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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
  1. LuHi
  2. Westbury
  3. Hills East
  4. Chaminade
  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 
SWEET 16
COACHES POLL
NYC vs LI
As you probably know, we track the season series between the two regions annually, recording the results of all boys high school varsity games, and we're very proud to say that Long Island racked up another impressive win this past season to take their 9th straight victory in the series. Unfortunately, the season ended with LuHi's loss to Lincoln in the Federation Class AA State Championship Game, but it was an otherwise dominating +30 game margin by Long Island teams, an all-time record. By the way, one of the common myths about this series is that Long Island teams play down, and that's why we dominate. In fact, the opposite is true. If the match-ups aren't at the same level, which most are, then usually Long Island teams play up! Most often, it's our Class A teams playing NYC AAs. Yet we still win the series year after year! 
​"THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT"
 - Martin Luther King Jr.
OUR 2017 CHAMPIONS
LONG ISLAND
CLASS AA: Westbury
CLASS A: Southampton
CLASS B: Center Moriches
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton
NSCHSAA: Chaminade
Independant: LuHI
PSAA: LWA
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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Sweet 16 Report
#6 St. Anthony’s 72
 Springfield Gardens 46
BY CHIS PALERMO
The first quarter was close, but Springfield, a PSAL Class AA team with a 6-2 record coming into the game, never held a lead. For St. Anthony’s it was a homecoming for Tyrone Lyons (playing in Amityville). Springfield Gardens tried to play a fast-paced game (and Carl Damour hit some fantastic three-pointers in transition), but the lack of size and discipline doomed them. For St. Anthony’s, Antonio Lopez (6’7) and Lyons (6’6) were able to dominate on both sides of the ball – and in fact, neither played in the paint, predominantly. Both could handle the ball (and even put in three 3-pointers). By the half, it was 36-21, and the lead just kept growing. Lopez ended with 18 points and 10 rebounds (and 4 steals). Jon Harewood ran the offense with 14 points and 9 assists (many of which were needle-threaders!) and Lyons struggled from the field, but still ended with 13 points and 4 boards (and a massive alley-oop that had the crowd on its feet)! For Springfield Gardens, Damour had 13 and Devon Mattews had 9 with 11 rebounds. For the game Springfield only had 5 assists – most of their baskets were isolation plays – and the disciplined St. Anthony’s defense was ready for that. St. Anthony’s outshot Springfield 45 percent to 36 percent; they hit 50 percent of their three-pointers and a solid 75 percent from the free throw line. 12/16

Roosevelt 59
#7 LWA 58
The Roughriders remain unbeaten with the upset. Nasir Fiallo's huge three pointer with 11 seconds left cut it to 1, and after a costly turnover, Isaiah Stone had the dramatic game winning tip-in. Tyriek Goss led the balanced attack with 13 points and 13 rebounds, Eddie Torres had 12 points and Stone finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. 12/16

#8 Amityville 94
Sewanhaka 63
BY CHIS PALERMO
Sewanhaka may still not know what hit them. In a game featuring two teams that thrive on chaos, Amityville emerged victorious. The defense by the Warriors was frenetic (12 steals) and they held Sewanhaka to 30 percent shooting from the floor (and 24 percent from three-point-land). The swarming defense did lead to 35 free throw attempts; but Sewanhaka only converted 13 of those – 37 percent. Josh Serrano came out hot – hitting his first two shots (both 3-pointers) and getting fouled on the second one. Before Sewanhaka knew it, they were down double-digits (28-15 after the first quarter; 43-27 at the half). Serrano had 13 points in the first quarter alone. But, Amityville is far from a one-man-show. The second quarter belonged to Julius Goddard (who electrified the crowd with a monster breakaway steal and dunk). In fact, Serrano (dubbed “Mr. Greenlight” by the MC) took only two shots in the second quarter – one of which was waved off for basket interference. And in the third quarter, Jayson Robins took over (and was the recipient of an alley-oop pass from Serrano in traffic, which he threw down with two hands … by the way, Robins is 5’11!) Sewanhaka was never able to get untracked, and by midway through the fourth quarter, it was garbage time – the outcome was never in doubt. Sewanhaka was led by Eric Armstrong, who had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Jazier Whitely had 13 points and 8 boards and Giovany Brice had 10 and 7. For Amityville, Serrano had 30 points (on 10-16 shooting, 5-7 from three-point-land). Robins added 29 and Goddard had 14 and 6 boards. 12/16

