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Uniondale At Buzzer
Uniondale and New Rochelle waged a back and forth battle from whistle to whistle, but as the final seconds ticked down, it looked like the Huguenots would prevail. Danny Ashley saved the day, drilling a three pointer from the right baseline with defenders draped all over him for a dramatic 71-70 victory. FULL COVERAGE LATER
Baldwin Rallies
The Bruins looked overmatched in the early going, but in classic Bruin style, trapped, pressed, and hustled their way to a 60-57 victory over an excellent Mt. St. Michael team. 
Elmont Reloads
KC Ndefo, an important role player on last season’s State Championship team, looks like he's ready to lead the Spartans in defense of their title, first earning MVP honors at the Alzheimer’s Preseason All Star Game, and now scoring 28 points, including 5 three pointers, to lead the Spartans to an impressive 57-46 win over upstate Class AA power Christian Brothers Academy. 
LuHi Juggernaught
LuHi demolished two time defending Section 9 Champion Middletown 97-57. 
Inspirational Loss
The South Side Cyclones were without three starters, and seemingly in a hopeless situation against a good Fox Lane team, but battled them right down to the wire before falling 52-50. 
Hills East Tops North Bab
​In the first heavyweight matchup of the season, 4th ranked Hills East jumped in front with a hounding pressing/trapping defense and a balanced attack led by Savion Lewis and Julien Crittendon, and looked like they would run away with it, but North Babylon big man Billy Muller asserted himself in the second half and kept the Bulldogs within striking distance. In the end, the Thunderbirds remained in control, holding off several North Babylon runs to take an impressive 72-63 decision at home. One of the first things you notice about this Hills East team is their speed and quickness, and they put it to use right from the tap, following up North Babylon’s Brandon Sobotker, who opened the game with a three-pointer, with fast break baskets by Kenny Mathurin, Kendall Nero-Clark, and Lewis for a quick 6-3 lead. Devon Hicks cut diagonally across the lane, got the dish and pulled up for a short jumper to cut it to 6-5, but a beautiful give and go to Lewis sparked another high-speed run, and a putback by Nero-Clark and a fast break basket by Kioni Nedd gave the Thunderbirds a 12-5 advantage with 4:32 to play in the opening quarter. Mathurin’s fast break dunk off a turnover and a steal and basket by Lewis turned it into an 11 point lead and what looked like the beginning of a decisive run, but a big 3 by Jason Okanlawon from the left wing stopped it, and then Sobotker’s two free throws and his running hook shot and the Bulldogs were back in it, trailing 16-12. Hills East responded, scoring 9 straight points to close out the quarter, capped off by a 3 pointer by Shane Dean from the deep right wing, and they had a solid 25-12 lead with one quarter complete. Dean kept it going, opening the second quarter with a left baseline 3 pointer to put the Bulldogs on the ropes once again, and although Michael Picataggio answered with a left wing 3, Dean responded with his third straight triple, this one from the right wing, to keep the pressure on. Give North Babylon credit: Hills East was doing a great job limiting Billy Muller's touches, but his teammates stepped up, with Shavonte Thomas looping one in from the lane and Hicks knocking down two free throws to get the Bulldogs back within striking distance. The teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the half, with Crittendon carrying the load for the Thunderbirds, and just as Hills started to ease away once again, North Baylon got clutch back to back 3s from Okanlawon to cut it to 45-33 Thunderbirds at intermission. You could tell that North Babylon was determined to get the ball into the hands of Muller as the second half got underway, and they did and he responded, opening the half with 7 straight points to bring the Bulldogs back within 5. Nero-Clark stopped the run, rebounding his own miss and scoring, and then he scored again, this time on the break after a turnover. Crittendon followed him with another fast break basket and before you knew it, Hills was up by double digits again, but Cori Sanders renewed the North Babylon push with a right wing 3, and Muller’s two free throws made it a 6 point game. Lewis, who is racking up D1 offers, answered with back to baskets, Nedd stole the ball and scored, Sean Lulley knocked down a baseline jumper, and Lewis scored again back to back, making it 63-45 East with 1:02 to play in the quarter in what surely was the decisive run, but maybe not! Muller scored off an inbound play and knocked down a baseline jumper in the final seconds, cutting it to 63-49 with three quarters in the books and it felt like the Bulldogs were still alive. Muller confirmed it, hitting a nice turn-around jumper to open the 4th quarter, and the teams traded baskets down to the 4-minute mark when a Sanders putback of a missed free throw and a running hook shot by Hicks cut it to 68-59. Nero-Clark scored another clutch basket for Hills, rebounding and scoring with 2:36 to play, but Muller answered with another turn-around and NB still had hope. It quickly vanished, with both teams struggling to score down the stretch. The Thunderbirds added two free throws by Nedd, and Muller scored once again for the 72-63 final. Crittendon led Hills East with 21 points, Lewis had 16 and 5 assists, Kendall Nero-Clark finished with 12 points, and Dean with 11. For North Babylon, Muller matched Crittendon with 21 points and Picataggio had 11. 12/1
Knicks Survive
The Knicks withstood an 18-0 run and held off the Sacremento Kings 106-98

BBP Islip Tourney Champs
Bayport-Blue Point looks like a Class A contender again this season after pounding Class AA West Babylon 105-77 in the final of Islip's Anil John Tournament. Mike Darby led the way with 32 points and 5 assists, Zach Walker added 27 points and 8 steals, and Andrew Riefenstahl chipped in 21 points. They defeated host Isip 86-53 in the first round, and it was Kevin Doty who led the way with 24 points 12/3.

Floral Park Routs Babylon
Floral Park is another team to keep your eye on this season, crushing Babylon 79-40 in their opener behind 29 points from Brian Fox, 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists from TJ Cleuss, and 8 points and 7 assists from Frank Phelan. 12/3

Hewlett Takes Opener
Nassau Class A contender Hewlett opened their season with a solid 58-47 win over a good Sewanhaka team. 
Zach Bromfeld led the way with 23 points and Matt Mannino added 11. 12/2

Bellmore Shaw Champs
Bellmore JFK defeated host MacArthur 43-36 to capture the 2016 Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament Championship. Marco Travaglione led the way with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Steve Carlson added 15 points. The Cougars defeated Division 51-38 in the first round behind 14 points from Josh Eisner, 13 from Carlson, and 12 from Matt Muscarella. In the Consolation Game, Mike Tamburello hit an incredible 12 three pointers, finishing with 40 points in Division's win over Denmark.  12/2

​Smithtown West Cruises
12th ranked Smithtown West jumped out to a 27-5 lead and rolled to a 66-42 win over Mt. Sinai in the season opener for both teams. 12/1



  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 
Pro Battle Of LI!
Not only was our new Long Island Nets D League team hosting, but both teams got great performances from Long Islanders, with Hicksville's John Petrucelli scoring 20 points to help lead the Erie BayHawks to 114-105 OT victory over the Nets and their leading scorer, Brentwood's JJ Moore, who finished with 23 points. 

Titans Bounce Back
#8 Holy Trinity showed what they are capable of, even without point guard and leading scorer Thornton Scott, going on the road and defeating Holy Cross 72-64 behind 20 points from Tyler Small, 17 from Cam Wynter, and 12 from Taj Jenkins. 12/6

Tough Start For St. Dom's
The Bayhawks dropped to 0-4 on the new season, falling to a good Roosevelt team 91-60. Timmy Santana led the Roughriders with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals, Latrell Hollis added 22 points and 8 rebounds, and Isaiah Stone finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. 12/6

Chaminade Rebounds
The Flyers recovered from a humbling road defeat, pounding Commack 67-40 on their home court. All-Star Kyle Murphy finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Bobby Connors added 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Brendan McGuire chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Donohue led the Cougars with 10 points. 12/6

Farrell Nips #3 Titans
Monsignor Farrell surprised 3rd ranked Holy Trinity 41-40, holding the Titans to three 4th quarter points. Tyler Small had a big game, finishing with 21 points for Holy Trinity. The Friars played without All-Star Thorton Scott, who will be out a few more weeks recovering from a foot injury. STORY 12/3  
Gus Alfieri Honored
4th ranked St. Anthony's kicked off their 2016-17 season with a resounding 71-38 win over Carey, with Jon Harewood scoring 19 points and Tyrone Lyons 12, but the highlight of the evening was the halftime dedication of their home court in the name of long-time coach Gus Alfieri, who guided the Friars to state and national prominence and helped usher in the golden age of Long Island basketball. Congratulations to Coach Alfieri! We look forward to covering games on the Gus Alfieri Court for many years to come 12/5
Hewlett 63 Queensbury 56
Hewlett is coming home from upstate New York with an 8-1 record and the Shawn Walsh Memorial Tournament Championship. Alyjah Hill was MVP of the tournament and had 25 points in the title game, and Zach Bromfeld was All-Tournament and had 23 points and 16 rebounds in the semifinal. 12/30
#15 Syosset 62 MacArthur 37
The Braves remain unbeaten, improving to 9-0 with a convincing victory. Robert Kula was high scorer with 12 points, and Griffin Halpern racked up 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. 12/29
#13 Floral Park 74
 #3 Westbury 71
Games like this are what December
basketball is all about, with great match-ups between good teams that don’t normally play each other, and this one was all you could ask for. Game 1 of Chaminade’s annual Haggerty Tournament started off as expected - with exciting back and forth action, but it began to look like the Green Dragons might pull away after Darius Young knocked down back to back threes. TJ Cluess kept it close with a nice cut and basket from the left wing, and then Floral Park took the lead on a Matt Jounakos three pointer from the top at the 3 minute mark of the quarter. The teams kept up the exciting pace going straight to the buzzer, with a left wing three by Cluess giving Floral Park a 22-20 edge with one quarter complete. A Bien-Aise basket from underneath tied it as the second quarter got underway, and another Young three made it 25-22 Westbury, but the Knights had the upper hand the rest of the quarter, building a 5 point lead on a Cluess three, Frank Phelan's steal and fast break basket, and a left wing three by Jounakos, and they led by 10 with 2:19 to go on back to back fast break baskets by Phelan. The lead was 11 at intermission. Floral Park threatened to pull away as the third quarter got underway, going up 47-35 on another Cluess three, but Jonathan Dean's jumper and free throw brought the lead back down to single digits, Khalid Ketchens added a putback, and Bien-Aise a baseline drive and fastbreak basket and the Green Dragons were back in it. Brandon Ottley continued the run, scoring on the break, Young tied it with a fast break basket off a turnover, and Bien-Aise gave Westbury the lead with a left baseline three with just under 4 minutes to play in the quarter. It was 53-48 Green Dragons after a Ketchens drive from the left wing through traffic, but Phelan knocked down a much needed three for Floral Park to stop the run, and a Jounakos right wing three made it a 1 point game with 2:28 left. Fox’s left baseline drive reclaimed the lead, but Young answered with a three and the teams traded baskets as the clock ticked down, with Westbury up 61-60 at the buzzer. The teams continued to trade baskets at an exciting pace as the decisive 4th quarter began, but a bench technical foul on Westbury with 4:35 to play threatened to swing the momentum to the Knights. Cluess knocked down all four free throws to put Floral Park up by 1, but a power move by Ketchens on the other end and Westbury was back on top. After back to back turnovers, it was Westbury ball, up by 1, with 1:35 to play, but they couldn’t add to the lead and Phelan's running hook shot from the top put Floral Park up 70-69. Dean answered with a drive from behind the left elbow and it was Westbury by 1 with 34 seconds left, but at the 18 second mark, Jounakos struck again, drilling a contested right baseline three that proved to be the game winner. The Green Dragons got off three shots in the final seconds, but none of them found the basket. Floral Park will take on host Chaminade, 74-47 winners over Manhasset, in the Championship Game. T.J. Cluess led all scorers with 27 points, and he pulled down 12 rebounds as well, Phelan added 16 points, Jounakos 15, and Fox 14. Young and Bien-Aise both had 20 points for Westbury, and Dean and Ketchens both 12. 
​St. Augustine 76 Holy Trinity 40
The 4th ranked Titans were pounded by one of New Jersey's top ranked teams at the Skyline Classic in Jersey City. 12/28

Malverne Rocks Westbury 
Malverne did not look good the last time we saw them, getting pounded by St. Anthony's and looking listless and confused, but things have changed. The Mules registered their 2nd straight upset, defeating Westbury 74-59 in the championship game of their own tournament the night after beating West Hempstead 83-65 in the semifinals, and it wasn't just that they beat two good teams, but they beat them easily! Craig Wilson was the star tonight, scoring 32 points while Greg Lott added 17 points and 13 rebounds. 12/29/06 EDITORS NOTE: Malverne went on to win NYSPHSAA and Federation State Championships that season!

Nassau Highlights
#7 Uniondale 69 Hempstead 50
The Knights registered another impressive win over a good opponent. As one Sweet 16 voter put it: "Wow to Uniondale for getting it done with 3 sophomores in the starting lineup". Talented youngsters and veteran leadership from Danny Ashley, who finished with 29 points and 6 assists in this one. 12/23
Locust Valley 52 CS Harbor 47
Two teams off to good starts in an early conference showdown, and the road team prevailed, handing the hosts their first loss of the season. Balanced attacks seem to be the key to success for many teams this season, and that's what the Falcons threw at the Seahawks, led by Brian Wright with 11 points and Danny Wilson with 10. Reese Grossman led all scorers with 22 for the CSH 12/23
Roslyn 71 #15 Hewlett 62
3-4 Roslyn rallied from an 8 point halftime deficit on the road to hand red hot Hewlett their first loss, and they did it without a three point barrage. Jake Buchbinder led the balanced attack, scoring 9 fourth quarter points and finishing with 17, Omar Burns had 13 points off the bench, Jonah Tener finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds, Jared Cohen 11 points and 5 assists, and Eric Somer added 10 points. Gianluca Preziosi led Hewlett with 17 points and Matthew Mannino had 13. 12/22
#1 LuHi 74 Poly Prep 60
The Crusaders took to the road and handed private school power Poly Prep their second loss of the season. All New York State forward Donatas Kupsas returned to the line-up after an injury kept him out of their two previous games, which included their only loss, and he finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Chris Coalman had another big game, scoring 23 points and making 4 steals, sophomore Essam Mostafa added 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Jacobs had 13 points and eight assists. LuHi has a home game today against Leman Manhattan Prep, and then will spend the vacation at a tournament in Florida. 12/22
Syosset 73 Hempstead 65
Syosset is off to a good start, and picked up an impressive road win, holding off the Tigers to improve to 6-0. Hempstead trailed by 15 at the half, but outscored the Braves 16-4 in the third quarter and it was a war the rest of the way. Griffin Halpern, who is averaging 17 ppg, led Syosset with 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, Robert Kula scored 13 of his 19 points in the decisive 4th quarter, and Jacob Wiener added 13 points. Hempstead's balanced attack was led by Dante Lowers with 16 points and Lykeem Bethea with 13. 12/20
Hewlett 73 South Side 58
Playing on the road, and with their leading scorer, Brandon Grayson, held to just 9 points, the Cyclones made a game of it, but the host Bulldogs were just too much, pulling away in the 4th quarter behind big games from Alyjah Hill, who had 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks, Zach Bromfeld, who is averaging a double-double and had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Gianluca Preziosi, who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Matthew Mannino, who finished with 6 points and 16 rebounds. Pat Basile had a season-high 23 for South Side. Can’t wait for the rematch, which will be January 19th! 12/20
VS North 70 Glen Cove 57
Valley Stream North is making their case for returning to the Sweet 16, impressively defeated previously unbeaten Glen Cove with their formidable balanced attack. John Alimo and Noah Shy led the way with 19 points each, Taliq Abdul-Rahim added 17 and Omar Baxter 13. Neri Romero led Glen Cove with 19, Jared Jackson had 17, and Kevin Ernest 11. 12/19
LWA 91 Portledge 46
New York State's top ranked Class C team rolled over the team thought to be their strongest league challenger.  Jordan Dingle led the way with 20 points. Trevor Dowd had 12 for Portledge. 12/19
Hempstead 62 Holy Cross 60
Coming into the weekend, the results of this game might have been expected, but Saturday, 1-4 Holy Cross upset Long Island Lutheran, Long Island's #1 ranked team, so Hempstead's dramatic last-second victory at the Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic turned out to be a big one for the unbeaten Tigers. Lykeem Bethea, who hit the game winner, led the way with 11 points and 9 assists, Ja'Juan Polley added 11 points and Dante Lowers 10, and Devin Dobson finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds. Hempstead improved to 4-0 on the season. 12/18
Holy Cross 63 #1 LuHi 60
The undefeated Crusaders were shocked on the road by the 1-4 Knights. 12/17
Manhasset 52 Garden City 38
Two teams looking to be competitive in Nassau Class A faced off, and Manhasset staged a second half rally on the road, holding Garden City to just 9 second half points. Chris Themelis led the Indians with 15 points and Danny Hedberg added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Andrew DeSantis finished with 18 points and Kevin McNiff with 10 for the Trojans. 12/16
Syosset 54 Pt Washington 44
Syosset looks like a contender again in Nassau AA1, improving to 5-0 with an impressive road win over Port Washington, who fell to 3-2 with the loss. Jacob Wiener led the Braves with 19 points and Griffin Halpern had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while Xavier Merriweather led Port Washington with 17. 12/15
Hewlett 66 #41 Chaminade 57
There are a lot of very good teams in Nassau Class A this season, and Hewlett is definitely one of them. The Bulldogs beat Chaminade at Chaminade, and in impressive fashion. One of Long Island's top big men, Zach Bromfeld, had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and the extremely athletic Alyjah Hill finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. 12/14
#4 Westbury 81 Kellenberg 58
Last season, Kellenberg pounded Westbury. The Green Dragons returned the favor, leading wire to wire, and featured a balanced attack led by Darius Young with 19 points, Isiah Bien-Aise with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Jonathan Dean with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and Khalid Ketchens with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Brandon Ottley ran the show, finishing with 8 assists. Dylan Willis led Kellenberg with 12 points and Michael Geisweller had 11. 12/14
Plainview 53 Massapequa 52
The Hawks improved to 3-1, holding off 12th ranked Massapequa. Jack Stafford, who hit a big three down the stretch, finished with 16 points, and Josh Cohen did too, and finished with 13. Bryce Paladino led Massapequa with 16 points and Thomas Ammendola added 14. 12/13
Floral Park 64 Lindenhurst 52
Floral Park continues to build their resume, utilizing a big second quarter to defeat an improved Lindenhurst team and move to 4-0. Frank Phelan had a big game, finishing with 21 points and 7 assists, T.J. Cluess had 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Brian Fox 14 points. Arthur Brzozka was high man for Lindenhurst with 16 and Rian Casimir added 11. 12/13
Jericho 72 Carle Place 50
The Jayhawks are going to need their youngsters to step up this season, and early signs are promising. Jason Katz led the way with 14 points, and he got help from freshman Brandon Weiss, who finished with 10. Nathaniel Armstrong led all scorers with 16 for Carle Place. 12/12
VS North 55 St. Anthonys 45
16th ranked Valley Stream North stunned #4 St. Anthony's 55-45 at the Public/Catholic Challenge at Elmont HS, pulling away in the 4th quarter of a back and forth game. John Alimo led the way with 17 points, MVP Noah Shy added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, and Taliq Abdul-Rahim finished with 10 points and 5 assists. Tyrone Lyons led the Friars with 16 points and Jon Harewood had 15. 12/10
Elmont 73 Chaminade 68
The Spartans have clearly reloaded, and rallied to win their third consecutive game against a highly regarded opponent, this time led by three 20 point scorers. K.C. Ndefo had a game-high 25 points, Jaylon Miller added 23, and Victor Olawoye 21. Kyle Murphy led Chaminade with 22 points and Brendan McGuire had 14. 12/10
#7 Elmont 68 #15 Deer Park 53
Apparently Elmont is taking this "Defending New York State Champion" thing seriously! The Spartans picked up their second straight impressive win of the young season, with Victor Olawoye leading the balanced attack with 14 points, K.C. Ndefo adding 13, and Jaylin Miller 12. Darien Jenkins led all scorers with 24 for Deer Park. 12/8
Bellmore 69 Malverne 59
Junior Steven Carlson scored a career-high 36 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the Bellmore JFK Cougars to a 69-59 victory over the Malverne Mules. Senior Kobe Chukwuka grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, Senior Josh Eisner scored 9 points and had four assists, and Sophomore Marco Travaglione scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Malverne's Makhia Effs finished with 22 points and Josh Rivers with 16. 12/8
#5 Westbury 78 New Hyde P 52
Playing without All New York State guard Jonathan Dean, Westbury built a 20 point halftime lead and cruised in their opener. The Green Dragon balanced attack was led by Jalyn Dunlap, who had 21 points, and another All New York State guard, Darius Young, who had 16. Khalid Ketchens added 14 points and Brandon Ottley 10 points and 8 assists. Joe Langon had 13 points, Jacom Clemons 11, and Thomas Messina 10 for New Hyde park. 12/7
Hewlett 65 SJB 46
Hewlett blew open a tight game with a 22-6 fourth quarter, led by Zach Bromfeld, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Alyjah Hill, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Gianluca Preziosi, with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals,and Matthew Mannino, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Locastro led SJB with 12 points. 12/7
Massapequa 58 GN South 39
13th ranked Massapequa opened their season with an impressive road win featuring a balanced attack led by Bryce Paladino, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Voigt, who finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Gary Rettig, who added 11 points. Caleb Ponce led GNS with 12 points.  12/6
VS North 61 W Hempstead 50
16th ranked Valley Stream North opened up with a solid home win, featuring Noah Shy with 19 points, Jon Francois and Omar Baxter with 12, and Shamari Griffith with 9 points and 15 rebounds. Christian Martinez led West Hempstead with 19.  12/6
Hempstead 73 William Floyd 54
Hempstead used a 19-6 third quarter to pull away from a William Floyd team visiting from Suffolk County. The Tigers utilized a balanced attack featuring Lykeem Beathea with 15 points, Jajuan Polley and Saybien Barron with 14 each, and Deshawn Meadors with 10. Kendall Robinson led all scorers with 23 points for Floyd. 12/6
Calhoun 78 Farmingdale 73 OT
The Colts, one of our dark horses this season, defeated Farmingdale in two overtimes. Jalen Rosemond led the way with 23 points and Tom Cummings had 17 for Calhoun while Mike Lynch finished with 17 for the Dalers. 12/6
Sewanhaka 73 Amityville 62​
Two good teams met in an intersectional battle, and host Sewanhaka came out on top. Giovamy Bryce was high scorer for the hosts with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Rahim Akinwomni had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Serrano led all scorers with 25 for Amityville. 12/6 
Bob Grant Classic 
Smithtown West Takes Title
The Bulls dug themselves out of an early hole and out battled St. Anthony's 61-54 to win this season's Bob Grant Tip-Off Classic. The final was a defensive battle, with both offenses bottled up as the title game unfolded, but Tyrone Lyons from St. Anthony’s broke the ice with a nice turn-around jumper from the right baseline at the 5:30 mark, and then Mike Pavinelli drilled a left baseline three to make it 5-zip Friars a minute or so later. It remained 5-0 as the first quarter clock dipped under the 3 minute mark, but St. Anthony’s got some momentum going and had a flurry in the final minutes, capped off by Jevon Burke’s left wing three pointer, and they led 14-5 at the buzzer. Corey Bernard kept it going as the second quarter got underway, knocking down a three from behind the right elbow for a 12 point lead, and his second three from about the same spot made it 20-7, but Jake Torres broke the momentum, spotting up on the left wing and knocking down a three for Smithtown. Pavinelli answered with his second three, but Nick Ferolito countered with a left baseline three, sparking a Smithtown run, and it was suddenly tied at 24 after Mike Gannon’s left wing three, Kyle LaGuardia’s spinning drive, and two Gordon Shouler free throws, and ended up tied at 28 at the half. The defenses asserted themselves again in the third quarter, with both teams held to single digits in the quarter, but West was playing with confidence now and kept trying to build a lead, going up 4 on a steal and fast break basket by Ferolito. The Friars kept it close, breaking the Smithtown press and finding Lyons underneath, and when Chris Crespo scored on a drive from the top, Lyons stepped up again, knocking down two free throws and it remained a 2 point game with three quarters complete. A right elbow jumper by Tony Lopez tied it as the 4th quarter got underway, but West retook the lead on a drive by Greg Giordano and the teams traded baskets until Giordano’s fade away jumper from the top, a tip-in by LaGuardia, and Giordano’s leaner from just outside the lane put the Bulls up 48-40 with 2:32 to play. Shouler got a goaltending call to bump the lead to 10, but Jon Harewood kept hopes alive for the Friars, knocking down a thee to make it 50-43 with 1:46 remaining, and then his three point play made it 53-47 at the 1:20 mark. Burke’s three pointer cut it to 55-50 and then his drive made it a 4 point game with 19 seconds showing, but Shouler went to the line three times down the stretch, going 5-6, and the Friars turned it over twice in the final seconds and the Bulls held on for the win. MVP Shouler had 17 points to lead the Smithtown, Giordano 12, LaGuardia 9 points and 15 rebounds, and Crespo 8 points and 7 assists. Burke led the Friads with 14 and Harewood finished with 13. 12/8
Central Islip Rolls
Make no mistake, Central Islip will be a serious contender once again this season, defeating a good Longwood team 76-57 in the consolation game after battling St. Anthony's in the semifinals. 12/8
St. Anthony’s Holds Off C.I.
There was a great first round matchup at the Bob Grant Tip-Off Classic. After a hard fought first quarter, St. Anthonys capitalised on Central Islip’s foul troubles to build a 12 point halftime lead, but the Musketeers quickly closed the gap as the second half got underway, and the teams battled the rest of the way, with the Friars holding on for a 54-52 victory. Jon Harewood led St. Anthony’s with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Tyrone Lyons added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Brentwood transfer Ryan Beckles led all scorers with 25 points for C.I., and Angel Jimenez added 12. 12/7
West Scorches Longwood
It was a very scrappy first half, with 11th ranked Smithtown West taking a 22-20 lead into the locker room, but Gordon Shouler caught fire for them, scoring 11 points in an 18-4 third quarter while their outstanding team defense frustrated the Lions at every turn, and the Bulls won going away, taking a 62-35 decision to advance to a championship game showdown with #4 St. Anthony’s. Shouler finished with 18 points and Chris Crespo added 11, while Isaiah Whitty led Longwood with 12 points. 12/7

