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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.

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

PAST TEAMS
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.
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. STORY
RESULTS
PREMIER BASKETBALL
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Cougars 76 Hills East 68 
SEMIFINALS
Cougars 63 Hauppauge 61
Hills East FORFEIT over Muffin Tops
TOWN OF HUNTIGTON
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Northport vs Kings Park
Never played due to weather related postponement
SEMIFINALS
Northport 42 Deer Park 38
Kings Park 51 Walt Whitman 37
COES NECK PARK
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
​Baldwin 74 Wyandanch 71
SEMIFINALS
Baldwin 51 Sewanhaka 41
Wyandanch 66 Team Recruits 57 
ST. ANTHONY'S SUMMER LEAGUE 
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Hills East 57 Northport 46
SEMIFINALS
Northport 43 St. Anthony's 40
TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME/LARGE SCHOOL
Ward Melville 37 Comsewogue 31
SEMIFINALS/LARGE SCHOOL
​Comsewogue 65 Newfield 46
​Ward Melville 46 Smithtown West 44
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME/SMALL SCHOOL
Mount Sinai 52 Center Moriches 40
SEMIFINALS/SMALL SCHOOL
​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!
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.
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!

THE GOLD MEDAL MENS OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM
The journey to gold!​

NO USA MEN'S 3 ON 3
IN OLYMPICS
Why you won't see Team USA in men's 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics
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. STORY
2021-22 SEASON/NOVEMBER
"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

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!
NEWSDAY STORY
JOB LISTINGS

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. 

LOCAL PLAYER TRYOUTS
Dates and Locations

NEW LI NETS COACH
​The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Adam Caporn their new head. STORY
FALL LEAGUES

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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.
STORY
MID-MAJORS TO WATCH
Rick Pitino's Iona Gaels are on the list! COLLEGE HOOPS TODAY STORY
PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENTS
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
NON-LEAGUE GAMES
 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.
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.

KNICKS/SUNS NO CONTEST
The Phoenix Suns are on a roll, winning their 15th straight game by overwhelming the Knicks. STORY

NETS HAMMER CELTICS 
STORY

KNICKS BLOW BIG LEAD BUT HOLD ON TO BEAT LAKERS 
STORY

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
STORY

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
STORY

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
STORY

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
THE BLAME
STORY

STRUGGLING BUCKS GET REVENGE AGAINST KNICKS
Hold off second half rally to hand New York its 4th loss in the last 6 games.
 STORY

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
Unimpressive win over Philly team missing Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris. Once again, gave up big lead. Knicks played without Mitchell Robinson, and Nerlens Noel left in the 2Q with an injury. STORY

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
Walker 21 points, Barrett 20 HIGHLIGHTS

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
STORY

KNICKS STUNNED BY MAGIC FOR FIRST LOSS
STORY

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
OF MAGIC
HIGHLIGHTS STORY BOX SCORE
UP NEXT: Home Sunday vs Orlando
GAME 7 PM, TV MSGTICKETS 

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. 
HIGHLIGHTS STORY BOX SCORE
UP NEXT: Home Sunday vs Charlotte
GAME 4 PM, TV YESTICKETS 
ALZHEIMERS ROSTERS
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
Zaire Baines/Portledge
Greg Cantwell/Chaminade
Kamren Denhart/Sewanhaka
Jaeden Hutchinson/St. Mary's
Malachy Kelly/Chaminade
Bret Michaels/Long Beach
Richard Neysmith/Holy Trinity
Jacob Oka/Baldwin
Jamir Stewart/Baldwin
Leonidas Vlogianitis/Garden City
Ryan Weiss/Hewlett
ALTERNATES
Jimmy O'Connell/Wheatley
Gregory Kenny/Kellenberg
SUFFOLK COUNTY BOYS
​Jack Baron/Bayport Blue Point
Elijah Canady/Amityville
Clinton Efinda/St. John the Baptist
Mike Gitz/Commack
Roderick Jones II/St. John the Baptist
Xavier Lewis/Hills East
Malachi Moore/Copiague
​Derek Reed/Southampton
Dakari Thomas/St. Anthony
 Derek Varlack/Hills East
Nick Watts/Northport
​Ryan Williams/St. John the Baptist
ALTERNATES
 Jalyke Gaines/St. Anthony
Colin Strohm/Comsewogue
NASSAU COUNTY GIRLS
Olivia Agunzo/Division
Meghan Anderson/Our Lady of Mercy 
Paris Clark/LuHi
Alisa Blalock/St. Mary’s
Taryn Barbot/St. Mary’s 
Taylor Barbot/St. Mary’s
Lindsay Hogan/Locust Valley
​Dallysshya Moreno/Baldwin
Samantha Shea/Our Lady of Mercy 
Emma Von Essen/LuHi
Abby Walters/Mineola
Riley Weiss/Hewlett
ALTERNATES
Payton Dulin/Baldwin
Tyasia Williams/Uniondale
SUFFOLK COUNTY GIRLS
​Sophia Bica/Northport
Casey Campo/Mount Sinai
Ava Darvassy/St. Anthony
Iris Hoffman/Walt Whitman
Lola Idir/Port Jefferson
Olivia Jones/Brentwood 
Kylie Kuhn/Deer Park
Ashley Pavan/Sachem East
Emily Plachta/Huntington
Taydra Simpson/Longwood
Alyssa Studdert/Hills East
Sophia Yearwood/Northport
​ALTERNATES
Jade Dockery/West Babylon
Zatiannah Townsend/Brentwood
The games will be played Sunday, October 24th at Amityville HS
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
10/16/1968
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



