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  5. Bay Shore
  6. Holy Trinity
  7. LWA
  8. Baldwin
  9. Smithtown W.
10. Uniondale
11. Southampton
12. St. Anthony's
13. Elmont
14. South Side
15. Brentwood
16. Syosset
FINAL 2016-17 
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! 
 - Martin Luther King Jr.
CLASS AA: Westbury
CLASS A: Southampton
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
NSCHSAA: Chaminade
Independant: LuHI
NASSAU/Section 8
CLASS AA: Westbury
CLASS A: Elmont
CLASS B: Oyster Bay
CLASS C: East Rockaway
SUFFOLK/Section 11
OVERALL: Hills East
CLASS AA: Hills East
CLASS A: Southampton
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton

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#12 Brentwood 46
Baldwin 42
The two teams played at a frenetic pace and the game swung wildly, but in the end, the young Indians prevailed behind a good second half from super sophomore Zed Key and a good game from fellow sophomore Alan Houston. DETAILS LATER 1/13

#15 Central Islip 63 Elmont 56
Through three quarters the teams were neck-and neck; neither holding a lead of more than 5 points at any time, but Central Islip shot better, especially from three-point-range, and that proved to be the difference. Angel Jimenez provided a fourth quarter spark for the Musketeers. DETAILS LATER 1/13

#6 Uniondale 84 Copiague 57
Host Uniondale avoided a clean Suffolk Sweep in this year’s Nassau-Suffolk Challenge, pulling away from the Eagles with a 28-10 second quarter for a convincing victory while improving to 9-1 on the season. Returning All-Long Island First Teamer Danny Ashley led the way with 22 points, 13 assists and 6 steals. DETAILS LATER 1/13

#7 Deer Park 57
South Side 46
Deer Park came out like gangbusters, burying shots and forcing turnovers behind sophomore guards Malik Edmead and D’Andre Edwards and building leads of 15-0 and 24-5 in the first quarter and although South Side weathered the storm, the Falcons held them off the rest of the way to give Suffolk an early 2-0 lead at the Challenge. DETAILS LATER 1/13
Holy Trinity 57
#5 St. Anthony's 53
AJ Knight’s three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining capped off a Titan rally that carried them to a huge road victory over the favored Friars. Sophomore sensation Mike Sixsmith led all scorers with 18 points. 
BOX  1/12

#11 Amityville 87
Bayport-Blue Point 63
The Phantoms rallied to take a 1 point halftime lead and whip the hometown crowd into a frenzy, but it was all Warriors in the second half, ringing up 55 second half points to put away the challengers.  BOX 1/12

#13 Syosset 65 #14 Farmingdale 54
The Braves continue to surprise and impress, handing the Dalers their first loss of the season and taking sole possetion of first place in Nassau Conference 1AA. STORY BOX 1/12
#3 Hills East 85
Smithtown East 64
Savion Lewis celebrated his nomination for a spot in the McDonald's Game with 41 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. BOX 1/11

#10 Garden City 47
Elmont 43
The Trojans won the big Nassau Class A showdown, building a big lead and then holding off a furious rally by the defending champions to remain a perfect 9-0 behind 23 points from Andrew DeSantis. STORY BOX 1/10
#9 Bellport 79
 Hills West 74
I can guarantee you that the Clippers really enjoyed beating Hills West at Hills West. The Colts have ruled this league for years, with both Bellport and Deer Park constantly nipping at their heels, so it makes the win that much more special. Jarell White is amazing. He finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists and puts up numbers like that every game, but what has Bellport undefeated is that he has help. Kyleim Robinson finished with 27 points and 8 rebounds and Teandre Roundtree handed out 8 assists. BOX 1/9

Patchogue-Med 64
#12 Brentwood 61
Suffolk League 1 is going to be a war this season, with four strong contenders knocking each other off, but to get one on the road is big and I can't remember the last time Brentwood lost a league home game. The Raiders improve to 10-1 on the season. BOX 1/9

