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NYSPHSAA CLASS A SEMIFINAL
New York's #1 ranked Class A team, Scotia-Glenville, put on an impressive display, jumping out to big lead and never letting John Glenn back into it. The Tartans racked up an overwhelming 29 first quarter points en route to a dominant 81-50 victory. Scotia was running on all cylinders right from the start, with Alex Sausville scoring on a runner and Mike Palleschi and Joe Cremo getting out on fast break baskets. Before you knew it, it was 10-2 Scotia and Glenn called time, but the onslaught continued, with an underhand scoop shot by Scott Stopera, another runner by Sausville, a three pointer by Dom Lamorta, and a putback by Palleschi making it 20-2. To their credit, the Knights got up off the canvas, drawing back within 12 on a pull-up jumper and two free throws by KeAndre Augustine and a runner by Darryl Daniels, and Augustine hit a three at the buzzer to make it a 16 point game at the half, but the Tartans turned on the afterburners in the third quarter and led by 30 at the buzzer. Glenn never seriously challenged after that. Looking forward, this is a young John Glenn team that will contend again next year. EDITORS NOTE: Scotia went on to complete an undefeated 27-0 season and win the Federation Class A State Title . 3/15
Woodhouse Gets Release
Former Harborfields star Lucas Woodhouse, off to a terrific start in his college career, has asked for and been given his release by Longwood University. He has not decided where he will be next, but will probably have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules. Woodhouse averaged 11.5 points and 6.7 assists in his sophomore season with the D1 Lancers of the Big South Conference.
TITANS TAKE CHSAA CLASS A STATE TITLE
The Public Schools went 0-3 in their State Semifinal matchups on Friday and Saturday, but Holy Trinity came through for Long Island, pulling away for a very impressive 61-39 win over Xavier to capture the CHSAA Class A State Championship. Xavier had the early advantage, moving out to a 10-5 lead on the strength of 8 points by Ryan Kennedy, but the Titans drew even at 10 on a deep three pointer by Jack Sixsmith and a coast to coast basket by Peter Alkins. Liam Monaghan put the Knights back on top with a drive from the right wing, and Kevin Crockett’s underhand scoop shot gave them a 4 point lead, but Alkins answered with a three pointer from the right baseline that cut it to 14-13. Another Crockett drive and it was Xavier by 3 at the first quarter buzzer. James Golaszewski opened the second quarter with a three pointer from the right wing to tie it at 16, and then Mike Farella put the Titans on top with a basket and free throw, but the Knights regained the lead on Jason Pretto’s two free throws, and went up 25-23 after 4 straight free throws by Monahan. Holy Trinity responded, closing out the half with a deep three by Billy Sixsmith and two free throws by Golaszewski to take a 3 point lead into the locker room. Golaszewski added three more free throws to start the third quarter after being fouled on a three point attempt, and Jack Sixsmith went coast to coast to put the Titans up 33-25. Golaszewski continued the run with a baseline drive and reverse layup, and Alkins followed with a three point play and it was 38-25. Crockett broke the 14-0 run with a three pointer, but a steal and three point play by Farella, a basket by Bradley Eugene from underneath, and a three pointer by Farella from the right wing gave Holy Trinity a 16 point lead. It was 49-30 after Billy Sixsmith’s deep three from the right wing, and that was the score as the third quarter came to a close. Eugene opened the fourth quarter scoring with three straight baskets for a commanding 55-31 Titan lead, and although the Knights did chip a little off it, they never got closer than 17 the rest of the way. The win gives Holy Trinity its first CHSAA State Championship since 1980, and sends them off to the Federation Tournament Of Champions, where they will take on PSAL Class A Champion WHEELS. 3/15
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Class D Regional Final
SHELTER ISLAND ELIMINTATED
Shelter Island ran into perrenial Class D powerhouse Coleman Catholic in their NYSPHSAA Regional Final, falling 73-46. 3/8 STORY
LI CLASS B FINAL
It was a three point shootout between Southampton and Wheatley, with Southampton in control most of the game, but they had to hold off a late Wheatley run to win the Long Island Class B Championship 61-58. Southampton came out strong and took a quick 8-0 lead on two threes by Taylor Sanders and a basket by Isaiah Johnson, but Wheatley answered back with back-to-back threes by Kevin Martins and Joshua Hyon to cut it to 8-6. Southampton responded, ending the 1st quarter strong with another three from Taylor and two baskets from Lyle Smith to take a 19-13 lead. Wheatley’s Sam Field started off the second quarter by going 2-2 from the foul line, but Sanders answered back with his fourth three of the half to make it 22-15, and Mariners continued with their hot shooting, with two threes from Nitauke Williams and three baskets by Shaundell Fishburne. Joshuaa Hyon kept Wheatley in the game by scoring 6 of the teams 8 points, and at the end of the half Southampton led 37-26. Wheatley came out strong in the third quarter with a layup by Zach Kotin and another three from Kevin Martins, cutting the lead to 6. Both teams continued to exchange threes, but baskets by Fishburne and Isaiah Johnson kept Southampton ahead 47-36 entering the fourth quarter. It looked like Southampton was going to pull away early in the fourth, extending their lead to 54-39, but Wheatley went on a 9-0 run to draw within 6 with 3:30 left in the game. Neither team scored over the next minute and half until Sanders hit a big 3 with 1:50 to play, and Wheatley started to foul. The strategy paid off, as Southampton allowed Wheatley back in the game with 3 misses from the foul line on 1-1s. A three by Martins and a layup by Josh cut the lead to 4 with less than 30 seconds to go. Wheatley continued to foul but Southampton started to make their foul shots and took a 6 point lead, and a last second 3 by Martins wasn’t enough…Southampton came out on top winning 61-58. Taylor Sanders finished with 24 points, Shaundell Fishburne scored 16. Wheatley’s Kevin Martins had 9 threes and led all scorers with 29 points. 3/4
BY DAN SKARITKA
Suffolk County holds a separate tournament each year, apart from the class based NYSPHSAA State Playoffs, that determines one overall Suffolk County Champion, and Class AA Champion Brentwood was this season's winner, defeating Class A Champion John Glenn 75-69 in the title game. Michael Almonacy led the Indians with 19 points and 6 assists, Femi Olujobi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jamel Allen 16 points and 12 rebounds. Playoff sensation KeAndre Augustine had 22 points for Glenn, as did Jeff Park. Both teams remain alive in the State Tournament in their respective classes. 2/28
2/26 Playoff Report
THE UPSETS CONTINUE
The incredible run of upsets continued into the Class AA Semifinals, with #3 seed Uniondale defeating #2 seed Elmont 58-48 and #4 seed Farmingdale stopping #1 seed Baldwin 45-37. The underdogs have won 10 times so far in the Section 8 Class AA and A playoffs. DETAILS LATER
SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
John Glenn, playing because Class A Champion Amityville was disqualified, filled in admirably, defeating Class B Champion Southampton 61-52 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game against Class AA Champion Brentwood. 2/26
2/24 Playoff Report
HEWLETT CRUSHES FLORAL PARK
Avery Feldman had 18 first half points to lead Hewlett to a dominating 82-47 victory in a Section 8 Class A Semifinal
VSS ROCKS CAREY
Valley Stream South's Hall Elisias and Dimitri Badette dominated the paint, leading Carey to a 55-40 win in the other semifinal. DETAILS LATER
Elmont Rallies Past Chiefs
The Massapequa shooters were on target most of the game, but Elmont’s pressure defense got them back into it and the Spartans rallied for a 69-62 win in a Section 8 Class AA Quarterfinal. Massapequa had the upper hand at the start, taking a 15-8 lead as the seconds ticked down in the first quarter on a putback by Sean Nealis, but Tristan Brown kept it close with a three pointer from the top just before the buzzer. Andrew Codrington looped down the lane and scored early in the second quarter to bring Elmont within 2, and then Brown drained a three pointer from the right wing to put the Spartans into the lead, but the Chiefs responded with a run, and Alex Cosenza's back to back three pointers gave them a 28-20 advantage with 2:43 to play in the half and that was their lead at intermission. Elmont’s Kevon Chambers scored on a putback to open the second half, and then a steal and basket by Brett Walker and another three pointer by Brown made it a 1 point game still early in the third quarter. Massapequa regrouped, and a three pointer by Dylan Balducci bumped their lead to 39-33, but the Spartans closed in again on a three by Matthew Graham from the baseline, and then a fast break basket by Walker and a putback by Chambers gave Elmont a 42-41 lead with 1:45 to play in the quarter. Balducci responded with a very deep three to retake the lead, and then two free throws by Cosenza made it 46-42 Massapequa, but two free throws by Chiazam Nwankwo and a three pointer by Keith Tompkins gave Elmont a 47-46 lead at the third quarter buzzer. Balducci’s baseline jumper made it 48-47 Chiefs as the fourth quarter got underway, but Tompkins answered with his own baseline drive, and two free throws by Nwankwo put the Spartans up 51-48 with 6:38 to play. A Tompkins three pointer from the right wing and a fast break basket by Graham made it a 6 point game at the 6 minute mark, and a three point play by Nwankwo on a nice twisting drive made it 63-56 with 3:08 remaining. Elmont extended their lead to 68-58 on two technical free throws by Nwankwo and a steal and fastbreak by Walker with 1:32 remaining, but Cosenza looped one in from the lane and Dylan Nealis scored on a fast break to keep the Massapequa alive and cut the deficit to 7 with 1:06 left. The Spartans turned over the ball on the next possession, giving the Chiefs another opportunity to cut the lead, but they could not sustain the momentum, and did not score again down the stretch. 2/19
SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class C Champion Stony Brook 71 CLASS D Champion Shelter Island 47
Every year, in this unique and separate event, Suffolk County crowns an overall County Champion from all of their individual Class Champions. The Class Champions still move on in the State Tournament, taking on Nassau’s champions next to determine our Long Island Champions and then continuing their march towards Glens Falls.
2/18 Playoff Report
FLORAL PARK UPSETS SOUTH SIDE
Whenever Floral Park has beaten South Side in recent years, there is a good chance someone named Butler had something to do with it. Jordan Butler, the youngest of Floral Park’s famed Butler brothers, had a game high 24 points, and Kevin Cluess added 22 points to propel the Knights to a convincing 74-62 upset over #2 seed South Side in the Section 8 Class A playoffs. They will now face Hewlett, another upset winner, in the semifinals at 5pm this Monday at SUNY Old Westbury. FULL STORY
HEWLETT UPSETS WEST HEMPSTEAD
The seedings say this was an upset, but we had it as more of a 4-5 game, and that’s the way it played out, with Hewlett coming from behind to edge West Hempstead 71-69. Trailing 52-46 after three quarters, Avery Feldman and Messiah Ajayi-Clark led a fourth quarter charge for the Bulldogs. They will now play Floral Park on Monday 5pm at SUNY Old Westbury.
