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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
  1. LuHi (22-2)
  2. Amityville (27-2)
  3. Hills East (23-4)
  4. Uniondale (21-2)
  5. St. Anthony's (19-8)
  6. Garden City (22-1)
  7. Chaminade (20-6)
  8. Deer Park (20-3)
  9. Bellport (20-2)
10. Floral Park (20-3)
11. Holy Trinity (17-8)
12. LWA (20-6)
13. Knox (25-3)
14. Sewanhaka (19-3)
15. Brentwood (16-7)
16. Baldwin (15-7)
FINAL 2017-18 
SWEET 16
COACHES POLL
​"THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT"
 - Martin Luther King Jr.
OUR 2018 CHAMPIONS
NYSPHSAA/STATE
CLASS A: Amityville
NYSAIS/STATE
CLASS AA: LuHi
CLASS B: LWA
LONG ISLAND
CLASS AA: HHH East
CLASS A: Amityville
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Greenport
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
NSCHSAA: St. Anthony's
PSAA: Knox
NASSAU/Section 8
CLASS AA: Uniondale
CLASS A: Garden City
CLASS B: Malverne
CLASS C: East Rockaway
SUFFOLK/Section 11
OVERALL: Amityville
CLASS AA: HHH East
CLASS A: Amityville
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Greenport
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
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SWEET 16 REPORT
#12 Holy Trinity 67
Msgr Farrell 66
Good road win for the Titans over a good Staten Island team that lost to eventual Staten Island Borough Champion St. Peter's in OT and is defending CHSAA Class A State Champion. 2/18 
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Albany Academy 66
#13 LWA 60
The defending New York Federation Class A State Champions held off the Tigers in an excellent game.
STORY 2/17
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#5 Chaminade 79
#10 Holy Trinity 61
Chaminade was very impressive, cooling off a red hot Titans team. STORY BOX 2/16

#14 St. Anthony's 70 Kellenberg 41
When the Friars play like this, it's hard to believe they've lost 7 games even with their tough non-league schedule. BOX 2/16
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#9 Knox 82
Martin Luther 47
The Falcons won the PSAA Championship easily as expected, advancing to NYSAIS Class C State Playoffs as one of the favorites. 2/15
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STATE RANKINGS
In the latest New York State rankings, a loss by Mt. Vernon moves LuHi into the #1 spot in Class AA, with Hills East in the #7 spot and Uniondale #10. In Class A, Garden City is #3, Amityville #5, and Chaminade #7. Center Moriches is in the #7 spot in Class B, and Greenport is #5 in Class C. This week's COMPLETE RANKINGS
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#5 Deer Park 71
#4 Bellport 56
  In a packed gym and classic big game atmosphere, the Clippers could do nothing right and the Falcons took full advantage, surging ahead to a big lead and Bellports horrendous foul shooting prevented them from sustaining any meaningful rally.  STORY BOX 2/10
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#12 Holy Trinity 71
#10 St. Anthony's 56
The Titans completed the season sweep of the Friars in impressive fashion and kept pace with Chaminade, both teams with only one league loss. Big time performance by Tyler Small, who finished with 34 points. BOX 2/9

#14 Central Islip 56
Northport 37
The Musketeers avenged their only league loss with a dominating performance, finishing 17-3 on the season. BOX 2/9

Longwood 56
#16 Brentwood 49
Suffolk League 1 has been fantastic this season, but you'd have to say Longwood has been the biggest surprise, creating a three way tie for first with the win. STORY BOX 2/9

#16 LWA 67
Far Rockaway 45
The PSAL Class A school was 17-0 coming into this game. 2/9
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#2 Hills East 76
#7 Smithtown West 57
The main event of the evening was a bit anti-climactic. The Bulls had given the Thunderbirds a good game at Hills East, and led at the half in this one on their home floor, but Hills exploded for 49 second half points to put the game away and complete an undefeated league season. STORY BOX 2/8 
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#13 Sewanhaka 55
Hewlett 52
The Indians completed their first ever undefeated league season and improved to 16-2 overall. BOX 2/7
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Copiague 52
#7 Smithtown West 45
For much of the season, Copiague just wasn't that good -  rare for one of those programs that is almost always good. But the Eagles have turned it around, winning 6 of their last 8 including this big upset and have qualified for the playoffs. A dangerous first round matchup! BOX 2/6 

#14 Central Islip 46
Walt Whitman 39
The first place Musketeers had their work cut out for them against the Wildcats. Not only was it a tough League 2 road game against a team fighting to make the playoffs, but it was the final home game for beloved Whitman Coach Tom Fitzgerald after 25 years at the school, guaranteeing a big and enthusiastic home crowd. 
STORY SHORTLY BOX 2/6

#9 Amityville 85
Bayport-Blue Point 60
The Warriors flexed their muscles once again, dominating a good BBP team and winning their 10th straight. BOX 2/6
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St. Francis Prep 66
#10 St. Anthony's 51
SFP is a solid team, but they have lost to both Holy Trinity and Amityville this season. The up and down Friars need to win games like this. 2/5
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#14 St. Anthony's 54
#4 Chaminade 47
The Friars had lost their last three big games, one of them at home, but Jon Harewood, who missed the road loss to Chaminade, came back from the flu to lead them to victory in this one, scoring a game high 23 points to get St. Anthony's back in the race in the NSCHSAA. STORY BOX 2/2

#8 Garden City 48
Elmont 44
The first place Trojans had to beat the defending champions on the road to stay undefeated, and after trailing by as many as 10 points, rallied late in front of a big Elmont crowd for the win. James Cashwell's baseline jumper and back to back steals and fast break baskets by Andrew DeSantis and Matt Granville gave Garden City the lead with 1:44 left and they held off the Spartans from there. BOX 2/2
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#1 LuHi 79
St. Raymonds 49
The Crusaders are on a roll now, registering their 10th consecutive victory with an impressive road win. 
Tyson Etienne led the way with 22 points, Donatas Kupsas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore sensation Andre Curbelo 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. LuHi is now the #2 ranked Class AA team in New York State, trailing only Mount Vernon. BOX 2/1

#5 Bellport 82
Hills West 51
The Clippers get more impressive with every win, rolling over a good Colts team and improving to 17-0, one of only two undefeated teams left on Long Island. Bellport is now the 15th ranked Class AA team in New York State. BOX 2/1
CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
#3 Uniondale 58
Baldwin 46
A Bruin rally brought them within 2 with 5 minutes to play, but the Knights went on a 14-4 closing run that carried them to the Nassau County/Section 8 Title and a spot in the Long Island Class AA Championship Game against Section 11 Champion Hills East. 
STORY BOX 3/3

CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
#6 Garden City 72
#13 Floral Park 68 2OT
Two good, evenly matched teams battled it out from start to finish, with the Trojans pulling it out in double overtime to remain unbeaten and claim the Nassau County/Section 8 Championship and a spot in the Long Island Class A Regional Final against Section 11 Class A Champion Amityville. STORY 1 STORY 2 BOX 3/3

SECTIONAL DATA
DAILY SCHEDULES  GAME PREVIEWS
CLASS AA PLAYOFF BRACKET
CLASS A PLAYOFF BRACKET
CLASS B PLAYOFF BRACKET

SMALL SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP
Malverne 60
East Rockaway 48
The Class C Champion Rocks took a 24-19 halftime lead, but freshman Michael Warren Jr. and sophomore Jayden Seraphin led a third quarter charge that carried the Class B Mules to the title. East Rockaway's Sky Mosley led all scorers with 17 points. Malverne's Warren finished with 10 points and 6 assists and Donovan Ishmael chipped in 10 points and 10 reboundsSTORY BOX 3/1
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CLASS A SEMIFINALS
In perhaps one of the most dramatic playoff doubleheaders every played, Garden City's Matt Granville, not known for his foul shooting, stepped to the foul line shooting 1 and 1 trailing by a point with 0.3 seconds on the clock and knocked down both free throws to give the Trojans a dramatic come from behind victory over Elmont, and then in the nightcap, trailing by 4 with 3.8 seconds to play, Floral Park's Frank Phelan raced down court and hit a running three pointer, then stole the inbound pass and went up for the game winner, drawing a 3 shot foul just before the buzzer sounded. He missed the first free throw, but gathered himself and sank the last two to give the Knights an incredible come from behind win over Sewanhaka. 
 #6 Garden City 39
Elmont 38
BOX SCORE STORY 2/28
#13 Floral Park 57
#12 Sewanhaka 56
BOX SCORE STORY 2/28
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CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
#3 Uniondale 61
Westbury 44
Suffocating defense against the defending champions sparked top seed Uniondale to a spot in the Class AA Title Game against arch rival Baldwin. Crowd a no-show?
BOX STORY

