORTHPORT'S ATKINSON NEW HORNETS HEAD COACH?
Northport's Kenny Atkinson, who starred at St. Anthony's, is a former Knicks Assistant Coach and Nets Head Coach, and a current assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors, has been offered the head coaching job of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. STORY
PREMIER SUMMER LEAGUE
Start building your team for next season at the Premier Basketball Summer League. Based in western Suffolk County right off the Northern State Parkway, it is a well run league for both boys and girls teams that offers top level competition at a great facility. FIND OUT MORE
GRASSO GETS EXTENSION
Bryant Head Coach Jared Grasso, who starred at St. Anthony's and was an assistant coach to Long Island legend Tim Cluess at Iona, has the program off to a great start in Division 1 and was rewarded with a contract extension. STORY 4/4
3 ON 3 TOURNAMENT
AT JONES BEACH
August 13th, $160 per team. Sponsored by the Long Island Nets
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PETE BASEL STEPS DOWN AFTER 20 YEARS
After earning 9 consecutive playoff births, three Section 11 titles, one Long Island Class AA Championship, and a New York State Final Four victory in the last 9 years, Half Hollow Hills East’s Pete Basel has decided to step down as coach of the Thunderbirds. His final team finished 19-7, winning the Section 11 and Suffolk County Overall titles and upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds along the way, his 2018-19 team finished 22-4, winning the Section 11 and Long Island titles and a New York State Final Four matchup, and his 2017-18 team was 21-4, also taking the Section 11 crown. Prior to Hills East, Coach Basel began his coaching career at Washington College, his alma mater, and held jobs at Holy Trinity, Chaminade, Garden City, and Farmingdale State before taking his first head coaching job at Hills East in 2002-3. Congratulations Coach Basel on a great 20 years and best of luck! You will be missed! Former assistant Coach Mike Marcelin has been appointed the new head coach!
CHAMINADE'S MCKILLOP RETIRES FROM DAVIDSON
He has been the Davidson coach for the last 33 years, racking up over 600 career wins, seventeen 20 win seasons, and 19 post season appearances, and has the admiration of all of his peers. And he's a Long Islander! He graduated from Chaminade and then Hofstra and went on to coach at Holy Trinity and Long Island Lutheran before moving on to Davidson. One of the great ones!
ATKINSON TURNS DOWN
HORNETS JOB!
In a stunner, Long Island's Kenny Atkinson turneded down the head coaching job of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. He will become top assistant at Golden State. STORY
JACK AGOSTINO TO RETURN
TO AMITYVILLE
NEWS 12 STORY
Hall of Fame Coach Jack Agostino, who is bearing down on his 500th career victory, will once again become the Amityville High School Basketball Coach after spending the last 2 years at Bay Shore, where he had begun the process of rebuilding that program and posted a 14-13 record. Agostino has already racked up 8 Long Island Championships and 4 New York State titles as coach of the Warriors, but resigned on a down note when Amityville was stripped of the Section 11 title for using an ineligible player in the 2013-14 playoffs. He took an assistant's job at North Carolina A&T before returning to the high school ranks, joining his brother Chris, who became the AD at Bay Shore. Agostino replaces Gordon Thomas, who compiled an impressive 95-30 record over 6 seasons as the Warriors head coach, qualifying for the playoffs every season and winning a New York State Title in 2017-18. His 2019-20 team was 23-2 and one of the favorites in the State Tournament when COVID abruptly shut down the season. He is probably best known as the founder of the Alzheimer's All-Star Basketball Classic, Long Island's premier All-Star event.
LONG ISLANDERS EXCELS AT NATIONAL 1 ON 1 CONTEST 
STORY
VARSITY UPDATES 
​Coes Neck Park Summer League
CHAMPIONSHIP 8/20 7 PM
On The Ball vs Baldwin
SEMIFINALS
On The Ball 71 East Meadow 62
Baldwin 35 Sewanhaka 31
Hicksville PAL Summer League
CHAMPIONSHIP
Clarke 70 Floral Park 53
SEMIFINALS
Floral Park 54 North Shore 52
Clarke 61 Jericho 43
Kennedy Park Summer League
CHAMPIONSHIP 
Baldwin 69 Manhasset 34
8th Grader Peyton Howell named MVP!
SEMIFINALS
Manhasset 62 Hempstead 60
Baldwin 69 Garden City 53
Brookhaven Summer League
LARGE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mount Sinai 67 Smithtown West 51
SMALL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP
Southampton over East Islip
Elmont Summer League
CHAMPIONSHIP
Elmont 55 OSL 43
SEMIFINALS
Elmont 55 Brooklyn Law 53
OSL 51 Campus Magnet 47