VSS ROLLS PAST SEAFORD
Valley Stream South was the only favorite to prevail in the Class A Quarterfinals, rolling over Seaford 70-50. Super Sophomore Dana King led the way with 20 points and 7 assists, Hall Elisias had 16 points, and Dimitri Badette 14 points and 18 rebounds for South. They take on Carey, who upset #1 seed Lawrence, at 7pm on Monday at SUNY Old Westbury.
2/14 Playoff Report
MASSAPEQUA NIPS PORT WASH
Griffin Sullivan hit the game winner in hard fought 57-54 first round Class AA playoff win for Massapequa over Port Washington. They will take on Elmont Wednesday 1pm at Elmont
CALHOUN POUNDS VSC
Calhoun used a balanced attack and stingy defense to defeat Valley Stream Central 59-37 in a Class AA First Round game. Eric Ohlendorf and Kyle McGinley led the Colts with 15 points each. They now take on Farmingdale 5pm Wednesday at Farmingdale.....
GNS PULLS AWAY FROM E. MEADOW
Great Neck South pulled away in the second half for a 72-49 win over East Meadow. Ben Lee led the way with 25 points and Gil Weiss had 19. GNS will travel to Uniondale for a 1pm game Wednesday...
FREEPORT STOPS LONG BEACH
Freeport held off a late rally from Long Beach for a 57-52 win. The Red Devils featured a balanced attack led by Te'Kory Smith with 15 points and Nino Rodriguez with 14. Next up Baldwin, 7pm Wednesday at Baldwin.
2/12 Playoff Report
CLASS D CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP
Greenport and Shelter Island advanced to the Section 11 Class D Championship Game. The Porters held off Bridgehampton 55-52 behind Gavin Dibble's 21 points and 11 assists, while Selter Island rallied past Smithtown Christian 53-48 led by Riley Willumsen's 11 fourth quarter points. Smithtown Christian's Caelan McCabe scored his 1000th career point in the loss
KINGS PARK CATCHES CONNETQUOT
Kings Park's Jonathan Li scored 8 points in the final 1:30 to rally the Kingsmen to a 60-58 win over Connetquot in a Class AA outbracket game. They will face #1 seed Brentwood on Friday at 6pm in Brentwood
WESTHAMPTON ELIMINATES BBP
Westhampton picked up their first playoff win in 14 years, defeating Bayport BP 59-52 in a Class A first round game. Mike Frangeskos led the way with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Devonte Dixon added 18 points and 9 rebounds. They face #1 seed Amityville next Tuesday at 4pm in Amityville
SMITHTOWN EAST DEFEATS ESM
Patrick Riccio had 9 fourth quarter points to lead Smithtown East to a 49-43 win over Eastport-South Manor in a Class AA Outbracket game. They will take on second seeded Deer Park Friday at 5pm in Deer Park
HARBORFIELDS BIG SECOND HALF
East Hampton led at the half, but Harborfield exploded for 51 second half points for an 82-61 victory in a Class A first round game. Chris McCullough had 20 points in the second half and finished with 10 assists. They will play the winer of John Glenn and Sayville next Tuesday 6pm at Harborfields.
LuHi Rocks New Rochelle
LuHi prevented an Upstate sweep at the Upstate/Downstate Challenge, rolling over New Rochelle 69-44. Elijah Bailey came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points, Devonte Green had 14 points and 5 steals, Robyn Missa 10 points and 10 rebounds., and Chris Atkinson 5 points and 7 assists. LuHi has a big week coming up, going to New Jersey twice to face St. Anthony’s and the Patrick School, and then possibly ending the week with a rescheduled matchup against Cardinal Hayes. 2/8
Bachman Wins 400th
Jericho head coach Wally Bachman earned his 400th career victory in Jericho's last game of the season, a 57-48 win over Wantagh. He is only the 10th boys basketball coach in Long Island history to win 400 or more games!
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1 LuHi (21-5)
2 Holy Trinity (24-7)
3 Brentwood (22-3)
4 Deer Park (18-4)
5 Farmingdale (17-4)
6 St. Mary's (15-9)
7 Uniondale (16-4)
8 Hills East (19-2)
9 Amityville (17-3)
10 Kellenberg (17-7)
11 Baldwin (15-4)
12 Elmont (14-4)
13 SJB (10-15)
14 St. Anthony's (14-10)
15 John Glenn (18-7)
16 Valley Str. So. (18-4)
OSNA PREP CHAMPS
Our Savior New American won the
USA National Prep Basketball Championships for the second year in a row with a 75-66 victory over Word of God Christian Academey of North Carolina. 3/8
3/7 Playoff Report
NYSPHSAA REGIONAL FINALS
Southampton had 15 first half turnovers and never got back into it, falling to Woodlands 73-47 in their Class B Regional Final. STORY
FRIENDS ADVANCES TO FINAL FOUR
Friends Academy rolled over Haldane 71-49 to advance to the New York State Class C Final Four! STORY
Shelter Island Advances
Shelter Island rolled to an impressive 63-35 win over Clark Academy in their Class D Regional Semifinal.
NYSPHSAA CLASS C SEMIFINAL
The Quakers ran into a hot shooter, Middle Early College High School's Kevin Briggs, who knocked down 13 free throws and finished with 31 points to lead the Kats to a 72-66 victory in their Class C State Semifinal. Both teams started slowly, but Friends Academy took a 9-4 lead on a steal and fastbreak basket by Jack Forlines and a fall away jumper by Tyrone Perkins. Joseph Staton got Middle Early untracked, knocking down a three pointer from the left wing, and Briggs tied it with a runner from the baseline. Staton knocked down another three to make it 12-9 Kats with 1:45 left in the opening quarter and it was 14-11 at the first quarter buzzer. Jon Nierenberg opened the second quarter with a short jumper from just outside the lane to bring Friends within 1, and after a fast break basket by Briggs, Forlines tied it with a three pointer from the right wing. It was 21-20 Friends after a three pointer by Perkins with 1:03 to play in the half, but a putback and then a runner by Brian Brown put Middle College up 24-21 at halftime. Nierenberg’s three pointer from behind the right elbow tied it at 24 as the third quarter got underway, but the Kats responded with a run, and a three point play by Briggs and a coast to coast basket by Brown gave them a 31-24 lead. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, and as time wound down, Forlines converted a running hook shot into a three point play to cut it to 44-39 before Briggs nailed a three at the buzzer to make it an 8 point game. Briggs opened the final quarter with a three from the left wing and Staton added another from the right wing to make it 53-39 Kats, but the Quakers kept within striking distance on a turnaround jumper and a fast break basket by Nierenberg, and then his three pointer from the deep left wing at the 4:21 mark cut it to 56-47. A baseline drive by Briggs bumped the lead back to double digits with 3:40 to go, but a putback by Cyrus Holder and a three from the top by Forlines and the deficit was 6 with 2:28 remaining. Briggs answered with another big basket, going right down the heart of the defense to score and draw a foul. His free throw made it 64-56 with 2:04 to play, and then he stole the ball and drew another foul, knocking down two more from the stripe for a 66-56 lead that put Friends on the ropes. Nierenberg went coast to coast to keep hopes alive, cutting the deficit to 8 with 1:43 showing, but Briggs answered with two free throws, he answered a basket by Holder with two more, and knocked down two more down the stretch and the Quakers ran out of time. 3/14
LI Class AA Final
BRENTWOOD PULLS AWAY FROM FARMINGDALE
In an exciting game filled with acrobatic dunks and drives, Brentwood pulled away for a resounding 61-41 win, capturing the Long Island Class AA Title and a spot in the NYSPHSAA Final Four. Jamel Allen, who dominated the highlight reel, got Brentwood off to a good start, spinning out of the low post to score the game’s first basket, but Ron Winkler, the Farmingdale big man that has been very impressive in the playoffs, answered with a three point play. Allen struck again, draining a hook shot, and that was the beginning of a 15-2 Brentwood run that saw Femi Olujobi follow him with a putback, Mike Almonacy add a runner, and Allen back to back dunks. The run continued with a three point play by Vincent Smythe and a beautiful drive by Almonacy, and it was 17-5 Brentwood with just over three minutes to play in the opening quarter. Farmingdale was not about to be blown out of the gym, however, cutting it to 17-11 at the buzzer on 6 straight points by Curtis Jenkins. The teams traded baskets and free throws for most of the second quarter, but the Dalers started to whittle away at the lead at the 2:39 mark, when Daniel McKeon’s three pointer from the baseline cut it to 23-18, but it was an 8 point game at the half on a drive by Brentwood's Ali Mableton. The back and forth duel continued well into the third quarter, but as the clock dipped under the one minute mark, Jenkins reeled off back to back baskets to make it a 3 point game. Mableton beat the buzzer again, scoring on a reverse layup to make it 39-34 Brentwood with three quarters complete. Olujobi knocked down two technical free throws, bumping the Brentwood lead to 8 early in the fourth quarter, but Jack Burke nailed a three pointer from behind the left elbow to keep the Dalers within striking distance. Allen responded with a basket from underneath with 4:33 remaining, and then he went coast to coast and Mableton followed him with another fast break basket to make it 49-38 Brentwood with 3:48 to play. Jenkins answered with a drive that cut the deficit to 9, but Marcus Hall’s fast break basket and two free throws by Almonacy and Farmingdale was in trouble with 1:43 showing on the game clock. Back to back fast break baskets by Mableton and Almonacy followed and Farmingdale was done, trailing 60-41 with less than a minute to play. Brentwood will now face Green Tech from Section 2 in Glens Falls, with the winner advancing to the NYSPHSAA State Championship Game on 3/16. 3/8
NYSPHSAA REGIONAL FINALS
Southampton had 15 first half turnovers and never got back into it, falling to Woodlands 73-47 in their Class B Regional Final STORY
FRIENDS ADVANCES TO FINAL FOUR
Friends Academy rolled over Haldane 71-49 to advance to the New York State Class C Final Four! STORY 3/7
CHSAA State Semifinal
HOLY TRINITY ADVANCES TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
A young team, Upstate Champion Bishop Nichols was on a Cinderella run, upsetting the #1 and #2 seeds in their region, and they had a distinct height advantage, but Holy Trinity overcame both obstacles to earn a hard fought 66-55 win in their CHSAA Class A State Semifinal. Brandon Thomson had a great game, going 7 for 9 from behind the three point arc, finishing with a game high 25 points. The two teams met back in December, with the Titans winning handily on their home court, and they struck first, going up 5-0 on Thompson’s first three pointer and a coast to coast basket by Peter Alkins, but this was not the same team they beat 86-56. Thomas Nuttle got the Vikings on the board with a three pointer from the left baseline, and after a short baseline jumper by Mike Farella made it 10-6 Titans, Nichols took the lead with three straight baskets by junior forward Cameron Lewis, who was using his size advantage to aggressively attack the basket. It was 16-12 Nichols after Christopher Miner knocked down two free throws, but James Golaszewski made it a one point game with a three pointer from the left wing, and Thomson put Trinity up by 2 with a three from the right wing with 50 seconds to play in the opening quarter. Nuttle countered with a three from the right baseline, and Lewis drained a halfcourt shot to give the Vikings a 22-18 lead at the first quarter buzzer. Bradley Eugene opened the second quarter scoring with a putback for the Titans, and then the teams traded baskets to the 3:09 mark, when he rebounded and scored to tie the game at 26. Nichols regained the lead on a putback by Lewis, and Miner added a free throw, but a fast break basket by Jack Sixsmith and a putback by Eugene gave Holy Trinity a 32-31 lead at intermission. Miner scored off an inbound play to make it 33-32 Nichols as the third quarter got underway, but Thomson struck again, knocking down another three, this time from behind the left elbow, and his fast break basket off a turnover made it 37-33 Titans. The Vikings went back inside, with Miner powering up from underneath to bring his team back within 2, but a runner by Alkins and Golaszewski’s putback at the 4:15 mark gave Holy Trinity an 8 point lead and Nichols called time. Lewis narrowed the gap to 6, converting a three point play with the clock showing 1:08 to play in the quarter, but a pull up jumper by Alkins and a soaring alley oop basket by Thomson made it 49-39 Titans. Miner closed out the quarter with two free throw to bring the Vikings within 8. Nuttle drilled a three pointer to open the fourth quarter scoring, and his putback narrowed the Holy Trinity lead to 49-46. After a Titan free throw, Lewis drained two from the charity stripe to make it a 2 point game, but Thomson answered with a three from the left wing and Farella beat two defenders and scored for a 55-48 lead with just under 4 minutes remaining. Lewis tried to get his team back into it, circling around the defense and scoring from the baseline, but Thomson continued to find the range, hitting another three from the top to make it 58-50 with 2:58 showing. A three pointer by Alkins from the baseline made it 61-51 at the 1:18 mark, and after a basket by Lewis made it 62-55 with 41 seconds left, Thomson fittingly iced it with two free throws. The Titans will now play New York City Champion Xavier at 3:45 PM on Saturday at Fordham University for the CHSAA Class A State Championship. 3/8
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3/2 Playoff Report
St. MARY'S OVER SJB 64-62 IN OT
After sending the game into overtime with a three pointer at the buzzer, Edwin Pizzaro came through again for SJB, hitting two free throws with 14 seconds left to tie it at 64, but Patrick Jackson drove to the basket and looped in the game winner at the buzzer to send St. Mary's on to the NSCHSAA Championhip game. DETAILS LATER
HOLY TRINITY DEFEATS KELLENBERG
The Titans came from behind with a big fourth quarter to beat Kellenberg 48-41 and advance to the final. Peter Alkins let the way with 17 points.