Baldwin 50
Massapequa 41
The Cinderella run for the Chiefs is over, setting up a classic Baldwin vs Uniondale matchup in the County Championship Game. 
BOX STORY
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CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP
Malverne 60
Oyster Bay 55
A terrific back and forth championship game in a packed house between two good and evenly balanced teams, the Mules take the title over the two time defending champions.
 STORY 1  STORY 2  BOX  2/22

CLASS A QUARTERFINALS
#7 Garden City 52 Bethpage 42
A big third quarter gave the Golden Eagles the lead, but the fourth quarter was all Garden City. BOX  2/22

#11 Sewanhaka 55 Friends Academy 47
A banged up Sewanhaka team rallied to advance. DETAILS LATER BOX 2/22

#16 Floral Park 70
Great Neck South 35
The Knights were very impressive, blowing it open with a 21-9 second quarter and closing it out with a 17-6 fourth. STORY BOX 2/22

Elmont 79
Valley Stream South 49
The defending champions are ready to defend, rolling over a very good Falcons team. BOX 2/22
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CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
#3 Uniondale 80
 Port Washington 46
Tight at the half, the Knights unleashed a 44-14 second half onslaught.
BOX 2/21

Westbury 75
Oceanside 55
The defending Champion Green Dragons steadily pulled away. DETAILS LATER BOX 2/12

Massapequa 62
Syosset 58 OT
This year's Cinderella team has emerged! The Chiefs finished the regular season 8-11, upset Farmingdale, who had swept them during the regular season, and now #3 seed Syosset in OT. BOX  2/21

Baldwin 61
Calhoun 48
If you've never been to a Baldwin home game, you've gotta go!  This was a tight one most of the way and the gym was rocking, but the Bruins pulled away down the stretch. DETAILS LATER BOX  2/21
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CLASS B SEMIFINALS
Oyster Bay 68
Carle Place 52
It was a tight game through three quarters, but the Baymen pulled away in the fourth. STORY BOX

Malverne 67
Wheatley 38
The Wildcats did not roll over, keeping within striking distance through three quarters, but a 27-9 fourth spelled their doom. STORY BOX
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CLASS AA FIRST ROUND
​Massapequa 45
Farmingdale 39
Host Farmingdale swept the season series but the Chiefs turned the tables, storming from behind with an 18-5 third quarter and holding off the Dalers from there. BOX 2/16

Port Washington 69
Valley Str Central 55
The Vikings were impressive - in control most of the way to pick up their 4th straight win. BOX  2/16

Calhoun 78
East Meadow 63
Calhoun quietly picked up their 8th win in their last 9 to emerge as a dark horse in the playoffs. STORY BOX 2/16

Oceanside 54
Hempstead 48
Watch out for Oceanside. They started out 4-1 but were up and down after that, losing to some very good teams and playing without super sophomore Jake Tavroff for a stretch, but they’re putting it together now, picking up their 4th win in their last 5. BOX 2/16
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CLASS A FIRST ROUND
Top Seeds Roll
Long Island's #8 ranked and Section 8's #1 seeded Garden City BOX, #11 ranked and 2 seeded Sewanhaka BOX, and 16th ranked and 3 seeded Floral Park BOX all lived up to their advance billing, racking up impressive wins to advance to the quarterfinals. 2/15

Elmont 50
South Side 41
South Side battled and stayed within striking distance, but the 4th seeded Spartans were the better team. BOX

Valley Stream South 69
Hewlett 63
A close, hard fought game won by higher seed. BOX 2/15

Great Neck South 60
Roslyn 45
The Rebels were impressive, rolling against their rivals in what was expected to be a tight game. STORY BOX 2/15

Friends Academy 51
 Roosevelt 47
Favored Roosevelt was shorthanded and rose to the occasion, but the Quakers rallied for the win. STORY BOX

Bethpage 70
CS Harbor 69 2OT
An 8/9 tournament matchup is usually a good one, and this year’s Section 8 Class A 8/9 matchup between Bethpage and host Cold Spring Harbor didn’t disappoint. The teams went back and forth with great intensity, taking turns with the lead through 4 regulation periods and two overtimes, and then after both had struggled from the line, two big free throws by Bora Soybas gave Bethpage a 6 point advantage with 1:48 remaining and that proved to be enough to hold off a late Cold Spring Harbor rally. MORE LATER.  BOX 2/15
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4 of 5 Favorites Advance
The seeds in the outbracket games all held up except the 16-17, and that couldn't have been closer. The most eye-catching win was Hewlett's win over Locust Valley. After a great start to the season, the Bulldogs finished it 2-5, but it looks like they might be back on track. SCORES AND BOXES 2/13

Needed A Win To Get In!
The following teams needed to win their last regular season game to qualify for the playoffs. 
Here are the results:
Bellmore beat Plainedge 58-35 BOX
Island Trees beat Clarke 72-35 BOX
​​South Side beat Carey 59-35 BOX
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Oyster Bay 62
Cold Spring Harbor 51
Oyster Bay closed out the regular season with 8 straight wins, avenging both of their losses to finish in a first place tie with Cold Spring Harbor in Conference ABC and 17-2 overall. BOX 2/8

Locust Valley 45
East Rockaway 38
Locust Valley had dropped two straight, but a clutch 45-38 win over East Rockaway got them into the playoffs. BOX  2/8
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Oyster Bay 66
Malverne 63
Two of Nassau's top Class B teams faced off and it was a good one, with the Baymen extending their winning steak to 7 games and ending Malverne's at 8! BOX 2/6

Baldwin 66
East Meadow 44
Often described as a down year for the Bruins after their slow start, they have improved to 11-0 in conference and Coach Darius Burton picked up his 300th career victory. A high seed in the playoffs awaits! BOX 2/6
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Portledge 67
Kennedy Catholic 61
The Class C PSAA team has some talented youngsters and has done well in league play, going 7-2 so far, but they haven't had much success with their beefed up non-league schedule . Put this one in the plus column. 8th grade phenom Zaire Baines, who is second on Long Island in scoring, had 41 points. He also had 30 in a loss to Hempstead. 2/5 
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LWA 63
Saunders 49
The Tigers are starting to get back into a groove and are knocking on the door of the Sweet 16 again, defeating a tough Section 1 team and fellow Class B power Sacred Heart before that. BOX 2/3
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South Side 46
Jericho 36
Two teams still hoping to make the playoffs faced off, and the Cyclones jumped out to a big lead and held off the Jayhawks behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Ryan O'Shea. Brandon Weiss, who got Jericho back into the game after their slow start, finished with 15. BOX 2/2
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Malverne 61
Cold Spring Harbor 55
The Mules pulled within 1 game of first place CSH in Nassau Conference ABC and gained a split in the season series. They also set up a showdown at Oyster Bay on 2/6 in the battle for Nassau County Class B supremacy. BOX 2/1

MILESTONES
Savion Lewis continued his incredible season, scoring 40 points, including the 1,500th of his career, in a Hills East win over Huntington. It's his fifth 40+ game of the season ........ Malverne state championship Coach Darrol Lopez, who led the Mules to seven Nassau County Championships over an eight  year span and is contending for another county title this season, picked up the 250th win of his career...... In what seems like the blink of an eye, Chaminade head coach Robert Paul registered his 100th career victory and has his Flyers contending for their third NSCHSAA Championship in the last four years....