Our Legacy: The Golden Age Of Long Island Basketball
It’s important to know your history so that you have a clear sense of where you come from and an idea of what you can become, because so many great things have been accomplished on Long Island basketball courts over the years, by people who grew up in the same towns and went to the same schools and played on the same courts that you do. That's particularly true during that time period not so long ago, often referred to as Long Island basketball’s Golden Age, which began in early 1970s and stretched into the early 80’s. Why was it considered to be our Golden Age? I'll give you an example: In the 1974-75 season, 4 out of the 5 players named First Team All New York State were from Long Island high schools! They were: Reggie Carter and Wayne McKoy from Long Island Lutheran, Jim Graziano from Farmingdale, and Mike Palma from St. Agnes of Rockville Centre (now Kellenberg). More? Southampton's Foots Walker and Bellport's Randy Smith BOTH STARTED for the 1979 Cleveland Cavaliers. More? That same year, three Long Island teams won State Championships: St. Anthony’s in AAA, Malverne in A, and Bridgehampton in D, and in 1980, an incredible 5 teams were New York State Champions: Ward Melville in A, Bellport in B, Bridgehampton in D, Holy Trinity in CHSAA A, and St. Dominic in the NYSAIS! Keep going? Long Island had four First Team All-New York State players once again in 1979-80 - Bret Bearup from Harborfields, Wes Correa from Bellport, Matt Doherty from Holy Trinity, and Carl Johnson from Bridgehampton, and then for a third time in 1982-83, with Russell Pierre from North Babylon, Augusto Binelli from Long Island Lutheran, Dinky Miller from East Hampton, and Matt Ryan from Miller Place all first team All-New York State. It’s not over yet! Plainview’s Marc Iavaroni and Roosevelt’s Julius Erving BOTH STARTED for the 1983 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers! There are many more examples, but I think you get the idea! So how are we doing lately? Despite what you might have heard, you still have every reason to be proud. Every year since 1996, at least one Long Island team has played for a New York State Championship, and in that 20 year time span, 31 Long Island teams have gone on to win State Championships and 71 players have earned First Team All-New York State honors. That compares favorably with any other region of the state. Be very proud of where you come from, and go out and forge a new legacy for yourself. Be part of our next Golden Age!

Center Moriches 89 BBP 80
Bayport-Blue Point led most of the way in the final of the Anthony Parlato Tournament, but had three starters foul out and couldn't hold on. Sophomore Sean Braithwaite led the comeback with 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists and Tyiquon Nix also had a big game, finishing with 22 points. Nakia Durham added 13. Mike Darby had 23 points and Zach Walker 22 for BBP before both fouled out. 12/30
Upper Room 73 Trenton Catholic 41
Upper Room improved to 6-1, rolling to the championship of the Prime Time ESCIT Tournament in Trenton, NJ. Osbel Caraballo led the way with 22 points, including the 1000th of his career, Lester Quinones had 17, and Rashan Allen, who began the school year at Copiague, finished with 10. 12/29
#9 Harborfields 63
#10 Brentwood 57
Harborfields and Brentwood have both been consistently among Suffolk’s best basketball programs in recent years, both representing Long Island upstate, and they have built a nice tradition of playing each other non-league. This year’s match-up was a memorable addition to that legacy, with 9th ranked Harborfields rallying on the road to defeat 10th ranked Brentwood in a hotly contested game that went right down to the wire. Brentwood raced out to a 10-0 lead capped off by Rahmel Allen’s nice baseline drive, and Tyler Carey’s steal and fast break basket gave them a 16-5 lead with 2:39 left in the first quarter, but Harborfields scored the last 5 points of the quarter to tighten it up, with Shane Wagner knocking down a left baseline three pointer and Alex Merhige a runner from the left elbow to cut the margin to 6 at the buzzer. Harborfields still had the momentum as the second quarter began, with Merhige rebounding and scoring and Kyle Stolba rebounding and scoring to make it a 2 point game, but Allen stalled the run with a left wing three pointer. Harborfields continued to rally, drawing even on two free throws and then a three pointer from the top by Merhige, but Karis Watson answerd, spitting the defense at the top and scoring. It was tied again when sophomore Mike McDermott collected his own blocked shot and kissed it off the glass, and the teams continued to trade baskets, one of them a three pointer by Ryan Stolba from the left baseline that gave the Green Tornadoes their first lead. Merhige followed it up with a pump-fake and left wing drive for a 3 point Harborfields advantage and that was the margin at halftime. Ryan Stolba’s right baseline three made it 36-30 Harborfields early in the third quarter, but freshman Zed Key’s nice jump hook from the low post kept it close. Ryan Stolba responded with another three, again from the right baseline, but Brentwood answered with a run, retaking the lead on a right baseline three by Allen with less than 4 minutes to play in the quarter, and then his fast break dunk made it 44-41 Brentwood with 2:20 left. Wagner countered with a three from the top to tie it at 44, and the teams traded baskets, one a nice drive and dunk by Merhige from the left elbow, and a drive from the top by McDermott gave Harborfields a 2 point lead as the third quarter came to a close. Jovon Williams scored from underneath and freshman Bryce Harris knocked down two free throws to give Brentwood the lead as the fourth quarter got underway, but Kyle Stolba’s putback tied it and McDermott’s spinning drive down the baseline put the Tornadoes back in front. He added a basket from underneath good for a 54-50 lead with 3:07 to play, but Harris did the same to bring Wood Nation back within 2, and freshman Kenny Lazo’s steal and fast break basket tied it at 54 with 2:17 showing. It was Brentwood ball again with 1:35 remaining, but they could not covert and you could feel the momentum shift after Merhige hammered home a fast break dunk, and his missed free throw was tipped in by McDermott to put Harborfields up 58-54 with 1:10 left. McDermott added two free throws for a 6 point lead and the Indians were on the ropes with 51 seconds remaining, but Allen kept them alive with a 3 point play. Kyle Stolba ended all hope, knocking down two free throws on the other end to make made it a two possession game once again and Harborfields held on from there for the big win. Merhige was impressive once again, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Wagner had a big game with 13 points and 12 assists, and McDermott a revelation with 12 points and 7 rebound. Allen looked good too, and had 18 points for Brentwood and Harris added 12 points. EDITORS NOTE: The Tornadoes picked up another impressive win the following day, ripping upstate power Fox Lane 50-29 with an incredible defensive effort and 19 points and 12 rebounds from Alex Merhige . 12/27

College Update
Here is how Long Island's college teams are doing coming out of the break for exams and the holiday:
Adelphi 9-3
Farmingdale State 4-4
Hofstra 8-5
LIU/Post 4-7
Molloy 6-6
Nassau CC 12-2
NYIT 3-7
Old Westbury 3-5
St. Joseph’s 1-7
Stony Brook 4-7
Suffolk CC 3-6

Suffolk Highlights
#11 Brentwood 85 Pat-Med 57
Will 11th ranked Brentwood, thought to be in rebuilding mode before the season started, especially after the departures of Ryan Beckles and Lester Quinones, continue to dominate in Suffolk League 1? Pat-Med, coming into the game 4-0, was their first test, and the Wood Nation jumped all over them, building a 29-9 first quarter lead and they never looked back. Tyler Carey led the way with 27 points, Karis Watson added 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 9 assists and Zed Key 6 points and 9 rebounds. Nathaniel Ormond finished with 16 points for the Raiders, Devin Llanes with 15, and Anthony Ahyoung with 14. 12/20
Mt. Sinai 70 East Hampton 57
Mt. Sinai is building an impressive resume, improving to 6-0 in their league opener. Nick Rose had a big game with 31 points and 14 rebounds, Harrison Bak added 12 points and Dan Deckert 10. Jack Reese led the Bonackers with 19, Turner Foster had 11, and Phil Zablosky 10. 12/19
St. Anthony 62 St. Francis 58
 The Friars scored only 14 1st half points and trailed by as many as 16, but they rallied in the second half and improved their record to 4-2 with a dramatic come from behind road victory in overtime. St Anthony's was led by Tyrone Lyons, who had a double-double of 17 points and 17 rebounds, Jon Harewood, who added 16 points, and 7 rebounds, and Mike Pavinelli, who finished with 14 points, including 4 second half three pointers. 12/18
Central Islip 74 Amityville 61
The Musketeers built a 39-18 halftime lead and went on to win the Championship at the annual Fred Williams Tournament. Ryan Beckles led the way with 23 points and 8 assists, Christian Cherry had 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks, and Ishmael Wade 12 points and 4 assists. Josh Serrano had 19 for host Amityville. 12/17
Central Islip 68 Copiague 65
Two Class AA contenders met in the opening round of the Fred Williams Classic at Amityville, and the Musketeers rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the 10th ranked Eagles. Ryan Beckles led the way with 26 points, Michael Hennie added 14, and Christian Cherry finished with 12 points, 18 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rigaud Destime had 26 points for Copiague and RJ Walker 13. C.I. will face host Amityville, an 81-72 winner over SJB, in the championship game today at 2PM.  12/16.
#7 Bay Shore 65 Deer Park 61
Coaches set up non-league schedules to test their teams before league play begins, and Deer Park has truly been tested, falling to 0-4 on the season after 7th ranked Bay Shore rallied past them for the win. All four of their losses have been to Sweet 16 ranked teams, and their loss to defending State Champion Elmont the only one by double digits. The Rivera brothers did them in this time, with Jose finishing with 24 points and 4 steals and Angel with 22 points. Brett Talbert led Deer Park with 14 points. 12/15
C. Moriches 71 Stony Brook 38
Center Moriches knocked off their second straight iconic Long Island basketball program, rolling over perennial Class C contender Stony Brook. Super sophomore Sean Braithwaite led the way with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, Nakia Durham and Tyiquon Nix both finished with 14 points, and Troy Goode added 8 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Mac Bohuny and Brandon Providence both had 11 for Stony Brook. 12/14
Commack 68 #3 Hills East 61
In the biggest upset of the season so far, 1-2 Commack defended their home court with passion and skill, leading most of the way, and held off a late Thunderbird run. Ryan Donahue closed the door at the foul line and finished with 18 points, Brian Morrisey added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Archipolo had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Julien Crittendon led Hills East with 24 points, Savion Lewis had 13, and Shane Dean 12. 12/13 
Center Moriches 70 Bridgehampton 60
In an intriguing small school matchup, Center Moriches rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Killer Bees. CM's Sean Braithwaite scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half and racked up 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks. Tyiquon Nix added 14 points and 10 rebounds. J.P. Harding led Bridgehampton with 23 points, Elijah Jackson had 12 and Elijah Harding 10. 12/12
Wyandanch 76 Commack 64
Wyandanch stepped up to Class A this season, and the timing was perfect. The Warriors defeated Class AA Commack in the final of the Kings Park Tournament, and look like a serious contender in Suffolk A this season. Returning All-Long Island Junior Kayshawn Charles scored 37 points, Dabien Walker had 15 points and 5 assists, and Allon Little-John added 11 points. Brian Morrissey led Commack with 17 points. 12/10
#1 LuHi 64 #3 Hills East 60
 To be honest, I've been so impressed with LuHi that I didn't think ANYBODY would be able to play with them, but now I'm starting think that we might be in for a very special season here on Long Island after seeing teams like LuHi, Hills East, Elmont, Holy Trinity, Baldwin, Brentwood, and others in action, all with lots of good young talent, and I think there are quite a few more talented teams out there that I just haven't seen yet and that we're all in for a real treat over the next few years. The Thunderbirds are a perfect example. They amazed us all, rallying to tie the game in the third quarter, but with players like Savion Lewis and Julian Crittendon, both juniors, it's now clear that they will be in every big game they play, and win more than their fair share of them.
 FULL STORY You have to go to our CAN'T MISS Page and find another one of the great December matchups and see for yourself as this special season unfolds. You won't regret it! 12/9
Centereach 58 Rocky Point 52
Jon Agostino, son of legendary Amityville coach Jack Agostino, scored all 22 of his team's first quarter points, finishing with 29 to lead Centereach. Chris Witherspoon added 10 points and Shawn McFarland 7 points and 9 rebounds. Alec Rinaldi had 17 and David Apperson 16 points for Rocky Point. 12/8
#3 Hills East 84 Garden City 67
Playing without All New York State guard Savion Lewis, the Thunderbirds rolled over Garden City, pulling away with a 29-9 third quarter. Julien Crittendon led the way with 24 points, Kendall Nero-Clark had 12, Kioni Nedd 10, and Shane Dean 8 points and 8 assists. Andrew DeSantis led all scorers with 26 for Garden City. 12/7
#9 Bay Shore 74 Centereach 31
Playing without leading scorer Angel Rivera, the Marauders rolled in their opener, led by Jose Rivera, who finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, and Kyree Sawyer, who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. 12/6
Brentwood 64 N. Babylon 44
Brentwood Is Still A Power
After Brentwood Nation lost dominant players Michael Almonacy and Jamel Allen, and saw two of the players counted on to lead this year's team transfer to other schools, many believed that the Indians would be in a rebuilding mode. Well, it looks as if the reality may be more like reloading, at least if Tuesday's first contest is a fair measuring stick. The Wood went into North Babylon's gym and dominated from start to finish in a resounding 64-44 win. So who are the new Brentwood weapons ? Well, the first one has a familiar name, and game, Rahmel Allen. Yes, he is Jamel's brother who showed glimpses of stardom the past two seasons. Rahmel may be ready to shine in this his senior year. He led the Indians with 15 points, 12 in the first half when the game was still relatively close. That included three of his four 3 pointers. Rahmel and the rest of this deep team went to work early, breaking out to a 17-7 lead toward the climax of the first quarter. North Babylon's 6'6" Billy Muller committed two fouls early and had to sit on the bench for the remainder of the half. He finished with eight points. Brentwood ended the first with a 20-10 lead it would never lose. Part of the first half onslaught came as a result of three freshmen in the nine man rotation: 6'6" manchild Zed Key, who controlled the paint the entire game and finished with 12 points; lightning quick point guard Kenny Lazo, who handled the ball and the game with maturity well beyond his years; and multi-skilled swingman, Bryce Harris. The first half was completed with continued Wood control and a 37-21 lead. Only Bulldog guard Devon Hicks stepped up for North Bab hitting three of his team high four 3 pointers and ended the contest with a team high 16 points. The third quarter was more of the same, only Zed led the highlight reel. First on the defensive end, he left his man in help D and slammed a Bulldog drive against the glass.This was followed by the top offensive play, a one dribble left baseline power drive for a resounding slam. Brentwood expanded its lead to end the third at 52-31. The fourth quarter was a formality as the Indians' lead expanded to a game-high 23 with 1:24 remaining for a 61-38 count. By the final buzzer twelve different Wood players reached the scoring column, providing a message to its League 1 and Suffolk competition that, as was true the past three dominating seasons, stopping this revamped roster will be no easy task.
 Jim Casey 12/6
Adelphi Rocks Nyack​
Panthers blow it open in the second half. STORY 12/12