#6 Uniondale 61
Massapequa 57
Massapequa brought their A game, but it wasn't enough. 
#14 Farmingdale 55
 Massapequa 40
The undefeated Class AA Dalers have made their way into the Sweet 16 despite a soft schedule. League rival Massapequa was a solid test, which they passed with flying colors, but they won't be seriously tested until January 12th, when they go on the road to Syosset. BOX 1/8
St. Raymonds 82
 #2 Hills East 72
It's hard to say you feel sorry for Hills East. They've had so much success during the Savion Lewis era and seem destined to go upstate this season and compete for a State Championship - every players dream -  but it's a shame that they have had to play their biggest non-league games without the services of their starting center, who won't be back until later this month and was sorely missed against the big and athletic Ravens. None the less, it was a terrific game and a battle the whole way, with the Thunderbirds leading at the half and St. Ray's only taking full command in the final minutes. Savion Lewis, Long Island's leading scorer, led all scorers with 28 points and back-court mate Julien Crittendon had 21. 1/7 

Christ the King 74
#3 Chaminade 52
New York State's #1 ranked team completed a Long Island sweep, dominating the Flyers at home after knocking off LuHi on the road earlier in the season. The Royals have a very big, strong center that can do it all and seems destined to be a pro, plus an excellent supporting cast. We haven't seen a better team this year, but once all the new faces on the team jell, LuHi will give them a run for their money come playoff time. 1/7

 All Hallows 65
#7 Brentwood 60
When you have a team dominated by sophomores and freshmen, there are growing pains, and after building an impressive lead and looking like the dominant team you've heard about, the youngsters got rattled by the press and stopped doing the things that put them in front, much as they had against Hills East earlier in the season when they suffered another heart breaking loss. Brentwood sophomore center Zed Key was outstanding, showing off unstoppable low post skills, but didn't get the ball enough down the stretch. WARNING: You do not want to play this team come playoff time. 1/7

#8 Uniondale 50 Baldwin 38
One of Long Island's all-time great rivalries went to the Knights this season. Zion Styles, Uniondale's second leading scorer last season, broke it open with a third quarter scoring spree in just his third game back, and Danny Ashley stuffed the stat sheet with assists and steals to lead the way. 1/7
#12 Knox School 76
St. Raymonds 75
The Suffolk County based Class C private school took a big jump up in class and they looked over their heads in the early going, trailing 21-9 at one point, but they regained their composure and settled in and Garang Kuot's fast break dunk cut the Ravens lead to 34-29 at the half. It looked like St. Rays would regroup and put the Falcons away in the second half, but they could not and Julian McGowen's fast break basket with just over 4 minutes to play brought Knox back within 4 and his rebound of a missed free throw made it a 2 point game with 2:51 remaining. McGowan  scored again, this time on the break to make it 71 all, but Omar Silverio responded, plunging down the lane through traffic to put the Ravens back on top at the 1:37 mark. It was back and forth now, and 6'10 Knox sophomore Josh Gray answered with a putback to tie it and then a jump ball possession arrow gave the Falcons the ball back. Deer Park native Brett Talbert seized the moment, hitting a runner from the right wing to give Knox the lead with 34 seconds left, but the CHSAA Class AA  power would not back down, attacking the basket and tying it again on Gary Grant's clutch free throws. Knox called time in the front court to set up the final play of regulation, and elected to get it to the 6'10 sophomore going to the basket. It looked like the perfect call, but the contested shot that seemed destined to find the bottom of the net rolled out at the buzzer and overtime loomed - but no! A foul had been called, sending the youngster to the line by himself with no time remaining and he did not hesitate, draining the pressure packed game winner in front of the surprised crowd 1/6

#1 LuHi 77
Sacred Heart, CT 58
The original opponent, Bishop McNamara from Maryland, could not make it through the weather, so unbeated Sacred Heart from Connecticut filled in
and the Crusaders were not gracious hosts, rolling over the Hearts behind 21 points and 10 rebounds from Donatas Kupsas. 1/6

