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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
  1. LuHi (22-2)
  2. Amityville (27-2)
  3. Hills East (23-4)
  4. Uniondale (21-2)
  5. St. Anthony's (19-8)
  6. Garden City (22-1)
  7. Chaminade (20-6)
  8. Deer Park (20-3)
  9. Bellport (20-2)
10. Floral Park (20-3)
11. Holy Trinity (17-8)
12. LWA (20-6)
13. Knox (25-3)
14. Sewanhaka (19-3)
15. Brentwood (16-7)
16. Baldwin (15-7)
FINAL 2017-18 
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COACHES POLL
​"THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT"
 - Martin Luther King Jr.
OUR 2018 CHAMPIONS
NYSPHSAA/STATE
CLASS A: Amityville
NYSAIS/STATE
CLASS AA: LuHi
CLASS B: LWA
LONG ISLAND
CLASS AA: HHH East
CLASS A: Amityville
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Greenport
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
NSCHSAA: St. Anthony's
PSAA: Knox
NASSAU/Section 8
CLASS AA: Uniondale
CLASS A: Garden City
CLASS B: Malverne
CLASS C: East Rockaway
SUFFOLK/Section 11
OVERALL: Amityville
CLASS AA: HHH East
CLASS A: Amityville
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Greenport
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
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Kupchak Hornets GM
Former First Team All-Long Island player Mitch Kupchak from Brentwood has been hired as the new President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He will lead the organization’s day-to-day basketball operations for Hornets owner and fellow Tar Heel Michael Jordan. “In every role and in every stop during his tenure in the NBA, Mitch Kupchak has brought the highest levels of success to his teams. He’s a proven winner,” Jordan said. “Having won championships as both a player and an executive, we have confidence that Mitch is the right person to lead our basketball operations, build a winning culture and bring sustained success to our organization, for our fans and for the city of Charlotte.” Kupchak returns to the state where he was ACC Player of the year while attending the University of North Carolina and has jersey #21 retired there in his honor. His longtime NBA career includes 10 NBA Championships - three as a player and seven as an executive with the Los Angeles Lakers.


COMMISSION ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The NCAA commissioned a report looking for solutions to the growing recruiting scandal hitting men's basketball, and the results have been released.  MORE  FULL REPORT 
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Basketball Scandals
A little history added to coverage of the current scandals by the DAILY NEWS
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Key To LuHi
All New-York State sophomore forward Zed Key from Brentwood will enroll at Long Island Lutheran next fall as expected. The rebuilding Crusaders, who lost three starters to graduation, are off to a great start with the addition of Key, who already has several D1 offers! He joins All-NY State junior Tyson Etienne, AAU teammate and fellow All-Long Island sophomore Andre Curbelo, and Egyptian National Team member Essam Mostafa as leaders of next year's team. Despite the loss, Brentwood will remain a serious contender in Section 11, returning two more All-Long Island Sophomores in Bryce Harris and Kenny Lazo, one All-Long Island Freshman in Jordan Riley, and several capable players ready to challenge for starting roles, including 6'7 forward Alan Houston, the favorite to move into's Key's spot up front. We wish the best of luck to both teams! Wouldn't it be great for Long Island if they met in the New York State Federation Championship Game? It could happen!
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Coverage from the NYSPHSAA's Executive Committee meeting.
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The Knicks chose David Fizdale to be their new Head Coach! 
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Two Long Islanders have been named to NJCAA National Junior College All-Star teams. They are:
Shane Gatling
Baldwin HS
Jalen Burgess
Elmont HS (Nassau CC)
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LONG ISLAND'S
The following Long Islanders will be playing college basketball for the first time this season or transferring to a new school:
Taliq Abdul-Rahim, VSN, Nassau CC
Isaiah Bien Aise, Westbury, New Paltz
Jamal Allen, Brentwood, Missouri-KC
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood, LIU Post
Nicholas Anthony, NHP, Nassau CC
Gino Basile/Islip/St. Joseph's
Connor Braat, Smithtown W, John Jay
Nigel Braithwaite, Westhampton, 5 Towns
Justin Brown, St. Mary's, Nassau CC
Andrew Buskey, LWA, Old Westbury
Greg Cassiano, East Islip, Cortland
Darius Celestin, Elmont, Nassau CC
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch, E. Illinois
Bobby Connors, Chaminade, Hartwick
Chris Crespo, Smithtown W, Assumption
Julien Crittendon, Hills East, Oswego 
Brian Dellecave, Pat-Med, Springfield
Patrick Dellecave, Pat-Med, Farmingdale
Boubacar Diakite, OSNA, St. John’s
Devonte Dixon, Floyd, LIU Post
Aronis Espinal, Oceanside, Nassau CC
Michael Gannon, Smithtown W, Geneseo
Anthorn Garrett, Oceanside, Farmingdale 
Shane Gatling, Baldwin, Colorado
Tavon Ginyard, Brentwood, Dominican
Julius Goddard, Amityville, Oneonta
Evan Goldberg,Wantagh, Queens
 Seth Goumba, Connetquot, LIU Post
Tykei Greene, LuHi, Loyola-Chicago
Nicholas Guaglione, Commack, Chatham
Andrew Hampton, Huntington, Suffolk CC
Jon Harewood, St. Anthony’s, Gannon
Matthew Hirdt, Miller Place, St. Joseph's
Jordan Idaspe, Herricks, Cortland 
Jordan Jackson, Baldwin, Delhi
David Krieg, Hampton Bays, Suffolk CC
Liam Kunkel, North Shore, LIU Post
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi, Weber State
Rony Lambre, Pat-Med, Five Towns
Carlos Lemus, Upper Room, SE CC
Benjamin LeStrange, Ward M, St. Joseph's
Savion Lewis, Hills East, Quinnipiac
Antonio Lopez, St. Anthony's, New Haven
Tyrone Lyons, St. Anthony’s, N.C. A&T
Kenny Mathurin, Hills East, Oneonta 
Thomas McGuire, Comsewogue, Suff. CC
Griffin McNally, Walt Whitman, Maritime 
Dylan Morris-Gray, Cmswgue, S. Vermont
Billy Muller, North Babylon, Molloy
Joshua Nunez, Brentwood, Suffolk CC
Kendell Ogilvie LWA, IU Post
Victor Olawoye, Elmont, Gannon
Femi Olujobi, Brentwood, DePaul
Collins Onyeike, Valley Stream, NYIT
Frank Phelan, Floral Park, Molloy
Michael Picataggio, N Babylon, Suffolk CC
Josh Pismeny, Deer Park, Mt. St. Vincent
Frankie Policelli, LuHi, Dayton
Emmanuel Rancy, Longwood, Gwynedd 
Mike Regan, St. Anthony’s, Maritime
Anthony Reilly, Oyster Bay, RPI
Jared Rhoden, Baldwin, Seton Hall
Jalen Ryan, Longwood, Farmingdale
Nah'Jel Sands, Mepham, LIU Post
Eric SanFilippo, Hauppauge, Oswego
Mike Snowden, Copiague, Old Westbury
Alex Sobel, Ward Melville, Middlebury
Noah Stevensen, Pat/Med, Suffolk CC
Zion Styles, Uniondale, Monroe CC
Isaiah Stone, Roosevelt, Herkimer CC
DeShawn Todman, Deer Park, Farmingdale
Ronald J. Walker, Copiague, Suffolk CC
Norman Wilson, Baldwin, Delhi
Elijah Wingfield, Southampton, Geneseo
Cam Wynter, Holy Trinity, Drexel
Darius Young, Westbury, Nassau CC
If you know someone who should be added to this list, LET US KNOW!
TEAM CAMP CHAMPION CHAMINADE
Hofstra Team Camp
One of the big high school events of the summer season, the annual Hofstra Team Camp, featured 16 high school teams from both Long Island and New York City this year, with each team playing a total of 6 games over three days. The results bode well for the NSCHSAA, whose teams took the top three spots at the camp. Camp Champion Chaminade emerged as an early league favorite and was never seriously challenged at the camp, while Holy Trinity, the other finalist, played excellent small ball and defended well throughout. St. Anthony’s, with a young and and talented squad, defeated a good Baldwin team for third place. Both teams need time to jell and will be much better once the season gets underway. Another good small ball squad, Northport, impressed, outlasting rival Commack for 5th place. Both will challenge in Sec 11 AA. 
TEAMS PARTICIPATING
Baldwin
Bayside
Calhoun
Chaminade
Commack
Deer Park
Farmingdale
Holy Trinity
Island Trees
LWA
Manhasset
Massapequa
Northport
Oceanside
Smithtown West
St. Anthony's
AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