St. Anthony's Summer League
CHAMPIONSHIP
Northport 47 St. Anthony's 43
SEMIFINALS
Northport over Commack
St. Anthony's over Hills East
BIG FALL AND WINTER
HIGH SCHOOL SHOWCASES
ON LONG ISLAND! 
Manhattan Sports and Long Island Basketball.com have teamed up to launch two important new events here on Long Island. The first is our Fall Preseason Showcase, and it will be held October 15th and 16th at the Fieldhouse in Massapequa. It will once again feature an impressive line-up of teams from all over the Metropolitan area and outstanding competition. It's a great prep event for contending teams! FLYER. Secure your spot by calling or texting 917-868-3864 or emailing ManhattanSports@gmail.com. Then December 31st, the New York Holiday Invitational Showcase returns after a two year postponement due to the pandemic. It too features top teams from all over the Metropolitan area and outstanding competition right here on Long Island! Call or text Ted Thomas at 631-747-0413 or email him at Editor@LongIslandBasketball.com to be part of it! FLYER
BCANY HOOPS FESTIVAL
The Basketball Coaches Association of New York's annual tournament brings together All-Star Teams from all over
New York State. Suffolk advanced all the way to the semifinals, but gave up a late lead to the team from the Albany area. Hudson Valley, with several players from NYS Champion Mt. Vernon, ended up Champions. Malachi Moore from Copiague, Mike Gitz from Commack, and Robert Pericolosi of South Side were named to the All-Tournament team. Moore had two of the top five individual performances of the tournament, with games of 25 and 21 points.!
MORE RESULTS  
MALVERNE OVER SJB FOR ALUMNI CHAMPIONSHIP
A great new summer event continues to grow, and Nassau Champion Malverne defeated Suffolk Champion St. John The Baptist 77-64 on Saturday 7/23/22 for the title! Malverne's Michael  Warren, an All-New York State player from the Class of 2021, earned MVP Honors!
COVERAGE OF PRELIMINARY ROUNDS
NEW PITINO ALLEGATIONS
More possible trouble for the St. Doms grad. STORY
NYSPHSAA ADDS CLASS AAA
A new classification for the state's largest schools will be added in certain sports, including basketball, starting with the  2023-24 school year.
ANOTHER TRAGIC LOSS
The Long Island basketball community has had more than our fair share of tragedies over the last few years, and unfortunately there has been another one. Former Baldwin star Jabeon Bivens, who came up through Don Ryan’s famous Hempstead based youth program and was the point guard on the 2016 Bruins NYSPHSAA Final Four team, was shot and killed in Far Rockaway. The former All-County Player, who teammates described as a good kid with a good sense of humor, was 24. It was the 22nd shooting in the 101st Precinct THIS YEAR, which includes Far Rockaway. There is no known motive so far and the assailants are still at large. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) All calls will be kept anonymous.
3 ON 3 CHAMPIONS
The Long Island Nets sponsored a 3 on 3 tournament at Jones Beach, and here are the Champions:
8-10 Division: Team BJMS
11-13 Division: : LI Supreme
14-16 Division: Royal Crown 
SECTION 8 WILL PLAY 20 
Nassau County public school teams have added a game to their regular season and will now play 20 games, matching Section 11. 20 is the max allowed.
MORE TRAGEDY
Unbelievably, we have lost another good kid and member of our basketball community. Khalil Jones, 25, a member of the 2014 Holy Trinity CHSAA State Championship team, died in a horrific motorcycle accident on the Southern State Parkway. 
FINAL FOUR ROSTER
Caleb Aurelien/St. Anthony's
Jaylen Brown/Baldwin
Patrick Burke/Smithtown West
Nate Gordon/Deer Park
Brendan Kearney/East Islip
PJ Kellachan/Chaminade
Malachi Moore/Copiague
Joshua Petion/Baldwin
Malachi Polson/Friends Academy
Derek Reed/Southampton
Colin Strohm/Comsewogue
Leonidas Vlogianitis/Garden City
Frank Wilson/Hills West
WHO IS 3 STEP SPORTS?
A HOOPS MONOPOLI TAKING SHAPE?
UPDATED!
You’ve probably read about the moves that 3 Step Sports - a relatively unknown, company founded in 2016, has made in recent months, taking over youth basketball industry giants Hoop Group and Zero Gravity, who combined operate hundreds of big basketball tournaments and other events throughout the year. It turns out that the company, founded by former ESPN Vice President of High School Sports and Recruiting David Geaslen, has rapidly grown into a sports empire with over 700 employees, and was valued, as of last May, at over $250 million dollars! Looking back at past news releases, they are acquiring additional companies in eight different sports at an almost frantic pace, perhaps taking advantage of perceived bargains created in the aftermath