Long Island's McDonalds All-American Nomi​nees
We're very pleased and proud to announce that Savion Lewis and Donatas Kupsas have both been recognized as among the finest high school basketball players in the country by receiving McDonald's All-American nominations. They are now among a select group of players from which the participants in the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game will be chosen. Our enthusiastic congratulations to both on this great honor!
MILESTONES
Two of Long Island's all-time greatest coaches, who are both famous for putting championship caliber teams out on the floor year after year, both reached big milestones this season. Uniondale Coach Tom Diana registered his 350th career victory and has this year's squad at 17-1 and Baldwin Coach Darius Burton registered his 300th career victory and has his team undefeated in league play........ Amityville's Josh Serrano scored his 1500th career point this season and has led his Warriors to an 18-1 record so far....... Bellport's Jarrell White picked up his 1000th career point and his Clippers are 17-0 so far this season. We don't know his career rebounding total, but it has to be equally impressive...... Matt Johnson won the 100th game of his varsity coaching career and has his Valley Stream South squad at 15-3 this season and on their way to their 6th consecutive playoff appearance. 2/7

Very Sad Times
Sad to report that three Long Island basketball icons have passed away in just the last week. The most recent long time Deer Park coach John Scanlon, then before that Suffolk County basketball fixture Doc Farrell and former Babylon star Brian Vickers. There will be a ceremony for Brian February 9th from 6 to 8 pm at the First Baptist Church in Bay Shore. 2/1
NYSPHSAA CLASS D
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL
Bridgehampton 50
Livingston Manor 48
The 9 time New York State Champion Killer Bees advanced to the Regional Final, rallying past the Section 9 Champions. STORY 1  STORY 2 
STORY 3  STORY 4 BOX  3/5​

SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP 
#7 Amityville 77
#2 Hills East 69
​Nobody but the players, coaches, and fans of the Warriors was sure how good they were, despite their impressive record, because they played an undemanding schedule, but we're all believers now after a big crowd witnessed them pull off the impressive upset. Josh Serrano had a very big fourth quarter to carry them to victory after the Thunderbirds had rallied to take the lead. STORY 3/4

SECTIONAL DATA
DAILY SCHEDULES  GAME PREVIEWS
CLASS AA PLAYOFF BRACKET
CLASS A PLAYOFF BRACKET
CLASS B PLAYOFF BRACKET
CLASS C PLAYOFF BRACKET

CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
#2 Hills East 74
#4 Deer Park 52
Over 4,000 people packed the Farmingdale State College gym and were treated to a vintage performance from Savion Lewis, who led all scorers with 40 points and the Thunderbirds to their second consecutive Section 11 Class AA Title. STORY BOX One last big game in Suffolk remains - Friday’s showdown with Class A Champion Amityville in the final of the Suffolk County Tournament of Champions. The Warriors have won the tournament more than any other team, and over the last 25 years, the large school has won the Championship Game 13 times and the small school 12, so this one is guaranteed to be another barn burner. Game time is 7 PM at Farmingdale State. Then back in the State Class AA Tournament, Hills goes on to face the Section 8 Champion in the Long Island Regional Championship Game on March 10th, also at Farmingdale State, and Amityville will face the Class A Champion that same day. The winners of the two LIC games advance to the New York State Final four. 2/27
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SUFFOLK COUNTY TOC
SEMIFINAL
#7 Amityville 75
Center Moriches 60
The Class A Warriors rallied to defeat the Class B Champion Red Devils to capture the Suffolk County Small School Championship and advance to the TOC Final. BOX STORY 2/26
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CLASS AA SEMIFINALS
#2 Hills East 87 Brentwood 67
Hills East raced out to a 12-0 lead and although the Indians rallied and stayed within striking distance most of the way, they never got completely back into it and the Thunderbirds put them away in the second half.
STORY BOX 2/25

#4 Deer Park 70 #6 Bellport 63
The Falcons went for the early knockout, but the Clippers rallied and it was a battle right down to the end. STORY BOX 2/25
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SUFFOLK COUNTY TOC
QUARTERFINALS
Center Moriches 81 Greenport 72
The Class B Champion Red Devils were dominant in the first half, building a big lead, but foul trouble struck and the Class C Champion Porters trimmed it to 11 at the half and then came roaring from behind in the second half to draw within 3 behind super sophomore Akeem Anderson, who scored 20 second half points. Center Moriches withstood the onslaught and big shots down the stretch by Sean Braithwaite, who came off the bench after sitting with foul trouble, and Troy Goode secured their spot in the TOC Semifinals against Class A Champion Amityville. Great crowd and great atmosphere! STORY BOX 2/24

 CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
#8 Amityville 83
Westhampton 66
Westhampton came to play, jumping out to a surprising 9-3 lead, but a Braden Tannis jumper and a steal and basket by Myles Goddard got Amityville rolling and the Warriors rallied to take a 9 point lead at the half. They continued to find ways to score, putting 4 players into double figures led by Josh Serrano, and clamped down defensively to pull away from the Hurricanes and claim their first Section 11 Class A Title in five years.
 STORY BOX 2/23
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CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP
Center Moriches 71
Babylon 59
A convincing win and back to back titles for the Red Devils, with two exciting matchups ahead - Greenport in the Suffolk TOC and the Nassau B Champion Malverne Mules in the State Tournament. BOX STORY 2/20

CLASS A SEMIFINALS
#8 Amityville 76 
Kings Park 61
The Kingsmen battled, but the Warriors were in control the whole way. BOX  2/20

Westhampton 60 
Harborfields 57
Harborfields took an 8 point third quarter lead, but the Hurricanes rallied to advance. BOX 2/20

SUFFOLK TOC
Greenport 67
 Bridgehampton 41
This is one of Long Island's fiercest rivalries, but the Class C Champion Porters have one of their best teams in years and rolled past the Class D Champion Killer Bees. Outstanding matchup in the next round against an excellent Class B Champion Center Moriches. BOX STORY 2/20
SECTION 11 CLASS AA QUARTERFINALS
#2 Hills East 84
#14 Ward Melville 72
Excellent game with outstanding players on both sides, but the Thunderbirds were in control most of the way and fought off numerous rallies by the Patriots. Ward Melville should have had a higher seed in our opinion. FULL STORY  BOX 2/20

#4 Deer Park 57
Longwood 52
This was a battle from start to finish, with Longwood up at the half. Great playoff action. BOX 2/20

#6 Bellport 72
Smithtown West 60
Clippers starting to look like themselves again against the shorthanded Bulls. BOX 2/20

#8 Amityville 76
Kings Park 61
The Kingsmen hung tough, but the Warriors were in control the whole way. BOX 2/20

Brentwood 73
#10 Central Islip 66
Zed Key came off the bench to spark the Indians to a come from behind win. Great game! Great atmosphere! FULL STORY LATER BOX 2/20
CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP
Greenport 71
Stony Brook School 49
It's a pleasure to watch the Porters at work. Talented and well coached, they dominated a good Stony Brook team that had won five straight Class C titles. STORY BOX 2/18
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CLASS B SEMIFINAL
Babylon 67
Mattituck 42
The Panthers jumped out to a nice lead and rolled, claiming a spot in the Section 11 Class B Championship Game against top seed Center Moriches. BOX 2/17

CLASS AA FIRST ROUND
#6 Bellport 71
North Babylon 62
The Bulldogs put up a good fight, but the Clippers bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season and advanced. BOX 2/17

#12 Central Islip 67
Patchogue-Medford 38
A very impressive performance by the Musketeers, who dominated in every phase of the game. STORY LATER   BOX 2/17

#15 Ward Melville 66
Hills West 50
With big man Alex Sobel healthy and back in the line-up, the Patriots are a tough out, leading this one wire to wire. BOX STORY 2/17

Smithtown West 73
Northport 56
The Bulls, who had lost two straight and fallen out of the Sweet 16 for the first time, surged in front and never looked back. BOX 2/17

Longwood 67
Connetquot 55
The T-Birds came into the game having won 6 of their last 7, but the League 1 Co-Champion Lions jumped out in front 22-5 and held  off a late rally. BOX 2/17