BASKETBALL CAMP
Grasso To D1 Bryant
St. Anthony’s grad Jared Grasso, who has earned a great reputation as a Tim Cluess assistant at Iona known for his recruiting skills and work ethic, was named the new head coach at Bryant University, a D1 program in the NEC. Hitting the ground running, he and his staff have been very aggressive so far in scouting Long Islanders for the program.
Cluess Signs Extension
Former St. Mary's, Suffolk Community College, and CW Post Head Coach Tim Cluess has signed a contract extension which will keep him as the head coach of the Iona Gaels through the 2025 season. Cleuss, who now has 21 consecutive winning seasons as a head coach at the high school and collegiate level and has accumulated a 567-203 career record, is fresh off another NCAA Tournament appearance with the Gaels, the 5th in his 8 year tenure at the D1 MAAC school. The team has won 20 or more games in each of his 8 seasons.
Seaford AAU Champs
The Seaford Heat, led by Portledge's Zaire Baines, who averaged 31.6 ppg as an 8th grader on varsity last season - defeated Wisconsin's Ray Allen Select 59-54 to win the AAU 14U D1 Championships held at Disney World in Orlando, Fl. The Heat were also Rumble In The Bronx Champions this season. AAU Nationals ROSTER:
Zaire Baines
Dante Brooks
Aaron Davis
Kyle Dowden
Jasean Elliott
Jorden Evelyn
Chancellor McKee
Michael McQuilton
Marquis Samuels
Peter Vorillas
Jared Weekly
Bob Herzog Retires!
Our good friend from Newsday is hanging it up after 42 years! We have had the great pleasure of sharing the sidelines with him for the past 10, and enjoyed every minute of it! He will be sorely missed! STORY
Mateyko To Iona
Former Five Towns, Dowling, and St. Joseph's College Head Coach John Mateyko has been named Director of Basketball Operations at Iona.
Danny Green To Raptors
North Babylon native and former St. Mary's star Danny Green has been traded to the Toronto Raptors as part of a deal for Toronto's DeMar DeRozan. A fan favorite, Green enjoyed an 8 year career with San Antonio and was an important part of their 2014 NBA Championship team. Known as a lockdown defender, he established a single-season franchise record for threes with 191 in 2014-15. A SPURS FAN'S FAREWELL, 
THE PERSISTENCE OF DANNY GREEN 
Pitino Returns To LI
Legendary St. Dominic grad Rick Pitino came back to Long Island to sign copies of his new book, “Pitino, My Story“, at the Book Review in Huntington, delivering a compelling speech to a crowd that braved thunderstorms to hear him speak, followed by a lengthy question and answer session. Coach Pitino asserted that he and athletic director Tom Jurich were dismissed by the University Of Louisville without a hearing of any kind, and that nothing has been released that shows that he knew anything about or was involved in any way with the $100,000 payment that Adidas made to a Louisville recruit for one simple reason: Because he was not aware of it or involved with it in any way, and  the current investigation will ultimately confirm that. The book is a fascinating read and will give you a new perspective on the on-gong scandal, in addition to the other two scandals associated with him, and of course the highlights of an outstanding career that places him among college basketball's all-time great coaches. SIGNED COPIES of the book are available at THE BOOK REVIEW in Huntington. 

Fewer Kids Playing Sports​
Youth sports study: Declining participation, rising costs and unqualified coaches. STORY

Player News
BCANY All Tournament
Suffolk's Zed Key, from Brentwood, and Jarell White, from Bellport, both earned All-Tournament honors at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Summer Hoops Festival, and so did Nassau's Tavin Phillipe Pierre, who is from Baldwin. 
Irish Pride Fuels Igiehon
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Dixon To LIU Post
Devonte Dixon led Long Island in scoring his senior year at William Floyd High School, averaging 30.8 ppg, and will be bringing his talents to LIU Post this fall, joining D1 transfer Mike Almonacy from Brentwood and former Deer Park star Darien Jenkins in what should be a very potent backcourt for the Pioneers and Head Coach Erik Smiles. All three players were All-Long Island selections in high school.
Andre Curbelo Making Noise
LuHi's All-Long Island Sophomore and rising junior steps into a leadership role this coming season, and is preparing for it by posting another big travel season, leading his team to the Adidas Gauntlet Championship with 25 points, 9 rebound, and 5 assists. 
Long, Braithwaite Excel
Chaminade's TJ Long and Sean Braithwaite from Center Moriches led their travel team to the Elite 8 of a Hoop Group Live Period event, with Long scoring 25pts and Braithwaite 17 in their Sweet 16 victory. 
Machado Still Battling
Former St. Mary's star Scott Machado, now 28 and a veteran of overseas pro leagues, will be playing in the G League once again this season, hoping to live out his dream of an NBA career. Machado is an old school team first point guard that values assists more that baskets.
Basketball Royalty!
Long Island basketball royalty descended on Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset to help celebrate the amazing 50th anniversary of Gus Alfieri's highly acclaimed All American Basketball Camp. Coach Alfieri (left), began his career as a star player at St. John's University before going on to coach at St. Anthony's, where he led the program to state championships and national prominence. He is joined by two of his most accomplished proteges - current NBA Head Coach Ken Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets (center), who played for Coach Alfieri in high school and was a camp regular before going on to a terrific career at Richmond and in overseas pro leagues, and Rich Wrase, most recently a scout for the NBA's Los Angles Lakers and also a former camper who starred at Half Hollow Hills High School before going on to coach Westhampton to a high school state championship and Suffolk Community College to two junior college national championships. Coach Atkinson, who credits Coach Alfieri with inspiring him to be a coach, delivered an outstanding presentation on finishing techniques to an eagar and appreciative group of campers, but the highlight of the day had to be the lunchtime gathering of former players and coaches, who along with Coach Alfieri, traded one fascinating war story after another about camp legends like Dr. J, Bobby Knight, Lou Carnesecca, Rollie Massimino, Jimmy Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski, Hubie Brown and others, and also about those memorable championship seasons at St. Anthony's and their historic games against LuHi, New York City and upstate powerhouses, and their Catholic League rivals. A truly unforgettable day! 
Suffolk Falls In Semis
In a heartbreaker, Suffolk County fell 63-61 to eventual champion Buffalo in the Semifinals of the New York State Basketball Coaches Association Summer festival, falling on a putback with 2.5 seconds remaining. The Long Island squad led by 7 at the half. Suffolk finished pool play 3-1, tied for first place with Rochester, who they beat 83-82 in overtime to earn the top seed, while Buffalo was the 2 seed in the other pool behind Mid-Hudson. Suffolk had impressive performances from Brentwood’s Zed Key, who will play at LuHi next season, Deer Park’s Malik Edmead, and Brentwood’s Bryce Harris while picking up wins over an Adirondack team led by Joe Girard III, New York State’s all-time leading scorer, who was held to just 13 points, the defending champion - Central New York -  and Rochester. Nassau County did not fare as well, going 1-3.