Iona Prep 43
#4 St. Anthony's 41
It was a tight battle from start to finish between two evenly matched teams, but the Friars were in trouble after a bad turnover led to two free throws and a 6 point Iona lead with 2:08 remaining. A clutch three pointer by Corey Bernard from the right wing sliced the deficit in half, and they were still withing striking distance in the final seconds after the Gaels came up empty at the foul line, but the game tying putback rolled out at the buzzer.  1/6

Archbishop Molloy 93
 #5 Amityville 66
When Molly big man Moses Brown was on the bench getting a breather, the Warriors held their own, but they had no answer for the 7'2 forward when he was in the game, seemingly scoring at will, blocking shots, and pulling down rebounds. It was never a contest. Amityville's Josh Serrano showed his competitive spirit, battling all the way and finishing with 34 points. 1/6

#7 Brentwood 71
Ward Melville 54
Impressive win for the Indians and impressive performance by sophomore Zed Key against top senior big man Alex Sobel. BOX 1/6
#4 St. Anthony's 70 Nazareth 58
The Friars took this prime time intersectional match-up, rallying out of an early hole to lead most of the way.  Nazareth came into the game the #3 ranked Class A team in New York State and already 2-0 against Long Island teams, but their excellent team defense couldn't contain St. Anthony's stars Tyrone Lyons and Jon Harewood, who asserted themselves with their aggressiveness and athleticism and found their teammates when the defense collapsed on them. 1/3

Floral Park 85
St. Mary's 67
When you lose a big game early in the season and at home, it takes some time to get back on the radar, but the Knights are back, improving to 10-1 with a very impressive win over a much improved St. Mary’s team. Their only loss was a heartbreaking 49-48 decision to #10 Garden City back on December 15th. Brian Fox, who scored his 1000th career point the other night, led Floral Park's potent attack with 28 points BOX 1/10

Jericho 44
South Side 35
Under the radar teams usually start the season with modest expectations, and that describes Jericho, but the  Jayhawks have one of those super sophomores in Brandon Weiss, and he and FRESHMAN Yaewon You led the way in this one with 15 points a piece, giving Jericho a surprising 6-2 record. They have their work cut out for them this weekend, taking on 10th ranked Garden City on Friday and 8th ranked Smithtown West in the Nassau/Suffolk Challenge this Saturday at Uniondale HS. BOX 1/10
Holy Trinity 58
LWA 54
Tyler Callaghan was my MVP. Generously listed at 6'2, he, with the swarming help of his teammates, tenaciously battled imposing 6'10 big man Aidan Igiehon in the post, and the Titans invited the rest of the Lions to beat them. They almost did, with Tyler St. Furcy spearheading a rally that got LWA back into the game and out in front, but Tyler Smalls and sophomore sensation Mike Sixsmith provided the scoring punch needed to carry Holy Trinity to the impressive win. The Titans are unbeaten since Smalls returned from an injury. BOX 1/7
Holy Cross 58
St. Mary's 45
The Gaels looked like they would hold their own against the CHSAA Class AA school in the early going but a rash of turnovers put them in a 14 point hole at halftime and they never fully recovered. 1/6
Floral Park 69
Lynbrook 47
Floral Park 62
Massapequa 61
Jason Incantalupo blocked the potential game winning shot with seconds remaining and the Knights held on for the dramatic road win and tournament championship. Frank Phelan led all scorers with 26 points and added 8 assists, Brian Fox had 16 points and Incantalupo pulled down 11 rebounds. Kevin Voigt finished with 20 points for the Chiefs. BOX 12/29
Oyster Bay 61
North Shore 41
The Class B Baymen are now 7-0 with an 18 point average margin of victory. 12/28 BOX 
Lynbrook 63
Lawrence 50
Lynbrook has not had a strong basketball program in recent years, but after going 2-17 the previous season, last year's team was an impressive 14-5, and with the win, this year's team improves to 5-1. John Donaldson led the way in this one, finishing with 19 points, and Ryan Blondo added 9 points and 11 rebounds. Keaton Goldsby had a game high 22 for Lawrence. BOX 12/21 