of the pandemic. Their apparent objective is to dominate youth sports, not only regionally, but across the country, and almost overnight, they have become one of the big players, with the apparently very deep pockets of investment firms Fiume Capital and Juggernaut Capital behind them to pay for all of it. Will this new giant have an impact on our basketball community? Almost certainly. With their size and acquired expertise, they should be able to put together bigger, better run events in our area and all across the country, with less duplication, and their economies of scale should bring down their costs and enable them to undercut any competitor. But there are dangers. Competition gives companies the incentive to keep prices low and provide great service. Who's going to effectively compete with them when they have most of the gym space tied up and most of the teams in the area are part of their organization and committed to their own events?  Another danger: It's very possible their timing is perfect and they are snapping up these companies at bargain prices, but we've all seen companies that have over-extended themselves and been forced into drastic cut-backs and lay-offs and even gone out of business because they misjudged the market or their timing was bad. We'll see how it plays out. Meanwhile, the sleeping giants of youth sports, like USA Basketball, continue to make their presence known. If they choose to, they can dominate any sport right down the the local level. How would that effect 3 Step and the rest of us? We'll see how that plays out tool
THREE STEP SPORTS WEBSITE
USA BASKETBALL WEBSITE
Editors note: In our original story, we reported that 3 Step Sports had acquired the Island Garden. Although the two parties have been in negotiations for some time, no agreement has been finalized. They will work together for now, with the Island Garden hosting 3 Step programs, like their new Steph Curry program, and Lightning teams and players will continue to participate in 3 Step events. 
LOCAL PLAYER TRYOUTS
The Long Island Nets, the G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will hold their annual local player tryouts in two time slots on Saturday, September 17th at LIU Post. DETAILS ​
THE FALL RECRUITING PERIOD BEGINS!
What does it mean? 
24/7 SPORTS STORY
NIKE/IS8 UPDATES
LONG ISLAND FALLS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Team Long Island upset the #5, #4, and #1 seeds to advance to the NIKE/IS8 Championship Game, the first time they've ever gone that far in the prestigious tournament, but an outburst of three pointers by UCLA bound Tournament MVP Brandon Williams carried Team Rundown to the IS8 Title. The final was 69-59. Garden City’s Leo Vlogianitis was named Long Island’s Final Four MVP and Long Island Lutheran’s Kayden Mingo, who unfortunately was unable to participate in the Final Four, was named to the All-Tournament Team. PLAYOFF RECAPS
NEW YORK STATE COACHING CERTIFICATION COURSE 
This course is a New York State requirement for all non-certified Physical Education majors who are or want to coach at public schools. MORE
BALDWIN TAKES FALL
HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT
The defending Long Island Class AA champion Bruins defeated defending Section 11 Class B Champion Southampton 63-55 in the final. Baldwin beat Massapequa and Amityville to get there and Southampton beat St. John The Baptist and Bay Shore. 
TOM DIANA RETIRES
Legendary Uniondale Coach Tom Diana, who racked up an incredible 405-123 record as Head Coach of the Knights, has announced his retirement. Already a New York Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, his career victory total puts him 12th on Long Island's all-time list, and his streak of 21 consecutive playoff appearances, 9 Section 8 titles and 3 Long Island Championships makes him one of Long Island's all-time greats. Coach Diana has also been a big contributor to the regional basketball community as the long time host and director of the Upstate/Downstate Challenge, a great event that brings in strong teams from off of Long Island to take on our best teams, and the very popular intersectional rivalry, the Nassau/Suffolk Challenge. Beloved in both the local and Long Island basketball communities, he will be sorely missed by all. Here's hoping he stays involved and in touch as he embarks a new real estate career!
 CAA ANNOUCES SCHEDULE
With Stony Brook’s move to the CAA this season, both of Long Island’s Division 1 schools are in the same conference!
PRESEASON POLL
Hofstra Roster Preview Schedule
Stony Brook Roster Preview Schedule