Hoops Festival
The 8th Annual Basketball Coaches Association Of New York Summer Hoops Festival, which matches up All-Star Teams from every region of the state, begins August 3rd in Johnson City, NY. This year's festival features Joe Girard III, who averaged over 50 points per game last season at Glens Falls High School to move past Lincoln High School's Lance Stephenson and into first place on New York State's all-time scoring list with 3306 career points, and he still has his senior season in front of him! Long Island sends two teams, but has not won the event since 2011, when they entered a combined Nassau/Suffolk team. This year's Long Island rosters:
NASSAU COUNTY
 1 Justin Evelyn, Uniondale
2 Keaton Goldsby, Lawrence
3 Tavin Pierre Philippe, Baldwin
4 Joseph Hicks, Sewanhaka
5 Trayvon Alexander, Friends Academy
6 Tre Riggins, Baldwin
7 Robert Acevedo, Island Trees
8 Aaron Davis, Valley Stream South 
9 Raymond Foster, Uniondale
10 Corey Powell, Valley Stream South 
11 RJ Meyers-Turner, Uniondale
12 Darien Matthew, St. Dominic
SUFFOLK COUNTY
1 Jordan Mosley, East Islip
2 Jarell White, Bellport
3 Sean Walsh, Northport
4 Brendan Rivera, Smithtown West
5 Ray Graboski, Ward Melville
6 Malik Edmead, Deer Park
7 Jarenel Rancy, Longwood
8 Zed Key, LuHi
9 Bryce Harris, Brentwood
CYO Honors Bob McKillop
Chaminade and Hofstra grad Bob McKillop, who accumulated 86 wins as the head coach at Holy Trinity, 182 wins and 5 state championships as the Head Coach at LuHi, and well over 500 wins as the head coach at Davidson, will be honored for his outstanding career at the CYO of Long Island’s 25th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 17th at the Hempstead Golf and Country Club. MORE
Great Coaches Clinic
Northport's Kenny Atkinson, the Head Coach of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, gave an outstanding lecture at the well attended high school coaches clinic held at the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday 8/11. He covered multiple topics, accompanied by thorough game film demonstrations, and gave us all a glimpse of what it's like to break down game film in the NBA.  Really enjoyed it! Pictured above, Coach Atkinson joins fellow members of the Northport basketball community, where he grew up. From right to left, his brother Steve, the Head Coach at Half Hollow Hills West, Ted Thomas, Editor of Long Island Basketball.com, Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson, one of 8 Atkinson brothers, Tom Fitzpatrick, the just retired head coach at Walt Whitman, Andrew D'Eloia, the Head Coach at Northport, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Coach Fitzpatrick's son and an up and coming player in the Northport School District. 
Long Island Falls In Quarters
This one’s on me. From day one, I’ve been telling the kids to go all out every minute of every game because our roster is so deep and talented and I can sub them out when they get tired without missing a beat, and we’ve been playing that way every game with great success, but after a good first half, we gave up a 15 point lead early in the second half and I decided to go with just 7 kids the rest of the way. Of course, the kids continued to play their hearts out and retook the lead, but at that pace, they eventually started to run out of gas. Even so, we still had a chance to pull it out, but I didn’t call time out quickly enough when we rebounded a missed free throw trailing by 2 with time running down. There would have been plenty of time to set up a play and go for either the tie or the win, but we ended up turning the ball over and fouling instead and it was over. It's a shame, because this team was special, and with a win, we would have gotten two missing starters - LuHi’s Zed Key and Chaminade’s Michael O’Connell - back for next weekends semifinals and had a real shot at going all the way. Tough lesson. Bryce Harris, who blossomed last season at Brentwood, was big time again in this one with 19 points, but I want to make special mention of my two team leaders - Baldwin’s Rhyjon Blackwell and Deer Park’s Malik Edmead - who both had 18 points and took on one highly rated guard after another in the 6 games we played, including this one, and outplayed them all. In a tournament filled with high major commits, there was no better backcourt. Longwood’s Jarnel Rancy was also a revelation. A gifted shot blocker, rebounder and defender, he was never outmatched, and the same can be said for Westbury’s Tyreik Frazier, who shares those gifts. Like I said, this one was on me. I will post a season wrap-up in days ahead. 
Long Island Advances
Second seeded Team Long Island rolled to a spot in the quarterfinals yesterday behind 23 points from Deer Park's Malik Edmead and 17 from Baldwin's Rhyjon Blackwell and will play again today (Sunday) 12:45 at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens. Once again it was their defense that keyed Long Island's dominance, with Longwood's Jarnel Rancy controlling the boards and protecting the paint and Brentwood's Bryce Harris and Chaminade's Mike O'Connell contributing strong all-around games to lead a deep and talented roster that saw good contributions from everyone that played.
IS8 Playoffs Saturday!
The Nike/IS8 playoffs begin tomorrow (Saturday), and after going 4-0 in pool play, Team Long Island has a first round matchup at 12:30 at the IS8 main gym. If they advance, they play again Sunday 12:45 at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens.
Team Long Island Wins Pool
Team Long Island held on for a another big win, finishing 4-0 in pool play heading into next week's playoff round despite playing with a depleted frontcourt. Brentwood's Bryce Harris, who missed the first three games,  stepped up big time, leading the way with 17 points, Baldwin's Rhyjon Blackwell had 14, Amityville's Divaahd Lucas was also a force, adding 13 and Deer Park's Malik Edmead had 10 points and both he and Blackwell did an excellent job on the defensive end against a highly rated backcourt. We will post playoff seedings and matchups as soon as they are released. 
Tough Task For Long Island
Team Long Island has a tough task ahead - they are facing a showdown Saturday 9/29 at 10 am at the IS8 main gym for first place in their pool   and for a high seed in next weekend's playoffs, and they will be without three of their starters. A win would make them 11-1 in IS8 pool play over the past year.
Long Island Improves To 3-0
Shorthanded, everybody stepped up for Team Long Island and they rolled to their third straight impressive victory at NIKE/IS8, with Deer Park's Malik Edmead leading the balanced attack with 17 points. Corey Jones from Calhoun and Divaahd Lucas from Amityville both had 8 point games, and John Glenn's Josh Fenner had 7 to pace an attack that saw all 11 players on hand put points on the board. To top it off, their team defense was once again outstanding, and with Jarnel Rancy from Longwood and Tyreik Frazier from Westbury dominating the paint and rejecting more shots than I could count -  Long Island won going away. Pool play wraps up next Saturday 9/29 with a 10 am first place showdown at the IS8 main gym, and the playoffs begin the weekend of 10/6, with times, locations, and match-ups to be announced. 
Two Game Sweep In Opener
Team Long Island’s blistering defense generated double digit turnovers in back to back games, carrying Long Island to two dominating wins on opening day at NIKE/IS8. Long Island also thoroughly controlled the boards in both games and had 6 different players record blocked shots. Deer Park’s Malik Edmead and Baldwin’s Rhyjon Blackwell led the defensive charge, thoroughly frustrating both of our opponents and disrupting their offenses with relentless aggressiveness and quickness, LuHi’s Zed Key was unstoppable, going for 30 points and big rebound and blocked shot numbers in the more competitive second game, often finishing with thunderous dunks to lead what was an otherwise beautifully balanced attack. Westbury’s Tyreik Frazier, an athletic rebounder and shot blocker, and Blackwell, who had a fist full of assists and steals, both added 10 points in game 2, Edmead, who ran the point with great skill, had 9 and big assist and steal numbers, and Chaminade’s Michael O’Connell, who always plays aggressively, but with his head up and under control, finished with 8, while Longwood’s Jarnel Rancy was a shot blocking and rebounding machine.  Every player on the roster got minutes and played well. 9/8
ROSTER/GAMES 1 AND 2
Rhyjon Blackwell, Baldwin
Malik Edmead, Deer Park 
Tyreik Frazier, Westbury
Zed Key, LuHi 
Divaahd Lucas, Amityville
Michael O'Connell, Chaminade
Ty-Shon Pannell, Central Islip
Tavin Phillipe - Pierre, Baldwin
Pierce Prendergast, Bayport BP
Jarnel Rancy, Longwood 
Tyler St. Furcy, LWA
Jarell White, Bellport 
We have been blessed with a problem most coaches only dream of - having more great players on our roster than we can possible bring to a game. You will undoubtedly see some of those players in future recaps.
EDITORS NOTE: I want to thank the Long Island basketball community for their enthusiastic support of Team Long Island. Our long term goal is to unite the community and help bring about the next Golden Age of Long Island basketball, and its beginning to feel like that's right around the corner! Thanks everyone for your encouragement. The kids feel the love!
 POOLS   SCHEDULES
Incredible Day For Zed
LuHi's Zed Key had a dominant Saturday, leading Team Long Island to back to back opening day wins at NIKE/IS8, and then stealing the thunder from all the New York City kids by winning MVP honors at Carmelo Anthony's "City Is Mine" Tournament. Shown above with his favorite NBA Player and fellow Long Islander Tobias Harris, another IS8 veteran.
Who's That With 
Wally Bachman?
Section 8 Basketball Coordinator and long time Jericho High School Coach Wally Bachman, with 440 career victories and counting, will be inducted into the Nassau County Hall Of Fame on September 26th. He is pictured above with St. Doms grad Rick Pitino and Long Island Basketball.com Editor Ted Thomas. This year's induction class also includes basketball legends Larry Brown from Long Beach, the late Beaver Smith from South Side, Lisa Smith from Hempstead, and Ambrose Moran from Sewanhaka.
ANNOUNCEMENT
High School Team Camp
The Farmingdale State Team Camp took place Sunday, September 16th on campus, featuring boys high school varsity teams from Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City. We didn't get to see everyone play, but we were particularly  impressed by Longwood, Connetquot, and St. Anthony's. TEAMS AND SCHEDULES
WHAT DOES VILLANOVA LOOK FOR IN A RECRUIT?
Former Hofstra Coach Jay Wright has taken Villanova to the top of the basketball world. What do he and his staff look for in the players they recruit? STORY
Maldonado Stands Out At LI Nets Open Tryouts
Valley Stream South's Diego Maldonado was one of a handful of prospects that stood out at the Long Island Nets open tryout held September 15th. Maldonado, who played professionaly in Puerto Rico last season, had good careers at both VSS and Queens College, but is best know for stunning everybody by winning both the Long Island three point shooting and dunk contests his senior year in high school. STORY
​Wrase To Hornets
Legendary Long Island Coach Rich Wrase, who guided Westhampton HS to a New York Federation State Championship and Suffolk Community College to a pair of Junior College National Championships, has joined the staff of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets as a scout. Last season, after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers, Coach Wrase guided Team Long Island to a semifinal run at the famous NIKE/IS8 Tournament, helping set the stage for what we believe is the beginning of the next Golden Age of Long Island basketball. We are all indebted to him for that and wish him the very best of luck with the Hornets.
NASSAU Top 40 All-Stars
Nassau County's best public school boys basketball players faced off at an All-Star Doubleheader this past Sunday, battling for the right to represent Section 8 in the Long Island Public School Preseason All-Star Game on 10/28. In the Future Stars Game, the White Team would repeatedly surge ahead, and the Blue Team would rally, but White pulled away down the stretch, ringing up an impressive 132 - 102 victory. Massapequa's Paul Buonaguro led the way with 22 points, Jaden Barwicki from Long Beach and Jack Fontanetta from Mepham both had 18, and Seaford's Manuel Montero finished with 15 while Brandon Goldberg from Wantagh led the Blue Team with 22, Volkan Levent from Port Washington had 19, and Brandon Weiss from Jericho 16. In the Senior Showcase, the White team led a more tightly contested match up almost all the way, with Adam Rodriguez from Sewanhaka leading their balanced attack with 19 points, Keaton Goldsby from Lawrence adding 18, and Lynbrook's Rylan Blondo 17. Baldwin's Tavin Pierre Philippe led all scorers with 23 for Blue, and Robert Acevedo from Island Trees finished with 16 . 
The rosters were:
2 PM FUTURE STARS  GAME
Blue Team
  1 Brandon Weiss Jericho 11
  8 Volkan Levent Port Washington 11
11 Cyriac Puthussery Syosset 11
18 Jackson Cronin Great Neck No 10
28 Greg Avery Island Trees 11
35 Anthony Arana Island Trees 10
36 Kamren Denhart Sewanhaka 9
46 Joe Busch Manhasset 11
60 Brandon Goldberg Wantagh 11
67 Eamon McGowan South Side 11
White Team
10 Mikell Henry Lawrence 10
16 Christopher Connors Island Tr 10
17 Jack Fontanetta Mepham 11
20 Jaden Barwicki Long Beach 11
23 Paul Buonaguro Massapequa 11
25 Manuel Montero Seaford 11
40 Isiah Barnes Elmont 11
44 David Sabzehroo Great Neck S 11
47 Ralph Amitrano Oceanside 11
58 Dimitri Garrett Oceanside 11
3:30 PM  ELITE SENIORS GAME 
Blue Team
12 Dwight Levy Baldwin 12
15 Tavin Pierre Philippe Baldwin 12
22 Joseph Hicks Sewanhaka 12
24 Chris Levins East Rockaway 12
26 Jayson Delgado Floral Park 12
29 Michael Parnell W Hempstead 12
41 Chris Themelis Manhasset 12
55 Robert Acevedo Island Trees 12
56 Jahiveil Glenn Hempstead 12
57 Blake Hegerstrom Plainedge 12
White Team
 2 Keaton Goldsby Lawrence 12
19 Joseph Deblasio Oyster Bay 12
21 Adam Rodriguez Sewanhaka 12
27 Corey Jones Calhoun 12
30 Rylan Blondo Lynbrook 12
42 Thomas Santella Manhasset 12
43 John Mastando Manhasset 12
45 Michael DeSantis Plainedge 12
54 Clyde Riggins Baldwin 12
59 James Montgomery Lynbrook 12
61 Khalil Williams Oyster Bay 12