Bay Shore In OT!
#9 Bay Shore 83 #6 Copiague 81 OT
In a year when Suffolk County AA is seemingly wide open, two of the top contenders vying for the title squared off in an early season nonconference game at Bay Shore, when # 6 Copiague traveled to take on the #9 Marauders. Bay Shore returns 11 players from last year and features 5 senior starters while Copiague has many new faces, but their roster is loaded with talent. Both teams are playing without key potential contributors, Bay Shore's Jordan Drain and Copiague's Rashaun Allen, who are both awaiting decisions on their eligibility. A large, animated crowd at Bay Shore would not be disappointed as they were treated to an actioned packed, exciting contest that featured numerous ties and lead changes, a buzzer beater and fittingly, an overtime. It also included an incredible 79 free throw attempts by the 2 teams combined. Copiague jumped out to an early 19-11 lead due to a cold shooting start by Bay Shore that led to some easy transition baskets by the Eagles. 6'4 Jr Forward Michael Snowden had a personal 7-0 run, showing his versatility by scoring both inside and from the perimeter.
Talented Bay Shore Sr guards, Angel and Jose Rivera combined to score 19 1st quarter points including a buzzer beating 3 pointer by Jose Rivera, to draw the Marauders even at 25. Bay Shore capitalized on their late 1st quarter momentum and utilized a smothering full-court press to start the 2nd, creating several Copiague turnovers to build a 7 point lead midway through. Sr Guard Kyree Sawyer scored 8 consecutive points for Bay Shore to put them ahead 34-27. With Bay Shore doing an outstanding defensive job on Copiague high scoring guard Riguad Destine, the Eagles needed offensive contributions from their bench and they received that help from a couple of Jr guards, Nasheem Nero and Darius Bond, who helped the Eagles cut the lead to 42-40 at the half. The frenetic pace slowed in the 3rd quarter as the teams traded leads throughout. Destine gave the Eagles a 44-43 with a thunderous left dunk off a steal, but would have to leave the game with a leg cramp midway through the 3rd quarter. Bay Shore's man in the middle, Lavon Montgomery, who had been saddled with foul trouble throughout, fouled out at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jason Morris replaced him and gave Bay Shore some solid minutes inside. Snowden drained a long 3 pointer to end the 3rd and knot the game at 51. With Destine still out for the Eagles to start the 4th, they received offensive contributions from Terry Roberts, Darius Bond, John Riggio and Keyon Harry while the Marauders relied on the dynamic tandem of the Rivera twins, who showed all game long why they are 2 of the top players in Suffolk. The 4th quarter was a see-saw battle featuring numerous lead changes and big plays by both teams. Destine would return for the Eagles with 4:21 left in the game and he would make a big impact. After Bay Shore guards Kyree Sawyer and Darien Walcot scored 7 consecutive points to turn a 64-60 deficit into a 3 point lead, Destine would answer with a huge 3 pointer to tie the game back up at 67. Snowden would then give the Eagles a 69-67 lead with a bucket, but Jose Rivera would answer with a layup on a beautiful curl off a set series by Bay Shore. Angel Rivera would make 2 free throws with less than a minute to go to make it 71-69 Bay Shore.  Destine answered back with a dazzling scoop layup to tie the game at 71. Out of a Bay Shore timeout, the Marauders would use most of the 35 second shot clock and with 10 seconds left in the game, Kyree Sawyer drove the lane, scored and was fouled. Sawyer completed the 3 point play to put the Marauders up 3. Copiague called timeout to set up their last second play. Snowden got an open look at a 3, but it caromed off the rim to the deep corner. That is where Destine chased the rebound down and hit an improbable fall-away 3 pointer as the buzzer sounds to send the game into overtime. In overtime, Destine would strike first to give Copiague a 76-74 lead. A parade to the free throw line would ensue for the remainder of the 4 minute overtime and the lead went back and forth again. With under 1 minute remaining and Bay Shore up 1, the Marauders Anthony Simpson would hit a layup to extend the lead to 3. RJ Walker would answer for the Eagles with a layup of his own and trim the lead back to 1. Sawyer would make 1 out of 2 from the line with 15.3 seconds remaining to make it 83-81 Bay Shore. Walker would get fouled and head to the line with a chance to tie. He would miss both but in a mad scramble the Eagles would get a couple of off-balance shots off to tie, but were unsuccessful and Bay Shore would come away with a hard fought 2 point overtime victory. Angel Rivera led all scorers with 30 points, Kyree Sawyer had 25 and Jose Rivera added 15 for the Marauders. Michael Snowden led the Eagles with 24 and Rigaud Destine would finish with 19 despite sitting almost 10 minutes with that leg cramp and fouling out in overtime. - Rob Pavinelli 12/9
Hofstra Rips Stony Brook
The Long Island Championship Game was never a contest, with the Pride jumping out to a big lead and building on it for a 98-56 victory. STORY
Sammy Interview!
Legendary Long Island basketball player Sammy Prahalis has been giving back to our basketball community, conducting clinics and camps for youngsters here on Long Island. If you have aspiring young basketball players in your family, they are can’t miss events. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet and interview her in the days leading up to one of them, and the current European star, who was a two-time Long Island Player of the Year, New York State Player Of The Year, McDonald’s All-American, and went on to star at Ohio State, becoming the Big 10s all-time assist leader, graciously shared her views on a number of topics with me. I asked her first about teaching kids, and she smiled broadly and said she was very excited about it and really enjoys working with them, and also enjoys coaching - she has been helping out at Commack High School. That’s great news for future generations of Long Islanders, and like everything she sets her mind to, she is no doubt terrific at both. So how did the Sammy we all know and love (unless you had to play against her) get that way? She grew up in one of those classic Long Island sports families but was the only one that gravitated to basketball, and from a young age, began to build her reputation as a basketball phenom and the girl that “plays like a boy”. She credits Long Island basketball trainer Jerry Powell for a lot of that. Powell didn’t treat her like a girl in his intensive workout sessions, he treated her like a basketball player, and that and her own hard work and competitive nature led to the great success she has enjoyed throughout her career. She bristles when you describe her style as flashy. Those pinpoint behind the back passes, the intricate ball handling, and the acrobatic shots are all the result of many hours of practice, and effective weapons in her large arsenal, not just showboating. Yes, she is very creative, but she is all about precision, and eager to share those lessons with the kids. How about the current state of women’s basketball? She feels the tide is beginning to turn, but that the game lacks the excitement and fast up and down action of the men’s game, and until that changes completely, won’t be as popular. Should boys and girls play together? Absolutely, especially at younger ages. Old school attitudes prevent it from happening more often, but most of today’s kids think nothing of it, and for her, it was a lot of fun and an important stage in her development. Playing in Europe? As you might guess, it’s tough being so far away from friends and family, but walking into an arena and finding it packed to the rafters is a big thrill, and playing the game you love and getting paid for it is hard to beat. Keep an eye out for her next event. She is off overseas again but looking forward to her next trip home. Go to PREMIER BASKETBALL's WEBSITE for updates on Sammy's and all of their other upcoming events. 
Nets Get Their Revenge
LI Nets 116 Maine 107
Our Long Island Nets just traveled up to Maine and dropped a 115-102 decision to the Red Claws, but Maine made the return trip just 4 days later, and the Nets turned the tables on them In Brooklyn, featuring 6 double figure scorers. STORY 12/14
Yogi Ferrell Goes For 25 Points

West Stops West
Hills West 53 Smithtown W 45
Defending Suffolk County AA champion Hills West upped their record to 3-0 while handing the #9 Bulls of Smithtown West their 1st loss of the season. The Colts, who lost a lot of their offensive firepower to graduation last year, utilized terrific defense and some timely scoring to pull away from last years semifinalists Smithtown in a low scoring affair 53-45. HHHW started quickly in the 1st quarter led by senior guards Matt Asenjo and Jackson Weisbrot who combined for 12 of the Colts 15 points as they led 15-8 at the end of the quarter. The Bulls stormed back behind the playmaking of Chris Crespo and were sparked off the bench by Jake Torres and Connor Bratt as they went on a 9-0 run to tie the score mid way through the second. Points would not be easy to come by for either team because of stingy defensive play as well as both teams' struggles from the charity stripe. They shot a combined 7-21 from the line and would head to the locker room tied at 24 at the half. HHHW started the 3rd with a concerted effort to get he ball inside to Jovahn Williamson and Cam Jordan, which resulted in some free throws and created some foul trouble for SW as their big man, Nick Ferolito picked up his 3rd personal. Cam Jordan, the Syracuse WR commit, has made a nice transition in his senior season to play the point guard spot for the Colts, however, he still does much of his damage inside on both ends of the floor. Gordon Shouler would hit a long 3 to give the Bulls a 4 point lead but the Colts would storm back sparked by Gaetham Fills-Aime's quick 5 points off the bench to close out the 3rd and help the Colts to a 39-34 lead. Greg Giordano would start the 4th quarter with a personal 5-0 run to tie the basketball game up at 39. The Colts would be able to open up a little room behind the outside shooting of Derek Brower Jr, who hit two big 3 pointers in the 4th and give his team a 7 point lead midway through. Smithtown West kept it close behind big baskets by Mike Gannon and Kyle LaGuardia, but they would not have enough to complete the comeback and the Colts remained undefeated and unranked. Derek Brower Jr and Matt Asenjo led the Colts with 12, Jackson Weisbrot added 11 and Cameron Jordan had 8 points, but it was his overall play on both ends that led the Colts. Chris Crespo scored 13 for Smithtown West and Greg Giordano chipped in with 11. - Rob Pavinelli 12/13 
South Side Holds On
South Side 61 #11 VS North 59
Elmont might be the defending Class A State Champion, but for as long as we can remember, the path to the Nassau Class A crown has almost always been through South Side. Nothing has changed: The Cyclones built a big lead on the road and held off #11 Valley Stream North. South Side wasted no time, going up 4-zip on a backdoor cut by Pat Basile and a steal and basket by Brandon Grayson, and at first, North looked up to the challenge, striking right back on Noah Shy’s drive down the right side of the lane and a slicing drive by Taliq Abdul-Rahim from behind the right elbow, but South Side’s Grayson responded emphaticly, reeling off 7 straight points on a running scoop shot, a second steal and basket, and then a three point play, and Ryan Prendergast added a 3 pointer good for a 16-4 Cyclone lead with 4:20 left in the opening quarter. The teams traded baskets and free throws as the quarter wound down, but South Side closed it out with another run, capped off by Prendergast’s looping drive from the top and another steal and basket by Grayson and they led 26-10 at the first quarter buzzer. Valley Stream kept the Cyclones within striking distance in the second quarter, with Abdul-Rahim getting things started with a right wing three pointer, and then Shamari Griffith knocked down a turn-around jumper from the right post, but South Side answered back with a right wing three by Basile and a right baseline jumper by Dami Awosika, and the lead was up to 17 after another three by Basile, this one from the left baseline. North shook it off and closed out the half on a run, sparked by John Alimo’s left wing three, and Abdul-Rahim capped it off with a coast to coast basket to make it a 10 point game at intermission. He went coast to coast again to start the second half, cutting the South Side lead to single digits, and Shy then scored back to back, first curling down the lane from the right wing and scoring, and then nailing a right wing three pointer to make it a 3 point game, the home crowd roaring its approval. Ryan McCarthy, who missed last season with an injury, stalled the run with his own right wing three, and the teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the quarter, with Jon Francois ending the scoring on a drive and short fade-away, bringing North back within 4 at the third quarter buzzer. Grayson opened the fouth quarter with 2 free throws, and James Testa’s three pointer from the top and Matt Trenchney’s two free throws made it 51-41 South Side, but Abdul-Rahim kept it close with a left wing jumper and Alimo put back his own miss and Valley Stream was back within 6. Alimo’s back to back baskets, the first a three pointer, made it a 3 point game with under 3 minutes to play, but McCarthy snuck in behind the defense and scored to bump the lead to 57-52 with 2:07 remaining. Abdul-Rahim, shooting 1 and 1, knocked down two clutch free throws to bring North within 2 at the 1:53 mark, but Awosika answered with two clutch free throws of his own with 1:03 to play. A big three point play by Shy made it a 1 point game as the clock dipped under the one minute mark, but after the Cyclones came up short on their end and it was North ball trailing by 1 with 35 seconds left, North came up short too and fouled with 15 seconds left. South Side went 1 for 2 at the line, leaving the door open, but the Valley Stream buzzer beater was off target and the Cyclones held on for the big win. Grayson was their leading scorer, finishing with 17 points and Basile added 11, while Abdul-Rahim led all scorers with 20 for North, Alimo had 19 and Shy 14. 12/14 

Nets Road Warriors
The Nets, at close to full strength for the first time since early in the season and with the addition of Mike Scott, went on the road and defeated one of the top teams in the league, holding off 9-2 Fort Wayne 118-113. Scott finished with 23 points to lead Long Island, Trahson Burrell added 21 points and 10 rebounds, Chris
McCullough 14 points and 8 rebounds, and the backcourt of Donnie McGrath and Yogi Ferrell combined for 28 points and 11 assists. 12/16
Floral Park 66 Massapequa 63
It was an excellent, well played game between two good teams, and Floral Park rallied on the road to defeat the 12th ranked Chiefs and remain undefeated at 5-0. Kevin Voigt spotted up on the break and drained a three pointer from the left wing to get things going and give Massapequa a 3-0 lead, but TJ Cluess answered with a baseline three and Jack Dixon scored on the break to put Floral Park on top and you could tell already that we were in for a good one. Connor Payne scored from underneath to tie it for Massapequa, Chris Wasson put them up 13-7 with the second of his two threes, and then Gary Rettig made it 16-9 at the first quarter buzzer with his three from the left baseline, but Brian Fox’s baseline drive cut the margin to 5 as the second quarter got underway, Michael Matich hit a right baseline three with 5:08 to play in the half, and then Matt Jounakos spotted up on the break and knocked another 3 down to make it a 3 point game at the 2:28 mark. Bryce Paladino countered with a nice drive from the foul line and Brendan Nichtern cut down the left baseline and scored as the half came to a close, giving the Chiefs a 29-22 lead at intermission. Massapequa scored first as the second half got underway, but a Jounakos right wing three brought the Knights back within 6, and then Fox cut down the lane, got the pass and scored and Dixon knocked down a three from behind the left elbow to cut it to 34-33 as the clocked ticked below the 5 minute mark. Paladino held Floral Park off with a spinning drive from the top, but Cluess answered with his own drive from the top and a Jounakos right wing three put the Knights in front. Fox’s three from behind the right elbow made it 41-37 Floral Park with 2:45 remaining in the quarter, but Voight’s three point play closed the gap, Paladino’s turnaround bank shot from the low post put the Chiefs back on top, and Wasson’s two free throws made it 44-41 Massapequa. The Chiefs added to the lead as the quarter came to a close, with a Mike Baierlein floater and Wasson’s basket off a turnover giving them a 48-43 advantage, and it was Chiefs by 7 after Wasson’s two free throws early in the 4th quarter, but Cluess answered with two free throws, Fox with two more, and then a Cluess three pointer from behind the right elbow off an inbound play tied it at 53. Massapequa kept its focus, moving the ball crisply around the perimeter, and then Wasson buried a three from behind the left elbow to put them back on top with 3:48 showing, but the Knights kept coming, and Mike Incantalupo’s two free throws and Frank Phelan’s two free throws, shooting 1 and 1, and Floral Park retook the lead with 2:16 to play. Phelan’s steal and reverse layup made it 59-56 Knights, and then Massapequa missed the front end of a 1 and 1 on the other end, and the Knights made them pay, going up by 5 on a baseline cut and basket by Jounakos with 50 seconds to play, but the Chiefs scored quickly, making it a one possession game again on Wasson’s drive from the right wing. Massapequa sent Cluess to the line and he hit both to put Floral Park up by 5 again, but now with only 25 seconds on the game clock. Massapequa again elected to go for a quick two, with Paladino scoring from underneath, and they immediately fouled, sending Cluess back to the line for 2 more. Once again he came through for the Knights, but with a precious few seconds left, Tom Ammendola nailed a big long distance three to cut it to 65-63 at the 3.7 second mark. Again, Cluess was sent to the line, but this time left the door open a crack, going 1 for 2 for a 3 point lead. Only a hail Mary could tie it, and the desperation shot was off the mark and Floral Park held on for the big win. Cluess was the high scorer for Floral Park with 22 points, and Fox added 16, while Wasson led all scorers with 27 for Massapequa, Paladino finished with 13 and Voight with 11. 12/17
Nets Rally Past Drive
 Our Long Island Nets, winners of three of their last four games, tuned up for their big showdown with the Knicks on Monday by rallying past Grand Rapids 110-103, ending the Drive's four game winning streak. Brentwood's JJ Moore led the way with 29 points and 9 rebounds.  HIGHLIGHTS. Yogi Ferrell finished with 24 points, Chris McCullough had 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Trahson Burrell 16 points and 13 rebounds. The showdown with Knicks is at 1:30 PM 12/26 at the Barclays Center and courtside seats are just $50 and all other seats just $15!! A perfect family event for the holidays, and should be a great game too! TICKETS

New York State Poll
New York State rankings are done by class, and this is how our Long Island teams are rated so far:
1. Lincoln (PSAL)
6. LuHi (AIS)
8. Baldwin (Sec 8)
15. Westbury (Sec 8)
23. Bay Shore (Sec 11)
24. Uniondale (Sec 8)
1. Canisius (CHSAA)
5. Elmont (Sec 8 )
6. Holy Trinity (CHSAA)
17. Harborfields (Sec 11)
19. Floral Park (Sec 8)
25. Hewlett (Sec 8)
1. LaSalle (CHSAA)
13. Center Moriches (Sec 11)
1. LWA (AIS)
1. Orkisany (Sec 3)
13. Bridgehampton (Sec 11)
EDITORS NOTE: The NYSSWA, who compiles the rankings, has LWA mistakenly listed as a Class B school. 
Long Island 114 Westchester 110
We had a great time at the Nets/Knicks game. Our Long Island Nets are red hot, winning four of their last five, there was a good crowd, we got great seats (dead center, about 20 rows up) for just $15 each, and saw a great pro game (The Nets dug themselves out of an early hole and out battled the first place Knicks the rest of the way for the win).  STORY  Then we had a very nice dinner right near the arena. It really was a great family outing and we can't wait to do it again! Next home game is Monday 1/2 at 1:30 PM at the beautiful Barclays Center. It's nice to be able to enjoy a great, INEXPENSIVE day out at a pro basketball game! You can't beat it! TICKETS 
Hills East Tops Bay Shore 
Hills East 82 Bay Shore 79 OT
It was an ugly first half, filled with turnovers and missed free throws, but #6 Bay Shore looked in command and led by 16 through three quarters. It was a completely different story down the stretch, with the 9th ranked Thunderbirds rallying to tie it on a dramatic fall away three pointer by Savion Lewis with seconds remaining in regulation, and then Hills put away the Marauders in overtime to cap off their determined comeback. Was it excess adrenaline? Hills East’s Kioni Redd opened the scoring in this much anticipated early season matchup with a fast break basket, the result of one of 25 first half turnovers committed by the two contenders, and the teams went back and forth in the early going, neither able to establish any kind of momentum, with the overly aggressive passes, fumbled dribbles and fouls constantly disrupting the flow of the game. The Hills big man, Kenny Mathurin, went to the bench with two fouls at the 3:53 mark of the first quarter of a 1 point game, and the Marauders immediately took advantage, with Anthony Simpson scoring a fast break basket, Jose Rivera knocking down a left wing three, and Angel Rivera a jumper to put them up 14-6, but the Thunderbirds managed to regroup, and three free throws, two of them by Julien Crittendon, cut it to 14-10 at the first quarter buzzer. Darien Walcot opened the second quarter with another fast break basket off a turnover, giving Bay Shore a 6 point lead, but Shane Dean’s right wing three pointer, Kendall Nero-Clark’s basket from underneath, and a putback by Lewis put Hills East on top 17-16 and Bay Shore called time. The Marauders immediately retook the lead coming out of the time-out on Walcot’s back to back threes, and after another turnover, Jose Rivera added a three from the right baseline and two putbacks, the second good for a 10 point Bay Shore advantage. As the Marauders rallied, Hills East was at the line over and over again, and going 1-2 or missing the front end of 1 and 1s, and a FOUR POINT PLAY by Jose Rivera off a baseline three pointer was enough to give Bay Shore a 37-26 lead at Intermission. Crittendon opened the second half scoring with a rebound, coast to coast basket, and free throw and it looked like the Thunderbirds were determined to put the first half behind them. He added a fade away to bring them within 6 with 7 minutes still to play in the third quarter, but back to back to back turnovers resulted in a basket by Angel Rivera, then a right wing jumper by Lavon Montgomery and a fast break basket by Jose Rivera made it 45-35 Marauders. Consecutive baskets by Lewis brought Hills within 6 once again, but after another Hills turnover, Jose Rivera drilled a left baseline three and Jason Morris spun off his defender from the high post and scored to make it 50-39. Jose’s right wing three and Angel’s drive from the left wing stretched the lead to 58-41 with less than a minute to play in the quarter, but a Hills East free throw made it a 16 point game with three quarters in the books. Poor free throw shooting continued to plague both teams as the fourth quarter got underway, but Nero-Clark finally knocked down two for Hills East shooting 1 and 1, and after a steal, Lewis did the same to cut it to 59-47. Angel Rivera answered with a beautiful drive from the left wing, crossing over and slipping through defenders for a score, but Lewis scored again, this time on the break, and then came the first turning point - a technical foul call after a personal foul call, and the Thunderbirds took a big bite out of the lead, going 3-4 from the line, and then on the resulting possession, Crittendon scored from underneath to bring them back within 7 with 4:04 to play. Jose Rivera stalled the rally with two needed free throws, but the Thunderbirds kept coming, with Crittendon looping down the lane and scoring and then scoring again on the break after yet another turnover, and the lead was down to 63-58 at the 3:17 mark. In another seemingly pivotal sequence, the Marauders fell short at the line once again, going 1-2, but the missed second free throw was rebounded by Jose Rivera, and his putback bumped the lead to 8 with 3:03 showing. Lewis was unfazed, drilling a right baseline three to narrow the gap, and then after two more missed Bay Shore free throws, Andrew Salama, fresh off the bench, looped down the lane and hit a scoop shot to make it a 3 point game with 2:12 showing. Bay Shore tried to put it away again, this time with Walcot knocking down a clutch right baseline three to make it 69-63 Marauders, and then Jose Rivera knocked down two free throws for an imposing 8 point lead with 1:49 left, but after an exchange of baskets, Crittendon knocked down two free throws and then drilled a big three pointer from the top and Hills was within 3 once again with 1:01 to play. Bay Shore worked the clock with the lead, but a good looking shot rolled out at the 29 second mark and with the clock running down, Lewis hit the big one, pump-faking, stepping back and hitting a beautiful fall away three from the right baseline to tie it and send the game into overtime. Both teams were down a key player in OT, with both Jose Rivera and Nero-Clark fouling out in regulation, and the Thunderbirds wasted no time in the extra session, going up 4 on Reed Bresky’s putback and then Nedd’s baseline cut and basket off a nice feed from Bresky. Bay Shore moved back in front, hitting 5 of 6 free throws when it counted, but Lewis scored on a cut from the top with 1:17 remaining to retake the lead before another 1-2 from the line by Bay Shore tied it. Bresky's jumper off the glass from just behind the foul line was the one that put Hills up for good, and though Bay Shore had three cracks at it, they couldn’t put down the equalizer. The Thunderbirds did, however, leave the door open by going 1-4 from the foul line in the finals seconds, but the hosts could not take advantage and went down to defeat for the first time this season. Lewis had a game-high 31 points, and Crittendon, who was also big down the stretch, had 19. Jose Rivera led Bay shore with 30, Walcott had 17, and Angel Rivera 16. 12/22
LuHi Rolls In Florida!
#1 LuHi 56 Dwyer, FL 25
The Crusaders swept through Florida, hammering their way to the title at the Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches. Donatas Kupsas led them in the championship game with 19 points, Brandon Jacobs had 22 in the semifinal, and sophomore Essam Mostafa opened eyes with 20 points in the opening round and went on to earn MVP honors, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds over three games. 12/30
#2 Baldwin 58 #12 Bay Shore 56
Another great game at the packed Baldwin gym and the Bruins held off the Marauders for the big win. Elijah Bovell led the way with 15 points and had a big block in crunch time, Jon Smith had 10, and Derrick Ruffin had two big baskets down the stretch including what proved to be the game winner and finished with 7 points and 12 rebounds. Jose Rivera, whose three pointer made it a 2 point game in the final seconds, led all scorers with 17, and Lavon Montgomery added 16 for Bay Shore. 12/29
Byram Hills 61 #6 Uniondale 47
The Knights suffered their second straight loss at the Slam Dunk Tournament in Westchester. Zion Styles had 15 points and 7 steals. 12/29
#1 LuHi 71 Grandview Prep 40
Our #1 team ended the 43 game winning streak of Florida's Grandview Prep in decisive fashion, featuring a three pronged attack led by sophomore Essam Mostafa, who finished with 20 points, senior Chris Coalman, who had 18, and junior Donatas Kupsas, who added 13 points. 12/28
#12 Bay Shore 69 #5 Elmont 55
Bay Shore redeemed themselves for their home loss to #8 Hills East with an impressive win over the undefeated defending NYSPHSAA Class A State Champions. Four players finished in double figures, led by Jose Rivera with 18 and Angel Rivera with 16, both of whom sat most of the first half in foul trouble. 12/28
Chaminade 67 #13 Floral Pk 41
A Chaminade team that was expected to be good but has struggled so far, put it all together and shut down Floral Park, something nobody else has been able to do so far this season. The Knights were averaging 75 points a game and compiled a 7-0 record before facing the 3-4 Flyers. 12/28