Brentwood 59
Copiague 53
The Brentwood big men were in almost constant foul trouble, and the Eagles took advantage, but when they were on the floor, Zed Key and Bryce Harris were very effective, providing the spark that carried the Indians to victory. MORE LATER BOX 2/17

CLASS A FIRST ROUND
#8 Amityville 91
Southampton 61
The Warriors are at the top of their game right now, rolling past the defending champions. BOX 

Kings Park 76
Bayport-Blue Point 73 OT
The last time Kings Park played for a Section 11 Class A Championship, they had to get by BBP and then Amityville. They cleared the first hurdle, staging a dramatic comeback capped off by Zach Wolf's floater at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime, and now the big one, the 20-1 #1 seed Amityville Warriors at Amityville.  BOX STORY SOON 2/16

Westhampton 54
John Glenn 51
The Hurricanes are using a tried and true recipe for playoff success - a talented senior laden squad, and continue to build on their 18-2 regular season, eliminating a tough John Glenn squad by scoring 40 of their 54 points in the second half.   STORY BOX 2/16

Harborfields 60
East Islip 56 OT
Harborfields has a great basketball tradition, and the current squad is determined to live up to it, winning a tough playoff road game to advance to the semifinals. BOX 2/16
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Westhampton 62
Harborfields 57
The Hurricanes held off a hot team and clinched first place in Suffolk League 5. BOX 2/12

East Hampton 57
Kings Park 43
The Bonackers led wire to wire, clinching a playoff spot and handing the Kingsmen their first home loss of the season. BOX 2/12
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Ward Melville 64
Sachem East 51
Sachem East’s inspired run to the playoffs, which included upset wins over Brentwood, Longwood, and Pat-Med and brought them within one game of qualifying, ended at the hands of the Patriots, who trailed at the half but rallied and pulled away in an exciting season finale for both teams. Trevor Cronin was the star, leading the Ward Melville rally with 16 second half points and Robert Soto also had a big second half with 10 points. The win pulled the Patriots into a three way tie with Longwood and Brentwood for first place in Suffolk League 1 - the only appropriate finish to a dog fight of a season in Long Island’s most competitive league. The game also marked the return of Ward Melville big man Alex Sobel from injury. He showed some signs of rust but had a big impact, blocking shots and dominating the boards whenever he was on the floor. BOX 2/9

Hills West 85
Comsewogue 80 OT
Facing elimination, Comsewogue rallied valiantly but fell to the Colts in overtime. BOX  2/8
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Greenport 100
Southold 50
The 11th straight win for the Porters. The 5th ranked Class C team in New York State improved to 17-2.
BOX 2/7
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Sachem East 54
Longwood 49
The Flaming Arrows registered their third straight upset, knocking the Lions out of first place. BOX 2/2
NYSPHSAA Long Island Regional Championships
 The games between Section 8 and Section 11 teams in the NYSPHSAA State Basketball Tournament have always been considered Long Island Championship Games to us, but officially, they were Regional Semifinals or Regional Finals, and no championship trophies were awarded and no MVPs named or All-Tournament Teams selected.
That all changes this year. LongIslandBasketball.com, in conjunction with Sections 8 and 11, will recognize the winners as Long Island Champions and present awards at the conclusion of the Championship games. We are honored and excited to be part of it! The gyms are always packed and the atmosphere electric, so make sure you get to the games early so you can enjoy Long Island Championship Basketball one last time before our winners head upstate in pursuit of a New York State Championship! See you there!
NEW YORK KNICKS
COACHES WORKSHOP
We are hosting a Free Coaches Education Workshop this coming Saturday, March 10th from 8:45am to 1pm in Brentwood, with guest speakers from the Hospital for Special Surgery, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Knicks/Liberty Legends John Wallace, Sue Wicks and Kym Hampton. The event will include breakfast, door prizes, and giveaways! CLICK HERE To Register. The clinic is presented by the Hospital for Special Surgery-Youth Basketball Leadership Series. 

CHSAA PLAYOFFS
CLASS A STATE SEMIFINALS
Park School 51
#9 St. Anthony's 40
The Friars faced a big and talented team from Buffalo with wins over Iona Prep, Section 6 Class AA Champion Niagara Falls, and three time defending Upstate CHSAA Champion Canisius and battled them from start to finish before falling. STORY BOX 3/3

NYSAIS PLAYOFFS
CLASS B CHAMPIONSHIP
#11 LWA 51
Collegiate 44
LWA held off the perennial New York City private school power and six time Federation State Champions to advance to the New York State Federation TOC Class B Final Four in Glens Falls, where they will take on the PSAL Champion in pursuit of their third Federation title. BOX STORY 2/26

CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP
Masters 74 #10 Knox 71
The Knox School's dream season and the prospect of back to back Long Island Class C Private School State Champions came to an end in a terrific game that came down to the final shot. BOX SCORE STORY 2/26

Lewis Nominated For New York State's
Mr. Basketball
Hills East's returning First Team All-New York State guard Savion Lewis is one of 7 candidates nominated for New York State's Mr. Basketball award, given annually to the state's player of the year and presented by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. Of the players nominated, Lewis ranks first in scoring at 34 ppg and is second in both assist and steals. Previous award winners include Hills West's Tobias Harris and Amityville's Jason Fraser.

NYSAIS PLAYOFFS
CLASS B STATE BRACKET
CLASS C STATE BRACKET

CLASS B STATE SEMIFINALS
#15 LWA 56
Dwight 48
LWA is one win away from back to back NYSAIS State Championships and a birth in the New York State Federation TOC Class B Final Four. 2/24

CLASS C STATE SEMIFINALS
Knox 98
Staten Island Acad 61
Knox continues its march towards a first ever State Championship.
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CLASS B FIRST ROUND
#15 LWA 58
Trinity 40
LWA is the #1 seed and was impressive in their first round game against a team from the toughest private school league. 2/21

CLASS C FIRST ROUND
#9 Knox 76
Loyola 57
Top seeded Knox rolled in their opener.
BOX STORY 2/22

Masters 73
Portledge 48
The Portledge program has taken a big step forward and has some talented youngsters, but they faced the #2 seed and were overmatched. 2/22
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MILESTONES
Great Neck South Head Coach Steve Leibertz picked up his 400th career victory this season while leading the Rebels to a Nassau Conference AA3 Championship STORY ..... Long Island's last undefeated team, 
the 28-0 1998 New York Federation State Championship team from 
Westhampton, held their 20 year reunion. STORY..... Walt Whitman coach Tom Fitzpatrick retired after 19 years as head coach and 25 with the school STORY..... Jim Lynch and Frank Taplin, the two coaches that presided over the Golden Age of West Babylon basketball, had the court at the high school named in their honor STORY....... Joe Lores, who coached East Rockaway for 35 years, is honored. STORY .....  Nick Thomas, the Center Moriches Head Coach and director of the Long Island Elite AA program, picked up his 100th career victory..... Junior Sean Braithwaite from Center Moriches, and seniors Jake Gaudiello from Westhampton, Julien Hakimian from Great Neck South, and Will Martin from Pierson all reached 1000 points in their careers this season.....
THROUGH FEBRUARY
Once again, Long Island Boys Varsity teams have built an insurmountable lead over their New York City counterparts in the season series between the two regions through February. Feb highlights include LuHi’s win over St. Raymond’s, LWA’s win over Far Rockaway, Holy Trinity’s win over Monsignor Farrell, and LWA again in their win over 6 time Federation Class B State Champion Collegiate. The big ones still remain, but even an unlikely NYC sweep would leave them far behind. 

THROUGH JANUARY
It seems inevitable that New York City boys varsity basketball teams will eventually break through and win a season series against Long Island after losing 10 straight, and it was beginning to look like this might be the year after the City reeled off 5 straight wins in early January to take a rare series lead, but Long Island teams closed out the month on a run, with Kellenberg’s win over St. John’s Prep, Holy Trinity’s win over St. Francis Prep, LuHi’s win over Cardinal Hayes, and Bellports win over Roosevelt of the PSAL carrying Long Island to a solid 8 game lead through January.
  