Kennedy MAAC Great
Northport’s Sean Kennedy, the former St. Dominic star, European pro and most accomplished member of one of those great Long Island basketball families, has been added to the MAAC Honor Roll - a list of the conference's all-time greatest players and coaches. Sean was First Team All-MAAC after both his junior and senior seasons at Marist, and as a senior, was also named CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Most Valuable Player, First Team NABC All-District, and Second Team All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. At St. Doms, he led the Bayhawks to back to back CHSAA State Championships.
Kenny Jones To HOF!
Former All-New York State player Kenny Jones from Wyandach, who went on to star at Kentucky State University, earning MVP awards and All-Conference and All-American honors before moving on to a very successful pro career overseas, has been inducted into the Kentuck State Hall Of Fame. A prolific scorer and rebounder, Kenny has made his mark at every stop of his career, and in the storied history of Long Island basketball, earned a spot as one of  our best.  He is currently playing in the NBL of Canada for the Cape Breton Highlanders.

Crafton G League Coach
Baldwin's Jason Crafton, who  graduated from Upper Room HS, has been named to the coaching staff of the Philadelphia 76er's G League affiliate.

LIU Post Cuts D2 Hoops
Beginning with the 2019-20 season, LIU Post will no longer field a D2 basketball team and is consolidating all of its D2 programs with LIU Brooklyn's D1 programs, making the combined programs D1 in all sports. The school will honor current scholarship athletes, including those who do not make 2019-20 rosters, and athletes will be able to transfer to new schools without penalty.

Playing Time
Article I enjoyed STORY

Most Loved Colleges
One of the most important but overlooked considerations when choosing a college is, will you be happy there? Here is a list of the colleges that are most loved by their students.  STORY

VERY SAD NEWS
Our friend Artie Woods, a terrific guy and an outstanding basketball official, has passed away well before his time. The former President of IAABO Board 127 in Suffolk County, he was a wise, warm, and easy going guy with an infectious smile and a great outlook on life, and always a pleasure to work with and be with. We do not have any details on what happened yet, but we know visitation will be Monday, Oct 1st at Moloney Funeral Home, 840 Wheeler Rd. (RT 111) in Hauppauge, NY from 2-4 pm and from 7-9 pm. The service will begin Tue Oct 2nd at 11 am again at Moloney Funeral Home.
Alzheimer's Games
Nassau dominated this year!
Nassau Boys 83 Suffolk Boys 63
MVP: Michael O'Connell/Chaminade
O'Connell rallied Nassau from an early 9 point deficit and finished with a game high 23 points.
Nassau Girls 68 Suffolk Girls 60
MVP: Celeste Taylor/Lutheran
Taylor won her third straight MVP trophy, finishing with 28 points to lead Nassau to the wire to wire win that was not as close as the final score..
Manning To LSU
Former Bridgehampton and Lutheran star Charles Manning Jr. has committed to LSU. He is currently at Florida Southwestern State JUCO. The All-New York State player led his 2015 Killer Bees squad to a New York State Championship!

Stony Brook Picked 4th
Vermont was the conference coaches pick as the favorite to win the America East Men's Basketball Championship, while Stony Brook was tied for 4th along with Long Island's Will Brown and his Albany team. MORE

G League Opener!
The Nets open their 2018-2019 season at home, taking on Westchester November 3rd at the Nassau Coliseum.

Nets Camp Roster
Brooklyn's G League team announced its training camp roster in preparation for the 2018-19 season and unfortunately, their are no Long Island players on it. ROSTER

LWA'S Igiehon Commits
Aidan Igiehon, an athletic forward from Ireland that plays for LWA, has decided to play his college ball at Louisville. 