Farmingdale 58 
Freeport 50
Farmingdale is now 4-0 and unbeaten Class AA teams get more and more attention the further the season progresses, but the Dalers are still waiting for that first signature win. Sophomore sensation Marvel Chambers led the way once again with 26 points, 5 assists and 7 steals and Antonio Smikle Jr. had a big game too with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Talique Jackson led Freeport with 20 points. BOX 12/19
St. Mary's 63
Bishop Kearney 55
Big win for the Gaels against traditional upstate power. More later. 12/15

Malverne 78
Great Neck North 56
It's been some time since traditional Long Island Class B power Malverne has had a serious contender, but it looks like this year's squad might fit the bill, their only loss so far a close one to Class A contender Roosevelt. Michael James and Makhia Effs led the way, James with 22 points and 8 assists and Effs with 18 points. Michael Warren added 12 points and Elliot Edwards 11. Eric Shirian led North with 15 points. BOX 12/14
St. Dominic 61
MacArthur 42
The Bayhawks handed the Generals their first loss of the season behind Darien Matthew, who scored 19 points, Rob Rossiter, who had 12, and Avery Lauron with 11. Mike Manfredo had 14 for MacArthur. BOX 12/13
Floral Park 69
Freeport 36
This had to be one of the most eye-catching scores of the day. How about Floral Park 3-0 with a 24 point average victory margin? BOX 12/12
​Valley Stream Central 45
Oceanside 40
Valley Stream Central is quietly building their resume, improving to 3-0 with a road win over a solid Oceanside team. Darin Sisco led the balanced attack with 11 points and Ryan Germosen finished with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Powers led Oceanside with 11 points and Jake Tavroff and Jake Lazarro both had 10. 12/9

Floral Park 73
North Shore 53
Floral Park is another team demanding attention, with a dynamic duo of Frankie Phelan, who is averaging 21 points and 10 assists so far, and Jayson Delgado, who is scoring at a 20.5 ppg clip. Phelan had 24 in this one and Delgado 23. Liam Kunkel led North Shore with 21 points.12/9

Valley Stream South 72
 Cold Spring Harbor 71
In a confrontation between two Section 8 Class A contenders, Brandon Gosley's layup at the buzzer gave VSS their first lead of the game and the big road win. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Davis led South with 22 points and he racked up 11 assists, Corey Powell had 18 points and Matt Benavides 15. Thomas Milana led CSH with 19, Aidan Adomaites added 17 and Jack Vavassis 10. 12/9
Farmingdale 65
Calhoun 30
Put Farmingdale into the mix in Nassau AA. The Dalers rolled over the Colts with a 30-8 third quarter explosion, with Marvel Chambers, who finished with 17, Marc Conigliario, who added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, and Antonio Smikle Jr, who had 12 points, leading the way. Corey Jones finished with 16 for Calhoun and Jalen Rosemond with 10. 12/7
Longwood 55
Patchogue-Medford 49
Who would have guessed that Longwood would be the only undefeated team left in Suffolk League 1? The Lions rallied past tough Pat-Med on the road, with Jarnel Rancy’s tip-in proving to be the game-winner, and are by themselves in first place. BOX 1/12
Bayport-Blue Point 84
John Glenn 57
The stage is set for Suffolk County's big Class A showdown today. BBP threw three 20 point scorers at Glenn, and they have others capable of putting up 20, and now they host mighty Amityville, Long Island's 11th ranked team, today at 4:30 PM. BOX 1/11
Center Moriches 78
Babylon 60
CM is one of those teams that has the grit and talent to play with anyone, but the Panthers made it clear they aren’t to be taken lightly, jumping out to an early lead on the road and trailing by only 2 at the half. The New York State ranked Red Devils responded with a 25-12 third quarter to take command and rolled from there. Tyiquon Nix led the way with 19 points and David Falco added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Sean Braithwaite just missed a triple-double with 12 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists. Aidan LaRock led Babylon with 16 points. 1/10
East Islip 58
Kings Park 47
The Redmen jumped out to a quick lead and beat a very good Kings Park team with a nice balanced attack. They remain undefeated in Class A, their only losses coming to three strong Class AA teams - #9 Bellport, #16 Central Islip, and 9-3 Hills West and all on the road. BOX 1/9

