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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
3. Hills East
5. Bay Shore
6. Holy Trinity
9. Smithtown W.
12. St. Anthony's
14. South Side
NYC vs LI
As you probably know, we track the season series between the two regions annually, recording the results of all boys high school varsity games, and we're very proud to say that Long Island racked up another impressive win this past season to take their 9th straight victory in the series. Unfortunately, the season ended with LuHi's loss to Lincoln in the Federation Class AA State Championship Game, but it was an otherwise dominating +30 game margin by Long Island teams, an all-time record. By the way, one of the common myths about this series is that Long Island teams play down, and that's why we dominate. In fact, the opposite is true. If the match-ups aren't at the same level, which most are, then usually Long Island teams play up! Most often, it's our Class A teams playing NYC AAs. Yet we still win the series year after year!
"THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT"
- Martin Luther King Jr.
OUR 2017 CHAMPIONS
CLASS AA: Westbury
CLASS A: Southampton
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
CLASS AA: Westbury
CLASS A: Elmont
CLASS B: Oyster Bay
CLASS C: East Rockaway
OVERALL: Hills East
CLASS AA: Hills East
CLASS A: Southampton
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
LONG ISLAND TEAM
For the first time in the 44 year history of the Wheelchair All-Star Basketball Classic, a Long Island High School All-Star team has won the championship, and they did so in spectacular fashion, rolling over the Manhattan/Bronx All-Stars 104-53 in the final. First Team All-New York State guard Kashawn Charles from Wyandanch was named MVP. HERE IS THE HISTORIC ROSTER
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Muhammed Jannedi, Knox
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Alejandro Minota, Knox
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Lester Quinones, Upper Room
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Darius Young, Westbury
MVP Charles, Long Island's leading scorer this season at 30.3 ppg, opened the game with a right wing three pointer, and then his steal led to a beautiful drive through traffic by Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and a quick 5-0 Long Island lead, but the Manhattan/Bronx All-stars responded, with Marlon Moreta from WHEELS driving baseline and scoring on a reverse lay-up to put the City up 6-5. Long Island retook the lead on another three by Charles, this one from behind the left elbow, Jenkins added a jumper, and then another steal by Charles led to a fast break basket by Jenkins and a block by Elmont's KC Ndefo to a fast break basket by Westbury's Darius Young and Long Island began to take control. A steal and fast break basket by Uniondale's Danny Ashley and back to back baskets by Upper Room's Lester Quinones, the first a right wing three pointer and the second a beautiful hesitaion drive and dunk, made it 23-9 Long Island, and then back to back baskets by Ashley and a fast break dunk by Ndefo 29-11 and the Manhattan-Bronx team was in serious trouble at the first quarter buzzer. It looked like more of the same as the second quarter got underway, with Charles scoring back to back on a putback and then a left wing three pointer and Amityville's Josh Serano knocking down two free throws for an imposing 25 point Long Island lead, but to M/B's credit, they mounted a serious rally in response. Deondre Bourne from Lehman kicked it off with two free throws, Malik Bourne from Bergtraum stole the ball twice and scored both times, Jessy Jiminez from WHEELS stole the ball and scored on a nice hesitation drive, and then Taylor added a fast break dunk to cut the margin to 36-21 with 5:58 still to play in the half. The rally continued with Bourne's runner high off the glass and then James Bouknight from LaSalle scored from underneath to make it an 11 point game, but a left baseline drive by Alejandro Minota from Knox and it was 42-29 Long Island at the half. M/B continued to close the gap as the second half got underway with Leonard Luton from Bronx Regional collecting a long rebound and scoring, and then Cliff St Juste from Manhattan and St. Anthony's NJ cut across the lane and hit a fade-away and the Long Island lead was sliced to just 7 points, but the defense held on consecutive possessions and a fast break basket by Young and a putback by Knox's Muhammed Jannedi capped off a Long Island rally that bumped the lead back to 14. A left baseline three by Charles and a fast break basket by Jenkins made it 58-41, and then three straight baskets by LuHi's Donatas Kupsas, including a nice running hook shot, and Long Island was comfortably ahead once again. When Ashley found Baldwin's Elijah Bovell underneath and followed it with a nice pull up jumper on the break it was 70-45 and game over. M/B never seriously threatened after that. Charles led all scorers with 25 points and added 4 steals, Quinones finished with 20 including 5 threes, Jenkins had 14 points and 3 assists, and Ashley finished with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ndefo had an incredible 17 rebounds, 8 blocked shots and 3 steals and Kupsas was dominant on the boards too, adding 12 rebounds. 5/4