HS Players In G League
Top high school players that don't want to go to college can make $125,00 a season in the G League starting next year! MORE

NCAA Initial-Eligibility
The NCAA Eligibility Center has developed an intensive free online NCAA Initial-Eligibility Course which will familiarize you with the Division I and II academic requirements, as well as the Eligibility Center’s registration and certification processes required for college-bound student-athletes.  MORE

CAA Media Day
Long Island's Bill Coen and his Northeastern team were chosen as favorites by the conference coaches at the CAA's Media Day, while Hofstra was picked to finish third. Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman was named preseason Player of the Year and preseason All-CAA First Team, while teammate Eli Pemberton was chosen 2nd Team..
Joe Lores To HOF
Joe Lores, who coached East Rockaway from 1982-2017 and had two Long Island Championship teams, will be inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Hall of Fame on March 24th up in Glens Falls. MORE
Nassau/Suffolk Public School All-Star Game
Suffolk County bounced back decisively from their surprisingly one sided Alzheimer's game defeat, sweeping both the Future Stars and Elite Seniors games of the Long Island Preseason Public School All-Star Doubleheader. Bellport star Jarell White led the way in the Seniors Game, erupting for 41 points to hold off a Nassau rally, and he got help from Kings Park's Brendan Kehoe, who added 21 while Commack's Spencer Malloy and Mattituck's Xavier Allen combined for 33 points to lead a second half Suffolk run that blew open a close Future Stars Game. Lynbrook's Rylan Blondo was very impressive for Nassau in the Seniors Game, finishing with 27 points from the point guard spot, and Floral Park's Jayson Delgado was right behind him with 26

2018-19
Class/Conference/League
Assignments
Public schools move up and down in size, and shift from one conference/league to another every season. Here are THIS SEASON'S ASSIGNMENTS
Kevin Little 16 In Debut
Wyandach's Kevin Little, who played at OSNA and started his college career at Maine, scored 16 points, handed out 3 assists, and made 2 steals in his first game for D1 Tennessee-Martin. 11/6

Long Island's D1 Players
Jamal Allen/Brentwood/Missouri-KC
Kashawn Charles/Wyand./E. Illinois
Chris Coalmon/LuHi/Robert Morris
Justin Cole/Rockville Ctr/St. John's
Boubacar Diakite/OSNA/Iona
Matt DiLuccio/Rockville C./Boston Coll
Mamadou Doucore/OSNA/Rutgers
Aaren Edmead/Deer Park/NC A&T
Omar El-Sheikh/Knox/Fairfield
Shane Gatling/Baldwin/Colorado
Tykei Greene/LuHi/Manhattan
Terry Harris/HHHW/NC A&T
Michael James/Malverne/Monmouth
 Lukas Jarrett/Northport/Lafayette
Donatas Kupsas/LuHi/Weber State
Savion Lewis/HHHE/Quinnipiac 
Kevin Little/Wyandanch/UT Martin
Tyrone Lyons/St. Anthony’s/NC A&T
KC Ndefo/Elmont/St. Peter's
Femi Olujobi/Brentwood/DePaul
Pauly Paulicap/Elmont/Manhattan
Frankie Policelli/LuHi/Dayton
Marvin Prochet/LuHi/Niagara
Jared Rhoden/Baldwin/Seton Hall
Cheick Sy-Savane/OSNA/Gr. Canyon
Cam Wynter/Holy Trinity/Drexel
Malcolm Wynter/Harbflds/Davidson
Stony Brook Takes Opener
The Seawovles came roaring back from a 22 - 0 defict to defeat George Washington in overtime!  STORY 11/6
Big ​Stony Brook Road Win
Akwasi Yeboah had a game high 24 points and 11 rebounds, freshman Miles Latimer hit two big three pointers down the stretch, and the Seawolves collected an incredible 22 offensive rebounds in an 83-81 road victory over South Carolina, their first ever over an SEC team. STORY 11/9

Hofstra Pulls Away
The Pride dug themselves out of an early hole and rolled over the NEC's Mt. St. Mary 79-61 in front of a big  home crowd. Justin Wright-Foreman led the way with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, Desure Buie added 18 points and 5 assists, and Eli Pemberton 18 poitns and 6 rebounds. STORY 11/9

PLAYER REPORT
North Babylon's Tyree Grimsley had 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead Suffolk CC to a win over Hostos in their opener..... Another North Babylon product, Billy Muller, had 15 points and 9 rebounds in Molloy's loss to Assumption..... Yet another North Babylon native, Devonte Green, had 15 points and 3 assists in Indiana's win over Chicago State..... Freshman Darius Young from Westbury had 17 points to lead Nassau CC over CCBC Dundalk.
COLLEGE UPDATE
When Brockport played Baruch on November 20th, there were an incredible 14 Long Islanders on the two rosters! Baruch’s Billy Sixsmith from Holy Trinity led the way with 17 points. BOX SCORE

BBP's George Riefenstahl, a returning First Team All-Skyline Conference player, scored a career high 37 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots in Farmingdale State's 102-89 win over St. Joseph's of Brooklyn....

Sachem North's Mike Harris has 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead St. Joseph's to a 66-63 win over SUNY Maritime. Islip's Frank Basile added 16 point and 13 rebounds. Northport's Brendan Whelan led Maritime with 17 points and 7 assists....

 North Babylon's Tyree Grimsley scored 21 points to lead Suffolk CC to a 108-71 win over Kingsborough CC. Upper Room's Steven Tynes added 19 points, 12 assists, and 6 steals and Commack's Ryan Graziano had 18 points.... 

James Walsh from St. Anthony's had 17 points in USMMA's 91-57 loss to Purchase.  11/21

Two Long Island Coaches Face Off!
Bob McKillop and his Davidson team (3-1) take on Bill Coen and his  Northeastern team (2-2) today 
(Sunday 6 PM). Northeastern and Davidson are expected to be two of the better teams in the CAA & A-10 this season. WATCH on ESPNU

Ravaged LIU Post Falls
When LIU announced they were consolidating their two sets of sports programs and would no longer play D2 basketball starting with the 2019-20 season, many of the LIU Post players left the team, so the Pioneers went into game 1 with just 7 players on their active roster. Those brave 7 took it on the chin, falling 74-43 to New Haven despite a game high 22 points from Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor. Freshman Kendell Ogilvie from LWA added 8 points and 8 rebounds and fellow freshman Liam Kunkle from North Shore had 7 points.  11 New Haven players made it into the scorebook, led by Hills West's Kian Dalyrimple, who had 12 points. Freeport's Elijah Bailey added 7. 11/14

Player Report
Kevin Little from Wyandanch had 18 points and 5 assists in U. Tennessee Martin's loss to Western Kentucky.... Baldwin's Shane Gatling started and had 12 points and 2 assists in Colorado's win over Drake....

Pride Fall On Road
Hofstra gave up a late 3 point lead for a tough 76-72 loss to Marshall of Conference USA. Justin Wright-Foreman had another big game, finishing with 34 points. STORY 11/11
Stony Brook Is 8-1
The Seawolves defeated Manhattan on the road 69-62 for their 6th straight. Ironically, the two Long Islanders in the game play for Manhattan. Elmont's Pauly Paulicap had a big game, racking up 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks, while freshman Tykei Greene from LuHi, who started but got into quick foul trouble, did not score. Akwasi Yeboah continued his outstanding play for Stony Brook, finishing with a game-high 25 points and 7 rebounds.  STORY

Lewis Will Redshirt
Hills East's Savion Lewis, New York State Mr. Basketball, will redshirt his freshman year at Quinnipiac after it was discovered that an incomplete his sophomore year at Hills would prevent him from being eligible to play until January at the earliest. Rather than appeal and miss a significant number of games, he has decided to redshirt and have four full years of eligibility left. The NCAA requires student-athletes to take certain core classes every year of their high school careers, and the incomplete prevented him from meeting those requirements on time.