PRESEASON
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!
PLAYOFFS
STATE PLAYOFF BRACKET
LEAGUE
CHAMPIONSHIP 
#9 St. Anthony's 63
#5 Chaminade 60
It was the matchup that everyone projected at the beginning of the season and it lived up to the long buildup, with favored Chaminade jumping out to a big lead and the underdog Friars roaring from behind to the take their second NSCHSAA title in the last three years and advance to the CHSAA Class A State Championship Tournament. STORY 1 STORY 2 BOX  2/27
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SEMIFINALS
#13 St. Anthony's 53
#12 Holy Trinity 48
The Titans swept the season series, but the Friars led this tight battle most of the way, advancing to the Championship Game for the second time in the last three years. STORY BOX 2/25

#5 Chaminade 73
St. Mary's 43
The Flyers continued their quest for back to back NSCHSAA crowns, blowing the game open with a 25-6 third quarter after taking a 9 point lead at the half. Kieran Dorney and Michael O’Connell combined for 32 points for the 20-5 top seed and Brendan McGuire added 9 points and 7 rebounds.   BOX 2/25
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SWEET 16 REPORT
LUHI INVITATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 
#1 LuHi 71
Albany Academy 49
The Crusaders, New York State's #1 ranked Class AA team, improved to 22-2, rolling over the defending Class A Fed Champs! BOX 2/24
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NSCHSAA PLAYOFFS
QUARTERFINALS
St. Anthony's 55 Kellenberg 44
It was a season of haves and have nots in the NSCHSAA, with none of the top three teams losing a game to the bottom four. The Friars were one of those three and advanced to the semifinals against a game but  rebuilding Kellenberg squad. BOX 2/23

St Mary’s 72
St. John The Baptist 42
The Gaels, clearly the fourth best team in the league, might be peaking at the right time. BOOK 2/23
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FIRST ROUND
Kellenberg 76
St. Dominic 69
After splitting their regular season games, the Firebirds and the Bayhawks kicked off the Catholic League playoffs and Kellenberg advanced with a rousing second half rally. BOX 2/21
NSCHSAA
LONG ISLAND CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
#3 Amityville 84
#5 Garden City 71
STORY

ALL TOURNAMEMT TEAM
Andrew DeSantis, Garden City
Jake Gaudiello, Westhampton
Frank Phelan, Floral Park
Jayson Robinson, Amityville
Josh Serrano, Amityville MVP

LONG ISLAND CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
#4 Hills East 69
#2 Uniondale 54
STORY

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Julien Crittendon, Hills East
Nasim Cylin, Baldwin
Malik Edmead, Deer Park
Savion Lewis, Hills East MVP

LONG ISLAND CLASS B
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Center Moriches 73
Malverne 60
When CM's Sean Braithwaite is at his best, there are few better, and he was at his best tonight, shredding the Malverne defense in the early going and imposing his will on defense and on the boards, and he and the rest of the potent Red Devil attack built a big lead, but if you know Long Island basketball history, you know that the best Malverne teams are relentless on defense and never ever back down, and this year's young and talented squad lived up to that, fighting their way back into the game before MVP Braithwaite asserted himself again and led Center Moriches to their second consecutive Long Island Class B Championship. STORY 3/6

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Sean Braithwaite, CM MVP
Tyiquon Nix, Center Moriches
Joe Rende, Babylon
Anthony Reilly, Oyster Bay
Michael Warren Jr., Malverne

LONG ISLAND CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Greenport 69
East Rockaway 43
This season’s Greenport team seemed destined to be Long Island Class C Champions almost from the start. They rolled over defending champion Stony Brook back in December, and later that month, posted big wins over defending Class B Champion Center Moriches and Class A contender Bayport-Blue Point. Super sophomore Ahkee Anderson is their leading scorer and undisputed leader, but their biggest strength is their balance, with any player in the starting lineup capable of going for 20 points in a game. This time, Anderson took over from the opening tap, getting the Porters off to a great start, and his teammates rode his hot hand and made sure he got the ball in a good spot, but they made their biggest impact on the defensive end, making every East Rockaway dribble, every pass, every rebound, and every shot a contested one. It translated to a dominating victory and a spot in the New York State Class C Regional Final. STORY 1 STORY 2 BOX 3/6

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Ahkee Anderson, Greenport MVP
Jordan Fonseca, Greenport
Sky Mosley, East Rockaway
Jude Swan, Greenport
James Toney, Stony Brook

AMERICA EAST PLAYOFFS
VERMONT 70
STONY BROOK 51
STORY
STONY BROOK 69
ALBANY 60
After a tough season that saw them come into this first round playoff matchup with a 12-18 record and having lost twice to their long time rivals during the regular season, the Seawolves rose up and  pulled off the big upset on the road. STORY 3/3
NYSPHSAA CLASS C FINAL FOUR
Lake George 73
Greenport 58
Greenport was overwhelmed by the moment - they missed a bunch of layups, and incredible 19 by one count, and didn't shoot well in general. That, plus they had no answer for the Lake George big man, who finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Good news is, the Porters have everyone back next year. There's a good chance they will be back, and a year older. Lake George now 27-0 and as good as advertised - going on to claim the State Championship. STORY 1 STORY 2  BOX

NYSPHSAA CLASS C REGIONAL FINAL
Greenport 78
Hamilton 63
The Porters advanced to the New York State Class C Final Four in impressive fashion, rolling over the Section 1 Champions. STORY  BOX

 NYSPHSAA CLASS B REGIONAL FINAL
Briarcliff 62
Center Moriches 49
The Section 1 champions were an excellent defensive team. That and some early foul trouble did in the Red Devils. STORY BOX SCORE

NYSPHSAA CLASS D REGIONAL FINAL
Newfield (Sec 4) 61
Bridgehampton 44
The Bees wrapped up an inspired season against a team that played for the State Championship last year and may very well again.
STORY  BOX
HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Monday, March 19th
LONGISLANDBASKETBALL.COM'S
**PLAYER OF THE YEAR**
**COACH OF THE YEAR**
Friday, March 23rd
New York State Federation
Tournament Of Champions
6:00 PM  LuHi vs Stepinac
Saturday, March 24th
New York State Federation
Tournament Of Champions
9:00 AM LWA vs Fannie Lou Hamer
2:15 PM Amityville vs Park School
8:00 PM Class AA Championship Game
Sunday, March 25th
New York State Federation
 Tournament Of Champions
2:00 PM Class B Championship Game
4:00 PM Class A Championship Game

LONG ISLAND SWEEP
Long Island 99
Westchester 95
Long Island swept a big home and home series with first place Westchester and is closing in on its first ever NBA G League playoff berth! There are six games remaining, the next one today (3/11) at the Nassau Coliseum against Delaware. A win against the Philadelphia 76er affiliate would help solidify their playoff hopes and playoff seeding, and provide an important buffer for the three game road trip they go on to close out the season. Former Lincoln HS and Seton Hall star Isaiah Whitehead led the way in their last win with 26 points, and he is just one college star on the deep and talented roster. Familiarize yourself with the league and the team and help give our one and only pro basketball team that famous Long Island home court advantage! First in these last three important home games, and then in the NBA G League Playoffs! Tickets are cheap by pro standards - $10 for good seats - and the quality of play second only to the NBA itself!
SCHEDULE TICKETS ROSTER
NJCAA Region 15 Champion Nassau CC
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NJCAA NATIONALS
SEMIFINALS
Nassau CC 95 Montgomery 81
Former Elmont star Jalen Burgess had 30 points and 10 rebounds, former Valley Stream South star Dana King 14 points and 7 assists, and former Calhoun star Patrick Gardner 13 points and 8 rebounds. BOX
QUARTERFINALS
Nassau CC 91 Massasoit CC 70
Cheyenne Middleton 24 points, Patrick Gardner 18 points and 8 rebounds, and Dana King 15 points and 11 assists.  BOX