D1 Player Highlights
Northport’s Luke Petrasek had 27 points in Columbia’s loss to Hofstra, 24 points and 9 rebounds in a win over Colgate, 20 points and 5 rebounds in a win over Stony Brook, 18 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Quinnipiac, and 16 points in a loss to Miami. Baldwin’s Shane Gatling, a freshman at Niagara, had 24 points in a loss to Youngstown State and 18 points in a loss to Kent State. LuHi’s Marvin Prochet had 21 points and 3 blocks in Niagara’s win over Drexel and 13 points and 7 rebounds in a win over LIU.  Hempstead’s Tidell Pierre had 21 points in Central Connecticut’s loss to Duquesne. LuHi’s Kentan Facey, who plays for UConn, had 20 points and 9 rebounds in a win over North Florida and 15 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to Auburn. Westbury’s Andre Walker had 19 points in Loyola’s wins over Binghampton and UMass Lowell, and 18 points and 7 assists in a win over American. Chis Brady from Harborfields had 19 points and 7 rebounds in Wagner’s win over Army.
Lucas Woodhouse from Harborfields had 19 points in a Stony Brook loss to NJIT and 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists in a win over St. Francis. Hills West’s Emile Blackman had 17 points in Duquesne’s win over Fordham.     12/30
NYC vs Long Island
As you probably know, we track the season series between the two regions annually, recording the results of all boys high school varsity games. I have to admit, I was more than a little worried about Long Island continuing its winning streak this season, because we got off to such a bad start, going 2-4, and finished up December badly too, losing 4 of the last 6 games. Much to my relief, we won pretty much everything in between and take a convincing 24-12 lead into January. Highlights so far have been Hempstead’s win over CHSAA AA Holy Cross, which nobody saw coming, CHSAA Class A Holy Trinity’s wins over St. Francis Prep and Holy Cross, both Class AA CHSAA teams, South Side’s win over CHSAA A Xavier, Baldwin’s win over CHSAA Class AA Mt. St. Michael, who is 7-3 so far this season, Roosevelts win over PSAL Class A Eagle Academy II, EA2s second loss so far this season in 10 games, and LWA’s overwhelming win over Trinity School, the team that knocked them out of the NYSAIS Playoffs last season. 1/1/17
#1 LuHi 59 Wings Academy 36
The Crusaders have had a very impressive week, rolling over New York State's 18th ranked team, and earlier in the week, 70-51 over the 10th ranked team, Queens High School of Teaching. They utilized a balanced attack to crush Wings, led by Pietro Giovanardi's 14 points, 11 from Brandon Jacobs, 10 points and 10 rebounds from Donatas Kupsas, and an additional 10 points from Harrison Warnock. The next big test in their guantlet of a schedule is Tuesday at Iona Prep. 1/21
VS North 40 Lynbrook 35
In tight conference races, road wins usually decide things, and Valley Stream North got the best of Lynbrook in this defensive battle, led by Taliq Abdul-Rahim's 10 points and 7 rebounds. Rylan Blondo led all scorers with 14 for Lynbrook, who has played well but dropped two straight against their fellow contenders. Ironically, both of VSN's losses have occured at home, so they are going to have keep winning on the road to prevail in tough Nassau Conference A3. 1/21
Glen Cove 63 VS North 56
The dog fight that is Nassau Conference A3 this season continued, with Glen Cove moving into a first place tie with Valley Stream North after a hard fought road victory - avenging a home loss to the Spartans back on December 19th. Both teams are now 6-1 in league play, with Lynbrook, who hosts VSN Saturday, right behind at 4-2  and Floral Park looking to get back into it at 4-3. Jared Jackson led all scorers with 26 points and Neri Romero added 21 points for the Knights, while Taliq Abdul-Rahim had 19 for VSN and Noah Shy 16. 1/19
South Side 49 #16 Hewlett 36
The Nassau Conference 2A co-leader South Side (11-2, 6-1) kept pace with Roosevelt and avenged their only league loss, dropping Hewlett (11-3, 4-3) with an outstanding defensive effort. Ryan Prendergast led all scorers with 17 points and Dami Awosika added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones while Zach Bromfeld finished with 12 for the Bulldogs. 1/19
Garden City 44 #10 Elmont 43
For the second straight season, Garden City went into Elmont's gym and caught the Spartans napping, with Joseph Scatteregia's only basket the game winner. Andrew DeSantis led the 9-5 Trojans with 20 points and Tyler Soutar had 12. Victor Olawoye was high scorer for Elmont with 17, and yes, KC Ndefo did play and finished with 12. 1/9
Calhoun 64 MacArthur 51
Calhoun is not in a strong conference, and does not have a signature win yet, but you have to take notice when a Class AA team puts together a record of (11-2, 5-1). A road loss to a 5-5 Manhasset team in double overtime  and a road loss to 14th ranked Syosset are their only blemishes. Tom Cummings led the way in this one, finishing with 22 points, and Patrick Gardner added 12. 1/18
Chaminade 71 Holy Trinity 68
Long Island’s CHSAA wars kicked off in earnest, with host and 12th ranked Chaminade holding off a second half rally by the 3rd ranked Titans to extend their winning streak to 7 straight games. Kyle Murphy had 18 points, Bobby Connors 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Regan Quinn 13 points and 5 assists to lead the Flyers, while Cam Wynter led Holy Trinity with 27 points, Thornton Scott added 17, and Tyler Small 16. 1/17
 #8 Westbury 63 Baldwin 57
#8 Westbury didn’t have the most challenging non-league schedule, has been been up and down, primarily because returning All-NY State player Jonathan Dean has been in and out of the line-up, but through it all, they kept winning, and they put it all together in this one with a big road victory over the 4th ranked Bruins to improve to (10-1, 6-0). The win marks the first time anyone other than Baldwin has been in first place in Nassau Conference AA2 at this point of the season since December of 2012, when Hicksville took the top spot. Dean had a big night with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and so did fellow returning All-Stater Darius Young, who finished with 18 points and four assists. Isiah Bien-Aise also played well, adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Nasim Cylin led Baldwin with 13 points, and Elijah Bovell had 12. 1/17
Roosevelt 76 #16 Hewlett 60
Roosevelt has had some tough non-league losses this season, but seems to have benefitted from the high level competition, improving their league record to 5-1 with an impressive road win over conference leader Hewlett. Isaiah Stone led the way with 25 points and had 12 rebounds, Timmy Santana also impressed with 17 points and 7 assists, and Calvin Brown came up big too, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Bromfeld led Hewlett with 22 points and Alyjah Hill had 16. 1/17
Glen Cove 72 Lynbrook 69
Two top Conference A3 teams faced off in a playoff like atmosphere, and the (12-1, 5-1) Knights held off the (10-2, 4-2) Owls for the win to stay 1 game behind conference leader Valley Stream North. Kevin Ernest starred for the Knights, finishing with 25 points, Jared Jackson was big with 19, and Neri Romero completed the three pronged attack with 16. Rob Sitonio led Lynbrook with 25 points and Rylan Blondo was right behind him with 24. 1/17
St. Peter's 64 Holy Trinity 48
The #3 Titans are hard to figure. Always good and well coached and always with a suitably difficult non-league schedule, they can come up with a gem like their upset win over Baldwin, and then fall flat against a good but not great team like St. Peters, who was 9-6 coming into the game and lost badly to Mt. St. Michael, a team that Baldwin beat. Having so many young players playing key roles probably explains it. All-Star senior Thorton Scott was the only one that showed up for this one, scoring 25 points while nobody else reached double figures. Luckily, they have a chance to redeem themselves tonight in a big ROAD GAME against red hot Chaminade. 1/16
Massapequa 41 #14 Syosset 27
The Chiefs dropped the hammer defensively, holding the Braves offense, who came into the game averaging 64 points, to 10 points or less in every quarter! Thomas Ammendola led Massapequa with 11 points and 6 assists and Bryce Paladino added 8 points and 14 rebounds. Griffin Halpern had 9 for Syosset. 1/16
Calhoun 55 GN South 39
In a battle between contenders in Nassau Conference AA/A3, Great Neck South raced out to a nice lead, but a switch in defenses sparked a 38-11 run by Calhoun and the big home win. Patrick Gardner led the way with 18 points and Tom Cummings added 13 for Colts (10-2, 4-1), who played without starter Jalen Rosemond. Caleb Ponce, who helped get GNS off to the good start, finished with 10.1/16
#1 LuHi 70 QHST 51
On paper, LuHi has one of its best teams in years, as evidenced by this win over highly regarded Queens High School Of Teaching on a neutral court, but with their loss the previous day, it seems they are still searching for that go to player or players that consistently carry them to a win even when things aren't going their way. They were in command from the start in this one, with Chris Coalmon leading the way with 19 points, sophomore Essam Mostafa having another big game and finishing with 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Brandon Jacobs skillfully running the show, finishing with 6 points and 7 assists. 1/15
Stepinac 76 #1 LuHi 66
The Crusaders ran into a red hot team, fresh off another upset win over Iona Prep. 1/14
St. Dominic 54 St. Mary's 36
Two programs once considered Long Island basketball royalty battled it out to see who would pick up their first win of the season. 1/13
Sewanhaka 52 #8 Elmont 42
With Long Island All-Star KC Ndefo missing his second straight game, neighborhood rival Sewanhaka came into the Elmont gym confident they could take down the defending State Champions, running up a 21-8 first quarter lead the Spartans never fully recovered from. Kamaal Chin was a force, finishing with 14 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds, Jaydan Boyd was right behind him with 12 points and 11 assists, and Rahim Akinwomni rounded out the Sewanhaka attack with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jevon Santos had 12 for Elmont and Victor Olawoye 10. 1/13
Lynbrook 58 Floral Park 54
Hello Lynbrook! The Owls picked up their first signature win of the season, holding off a late rally by a very good Floral Park team, at Floral Park, to improve to 9-1. Their only loss so far has been to Valley Stream North on the road. Leading scorer Rylan Blondo was the star, finishing with 18 and scoring 9 of his team's 12 points in the 4th quarter and Steve Hendrickson added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Brian Fox was high man for the Knights with 16 points and Matt Jounakos had 10. Lynbrook is at Glen Cove 1/17 and home to VSN 1/21. 1/11
#8 Elmont 60 Bellmore 55
Part of what makes a good team is the ability to play without one of their best players and still win, and the Spartans survived without Long Island All-Star KC Ndefo. Victor Olawoye stepped up, finishing with 27 points, while Steve Carlson led Bellmore with 26. 1/11
Chaminade 87 St. Mary's 41
The 14th ranked Flyers have reeled off five straight wins, including big wins over Floral Park and Boys & Girls HS, and are unbeaten in league play. Pete Baron and Kyle Murphy shared scoring honors with 14 points apiece. Liam Kunkel had 14 for the struggling Gaels, who fell to 0-9. 1/10 
CS Harbor 67 E Rockaway 46
CSH improved to 8-1 on the season, their only loss to conference rival Locust Valley, who is 7-2. Matt Licciardi led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Steve Dallaris added 11 points. Next big game is home against rival Oyster Bay on January 16th. 1/10
Holy Trinity 57 Baldwin 52
Thornton Scott returned to the 8th ranked Titan’s line-up and was the difference. He asserted himself right from the start, knocking down a long range three, hitting the boards, and running the offense, and he and Tyler Small both had big games, finishing with 16 points each.Their team defense was the key, however, keeping #2 Baldwin’s potent offense under control. Jabeon Bivins never relented, finishing with 17 to lead the Bruins and help close the gap in the final seconds. Norman Wilson added 12 points and Cam Wynter added 11 for Holy Trinity and stood out on the defensive side. 1/8 
South Shore 81 #15 LWA 79
Lawrence Woodmere Academy picked up their first loss of the season, but went head to head with their Class AA PSAL opponent from wire to wire. Dana Dingle kept them in the game early, when big man Aiden Ingiehon went to the bench in foul foul trouble, scoring 19 first half points, and then at full strength in the second half, the Tigers battled the big, athletic Vikings down to the last basket. Dingle finished with a game high 32 points and Ingiehon with 21 points and 16 rebounds. 1/7  
#12 Uniondale 53 Syosset 44
It looked like undefeated Syosset didn’t belong on the court with Knights at the start, with Uniondale quickly running up a 10-2 lead in the first few minutes of play led by back to back threes from Zion Styles, but the Knights cooled off quickly and both teams stayed cold the rest of the half, with Uniondale taking a 24-13 advantage into the locker room at intermission. The second half was a different story, with steady back and forth action, and Syosset steadily whittled away at the lead, spurred on by strong play from Robert Wiener, who was hot from behind the arc, and Griffin Halpern, who repeatedly sliced through the defense and scored. It was a battle from there, with the Knights answering every Syosset surge with timely hoops, and they held on for the big win thanks to Styles, Craig Brown, and Danny Ashley. Brown led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, Styles finished with 12 points, and Ashley had 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists for Uniondale. Weiner finished with 16 points and Halpern 15 for the Braves. 1/6 
Glen Cove 57 Floral Park 49
The Glen Cove program has become consistently competitive, and thrust themselves into the conversation once again with a solid home win over the 16th ranked Knights to improve to 10-1 on the season. Their only loss so far has been to fellow Nassau Conference A3 contender Valley Stream North. Jared Jackson had a big game, finishing with 27 points, Kevin Ernest added 10 points, and Chris Blissett 5 points and 12 rebounds. Brian Fox led Floral Park with 16. Coming into the game, the conference had four teams with only 1 loss on the season, so it should be quite a dog fight the rest of the way! 1/6 
Westbury 81 East Meadow 56
The 9th ranked Green Dragons rolled without leading scorer Jonathan Dean, building a 43-19 halftime lead. Isaiah Bien-Aise led their balanced attack with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Jalyn Dunlap added 16 points, Darius Young 12 points and 6 assists, and Brandon Ottley and Taylon Hill 10 points each. John Howell finished with 16 for the Jets, and Sultan Mizra with 15. 1/5
Manhasset 74 Calhoun 73 2OT
Two of the contenders in Nassau Conference AA/A3 faced off in a barn burner, with Peter Conlan's two free throws with 9 seconds left in the second OT the difference. He finished with a game high 30 points for host Manhasset, and Tom Cummings, who tied the game at the buzzer in regulation but fouled out in OT, led Calhoun with 20 points. 1/4
St. Anthony's 54 #8 Holy Trinity 47
The Friars have some younger players that have emerged this season, and Jon Harewood finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead them to the big road win. Holy Trinity, who has done very well despite playing without All-Star Thorton Scott, was led by Cam Wynter, who finished with 16. 1/3/17