Stony Brook Off To 6-1
The Seawolves held off Norfolk State behind 22 points and 4 assists from Jaron Cornish. Akwasi Yeboah added 16 points and 7 rebounds. 
STORY 11/27
TEN YEARS AGO!
FINAL SWEET 16
1. Lutheran 19-8
2. Uniondale 20-3
3. East Hampton 23-4
4. SJB 25-3
5. Longwood 19-4
6. Baldwin 14-7
7. Bay Shore 18-4 
8. South Side 18-4
9. Kellenberg 14-12
10. St. Dominic 14-10
11. North Babylon 18-7
12. Lindenhurst 16-5
13. Westbury 18-3
14. Roslyn 16-7
15. Greenport 22-4
16. Walt Whitman 16-6

10 YEARS AGO
FIRST TEAM
ALL-LONG ISLAND
George Beamon, Roslyn
Justin Brown, Uniondale
Ryan Creighton, Greenport
Josh Elbaum, SJB
Tobias Harris, Lutheran
Phil Izevbehai, John Glenn
Chris Mauldin, Baldwin
Devon McMillan, Uniondale
JJ Moore, Brentwood
Hayden Ward, East Hampton
Jordan Ward Adams, C Moriches
Ashraf Yacoubou, Lutheran

Hofstra Stops NC A&T
North Carolina A&T from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which includes teams like Howard and Norfolk State, came to town with a Long Island coach  - Amityville's Jay Joyner, and more Long Islanders on the roster than either Hofstra or Stony Brook. They have three former All-Long Island players in Deer Park's Aaren Edmead, Hills West's Terry Harris, and Tyrone Lyons from St. Anthony's, but despite the local talent, were still no match for the Pride, who pulled away for a convincing 92-72 victory. Justin Wright-Foreman led the way once again with 22 points and 7 assists, Eli Pemberton added 19 points, and Stafford Trueheart had 14. Harris led the Long Islanders with 10 points, Edmead had 9 and Lyons 5 for the rebuilding team that has 10 new players and had their leading scorer - Femi Olujobi from Brentwood - transfer to DePaul. I have to admit I was very conflicted coming into this game. I’m a big Hofstra fan, but both Edmead and Lyons played for me on Team Long Island and Harris and my son Ben played together in AAU. Edmead, an excellent defender, got his team off to a good start, draining a three from the top and bottling up Wright-Foreman to keep the game close. Harris showed excellent fundamentals, setting good screens, rebounding well, and scoring here and there, but the Aggies didn’t fully take advantage of Hofstra’s early struggles and once Wright-Foreman got going, they never really got back into it. Freshman Lyons showed his potential with a sweeping drive from the top through traffic and also blocked a few shots in limited playing time, but one of the three would have had to have a big scoring day to keep the Aggies in the game and that never materialized. I wouldn’t discount that from happening down the road. They are all capable, and once their rebuilding team gets more familiar with each other, they will all shine. 11/14 STORY
Returning
All-New York State
CLASS AA
​Jarell White Bellport
​Malik Edmead Deer Park
​Zed Key Brentwood
​CLASS A
​Micah Snowden Southampton
Josh Fenner​ John Glenn
CLASS B
​Aiden Igiehon LWA
​Sean Braithwaite C Moriches
​Tyler St. Furcy LWA
CLASS C
​Ahkee Anderson Greenport
​Zaire Baines Portledge
​CLASS D
​J.P. Harding Bridgehampton
Portledge Rolls Over Maspeth
​A young and talented Portledge team from the PSAA had their first test of the season, taking on PSAL Class B Quarterfinalist Maspeth, who finished 27-3 last year, and they passed with flying colors, pulling away with a 25-13 fourth quarter for a 68-47 victory. Freshman Zaire Baines, Long Island’s top returning scorer, led the way with 30 points and 9 Steals, and sophomore ​Jahmir Primer added 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals. 11/26

2018-19
Top 5 Returning Scorers
Zaire Baines Portledge 31.6
Jarell White Bellport 25.1
Ahkee Anderson Greenport 23.0
Josh Fenner John Glenn 22.7
Malik Edmead Deer Park 21.4
College Report
College basketball is underway and you can get local team 
SCHEDULES and SCORES right here on LongIslandbasketball.com
Suffolk CC Now 10-0!
The nationally ranked Sharks defeated Bronx CC 91-78 to improve to 10-0 on the season. Upper Room's Steven Tynes led the way with 25 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, North Babylon's Tyree Grimsley had 19 points and 8 rebounds, Copiague's Ronald Walker 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks and Sachem North's James Signer 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. If you want to see them in action, their next home game is Saturday Dec 1st 3 PM vs Rockland at the Brentwood campus. 11/27
Girls Coverage?!
It's about time! We were lucky enough to be there when Baldwin won a Federation State Championship last season, and it inspired us to take our first steps towards launching complete Girls Basketball coverage, so we're starting off with a few selected games this year. Our first one is of course the first NYSPHSAA game of the season, between South Side and East Meadow. If you can help point us in the right direction by suggesting future games between top teams, or even better, if you'd enjoy covering a game or two for us, LET US KNOW! 11/27

​Southside 68
East Meadow 29
November jitters were to be expected. Soon after the opening tap, turnover, turnover, turnover. South Side’s Katie McMahon banked in a layup and the 2018-19 LI Varsity Basketball Season was rolling! McMahon certainly came to Play!! In the Cyclones full court pressure, she was everywhere ... 3 steals, 2 assists, and her 11 points in the first four minutes of the game set the tone and gave SS a 15-2 lead that grew as the game played on. Cyclones Coach Dan Ferrick subbed en masse after 5 minutes but his second unit proved equally solid as SS completed the first quarter with a 21-5 advantage. Even with the full court pressure lifted, EM struggled to launch enough shot attempts to give themselves a chance. Entering the second half trailing 37-15, Jets sophomore Julie Tannenblatt hit a deep “3” and then another. EM’s offense loosened up and began to score .... but, there would be no containing the Cyclones tonight. 11 Southside girls scored and they coasted to an easy 68-29 victory. The SS attack was led by McMahon’s 17 points, along with 12 from Kelsey Barrett and 7 apiece from Caitlin Cusack and Olivia Medford. 11/27
CAN'T MISS GAMES!
One of our most popular features, it's the place to go if you're looking for a good game to go see. 
CAN'T MISS GAMES
Chaminade Over Kings Park
Chaminade is expected to be one of Long Island's best teams this season, and they showed why in their opener, pulling away from Suffolk Class A contender Kings Park for an impressive 75-56 home win. The two teams battled right up to the halftime buzzer, with the Flyers heading into the locker room up 35-30, but Chaminade settled in with a 23 point third quarter and held off the Kingsmen from there. All-Long Island First Team candidate Michael O'Connell, a Team Long Island selection and MVP of the Alzheimer's Game, led the way with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists and TJ Long came up big too, finishing with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Kings Park Public School All-Star Andrew Bianco led the Kingsmen with 25 points and fellow All-Star Brendan Kehoe added 15 - all three pointers. 11/28
Oyster Bay Edges GNS
Two Section 8 contenders met in the first round of Oyster Bay's annual tournament, and the Class B Baymen advanced past Class A Great Neck South 54-51 behind a dominating performance from Public School All-Star Khalil Williams, who finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocks. 11/28
Saturday 12/1/18
@ Uniondale High School
Some great games and impressive performances by all of the Long Island teams, even Amityville in a loss! 
FULL STORIES

SECTION 8 ROUNDUP
MacArthur prevailed over Bellmore in the Final of the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament - an 82-76 double overtime thriller - on Hugh Kelleher's game-winning layup. Trent Knapp led the Generals with 22 points, Max Chmiel had 19, and Rob Lobosco added 15 points in the win. Brandon Wexler led Belmore with 21...... Two Nassau County All-Stars made their debut in Jericho's 67-65 win over Wantagh. Jericho's Brandon Weiss, a Team Long Island selection, led all scorers with 29 points, and Wantagh's Brandon Goldberg finished with 26..... Oyster Bay captued the title at the Tom Robinson tournament with a 69-55 win over Friends Academy. Yahve Jean Baptiste led the way with 26 points and 5 steals and All-Star Khalil Williams had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Oyster Bay. Alex Douglas had 23 points for Friends Academy..... 11/30
12/3 Highlights
Knox 73 Portledge 72
Two private schools that are upgrading their basketball programs and are the preseason favorites in the PSAA met in what turned out to be a classic back and forth match-up, with Knox coming away with a dramatic win on their home court. Marrel Laze led the balanced Knox attack with 18 points while Zaire Baines led all scorers with 37 for Portledge.
Bridgehampton 74 Babylon 47
It's early, but the Killer Bees look primed for another run at a state championship, rolling over this year's version of the consistently good Babylon program. Returning All-New York State selection JP Harding led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Nae'jon Ward added 15 points and 11 assists, and William Walker chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Peter Szouchy led Babylon with 19 points.
Floral Park 78 Roslyn 65
Long Island All-Star Jayson Delgado, who was the third gun on last season's Section 8 finalists, has stepped into a leadership role this season at Floral Park and responded by scoring 19 of his 30 points in the decisive third quarter, adding 7 assists. Michael Matich had a big game too, scoring 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Jacob Levy led Roslyn with 21 points.