3/1 Playoff Report
CLASS AA FINAL
Every basket was a big one in the Section 8 Class AA Championship Game, but Farmingdale was in control most of the way and held off a late Uniondale charge for a 38-35 victory. DETAILS LATER
CLASS A FINAL
It looked like Hewlett was picking up where they left off in the semifinals, building a quick first quarter lead, but it was tied at 42 after three quarters, and Valley Stream South pulled away in the fourth quarter for their first Section 8 Class A Championship. MORE LATER
2/28 Playoff Report
SJB ELIMINATES ST. ANTHONY'S
It would have been a close game if the Friars had hit their free throws, but they went 3 for 18 from the line over the last three quarters of the game and St. John The Baptist took advantage, pulling away for a convincing 66-52 road win. MORE LATER
HOLY TRINITY BOUNCES CHAMINADE
The Titans snapped out of their late season funk, rocking Chaminade 84-66 in a NSCHSAA Quarterfinal game behind 24 points and 12 rebounds by Jimmy Golaszewski and 19 points by Mike Farella. Ranked #3 on Long Island and looking to lock up the NSCHSSA regular season title, Holy Trinty lost their last two regular season games, including a bad 69-45 loss to the Flyers in the finale.
2/25 Playoff Report
BRENTWOOD TAKES AA TITLE
It was the hard fought final eveyone expected, filled with great performances, and Femi Olujobi was the difference, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Brentwood to a 68-59 win over Deer Park. FULL RECAP LATER
A 3rd quarter rally put St. Dominic on top, but Chaminade pulled away in the 4th for a 55-44 victory . Tom O'Connell led the way with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
2/21 Playoff Report
WHEATLEY CLAIMS CLASS B TITLE
Wheatly had lost both regular season game to the Mules, but took the lead for good on a Josh Hyon three pointer late in the second quarter, and then pulled away from Malverne in the second half for a convincing 69-51 victory, their second straight Section 8 Class B title. Hyon finished with a game high 23 points and did a masterfull job at the point, and Kevin Martins and Andrew Tripi combined for 15 points in the decisive third quarter. They will now face Southampton, upset winner over defending champion Bablyon, in the Class B final at 7:30pm on March 5th at Farmingdale St. FULL STORY
DEER PARK DOWNS HILLS EAST
Hills East led the Section 11 Class A Semifinal by 3 with three quarters in the books, but Deer Park rallied for a 63-56 win to advance to the Championship Game against #2 Brentwood. MORE LATER
BRENTWOOD ELIMINATES TIGERS
No more upsets for the defending champion Northport Tigers, who fell to top seeded and #2 ranked Brentwood 76-61. STORY
Carey Upsets Lawrence
For the third year in a row, Lawrence was one of the top seeds in Class A, and for the third year in a row, they were upset in an early round. This year, they came roaring from behind to send the game into overtime, but an underrated Carey team regrouped and came from in behind in OT for a 64-63 victory. Carey came ready to play right from the start and moved out to an 18-12 lead on a baseline jumper by Kieran Murchie. Hamed Shamseldin responded, scoring from underneath off a turnover, but Adrian Denner knocked down a three from behind the right elbow to make it 21-14 Seahawks with 4:50 to play in the half. Shamseldin was determined to keep it close, stealing the ball and scoring, and after Denner knocked down another three, this time from behind the left elbow, he answered again with a three from the right wing to make it a 5 point game with 3:22 left. Adrian Daniel’s jumper from just outside the right elbow brought the Golden Tornadoes within 3, but Denner continued to score at will, converting a three point play. Daniel answered this time, knocking down a left wing three, but Carey finished off the half with a free throw and then a jumper by Dylan DeMeo at the buzzer and led 31-24 heading into the locker room. Denner opened the second half scoring with a pump-fake, drive and pull-up jumper to make it 33-24 Carey, and Tommy Gallant’s jumper from the lane gave the Seahawks an 11 point lead, but three out of four free throws by Jymeek Jenkins and a fast break basket by Marcus St. Furcy cut it to 35-29 at the 4:17 mark of the quarter. Daniel’s putback and Shamseldin’s three pointer brought the Tornadoes within 1 with 2:43 to play in the 3rd quarter, but Carey closed out the quarter on a run, with a three point play by Mike Catanese and fast break baskets by by Denner and Anthony Millan giving them a 44-36 lead with three quarters complete. Gallant opened the fourth quarter with a reverse layup to give the Seahawks a 10 point lead, but Sam Robinson responded with a drive, Daniel hit a runner off an inbound play, Shamseldin drove baseline and scored, and Robinson went coast to coast to bring Lawrence within 2 with 5:13 to play. Shamseldin tied it at 46 with 2 free throws at the 4:28 mark, but Murchie broke the run with a fast break basket. DeMeo’s five straight free throws and a fast break basket by Denner made it 55-48 Seahawks with 2:20 left, but a free throw by Jenkins and a putback by Shamseldin and it was a 4 point game 1:43 to play. Daniel went coast to coast to cut it to 56-54 with 38 seconds on the game clock, and Jenkins did the same and it was all tied up with 21 seconds left, but the Seahawks could not get on the board in the final seconds and the game went into overtime. Lawrence took the lead in OT on a fast break basket by Jenkins, but a tip-in by Gallant and a baseline runner by DeMeo put Carey on top 60-58 with 1:20 left in OT. Lawrence took the lead on a pull-up jumper and free throw by Daniel with 13 seconds left, but DeMeo drew a foul with 8 seconds to play, knocking down both shots to put Carey on top 64-63. Lawrence did get off a shot in the final seconds, but the potential game winner was off target. 2/18
2/15 Playoff Report
SEAFORD UPSETS WESTBURY
Seaford defeated # 5 seed Westbury 69-62 in a Class A first round game. Keith McHugh's red hot three point shooting gave the Vikings a first half lead, and a balanced attack held off the Green Dragons the rest of the way. Seaford will now visit Valley Stream South at 1pm on Tuesday
CAREY ROCKS ROOSEVELT
It looked like a good matchup on paper, but Carey rolled over Roosevelt 50-34. Carey took an early lead, held off a third quarter Roosevelt rally, and pulled away in the fourth. Dylan DeMeo led the way with 18 points and 6 assists and Adrian Denner finished with 9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Carey will now take on top seed Lawrence Tuesday 6:30pm at Lawrence.
2/12 Playoff Report
NORTH SHORE ROLLS OVER LV
Adam Bell had 9 points in a 23-8 third quarter to help spark North Shore to a 60-49 win over Locust Valley in their Class A outbracket game. North Shore will now take on #2 seed South Side Thursday, 6pm at South Side
CALHOUN READY FOR PLAYOFFS
Calhoun hammered Herricks 83-48 in their Class AA outbracket game, with Kyle McGinley leading the way with 30 points. The two teams played a 2 point game back on January 24th - won by Herricks! Calhoun will now take on Valley Stream Central Friday 6:30pm at Valley Stream
ROSLYN COMES FROM BEHIND
Roslyn rallied from a 12 point halftime deficit to defeat Cold Spring Harbor 72-61 in their Class A outbracket game. Noah Nardone had 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists for Roslyn, and Sam Gubernikoff added 21 points, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Roslyn will face top seed Lawrence Thrusday 6pm at Lawrence.
LuHi Falls to St. A NJ
The Crusaders led at the half, and it was tied after three quarters, but host St. Anthony's of Jersey City, New Jersey's 6th ranked team, came from behind for a 50-46 win over LuHi.