Our first list of Long Island's leading scorers this season. The top 5 are:
Kayshawn Charles/Wyandanch/30.8
Will Martin/Pierson/25.6
Mike Darby/Bayport BP/25.4
Jarrell White/Bellport/24.3
Andrew DeSantis/Garden City/24.1
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East Islip 54 West Babylon 40
Something's up in the Town of Islip. All four of the high school programs there have struggled in recent years, but the Redmen seem to have turned the corner, picking up their fouth straight win, which includes big wins over league leaders Deer Park and Hills West. Talented youngsters seem to be leading the charge, with sophomore Jordan Mosley shining in this one, finishing with 21 points. Rob Chiddick had a game high 23 for West Babylon, who fell to 4-10 overall - part of a similar townwide slump in the Town of Babylon. 1/21 
Amityville 70 Erasmus Hall 60
New Head Coach Gordan Thomas is determined to restore the Amityville program to it's former glory, and part of that process is raising the level of competition the team faces to better prepare them for league play in a league that has been dominted by Harborfields in recent years. That up hill battle continued, with the Warriors picking up a nice road win over a Class A PSAL program. Leading scorer Josh Serrano had another big day with 28 points and Julius Goddard added 18. 1/21
Chaminade 71 St. Anthony’s 56
The red hot and 12th ranked Flyers jumped out to an 11-0 lead on two drives and a right wing three by Long Island All-Star Kyle Murphy, a drive by Kellen Paradine and a right wing jumper by Brendan McGuire and the 11th ranked Friars spent the rest of the game trying to get back into it, to no avail. It was Chaminade's 8th straight win and they are now alone in first place. DETAILS LATER 1/20
Central Islip 50 Northport 33
We said Central Islip was a sleeping giant, and they avenged a surprising home loss to Northport with an impressive defensive display of their own and a big game from Ryan Beckles, who finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Ishmael Wade added 10 points for the (9-5, 5-3) Musketeers 1/20
Deer Park 59 Hills West 49
Deer Park bounced back and defeated rival Hills West on the road, sending the Colts to their 4th defeat in their last 6 games. Josh Pismeny led the way with 19 points, Brett Talbert had 18, and Darien Jenkins 14 to lead the Falcons. Jovahn Williamson paced Hills West with 13 points. The Colts played without Cam Jordan once again. 1/19
Ward Melville 62 Brentwood 53
The unranked Patriots (11-2, 7-0) moved into sole possession of first place in Suffolk League 1, the first time a team other than 13th ranked Brentwood has held that spot this late in the season since 2013-14, and it was Ward Melville that year too! They did it with defense, holding the Indians 16 points below their season average and pulling away down the stretch for a hard fought win. Brendan Martin and Alex Sobel led Ward Melville’s balanced attack with 14 points each, Matt Hudzik had 13, and Dom Pryor added 8 points and 10 rebounds. Zed Key led all scorers with 18 points for Brentwood and Tyler Carey finished with 16. 1/17 
East Islip 55 Deer Park 51
East Islip surprised the competition in Suffolk League 4 again, stopping league leader Deer Park’s 6 game winning streak behind stingy defense and a balanced attack led by James Philbin, who finished with 14 points and iced the game with two free throws in the final seconds. Rasheed Marrow and Jordan Mosely, who are both first year varsity players, had 12 points each, while Rayshion Bien Aise led all scorers with 16 for the Falcons.  1/17
Freeport 62 Center Moriches 61
The Class B Red Devils stepped up to Class AA competition and almost pulled it off! 1/14
Ward Melville 82 Floyd 78
It took double overtime to help settle
who Brentwood's principal rival in Suffolk League 1 will be this season, and the Patriots staked their claim, outlasting the Colonials in a classic contest to improve to 10-2 on the season and 6-0 in league play. Alex Sobel had a memorable game, finishing with 27 points and 16 rebounds, Matt Hudzik did too, scoring 19 points, and Dom Pryor did his part, adding 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Brendan Martin skillfully ran the show, finishing with 9 points and 11 assists. Kendall Robinson led Floyd's balanced attack with 16 points, and AJ Ray and D'Andre Primus both had 13. 1/13 
Harborfields 81 Amityville 41
Third ranked Harborfields remained Long Island's only undefeated team, crushing arch rival Amityville in the Warrior's packed gym to improve to 11-0. Alex Merhige continued what is shaping up to be an All-Long Island season, racking up 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 blocks, Shane Wagner added 15 points and 10 assists, Joe Kelly 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Stolba had a triple-double, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Josh Serrano finished with 17 points for Amityville. 1/12
East Islip 61 #6 Hills West 45
The Redmen, led by promising sophomore Jordan Mosley, stunned the Colts on their home court. Mosley finished with 18 points and had a bunch of assists, Rasheed Marrow added 13 points, and Greg Cassiano 11. Derek Brower JR led Hills West, who played without starter and leading rebounder Cameron Jordan, with 12 points. 1/2
Center Moriches 72 Babylon 45
Center Moriches is the 8th ranked Class B team in New York State, and they flexed their muscles against rival Babylon, rolling over the Panthers on the road to improve to 8-1. Sean Braithwaite had his second triple-double of the season with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, Tyiquon Nix finished with 19 points, and Troy Goode with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Gujuan Booker had 11 for Babylon. 1/11
Smithtown W 74 Copiague 65
11th ranked Smithtown West hadn't been tested since falling to #6 Hills West back on 12/16 and they came through, holding off hard luck Copiague, who has lost 5 games by an average of 4 points, in overtime. Gordon Shouler was the star for the Bulls, scoring 7 points in OT and finishing with 27, Kyle LaGuardia added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Crespo 11 points and 7 assists. Rigaud Destime had a game high 31 points for the Eagles and Mike Snowden finished with 12. 1/10
John Glenn 71 Southampton 66
Glenn seems to be putting it together, winning their third straight to improve to 4-1 in conference while handing the Mariners their first loss of the season, and at Southampton. Josh Fenner was high man with 22 points, Greg Thornhill had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Matt Tufano 16 points and 8 assists. Elijah Wingfield led Southampton with 20 points, Chad Pike added 14 and Aaron Krzyzewski finished with 10. 1/10
Hills East 67 Hills West 59
Nether team has a legitimate big man, but both play excellent small ball, 4th ranked Hills East a little more so, taking the heated cross-town rivalry with a second half rally. East’s Savion Lewis was terrific again and led all scorers, finishing with 23 points while handing out 9 assists, Julien Crittendon was good too and added 16 points, and Kendall Nero-Clark was all over the boards and every one of his 11 points seemed like a big one. Matthew Asenjo, no stranger to hitting big shots, led 4th ranked West with 20 points, newcomer Derek Brower JR, son of the former North Babylon star, added 18, and Cameron Jordan, who the defenses focus on, finished with 13 and was a force on the boards. 1/8
Our Savior Lutheran 74 Knox Prep 66
Knox Prep fell into a hole after a rash of turnovers, but rallied from a 43-30 halftime deficit to draw even behind a big game from Wassef Methnani. OSL regrouped and pulled away in the 4th quarter, with Posh Alexander and Jared Rhodin hitting big shots down the stretch for the win. 1/7 
Deer Park 84 Kings Park 56
Deer Park might have had the most difficult non-league schedule on Long Island, facing five Sweet 16 teams in December, but as coaches constantly remind us, non-league games are just to get you ready for league play, and after losing all five, the Falcons improved to 3-0 in Suffolk League 4, beating a good Kings Park team convincingly to draw even with league leader Hills West. Brett Talbert, who has doubled his scoring average this season, led the way with 26 points, one of four Deer Park players in double figures, while Andrew Bianco had 25 for Kings Park. First game with Hills West 1/14 at Deer Park. 1/6
Ward Melville 88 Sachem No 46
Ward Melville has struggled to get on the Sweet 16 radar after starting off the season 2-2, even though their two losses were to Chaminade and St. Anthony's, and both were close and on the road. It’s time to give the Patriots their due after leading wire to wire on the road and crushing the Flaming Arrows, improving to 8-2 on the season and 4-0 in league play. Alex Sobel was a force, finishing with 27 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 block, and Matt Hudzik also had 27 points, knocking down 5 threes. Mike Galdamez finished with 12 points for North, and Drew Scally with 11. WM has their first showdown with Suffolk League 1 co-leader Brentwood January 17th at home. 1/6
Southampton 72 Bayport-BP 68
Southampton has been one of Long Island's dominant Class B programs in recent years, and this season, stepping up to Class A, they continue to excel, improving to 7-0 with a nice road win over a good BBP squad. Micah Snowden had another big game, finishing with 28 points and 18 rebounds, and Andre Franklin added 13 points and Elijah Wingfield 11. Mike Darby, second in scoring on Long Island, finished with 24 points and Kevin Doty had 20 points for Bayport-Blue Point. 1/5
Smithtown West 46 North Babylon 28
The Bulls flexed their mussels against a struggling North Bab team. Nick Ferlito was high man for West with 16 points, and Nick Crespo added 11. Devon Hicks led the Bulldogs with 9 points. 1/5
Upper Room 80 OS Lutheran 75
The Royals spoiled the homecoming of Jared Rhodin, who was expected to lead a Baldwin team ranked 6th in New York State this season. Osbel Caraballo had a big game for Upper Room with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and Posh Alexander led all scorers with 29 for OSL. The two teams will face off again this Sunday in the Gary Charles Hoops Classic at Adelphi. 1/4
#3 Hills West 86 Kings Park 79
The Colts needed a fourth quarter rally, led by Matthew Asenjo, to pick up a nice road win. Kings Park, who fell to 7-2 with the loss, had been under the radar, but showed they can play with the big boys. Cameron Jordan led all scorers, and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for Hills West and Asenjo with 17 points. Paul Cooper led the Kingsmen's balanced attack with 23 and Andrew Bianco added 19.  1/3/17
Wyandanch 69 SWR 43
Wyandanch has established itself as a Class A contender in Suffolk, and they drove that point home, rolling past previously undefeated Shoreham-Wading River. Long Island's leading scorer, Kayshawn Charles, finished with 27 points and 5 assists and Allen Evans added 10 points. Dean Stalzer had 10 points for SWR 1/3/17
If you missed it, you missed a good one! It was the perfect place for a hoops loving fan to be on a snowy day, with more close, down to the wire games between good teams than I can ever recall in one showcase!
 Look at the scores:
#8 Holy Trinity 57 #2 Baldwin 52
MVP: Thorton Scott
#4 Hills East 67 #3 Hills West 59
MVP: Savion Lewis
#11 Brentwood 65 Copiague 61
MVP: Zed Key
All Hallows 80 #15 LWA 79 2OT
LWA MVP: Jordan Dingle
Upper Room 75 OSL 71
MVP: Lester Quinones
We'll post complete coverage soon!
LI Nets 114 Erie 107
Our Long Island Nets NBDL team picked up another home win, featuring 6 double digit scorers led by Taurean Prince, who finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. STORY Prince starred at Baylor. Brentwood's JJ Moore finished with 15 points for the Nets, while Hicksville's John Petrucelli, who had 20 points the last time he faced his home town team at the Barclay's Center, did not play because players from the parent Orlando Magic were sent down to the Bayhawks on temporary assignment and needed to get work in before being recalled. 1/3
THE 2017

Baldwin 49 Harborfields 42
It looked like it might be a repeat of the Holy Trinity game, with the 5th ranked Bruins off to a slow start and the 3rd ranked and undefeated Green Tornadoes firing on all cylinders, but instead it turned out to be a flashback to the same gym and a big come from behind victory over Mount St. Michael, with Baldwin's swarming defense asserting itself and carrying them to a big win over a strong opponent. MORE LATER
Elmont 60 Brentwood 51
How do you figure this one? The defending Class A State Champion Spartans were without the lone returning major contributor from last season, All Long Island candidate KC Ndefo, and fresh off a loss to unheralded neighborhood rival Sewanhaka, but they rose to the occasion and knocked off the young, talented and 9th ranked Brentwood team. MORE LATER
Uniondale 71 Copiague 62
This might have been the most entertaining game of the day, with host and 10th ranked Uniondale pulling away for a nice win over a good Copiague team. As good as they are this season, watch out for the young Knights next year! MORE LATER 
South Side 67 Central Islip 61
These are two teams you don’t want to see in the playoffs. South Side runs their offense with precision, disrupts you on the defensive end, and plays with passion, while Central Islip is a sleeping giant. The Cyclones had the upper hand almost the whole way, and look primed for the battles ahead in Nassau Conference A2. 
Smithtown West 56 Jericho 45 
The Bulls looked in command after a 19-7 second quarter, but Jericho fought their way back into it before Smithtown pulled away down the stretch. MORE LATER
Both Southampton and Stony Brook went down on the last shot and all four Long Island teams lost in the semifinals of the NYSPHSAA Final Four. Three of the four teams lost to the team that went on to be State Champion. It's only the third time in the last 20 years that we haven't had at least one team play for a NYSPHSAA State Championship.

Moravia 55 Stony Brook 53 
In a heartbreaker, the Bears looked overmatched, but rallied impressively from 19 down and had a chance to tie or go ahead in the final seconds, but fell short. STORT LATER
​Westhill 71 Center Moriches 58
The Red Devils faced a very disciplined team and had to be at their best to beat them, but never got rolling offensively. STORY LATER

LI Championship
Westbury 61 Hills East 60
The Section 11 Champions built an early 15 point lead, but Westbury rallied to close out the half and then after an exciting back and forth second half, caught the Thunderbirds on Jalyn Dunlap's dramatic putback off a missed free throw in the final seconds for their first trip to a New York State Final Four since 2010! 

Msgr. Farrell 55 Chaminade 47
The Flyers suffered a heartbreaking loss, holding an 8 point lead mid way through the third quarter, they suddenly went cold, scoring only 10 points the rest of the way. STORY LATER

Many of us have our roots in New York City and try to keep up with results from their championship tournaments. In CHSAA action, Cardinal Hayes takes on Archbishop Molloy for the Class AA title 3 pm Sunday at Fordham. Monsignor Farrell from Staten Island plays against our own Chaminade Flyers for the Class A title at 1 pm Saturday, and the Class B final pits LaSalle against upstate champion St. Mary’s of Buffalo at 11 am. In PSAL action, it’s Lincoln vs Jefferson for the AA title at 12 noon on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Jefferson has two Long Islanders on their roster! Go figure! The Class A and Class B PSAL tournaments are just at the quarterfinal stages. In private school action, Dwight School from Manhattan defeated Brooklyn’s Packer Collegiate to capture the NYSAIS Class B State Championship and will represent the private schools at the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions in Glens Falls later this month. 

Westbury 70 Uniondale 50
Uniondale is one of Long Island's top basketball programs year after year, but it was a young 10th ranked Knights team that took on senior dominated and 7th ranked Westbury in the AA Championship Game, and the Green Dragons, led by returning All-New York State players Jonathan Dean and Darius Young, pulled away to advance to their first ever Long Island Class AA Championship Game. Sophomore Zion Styles opened the game with a left wing three-pointer and Junior Danny Ashley’s right wing three gave Uniondale a quick 6-0 lead, but Isiah Bien-Aise answered with a fast break basket and Dean did too, drawing a foul and converting the three-point play to bring his team back within 1. Westbury took the lead on a baseline floater by Young and Dean’s basket off a loose ball, and then a running hook shot by Khalid Ketchen, followed by a Ketchen a putback, put the Green Dragons up 13-8 with 3:50 to play in the opening quarter. Ashley responded with a drive through the heart of the defense, but a low post fade away by Young and Brandon Ottley’s right wing three-pointer and the Westbury lead was 8. Rolando Meyers-Turner countered with a jumper from just behind the left elbow and it remained a 6 point game with one quarter complete. Dean drained two free throws to open the second quarter, and then his back to back baskets bumped the lead to 12 still early in the quarter, but Ashley kept Uniondale within striking distance with an aggressive baseline drive. Jaylyn Dunlap’s putback and Ottley’s drive through traffic stretched the lead to 37-23 Westbury as the clock dipped under the one minute mark, but Craig Brown scored from underneath and Ashley’s big three-point play made it a 9 point game at the first half buzzer. A Bien-Aise fade away jumper from the right baseline gave the Green Dragons an early 40-28 third quarter lead, but Ashley answered again with a fast break basket and the teams went back and forth until Ketchen bullied his way to the basket and converted a three-point play to give Westbury a 13 point lead with three quarters complete. Dean made a nice basket cut and scored to open the fourth quarter, and he scored again on a give and go to make it 53-36 and the Knights were in trouble, but their was still plenty of time and their pressure defense started to generate the turnovers they needed to get back into the game.  They also did a great job on the offensive boards, sometimes getting 2 and 3 chances in a possession, but they couldn’t hit a shot from any distance until a Meyers-Turner right wing three-pointer cut it to 58-45 at the 3:14 mark. Ottley’s two big free throws with 2:22 left and then two more by Young gave the Green Dragons an 18 point lead and it was game over. Westbury will now take on Suffolk County Champion and 4th ranked Half Hollow Hills East, with the winner advancing to the NYSPHSAA Class AA State Final Four in Binghampton. Dean finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the newly crowned Nassau County Champions, Young had 17 and Ottley 11. Ashley ended up with 19, Brown 12 and Styles 10 for Uniondale. 3/4
Elmont 58 South Side 56
One of the biggest controversies in recent playoff history erupted when Elmont star KC Ndefo rebounded and hit the game winning shot at the buzzer to give the Spartans their second straight Section 8 Class A title and a date with Section 11 Champion Southampton in the Long Island Class A Championship Game. I’ll give you my take on that last shot, but at the appropriate time - at the end of the story, because it was a very exciting game from start to finish. South Side took an early lead, but William Cook’s left wing three pointer put Elmont in front, and then Ndefo’s textbook low post move, spinning left and then back to his right and scoring, Ismael Asatasie’s floater from the lane and a Ndefo tip-in made it 15-8 Spartans with 55 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Cyclones answered quickly, with Dami Awosika scoring from the top, Brandon Grayson stealing the ball and scoring and they added a free throw to pull back within 2 at the first quarter buzzer. The teams went back and forth all the way down to the 2:50 mark of the second quarter, when Jevon Santos scored on the break to put Elmont up 26-21. Bad free throw shooting by both teams, particularly South Side, followed, but Ryan McCarthy’s short baseline drive and 3 point play cut it to 27-24 before Ndefo closed out the half with a three from behind the left elbow to give the Spartans a 6 point lead at intermission. Santos, who by the way is just a freshman, opened up the second half with another fastbreak basket, but Grayson answered with a beautiful move, weaving his way through defenders and scoring, and then McCarthy’s stutter step from the top cut it to 32-28. Vincent McDonald bumped the Elmont lead to 7, draining a right baseline three, but McCarthy scored again on a nice basket cut and Patrick Basile knocked down a right wing three and South Side trailed by 2 with 4:32 to play in the quarter. Ndefo held them off with a drive and dunk from the right wing, but Ryan Prendergast continued the rally, knocking down a three from the left wing and it was a 1 point game. The Spartans responded with a closing run, with Conrad Ihaza’s drive from the left baseline and another Ndefo dunk putting them up 45-38 with three quarters complete. South Side’s struggles from the foul line continued as the fourth quarter got underway, but an offensive rebound on a missed free throw and a cross court pass to Basile on the left wing and he drilled a three pointer to bring the Cyclones back within 3 and Awosika followed with a basket from the lane to cut it to 47-46 with 5:40 remaining. Astasie answered for the Spartans, but Prendergast drilled a big three from behind the left elbow and Grayson’s sweeping drive from the left wing put South Side in front, and then his pull-up jumper from the lane gave them a 53-49 lead with 2:50 to play. A charging call against Elmont on the next possession and everything was going South Side’s way, but the Spartans forced a turnover on the other end and Astasie made a nice basket cut, got the pass and hit a short turn-around jumper from the lane to bring Elmont back within 2 with 2:05 showing. Grayson answered with a drive and the lead was 4 again, and after a big rebound, it was South Side ball with only 36 seconds left and Elmont fouled. Once again, South Side came up short, missing the front end of a 1 and 1, and then the Cyclones committed a big foul on the other end, sending Ndefo to the line for three shots and he knocked down the first two, missing the third shot and incredibly, it went out of bounds off South Side, giving Elmont the ball trailing by 2 with 26 seconds left. Their inbound play worked to perfection and Astasie’s shot from the lane tied the score with 20 seconds remaining, and then a huge offensive foul call gave the ball back to the Spartans with 8 seconds to play, setting up the dramatic finish. The shot came from the top of the key and was off target, but Ndefo crashed the boards, caught the carom and put it back in the basket as the buzzer sounded, sending the Elmont faithful into a frenzy. But did it beat the buzzer? The officials said yes, and my first reaction was yes, the shot was good, but I wasn’t certain. The trail official, who is the one responsible for making the call, had pretty much the same angle I had and we agreed, but it was a very close and while the Elmont fans celebrated, everybody else went to their phones or looked over someone else’s shoulder to watch a replay. The FIOS and News 12 crews went to their monitors to do the same, and I must have looked at a dozen different angles of the shot from different sources, and also got feedback from a dozen other witnesses, and my conclusion was, if I were a replay official, I would have ruled that there was insufficient evidence to overturn the call. I never saw a replay that clearly showed the moment the ball left his hand. 3/4

South Side 58 Hewlett 46
It was classic playoff basketball through three quarters, with the 16th ranked Bulldogs clinging to a 1 point lead after Brandon Grayson narrowed the gap with a three point play to close out the 3rd quarter, but the Cyclones took control in the fourth, with James Testa’s left baseline jumper giving them the lead while the defense completely shut out the Bulldogs for the first 6 minutes of the quarter. Dami Awosika had a big three point play early on off an aggressive baseline drive and Pat Basile’s left wing three pointer at the 6:15 mark put South Side in command, while Grayson and Ryan Prendergast both spent a lot of time at the free throw line and both delivered. Grayson led all scorers with 17 points, 12 in the second half, Awosika had a great all-around game, keeping South Side in it early on with 13 first half points and finishing with 16, but it was his defense, rebounding and shot blocking that really stood out. Basile played a big role too, knocking down clutch shots after a slow start and finishing with 13 points, and Prendergast was strong too with 11 points, going a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Zach Bromfeld led Hewlett with 14 points and Gianluca Preziosi had 11. 3/1
Elmont 67 VS North 50
It’s taken time for a new group of players to grow into their roles with the defending State Champions, but 11th ranked Elmont is playing its best basketball of the season right now, and took the lead in the second quarter and rolled past a very good Valley Stream North team. The teams played to a 12-12 tie in the opening quarter, with the action fast paced at first and Elmont taking a 7-4 lead on a three-pointer and then a floater by Wiliam Cook, but Taliq Abdul-Rahim’s three-point play tied it and the pace noticeably slowed. Ismael Astasie’s short turn-around jumper got Elmont rolling in the second quarter, and back to back fast break baskets by Conrad Ihaza and Astasie quickly followed and started to build the lead, but North’s Noah Shy kept it close with a basket and two free throws. A nice floater by KC Ndefo and an aggressive drive by Astasie from the top reestablished Elmont’s momentum, and then Astasie’s basket from underneath and Ndefo’s two free throws in the closing seconds put them up by 10 at the half. VSN closed the gap as the third quarter got underway, with Shy’s right wing three pointer cutting the lead to single digits, but Vincent McDonald’s basket from underneath and the lead was 10 again and Ndefo’s three-pointer from the top and then his turn-around jumper from the left wing made it 40-25 Elmont with 5 minutes to play in the quarter. The teams proceeded to trade baskets and free throws the remainder of the quarter, but Elmont started to add to their lead again when Ihza beat his defender from the top and hit a runner, and then McDonald drilled a three-pointer from the left baseline and Elmont was in complete command, leading by 22 with 6:16 left in the 4th. North never threatened after that. Ndefo led Elmont with 20 points, 11 of them from the free-throw line, and Asatsie and McDonald both finished with 12. Shy led all scorers with 23 and Abdul-Rahim finished with 11. A word of caution, though. Elmont’s preseason All-Star Victor Olawoye left the game early with an ankle injury, and although his teammates stepped up impressively in his absence, his scoring and leadership will be missed if he is unable to play going forward. 3/1