The annual Alzheimer's Charity All-Star Doubleheader was held at Oyster Bay High School this year, and the favored Nassau County Girls Team won the first game easily behind MVP Celeste Taylor from LuHi, who finished with a game high 19 points, and Kadaja Baily from St. Mary's, who was right behind her with 18. Danielle Cosgrove from Sachem East, Tamia Lawhorne from St. Anthony's and Samantha Schultz from Kings Park all had 13 points for Suffolk. Suffolk turned the tables in the Boy's Game, pulling away in the second half behind a big third quarter from MVP Savion Lewis from Hills East, who finished with 27 points. Amityville's Josh Serrano added 20 and Jon Harewood and Tyrone Lyons - both from St. Anthony's - had 19 and 16 respectively. Jaqui Parks from Roosevelt led Nassau with 20 points, Isaiah Bien-Aise from Westbury had 16 and Isaiah Stone, also from Roosevelt, had 15. 10/29/17
Lightning and Island Garden Selected
The Lightning and Island Garden have been named as formal members of the Flagship Network of the Jr. NBA. The Flagship Network is comprised of 15 best-in-class youth basketball organizations that share the Jr. NBA’s vision for how the game should be taught and played at the grassroots level, including adhering to NBA and USA Basketball Youth Basketball Guidelines, implementing coach licensing requirements, providing resources to educate coaches and parents, and a continued commitment to improving the youth basketball experience. They are now in the process of planning the implementation of the various programs that will enable them to attain these very important goals and will be attending a meeting at the NBA Headquarters in NYC in early November to begin the work of the Flagship Network.
HS Summer Report
Coaches will tell you that summer league results don't mean much and there is some truth to that. With all the conflicts kids have, the coaches rarely have their full rosters available, and they often expand and experiment with their rotations and with new plays and defenses. Even so, we have found that when a team does well in the summer and fall, they usually do well in the upcoming season as well. Fall league results are still pending and will be posted as they are finalized, but take note of these summer league results:
The Baldwin Summer League Final featured a potential preview of the Nassau County Class A Championshp Game, and it didn’t disappoint, with Elmont holding off Garden City for the title. It was their second league championship of the summer season. Victor Olawoye was MVP for the defending Class A champion Spartans, while Andrew DeSantis led a Garden City team that has everybody back and finished tied for first with Elmont in Conference A1 last season..... It’s always exciting to cover the Kennedy Park Summer League Championship Game. The crowds rival regular season games, and the competition is always first rate. This year’s final featured two of Nassau County’s top programs, and both teams boast a returning All-New York State player in Elmont’s KC Ndefo and Uniondale’s Danny Ashley. The two battled for three quarters before Ndefo sparked the Spartans to a big fourth quarter and an impressive 68-55 victory. Ashley, fresh off a 42 point performance in a semifinal win over Holy Trinity, followed a Zion Styles three pointer with a pull up jumper from the right wing to give Uniondale a quick 5-0 lead, but Victor Olawoye's shooting sparked an Elmont rally and the teams battled to a 17 all tie at the first quarter buzzer and were tied at 30 at intermission. Ndefo’s putback dunk put Elmont on top as the third quarter got underway, he followed it with a baseline drive through traffic and then Olawoye spotted up on the break and drilled a three pointer for a 4 point Spartan lead, but Uniondale’s defense tightened and Ashley stepped back and nailed a three pointer from the left foul line extended to bring the Knights back within 2. Ndefo answered with a tomahawk dunk from the lane to maintain the lead and it was 45-43 Elmont with three quarters complete. Olawoye opened the fourth quarter with a left wing three for a 5 point Spartan lead, but Ashley answered again with a three from the top. Another left wing three by Olawoye got Elmont rolling, and a putback by Ndefo and then a fast break basket by Olawoye and they had an 11 point lead as the clock approached the 4 minute mark. Uniondale's shooters suddenly went cold and they could not respond, and after a drive and dunk by Ndefo it was a 17 point game with two minutes to play and the Knights were done. Ndefo claimed MVP honors with an impressive assortment of dunks and blocked shots and Olawoye had a big game too, while Ashley and Zion Styles led the Knights.