Bayport-Blue Point 87
 Southampton 80 OT
A big road win for the Phantoms, led by another one of those super sophomores, Pierce Prendergast, and avenging a home loss to the defending champions
BOX  1/9
Central Islip 87
Connetquot 55
Hopes were high after the T-Birds handed Northport their first loss, but the Musketeers brought them back to earth, rolling to the impressive home win. BOX  1/6
Connetquot 61
Northport 59 OT
Seth Goumba's jumper at the buzzer gave host Connetquot the dramatic win over the previously unbeaten Tigers. Goumba led all scorers with 18 points and added 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Taylor Stepanek also had a big game, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Parker Pierce and Sean Walsh both had 13 points for Northport.  BOX 1/2

East Islip 75
Westhampton 55
The Redmen, down from Class AA to Class A this season, are 5-0 against Class A foes and handed the Hurricanes their first loss of the season. They also have a 67-55 win over Harborfields at Harborfields. Jordan Mosely, one of Long Island's leading scorers, led the way with 22 points, Greg Cassiano had 18, and Joseph Cassiano 10. Jake Gaudiello, another one of Long Island's leading scorers, led Westhampton with 28 points. MORE BOX 1/2
St. Francis Prep 71
Longwood 69 OT
Westhampton 65
Hampton Bays 56
The Hurricanes are now 8-0. The senior dominated team was led by Jake Gaudiello, who finished with 27 points and 9 assists, and Nolan Quinlan, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Simon Brathwaite added 11 points. Lucas Brown had 22 for Hampton Bays. 12/28 BOX
Kings Park 70
Lynbrook 57
Both teams came into the game with just 1 loss, but the Kingsmen's balanced attack was too much for the Owls to handle, taking command with a 22-9 second quarter. Andrew Bianco led the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Wolf finished with 15 points, Brendan Kehoe with 13, and Jack Garside had 11 points and 5 assists. Ryan Blondo, who sparked a third quarter rally to get the lead down to single digits, led all scorers with 20 points for Lynbrook.   BOX MORE LATER 12/27
Greenport 86
Center Moriches 74
Greenport, who along with Bridgehampton was one of New York State's dominant Class D programs, is now flexing its muscles in Class C. They picked up a huge home win over a very good team - arguably Long Island's best Class B team, and they were led of course by super sophomore Ahkee Anderson, who finished with 27 points and 13 assists. The key to their success, however, is that they are not a one-man show. Tyrus Smiley added 21 points and 8 rebounds, and Julian Swann 17 points and 8 rebounds. Troy Goode led CM with 21 points and Sean Braithwaite had 18. BOX 12/22
Longwood 52
Ward Melville 37
The Lions, who trailed by 2 at the half, dominated the second half for the big Suffolk League 1 home win. League 1 is shaping up as Long Island's top conference this season. The Whittys combined for 33 points to lead the way for Longwood while top big man Alex Sobel finished with 21 for the Patriots. BOX 12/21

Westhampton 73
Kings Park 68
Two legit Class A contenders and the senior dominated Hurricanes prevailed, holding off a Kingsmen fourth quarter rally at home to improve to 6-0 and hand Kings Park their first loss. Jake Gaudiello had another big game, finishing with 34 points, Nolan Quinlan had 16, and Simon Brathwaite 10. Andrew Bianco led Kings Park with 25 points. BOX 12/21
Ward Melville 65
Patchogue-Medford 48
This was a match-up between two good teams with talented big men, and the Patriots won it hands down, taking command with a 21-8 second quarter to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season. Ray Grabowski led the way with 18 points and Alex Sobel dominated the big man showdown with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 7 blocks. Brendan Martin added 16 points and 6 assists. For Pat-Med, Brian Dellecave and Noah Stevenson both finished with 12 points. BOX 12/19