Chaminade 85 Holy Trinity 65
The Flyer juggernaut is back on track, jumping out to an early lead and outbattling an excellent Holy Trinity team wire to wire to claim the NSCHSSAA title and a spot in the CHSAA Class A State Championship Tournament. Although he finished with only 8 points, Kyle Murphy played a key role in the early going of this highly anticipated rematch, attacking the basket with reckless abandon to open up things for the Chaminade shooters, and they cashed in, with both Bobby Connors and Brendan McGuire knocking down shots to the tune of 25 first quarter points and a 12 point first quarter lead. Holy Trinity responded, closing to within 5 just before the half and they were within striking distance throughout the third quarter, led by the dangerous trio of Thorton Scott, Cam Wynter, and Tyler Small, but the inspired Flyer defense held and Connors and McGuire continued to find the basket, with freshman Michael O'Connell joining the mix, and Chaminade ruthlessly put the Titans away in an impressive fourth quarter. Connors led all scorers with 20 points, McGuire had 18, and O’Connell 17 while Scott finished with 17 point for the Titans and Small and Wynter both had 14. 2/28

Westbury 48 Baldwin 45
7th ranked Westbury led wire to wire with excellent team defense and the scoring and rebounding of Jonathan Dean, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Darius Young, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds, but they could never break away and the 5th ranked Bruins made their run, pulling within a point on two big three-pointers by Matt Trepeta. Baldwin had several chances to take the lead down the stretch, but the shots wouldn’t fall and the Green Dragons advanced to their second straight Class AA title game. Jon Smith finished with 13 for Baldwin and Norman Wilson had 11. 2/28
Uniondale 69 Syosset 44
It was all Uniondale in the rubber match with their conference rival. The 10th ranked Knights, who led by 8 after one quarter, blew it open with a 19-7 second quarter and never looked back. Danny Ashley led the way with 11 second quarter points and finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists, Craig Brown had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Zion Styles 15 points and 8 rebounds. Griffin Halpern had 21 of 9th ranked Syosset’s 44 points. 2/28

#8 LWA 82 Trevor Day 47
Lawrence-Woodmere Academy, whose young team came along and came together faster than expected and who could have comfortably competed for a Class A title, hammered 19-4 Trevor Day for the C title. They will move up to a higher classification next season. STATS LATER 2/27

Chaminade 66 St. Anthony's 50
After reeling off 15 straight wins, the Flyers came crashing back to earth with back to back losses to league rivals Holy Trinity and St. Anthony's. They took their first big step towards redemption, quickly jumping out in front and convincingly beating the scrappy Friars to advance to the Championship game against Holy Trinity. 2/26 DETAILS SOON. 
Holy Trinity 90 SJB 59
The Cougars showed great character, battling the heavily favored Titans almost basket for basket through halftime, but 4th ranked Holy Trinity showed why they are one of Long Island's top teams, exploding for 44 second half points and rolling into the finals. 2/26 DETAILS SOON

LuHi 68 Albany Academy 57
The #1 ranked Crusaders jumped out to a big lead over New York State’s #3 ranked Class A team and held them off the rest of way to take the title. Their balanced attack was led by Chris Coalmon and Essam Mostafa, who both finished with 18 points, Brandon Jacobs had 15 points and 7 assists and Harrison Warnock added 10 points. LuHi is the only Class AA independent school in the Federation, so they have no post-season State Tournament to attend and will have to wait a month before they play their next game, which will be in the New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions. 2/25

#10 LWA 112 Columbia Prep 61
After a close and fast paced first quarter, LWA blew the doors off in the second and third quarters and rolled into the championship game. The Tigers featured two 30 point scorers, with Aidan Igiehon amassing 33 points and 21 and Jordan Dingle 31 points and 10 assists. Tyler St. Furcy added 17 points and 12 rebounds. They will face #2 seed Trevor Day (19-3) in the final. 2/25

SJB 71 Kellenberg 65
Kellenberg swept the season series, but it was a tight game throughout and Matt Lavin, who finished with a game high 29 points, and Kyle Locastro, who had 19, led the Cougars to the upset. 2/24
St. Anthony's 57 St. Dominic 50
The Bayhawks are in a rebuilding phase, but they’ve come a long way this season and gave the 3rd seeded Friars a real battle. Jon Harewood had another good game for St. Anthony’s, finishing with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Tony Lopez added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyrone Lyons 10 points and 13 rebounds. Rob Rossiter led all scorers with 19 for St. Doms. 2/24

Oyster Bay 51 Carle Place 31
Carle Place beat Oyster Bay by 7 back on February 4th, but it was all Oyster Bay in the rematch for the Nassau County Class B title after a blistering 19-3 first quarter. Anthony Reilly led the way with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Devon Marmorale added 13 points and 6 rebounds. 2/23
#14 Elmont 76 Floral Park 55
The Floral Park shooters never got hot, in large part thanks to the Elmont defense, but Elmont did, led at first by Victor Olawoye and Vincent McDonald, who combined for 16 first half points to lead the Spartans to an 11 point halftime lead, and then by KC Ndefo, who controlled the boards the entire game and then exploded in the third quarter, knocking down threes and hammering home thunderous dunks on his way to 15 third quarter points and 26 overall. An impressive win over a very good Floral Park team. 2/23
VS North 66 Lynbrook 34
VSN held Lynbrook to 10 first half points while their balanced attack got on a roll in the second and third quarters and put the game away. Omar Baxter led the way with 14 points, John Alimo had 13, Noah Shy 12, and Shamari Griffith added 4 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks. 2/23 
South Side 73 CS Harbor 53
Brandon Grayson was outstanding on both sides of the ball, sparking the Cyclones to the convincing win with at least half a dozen steals and uncontested fast break baskets. He finished with 27 points and 7 assists. Pat Basile played the role of sharpshooter, knocking down 4 threes on his way to 18 points, and Dami Awosika also came up big, rebounding and blocking shots and scoring 15 points of his own. 2/23
Hewlett 64 Roosevelt 63
A great back and forth game. Hewlett rallied to tie it on Gianluca Preziosi’s three pointer with 45 seconds remaining and took the lead on a Matthew Mannino free throw and then in the final seconds, Roosevelt went to the line with a chance to tie or go ahead and came up short. Alyjah Hill led the Bulldogs with 23 points, Preziosi finished with a triple-double - 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, Zach Bromfeld had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Manniono added 5 points and 15 rebounds. 2/23 

Baldwin 58 Massapequa 55
At first glance, Baldwin was a clear favorite, but a closer examination of Massapequa’s record revealed that they had played a very challenging non-league schedule, with 6 of their non-league opponents playoff teams, and that 6 of their 8 losses had been in single digits. The battle tested Chiefs showed they belonged, staying with the 5th ranked Bruins in what turned out to be an excellent Class AA Quarterfinal matchup. In the early going, it looked like defending Long Island Class AA champion Baldwin might take control, quickly recovering from a 6-0 deficit created by back to back three pointers from Kevin Voigt and Chris Wasson to start the game, they took the lead on a 14-0 run sparked by Derrick Ruffin’s putback, Elijah Bovell’s backdoor cut, and Norman Wilson’s back to back threes, and capped off by Bovell’s fade away jumper from just outside the left elbow. After a Massapequa free throw broke the run, Ruffin drilled a left wing three pointer just before the first quarter buzzer to make it 17-7 and it looked like the Bruins were well on their way. But they couldn’t break free and Massapequa started to whittle away at the lead at the 4 minute mark of the second quarter, with Wasson knocking down a three pointer from the top to bring them back within 7. He drilled another three from deep behind the right elbow that cut it to 25-21 with 2:01 to play in the half, and then Gary Rettig’s right wing three made it a 3 point game at intermission. Baldwin added a few points to their lead in a tight third quarter, with a Wilson three from behind the right elbow making it 34-28 Bruins. The teams traded baskets down to the 1:25 mark, when Nasim Cylin’s left wing three made it 39-32 and it was still a 7 point game with three quarters complete. It looked like Baldwin might put the Chiefs away after Jon Smith scored from underneath to make it 48-38 Bruins, but Rettig knocked down a baseline jumper and Bryce Paladino spun off his defender and scored to make it a 6 point game with 3:18 to play. Massapequa went 1 for 2 at the line with 2:11 remaining to pull within 5, but Cylin drained a big right baseline three to make it 51-43 Baldwin with 1:54 left. Wasson’s drive and three point play and the margin was 5 again, now with 1:39 showing, but Wilson held the line for the Bruins, stepping up with a pull up jumper from just inside the foul line. Paladino continuedthe back and forth action, scoring from underneath at the 1:03 mark, and the Bruins opened the door a crack, going 1 for 2 from the line to keep it a two possesion game. The Chiefs elected to go for the quick two and Wasson’s left wing drive made it a 4 point game as the clock dropped uder the 1 minute mark. They got the ball back after chasing down a loose ball with 36 seconds to play, and Voight drilled a huge right baseline three to make it a 1 point game, but there were only 18 seconds on the game clock. They sent Wilson to the line, and he was shooting 1 and 1. A miss on the front end and Massapequa would come down with a chance to win the game and plenty of time to do it, but with all that pressure, he came through big time, knocking down both shots. The best the Chiefs could do now was tie, but they still had plenty of time and called time-out in the front court with 15 seconds remaining to set up a play. Then the unthinkable happened. The shot they got was contested and off target, but Baldwin clearly fouled on the three point attempt and the door was now wide open. Massapequa could not capitalize, the second shot rimming out and Wilson added two more free throws on the other end and the Bruins escaped with the big win. He finished with 19 points and Nasim Cylin had 13, while Wasson led all scorers with 27 for Massapequa. 2/22
Westbury 61 Farmingdale 51
The 9th ranked Green Dragons took an early lead and held it, countering every Farmingdale rally. Their balanced attack was led by Jonathan Dean, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jalyn Dunlap added 11 points, Khalid Ketchens 10 points and 10 rebounds, Darius Young 10 points and 8 rebounds, and Brandon Ottley 7 points and 8 assists. 2/22
Syosset 76 Calhoun 72 2OT
Two good teams that haven't advanced past this round of the playoffs in over 10 years faced off in a memorable Class AA Quarterfinal, and 12th ranked Syosset moved on after two contentious overtimes. Jalen Rosemond’s left baseline three pointer gave Calhoun the early lead, but Syosset drew even as the quarter progressed, many of their points coming at the free throw line. Robert Kula’s deep left wing three put them up 11-7 with 3:42 to play, but Patrick Gardner answered with an impressive drive from the right wing through traffic. Jacob Wiener’s running left hander and Griffin Halpern’s left wing drive and reverse layup pushed the Syosset lead to 6, but again the Colts kept pace, responding with two free throws by Gardner, Tom Casimano’s steal and fast break basket, and two more free throws by Gardner and it was tied at 15 all. The Braves had the final push of the quarter, closing it out with back to back threes: Halpern came off a screen and knocked one down from the top and then Dom Sciove drained one from the right baseline at the buzzer and it was 21-16 Syosset with one quarter complete. The second quarter started out a three point shooting contest. Gardner opened the quarter with a steal and right wing three pointer, Kula answered with a right baseline three for Syosset, and then Rosemond’s left wing three and Gardner’s deep left wing three put Calhoun on top 25-24. Halpern retook the lead with two more free throws and the Braves held it the rest of the half, but Calhoun rallied in the closing seconds on Gardner’s turn-around jumper from the foul line and a buzzer beating three pointer by Corey Jones to tie it at 33 as the teams headed for their locker rooms. Syosset started to build a lead, going up 43-37 on James Dionisio’s fall away jumper and a left wing three by Halpern, but Calhoun rallied late in the quarter again and took a 1 point lead on Casimano’s fast break basket, and they were up by 2 on Rosemond’s step-back jumper at the third quarter buzzer. Rosemond opened the fourth quarter with a left baseline three to put Calhoun up 52-47, and then Casimano wove his way through defenders and scored to make it 56-49 Colts, but Kula kept it close with a right wing three, and a drive and 3 point play by Halpern cut it to 56-55 with 4:13 remaining in regulation. Halpern then put the Braves on top with two free throws and Wiener hit a running hook shot for a 4 point Syosset lead with 1:14 left, but in the closing seconds, Rosemond hit a reverse layup on a nice give and go play and Gardner drove down the right baseline and scored to tie it at 62 and send the game into the first overtime. Halpern opened the first OT with an aggressive drive and basket, but Rosemond answered quickly with a spinning drive from the left wing and after the quick start, neither team would score again until the 48 second mark, when Wiener’s two free throws put Syosset up by 2. Rosemond’s basket from underneath tied it once again sent the game into a second OT. Jones rebounded and scored to give Calhoun the early lead in the second extra session, but Halpern tied it with 2 free throws and Michael Stanco scored from underneath to put the Braves in front. Gardner’s looping drive from the right wing tied it at 70, but Wiener answered with a scoop shot and a key turnover at the 35 second mark gave Syosset the ball with the lead. The Colts had to foul, and Halpern made both for a 4 point lead, but Kevin Hannon’s drive from the top and the Colts were still alive, trailing by 2 with 12 seconds left. They fouled again, sending 4 to the line with 9 seconds on the clock, and he knocked down both pressure packed free throws to send the Braves on to the semifinals. Halpern finished with 29 points, 13 of them from the free throw line, Kula had 22 points and 8 rebounds, and Wiener added 12 points. Gardner led all scorers with 30 for Calhoun and Rosemond had 22. 2/22
Uniondale 49 Port Wash 48
It was all Uniondale in the first half, building a 30-15 halftime lead, but Xavier Merriweather and Evan Goldstein led a Port Washington second half comeback and they had the ball trailing by 1 in the final seconds. Danny Ashley had another big game for the Knights, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds. 2/22

St. Dominic 77 St. Mary's 53
SJB memorably used this play-in game as a springboard and went on to win the NSCHSAA title a few years back, and the Bayhawks advanced this season, beating St. Mary’s for the third time. 2/22

Oyster Bay 50 Wheatley 45
Wheatley hadn't put up much of a fight in their two league matchups, and came into the contest having lost 9 of their last 10 games, but the Wildcats rose to the occasion and battled top seed Oyster Bay right to the end. Anthony Reilly and Devon Marmorale saved the day for the Baymen, combining for 40 of their 50 points. 2/19
Carle Place 58 Malverne 52
The Frogs built a 15 point halftime lead and fended off a second half rally by the Mules to advance to the Section 8 Class B Championship Game. Thomas Browne led the way with 19 points, Matthew Morrison had 15 and Nathaniel Armstrong 11. 2/19

Are we in Hoops Heaven? Six of the eight Nassau Class A playoff games played last night were decided by 5 points or less! There were two upsets, with Lynbrook rallying past Glen Cove 49-46 after falling to them twice in league play. Steve Hendrickson's layup put them on top with under a minute to play and Rob Sitonio's two free throws provided the final margin. Rylan Blondo, who took a big charge in the final seconds, led the Owls with 12 points, Hendrickson had 11 and Sitonio 10...... The other upset was more of a seeding upset. Cold Spring Harbor actually had the better record, and showed why, stopping Garden City on their home floor 47-45. Matt Licciardi led CSH with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Reese Grossman finished with 11 points and 4 assists and what proved to be the game winner...... Friends/Valley Stream North was another terrific game. Friends led by 6 at the half, VSN had a big third quarter to move in front, and the two teams battled the rest of the way, with North taking a 61-58 decision. Taliq Abdul-Rahim and Noah Shy led the way with 15 points each, Omar Baxter added 11 and John Alimo 10..... Hewlett and Locust Valley waged a classic game of runs, with Hewlett carrying their 4th quarter momentum into overtime for a 56-51 win. Gianluca Preziosi led the way with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Zach Bromfeld stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 15 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 blocks..... #2 seed Roosevelt vs Manhasset was a possible upset special, but the Roughriders passed the test, rallying for a 52-48 win. Calvin Brown finished with 11 points for Roosevelt, Jaisyn Smith had 10 and 16 rebounds, and Isaiah Stone 9 points and 14 rebounds..... South Side advanced with a hard fought 41-37 win over Bellmore, jumping out in front and then fighting off the Cougars the rest of the way. Brandon Grayson led the Cyclones with 12 points and Dami Awosika and Ryan McCarthy both had 10..... The only game that played out pretty much as expected was top seeded Elmont defeating Valley Stream South 65-46, but there was plenty of drama through three quarters, with VSS jumping out to an early lead. The Spartans didn't take command until a 29-14 fourth quarter. K.C. Ndefo had another good game, leading the way with 24 points, and so did Victor Olawoye and Ismael Astasie, who both finished with 17. 2/17

The Class AA teams started up with four first round match-ups, and the road teams took two of them. Calhoun was the lone conference champion in action, and they made short work of conference rival Herricks, jumping out in front and rolling to a 78-51 victory. Tom Cummings led their balanced attack with 16 points,  Patrick Gardner and Jalen Rosemond both finished with 15, and Corey Jones finished with 10..... Farmingdale exploded in the second half, racking up 40 points to pull away from host Freeport 63-48. Mike Lynch had a big game, scoring 13 points and handing out 12 assists, and David Ruiz did too, finishing with 17 points while Marvel Chambers added 16..... Port Washington was the other road warrior, utilizing a 26 point second quarter to build a lead over host Plainview on their way to an 83-69 victory. Xavier Merriweather, Long Island's 8th leading scorer, finished with 24 points for Port, Adam Mizrahi added 20 and Conor Shanahan 12..... Massapequa might have been the most impressive team of the day, taking a 60-42 decision from Hicksville. Chris Wasson led the Chiefs with 16 points and Thomas Ammendola had 13 points and five assists. 2/16