#13 Bellport 65
Great Neck North 54
BY CHIS PALERMO
Great Neck’s collapsing zone defense kept Bellport’s Jarrell White in check in the first half – while Great Neck hit some key 3-pointers, to head into the break up 29-27. Midway through the third quarter, however; Great Neck’s offense went ice cold; and the defense, which had been so impenetrable in the first half, showed weaknesses in transition, as Bellport outscored Great Neck 22-9 in the third quarter. While Bellport still struggled from the field (not including White’s dominant post-presence, the rest of the team shot 11-40 from the field); but White began making his presence known on the offensive boards, cleaning up the misses, and finished the game with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Kyhleim Robinson added 15 and Teandre Rountree had 7 with 5 assists and 4 steals. For Great Neck, Julien Hakimian led the team with 21 (including 5 3-pointers) and Daniel Sharifan had a solid game, with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. 12/16 
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#4 Chaminade 65
Cardinal Hayes 62
A Bobby Connors three pointer gave the Flyers the big home win over NYC's #2 ranked team. BOX 12/15

#12 Garden City 49
Floral Park 48
James Cashwell's tip-in paused on the rim for a moment and then dropped in at the buzzer to give the Trojans the dramatic road win. Garden City survived in this one, playing most of the second half without leading scorer Andrew DeSantis, who took a blow to the head going for a loose ball, and then missing four straight free throws in the final moments with the game on the line. 12/15
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#5 Brentwood 81
#8 Elmont 58
Elmont has had a brutal schedule so far, taking on two Top 5 teams and the defending CHSAA Class AA New York Archdiocese Champions to start the season, and they fell to 1-2 at the hands of Zed Key and mighty Brentwood. Key racked up 28 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks, Bryce Harris added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Kenny Lazo scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Jarell Pierre-Louis led the Spartans with 12 points. BOX 12/14

#6 St. Anthony's 73
 Wyandanch 60
The Friars jumped out to a 21 point halftime lead and cruised home for the victory. Tyrone Lyons stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. BOX 12/14

#13 Bellport 74
 Central Islip 71
Big match-ups don't always live up to the hype, but this one did. Host Bellport won this back and forth slugfest and Jarell White led the way, scoring 28 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. Kyleim Robinson had 10 big points in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 and Teandre Roundtree added 11 points and 9 assists. C.I featured a balanced attack with 5 players in double figures, led by Javal Staton with 13. BOX 12/14
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#1 LuHi 88
Holy Cross 37
Not the best Holy Cross team this season, but still. Wow! Crusaders are ranked #3 in the first New York State poll. 12/12

#3 Uniondale 74
Valley Stream South 56
The Knights are weaving their way through their tough non-league schedule without any problems so far. A tough league opener 12/19 at home against #15 Syosset. BOX 12/12

#4 Chaminade 62
#9 Elmont 47
This highly anticipated match-up at the Public/Catholic Challenge was close at the half, but Chaminade took command in the third quarter behind 9 points from Bobby Conners and 8 from Kieran Dorney. Still, all the seeds were there for a dramatic fourth quarter comeback by the 9th ranked Spartans, but they squandered them, missing 11 fourth quarter free throws to kill their rally in its tracks.   BOX 12/12 DETAILS LATER

#8 Amityville 101
John Glenn 58
The Warriors flexed their muscles in preparation for their big match-up with Sewanhaka this Saturday. BOX 12/12

#11 Deer Park 62
 Westbury 51
The Falcons are impressive already and they'll only get better with one of those super sophomores running the point. BOX 12/12

#12 Garden City 68
 Manhasset 45
Impressive opener for the Trojans. BOX 12/12

Central Islip 68
#14 Longwood 56
No doubt C.I. is a serious contender this season and is looking like a clear favorite in Suffolk League 2. BOX 12/12

#15 Syosset 54
South Side 43
Nice win over the always tough Cyclones. BOX 12/12
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#4 Uniondale 63
 Fox Lane 51
The Knights took down Westchester’s 9th ranked team at a showcase in White Plains, with Craig Brown, who has taken his game to a new level this season, leading the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds. RJ Meyers-Turner has also stepped up his game and added 19 points and team leader Danny Ashley did it all, finishing with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. 12/10
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Nassau County
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 awhile since long time 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
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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
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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
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​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
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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
Suffolk County
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
BY CHIS PALERMO
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
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Babylon 65
Greenport 50
Class B Babylon improves to 5-0, beating Long Island's top rated Class C team. BOX 12/15
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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
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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
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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
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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. 
MORE LATER 12/10
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​#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 12/9
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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
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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
New York State Rankings
The first New York State Sportswriters Association State rankings are out, and here is how Long Island teams fared:
CLASS AA
            #3 - Long Island Lutheran
            #9 - Hills East
            #18 - Uniondale
            #22 - Brentwood
CLASS A
            #5 - Chaminade
            #12 - St. Anthony's
            #15 - Amityville
            #17 - Elmont
CLASS B
            #4 - LWA
            #8 - Center Moriches
            #18 - Babylon
            #23 - Oyster Bay
CLASS C
            #2 - Greenport
            #5 - Stony Brook
CLASS D
            #13 - Bridgehampton

SEE THE COMPETE NEW YORK STATE RANKINGS HERE