They might very well have something to say this year, but make sure you watch out for Copiague next year! The junior dominated Eagles defeated a good Commack team, leading the Cougars wire to wire for an 80-62 Class AA first round playoff victory. Andre Morgan got Copiague going on their first possession, scoring off a nice low post move, and Kevin Roberts followed him with a three pointer from the top to give the Eagles a quick 5-0 lead. A runner by Prince Charles-Hickson made it 9-2 Copiague, and back to back baskets by Quandell Butler, the second a three point play, gave them an 18-6 lead with 2:30 to play in the first quarter. A baseline three pointer by Roberts made it 23-8, and Hickson’s right wing jumper put Copiague up by 17 with one quarter complete. Brandon Kenney’s three pointer from behind the right elbow cut it to 25-11 as the second quarter got underway, but it was back and forth to the 4:02 mark, when Brian Lewis scored back to back to cut the margin to 13. Hickson answered with a fast break basket, Joe Branch followed him with a three pointer from the left wing, and then Branch nailed another three from behind the right elbow to give the Eagles a 40-21 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the half. Just before the buzzer, Ryan Steffens broke the run with a three point play to make it a 16 point game at the break. Lewis curled to the basket and scored for Commack as the second half got underway, but Morgan answered with a runner to make it 42-26 Copiague. Lewis seemed determined to get a rally going, attacking again and drawing a foul, this time going 1 for 2 from the line, and then Cougar pressure led to back to back baskets by Kenney off turnovers and it was an 11 point game still early in the quarter. Morgan retook the momentum with a fast break dunk, and then Butler’s foul line jumper, a three point play by Hickson, and two Butler free throws put Copiague on top 51-31. It was 57-36 Eagles after Roberts scored from underneath on a nice basket cut with 2:12 remaining in the quarter, but three straight baskets by Matthew Glubiak, the third a three pointer, gave Commack hope with 40 seconds left. Butler answered, draining a three from the left wing and the Copiague lead was back to 17, but Glubiak quickly responded, scoring and converting a three point play to make it a 14 point game with three quarters in the books. A left elbow jumper by Lewis cut it to 60-48 as the fourth quarter got underway, but a running hook shot and a baseline drive and reverse layup by Hickson gave Copiague a 16 point lead with 6:46 to play. Billy Holscher’s drive and Glubiak’s fast break basket cut to 66-55 with 4:18 remaining, but Branch rattled in a three pointer from the right wing to put Copiague up 14 with less than 4 minutes left. Glubiak kept the Cougars alive with a 3 from the top at the 3:33 mark, and then his fast break basket off a turnover cut it to 69-60 with 3:18 showing. Another Copiague turnover gave Commack the ball back, but they could not convert, and Hickson scored a big basket, weaving his way through the defense to put the Eagles up by 11 with 2:52 to play. He missed a chance at a three point play, but Copiague rebounded the miss and Morgan was fouled on a putback attempt. He made both free throws to give the Eagles a 73-60 lead with 2:32 remaining, and Commack never seriously challenged after that. 2/14
LI CLASS C FINAL
Two very good teams faced off for the Long Island Class C Championship and a spot in the NYSPHSAA Regional Final, and Section 8 Champion Friends Academy built a surprising 20 point lead, but they had to hold off Section 11 Champ Stony Brook to earn a 55-48 victory. It was Stony Brook that took the early lead, going up 9-4 on a basket by Andrew Daniel, two by Brandon Odom, and a three pointer by Asaish Wilson, but Cyrus Holder countered with a three from the left wing, and a tip-in by Tyrone Perkins and drive by Tyler Sehring from the top tied it at 11 with 1:32 to play in the first period. Odom responded with a deep three from right wing to give the Bears a 14-11 lead, and that was the score at the first quarter buzzer. Daniel’s putback made it 16-11 Stony Brook as the second quarter got underway, but a short jumper from inside the foul line by Perkins and a three pointer by Patrick Moodhe from the baseline tied it at 16 with 5:40 to play in the half. Stony Brook big man Daniel, a tough matchup for Friends, scored once again on an inbound play, but Holder’s three pointer put Friends back on top, and then two free throws and another three by Holder gave the Quakers a 24-19 with 2:58 remaining in the half. A short baseline jumper by Perkins extended the lead to 7, and a putback by Holder at the buzzer made it 30-22 Friends at the break. Jack Forlines opened the third quarter with a three pointer and a baseline drive to extend the Friends lead to 13, and then a baseline drive and reverse layup by Perkins at the 5:20 mark of the quarter put the Quakers up 39-22. Holder kept it going, converting a three point play for a 20 point lead, but Chase Audige stopped the run with a jumper from just outside the left elbow, and Daniel rebounded and scored to cut it to 43-26. A free throw by Michael Dingammadji made it 43-27 at the third quarter buzzer. Daniel opened the fourth quarter with two free throws, his running hook shot cut it to 43-31, and then Dingammadji brought the Bears within 9 with a putback at the 6:29 mark. It was 45-38 after a fast break basket by Audige, and Odom’s three pointer from the top made it a 6 point game with 4:20 remaining, but Odom fouled out seconds later, removing a big weapon from the Bears arsenal. Daniel was unfazed, scoring on a jump hook from the lane to narrow the gap to 47-43, but Holder made two clutch free throws shooting 1 and 1 for a 6 point Friends lead, and Stony Brook squandered three trips to the line, going 3 for 6 to trail 49-46 with 1:31 left to play. A touchdown pass over the defense to Holder made it a 5 point game with 1:20 remaining, but Daniel would not relent, scoring from underneath to bring Stony Brook back within 3 with 1:11 showing. The Bears had a chance to draw within 1 or tie it with a three pointer, but could not convert and then struggled to commit a foul. They sent Holder to the line with 18 seconds on the game clock, and he nailed both free throws to give the Quakers a commanding 5 point lead. Stony Brook then turned the ball over as the clock ticked down and Friends advanced to the Regional Final, where they will play Section X Champion Haldane for a chance to play in the NYSPHSAA Class C Final Four in Glens Falls. 3/4
Amityville has been disqualified for using an inelligible 8th grader in their playoff game against John Glenn. The violation was reported by Glenn, and even though the player played for only seconds, the New York State rule is clear cut and calls for disqualification. Tuesday's county playoff game againt Southampton has been postponed, and Glenn will now replace Amityville in the rescheduled game to be played Wednesday at 5pm at Ward Melville and also in the Long Island Class A Championship game. 2/25
LuHi Avenges Loss
Albany Academy upset Long Island Lutheran earlier this season, but the Crusaders convincingly defeated the Cadets in the rematch, taking a 79-59 decision to capture the First Annual LuHi Winter Invitational. Tournament MVP Devonte Green finished with 19 points, 5 assists, and 6 steals and Elijah Bailey added 14 points. 2/22
Hills East Catches CI
The two teams split during the regular season, both winning on the road, but host Hills East won the rubber match, rallying from a 31-19 first half deficit to tie it on a Mathew Boyd pull-up jumper at the buzzer, and then the Thunderbirds pulled away for a 60-52 overtime victory in their Section 11 Class AA Quarterfinal. Brandon Hodge opened up the game with a three pointer from the wing and a quick transition layup by David McKenzie gave C.I. an early 5-0 lead. An impressive drive through 3 defenders by Hodge extended the CI lead 12-6, and the Musketeers led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets until the 4 min mark of the 2nd quarter, when C.I. went on a impressive run, with Devon Solomon hitting two free throws, Hodge getting two quick transition layups, and then an offensive rebound and putback by Malcolm Pridgeon put the Musketeers up 29-18. After a Hills East timeout, C.I. continued to attack with a jumper by Hodge giving them a 31-18 lead, but a Hills East free throw cut it to 31-19 at the half. (Hodge had 13 points and Pridgeon 6 for CI at the half and Jordan McRae led Hills East with 8 ). The third quarter was hard fought by both teams defensively. Hills East opened the quarter with back-to-back baskets by Mike Simon and Justin Fackler, cutting the lead to 8, but David McKenzie’s aggressive layup made it 33-23. Both teams continued to battle, but the C.I. lead was never in question. With 45 seconds left, a Pridgeon put back dunk was called off due to basket interference, but Hills East was not able to capitalize, missing a three point shot at the buzzer. The Musketeers entered the 4th quarter with a comfortable 39-28 lead, but Mike Simon opened the quarter with a three pointer to cut the margin to 8, and after two free throws by Pridgeon, McRae hit a 3 in the corner to make it a 7 point game. Simon ‘s steal and layup and then his layup off another turnover cut it to 41-38 , but C.I. stopped the bleeding with a McKenzie layup and a Hodge free throw for a 6 point lead. At the 1 minute mark, a Hills East steal led to a Justin Flacker layup, and then an offensive foul gave the Thunderbirds the ball with 35 seconds left. Simon brought the ball up and pulled up for a deep three pointer - so deep the defense wasn't even guarding him - that cut the lead to 1 with 27 seconds left. A Hills East foul sent Hodge to the line with 21 seconds to play, but he missed the front end of a 1 and 1. The T-Birds had the chance to take the lead but were called for a travel, giving C.I. the ball up by 1 with 8.6 seconds remaining. Another Hills East foul sent Devon Solomon to the line , and he went 1 for 2 to make it 47- 45 C.I. Boyd had a good look at a 3 for the win with 6.1 seconds to go, but instead decided to attack the lane and pull up for a mid range jumper that went in at the buzzer and sent the game into overtime. Simon started off OT with another deep three to give Hills East its first lead of the game, and a foul on an offensive rebound by Boyd sent him to the line and he went 2 for 2 to put the Thunderbirds up 52-47. CI answered with a three pointer by Solomon to cut it to 52-50, but that’s as close as they would get. The Musketeers could not convert as the clock ticked down and started to foul, and Boyd was perfect, going 6 for 6 down the stretch to ice it. Boyd contributed 10 assist, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, McRae contributed 14 rebounds and 6 blocks, and Hodge led CI with 16 points, Pridgeon had 12, and McKenzie and Solomon 9 points each. 2/18 - BY DAN SKARITKA
NYS FEDERATION TOC
LUHI GIVES UP LEAD TO CTK
After establishing themselves as the dominant Class A team in New York State in recent years, Long Island Lutheran moved up to Class AA, and remarkably has played for the Federation Class AA State Title in each of their first two years as a Class AA team. Unfortunately, they ran into CHSAA Champion Christ The King both times in the State Championship Game and picked up two very tough losses, falling by 6 this year in another memorable game. It was particularly agonizing this time because the Crusaders got off to such a good start. Semifinal star Marvin Prochet got the Crusaders going with a basket from underneath, and it was 8-2 LuHi after a three pointer and then 3 free throws by Devonte Green. Prochet’s 2 free throws gave Lutheran an 8 point lead as the seconds ticked down in the quarter, and it was 12-4 LuHi at the buzzer. CTK pulled within 4 early in the second quarter on a turnaround jumper by Travis Atson and 2 free throws by Long Islander Andre Walker, but LuHi answered with a 10-1 run, two of the baskets on nice drives by Chris Atkinson, and they topped it off with back to back pull-up jumpers by Green and Atkinson to take a 24-11 lead. The Royals closed the gap as halftime approached, mostly from the foul line, and it was an 8 point game at intermission. Atson opened the second half with a basket that cut the lead to 34-29, but the teams traded baskets down to the three minute mark of the third quarter, when back to back threes by Walker brought CTK within 3. The Crusaders answered with a drive by Robyn Missa and a fall away jumper by Atkinson, but in a pivotal sequence, Prochet, who was in foul trouble much of the day, was called for his 4th foul and then drew a technical foul call and was done for the day with a quarter still to play. You could feel the momentum swing to the Royals as a basket by Paige and a three by Walker tied it in the final seconds of the quarter, but Chris Burkley came to the rescue with a three pointer just before the buzzer to put LuHi up by 3 with three quarters in the books. The Crusaders had chances to build their advantage as the fourth quarter got underway, but went 1 for 4 from the foul line to go up by 4. CTK took advantage, with another three by Walker and two free throws by Paige giving them their first lead of the game, and then two Alkins free throws made it 53-50 Royals with 2:19 to play. Adonis Delarosa rebounded and dunked to put CTK up 55-50 with 1:57 left, but LuHi had opportunities to slash the lead from the free throw line. Instead, they went 2 for 4 and trailed 55-52. Still, it was a one possession game with 21.8 seconds to play, but the game tying shot never materialized, and Paige came through for the Royals, icing the game with two free throws, and Delarosa knocked down another for the 58-52 win. 3/22
Long Island in NCAA
Rick Pitino from St. Doms coaches Louisville... Dilly Donovan from Rockville Centre coaches the Florida Gators... Will Brown from Miller Place coaches the Albany Great Danes...