Day One of the 2017 Section 8 Class A playoffs is in the books, and everything pretty much held to form, with just two minor upsets. Conference A4 Champion Friends Academy, the only conference champion that did not get a first round bye, poured it on in the fourth quarter to dispose of Mepham 57-41 and improve to 17-3. Trayvon Alexander led the way with 15 points and 6 assists and Hutch Tyree added 10 points..... Another team with a lofty record and a low seed, Conference ABC’s 18-2 Cold Spring Harbor, got 30 points from Reese Grossman and 17 points and 7 assists from Matt Licciardi in a 64-49 win over West Hempstead..... The first minor upset was #17 Valley Stream South over #16 Wantagh 51-46. Wantagh closed out their regular season with a big upset win over third seeded South Side and had hopes for a nice playoff run, but so apparently did VSS. Daniel Sarpong led South with 17 points, Ozzy Traill had 12, and Isaiah Taylor 8 points and 11 rebounds.  Manhasset nipped Roslyn 60-56 in an excellent game between two teams capable of knocking off anybody. Will Theodoropoulos had the big game for Manhasset, finishing with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Danny Hedberg added 10 points..... The other upset was #19 Bellmore rallying from a 15 point halftime deficit on the road to beat #14 Great Neck South 46-44. Steven Carlson led all scorers with 25 points for Bellmore and Marco Travaglione added 14 points and 11 rebounds...... Lynbrook prevailed 43-38 over Island Trees after giving up an early lead. Rylan Blondo had a nice game for the Owls, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. 2/15 
Holy Trinity 92 Chaminade 88
In a big Catholic League showdown, second ranked Chaminade went into 8th ranked Holy Trinity's gym and jumped out to to a quick lead, but the Titans dug in and would not let them pull away, rallying to win a great game in overtime. Cam Wynter had one of the best game's of his career, finishing with 37 points, and Tyler Small and Thorton Scott both finished with 14 points, while Brendan McGuire led the Flyers with 22 and freshman Michael O'Connell had 18. 2/14 
Waldorf 59 Portledge 56
After playing two tightly contested regular season games, both won by Portledge, the two Long Island-based PSAA schools met in a first-round playoff game, and the same script played out, but this time with the Garden City-based school prevailing. Mike Reed led the way with 30 points and 10 rebounds, including two big free throws with 4 seconds to play, Isaac Stumme also stepped up, finishing with 12 points, 5 assists and 5 steals, and Will Clauss added 9 points and 7 rebounds. 2/13.
#1 LuHi 66 LWA 53
Lawrence-Woodmere Academy was on the road, and for the first time this season playing one of Long Island's top teams, and they showed they belonged, but in the end, were no match for #1 Long Island Lutheran. LWA's junior point guard Jordan Dingle is very good, and he and Terrin Roy got the Tigers off to a good start and out in front, but their leading scorer, sophomore big man Aiden Igiehon, struggled to get his shot off in the early going against fellow sophomore Essam Mostafa and the LuHi help defense, and a three pointer by Brian Kenyon to close out the first quarter and another by Brandon Jacobs to open the second put the Crusaders in front to stay. Jacobs added another big three in the pivotal second quarter on his way to 16 first half points, and the LuHi lead was 35-23 at intermission and 50-31 with three quarters complete. A 4th quarter Tiger rally led by Igiehon proved too little too late. Jacobs, who had another strong all around game, finished with 22 points, and Mustafa had 11 points and was very big around the basket on both ends of the court. Dingle finshed with 17 for LWA and Igiehon with 15. 2/12
#10 LWA 67 John Bowne 65
Lawrence Woodmere picked up their biggest win of the season in dramatic fashion, with Jordan Dingle rebounding and scoring with 18 seconds left to tie it, and then the junior drained the winning free throws with 1.6 seconds showing for the win. The 18-4 PSAL Class AA team was fresh off a wins over QHST, WHEELS, amd HS Construction. LWA plays LuHi today at 2 PM at LuHi in one of Long Island's biggest games of the year! 2/11  
Calhoun 65 Great Neck So 37
The Colts rolled over second place Great Neck South to capture their first conference championship in 34 years. Patrick Gardner led the way with with 17 points, Jalen Rosemond had 15, and Tom Cummings 13 in the historic win. They finish the regular season a very impressive 17-2. 2/11
Baldwin 76 Westbury 72
It was a barn burner, with Elijah Bovell stepping up big time with 30 points and all the 9th ranked Bruins, like Nasim Cylin, who had 12 points and 8 rebounds, pitching in for the absence of Jabeon Bivins, their second leading scorer. Jonathan Dean had 24 for #5 Westbury and Jalyn Dunlap had 22. 2/10
Floral Park 81 VS North 59
Floral Park is on a roll, and they jumped all over Valley Stream North in front of a spirited home crowd and never looked back. That gives them consecutive wins over Glen Cove (16-2), Lynbrook (14-4), and now VSN (15-3), and all three avenged previous losses. Brian Fox had a big game with 29 points, so did Frank Phelan, finishing with 23 points and 11 assists, and TJ Cluess added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Noah Shy led VSN with 24. 2/8
St. Anthony's NJ 55 LuHi 49
The Crusaders had no rhythm, no consistent ball movement, struggled to rebound, and couldn't hit a shot or a free throw, but fought their way back from an 18 point deficit and found themselves with the ball and trailing the legendary Friars by 3 with 25 seconds remaining, only to turn it over when they couldn't get it inbounds. Sophomore Essam Mostafa was a real bright spot, playing a big role in the rally and finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds. 2/7
#10 LWA 103 Fieldston 61
Like most teams with good young players, LWA is getting better and better as the season progresses, picking up another nice win over a 16-2 team considered to be one of NYC's best private school teams. Jordan Dingle led the way with 30 points and 7 assists, Aidan Igiehon had 26 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks, and Kendell Ogilvie 15 points. 2/6
St. Mary's 58 FDR 42
The Gaels picked up their first win of the season, stopping the PSAL Class A team on the road. 2/4
Chaminade 62 St. Peter's 58
Another big win for 4th ranked Chaminade, defeating a team with wins over All Hallows, St. Raymond’s, Msgr. Farrell and Holy Trinity so far. The Flyers have played as tough a non-league schedule as anyone, and this was the second of two impressive wins this past weekend. They also beat New York State Class AA power Burke Catholic from Section 9 61-49 on Friday night. The St. Peter’s victory was their 13th straight. This impressive winning streak came right on the heels of an early season 3 game losing streak that put the Flyers under the radar for a good part of the season, but they quietly came together in game 2 of the winning streak when they rolled over a red hot Floral Park team and have been nothing but impressive ever since, racking up nice wins over Boys & Girls, Holy Trinity, and South Side before this weekend’s impressive showing. Leading scorer Kyle Murphy led the way against St. Peter’s, finishing with 17 points and 8 rebounds and hitting two big free throws down the stretch, while Regan Quinn knocked down five 3 pointers against Burke and finished with 19 points. 2/5
#5 Westbury 71 Deer Park 55
There are games you look forward to all season, and this was one of them. Westbury was very impressive, rolling over the streaking Falcons and holding their leading scorer and Long Island All-Star Darien Jenkins scoreless.  Khalid Ketchens led the Green Dragon’s balanced attack with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and Jonathan Dean, Jalyn Dunlap and Darius Young all had 13 points. Malik Edmead led all scorers with 16 for Deer Park. 2/4
Manhasset 77 GN South 61
Don’t overlook Manhasset in the playoffs this season. This Class A team in a mostly Class AA conference now has wins over both conference leaders and knocked Great Neck South out of a first-place tie. Danny Hedberg was high scorer with 23 points and 8 rebounds, Will Theodoropoulos had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Peter Conlan added 20 points as well. David Sabzehroo finished with 19 for South and Phillip Silverstein added 14. 2/4
Chaminade 61 Burke Cath 49
The 4th ranked Flyers passed their first test of the weekend with flying colors, handing Section 9s Burke Catholic - New York State's 13th ranked Class AA team -  its third loss of the season. They face another big test today against 12-6 St Peter's of Staten Island. FULL COVERAGE SOON 2/3 
Floral Park 70 Lynbrook 51
Floral Park is putting it into high gear as the playoffs approach, knocking off fellow contender Lynbrook on the road with a third quarter surge. Brian Fox led the way with 24 points, T.J. Cluess added 14 points and 9 rebounds, Frank Phelan 14 points and 6 assists, and Matt Jounakos 12 points. John Donaldson was high man for Lynbrook with 12. 2/3
VS North 61 Plainedge 40
Valley Stream North maintained their 1 game lead in Nassau Conference A3, cruising past the Red Devils to improve to (15-2, 9-1). Last major stumbling block on their schedule is Feb 8th at Floral Park. John Alimo had a game-high 19 points and Noah Shy added 18 while Dylan McSweeney led Plainedge with 13. 2/2
Plainview 52 Baldwin 49
Taking nothing away from the Hawks, who are enjoying a solid season and could turn out to be a team to watch out for in the playoffs, but this is another stunner. It was a back and forth game, and Plainview rallied from a 3 point halftime deficit for the win while everyone in the gym waited for the big rally from the 6th ranked Bruins that never came. Plainview's leading scorer Jack Stafford had another big game, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Becker was clutch too, with 12 points and 5 assists, and Brandon Mintz added 10 pts while Jabeon Bivins led Baldwin with 19. 2/1
Syosset 61 Uniondale 51
16th ranked Syosset remains undefeated at home, handing 7th ranked Uniondale its first loss on Long Island. Jacob Wiener led the Braves with 20 points and James Dionisio added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Danny Ashley, De'Shaun Jackson and Zion Styles all had 14 for Uniondale. 2/1
Floral Park 49 Glen Cove 47
It's no surprise when the Knights beat anybody, especially at home, and they took a crazy back and forth contest with 15th ranked Glen Cove, holding on to knock them out of a first place tie with Valley Stream North and put themselves back into contention in tough Conference A3. Brian Fox led the way with 15 points and TJ Cleuss finished with a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Kevin Ernest led all scorers with 23 for Glen Cove and Jared Jackson had 19. 1/31
Sewanhaka 40 Garden City 39
Rahim Akinwunmi hit a dramatic game-winning three pointer just before the buzzer to send the home crowd into a frenzy. With wins over both Nassau Conference A1 favorities Elmont and now Garden City, the Indians have solidified their contender status and can finish in first if they win out. Giovanny Bryce was high scorer, finishing with 14 points, Akinwunmi had 11, and Jaydan Boyd 10. Andrew DeSantis led the Trojans with 15. 1/31
Syosset 85 Hempstead 51
The 16th ranked Braves made short work of a tough Hempstead team, leading 40-13 at the half. Robert Kula led the way with 17 points, Jacob Wiener and Michael Stanco both had 11, and Griffin Halpern 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jeff Rogers led the Tigers with 12. 1/30
LuHi 79 Bishop Loughlin 53
Loughlin came into the game ranked #2 in New York State, with the Crusaders ranked #3, but after a tight first quarter, it was all LuHi. Their textbook balanced attack riddled the CHSAA team from every angle, and their staunch defense held them to their lowest point total of the season. Donatas Kupsas led the way with 15 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Coalmon and Harrison Warnock both also finished with 15 points, Essam Mostafa added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and game MVP Brandon Jacobs racked up 13 points and 13 assists. 1/29
Baldwin 59 Construction 49 
When the Bruins are at the top of their game, they are tough to beat. They rolled over a strong High School For Construction team from the PSAL that had won 7 of their last 8 games and was ranked 15th in New York City. Elijah Bovell starred, leading all scorers with 18 points, Nasim Cylin finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds, Norman Wilson also had a nice game with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Derrick Ruffin topped it off with 9 points and 12 rebounds. 1/29
Bay Shore 64 Westbury 57
In a big Nassau/Suffolk heavyweight matchup, the 4th ranked Marauders built a second half lead and held off a late charge by the 3rd ranked Green Dragons for the win. 1/28 
Hills East 55 Elmont 40
The Thuderbirds have rebounded nicely from their loss to Bay Shore on Tuesday, beating an always tough Northport team yesterday and pulling away in the second half in this one. Elmont continues to struggle to adjust to KC Ndefo's move to the perimeter on the offensive end, unable to replace his interior scoring and rebounding. 1/28 DETAILS SHORTLY
Calhoun 69 Manhasset 63
The Colts avenged their only conference loss, pulling a half game ahead of Great Neck South in Conference AA/A 3 and improving to 14-2 on the season. Patrick Gardner had a big game, finishing with 30 points, 13 of them in the 4th quarter, and Jalen Rosemond added 11. Peter Conlan has 25 for Manhasset, Danny Hedberg 15, and Will Theodoropoulos 12. The big first place showdown with GNS is Feb 10th. 1/28
Roosevelt 62 South Side 50
The Roosevelt players and coaching staff had this one circled on their calenders. The Roughriders dropped a hard fought 6 point decision at home to 13th ranked South Side that they believe they should have won, and when they got the opportunity for revenge, they turned the tables on the Cyclones to move into sole possession of first place in Nassau Conference A2. Latrell Hollis was a man on a mission, putting Roosevelt on top with 13 third-quarter points after the game was tied at the half, and then the rest of the squad, let by Calvin Brown, who finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Timmy Santana, who added 13 points, took it home from there. Brandon Grayson was was high man for the Cyclones with 15. 1/27
Sewanhaka 57 Carey 41
Sewanhaka has won 7 of their last 8 and is still very much in the hunt for the Nassau Confernce A1 crown, trailing first place Garden City by a game and a half and a big rematch with the Tojans coming up this Tuesday at home. Jaydan Boyd was the big gun in this one, finishing with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals, and Giovany Bryce and Marcus Johnson both chipped in with 11 points, Johnson adding 10 rebounds. Tyler DeMeo led Carey with 14. 1/27
Calhoun 60 Mepham 51
 It's a time honored tradition played out all across the country. Calhoun, a senior dominated team, is putting it all together to make one last big push for a championship, and they continued their quest for the Nassau Conference AA3 crown by holding off 4th place Mepham for a solid home win. Next up is the big rematch with Manhasset, the team that handed the Colts their only conference loss. Calhoun utilized a nice balanced attack to improve to (7-1, 13-2), led by 15 points from Patrick Gardner, 13 from Kevin Hannon, 12 from Tom Cummings, and 11 from Jalen Rosemond. Nah'jel Sands led all scorers with 19 for Mepham and Ricky Derosena had 12. 1/26
Friends Acad 45 Mineola 29
After a slow start, the Quakers have reeled off 9 straight wins and are alone atop Nassau Concerence A4. ​Leading scorer Trayvon Alexander came through again with a game high 18 points and Maclain Pascucci added 11. John McMahon finished with 10 for Mineola. 1/26
#1 LuHi 49 Iona Prep 38
The Crusaders held Prep to their lowest point total of the season in a big road win. Donatas Kupsas led the way with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Harrison Warnock added 13 points. 1/24
LWA 80 Sacred Heart 73
In a battle between two of New York State's top ranked small schools, the Tigers prevailed behind 26 points and 17 rebounds from sophomore Aidan Igiehonin, 25 points and 7 assists from Jordan Dingle, 13 points from Tyler St. Furcy and 12 from Terrin Roy. 1/24

​Woodhouse Leads SBU
Stony Brook 80 Hartford 66
If you've been lucky enough to have followed Harborfields grad Lucas Woodhouse throughout his career, there has never been a doubt about his talent. Not only did he lead his high school team to a New York State Championship, but he has also excelled in All-Star games and on travel teams since he was little with a strong all-around game and particular flair for distributing the ball. In fact, the only criticism I can ever recall hearing was that he might be too unselfish and should shoot more. The coaching staff of the Stony Brook Seawolves seems to have remedied that. Woodhouse has been on an offensive tear, scoring 18 points and handing out 6 assists last night and averaging 20.3 ppg over the last 7 games to lead Stony Brook to a 6 1 record and first place in the America East Conference, something that didn't seem possible after a 1-5 start. 1/19
Longwood 68 Commack 60
We liked Longwood when we saw them at one of our tournaments in the off-season, and were surprised when they lost 5 of their first 6 games, but they turned their season around and beat the always tough Cougars to qualify for the playoffs, knocking Commack, who has wins over Hills East and Ward Melville, out. Jalen Ryan had a big game for the Lions, finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds, Ryan Percer added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Isaiah Whitty also had 10 points. Aiden Keenan led the Cougars with 24 and Ryan Donohue had 14. 2/13
Central Islip 65 Bay Shore 58
It was the second straight stunning win for the Musketeers, knocking off Long Island's #2 team at home in a tight, hotly contested game. How's this for a balanced attack: Darryan Fuentes led C.I. with 16 points, Christian Cherry finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds, Ryan Beckles 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists, and Ishmael Wade also had 15 points. Jose Rivera led all scorers with 18 for Bay Shore. 2/11
Brentwood 75 Ward Melville 61
Ward Melville came out with guns blazing, knocking down jumpers and going inside to impressive big man Alex Sobel, but when Sobel went to the bench in foul trouble, Brentwood seized the momentum and never gave it back, ralling in the first half to take the lead and then pulling away in the second half to clinch the Suffolk League 1 title behind big games from Rahmel Allen, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Zed key, who had 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Jason Feliz, who finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Sobel led WM with 20 points. 2/11
Central Islip 69 Hills East 56
We warned earlier in the season that Central Islip was a sleeping giant - a work in progress with all the pieces needed to be a serious contender, and it looks like the giant has awakened. The Musketeers put it all together on the road and pulled away from the 3rd ranked Thunderbirds for their biggest win of the season, instantly becoming a team to watch out for come playoff time. Ryan Beckles had a great all-around game with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, Darryan Fuentes added 13 points, and Michael Hennie finished with a double-double, racking up 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Savion Lewis led East with 16. 2/7
Harborfields 49 Amityville 47
So much has changed since these two teams last met and Harborfields ran up a 40 point win at Amityville. The Green Tornadoes had their winning streak snapped shortly thereafter and then suffered a stunning 16 point home loss to Sayville, while Amityville has reeled off 8 straight wins. The net result was a great battle for the top spot in Suffolk League A5, and 7th ranked Harborfields held on to move into sole possession of first place. Alex Merhige is the constant for the Tornadoes, and finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds, and I'd guess you'd have to say Amityville's Josh Serrano was held to 15 points given his recent scoring outbursts.  2/7
Charles Still On Top!
Amityville's Josh Serrano is on an amazing roll, with recent games of 38, 43, and 45 points, but he still trails Kashawn Charles of Wyandanch by 4 PPG, which gives you an idea of what a great season Charles is having. You can see the latest complete list of Long Island's leading scorers and also the list of highest scoring individual games HERE  For a list of Long Island's top all-time single game scoring totals, click HERE
After setting the school record with 45 points against Miller Place, Amityville junior Josh Serrano scored 38 points in a win over Comsewogue, followed it up with 27 points and 10 assists in a win over Sayville, and then scored 43 points in the Warriors 88-52 win over Rocky Point. Wow!
Commack 60 Ward Melville 53
The Cougars might not even make the playoffs this season, but watch out if they do! They pulled off their second big upset of the season with a furious fourth quarter rally to knock off first place Ward Melville, who was knocking on the door of the Sweet 16. They already have a win over 3rd ranked Hills East and narrowly missed a third big upset, dropping a 4 point decision to 13th ranked Brentwood. They climbed out of a 15 point hole in this one, with Ryan Donohue's a layup with 1:20 left putting them on top, and Johnny Pohlman's three-pointer with 45 seconds left giving them the lead for good. Pohlman finished with 15 points. Aiden Keenan had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, and Jason Salerno and Brian Morrisey had 10 points each. Alex Sobel led WM with 14. 2/3
Smithtown W 78 Copiague 59
Host Copiague climbed out of a 20 point hole in a playoff-like atmosphere to pull within 6, but ran out of gas and the 9th ranked Bulls went on to clinch their second straight Suffolk League 3 title going away, improving to (17-1, 12-0) on the season. Greg Giordano led West with 28 points, Michael Gannon added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kyle LaGuardia had 11 points and 9 rebounds. Terry Roberts had 16 for the Eagles and Mike Snowden 14. 2/2
Hills West 67 Bellport 35
The Colts seem to have gotten past their mid-season slump, when they lost 4 out of 6 games, picking up their 4th straight win to improve to (14-4, 9-3). Derek Brower Jr. had a big game, finishing with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Matt Asenjo added 12 points and 7 steals. The defense held the Clippers to their lowest point total of the season, with no player reaching double digits. 2/2
Holy Trinity 63 St. Anthony's 48
The Holy Trinity kids have been talking about revenge ever since their home loss to the Friars back on January 3rd, and they got it, pulling away in the second half for the big win to keep pace with first place Chaminade. Cam Wynter led the way with 22 points, Tyler Small added 14 and Taj Jenkins 13. Tyrone Lyons had 21 for St. Anthony's. 1/31
Deer Park 66 Kings Park 50
Talk about under the radar. The Falcons got off to an 0-5 start, but have won 10 of their last 11 games and are alone in first place in Suffolk AA4. Long Island All-Star Darien Jenkins led the way with 20 points, Malik Edmead finished with 16 and Keshaun Jones 10. Paul Cooper had 15 for Kings Park. 1/31
Wyandanch 91 Greenport 88 OT
The Warriors rallied from a 7 point deficit with one minute to play on a steal by Jamanie Berry and layup by Dabien Walker with 3 seconds left, sending the game into OT. Kashawn Charles, Long Island's leading scorer, finished with 46 points and Walker added 22. Jordan Fonseca led the Porters with 29 points and freshman sensation Ahkee Anderson finshed with 27. 1/28
Southampton 74 SJB 67
Like Wyandanch, Southampton is thriving after moving up to Class A from Class B, and they picked up another nice win, with Micah Snowden leading the way with 22 points and 16 rebounds and Andre Franklin adding 14 points. Kyle Locastro led all scorers with 28 for SJB. 1/28
Smithtown West 56 East 52
Yes, West rolled over Smithtown East at home and came into this game with a 15-1 record and ranked 25th in New York State, but all bets are off in this fierce rivalry and East led at the half and battled right down to the wire before falling at home. Chris Crespo saved the day for West, finishing with 25 points while  Andrew Smith had 17, Sam Wahba 14, and James Peters 10 for East. 1/27  
Sayville 62 #8 Harborfields 46
A stunning score made even more stunning in that the Green Tornadoes were at home and seemingly at full strenght. Not as stunning when you notice Sayville lost by only 6 the last time the two teams played. Once again good defense and good three point shooting are the big equalizers. Joey Harclerode led the Gloden flashes with 20 points and 13 rebounds, PJ Gunther got them off to a great start with 5 first half three pointers and finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds, and Jesse and Joey Mas combined for 23 points. Alex Merhige had 17 for Harborfields and Patrick Williamson added 10. 1/26
OSNA 72 Ridley 60
Fresh off claiming Long Island bragging rights with a big 63-61 win over rival Upper Room, Our Savior New American hosted 15-12 Ridley College Prep from Canada and rallied with a 26-9 forth quarter for the win.
 Jefferson Koulibaly led the way with 15 points and Mekhi Hall had 13. 1/26
Greenport 80 Bridgehampton 48
The Porters handed the Killer Bees a decisive first loss in league play behind a great game from freshman Ahkee Anderson, who finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. STORY 1/25
Bay Shore 76 Hills East 55
In the undisputed game of the day, the 4th ranked Marauders went on the road and blew open a game that was tied at the half, rolling into a first-place tie with the 2nd ranked Thunderbirds in Suffolk League 2 action. Foul trouble is the Achilles heel of the hounding Bay Shore defense and it hurt them in the previous matchup between the two teams, won by Hills East in OT, and in their other loss, on the road to Baldwin. It threatened to do them in again, but they fought through it and held the Thunderbirds to their lowest scoring total of the season, almost 20 points below their average. Jose Rivera was the difference, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks, Angel Rivera added 13 points in limited playing time, Darien Walcott 11 and Kyree Sawyer 10. Savion Lewis led Hills East with 16, Kenny Mathurin had 12 and Shane Dean 11. 1/24