SUMMER HOOPS FESTIVAL
One of the great events at New York’s Olympic style Empire State Games was the basketball tournament, with All-Star Teams from every region of the State facing off to see who produced the best basketball talent. When the games were unfortunately suspended for budgetary reasons, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York stepped up and lauched the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival to fill the void. A combined Nassau/Suffolk team won the first boys competition in 2011, but both Nassau and Suffolk have been sending separate teams since and neither has been able to repeat what the combined team accomplished. In this years event, Suffolk looked to be the stronger of the two teams on paper, and that proved true in pool play. The eastern Long Island squad got off to a great start with a big win over two time defending champion Rochester, with Hills East’s Julien Crittendon hitting a dramatic shot at the buzzer for the win. Nassau didn’t fare as well, dropping their opener against Hudson Valley, but the western Long Island team bounced back with a win over Southern Tier before the two Long Island squads squared off and Suffolk came out on top 88-72. At 2-0, Suffolk looked destined for the Medal Round, and they rolled over Southern Tier in their next game, but dropped their last game to Hudson Valley to fall into a 3 way tie at 3-1 and unfortunately did not advance due to point differential. Nassau fell in their last game as well, to Rochester, and finished 1-3. ROSTERS
Nets Win Opener!
Don Ryan/Dr. J Honored!
Saturday, November 4th marked the day that Pro Basketball returned to Long Island, with the NBA G League's Long Island Nets defeating the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 115-99. It was Long Island's first regular season game at the newly remodeled Nassau Coliseum, and they marked the occasion by honoring legendary coach Don Ryan - the just elected Mayor of Hempstead - and Julius Erving, the all-time great who led the original Nets team to two ABA Championships at the then brand new facility. The new incarnation of Long Island's basketball team won their historic first game going away, giving up a big third quarter lead but pulling away again in the 4th behind 11 fourth quarter points from Ohio State's Shannon Scott, 8 from Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead, and 7 from Akil Mitchell from Virginia. Whitehead finished with 26 points, Kamari Murphy from Miami with 21, and Milton Doyle from Loyola Chicago with 20. Bradley's Walter Lemon Jr, who sparked the Mad Ant comeback, finished with a game high 34 points and added 6 assists. The Nets take to the road for their next game 11/8 against's the Raptors, and are back home 11/9 at 7 pm to host Northport's Luke Petrasek and his Greensboro Swarm.
Agostino College Coach
Former Amityville HS coach Jack Agostino, who ranks 5th on Long Island's all-time list with 473 career wins and guided his Warrior teams to 4 consecutive New York State Championships, has accepted an Associate Head Coach position at North Carolina A&T, a Division 1 school in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He joins one of his former players - Head Coach Jay Joyner, and will have two former Long Island high school stars - Femi Olujobi from Brentwood and Aaren Edmead from Deer Park, on the roster.
The Nassau and Suffolk County Boy's Basketball Coaches Associations had their annual Preseason All-Star Doubleheader and the Suffolk County squads swept both games. The Seniors Game was very competitive, and a second half run sparked by Ward Melville's Alex Sobel, who finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, and East Islip's Greg Cassiano, who finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, carried the eastern Long Islanders to victory. Brendan Martin from Ward Melville added 8 points, Comsewogue's Jaeden Whitfield 7, and Nate Ormand from Pat-Med pulled down 10 rebounds and Teandre Roundtree from Bellport handed out 5 assists to contribute to the victory. Giovany Brice from Sewanhaka led Nassau with 15 points, teammate Rahim Akinwumni added 9 points and 6 rebounds, Nicholas Anthony from New Hyde Park 8 pts and 2 blocks, and Oyster Bay's Anthony Reilly finished with 7 points and 4 rebounds. In the one sided Future Stars Game, Suffolk jumped out to an early lead behind Bellport's Jarrell White and Isaiah Whitty from Longwood and never looked back. White finished with a game high 18 points, Ray Grabowski from Ward Melville added 13, Isaiah Whitty had 12 and brother Elijah Whitty 10. Corey Jones, Jr. from Calhoun led the Nassau underclassmen with 14 points, Volkan Levent from Port Washington finished with 11 and Ryan Blondo from Lynbrook had 10. 11/5