Tyler Harris from Dix Hills plays for Providence... George Beamon from Roslyn plays for Manhattan... Melsahn Basabe from Glen Cove plays for Iowa... Jordan Parks from Hempstead plays for North Carolina Central... Kentan Facey from LuHi plays for UConn... Patrick Farrell from Chaminade plays for Villanova
Tyquan Scott 25.7 PPG
Tavon Ginyard 25.2
Alec Ludwig 24.3
Terry Harris 24.0
Dana King 22.9
Liam Walker 22.8
Greg Gerber 22.1
Stephen Milhaven 21.8
Cody Steiner 21.4
Frank Basile 21.1
Mike Smith 21.1
ALL-LONG ISLAND TEAMS BY CLASS
The best of the best High School Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen!
THE BASKETBALL HONOR ROLL!
Long Island's Best High School Players!
TOP 5 VOTE GETTERS
Diallo NY State POY!
OSNA's Cheick Diallo has been named Gatorade's New York State Player Of The Year! The 6'9 junior forward led Our Savior to a 28-3 record and #9 ranking in the USA Today National Poll, averaging 18.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game. He has not made his college decision yet. It is the second year in a row that the New York State Player Of The Year has come from a Long Island team. LuHi's Kentan Facey was last year's winner. Hills West's Tobias Harris won it back in 2010.
The 2014 Long Island Basketball
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
A consummate point guard, this outstanding ball handler, passer, defender, and clutch shooter led his team to back to back Suffolk County Championship Games.
The 2014 Long Island Basketball PLAYER OF THE YEAR is:
Deer Park HS
Jim Fox D1 Head Coach
Levittown's Jim Fox, son of our good friend Jim Fox of the Island Garden, the Lightning Program, and the Metropolitan AAU, will continue the great tradition of Long Islanders coaching Division One college basketball teams by accepting the head coaching position at Appalachian State of the Sun Belt Conference. He has been an assistant and associate head coach at Davidson for the past 13 years. FULL STORY
LI's D1 College Coaches
Larry Brown/Long Beach/SMU
Will Brown/Miller Place/U. Albany
Jim Christian/Bethpage/Boston College
Tim Cluess/Floral Park/Iona
Bill Coen/Port Jefferson/Northeastern
Billy Donovan/Rockville Centre/Florida
Jim Fox/Levittown/Appalachian State
Paul Hewitt/Dix Hills/George Mason
Joe Jones/Dix Hills/Boston U.
James Jones/Dix Hills/Yale
Kerry Keating/Rockville Centre/Santa Clara
Bob McKillop/Rockville Centre/Davidson
Rick Pitino/St. Dominic/Louisville
Kevin Willard/St. Dominic/Seton Hall
Woodhouse To SBU!
2012 Long Island Basketball.com Player Of The Year Lucas Woodhouse will be transferring back home to Long Island to play for Stony Brook University. Woodhouse leaves Longwood University of the D1 Big South Conference after averaging 11.5 points and 6.7 assists in his sophomore season. The Harborfields grad waited a year after a coaching change at Longwood to transfer, and as a result, will probably have to sit out a season under NCAA rules. Woodhouse led Harborfields to back to back NYSPHSAA Class A State Championship Games in his junior and senior years, winning the State Title his senior season. He then led the Tornadoes past CHSAA Champion Iona Prep in the Federation Tournament Of Champions Semifinals before they fell to NYSAIS Champion Long Island Lutheran in the final on a shot at the buzzer.
Final State Rankings
1 - Christ The King
4 - LuHi
14 - Brentwood
22 - Farmingdale
30 - Deer Park
1 - Scotia-Glenville
4 - Holy Trinity
11 - John Glenn
16 - Amityville
23 - Lawrence
1 - Westhill
16 - Southampton
21 - Babylon
25 - Center Moriches
1 - Hoosic Valley
4 - Friends Academy
10 - Stony Brook
LuHi - NYSAIS AA
Holy Trinity - CHSAA A
LONG ISLAND CHAMPIONS
Brentwood - NYPHSAA AA
John Glenn - NYSPHSAA A
Holy Trinity - NSCHSAA A
Southampton - NYSPHSAA B
Friends Academy - NYSPHSAA C
Shelter Island - NYSPHSAA D
Brentwood - Section 11 AA Farmingdale - Section 8 AA
John Glenn - Sectin 11 A
Valley Stream So - Section 8 A
Southampton - Section 11 B
Wheatley - Section 8 B
Stony Brook - Section 11 C
Friends Academy - Section 8 C
Shelter Island - Section 11 D
Christian Gets BC Job
Bethpage's Jim Chistian is the new Men's Head Basketball Coach at Boston College, leaving Ohio after two successful seasons. STORY
Dunne D3 National COY
Northport's Greg Dunne is the recipient of the 2014 Glenn Robinson Award, presented annually to the top Division III Men's Basketball Coach in the country. Dunne led SUNY Brockport to a 24-4 record in 2013-14, a 9 game improvement over last season. FULL STORY
Long Island 3-Pt Champion
SIT OUT A YEAR?
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is considering a measure that will force some athletes who transfer from public to private schools to sit out a year. Full Story
FEILER ALL AMERICAN
Smithtown East’s Jon Feiler earned First Team All American honors at Herkimer CC.
When LuHi’s Devonte Green was named Newsday’s Nassau County Player Of The Year, he joined bothers Rashad, who won the award in 2006, and Danny, who was the 2005 recipient. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time in Long Island history that three brothers have won the same major basketball award.
PROUD TO BE FROM DEER PARK
The Long Island Wizards Travel Basketball Program has been based in Deer Park for years, and from now on will be known as the Deer Park Wizards.
FACEY NCAA CHAMPION
LuHi's Kentan Facey was a part of the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies!
HOWELL ALL MET
Baldwin's Donte Howell of the Mount Saint Mary College men's basketball team was named to the 2013-14 All Met Division III Men's College Basketball Second Team
Long Island Dunk Champion
TYQUAN SCOTT/Long Beach
ALL NEW YORK STATE
The following Long Islanders were named All New York State by the New York State Sportswriters Association:
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Chris Atkinson, LuHi
Aaren Edmead, Deer Park
Devonte Green, LuHi
Terry Harris, Hills West
Imran Ritchie, Uniondale
Tyquan Scott , Long Beach
Jamel Allen, Brentwood
Tristan Brown, Elmont
Curtis Jenkins, Farmingdale
Jordan McRae, Hills East
Marvin Prochet, LuHi
Dwayne Daniel, Lawrence
Travis Dickerson, Amityville
Tavon Ginyard, SJB
Stephen Milhaven, St. Mary's
Mike Smith, Amityville
Avery Feldman, Hewlett
Jimmy Golaszewski, Holy Trinity
Dana King, VSS
Jeff Park, John Glenn
Kyle Williams, SJB
Shaundell Fishburne, Southamp
Brendan Laing, Babylon
Andrew Daniel, Stony Brook
Forest Loesch, Pierson
Gavin Dibble, Greenport
Josh Lamison, Bridgehamton
Central Islip PAL Cougars
TRAVEL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
Where was the best competition this weekend? At the Spring Travel Team Championships! Day two saw champions crowned in four more age groups. In a terrific JV final, the Central Islip PAL Cougars defeated a very good M5 Elite squad from Queens to take home the hardware. The 8th grade division was outstanding, and New Jersey’s Hilltopper Heat emerged as the A champions, beating Brooklyn’s NYC On Point, while Brooklyn’s Knulife took the B crown, defeating another NYC On Point team. NYC On Point, which puts good teams out on the court in every age group, sent yet another team to the finals, but they fell to an excellent Long Island Roughryderz team in the tough 5th grade division. On day one, Ground Up from NYC defeated the M5 Elite, the Bronx Guild, and the Yorkville Eagles to take the Varsity Division title. NYC On Point captured the 7th Grade Division with a hard fought win over the Long Island Storm, and the Bayside Storm were very impressive in capturing the 6th Grade Championship. So was St. Gerard from Suffolk County, who steamrolled their way to the 4th grade title after completing an undefeated CYO season. Our thanks to everyone that participated, especially to all the out of town teams that made the trip (almost half of the teams entered!) Next opportunity to participate in one of our top tounamets is May 24th. Click the TOURNAMENTS tab to register or to see the rest of our tournament schedule, highlighted by the Northeastern Summer Championships July 19th, and ending with our famous Thanksgiving Rumble!
6TH GRADE CHAMPION
4TH GRADE CHAMPION
8TH GRADE A CHAMPION
If you are going to be a freshman playing college basketball next season, or if you are transferring to a new school, LET US KNOW
Peter Alkins/H. Trinity/St.Thomas Aqu.
Jeremy Arthur/Kellenberg/Westch. CC
Dylan Balducci/Massap/New Paltz
Dmarco Barnes/Baldwin/Post U.
Billy Beherns/Smithtown W/Dominican
Kevin Blessington/E Rock/Maritime
Kevin Blocker/VSC/C. Staten Island
Aaron Bonitto/Valley Str. N./CCNY
Matt Boyd/Hills East/Mercy
Gabe Brown/Ward Melville/American
Dan Brzozka/Lindenhurst/St. Joeseph
Jack Burke/Farmingdale/Farm. St
CJ Capilets/Hauppauge/New England
Nick Carbone/OBay/Mt. St. Vincent
Stephen Cohen/Newfield/ St Joseph
Jesse Condon/Sachem East/Hartwick
Dwayne Daniel/Lawrence/C. Florida CC
Darren Davy/W Hempstead/LIU Post
Aaren Edmead/Deer Park/Wagner
Bradley Eugene/Holy Tiniity/SOWB
Jon Feiler/Smithtown E/NYIT
Glen Forstner/GNS/Sarah Lawrence
Daniel Gormley/St Anth/Alfred State
Ross Greenfield/HHHW/St. Thomas Aq
Terry Harris/HHHW/Houston Baptist
Wiliam Heenan/Amityville/St. Joseph
Aaron Jackson/Malverne/Niagra CC
Corey Jacques/Valley Str N/Medaille
Payton Johnson/Valley Stream/Selma
William Knight/VSS/C. Staten Island
Anthony Lanieri/Port Jeff/LIU Post
Jonathan Li/Kings Park/NYU
Austin Marchese/Northpt/Stevens T
Jerel McGary/Uniondale/Nassau CC
Tim McKenzie/Central Islip/Herkimer
Jordan McRae/Hills East/Binghamton
Mike Milligan/Northpt/C. Arkansas
Justin Mize/Hicksville/Old Westbury
Isaiah Moore/N Bablyon/St. Joseph
D.J Nickelson/South Side/LIU Post
Kahwahn Nipper/Deer P/Plattsburgh
Mike Nzei/OSNA/Seton Hall
Tighe Oberg/Islip/Palm Beach State
Jon Oliver/OSNA/Mount Ida
Paul Pandolfi/South Side/Oneonta
Preston Powell/Sachem East/SOWB
Nino Rodriguez/Freeport/D Webster
Keith Ruiz/South Side/Fredonia
Tyquan Scott/Long Beach/Herkimer
Malik Seelal/Farmingdale/New Paltz
Dean Simeone/Newfield/ St Joe's
Mikeal Simon/Hills East/Ohio Valley
Bryan Sinclair/SJB/St. Joseph’s Vt.