SECTION 11 ROUNDUP
Section 11 Class AA contender Brentwood showed off their depth, defeating Copiague 73-52 in the season opener for both teams. The Indians played without Long Island All-Star and Team Long Island selection Bryce Harris and fellow returning All-Long Island sophomore Kenny Lazo, but returning All-Long Island freshman Jordan Riley led the way with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and Romello Wright added 15 points and 7 assists. Another All-Long Island player, 8th Grade phenom Malachi Moore, led Copiague with 15 points..... Two teams to keep an eye on this season -  Connetquot and Sachem East - faced off in the opener for both teams, and Connetquot prevailed 71-64. Tae'von Bazmore led the Thunderbirds with 21 points and Sean Andersen added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Boothe led all scorers with 28 points for Sachem East. 11/30

PRIVATE SCHOOL ROUNDUP
​Portledge avenged last season's loss to Stony Brook by an impressive 77-53 score. The Bears have left Section 11 for the PSAA and this was their first game in their new league. Portledge's Zaire Baines and Jahmir Primer continued their breathtaking early season pace, with Baines scoring 32 points and Primer adding 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. 11/30
Sweet 16 Showdown
The season's first face-off between two Sweet 16 teams took place, and it was a good one, with 10th ranked Holy Trinity outlasting #13 Center Moriches 74-66 in overtime.  Returning All-Long Island Sophomore Mike Sixsmith and A.J. Knight were the big guns for the Titans, scoring 27 and 24 points respectively, while the Red Devils were led by Tyiquon Nix with 19 points, transfer Micah Snowden with 18, and Sean Braithwaite with 16. 12/3

Hayes 63 Chaminade 60
We don't have any game details, but the 4th ranked Flyers fell to Cardinal Hayes, one of the favorites in CHSAA Class AA and fresh off a win over defending Class AA Federation State Champion Stepinac. Alzheimer's Game MVP Michael O'Connell paced the Flyers with 23 points and 10 rebounds and big man Liam Drennan added 14 points . 12/1
SWEET 16 RECAP
#6 Longwood 62
Connetquot 59
It was a tight, hard fought game as expected, and the visiting Lions held off the Thunderbirds behind 23 points from Elijah Whitty and 13 from brother Isaiah Whitty. Tae'von Bazemore had 19 for Connetquot.

North Babylon 71
#12 Northport 50
A stunner, not because North Babylon doesn’t have a good team, but because it a surprise anyone could beat Northport by 21. Dylan Diaz led the balanced Bulldog attack with 14 points, and Bradley Celestin and Frank Toney both finished with 13. Pat Healy had 11 points for Northport.

Sewanhaka 47
#16 Westbury 42
Both teams had significant graduation losses, so its hard to gauge how good they will be this year, but Sewanhaka prevailed at home behind 19 points and 6 steals from Adam Rodriguez and 11 points and 5 steals from Joseph Hicks. Jordan Redd led Westbury with 17 points.   12/4
12/4 Highlights
Malverne 66 Hempstead 43
Wow! Long Island Class B is stacked this season, and another contender just entered the ring! Returning All-Long Island Freshman Michael Warren led the way with 19 points and Jayden Seraphin added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both were on Malverne's undefeated JV team of 2016-17. 

Hills West 95 E. Meadow 66
The Colts have moved down to Class A this season and announced their arrival with a flourish, impoving to 2-0 with a win against Class AA East Meadow. Jaylen Seay finished with 21 points, Bryce Bland had 14 points and 10 assists, and Brent Bland 20 points and 6 rebounds. 
Lynbrook Rocks Kings Park
Nassau Class A contender Lynbrook showed what they're capable of, racing off to a big lead and holding off Suffolk contender Kings Park 81-60. The Owls boast Long Island All-Star Rylan Blondo, who finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and Nassau County All-Star John Donaldson, who added 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jack Garside and Nick Svolas led the Kingsmen with 15 points a piece. 12/5
The Battle Of Great Neck
They know how to play a rivalry game in Great Neck! Great Neck North and Great Neck South went back and forth from the tip-off to the final buzzer in a playoff like atmosphere until Gio Nouriely stole the ball and found Matt Yazdan for the game winning layup in a 48-47 Great Neck North victory. Yazdan led the Blazers with 17 points and Sean McAward had 10 points and 11 rebounds while Jason Lee and David Sabzehroo, who was Long Island's leading three point shooter last season, led South with 18 points a piece. 12/5
SWEET 16 RECAP
#1 Long Island Lutheran 84 
Thomas Jefferson 81
Roaring from behind with a 20-9 fourth quarter, the Crusaders opened their season on the road against what some believe to be New York City's best team and came away with an impressive victory. Tyler Stephenson led the way with 26 points and both Team Long Island selection Zed Key and Jalen Celeseine finished with 16. 12/8

#4 Chaminade 71 
#15 Elmont 64
A classic Sweet 16 showdown between two excellent teams at the Public/Catholic Challenge and the host Spartans won every quarter but one - a dominating 27-9 second quarter that was enough to propel the Flyers to victory. Team Long Island's Michael O'Connell continued his outstanding play, racking up 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Chaminade and TJ Long, who is also off to a great start, added 17 points and 5 assists. Gus Louis led Elmont with 19 points. 12/8

Malverne 42 
#5 St. Anthony's 40
Defending Section 8 Class B Champion Malverne has been very impressive so far this season, but I don't think anyone realized just how good until they pulled off the biggest upset of the day. Returning All-Long Island Freshman Michael Warren was outstanding, keeping them in the game with a game high 19 points and 7 rebounds while he and his teammates applied their trademark suffocating pressure defense, but Ta'Shawn Hampton was the hero, knocking down a three pointer with 1:38 to play to give the Mules a 1 point lead and then a pressure packed free throw with 13 seconds left to put them up by 4, his only points of the day. 12/8

St Benedict’s, NJ 69 
#10 Holy Trinity 57
The host New Jersey powerhouse got off quickly and then held off a Titans second half run for the win. Mike Sixsmith was big time once again with 25 points and A.J. Knight added 13. 12/8

#3 Brentwood 65
Ward Melville 55
The result isn’t surprising, and neither is the margin given that the Indians are still short returning All-Long Island Sophomore Kenny Lazo. Fellow returning All-Long Island Sophomore and Team Long Island selection Bryce Harris was back for this one and picked up where he left off last season, scoring 20 points and pulling down 9 rebounds, and returning All-Long Island Freshman Jordan Riley has been fantastic in both games, finishing with a game high 28 points after leading them with 17 in the opener. Ward Melville put up a good fight despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode and will be better as the season progresses. Robert Soto had a big game for them with 20 points. 12/7

#6 Longwood 72 
#13 Center Moriches 56
This was more of a measuring stick for Longwood than for CM, who is without a doubt a serious contender for a Class B State Championship, and the Lions looked as good as advertised against a strong opponent at home. The Whitty brothers led the way with a combined 34 points and Jordan Manderson added 15 while Sean Braithwaite led the Red Devils with 19 and Micah Snowden had 12. 12/7

LWA Avenges Fed Defeat
With two future D1 players and a solid supporting cast, 7th ranked LWA was odds on favorite to win last year's Federation Class B State Championship, but underrated PSAL Champion Fannie Lou Hamer upset them in the semifinals and went on to claim the title. The Tigers avenged that defeat, rolling over the defending State Champions 69-56 behind 29 points and 21 rebounds from Louisville bound Aidan Igiehon and 15 points and 8 assists from Marist commit and Team Long Island section Tyler St. Furcy. 12/6

Friars Too Much For Porters
Greenport has an excellent Class C team - one of the best in the state in fact, but they were no match for 5th ranked defending NSCHSAA Champion St. Anthony's, who rolled to a 74-45 victory. 12/6 BOX SCORE
12/8 Highlights
Calhoun 55 St. Dominic 39
The Colts opened some eyes with a convincing win over the Bayhawks, who came into the game 3-0. It was tight for thee quarters, but Calhoun put together a 19-6 fourth quarter to put it away. Team Long Island selection Corey Jones led the way with 19 points and Thomas Casimano added 10 while Darien Matthews led Doms with 10.