NASSAU TOP 40
There was plenty of under the radar talent at this Year's Nassau County Top 40 Doubleheader. In Game 1, It looks like Uniondale has another rising star to bolster their claim as one of the favorites heading into the 2017-18 season, with junior Justin Evelyn leading the Blue Team to victory with 17 points. Sewanhaka’s Rahim Akinwumni was right behind him with 15, Oyster Bay’s Khalil Williams added 13 and Massapequa’s Kevin Voigt had 10 points and so did Jericho’s Brandon Weiss - all in the second half. For the White team, Corey Jones Jr from Calhoun led with 11 points and another Oyster Bay product - Devon Marmorale, had 10. In Game 2, Baldwin’s Nasim Claudio-Cylin and Jacob Levy from Roslyn led a balanced attack with 13 points each for the winning Blue Team while Nick Anthony from New Hyde Park led all scorers with 14 and Jazier Whitely from Sewanhaka added 13 for White. Complete rosters can be found HERE. Players from this doubleheader will be selected to represent Nassau County in the Long Island Public School Preseason All-Star Game against an All-Star Team from Suffolk County on Nov 5th
2017 COLLEGE CHOICES
Dominick Arcodia/VS South/Mt. St. Mary
Ryan Beckles/Central Islip/Monroe CC
Anthony Blackmon/Longwood/Tompkins CC
Chris Coalmon/LuHi/Robert Morris
Boubacar Diakite/OSNA/St. John’s
Steve Doerler/Comsewogue/Clarks Summit
Andre Edwards/Deer Park/Erie CC
Gaetham Fils-Aime/Hills West/John Jay
Jon Hart/Sachem East/Suffol CC
Justin Harley/Central Islip/Graceland
Matthew Hudzik/Ward Melville/John Jay
Darien Jenkins/Deer Park/LIU Post
Kyle LaGuardia/Smithtown W/John Jay
Kyle LoCastro/SJB/New Paltz
Charles Manning/LuHi/Florida SW CC
Myles Mills/Copiague/John Jay
Lavon Montgomery/Bay Sh./Colby Sawyer
Mike Pavinelli/St. Anthony’s/Brockport
Angel Rivera/Bay Shore/LIU CW Post
Elijah Robinson/VS Central/New Rochelle
Drew Scally/Sachem North/John Jay
Tyquan Scott/Long Beach/NYIT
Gordon Shouler/Smithtowm W/Lebanon V.
Jaisym Smith/Roosevelt/Tompkins Cortland
Darien Walcott/Bay Shore/Assumption
Danny Wilson/Locust Valley/Catholic
Long Island Falls Short
Team Long Island came out flat in their NIKE/IS8 Semifinal, missing open look after open look and only the incredible play of returning First Team All-New York State guard Savion Lewis kept them in it through halftime. In the second half, the top seeded Northeast Basketball Club pulled away, ending Long Island’s memorable run in the Final Four. Despite the loss, Lewis was named the 2017 NIKE/IS8 Player Of The Year, finishing with 35 points in the semifinal and recording games of 24, 30, 26, 27, 18, and 27 points in preceding rounds against the elite level competition. He also stuffed the stat sheet with assists and steals and a surprising number of rebounds. Sophomore sensation Zed Key was named Third Team All-Tournament despite missing the semifinal with an ankle sprain, racking up big scoring and rebounding numbers in every previous game and defending his position with great skill against an imposing procession of towering big men. We have every reason to be proud of all of our kids, who once again showed that they can play with anybody and have paved the way for what will be the next Golden Age of Long Island Basketball. The Team Long Island roster can be found HERE. Long Island did get some measure of revenge when former Elmont star KC Ndefo, who was on Team Long Island’s original roster and who represented us in our historic Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic Championship last spring, helped lead his 2GZ squad to the title, scoring 16 points while putting up his usual big rebound and blocked shot numbers and securing a spot on the All-Tournament Team as well. A very special thank you to Long Island coaching legend Rich Wrase, who came out of retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers organization to lead this memorable effort and to whom we will be forever indebted. 10/21/2017
Wheelchair Charities High School
Long Island 107 Queens 60
Manhattan 95 Brooklyn 85