Kings Park 70 Sayville 44
As the process continues to find the teams that will challenge favorite Amityville in Suffolk Class A, the Kingsmen continue to roll, improving to 6-0 behind a balanced attack led by Brendan Kehoe, who finished with 14 points, Andrew Bianco and Zach Wolf, who both had 12 and Bianco added 11 rebounds, and Matt LaCascia, who had 11. Joey Mas led Sayville with 11 points. BOX 12/19
Nazareth 71
Center Moriches 69 OT
Center Moriches stepped up to take on the 7th ranked Class A team in New York State and had them on the ropes the whole game, but the upset slipped from their grasp in overtime. Sean Braithwaite was big time, hitting big shot after big shot and finishing with 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. FULL STORY LATER 12/16

Knox School 82
Hempstead 53
The Knox School used height and a stifling defense to take an early lead against Hempstead that never dwindled. The defense pilfered 23 steals from Hempstead, who struggled from the field, as well (shooting 35 perecnt). Knox built a 43-24 lead by the half, and closed strongly, as well; with a 21-7 fourth quarter. Josh Gray – 6’10 – grabbed 15 rebounds for The Knox School, to go along with 11 points. Quinton Williams scored 19 for Knox an Khallyn LaFond added 16. Brett Talbert chipped in with 14 and led the team with 6 steals. For Hempstead, Devin Dobson was a force down low, with 19 points and 9 boards; and Deshawn Meadors had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. 12/16
Babylon 65
Greenport 50
Class B Babylon improves to 5-0, beating Long Island's top rated Class C team. BOX 12/15
East Islip 67
Harborfields 55
East Islip confirmed their contender status with a tough road win over the Green Tornadoes. Jordan Mosley led a balanced attack with 19 points. BOX DETAILS LATER 12/14
Greenport 72
Stony Brook 49
Can anyone challenge the Porters in Suffolk League 8? In Class C? Super sophomore Ahkee Anderson had 25 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, Julian Swann 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks and Jaxan Swann 11 points. James Toney led Stony Brook with 18. BOX 12/13
Kings Park 77
Harborfields 60
Upset? A Harborfields loss is always news, but Kings Park is now 3-0 with an average victory margin of 22 points. BOX 12/12
Knox School 86
Green Tech 81
The Knox School launched their successful prep program a few years ago and now they are beefing up their high school program, and with impressive results, defeating a strong Class AA program from upstate. 
​#2 Hills East 73
#6 Brentwood 69
It was another highly anticipated early season match-up at the new Coaches vs Cancer Showcase, and it lived up to its advance billing, with sophomore dominated Brentwood looking very impressive while building a big second quarter lead and senior-dominated Hills East rallying in the second half on another incredible performance by Savion Lewis, who finished with 37 points to lead the Thunderbirds to the dramatic come from behind victory. It was the season opener for Hills East and they jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead on back to back jumpers by Kenny Mathurin and Lewis. Brentwood responded with a Zed Key foul line jumper and took the lead on a left-wing 3 pointer by Josh Jenkins, but Julien Crittendon answered with a three from the left wing and then a steal and fast break basket and a three point play by Lewis made it 16-10 Hills. Brentwood closed out the quarter on a run, with Julian Almonte's right wing three cutting it to 16-13 and then Key’s back to back baskets, the second a resounding dunk right before the buzzer, gave the Indians a 19-18 lead with one quarter complete. They carried the momentum into the second quarter, going up 31-22 on back to back three pointers by Lazo and Jenkins and then Lazo hit a nice floater from just inside the foul line and added two free throws to bump the lead to 12. Jordan Riley's back to back baskets made it 42-28, and Tyrell Anderson closed out the half by cutting across the lane from the right wing and hitting a floater to give Brentwood a surprising 45-30 advantage at intermission. It looked like more of the same as the third quarter got underway, with Lazo knocking down a left wing three pointer for an 18 point lead, but Crittendon scored back to back fast break baskets and you could feel the momentum starting to change. The teams traded baskets down to the 2:08 mark, when back to back baskets by Nero-Clark made it an 11 point game, and then Lewis sliced through traffic and scored and scored again on the break and it was 56-49 at the third quarter buzzer. Lazo opened the fourth quarter with another three pointer, good for a 10 point Brentwood lead, but after a Hills free throw brought them within 9, Lewis took over, going on an incredible one man run, scoring 10 points over a 2 minute span to give the Thunderbirds a 1 point lead with 4:41 to play. The young and talented Indians tried to regroup, with Bryce Harris retaking the lead on a basket from underneath, but Mathurin answered with a nice basket off a pick and roll and then he scored from underneath back to back and Nero-Clark added a putback to make it 68-61 Hills with 2:02 remaining. Harris kept hopes alive with a putback at the 1:44 mark, and Lazo’s fast break basket made it a 3 point game with 1:22 showing but Elijah Morrison’s big right wing three and a fast break basket by Lewis made it 73-65 with only 22 seconds to play. Game over. Crittenden finished with 11 points for Hills East, Lazo led Brentwood with 19, Jenkins had 13, Key 12 and Harris 11. Lewis is already putting together a dream season after just one game. He not only scored 37, handed out 8 assists, and had 4 steals in this one, but also scored his 1000th career point and had his 100th career steal. Add to that Nike/IS8 Player of The Year Honors and Alzheimers Game MVP honors earlier this fall and you’d have to say he’s off to a pretty good start. 12/9