Cody Steiner/Port Jefferson/SOWB
Denis Sullivan/ESM/Belmont Abbey
Brett Tarnell/Bethpage/Farmingdale Terence Thomas/Connetq/Brockport
Brandon Tolliver/Riverh/New Paltz
Fernando Vazqvez/Babyl/St. Joseph
Andreas Vouliakis/Rocky Pt./St. Joseph
Andre Walker/CTK/Loyola, Md
Taize Walker/Floral Park/SUNY Adir.
Tyler Weigal/Smith. W/Farmingdale St
Travis Whitfield/St. Mary's/Queens
Keith Willams/Deer Park/Queens C.
Lucas Woodhouse/Harb/Stony Brook
Cody Zafron/E Meadow/SUNY OWB
AROUND THE NET
New York High School basketball teams play the fewest regular season games of any state. How do the states stack up? GO TO STORY
It is very rare for a high school team to go an entire season undefeated. In fact, the last time it happened on Long Island was in 1998, when Westhampton finished 28-0. Here is the list of boys teams that have done it. LET US KNOW IF WE'VE LEFT ANYONE OFF!
1998- Westhamption (28-0)
1976 - Babylon (23-0)
1974 - St. Anthony's (21-0)
1957 - Bay Shore (18-0)
1952 - Bay Shore (17-0)
1952 - Oyster Bay (17-0)
1950 - Oyster Bay (17-0)
1946 - Port Washington (17-0)
1941 - South Side (18-0)
8TH GRADE B CHAMPION
7TH GRADE CHAMPION
NYC On Point
5TH GRADE CHAMPION
Long Island Roughryderz
2014 New York Metropolitan AAU
The best players and teams in the New York City Metropolitan Area descended on the Island Garden for the annual New York Metropolitan AAU Division One and Division Two District Championships. The Lightning led all programs with three championships, while the Gauchos, The City, and House of Hoops all had two each.
Here are the 2014 champions:
12th Grade: DAC
11th Grade: City Hoops
10th Grade: City Hoops
9th Grade: Team NYC
8th Grade: Shooting Stars
7th Grade :Rens
6th Grade: Gauchos
4th Grade: Gauchos
3rd Grade: Riverside Hawks
11th Grade: Rising Stars
10th Grade: LIL Leighton
9th Grade: Rock Elite
8th Grade: Hoop Strong
7th Grade: LIL Mitchell
6th Grade: Brooklyn Kings
5th Grade: House Of Sports
4th Grade: House Of Sports
3rd Grade: LIL Lepore
Chris Obekpa Will Return
OSNA's Chris Obekpa, who set blocked shot records at St. John's as a freshman but saw his playing time slip as a sophomore, reconsidered transfering and will return to the historic program for the 2014-15 season.
Steve Pikiell's Contract Extended Through 2019
Stony Brook Head Coach Steve Pikiell guided the Seawolves to their 4th 20 win season in 5 years and their 4th postseason tournament, earning a contract extension that will hopefully keep him at Stony Brook through the 2018-19 season. STORY
Hofstra Adds Nichols
Stony Brook Adds Woodhouse
The Varsity Rumble
We will definitely be adding more high school tournaments to our calendar after the great success of our First Annual Varsity Rumble. Our first event will be hard to follow though, with almost every game going right down to the wire in both divisions. In the Gold Division, the Team Tsunami club team, composed mostly of players from Copiague HS, out battled Nazareth to take the crown in an excellent game. Nazareth lost a lot of firepower to graduation, but will still be formidable this coming season. In the Silver Division, it was the LI Warriors club team from the Brentwood area coming from behind to defeat a good Huntington HS team. Two other Long Island High School teams performed well, with Islip HS finishing 2-1 in the Gold Division, and Valley Stream North, despite going 0-3, playing three very closely contested games in the Silver Division.
All Long Island Collegiate Teams
Coach: Billy Donovan, Florida
Melsahn Basabe, Iowa
George Beamon, Manhattan
Chavaughn Lewis, Marist
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Coach: Steve Hayn, Dowling
Vaughn Allen, LIU Post
Darien Davis, Dowling
Markus Moore, NYIT
Jeremiah Mordi, Queens
John Petrucelli, Molloy
Coach: Greg Dunne, Brockport
Brett Cohen, Haverford
Lamard Herron, Cortland
Donte Howell, Mt. St. Mary’s
Hunter Sabety, Tufts
Taylor Sowah, New Paltz
Coach: AJ Wynder, Nassau CC
Jon Feiler, Herkimer
Chris Millender, Suffolk
Shaq Mosley, Mohawk Valley
DJ Nickelson, Delhi
Jamail Stanley, Nassau
Team LI Takes Chip
Uniondale’s Shomari Redd and Chaminade’s Tom O’Connell led the way as Team Long Island rallied to take the Varsity Division title at the 2014 Northeastern Summer Championships, held this year at the Island Garden. The two sharpshooting guards dazzled, taking the ball to the basket, knocking down threes, and finishing strong on the break, while forward Dalton Prendergast from Westminster Prep was a rebounding and shot blocking machine, had a number of assists out of the high post, and scored inside with a nice assortment of power moves. Fellow forward Cody Collins, from small Class D Smithtown Christian, was a revelation, showing a complete game that included solid rebounding, scoring from inside and out, and efficient passing out of the post, and so was rising sophomore Darien Jenkins from Deer Park, who ran the point with poise and skill beyond his years and showed an ability to score from inside and out. Youngster Peyton Prendergast from Bayport/Blue Point came off the bench at the forward position and filled in very well, scoring and rebounding around the basket and playing solid defense, and guards Jack Campo from Westminster Prep, who was there for game one, and Shane Gatling from Baldwin, there for games two and three, both knocked down big shots and made key contributions. After four previous unsuccessful trips to championship games this travel season, including tough losses in the AAU D1 District championship game and the Big Shots/D.C Silver Bracket Final, Team Long Island captured their first title of the season.
Around The Net
Central Islip's Rod Odom, who earned a spot on the 2014 Collegiate All-Long Island Team after topping off a four year career at Vanderbilt with All SEC 2nd Team honors, will play for the Golden State Warriors Summer League Team..... Greek professional team Rethymno Aegean B.C. announced the signing of Brentwood’s J.J.Moore. Moore finished his college career at Rutgers, averaging 11.2 ppg as a senior.....
Top 3 on 3 Tournament
Now in its 12th year, top players from all over the New York Metropolitan Area will once again face off at the Tim Casey Memorial 3 on 3 Tournament. This year, it will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 11 am at the Mattituck High school gym on the Main Road in Mattituck. There are 4 divisions: high school, college age, open B and Open A. You may register at the door. The fee is $60 per team. For further information, please call 631-298-5043.
Duke New Adelphi Coach
Former Fordham and Hofstra assistant coach David Duke is the new men's basketball coach at Adelphi. STORY
LI’s All Met Honorees
All Met D1
George Beamon, Manhattan
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Zeke Upshaw, Hofstra
All Met D2
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
John Petrucelli, Molloy
COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Hayn, Dowling
Vaughn Allen, LIU Post
Darien Davis, Dowling
Markus Moore, NYIT
All Met D3
Donte Howell, Mt. St. Mary's
Mermorial Day Madness
Our annual Memorial Day Madness Tournament gives younger teams and players the chance to shine, and they came through with some outstanding performances. The 7th Grade Division was the most hotly contested, with LIL Mitchell prevailing over a much improved LIL LaBroia team, who came into the final unbeaten, and a tough LIL Wagner squad. Game 7 took the 6th Grade crown, defeating NBAC in the chip, while LANY impressed, capturing the 5th grade title, and so did NYC On Point in 4th Grade.
LIL Mitchell - 7th Grade Champions
Game 7 - 6th Grade Champions
LANY - 5th Grade Champions
NYC On Point - 4th Grade Champions
Around The Net
OSNA's Cheick Diallo is the 7th best high school basketball player in the country, according to ESPN..... Marist’s Jeff Bower has resigned his position as men's basketball coach to take an NBA job. His departure has a possible impact on Long Islanders KJ Lee, an incoming freshman, and transfer Nick Arnold, who both hope to earn a spot on the Marist roster next season...
Varsity Gold Champion Team Tsunami
Varsity Silver Champion LI Warriors
The Long Island Summer Slamfest
The outstanding 2014 Long Island Basketball.com Travel Team Tournament series continued with the 6th editon of the Long Island Summer Slamfest filling four courts at two facilities. There was a memorable final in the 11th Grade Division, where the Kendall Madison Players came from behind in the final seconds to upset Team Long Island in a very hard fought championship game. A reunited Hoop Dreams was very impressive in the 10th Grade Division, pulling away from the Hudson Valley Riverhawks in the final. There were two 8th Grade Divisions, and Brooklyn's Knulife triumphed in the Gold division, while LIL Dellecave took home the Silver Division title. Kendall Madsion was the only program to take two championships, bringing home the 7th Grade crown as well, while LIF was 6th Grade Champion.
8th Grade Silver Champion LIL Dellecave
8th Grade Gold Champion KNULIFE
10th Grade Champion Hoop Dreams
The 2014 Long Island Basketball
HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR
This coach took an undersized team that finished the regular season in a slump to their first CHSAA Class A State Championship since 1980 and to the finals of the New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions.
The 2014 Long Island Basketball
COACH OF THE YEAR is:
Holy Trinity HS
The best seniors from Nassau County/Section 8 will get together one last time on April 1st for a great double header filled with college level talent. Come out and enjoy some of Long Island's best basketball players going head to head before they go off to college. It's also a great opportunity for college coaches to find that last minute addition to their program from all the top talent assembled! Games will be played at 6 PM and 7:15 PM at LIU Post. ROSTERS
Scott Scoring Champion
The final stats are in, and Long Beach star Tyquan Scott is the 2013-2014 Long Island scoring champion, averaging 25.7 ppg. He narrowly edged out SJB's Tavon Ginyard, who averaged 25.2
OSNA Memorable Season
Long Island's Our Savior New American doesn't get much attention locally because they don't play many local teams, but they finished a very memorable 28-3 season that saw them finish ranked 9th in the country by USA Today. They are a terrific team filled with D1 commits and prospects, and return a very strong group next year!