The Queens shooters came out red hot and the Long Island All-Star Team fell into an early hole, but quickly rallied behind the defense of Wyandanch star Kashawn Charles, who hounded ball handlers and made several steals, and Elmont star KC Endefo, who must have blocked half a dozen shots in the early going, and once they took the lead, they never looked back. It was 29-17 Long Island after one quarter and they utilized a potent balanced attack from there to overwhelm their next door rivals, going up 52-25 at intermission and cruising in the second half. Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and Uniondale's Danny Ashley did a terrific job running the point, consistently beating pressure and skillfully distributing the ball, Ndefo was at his best, blocking shots and throwing down dunks, and the rest of the impressive squad took turns knocking down jumpers, pulling down rebounds, and scoring on the break. 6 Long Islanders finished in double figures, led by Ashley with 15 points and Charles with 13, Jenkins and Amityville's Josh Serrano both had 12, Ndefo 11, and Upper Room's Lester Quinones finished with 10. The Long Island All-Stars now take on the Manhattan All-Stars in the Championship Game tonight at 7:45 pm again at Archbishop Molloy. Manhattan held off Brooklyn in their semifinal victory. 5/2/17
One of New York City's legendary basketball events, the Wheelchair All-Star Basketball Classic, begins this Wednesday, May 3rd when High School All-Star teams from Brooklyn, led by Lincoln's David Flores, Queens, led by Christ The King's Jose Alvarado, Manhattan, led by Nigel Marshall from St. Anthony's, and our own Long Island All-Stars face off at Archbishop Molloy High School. It's an important charity event that raises money to purchase wheelchairs for the disabled. An opening round doubleheader kicks off the event's 43rd year, with a 6:30 pm match-up between the defending champion Brooklyn All-Stars and Manhattan's best the first game, and in the second game at 8 pm, the host Queens All-Stars take on Long Island, with a possible match-up between two First Team All-New York State point guards in Alvarado and Long Island's Savion Lewis. THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS THURSDAY MAY 4TH AT 8 PM, and the consolation game is at 5:30 PM, with the Girls Championship Game in between at 6:45 PM. Hope you can join us for some first rate high school hoops!
The Battle Of New York
It's was the second year of a great new exposure event called The Battle Of New York, held at the College of Staten Island, and it featured All-Star Teams from all over the NYC Metro Area, including teams from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and lots of college coaches! Both of our teams played well but took some tough losses. Nassau County finished 1-2, with top performances by Victor Olawoye from Elmont, Nasim Cylin from Baldwin, Rahim Akinwumni from Sewanhaka, and Holy Trinity's Tyler Small. Suffolk was 1-2 as well, with Kelvin Addingi from Upper Room, Jalen Ryan from Longwood, and Sean Braithwaite and Tyquan Nix from Center Moriches all showing well. Suffolk took the big Nassau/Suffolk matchup, defeating their rivals 41-37. FULL ROSTERS
Auburn Stops Hofstra
It was a back and forth game throughout the first half, with Hofstra taking a 1 point lead into the locker room on the strength of an Eli Pemberton jumper, but Auburn opened the second half with a 17-0 run and the Pride never got closer than 7 after that. Pemberton had 19 points in that first half and Justin Wright-Foreman had 10, but the Tigers held the duo to 5 points combined in the second half and nobody else was able to step up. The 3-2 Pride are off until Saturday when they travel to Loudonville, NY to face 0-3 Sienna. 11/19
Clemson Pulls Away
It was a 2 point game with 3:22 to play in the first half, but the Tigers closed out the half on a run to lead by 10 at intermission. Back to back threes by Justin Wright-Foreman and Eli Pemberton made it a 6 point game early in the second half, but Clemson answered with a 9-0 run and never looked back, taking a 78-59 decision to advance to the Championship Game of the Charleston Classic. The Pride will take on another big-time program in their final game of the Classic, facing Auburn on Sunday at 7 p.m. Auburn dropped an 88-74 decision to the Temple Owls. 11/17
Hofstra led from the start in their first round game at the Charleston Classic and built a 15 point first half lead, but Dayton cut it to 6 at the half and took the lead with 2:03 remaining. The two teams struggled to find the basket down the stretch - neither with a field goal - and two Rokas Gustys free throws at the 1:40 mark proved to be the game winners. Final score, Hofstra 72, Dayton 69. Eli Pemberton had his best game of the young season, finishing with 27 points and 5 rebounds, Justin Wright-Foreman added 19 points and Gustys only 5 points total to go with 10 rebounds. Hofstra will take on Clemson in the semifinals Friday night with a 9:30 PM start time. The Tigers were 81-76 winners over Ohio U. 11/16
Hofstra Rolls Past Kennesaw
Hofstra improved to 2-0 with a convincing 75-57 win over Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Justin Wright-Foreman once again led the way with 16 points and Rokas Gustys added 14 points and 13 rebounds. STORY
Pride Takes Opener!