Patchogue-Medford 66
Copiague 64
Copiague has a nice team and had their share of Sweet 16 votes in the last poll, but Pat-Med is off to an impressive 4-0 start and held off the surging Eagles in another good Coaches vs Cancer Showcase matchup. Brian Dellecave iced the hard fought game at the line, but the Raiders imposing front line did most of the damage before that, with Nathaniel Ormond registering another big game with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Noah Stevenson adding 11 points, 7 rebounds and an astounding 8 blocks. Michael Snowden led all scorers with 27 points for Copaige and Keenon White added 14. 12/9
Stony Brook 53
 Kew Forest 45
In a rare PSAA vs Section XI matchup, the Bears defeated the Queens based school behind 19 point from Emil Vaughn and 14 points and 12 rebounds from James Toney to improve to 4-0 on the season. 12/8
Westhampton 68
Hauppauge 34
The Hurricanes improved to 3-0 with a convincing win. Jake Gaudiello gets more impressive with every game, recording 19 points and 12 assists, and Simon Brathwaite added 14 points and Nolan Quinlan 12 rebounds. Eric San Filippo led Hauppauge with 13 points. 12/7 
Pride Take Long Island Championship!
Long Island's two Division 1 college basketball teams faced off, and the Pride held off the Seawolves 84-81 on the road behind 33 points from Justin Wright-Foreman and 19 points from Desure Buie. STORY 12/12

Nassau CC 92
Suffolk CC 89
Nassau Community College handed Suffolk Community College its first loss of the season, holding off the Sharks to improve to 11-2. Elmont's Jalen Burgess and Freeport's Cameron Winston led 5 Lions in double figures. Burgess finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals, and Winston with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Suffolk falls to 11-1. BOX 12/12

Long Island Over Texas
The Long Island Nets improved to 10-5 on the season with a 124-112 win over the Texas Legends - G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The Nets remain a game behind the Westchester Knicks in the Atlantic Division. Former Stony Brook star Jameel Warney had 27 points and 14 rebounds for Dallas. 12/11