NEW PRESEASON
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!
TEAM LONG ISLAND
2021 NYC BIG TIME CHAMPIONS
NASSAU SWEEPS
Dominates Suffolk In Girls Game
Paris Clark from LuHi was named MVP
STORY  BOX SCORE
Rallies To Takes Boys Game 95-85
Kamren Denhart from Sewanhaka was named MVP.
STORY  BOX SCORE
MICKEY CROWLEY DEAD AT 85
Former NCAA basketball official Mickey Crowley dies at 85. Newsday Story
JEFF WEISS TO NASSAU
SPORTS HALL OF FAME!
620 career wins and 2 Federation State Championships! Without a doubt a unanimous first ballot selection! 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
OVER 3 MILLION VISITORS!
CHAMINADE'S CYO COACHES CLINIC THIS SUNDAY 11/7
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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
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, 

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
PREMIER FALL LEAGUE
Stony Brook 72 Huntington 33
Knox 58 Brentwood 52
Stony Brook 77 Comsewogue 63
Huntington 45 Harborfields 40
Sachem North 42 SWR 25
Knox 48 Northport 47
Southampton 55 Miller Place 31
Stony Brook 51 Harborfields 48
Huntington 64 Southampton 63
Brentwood 79 Longwood 46
Northport 58 Sachem North 51
John Glenn 58 Miller Place 41
Deer Park 67 Northport 51
Brentwood 56 Amityville 50
Bay Shore 67 Kings Park 63
FALL LEAGUE RESULTS
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. 
 STORY ROSTER
OPENING DAY 2021-22!
It was a rare opening day, with two heavyweight match-ups kicking off this much anticipated season! 
Stony Brook Stuns #13 SJB 59-58
STORY 
#14 Portledge Over St. Mary's
STORY
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 continuing to think of others!

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 for free on adolescents in a special program.

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.
STORY BOX SCORE
PRESEASON
SWEET 16 
              1. LuHi
              2. Hills East
              3. Chaminade
              4. Northport
              5. Baldwin
              6. Holy Trinity
              7. Brentwood
              8. Smithtown West
              9. Manhasset 
            10. St. Anthony’s
            11. Kings Park
            12. Deer Park
            13. SJB
            14. Portledge
            15. Syosset
            16. Bay Shore

TRIVIA UPDATE
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. 

TRYOUT TIPS
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. TRY AND WIN 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.
GOOD LUCK! 
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!

IONA UPSETS #10 ALABAMA BUT LOSES NEXT TWO
STORY They lost to surprising Belmont in the semifinals and to #4 Kansas in the Consolation Game.

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. 
STORY BOX SCORE

LONG ISLAND JUST 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. 
#3 CHAMINADE DEFEATS
HOLY CROSS 59-48
The Flyers ride a late surge to victory. STORY SOON

RIVERHEADS HUMBLES 
HILLS WEST 68-39
​I just have a score on this one. Dying to heard more! Hills West finished 9-0 last season and Riverhead did not play a single game.

JOHN GLENN ROCKS SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN
Josiah Brillant had 26 points in the 85-48 win and Grayson Flummer added 20.