The Pride open on the road at Princeton and have a big home opener against Long Island's Rick Pitino and his Iona Gaels, while the Seawolves are on the road against Florida of the SEC and open at home against Miami Hamilton, a USCAA school.
LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN JOINS SUPER LEAGUE
After years of being Long Island's regular representative in the national rankings, the LuHi Crusaders have taken the next step and joined the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference, a confederation of elite high school basketball programs like Montverde, Oak Hill, and IMG that play each other every season. Many of the games are at neutral sites, but highlighting their schedule this season will be a big February home game against Oak Hill! The Crusaders are still Federation eligible and will continue to represent the NYSAIS in the Federation Tournament of Champions. 
DRAMTIC CHANGES TO SECTION 11 LEAGUES AND SECTION 8 CHANGES TOO
Section 11 has made some dramatic changes in its league structure, reducing the number of leagues. The new format limits Class AA teams to only 2 non-league games - very unpopular with the coaches. In Section 8, there were adjustments as well. SEE LEAGUES
LONG ISLAND IN THE
G LEAGUE DRAFT
Two Long Islanders were chosen - Baldwin's Jared Rhoden and Brentwood's JJ Moore. The Nets selected Taz Sherman from West Virginia with their first pick and Alan Griffin from Archbishop Stepinac and Syracuse with their second.
NETS TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
COMPLETE DRAFT RESULTS
TEAM LONG ISLAND SWEEPS INTO THE FINAL FOUR!
Long Island's Dream Team won its Sweet 16 and Elite 8 matchups, upsetting the #4 seed with a balanced attack and great team defense! STORY
ALZHEIMER'S GAMES
Team Long Island's Malachi Moore, who plays for Copiague, was the MVP in Suffolk's 106-99 win. STORY He is the 5th straight Team Long Island player to earn that honor. Another Team Long Island player, Garden City's Leo Vlogianitis, led Nassau with 17 points. In the girls game, Nassau rolled to a dominating 93-51 victory. Our Lady of Mercy senior Meghan Andersen led the way with 27 points. Suffolk got 12 points from Commack’s Fiona Kernaghan. ROSTERS 
RICK PITINO'S CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH IONA NOT WORKING OUT
STORY
JACK MCCUTCHEN RETIRES
The longtime friend of the website and three-time NSCHSAA Coach of the Year has retired from coaching. Under his leadership, the Kellenberg program won over 200 games, the most in school history, won three Catholic League regular season titles, and produced a long list of All-Long Island players and players that went on to Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3 college basketball careers. Fortunately, he will remain as Dean of Students, so we're looking forward to seeing him at games, but he will be missed on the sidelines! 
HIGH SCHOOL TRYOUT TIPS
1. Arrive early, greet the coaches, and
    warm up seriously
2. Listen carefully to instructions
3. Go all out in sprints, get back on
    defense, rebound, go after loose
    balls, and do whatever you can to
    demonstrate all-out effort.
4. On defense: See your man and the ball
    at all times. Figure out if the man you
    are guarding is left-handed or right-
    handed and send him to his weak
    hand. Don't give up the baseline. Talk!
    Shout out Ball! Help! Screen left!
    Screen right! Shot! Take charges.
5. On offense: See the floor and get the
    ball to a player with the best shot.
    Make high percentage passes, move
    without the ball, set screens, and take
    high percentage shots. 
6. Always encourage and support for your
    teammates
PITINO EXONERATED
Iona coach and St. Dom's grad Rick Pitino has maintained all along that he wouldn't face any penalties once the headline making recruiting scandal investigation was concluded, and that's exactly how it played out. STORY
LONG ISLAND'S RETURNING ALL-NY STATE PLAYERS
Liam Buckley/Manhasset
Patrick Burke/Smithtown West
Liam Connor/Manhasset
David DeBusschere/Chaminade
Drew Feinstein/Mount Sinai
Anthony Follett/Portledge
Matthew Garside/Kings Park
Malachi Polson/Friends Academy
Derek Reed/Southampton
Jayden Reid/Long Island Lutheran
Jakkai Stith/Hempstead
TOP RETURNING SCORERS
Drew Feinstein/Mount Sinai 24.3
Matthew Garside/Kings Park 20.4
Patrick Burke/Smithtown West 20.0
Frank Wilson/Hills West 20.0
Malachi Moore/Copiague 19.8
Derek Reed/Southampton 19.3
Jakkai Stith/Hempstead 18.8
Dylan Mingo/LuHi/18.3
Kazin Johnson/Hampton Bays/17.9
Brendan Carr/Northport 17.8
Anthony Follet/Portledge 17.6
Kenny Rodriguez/East Islip 17.4
Liam Conner/Manhasset/17.3
Michael Gitz/Commack 16.7
GAMES OF 12/1/22
LUTHERAN OPENS NIBC ERA WITH CONVINCING WIN
The Crusaders took down Legacy, who was 2-0 coming into the game, 73-58 HIGHLIGHTS