Hofstra Tops Rider
Freshman Jalen Ray drained a three-pointer with 4:51 left to play to give Hofstra the lead and ignite a 9-0 run that would carry the Pride to a big 88-82 road win. Justin Wright-Foreman poured in a season-high 30 points and sophomore Eli Pemberton added a career-best 28 points as Hofstra improved to 6-3 overall. 12/9

1,000 For Fox!
Brian Fox of Floral Park hit a 3 pointer in the 3rd quarter against Lawrence to record his 1000th career point. Brian finished with 17 to lead Floral Park to a 84 – 60 win, bringing their record to 9 – 1. 1/6

Stony Brook 63
Hartford 61
Tyrell Sturdivant knocked down a clutch three pointer in the final seconds to give the Seawolves a big league road win. STORY 1/6

NYC vs LI Update
Long Island has won the season series between boys high school varsity teams for 10 straight years now, but New York City teams closed out December with a 10-3 run, topped off by Inwood Academy's win over Kellenberg, to take a two game lead and only wins by Amityville over St. Francis Prep and Holy Trinity over St. Edmund's Prep later that same day enabled Long Island to tie this season's series through 12/31.

Bellport 9-0
Farmingdale 10-0
Hewlett 9-0
Garden City 8-0
Oyster Bay 9-0
Knox 9-0

Hofstra 71
Northeastern 70
The Pride picked up their first conference win, and on the road against Port Jefferson grad Bill Coen's team. STORY BOX SCORE

1,000 For DeSantis
Andrew DeSantis scored the 1,000th point of his career on a free throw in the second quarter and finished with 19 points to lead #12 Garden City to a 63-57 victory over Calhoun. 

Westchester Knicks 104 Long Island Nets 92
A good crowd and a good game in this NBA G-League first place showdown, but the Knicks pulled away down the stretch after a big Nets rally.

Stony Brook 75
Rutgers 73 OT
In perhaps the biggest regular season win in program history, the Seawolves trailed by 5 with 10 seconds remaining, but Tyrell Sturdivant drove down the lane and dunked and Jaron Cornish stole the ball and knocked down a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, where a Jakub Petras jumper at the buzzer gave them a heart-stopping road victory over the Big 10 school and former coach Steve Pikiell. BOX 12/22

Long Island 120
Fort Wayne 117
Long Island won their 9th game in their last 11, digging out of a first-half hole to move into first place, percentage points ahead of Westchester, the G-League affiliate of the New York Knicks. Former Chicago-Loyola star Milton Doyle, who just signed a two-way contract with the parent Brooklyn club, led the way with 30 points, U. Miami's Kamari Murphy added 15 points, and former Seton Hall and Lincoln star Isaiah Whitehead 13. FULL COVERAGE

Adelphi 110
Molloy 77
Both teams are talented and off to slow starts, but the Panthers put it all together in this Long Island D2 showdown, running away with it with a 67 point first half. STORY BOX

New York State Rankings
The first New York State Sportswriters Association State rankings are out, and here is how Long Island teams fared:
            #3 - Long Island Lutheran
            #9 - Hills East
            #18 - Uniondale
            #22 - Brentwood
            #5 - Chaminade
            #12 - St. Anthony's
            #15 - Amityville
            #17 - Elmont
            #4 - LWA
            #8 - Center Moriches
            #18 - Babylon
            #23 - Oyster Bay
            #2 - Greenport
            #5 - Stony Brook
            #13 - Bridgehampton


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! 
Hofstra 76
Towson 73
Freshman Jalen Ray drained the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer as the Pride impressively rallied from a 10 point deficit to pick up a big conference road win. 1/11 STORY
Nets Slide Continues
Oklahoma City 121
Long Island 110
Long Island's team moved into first place back on  December 21st with a come from behind road win over Fort Wayne, but since losing their much anticipated first place showdown with the arch rival Westchester Knicks on December 29th, they have lost four straight, the last two neutral site games at the big G-League Showcase this past week up in Canada. Next up, a rematch with the Knicks in Westchester next Wednesday. They won't be home again until they host Maine on January 23rd.  1/12