Justin Wright-Forman's three point play put them on top 70-68 with 3:30 to go, and then Desure Buie's 3 pointer and two free throws propelled them to a 77-74 win over Army.
Returning All-NY State
The following players were named
All-New York State last season and will be returning this season:
Savion Lewis/Hills East
Julien Crittenden/Hills East
Andrew DeSantis/Garden City
Sean Braithwaite/C. Moriches
Troy Goode/Center Moriches
Hills East's Savion Lewis was named the NIKE/IS8 Player of the year after leading his Team Long Island squad to the semifinals and averaging 26.7 ppg. Elmont's KC Ndefo was named First Team All-Tournament and Brentwood's super sophomore Zed Key picked up All-Tournament Third Team honors...... G League draft: Former St. Mary’s player Scott Machado was selected by the South Bay Lakers, and former LuHi and Hills West player Tyler Harris by the Agua Caliente Clippers..... Former Long Island Nets swingman JJ Moore had 29 points in his debut with Comunicaciones of Argentina..... Former Northport and Columbia star Luke Petrasek has been signed by the Greensboro Swarm, G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets..... LuHi's Donatas Kupsas was named to the Lithuanian National Team U19 roster and teammate Esam Mostafa to the Egyptian National Team U19 roster.....
Olujobi 37 In Win
Brentwood's Femi Olijobi scored 37 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead North Carolina A&T to a 90-82 victory over Jacksonville in OT. In NC&T's previous three games, he is averaging 27.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, leading the Aggies to a 3-1 record. 11/18
Seawolves Drop To 0-3
Road wins are always tough, but Stony Brook dropped what looked like a winnable one to 0-2 Ball State, giving up an 8 point halftime lead and falling 87-76. It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Stony Brook, with a 4 PM game Sunday at Michigan State. 11/17
LI Players Commit D1
Wyandanch's Kashawn Charles, who was Long Island's leading scorer last season and led Team Long Island to its first title ever in the 40+ year history of the Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic this past spring, has committed to play for Eastern Illinois of the D1 Ohio Valley Conference, and Brentwood's Jamel Allen, who helped lead his school to back to back Long Island Class AA Championships, has committed to play at Missouri-Kansas City of the D1 Western Athletic Conference. Thorton Scott from Holy Trinity also committed, going to William & Mary of the CAA - Hofstra's conference, and Tyrone Lyons from St. Anthony's is joining Jack Agostino, Femi Olujobi from Brentwood, and Aaron Edmead from Deer Park at North Carolina A&T in the Mideastern Athletic Conference.
ASK THE REF
by Skip Yutzler
Commonly Misunderstood Rule Situations
Luke Petrasek's Pro Debut
Northport's Luke Petrasek made his pro debut for the Greensboro Swarm - the NBA G League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets - and was in the starting line-up, but foul trouble limited him to 6 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. 11/4
St. Mary's Scott Machado, who returned from overseas to play for the NBA G League's South Bay Lakers, had 11 points and 9 assists in their opener against Northern Arizona and 20 points and 6 assists in their second game against Santa Cruz.
Tyler Harris In G League
Tyler Harris, the younger brother of the NBA's Tobias Harris, had 13 points and 4 rebounds in his first game with the Windy City Bulls.