NCAA D1 TOURNAMENT
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SAVION LEWIS 
NEW YORK STATE'S
MR. BASKETBALL!
​The Basketball Coaches Association Of New York has recognized Long Island's Savion Lewis as New York State's Mr. Basketball for the 2017-18 season. Lewis averaged 34 points, 7 assists and 5 steals per game while shooting 56 percent overall and 42 percent from the 3-point line. He finished his career as Hills East's all time leader in points, assists, and steals and in his senior year, was named MVP of NIKE/IS8, the Alzheimer's All-Star Classic, the Long Island Regional of the NYSHSAA State Championship Tournament, and he earned All-Tournament Honors at the State Tournament while leading his Thunderbird team to the Class AA Final 3/17
NYSPHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
CLASS A
#2 Amityville 74
 Ardsley 54
The team that hadn't beaten anybody reeled off wins over 20-2 Westhampton, 22-3 Hills East, 22-0 Garden City, and 22-3 defending State Champion Irondequoit to advance to the NYSPHSAA Class A State Final, and the result was never in doubt. The dominating Warriors captured their first State Championship since 2003 and 5th overall, with MVP Josh Serrano finishing with a game-high 29 points and Jayson Robinson adding 18 and picking up All-Tournament honors. Coach Gordon Thomas won his first State Championship in only his second year as Head Coach.  STORY BOX
FULL RECAP SOON

CLASS AA
Liverpool 71
#3 Hills East 65
An excellent game, with Hills East jumping out to an early lead and leading by 7 at the half, but their aggressive defense put three starters in first half foul trouble and they couldn't play the same aggressive style in the second half. Undefeated Liverpool took full advantage, attacking the basket and knocking down threes to the tune of 41 second half points and a come from behind win for the NYSPHSAA State title.   STORY BOX FULL RECAP SOON

NYSPHSAA
CLASS A FINAL FOUR
#3 Hills East 82
McQuaid Jesuit 66
The Thunderbirds jumped out to a good lead and fought their way through foul trouble, pulling away in the second half to claim a spot in the Class AA Championship Game against Section 3 Champion Liverpool. Liverpool is undefeated and beat Mount Vernon in the other semifinal. STORY SOON BOX

NYSPHSAA
CLASS A FINAL FOUR
#2 Amityville 52
Irondequoit 42
A great game, with both teams talented, athletic, and playing inspired defense, and the Warriors prevailed, defeating the defending champs to advance to the title game against Section 1 Champion Ardsley, a Cinderella team that was the 8th seed in their region.  STORY  BOX
CLASS A SEMIFINAL
Park 84 Amityville 61
The Warriors never got going, shooting 25% from the field, and they were out rebounded by 19. STORY

CLASS B SEMIFINAL
Hamer 42 LWA 39
The PSAL team packed it in on Ingiehon as expected, but the tough Fannie Lou defense wouldn't let the rest of the Tigers beat them. STORY

CLASS AA SEMIFINAL
Stepinac 76 LuHi 72
The Crusaders had rallied valiantly and had the ball with the game tied at 72 and 8 seconds remaining, but they called time-out to set up a play, and after checking with the official book, the officials ruled that they were out of time outs and the resulting technical foul call led to four free throws and a devastating loss for Long Island's #1 team. STORY
VIDEO EVIDENCE CONFIRMED LUHI DID HAVE A TIME-OUT REMAINING, BUT FEDERATION DENIED THEIR APPEAL. MORE

NYS Federation TOC
The Grand Finale of the 2017-18 basketball season, The New York State Federation Tournament of Champions begins TODAY, 3/23,  at the world famous Glens Falls Civic Center. The event brings together the champions from the NYSPHSAA, CHSAA, PSAL, and NYSAIS to determine one overall State Champion in classes AA, A, and B, and   Long Island will have three teams participating this year for the first time since 2007, and all three have a legitimate shot at the title! They are: 
NYSAIS CLASS AA STATE CHAMPION 
Long Island Lutheran (22-2)
Semi vs CHSAA Champion Stepinac
BRACKET CLASS AA PREVIEW 
NYSPHSAA CLASS A STATE CHAMPION
Amityville (27-1)
Semi vs CHSAA Champion Park School
BRACKET CLASS A PREVIEW
NYSAIS CLASS B STATE CHAMPION
Lawrence Woodmere (20-5)
SEMI vs PSAL Champion F.L. Hamer
BRACKET CLASS B PREVIEW

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE
*Many teams make return trips
to Glens Falls
*A look inside a Brooklyn basketball team that flies under the radar
NASSAU FINISHES SECOND AT
NJCAA NATIONALS
Long Island has an incredible history of producing great Junior College teams, and Nassau Community College added to that legacy with a second place finish at this years NJCAA Nationals. The Lions finished their season 28-5, winning the Region XV Title and Elite 8 and Final Four matchups before falling to Brookdale CC in the Championship Game. In the title game, they took a halftime lead, but before it was over, 4 of their players had fouled out and they couldn't overcome it. MORE ROSTER
SAVION LEWIS 
LONG ISLAND'S
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
​Now that he's been chosen New York 
State's Mr. Basketball, it's no surprise that Hills East's Savion Lewis has also been named Long Island's Player Of The Year! With all the deserving basketball accolades, it should also be noted that he is a great kid, a great teammate, a natural leader, and a tireless worker. In short - any coaches dream!
GORDON THOMAS
LONG ISLAND'S COACH OF THE YEAR
It's always a big challenge to take the reigns of a legendary program, but Alzheimer's Game founder Gordon Thomas did just that and delivered a State Championship in just his second season! Amityville will be in good hands for many years to come!
NSCHSAA AWARDS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
 Tyler Small, Holy Trinity
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bob Paul, Chaminade
CHAMPIONSHIP MVP
Jon Harewood, St. Anthony's
2018 ALL-LEAGUE
MICHAEL O’CONNELL, CHAMINADE
BRENDAN MCGUIRE, CHAMINADE
BOBBY CONNORS, CHAMINADE
LIAM DRENNAN, CHAMINADE
TIM CALLAGHAN, HOLY TRINITY
MIKE SIXSMITH, HOLY TRINITY
TYLER SMALL, HOLY TRINITY
JON HAREWOOD, ST. ANTHONY’S
TYRONE LYONS, ST. ANTHONY’S
ANTONIO LOPEZ, ST. ANTHONY’S
PIERCE PERRY, ST. MARY’S
ALEC DOWNS, ST.JOHN THE BAPTIST
DANIEL WILSON, KELLENBERG
AVERY LAURON, ST. DOMINIC’S
Long Island Falls Short
The Long Island Nets faced an unlikely path into the playoffs, having to win three out of their last four games to close out the regular season, and all four on the road. They came close, but fell just short, dropping a 101 99 decision to Grand Rapids that eliminated them from playoff contention. Brooklyn native Isaiah Whitehead made a heroic effort, scoring 39 points in the loss. 
NASSAU COUNTY COACHES AWARDS 
The Nassau County Boys Basketball Coaches Association held their annual awards dinner, and the following players were honored for their outstanding seasons:
THE TED ADAMS TROPHY
LARGE SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
THE HANK WILLIAMS TROPHY
SMALL SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Desantis, Garden City
We will post additional award winners over the coming days.
IS8 QUARTERFINALS
I’m not big on moral victories, but all of Long Island should be proud of Team Long Island today. Undefeated in the tournament coming in, they were missing four of their best players in this NIKE/IS8 quarterfinal matchup - two very good big men and their leading scorers from both games 1 and 4, and honestly, nobody in the gym thought they had a prayer against a towering Sean Bell All-Stars team stocked with future D1 players. But they played their hearts out, never backed down, played excellent D, hit big shots, pulled down big rebounds, and overcame an early deficit, challenging repeatedly for the lead before falling short 76-69. Christ the King’s Quaran McPherson got Sean Bell off to a fast start, sparking them to an intimidating 12-0 lead just minutes into the game while Long Island’s shots just wouldn't fall, but Holy Trinity’s Tyler Small started to find the range and his teammates dug in on defense and battled on the boards and things never got out of hand. Big baskets by Small, Alex Sobel from Ward Melville, New York State Mr. Basketball Savion Lewis from Hills East, and a big three pointer by Josh Pismeny from Deer Park and Long Island started to build some momentum, but LSU commit Javonte Smart, a McDonald’s All-American, seemed to hit every shot he took in the half, preventing Long Island from closing the gap and it was 43-32 at intermission. The Team Long Island defense continued to keep the explosive All-Stars in check as the third quarter got underway and key baskets by Massapequa’s Kevin Voigt and Sobel narrowed the gap. When Lewis sliced through traffic and scored, he brought Long Island within 4 still early in the third quarter, but the size of the team that had players from 3 different states became a factor as the quarter progressed. 6’10 forward Cliff Omoruyi from New Jersey State Champion Roselle Catholic was scoring consistently on putbacks, and then a thunderous dunk by 7’0 Christ The King big man Moussa Cisse and a putback dunk by 6’8 Frankie Policelli from LuHi and Sean Bell was up by 8 with three quarters in the books. Lewis and his teammates would not relent, challenging the defense on every trip down the court in the fourth quarter, and Lewis was unstoppable. He finished with 16 fourth quarter points, and his scoring, from inside and out, and a huge three pointer by Floral Park’s Frank Phelan and Long Island was back within 4 with the ball and 2 minutes left to play, but a missed shot led to a Policelli fast break dunk, sparking a decisive closing run that carried Bell to the 7 point victory and ended team Long Island's NIKE/IS8 season at 4-1. Smart led the All-Stars with 16 points, McPherson added 15, and Omoruyi had 14. Lewis led all scorers with 31 points for Team Long Island, Small finished with 16, and Sobel  11. 