Titans Fall In Fed Final
SCOTIA-GLENVILLE PULLS AWAY
Holy Trinity went as far as you can go in New York State basketball, advancing to the Class A championship game of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions before falling to NYSPHSAA juggernaut Scotia-Glenville 68-52. Scotia finished the season a perfect 27-0, winning an impressive 6 straight state playoff games by double digit margins on their way to the Federation tile. Scotia tried to put the Titans away repeatedly over the first three quarters of the championship game, but every time their lead approached double digits, Holy Trinity responded. Late in the first quarter, back to back threes by Peter Alkins and Jack Sixsmith tied the game at 13, and late in the second quarter, another big three by Alkins brought the Titans back within 5. It was a 5 point game once again late in the third quarter after baskets by Sixsmith and James Golaszewski, but that's when Scotia made its move, closing out the third quarter and opening the fourth on a devastating 13-2 run. Scott Stopera got it started with a three pointer at the third quarter buzzer, and then Joe Cremo opened the fourth with a traditional three point play and the Tartans were on their way to a 17 point lead. Try as they might, Holy Trinity could not get back into it after that, completing a dream season just 16 points shy of the Federation Championship. 3/22
2014 Northeastern Summer Championships
LongIslandBasketball.com wrapped up its 2013-2014 Travel Tournament Series with the Fourth Annual Northeastern Summer Championships, held at the Island Garden. This season’s event was one of the best yet, featuring teams from all over the region, and we’re pleased to report that Long Island teams did very well in the four featured divisions. In the Varsity Division, a revamped Team Long Island came from behind to defeat an excellent Port North team that shot the lights out the entire tournament and rolled into the championship game with convincing wins in both the quarter and semifinals. The 10th Grade Division was won by the Long Island Hoyas, who were playing up and were impressive the whole tournament, beating the NYC Vipers in the final. One of the top programs in the Metro Area, NYC On Point, flexed its muscles once again by taking the 9th Grade title over a strong M5 Elite squad, and in the Middle School Division, Lightning Rossi prevailed over a big and tough St. Stans team to take the crown. Divisions were as of Sep 2014.
2014 Tim Casey 3 on 3 Champions!
Here are the results of the annual Tim Casey Memorial 3 on 3 Tournament:
David Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, Brian Sztabnik
John Edmead, Sr., John Edmead Jr., John Scally
Ryan Carr, Evan Cambra, Jonathan Bruzga
Varsity Champ Team Long Island
10th Grade Champion LI Hoyas
9th Grade Champion NYC On Point
Danny Green Day
It was Danny Green Day in North Babylon on Saturday, July 26th, and after kicking things off with a big parade, the people of the town watched proudly as the budding NBA star raised the NBA Championship Trophy in the air - the trophy he and his San Antonio Spurs had won convincingly this past season. A good sized crowd continued to cheer as Green graciously accepted honors from Suffolk County, the Town Of Babylon, North Babylon, and the North Babylon Athletic Club, with one speaker after another praising him, his father, Danny Sr, and the entire Green family for all the time and money that they have generously contributed. Green pledged to continue his support, and got an extra loud cheer when he announced he would renovate the town basketball basketball courts at Phelps Lane. It was a terrific day, and a new can’t miss event on the basketball community calendar.
Fab 48 Champion
Long Island’s Open Season AAU travel team captured the 17U Platinum Division at the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tournament, defeating the Pennsylvania Wildcats in the Semifinals and Elite 24 from Oregon in the Championship Game. Former Long Islander Armel Potter led the way offensively, averaging 23.9 ppg, while Patrick Jackson from St. Mary’s averaged 22 and Dana King from Valley Stream South 13.9 points and 4.8 assists. Hall Elisias, also from VSS, was a force in the paint, averaging 7.1 points, 11 rebounds and 4.8 blocks, and so was Copiague’s Prince Hickson, who added 8.6 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Jim Mahoney Passes Away
One of Long Island's all-time great coaches, James Mahoney, has passed away at the age of 83. He racked up 387 career wins in his 32 years at Copiague, and was loved by all and will be sorely missed.
Suffolk Top 40 Tryouts
Tryouts for The Suffolk County Basketball Coaches Association, Inc. Top 40 will be held: Northwest - Northport HS Tues Oct 14th & Thurs Oct 16: 6:30-9:30. Southwest - Connetquot HS Tues Oct 14 & Thurs Oct 16 7:30 - 9:30. Northeast - Shoreham Wading River HS Wed Oct 15 & Friday Oct 17 7:30-9:30. Southeast - William Floyd HS Tues Oct 14 & Thurs Oct 16 7:30 - 9:30. See your HS Varsity Coach for the application. Participants in the Top 40 All-Star Doubleheader and the Long Island Public School All-Star Game will be chosen from those attending these clinics. This is an important fundraiser for the Suffolk County Basketball Coaches Association, with proceeds going towards post season awards and other important events. There is a $50 fee to attend.
Weber To Coach Skyforce
Former LuHi star and Knicks assistant Coach Phil Weber from Northport has been named head coach of the NBDL’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. STORY
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Danny Green Top Defender
South Side Star's Pro Dream
Nassau Top 100 Camp
The Nassau Top 100 Basketball Camp is for Nassau County's top boys public school players, and participents for the Nassau Top 40 Doubleheader and Nassau Public School All-Star Team will be selected from the players that attend this camp. Dates are Friday, 10/17 from 6-9 PM and Sunday, 10/19 from 11:00am-2:00 pm. Location is the Island Garden. Players can pick up registration forms from their coaches.
Harris The Future
Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told reporters that he envisions center Nikola Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris as part of their future. "We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward," Hennigan said.
Spann St. Joe's Coach
St. Joseph's College has selected SJB grad and assistant coach Kevin Spann as their new head coach. STORY
Mateyko To Dowling
St. Joseph's Head Coach John Mateyko has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Dowling. STORY
Davila Passes Away
It is with great sadness that we report that George Davila, Long Island’s long time basketball historian and archivist, has passed away at the age of 62 after battling cancer. George’s love for basketball was all encompassing. He attended multiple games every night of the high school basketball season, and was always willing to pitch in and help with any basketball related event in any way he could. He started his career as a high school coach, but found his niche collecting and archiving high school basketball statistics, schedules, and rosters and providing the information to reporters and news organizations. He also provided player evaluations to college coaches and scouts, kept the official book at many important games, helped to organize all-star games, advised players on college choices, put together playoff programs, took team photos, and found games for teams with holes in their schedules. He lived and breathed Long Island basketball right to the end, and when our basketball community learned that he was seriously ill, thankfully discovered the great respect and appreciation we have all had for him these many years. He can never be replaced. His wake is on Monday at Chapeys Funeral Home in West Islip 2-4:30 & 7-9:30. MORE
Coaching Clinics This Fall!
We are very fortunate to have three outstanding coaching clinics on the calender this fall, starting with the LIU Post Clinic September 13th, featuring Tim Cluess and Steve Pikell along with a long list of other outstanding coaches, then its the 3d Athletics Clinic with Bob Hurley Sr. on September 27th, and the All-American Basketball Camp Coaches Clinic October 4th with Rich Wrase, Joe Mihalich, and Gus Alfieri.
Bad News For Contenders
Three teams that would have almost certainly been ranked in the preseason Sweet 16 and had serious prospects of going upstate this season took major hits when key players expected to help lead them deep into the playoffs transferred to out of state schools. Copiague, expected to challenge Brentwood in Suffolk Class AA, lost forward Prince Hickson, St. Mary’s, once again a contender in the NSCHSAA, lost guard Patrick Jackson, and Valley Stream South, defending Nassau Class A Champion, lost guard Dana King.
Did You Know....
That Southampton holds the Long Island basketball record of 61 straight wins? That Manhasset grad and NFL great Jim Brown is the only player in New York State basketball history to have back to back 50 point games? That Boston Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski had games of 47 and 46 points for Bridgehampton? DIG UP THOSE KIND OF STATS AND A LOT MORE ON OUR HISTORY PAGE
HUNTINGTON TOWN PLAYOFFS
In the finals, Hills West defeated Northport 52-35 behind 19 points from Junior Kian Dalyrimple. Junior Richie Altenord added 12 points and Sophomore Cameron Jordan had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Northport was up 17-15 at the half, but Hills West took control with a 37-18 second half. Northport defeated Walt Whitman to reach the finals, while Hills West defeated Huntington on a 3 point buzzer beater by Senior Curtis Weingard. The Colts were coached by Steve Atkinson, Denzel Williams, and Chris Cox. The players are Owen Clark, Curtis Weingard, Josh Koval, Justin Leonard, Kian Dalyrimple, Richie Altenord, Errol Parker, Deven Williams, Cameron Jordan.
August and September 2014 recruiting calendars and an update on the NCAA Division I recruiting phone call rules
High School Updates
Baldwin finished the first session of Hofstra Team Camp 8-0, beating Holy Trinity in the Championship Game …… Huntington took second place and Islip third place in the Long Island Basketball.com Varsity Rumble…. Harborfields won the Smithtown Spring League Championship, defeating Smithtown East...... Great Neck South was Super League Varsity Champion, defeating Lightning Express in the final.....
Plainview Spring Champs
Plainview won the Town Of Oyster Bay Spring League championship, defeating Herricks in the final
BROOKHAVEN TOWN PLAYOFFS
Newfield 46 Sachem North 41
The Newfield Wolverines won the Town Of Brookhaven 2014 Summer League Championship by defeating Sachem North 46-41. MVP Jarrel Cowell lead all scorers with 16 points including 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch. Denzel Williams chipped in with12 points and Nick Buscemi added 10 points.
BALDWIN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Baldwin 74 Plainview JFK 62
Plainview raced out to a quick 9-0 lead, but the host Baldwin Bruins rallied to go up 16-15 at the first quarter buzzer and went on to a 74-62 victory in the Baldwin Summer League Championship Game. Daraja Rodwell led the Bruins with 28 points and Shane Gatling added 22.
KENNEDY PARK PLAYOFFS
Baldwin 64 Holy Trinity 59
HICKSVILLE PAL PLAYOFFS
Syosset over Garden City
Syosset beat Cold Spring Harbor
Garden City beat East Meadow
Final Friday 6pm
BALDWIN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Baldwin 76 Lawrence 50
Plainview JFK 69 Hempstead 64
Final Friady 8pm
KENNEDY PARK PLAYOFFS
Holy Trinity 68 Uniondale 66
Baldwin 71 Hempstead 66
Final Thursday 7pm
BALDWIN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
In the quarterfinals of the Baldwin Summer League, Lawrence rolled past Roosevelt by 15 in the 4-5 game, while Hempstead defeated Valley Stream Central by 6 in the 3-6 game. Plainview JFK picked up a 7 point win over North Shore in the 2-7 game, and host Baldwin rocked Massapequa by 24 in the 1-8 game.