Santa Cruz Crushes Nets
The G League Affliate of the Golden State Warriors jumped all over the Nets, building an early lead and holding it throughout. First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference player Milton Doyle continues to shine, finishing with 20 point and 3 assists, and Jeremy Senglin - the Weber State star - added 18. 11/17
Nets Dramatic Finish
The lead went back and forth the entire fourth quarter, with both teams hitting clutch shot after clutch shot, but in the final seconds Jacob Wiley, a two way player who played his college ball at Eastern Washington, drilled a three pointer with 14 seconds remaining to give Long Island a big 117-115 road win over Northern Arizona. The victory improves the Nets record to 3-2 and gets them off to a great start on their 5 game road trip. Wiley ended up with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists but it was Milton Doyle who had the big game, finishing with 34 points and D2 star Thomas Wimbush added 17. Brentwood's JJ Moore chipped in with 11 points and 2 steals. 11/16
Nets Edge Drive
Milton Doyle's left wing drive and bank shot with 19 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner in Long Island's dramatic 93-91 home win over Grand Rapids. Doyle starred at Loyola-Chicago and was First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference. Ohio State's Shannon Scott, who ranked 17th in the nation in assists per game and was Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, assisted on the play and led the Nets with 23 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Weber State's Jeremy Senglin, who averaged 21.1 ppg his senior year and was Weber State's all-time leading scorer and a First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection, added 13 points and Thomas Wimbush, who led Fairmont State to the D2 National Championship Game, had 12. 11/12
Nets Give Up Lead
It was a hard fought game all the way, with the Nets giving up a late lead on a 3 pointer by North Carolina's Marcus Page and falling at home to Greensboro 96-92. Brentwood's JJ Moore and Kamari Murphy from Lincoln HS and U. Miami led the Nets with 19 points each. FULL COVERAGE
Petrasek Home vs Nets
Former Northport and Columbia star Luke Petrasek leads his NBA D League Greensboro Swarm into the Nassau Coliseum to face Brentwood's JJ Moore and his Long Island Nets. TICKETS
Champs Rout Nets
The Nets took to the road against the defending NBA G League Champion Raptors 905 and fell 91-65. STORY
Millender 18 In Pro Debut!
Longwood's Chris Millender, who is playing pro ball in Argentina after very successful college and high school careers here on Long Island, scored 18 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in his first pro game for Petrolero Argentino!
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Olujobi NC A&Ts Go To!
After games of 34 and 20 points in his first two games - the second game against Clemson of the ACC, NC A&T Head Coach Jay Joyner is describing Brentwood's Femi Olujobi as his go to guy! STORY
Nassau Rallies For Win
Nassau Community College dug itself out of an early first half hole, closing to within 4 at the half, and then finally caught Kingsborough at the 10:36 mark of the second half on a fast break basket by Valley Stream South’s Dana King and a foul line jumper by Elmont’s Jalen Burgess. The lead was 8 after King’s right wing three pointer and a free throw by Burgess with 3:23 to play, but Kingsborough responded, drawing back within 1 on a basket from underneath with 1:03 left. Calhoun’s Patrick Gardner spun out of the low post and hit a running hook shot from the lane to bump the lead to back to 3 with 40 seconds to play, but Kingsborough scored again with 29 seconds showing and quickly fouled Nassau’s Cheyenne Nettleton. Nettleton calmly knocked down both free throws with 23 seconds on the clock and this time, the points went unanswered and King added two more from the line and Nettleton another two to secure the 85-81 victory. 11/14
Strong Return For Ginyard
Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard had to sit out last season with an injury, but he got off to a great start this season, scoring 19 points, pulling down 7 rebounds, and handing out 8 assists to lead Adelphi to a 109-82 win in their season opener against Post. STORY
Maryland Too Much
For Stony Brook
As is often the case with mid-major programs this time of year, Stony Brook stepped up to face the Maryland Terrapins at the first ever college basketball game played at the new Nassau Coliseum, and the Big Ten school rolled to a 41-23 halftime lead and cruised to a 76-61 victory over the Seawolves. Stony Brook never got closer than 12 points in the second half. Sophomore Akwasi Yeboah - a member of the America East All-Rookie Team last season - was a bright spot, finishing with 15 points on 50% shooting and adding 6 rebounds. STORY
10 Years Ago
Tobias Harris set the Half Hollow Hills School District single game scoring record with 52 points. Whose record did he break? It was Rich Wrase, who went on to coach Westhampton to a New York State Championship, Suffolk Community College to two National championships, and just retired as a scout for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. Coach Wrase returned to coaching this fall, guiding Team Long Island to the semifinals of NIKE/IS8!