IS8 PLAYOFFS
Team Long Island earned a first-round bye in the playoffs for winning our pool and will play a quarterfinal matchup on Sunday, May 20th at 11:30 am against the winner of Saturday's LVBR vs Sean Bell All-Stars matchup. Our game is at the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, 110-04 Atlantic Ave, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419.

IS8 GAME 4
When you go into a big game missing three of your top seven players and then shoot poorly but still pull out a win against a good team, it’s a great feeling. Team Long Island took on PSAL Class AA Champion South Shore for first place in their pool and held off a three point shooting barrage by the Vikings to win it , finishing 4-0 heading into next week’s playoffs. Copiague’s Mike Snowdon stepped into the starting lineup and had a big game to lead the way, scoring from inside and out, and he got help from St. Anthony's Tyrone Lyons, who scored, rebounded, and blocked shots, Alex Sobel from Ward Melville, who clogged up the lane, blocked shots and controlled the boards, and Frank Phelan from Floral Park, who once again ran the offense with skill and played very tough D. Savion Lewis came through down the stretch as he always seems to do, playing lock-down defense on a hot shooter to help stall the South Shore rally, Kevin Voigt was impressive once again, rebounding, defending and moving the ball well, Kenny Mathurin was his usual solid, aggressive self, and Jericho’s Brandon Weiss filled in again and did a nice job, capping off a good day with two big free throws in the final seconds to ice it. 

Player Awards
Seven of the players on the Team Long Island roster were honored with All-New York State status, and one was named New York State Class AA Player Of The Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association!
MORE/ROSTER

IS8 GAMES 2 and 3 
Team Long Island swept two games at NIKE/IS8 to improve to 3-0 in pool play, putting them in a great position to capture one of the top seeds in the Championship Round. Savion Lewis returned to the line-up after resting a sore toe and exploded for 14 first quarter points in the opener, a 77-51 win over 2 The Rack, and in game two, they avenged last Fall's loss to Positive Direction by a 74-65 margin, with Lewis, Tyrone Lyons, Tyler Small, and Frank Phelan all having big games. Their last pool game is next Saturday May 12th at 4:15 PM and it should be a good one against the PSAL Champion Vikings, again at IS8 in Queens.

IS8 GAME 1
Team Long Island went into its  NIKE/IS8 opener knowing they would be without New York State Mr. Basketball Savion Lewis from Hills East and First Team All-Long Island selection and Nassau County Large School Player Of The Year Danny Ashley from Uniondale, but this is their deepest team ever and they quickly put any fears to rest, rallying from an early deficit to roll past a physically imposing Ball Hogs squad 86-68. Floral Park's Frank Phelan stepped into the starting point guard slot with only two practices under his belt and did an outstanding job, running the team with great skill and composure, Holy Trinity's Tyler Small and Hills East's Julien Crittenden did what they do best - score in bunches and defend, and forwards Tyrone Lyons from St. Anthony's and Alex Sobel from Ward Melville overcame first half foul trouble to completely outplay their bigger, stronger counterparts. The clincher, though, is that Team Long Island also had the incredible luxury of bringing Garden City's Andrew DeSantis, North Babylon's Billy Muller, Massapequa's Kevin Voigt, Hills East's Kenny Mathurin, Copiague's Mike Snowden, and Jericho's Brandon Weiss off the bench, and as one fan said to me on the way out, “When their starters came out, they didn’t miss a beat!” It will be very exciting to see what they look like with everyone there, which they expect in Game 2. If you're not familiar with the history of the event, read this from the DAILY NEWS
FINAL NEW YORK STATE RANKINGS
The final New York State rankings from the New York State Sportswriters Association showed Long Island's top teams ranked as follows:
CLASS AA
2. LuHi
9. HHH East
10. Uniondale
15. Deer Park
22. Brentwood
23. Central Islip
CLASS A
5. Amityville
9. Garden City
19. St. Anthony’s
20. Chaminade
26. Floral Park
CLASS B
3. LWA
12. Center Moriches
24 Malverne
25. Oyster Bay
28. Babylon
CLASS C
3. Greenport
CLASS D
20. Bridgehampton
FOR THE COMPLETE STATE RANKINGS, GO TO THE NYSSWA WEBSITE
VARSITY CHAMPIONS
The Minutemen
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Devin Bryant - New Church, Pa.
Tyler "Twigs" Mitchell - All Hallows
Eric SanFilippo - Hauppauge
Stanley Silien - Springfield Gardens
Naseim Webb - Erasmus Hall
4th/10U CHAMPIONS
Knulife
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Joey Cordero - Far Rockaway
Dennis Smith Jr. - Brooklyn Scholar 
Luke McDonough - Dix Hills
Connor Griffin - Whitestone
Anthony(TJ) Elor - Baldwin 

7th/13U CHAMPIONS
The Hemstead Dons
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jakkai Stith - Hempstead
Taj McLeod - Hempstead
Connor Haufler - Oceanside 
Ogonna Benjamin Obayi - Jamaica
8th/14U CHAMPIONS
The Falcons
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Aiden Best - LuHi
Brendan Lee - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Christopher Lee - Francis Lewis
Liam Toner - Oyster Bay
Mcky Walker - Freeport
JV/16U CHAMPIONS
Game 7
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Amir Alston - McClancy
Randolph Charles - St. Francis Prep 
DJ Johnson- Uniondale
Tommy Porter - Thomas Jefferson
Anthony Walters - Holy Cross
NASSAU
ALL-STAR DOUBLEHEADER
There were two great games at this year's Nassau Class of 2018 All-Star Doubleheader, both featuring impressive individual performances and come from behind wins. 
FULL STORY
2018
ALL-STAR BASKETBALL CLASSIC
TO BENEFIT WHEELCHAIR CHARITIES

Long Island Takes Third
After a heartbreaking one point loss in the semifinals, Long Island rebounded to defeat Bronx/Manhattan 67-49 and take third place at the 2018 All-Star Basketball Classic. Quentin Williams led a balanced attack with 12 points, Tyler Small and Josh Serrano added 9, and Tyrone Lyons chipped in 4 pts, 7 rebounds and 4 steals.  