PLAINVIEW CATCHES ST. DOMINIC
​The Hawks rallied from a 18-9 first quarter hole, tied it in regulation on a Logan Weisenthal basket, and beat the Bayhawks in overtime. BOX SCORE

​EAST ISLIP PULLS AWAY
It took a half for both teams to get rolling after scoring a combined 26 points in the first half, but they did and East Islip posted a 25-point 4th quarter to pull away for the win. One of Long Island's top returning scorers, Kenny Rodriquez, led the way with 17 points and John Taft added 15 while Team Long Island's Brendan Kearney pulled down 13 rebounds.
GAMES OF 12/2/22
LUTHERAN LOSES HEATBREAKER
Crusaders fall to heavily favored Montverde 56-51 in NIBC test. HIGHLIGHTS

SOUTHAMPTON RALLY FALLS SHORT
Trailing host Kings Park by 26 after a Matt Garside three-point outburst, the Mariners roared from behind but ran out of time. Garside was unstoppable and finished with 40 points to preserve the win. 
BOX SCORE

GREAT NECK SOUTH AT THE BUZZER
Two promising teams faced off and after rallying from a first half deficit, East Meadow fell to 2-1 on a dramatic Edwin Serpas three pointer with 17 seconds remaining that capped off South's come from behind victory. BOX SCORE

HAYDEN MORRIS-GRAY'S 13 THRESS LEAD COMSEWOGUE
We've heard "keep an eye on Comsewogue" more than once heading into the season and Morris-Gray is one of the big reasons.
GAMES OF 12/3/22
BAY SHORE STOPS PLAINVIEW
The featured matchup at the inaugural Barry Ingram Challenge was between host Bay Shore and defending Section 8 Class AA Finalist Plainview, and it more than lived up to its billing, with two well coached and good defensive teams going at it buzzer to buzzer. It was 25-20 Bay Shore at the half on a three pointer by Aiden Swinson, and 34-24 on a putback by Iliyaas Blair and a fast break basket by Xavier Juarez, but Plainview cut it to 34-32 on a three pointer by Ari Kesselman and a putback by Logan Weisenthal before the Marauders opened it back up as the 3rd quarter came to a close, leading 42-34 on a three pointer Michael Samuda. They were up 45-34 on a fast break basket by Khamari Broomfield, but Plainview would not go away, cutting it to 48-42 on a three pointer by Ryan Hossein with 1:24 to play, and he cut it to 5 with another three as time ran down before game MVP Samuda iced it with 2 free throws for the final margin. BOX SCORE

BALDWIN RELOADS
​This matchup featured two traditional powerhouse basketball programs that are both reloading, and although shorthanded Bellport showed a glimpse of what’s to come, leading 14-10 early on, the defending Long Island Class AA Champion and New York State Semifinalist Bruins left no doubt they would be a serious contender once again the season, taking a 36-26 halftime lead and never looking back. 73-49 final. Team Long Island's Josh Petion led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Team Long Island's Jaylen Brown earned MVP honors, finishing with with 18 points. Bellport's Samir Bell led all scorers with 28 points. BOX SCORE

AMITYVILLE RUNS AWAY FROM VSC
This game marked the return of legendary coach Jack Agostino to the Amityville sidelines, and it was a 35-34 Amityville with 3 quarters complete before the Warriors put together a dominant 20-2 fourth quarter for a 55-36 win over Valley Stream Central. BOX SCORE

CLARKE 71 MINEOLA 50
Clarke has the look of a contender this season. BOX SCORE

HILLS WEST 74 JOHN JAY 50
Team Long Island’s Frank Wilson led the way with 31 points. BOX SCORE
2022-23 SEASON/DECEMBER