Greenport 81 Central Islip 76
The Porters bounced back nicely after a tough defeat at the hands of #5 St. Anthony's, holding off traditional Class AA power Central Islip on the road behind 33 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Ahkee Anderson and 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists from Jude Swann. Team Long Island selection Ty-Shon Pannell let CI with 27 points. 

Long Beach 53 Syosset 48
The Mariners improved to 5-0 with a win over always tough Syosset. Jayden Barwicki led the way with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Lashawn Hankins was right behind with 12 points and 3 steals. Rob Berland had a game high 21 points, including 6 three-pointers, for Syosset.

Kellenberg 57 Garden City 42
The Firebirds picked up a nice win over the defending Section 8 Class A Champions. Sean Lachman led the way with 5 three-pointers and 27 points, while Nick Spinoso controlled the paint, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks. James Cashwell was high man for the Trojans with 19 points.

12/7 Highlights
Molloy 60 St. Mary's 55 
St. Mary's has some talented youngsters and the program is on the right track, and they were on the road and tied at the half, but they came up just short against the Stanners in what would have been a signature win. Jovayne Walters had a big game  with 19 points and 17 rebounds and Nick Cham added 12 points. 12/7

N. Babylon 60 Commack 45
The second impressive win in a row for the Bulldogs, who rolled past Northport in their last game and are now 3-0. They feature tough D (opponents average just 47 PPG), and have a balanced attack led so far by Frank Toney, who has been their leading scorer in 2 of the 3 and is averaging 16 ppg. 12/7

12/6 Highlights
Hills East 73 BBP 46
New York State Class AA Finalist Hills East graduated four starters, but it looks like key contributor Max Caspi, who scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and lone returning starter Shane Dean, who finished with 17 points and 8 assists, might have the T-Birds back in the mix this year. Team Long Island selection Pierce Prendergast led Bayport-Blue Point with 18 points. 12/6.

Long Beach 55 Wantagh 48
The Mariners are off to a 4-0 start after beating a good Warriors team in the Championship Game of the Wantagh tournament. Lashawn Hankins is a big part of that, with games of 20, 18, and 19 points so far this season, and he's had a lot of help from Gerard Burns and Jayden Barwicki. 12/6
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
Baldwin Is Hungry
STORY

27 EAST PREVIEWS
Bridgehampton STORY
East Hampton STORY
Southampton STORY
Pierson STORY

Larry Brown Is Coaching In Italy!
 DOCUMENTARY

Tobias On A Roll!
Over his last 4 games, Hills West's Tobias Harris is averaging 24.8 pts and 8.8 rpg for the LA Clippers, who went 3-1 in that stretch. The Clippers' all-time leading scorer is also from Long Island - Bellport's Randy Smith! An NBA All-Star Game MVP, he is probably best know for playing in 906 consecutive games, at the time an NBA record. The longest active streak belongs to another Clipper -  Marcin Gortat with 287 straight. 11/27

The 50th Anniversary
Of A Legendary Streak
In 1970, a Long Island high school basketball team suffered its first loss after winning an incredible 61 straight games! STORY

1974 Top 8 Tournament
The first ever  New York State Championship tournament, won by Gus Alfieri's St. Anthony's Friars, who beat Troy Catholic in the Quarterfinals, Molloy in the Semifinals and LuHi in the Championship Game. VIDEO

Lewis Will Redshirt
Hills East's Savion Lewis, New York State Mr. Basketball, will redshirt his freshman year at Quinnipiac after it was discovered that an incomplete his sophomore year at Hills would prevent him from being eligible to play until January at the earliest. Rather than appeal and miss a significant number of games, he has decided to redshirt and have four full years of eligibility left. The NCAA requires student-athletes to take certain core classes every year of their high school careers, and the incomplete prevented him from meeting those requirements on time.

G League At Work
The Brooklyn Nets seem to have developed the ideal relationship with their Long Island G League affiliate. MORE
SUMMER LEAGUES
Island Trees rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Oyster Bay 63-57 in the Championship Game of the 10th Annual Nassau County PAL/Town of Oyster Bay Varsity Summer League!
Oyster Bay's Khalil Williams had 24 points at the half to lead the Baymen to a 5 point advantage, but the Bulldog defense clamped down in the second half, allowing only 9 fourth quarter points, and Rob Ferrufino reentered the lineup after early foul trouble to energize their balanced attack.
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Westbury took the Coes Neck Summer League title, defeating Roosevelt 59-56 in OT. Westbury's Tyreik Frazier was MVP, finishing with 14 pts, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks.
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The Nassau PAL/Town Of Oyster Bay Varsity Summer League Semifinals were played, and Island Trees advanced with a 51-45 victory over Hicksville. Anthony Ferrufino dominated inside & out, finishing with 15 points, and Rob Avcevedo added 10.  Shane McBride led all scorers with 16 for Hicksville and Amaury Mateo had 12.  In the other Semifinal, Oyster Bay rolled over East Meadow 63-39. Khalil Williams led the way with 19 points, Max Weinberg had 16, and Yahve Jean Baptiste 13. Kyle Nelson led East Meadow with 11.
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Baldwin picked up back to back summer championships, beating Elmont again, this time by a 56-54 score in the Baldwin Summer League final and Tavin Phillipe Pierre was MVP with 25 points.
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Baldwin took the Kennedy Park Summer League title 58-47 behind 36 points from MVP Rhyjon Blackwell.
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The Kennedy Park Semifinals resulted in the same finals matchup that we'll have in the Baldwin Summer League. Baldwin, which really looks like the team to beat in Nassau this coming season, rolled over Roosevelt, and in a terrific nightcap, Elmont edged Uniondale. Elmont looks like a serious contender too and the rebuilding Uniondale team shows great promise. The final is tonight (8/9) at 7:30 PM 
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Class A teams dominated at the West Babylon Summer League, with John Glenn taking the title, beating Kings Park by 4 in the final. 
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Both the Baldwin Summer League and the Kennedy Park Summer League are down to the semifinals. The Kennedy Park games are tonight (8/8), with Baldwin facing Roosevelt in a 6:30 pm semifinal, and Uniondale taking on Elmont at 7:30. At Baldwin, the host Bruins rolled over Malverne to advance to the championship game, while Elmont took a lead at the first half buzzer, built a second half lead and then held off Floral Park in the other semi. 
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Some of Long Island's high school summer leagues are wrapping up, and the first one to report results is the St. Anthony's Summer League, with Northport capturing the title with a 47-44 win over the host Friars. Junior Sean Walsh led the way with 22 points and junior George Mansour added 12, while sophomore Pat Healy iced the win with two big free throws. The league was made up  of teams from Bayport, Commack, Connetquot, Huntington, Hills East, Northport, Sachem  North, and St. Anthony's. Results are also in from the Westbury Spring League, and once again, the hosts fell in the final, with Baldwin defeating the Green Dragons 36-25. In the Town Of Brookhaven Summer League, Longwood defeated Smithtown West 44-36 in the Large School Championship Game, while Mt Sinai defeated Miller Place 50-47 in the Small School Final. The Mustangs were led by game MVP Nick Hurowitz who scored a game high 23 points.
The Beginning Of
The End Of AAU?
PART 1 IN A SERIES
A new proposal still in its formative stages could deal a serious blow to AAU and Sneaker Company Basketball as we know it, and might very well be the beginning of the end for both competing camps. USA Basketball, the NBA, and the NCAA are all taking steps to seize control of the sport at the youth level, and one of the key provisions of the proposal, reportedly being prepared by the NBCA for submission to the NCAA Commission that was set up to look into the big recruiting and corruption scandal that hit NCAA and Travel Team basketball this past fall, is to discontinue the July Live Period, forbidding D1 coaches from attending the big events that are held annually in Orlando, Las Vegas and other locations across the country. It often costs teams thousand of dollars to attend these July events, and if there is no prospect of playing in front of D1 coaches, many teams will undoubtedly elect to take advantage of far less expensive alternatives, putting many of these events out of business. It's not a complete prohibition, though. If the proposal is adopted, it looks like the April Live Period will be retained for now.

12/9/18
SWEET 16
COACHES POLL
      1 LuHi
      2 Baldwin
      3 Brentwood
      4 Chaminade
      5 Longwood
      6 Bellport
      7 Holy Trinity
      8 Uniondale
      9 Deer Park
    10 North Babylon
    11 Amityville
    12 Elmont
    13 Malverne
    14 St Anthonys
    15 LWA
    16 Hills West