Brooklyn Stops LI
The defending champions built a 10 point second half lead behind the excellent play of Quentin Williams (13 pts, 3 ast), Tyrone Lyons (12 pts, 10 reb), Curtis Fornchor (10 pts, 11 reb), and Josh Serrano (9 pts, 3 stl), but Brooklyn caught them as the clock dipped under the one minute mark and held them off for a heartbreaking 65-64 loss. Brooklyn advanced to the Championship Game against the Queens All-Stars, winners over Bronx/Manhattan in another nail biter.
FULL STORY AND PHOTOS SOON

Long Island Roster
The Long Island roster for the 2018 Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic has been announced:
Kelvin Addingi, Upper Room
Christian Cherry, Knox
Nasin Cylin, Baldwin
Julius Goddard, Amityville
Curtis Fornchor, Upper Room
Jon Harewood, St. Anthony’s
Conrad Ihaza, Elmont
Tyrone Lyons, St. Anthony’s
Kenny Mathurin, HHH East
Victor Olawoye, Elmont
Jayson Robinson, Amityville
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Tyler Small, Holy Trinity
Jarell White, Bellport
Quentin Williams, Knox
Long Island's first game will be 7:30 PM Tuesday at Archbishop Molloy HS against Brooklyn. Long Island won the event last year for the first time since the tournament began in 1974.
Kupchak Hornets GM
Former First Team All-Long Island player Mitch Kupchak from Brentwood has been hired as the new President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He will lead the organization’s day-to-day basketball operations for Hornets owner and fellow Tar Heel Michael Jordan. “In every role and in every stop during his tenure in the NBA, Mitch Kupchak has brought the highest levels of success to his teams. He’s a proven winner,” Jordan said. “Having won championships as both a player and an executive, we have confidence that Mitch is the right person to lead our basketball operations, build a winning culture and bring sustained success to our organization, for our fans and for the city of Charlotte.” Kupchak returns to the state where he was ACC Player of the year while attending the University of North Carolina and has jersey #21 retired there in his honor. His longtime NBA career includes 10 NBA Championships - three as a player and seven as an executive with the Los Angeles Lakers.

2018
ALL-STAR BASKETBALL CLASSIC
TO BENEFIT WHEELCHAIR CHARITIES
FIRST TEAM
ALL-NEW YORK STATE BASKETBALL PLAYERS!
CLASS AA
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Savion Lewis, Hills East
FIRST TEAM
Jason Douglas-Stanley, Mt Vernon
Cole Anthony, Archbishop Molloy
Moses Brown, Archbishop Molloy
Alan Griffin, Archbishop Stepinac
Malik Martin, Curtis
CLASS A
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Greg Dolan, Williamsville South
FIRST TEAM
Andrew DeSantis, Garden City
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Noah Hutchins, Park School
Larry Moreno, Brooklyn Law & Tech
August Mahoney, Albany Academy

GO TO THE NEW YORK STATE SPORTSWRITERS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE FOR ALL OF THE ALL-NEW YORK STATE TEAM SELECTIONS

Small Schools: Classes B, C, D
The New York State Sportswriters Association has announced the small school players selected All-New York State for the 2017-18 Basketball Season. The large school players (classes AA and A) will be announced next week.  
CLASS B
FIRST TEAM
Aiden Igiehon, LWA
SECOND TEAM
Sean Braithwaite, Center Moriches
SEVENTH TEAM
Tyler St. Furcy, LWA
EIGHT TEAM
Zaire Baines, Portledge
NINTH TEAM
Michael James, Malverne
Anthony Reilly, Oyster Bay
Troy Goode Center Moriches
CLASS C
FIRST TEAM
Ahkee Anderson, Greenport
FIFTH TEAM
Sky Mosley, East Rockaway
HONORABLE MENTION
Xavier Allen, Mattituck
Jaxan Swan, Greenport
Jude Swan, Greenport
CLASS D
THIRD TEAM
J.P. Harding Bridgehampton
FIFTH TEAM
Will Martin Pierson
COMPLETE STATE LIST
JERSEY SNEAK ATTACK!
New Jersey took home a lot of hardware at the 2018 Spring Championships! Another great tournament, with five OT games!
FULL COVERAGE, INCLUDING ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS AND PHOTOS, WILL BE POSTED LATER
VARSITY CHAMPIONS
​Northeastern Sports, NJ
10TH GRADE/16U CHAMPIONS
​​Northeastern Sports, NJ
9TH GRADE/15U CHAMPIONS
​Long Island Elite
8TH GRADE/14U CHAMPIONS
​​Northeastern Sports, NJ
7TH GRADE/13U CHAMPIONS
Hoop Dreams
6TH GRADE/12U CHAMPIONS
Rising Stars/Team NYC
COMMISSION ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The NCAA commissioned a report looking for solutions to the growing recruiting scandal hitting men's basketball, and the results have been released.  MORE  FULL REPORT 
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Basketball Scandals
A little history added to coverage of the current scandals by the DAILY NEWS
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Key To LuHi
All New-York State sophomore forward Zed Key from Brentwood will enroll at Long Island Lutheran next fall as expected. The rebuilding Crusaders, who lost three starters to graduation, are off to a great start with the addition of Key, who already has several D1 offers! He joins All-NY State junior Tyson Etienne, AAU teammate and fellow All-Long Island sophomore Andre Curbelo, and Egyptian National Team member Essam Mostafa as leaders of next year's team. Despite the loss, Brentwood will remain a serious contender in Section 11, returning two more All-Long Island Sophomores in Bryce Harris and Kenny Lazo, one All-Long Island Freshman in Jordan Riley, and several capable players ready to challenge for starting roles, including 6'7 forward Alan Houston, the favorite to move into's Key's spot up front. We wish the best of luck to both teams! Wouldn't it be great for Long Island if they met in the New York State Federation Championship Game? It could happen!
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Coverage from the NYSPHSAA's Executive Committee meeting.
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The Knicks chose David Fizdale to be their new Head Coach! 
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Two Long Islanders have been named to NJCAA National Junior College All-Star teams. They are:
Shane Gatling
Baldwin HS
Jalen Burgess
Elmont HS (Nassau CC)
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5th/11U CHAMPIONS
Rising Stars Elite
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Thomas Zullo - Whitestone
Eric Rucker - Hempstead
Carter Wilson - Bay Shore
Tyheem Mills - Amityville
LONG ISLAND'S
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
The following Long Islanders will be playing college basketball for the first time next season or transferring to a new school:
Jamal Allen, Brentwood, Missouri-KC
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood, LIU Post
Connor Braat, Smithtown W, John Jay
Andrew Buskey, LWA, Old Westbury
Greg Cassiano, East Islip, Cortland
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch, E. Illinois
Bobby Connors, Chaminade, Hartwick
Chris Crespo, Smithtown W, Assumption
Brian Dellecave, Pat-Med, Springfield
Patrick Dellecave, Pat-Med, Farmingdale
Boubacar Diakite, OSNA, St. John’s
Michael Gannon, Smithtown W, Geneseo
Shane Gatling, Baldwin, Colorado
Tavon Ginyard, Brentwood, 
Tykei Greene, LuHi, Loyola-Chicago
Nicholas Guaglione, Commack, Chatham
Jon Harewood, St. Anthony’s, Gannon
Terry Harris, Hills West, N.C. A&T
Jordan Idaspe, Herricks, Cortland 
Jordan Jackson, Baldwin, Delhi
Liam Kunkel, North Shore, LIU Post
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi, Weber State
Savion Lewis, Hills East, Quinnipiac
Tyrone Lyons, St. Anthony’s, N.C. A&T
Griffin McNally, Walt Whitman, Maritime 
Dylan Morris-Gray, Cmswgue, S. Vermont
Billy Muller, N. Babylon, Molloy
Victor Olawoye, Elmont, Gannon
Femi Olujobi, Brentwood, DePaul
Frank Phelan, Floral Park, Molloy
Josh Pismeny, Deer Park, Mt. St. Vincent
Frankie Policelli, LuHi, Dayton
Mike Regan, St. Anthony’s, Maritime
Anthony Reilly, Oyster Bay, RPI
Jared Rhoden, Baldwin, Seton Hall
Eric SanFilippo, Hauppauge, Oswego
Alex Sobel, Ward Melville, Middlebury
Elijah Wingfield, Southampton, Geneseo
Cam Wynter, Holy Trinity, Drexel
If you know someone who should be added to this list, LET US KNOW!