O'Bannon vs NCAA
Add A Game To Schedule?
A proposal to restore two basketball games to the current 18-game varsity basketball schedule -- which tied New York with four other states for the shortest regular season in the country -- was taken off the table and instead, the NYSPHSAA will follow California's model and let individual sections decide for themselves whether they want to add a 19th game to the 2014-15 schedule.
There are two can't miss coaching clinics on the schedule for September.
The first takes place Saturday, September 13th at LIU Post, and features outstanding local D1 college coaches Tim Cluess from Iona, Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell, and Hofstra Coach Joe Mihalich. FIND OUT MORE
The second features legendary coach Bob Hurley of St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, and will be held Saturday, September 27th.
LI's All-Time Leaders PPG
Jim Brown/Manhasset/38.1 ppg
Wally Szczerbiak/CS Harbor/36.6
Will Brown/Miller Place/36.0
Chris Rooney/Smithtown West/34.2
Did You Know....
One of New York State's dominant programs, Hempstead HS, was Nassau County Champion 17 times in a 20 year span, from 1981 through 2001, and New York State Champions 3 times!
SAYVILLE LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Defending Suffolk County Class C Champion Stony Brook defeated
Commack in the semifinals and North Shore in the championship game. Robbie Colarusso, Luke Meyer, and Chase Audige led the way.
Team LI Falters
The stars just didn’t fall into allignment for Team Long Island at the NIKE/IS8 playoffs. After a first round bye, they faced 2GZ Steph in their second round game without Long Island All-Star MVP Tavon Ginyard from Brentwood and without fellow All-Star Jerrell Cowell from Newfield, and fell by 9 despite a heroic effort by Amityville’s Mike Smith, who finished with 38 points. 2GZ Steph then defeated the Rens in the semifinals and will play for the IS8 champonship next weekend.
Team L.I. 4-0 at IS8
Team Long Island, a new program created by LongIslandBasketball.com to promote Long Island players and teams, improved to 4-0 at the legendary Nike/IS8 Fall Tip-Off Classic, defeating Mount Vernon HS and Big Game Basketball in their last two games to clinch first place in their pool and advance to the championship round. The team has great senior leadership, with Brentwood’s Tavon Ginyard and Amityville’s Mike Smith providing a very potent scoring punch, and fellow seniors Shomari Redd from Uniondale and Cody Collins from Smithtown Christian providing the consistant contributions that only talented and experienced players can give. TLI is also very fortunate to have a terrific group of underclassmen, led by juniors Shane Gatling from Baldwin and Valley Stream South’s Dana King, who can both flat out play, and super sophomore Darien Jenkins, who sure can play too. The team has also had strong performances from players who have only been able to play in a game or two because of schedule conflicts. Copiague’s Andre Morgan, who is a junior, stepped up to help TLI clinch its pool, rebounding, blocking shots, and getting key baskets in our last two wins. Other valued part time contributors have been Zach Moore from North Babylon, Jarrell Cowell from Newfield, and Raheem Williams from Longwood, who have all helped put the team over the top in the games they have played. Can’t wait to get everyone together for the playoffs! We’ll keep you posted!
Pitino Against Shoes!
St. Doms grad Rick Pitino: "I don't like not being able to recruit a kid... because of shoe affiliation. We need to get shoe companies out of their lives." STORY
Fraser NBDL Coach
One of Long Island's all-time greatest players, former Amityville star Jason Fraser, has been named an assistant coach of the NBDL's Austin Toros, the affiliate of the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The former McDonalds All-American had his playing career derailed by a string of injuries. MORE
Problems For Eubanks
Former OSNA star Kobie Eubanks, who played in last years Alzheimer's All-Star Basketball Classic and was headed to Baylor, lost his scholarship. STORY
Cavs Looking At Price
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers will invite Amityville's A.J. Price to training camp. STORY
Hernandez Magic Assistant
Long Island's Jay Hernandez, founder of Pro Hoops and former professional player who starred at both Hofstra and St. Dominic, has been named an assistant coach for the NBA's Orlando Magic. STORY
Did You Know...
That despite his well deserved reputation as a 3 point shooter, North Babylon’s Danny Green of the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs led all NBA guards in a different category last season - blocked shots! He blocked an average of 0.9 per game.
Bad News For Contenders
Three teams that would have almost certainly been ranked in the preseason Sweet 16 and had serious prospects of going upstate this season took major hits when key players expected to help lead them deep into the playoffs transferred to out of state schools. Copiague, expected to challenge Brentwood in Suffolk Class AA, lost forward Prince Hickson, St. Mary’s, once again a contender in the NSCHSAA, lost guard Patrick Jackson, and Valley Stream South, defending Nassau Class A Champion, lost guard Dana King. EDITORS NOTE: King has returned to VSS
Glen Cove's Melsahn Basabe, who averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebound for Iowas in his senior year, has signed a professional contract to play for a European team based in Finland..... Central Islip's Rod Odom, who averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his senior year at Vanderbilt, will be playing for the Greek professional team KAO Dramas..... Tajric Boggs from Longwood has signed with Argentine pro team Olimpo..... Andrae Nelson from Lawrence (2008) and Morehouse State just signed with the German professional team Lieberman BasketBaeren..... SJB star Tavon Ginyard will be transferring to his hometown Brentwood HS for his senior year, where he will help form a dream backcourt for the defending Long Island Class AA Champions along with fellow First Team All-Long Island guard Mike Almonacy..... Sam Robinson was named MVP of the Hoop Group Academic Elite 2 Camp. He will be a Junior at Lawrence this year.
Brentwood's Mike Almonacy picked up an offer from Stony Brook! ...... Hills West's Terry Harris was headed for prep school, but decided to accept a late offer from Houston Baptist of the Southland Conference STORY ....
Glen Cove's Melsahn Basabe, who averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebound for Iowas in his senior year, has signed a professional contract to play for a European team based in Poland..... Central Islip's Rod Odom, who averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his senior year at Vanderbilt, will be playing for the Greek professional team KAO Dramas..... Tajric Boggs from Longwood has signed with Argentine pro team Olimpo..... Andrae Nelson from Lawrence (2008) and Morehouse State just signed with the German professional team Lieberman BasketBaeren..... SJB star Tavon Ginyard will be transferring to his hometown Brentwood HS for his senior year, where he will help form a dream backcourt for the defending Long Island Class AA Champions along with fellow First Team All-Long Island guard Mike Almonacy..... Sam Robinson was named MVP of the Hoop Group Academic Elite 2 Camp. He will be a Junior at Lawrence this year.
BUNKY REID PLAYOFFS
SUMMER LEAGUE FINAL
Bunky Reid 52 St. Mary's 47
The host Bunky Reid All-Stars built a first half lead and then held off a second half rally for the victory
WEST BABYLON PLAYOFFS
SUMMER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
Copiague defeated Central Islip
Around The Net
Farmingdale St. Team Camp
Farmingdale State will be holding a high school team camp on Saturday, October 4th. FIND OUT MORE!
Spendjian Goes Pro
Glen Cove’s Garen Spendjian, who made the Armenian National Team, will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.
Huyghue Family Update
St Dominic point guard Taylor Huyghue from North Babylon was invited to the invitation only NYC Five Star Camp..... Lighting Huyghue 12U won the ELMCORE Summer Classic for the second year in a row! .....
Renegades 56 Impact 39
Renegades 51 Hauppauge 34
Impact 66 Lightning Walsh 57
ISLAND GARDEN PLAYOFFS
Chaminade 82 Salvation Army 71
Chaminade 73 South Side 54
Salvation Army 58 DAC 52
SUFFOLK BOYS PULL AWAY!
The Suffolk County Boys pulled away down the stretch for a 89-80 win, led by Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard GO TO STORY
NASSAU GIRLS REGROUP FOR WIN!
The Nassau County Girls gave up a big lead, but regrouped and rolled past Suffok 75-62 behind LuHi's Boogie Brozoski. GO TO STORY BOYS NASSAU COUNTY ALL-STAR ROSTER HERE BOYS SUFFOLK COUNTY ALL-STAR ROSTER HERE GIRLS NASSAU COUNTY ALL-STAR ROSTER HERE GIRLS SUFFOLK COUNTY ALL-STAR ROSTER HERE
Bunky Reid 13U Summer Champs
Bello Summer League 10U Champs
North Babylon Team Green
Suffolk Top 40 All-Star Triple Header
The Suffolk Top 40 All-Star Tripleheader will take place Saturday, October 25th at Mattituck HS. Game times are 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 am. Here are the rosters
Nassau Top 40 All-Star Doubleheader
The 2014 NCBCA Top 40 Doubleheader will take place at the Hicksville PAL Center on Sunday, October 26th. Players should bring their camp jersey and are asked to report 45 minutes before game time.
Here are the rosters for the event:
2:00 PM GAME
The seemingly unbelievable rumors have been swirling for weeks, but it looks like Newsday has confirmed that legenday coach Jack Agostino is out at Amityville STORY. Beloved by his players, the four time state championship coach is 5th on Long Island's all-time wins list and 27 wins away from 500 for his career.
4:00 PM GAME
Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, a Uniondale alum, has made the Syracuse men's basketball team as a walk on! ....... On October 20th, 1976, The Long Island based New York Nets sold home town hero Julius "Dr. J" Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers ....... STORY on Providence's Tyler Harris from Dix Hills
Our big fall tournament got off to a rocky start, with some last minute withdrawals and two no-shows, but thankfully finished off very well, with more tightly contested games and buzzer beaters than I can ever remember having in one touranment. The High School Varsity Division was one exception though, dominated by NSCHSAA contender Kellenberg, who rolled to the title. The other high school divisions were battles, with the M5 Elite defeating North Eastern Sports NJ for the Varsity Club Team title, LIL Mitchell edging Team NYC to take the JV title, the Hoyas grabing the 10th grade crown, and the NYC Vipers prevailing in 9th grade. The On Point Cyclones were 8th grade champions, and a new program, the Seaford Heat, impressively swept the 7th, 6th, and 5th grade divisions.
Varsity Club Team Champion M5 Elite
10th Grade Champion Hoyas
9th Grade Champion NYC Vipers
8th Grade Champion On Point Cyclones
7th Grade Champion Seaford Heat
6th Grade Champion Seaford Heat
5th Grade Champion Seaford Heat
HS Varsity Team Champion Kellenberg
Scott Artis/William Floyd
Devonte Dixon/William Floyd
Tyliek Quinones/Center Moriches
Todd Rowland/Center Moriches
Jake Passaretti/Sachem East
Nolan Kelly/Mount Sinai
Kalif Jackson/Bay Shore
Zack Hall/Bay Shore
Sean Glennon/East Islip
Nicholas Santiango/Bay Shore
Ravon Prescott/Bay Shore
Nigel Gillard/Bay Shore
Justin Fackler/Hills East
Ryan Ingarozza/Smithtown East
Richard Altenrod/Hills West
Justin Leonard/Hills West
Robbie Colarusso/Stony Brook
Ryan San Fillipo/Hauppaugue