Lewis To Quinnipiac
First Team All-New York State point guard Savion Lewis from Hills East has decided to attend Quinnipiac of the MAAC. At first glance, a curious choice given his strong resume, which he topped off this fall by taking NIKE/IS8 Player Of The Year honors, but if you dig a little deeper, a great one. A terrific school on a beautiful campus in nearby Connecticut, Quinnipiac doesn't come to mind when you think of basketball powerhouses, but Savion and his family recognized that's about to change and wanted to be part of it. The school has hired one of the top young assistant coaches in the country - Villanova's Baker Dunleavy - to be their new head coach, and one of his first moves was to bring in another heavyweight, former Hofstra and Fordham Head Coach Tom Pecora as his Associate Head Coach. Now they have Savion Lewis as the plum of their first recruiting class and the important building block they need to begin the process of transforming the program - a great point guard to lead the way. Congratulations to Savion, his family, and all the coaches, teammates, and friends that were there for the very well attended announcement ceremony. A great kid and a great choice! 11/20
Stony Brook Fades
The Seawolves came out of the locker room red hot, at one point hitting 6 out of 8 three pointers to build an early 8 point lead against the #2 ranked Spartans, but they had to keep it up to stay in it and they couldn’t. Michigan State rallied to take a 43-38 lead at the half and then pulled away in the second half for a 93-71 victory. The loss drops Stony Brook to 0-4, but don't be fooled, the Seawolves are anything but cupcakes. They have been very competitive, even without the services of their injured projected starting point guard - junior college transfer Jaron Cornish - and once he and the other new faces and players playing new roles start to gel, they will become a formidable foe in league play. 11/19
Nassau Four Straight
Calhoun’s Patrick Gardner converted a three point play to open the second half and give Nassau their biggest lead at 18, but as they had done repeatedly in the first half, Manhattan CC rallied, reeling off 10 straight points to get back into it, and they were back within 3 with 10:40 to play and back within 2 at the 7:05 mark. Nassau held them off, reponding with two Ty-ler Banks free throws and a three pointer by Cheyenne Nettleton, but Manhattan made another surge, getting it back within 2 with 1:46 remaining. A big three point play by Freeport’s Cameron Winston with 1:37 showing gave Nassau a little breathing room, and after two Manhattan free throws, Valley Stream South’s Dana King drilled a three pointer to make it a 6 point game, but the city kids wouldn’t back down, whittling the lead back down to 2 with 28 seconds left. They fouled quickly and put the game into Nettleton’s hands down the stretch, and he delivered, knocking down 4 straight free throws to secure the win - Nassau's fourth straight after an opening game loss. Nettleton finished with 20 points to lead Nassau, King had 17 and 4 steals, and both Gardner and Banks added 13. Elmont’s Jalen Burgess also had a good all-around game, finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. 11/18
Stony Brook By 13
After opening the season with four straight road games, Stony Brook returned to the comforts of home and posted a solid 77-64 win over Brown in their home opener. The Seawolves used a 10-0 run to break open a close game and a balanced attack to hand Brown their second loss of the season. UC Iroegbu ended up the high scorer with 13 points and he also handed out 4 assists, Brentwood’s Mike Almonacy had his best game of the young season, finishing with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Akwasi Yeboah added 13 points to lead 5 Seawolves in double figures. 11/22
OWB Takes Opener
Baruch rallied from a 10 point halftime deficit to take the lead with 3:01 remaining, but Terrin Roland responded with a big three pointer to retake it and Old Westbury held on for a 79-75 victory in their home and season opener. Roland finished with 11 points and led the team in assists with 6 while Uniondale’s Alan McDonald was the high scorer, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Yancy Ulysse from Valley Stream Central and Preston Powell from Sachem East both added 11 points, and Julieon Boney 10 point and 5 rebounds. Holy Trinity's Billy Sixsmith finished with 13 points for Baruch. 11/21
Nets Tame Bighorns
Long Island improved to 2-1 on their long road trip, rallying from an 11 point first half deficit to defeat the Reno Bighorns 108-102 and impove to 4-3 overall. Tahjere McCall, who starred at Tennessee State of the Ohio Valley Conference, had the big basket in the back and forth stretch run, scoring on a drive from the top to put Long Island up 104-102 with 27 seconds remaining and former U. Miami star Kamari Murphy iced it with two free throws. Murphy and former Weber State star Jeremy Senglin ended up as high scorers with 20 points a piece, and McCall and D2 star Thomas Wimbush both finished with 17. Looking ahead, the Nets pay a visit to the Agua Caliente Clippers on Tuesday, and then finish the road trip Saturday in Ohio against Canton. 11/19
Host Post Toasties
In an all Post family fued, sophomore Jared Rivers had a career-high 41 points and host LIU Post held on to defeat Post U. 91-88. STORY
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