Josh Serrano Amityville 45 pts
Mike Darby Bayport BP 44
Kendall Robinson Floyd 42
John McMahon Mineola 42
Mike Tamburell Division 40
Alyjah Hill Hewlett 40
Nets On A Roll!
Our new Long Island Nets D League Pro Team is on a nice roll coming into their big home game 7:30pm Monday Night at the Barclays Center, first beating second place Delaware and now picking up a tough road win over Erie prior to their match-up with Greensboro. Former Georgia State star RJ Hunter led the way with 25 points, former Marquette star Lazar Hayward added 22 and Brentwood's JJ Moore finished with 11. A good sized crowd is expected for the rare Monday evening start, and the great 2 for the price of 1 ticket offer is still in effect. Use coupon code LINETSBOGO and join us! I’ll be there with my son Ben and some of his buddies and it’s going to be one of those “ LONG ISLAND TAKES OVER BROOKLYN” nights! 1/27

Nets Rally Past 87ers
It was a close battle throughout, but our Long Island Nets rallied in the second half to defeat the Delaware 87ers behind 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists from former Indiana star Yogi Ferrel and 18 points and 7 rebounds by former Syracuse star Chris McCullough. Marquette's Lazar Hayward and Arizona State's Carrick Felix both added 16 points. Former Louisiana-Lafayette star Shawn Long led all scorers with 33 for Delaware. 1/25
 - Martin Luther King Jr.
Diallo Leads Swarm Past Nets At Barclays
I'm the kind of fan that has a hard time enjoying myself if my team loses, but I took my son and 3 of his friends to see our new Long Island Nets pro team play, and we had a really great time and saw a terrific game. Our expectations were tempered due to what I call the curse of D League Teams - the Nets had arguably their two best players called up to the NBA just before the game - but fortunately our Long Island team didn't let us down and put on an inspired performance, Brentwood's JJ Moore included. It was a great game, and although the Swarm prevailed, it was in a large part due to another Long Islander - OSNA's Cheick Diallo, who finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots for Greensboro. Looking back at the night, we took the LIRR to the game and missed all the rush hour traffic, had some great burgers and a pitcher of beer at Shake Shack right accross the street from the beautiful state of the art arena, had great seats for an exiting pro game filled with star college players, and we were home in no time afterwards. A fun night out for 5 adults at a pro basketball game cost us a grand total of $195, game tickets, train tickets, food and beer included! Beat that!  FULL COVERAGE 1/30
D'Angelo #1!
A handful of basketball programs put competitive teams out on the floor every year, year after year, and that describes South Side under coach Gerry D'Angelo, who picked up the 249th win of his career on Friday, the most in school history. Once again, his team (13-4) will be a serious contender come playoff time. Our congratulation to him! Not only a great coach but a great guy too! 2/3

NYC vs Long Island
Long Island reeled off an 8-1 run to close out the month, highlighted by LuHi's win over Bishop Loughlin, Baldwin's win over Construction, and LWA's win over Scared Heat to go 15-7 in January, putting the season record at 39-19 in Long Island's favor, an insurmountable lead guaranteeing Long Island's 10th straight win in the season series between the two regions. The most bizzare matchup of the month had to be Class AA Cardinal Hayes, at the time ranked 6th in NYC, against Class A St. Mary's, who was 0-14 when we last checked and lost the game 97-37. 

LuHi Invitational
Hills East Pulls Away
By Jim Casey
Suffolk's League 2 has been a meat grinder for a few seasons, with the top teams devouring each other in League play, but yesterday it had its opportunity to play someone different in the 3rd Annual LuHi Invitational at Lutheran High School: two of Nassau's best, and League 2 came out on top on both occasions. Host and top ranked LuHi then closed out the outstanding event by prevailing over 18-3 Curtis from Staten Island and the PSAL in the finalie. First up on the day were the #2 ranked Thunderbirds of Hills East, who ended up dominating Nassau's defending Class A State Champion Elmont Spartans, 55-40. The contest was tied at the half at 23, with Tbird guard Julien Crittendon enjoying a big first half with 9 points, including one three point goal, but the dominant force throughout the game was 6'4" Kenny Mathurin, who controlled both backboards and chipped in with all 6 of his points in the decisive 22-8 fourth quarter to help Hills East rally from a 1 point third quarter deficit. Mathurin accomplished this against 6'5" Long Island All-Star forward KC Ndefo (12 points) who spent much of his offensive time planted on the perimeter. The Thunderbirds 2-3 zone took advantage of the repeated three point misses by the Spartans' shooters and were sparked by the quickness of point guard Savion Lewis, who got rolling in the dominant fourth, finishing with 15 points and a number of assists to fellow juniors Kendall Nero-Clark (15) and Shane Dean (10). The Tbirds will return to the League 2 wars tied for the lead with fellow Invitational participant Bay Shore, whom they fell to ealier in the week.​
Bay Shore Edges Westbury
By Jim Casey
Game two of the LuHi Challenge matched two powerful squads, the 4th ranked Marauders of Bay Shore in Suffolk's strong League 2 and #3 Westbury of Nassau. Bay Shore prevailed 64-57 in a contest with a frantic tempo throughout. The Nassau team broke out to a 20-14 lead after the first stanza as senior Darius Young (26 points, 6 threes) and junior Isaiah Bien-Aise (9) divided 15 of the 20. The second quarter was Bay Shore's turn as their trademark harassing defense held the offense of Westbury to 5 points, while the Marauders scored 13 for a two point half time lead. Bay Shore seniors Darien Walcott and Lavon Montgomery led the offense with Montgomery also successfully battling the bigger Westbury front line on the backboards. Bay Shore continued the onslaught in the third as the dynamic 6'2" Rivera twins, Jose ( 26 points, 9 rebounds) and Angel (14 and 10) took over at both ends of the court, combining for 12 of their team's 18 for a 45-38 lead. In the fourth the Suffolk squad would need all of those points as Westbury would cut the deficit to three at 60-57 with under a minute left. The Nassau team's attack was powered by the two man 3 point bomb squad of Young and senior guard, Jonathan Dean, who combined for 19, including three 3s, of their squad's 23. But again it was Jose Rivera who hit the biggest hoops, the prettiest being a killer crossover, and 4 key free throws for ten huge points to help the Mauraders hold on to a well deserved win. The game should help prepare both fine teams for their league battles down this last stretch run to the county playoffs and hopefully beyond. 
LuHi Holds Off Curtis 83-72
By Ted Thomas
LuHi is one of those rare teams with talent at every position, and you’re surprised when anyone can stay with them, but every time it looked like they were about to put Curtis away, the PSAL team from Staten Island would rally to stay within striking distance. The Crusaders dug in and held them off every time, stopping any serious run with a run of their own and cruising to another big win, upping their record to 15-2 on the season. Junior Donatas Kupsas led the way with 20 points, sophomore Essam Mostafa had 15 points and 14 rebounds, senior Chris Coalmon 14 points and 7 rebounds, and senior point guard Brandon Jacobs added 12 points and 8 assists. LuHi’s Pietro Giovanardi got things started with a left wing three pointer, and after Curtis took their only lead, Kupsas put the Crusaders back on top with a baseline jumper and reverse layup and Coalmon added two free throws to make it 10-5 LuHi. Harrison Warnock’s left wing three and coast to coast baskets by Jacobs and Coalmon bumped the lead to 21-11, and then Coalmon capped off the closing run with a right baseline three that made it 24-11 Crusaders at the first quarter buzzer. The second quarter was a standoff, with LuHi adding a point to their lead to make it 47-33 at intermission, but Curtis opened the third quarter with a run, cutting the lead to 6 with 4:48 to play in the quarter after a goaltending call. Coalmon stopped them in their tracks with a left wing three off an inbound play, and then Kupsas added two free throws, Jacobs plunged to the hoop from the top, and Mostafa scored from underneath back to back and the LuHi lead was 16 just two and a half minutes later. Giovanardi’s leaner and then his steal and basket made it 64-45 Crusaders with three-quarters complete. Curtis immediately started to cut into the lead as the fourth quarter got underway, and after some see-saw action, drew back within 12 with just under 3 minutes to play, but their progress stalled and the teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the way, with Coalmon and Mostafa both hitting two clutch free throws down the stretch, Mostafa’s with 1:14 remaining to give LuHi an insurmountable 14 point lead. 1/28
Hofstra Stops Delaware
Oceanside's Hunter Sabety made the rare jump from D3 to D1 college basketball, transferring from Tufts to Hofstra and sitting out a year, and in his first D1 season, the junior played a big role in a big come from behind victory for the Pride, finishing with 14 points and 15 rebounds in the 73-65 win over Delaware. Hofstra sophomore Justin Wright-Foreman, who is from Queens, had a game-high 22 points. 2/2
LI College Sweep!
There were eight games involving Long Island-based college basketball teams yesterday, and Long Island teams won all eight of them! Division 1 Hofstra took a big step toward getting back into the playoff race with a thrilling 79-77 comeback win over Drexel. Queens product Justin Wright-Foreman had another big game, hitting the game winner and finishing with 20 points and Hunter Sabety from Oceanside did his part too with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Their Suffolk counterparts also came up with an important win, hitting the road and beating rival Albany 72-65 behind another impressive game from Lucas Woodhouse of Harborfields, who finished with 23 points. Stony Brook is now 8-2 in league play. In D2, Manny Suarez led Adelphi over division leading Southern Connecticut, finishing with 28 points and 15 rebounds and also hitting the game winner, while Molloy rocked Mercy 92-78 behind a Molloy record 42 points from Jaylen Morris. LIU Post pinned the only Long Island loss of the day on NYIT, beating the Bears 94-83 on the road with 5 players scoring in double figures, led by Jared Hall’s 23 points and 13 rebounds and Greg Dotson’s 22 points and 11 rebounds. Smithtown East’s Jon Feiler finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds for NYIT. The D3 teams did well too, with Old Westbury crushing St. Joseph’s of Brooklyn 97-67 behind 30 points from Jamail Stanley, Farmingdale State pounding Mount St. Vincent 87-68 led by 18 points from Elmont’s Matthew Graham, with fellow Long Islanders Ali Mableton of Brentwood and George Riefenstahl of BBP both chipping in 14 points, and USMMA clipped rival Maritime 84-81 behind freshman Eric Sobocinski’s 29 points. 2/4  
Hoops Trivia
In the course of researching individual game scoring records, I came across an interesting one. The record for back to back single game scoring totals is held by the legendary Jim Brown, considered by many to be the greatest running back in NFL history and also the greatest lacrosse player of all time. Brown had back to back games of 55 and 53 points for Manhasset. Not a bad basketball player either!
Editor’s Notes
Find out who has qualified for the playoffs and who is out on our STANDING PAGE..... Despite having the talent to hold their own in Class AA and be a serious contender in Class A, 10th ranked LWA will remain a Class C team this season and move up next year..... It will be interesting to see how playoff teams will qualify in Nassau this season. With so many teams with lopsided winning records, it's very possible that teams with losing records will end up getting in..... Don't sleep on our D1 college teams this year. Both were thought to be in rebuilding mode this season after graduating very strong senior classes, but Hofstra has shown some  emerging talent and is making a playoff push with some important home games coming up, and Stony Brook, who got off to a 1-5 start, is now 9-2 in conference and in second place in the America East, in large part thanks to Harborfields grad Lucas Woodhouse, their point guard and leading scorer. Make sure to catch a game. Not many left! 2/7
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Heavyweight Matchup!
Huge Game Today! If you're a high school basketball fan looking for the best ways to enjoy the best time of the season, there is only one place for you to be today - at Long Island Lutheran High School at 2 PM to see 20-2 Lawrence Woodmere Academy, fresh off a huge win over one of the PSAL's best AA teams, take on perennial powerhouse Long Island Lutheran, 18-3 and targeting a New York State Class AA Championship once again this season. There is D1 talent and dominating big men on both teams and it is without a doubt, a CAN'T MISS GAME!
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Regular Season
St. Anthony's 64 Chaminade 62 
The #2 Flyers took on the 13th ranked Friars of St Anthony at home in front of a packed crowd on Senior Night, and for the second straight game, fell in overtime. Coming off a tough loss to Holy Trinity on Tuesday, Chaminade jumped out early against St Anthony's 1-3-1 zone with good interior play from Kyle Murphy, Bobby Connors and Kellen Paradine and they ended the 1st quarter with a 12-7 lead. Midway through 2nd quarter, the Friars made a run behind the penetrating drives of Jon Harwood and Mike Pavinelli and established a 5 point advantage, but Murphy answered with back to back 3 point plays to put the Flyers back in front. Harewood and Tyrone Lyons both scored to close out the half for St Anthony's and they led 26-23 at the break. St Anthony's quickly jumped out to a 10 point lead to start the second half behind 2 long range 3 pointers by Chris Paniccia, but the Flyers came right back with a 13-0 run of their own led by the good shooting of Michael O'Connell, Brendan McGuire and Pete Baron.  Harewood would stop the bleeding by scoring the last 4 points of the 3rd quarter to make it 40-39 Friars. The 4th quarter saw numerous ties, lead changes and big plays by both teams. The Flyers, behind the play of Connors and Murphy, tried to gain control of the game but big free throws by Lyons and a steal and bucket by Pavinelli would keep the Friars within 1 point at 51-50. Connors and Harewood waged a battle down the stretch and the game was tied at 54 all. The Friars would come up empty at the free throw line with 23 seconds left giving the Flyers a chance to win the game, but the Friars defense forced Chaminade into 2 tough 3 point attempts, the last one as the buzzer sounded. Both shots almost sent the Flyer faithful home with a heart stopping win, but both glanced off the rim and the teams headed into overtime. Both teams exchanged buckets to start OT, and then Murphy would put the Flyers up 60-57 with a big 3. However, as he did all night long, Harewood would lead the Friars back with 2 free throws and a layup off a steal for a 3 point lead with 1 minute remaining. The Flyers did not answer on their end and had to foul. Pavinelli made 2 free throws with 32 seconds left to give the Friars some breathing room at 64-59, but Connors hit a tough off balance 3 to cut the lead to 2. The Friars struggles from the free throw line would continue as they missed both attempts giving the Flyers one last chance. After a Flyer time out, they worked the ball around and got it to Kyle Murphy at the top of the key. Murphy would draw a foul on a strong drive to the hoop with 1.9 seconds to left in OT. Murphy, who went 14-14 from the line in Chaminade's victory over the Friars earlier in the season, was long on his 1st attempt and then purposely missed the 2nd in order to try and get the Flyers a last tip-in attempt, but Lyons came up with his 20th rebound of the night to seal the deal for the Friars and create a 3 way tie for 1st place in the NSCHSAA with Chaminade, St Anthony's and Holy Trinity. Jon Harewood would lead all scorers with 36 points, Mike Pavinelli would add 13, Tyrone Lyons 9, and Chris Paniccia chipped in with 8. For the Flyers, they were paced by Kyle Murphy's 17, Bobby Connors scored 16 and Michael O'Connell would finish with 12. 2/17

Long Island's
Leading Scorers
Kashawn Charles Wyandanch 30.4
Josh Serrano Amityville 25.7
Mike Darby Bayport-Blue Point 25.2
Andrew DeSantis Garden City 24.7
Will Martin Pierson 24.3
Jarrell White Bellport 23.9
Pat McFarland Southold 23.5
Joey Harclerode Sayville 22.1
Xavier Merriweather Port Wash. 22.1
Jordan Dingle LWA 21.8
Hills East 64 Bay Shore 62
The game had everything you could ask for. Two good teams that play exciting styles of basketball, a big and enthusiastic crowd, and a dramatic finish that came down to the final possession, with #4 Hills East holding off #2 Bay Shore for the Section 11 Class AA title and a spot in the Long Island Championship Game. The Thunderbirds got off to a great start, with Julien Crittendon, who had 9 first quarter points, the catalyst. His looping drive from the top gave Hills an 8-2 lead, he knocked down a left-wing three-pointer to make it 16-5, and then Savion Lewis closed out the quarter with a fast break basket to give Hills East a surprising 22-9 lead at the first quarter buzzer. But this would be no blow-out. Bay Shore came roaring back in the second quarter, with Jose Rivera scoring on a nice give and go to get things started, and then at the 6 minute mark of the quarter, Angel Rivera knocked down a three-pointer from the top, drawing a foul and converting the 4 point play to cut it 22-16. Jose Rivera’s three from the right baseline and then his fast break basket cut it to 26-25 as halftime approached, but Lewis once again closed things out, slipping behind the zone defense and scoring from underneath to make it 30-27 Hills at intermission. Kioni Nedd got things started in the second half, penetrating and finding Kenny Mathurin underneath to put the T-Birds up by 5, and then Kendall Nero-Clark stepped through defenders from the right wing and scored and Mathurin added a reverse layup on a short baseline drive and the Hills lead was 6, but Jose Rivera’s three from the top cut it to 40-37 at the 2:17 mark of the quarter and the teams went back and forth from there, with two free throws by Lewis giving Hills a 5 point lead as the third quarter ended. Crittendon tipped in a missed shot and Nero-Clark drilled a left wing three-pointer to give Hills East their biggest lead, up by 10 as the fourth quarter got underway, but Darien Walcott pump-faked and knocked down a left wing three of his own, Anthony Simpson followed with a floater and Lavon Montgomery with two free throws and Bay Shore was back within 3 with 5:17 to play. Crittendon stepped up with another big shot as the clock hit the 5 minute mark, this one a left wing three, and he scored again with a circus shot, losing the handle, retrieving the ball and flipping it backwards over his head and into the basket to make it 55-49 Hills with 3:26 remaining. Mathurin added two big free throws for an 8 point lead and then Bay Shore turned the ball over and Crittendon ran it down and scored to make it 59-49 with 2:31 left, but the Marauders were not done. Jose Rivera pump faked at the top, blew by his defender and dunked, and after a Hills free throw, Montgomery converted a big three-point play to cut it to 60-54 with 1:42 remaining. Once again, Hills went 1 for 2 at the free throw line and Kyree Sawyer took advantage, knocking down two on the other end to make it a 5 point game, then in a big sequence, Bay Shore got another big steal, but couldn't cash in when the attempted fast break layup was blocked from behind and the ball ruled out of bounds off Bay Shore with just 55 seconds left. It still wasn’t over. Hills continued to struggle at the line, going 1 for 2 again to leave the door open, and then a bad Hills foul sent Montgomery to the line on the other end and he drained both shots to cut it to 62-58, taking only seconds off the clock. A big charging call on Hills and the gym was rocking, and Jose Rivera responded, drilling a right baseline three-pointer to make it a 1 point game with 25 seconds on the game clock and then Hills almost committed another turnover, but Nedd ended up at the line and came through, hitting both shots for a 3 point lead. Bay Shore still had 14 seconds left to draw even, but the potential game tying three-pointer was deflected. Bay Shore managed to chase down the ball and drew a foul in the scramble, but they would get only two free throws and trailed by 3 with 2.1 seconds remaining. They made the first shot and intentionally missed the second, hoping for an offensive rebound, but Hills came down with it. There was still a slight chance, because Hills called time instead of waiting for the inevitable foul call that would have sent everybody to the other end of the court. The Thunderbirds still had to inbound the ball, with the possibility that a steal from right under the basket might result in a tied game, and the Marauders defended it well and got a hand on it, but deflected it out of bounds and on their next attempt, now with a just fraction of a second left, the Thunderbirds got it in cleanly to mid court and time expired. A geat game. Lewis led Hills with 19 points, Crittendon had 18, and Nero-Clark 14, while Jose Rivera led all scorers with 27 points for Bay Shore and Walcott added 11. 3/2

Southampton 74 C Moriches 71
These two old rivals, Southampton the newly crowned Class A Champion and Center Moriches the new Class B Champion, battled it out to advance to the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions final against a yet to be determined Class AA champion. Go to the BOX SCORE for an excellent recap.

Bay Shore 66 Smithtown W 59
It was classic Bay Shore basketball in the first half, frustrating the #2 ranked Smithtown West attack at every turn and building a 36-24 halftime lead, but the 3rd ranked Marauders’ Achilles heel - foul trouble, once again became a factor and they had to hold off the determined Bulls to advance to the championship game. Bay Shore started quickly, jumping out to a 7-2 lead on Jose Rivera’s three-pointer from behind the left elbow, but back to back three-pointers by Gordon Shouler cut it to 9-8. It was 14-8 Marauders after a left baseline three by Darien Walcott and Angel Rivera’s step back jumper from the left elbow, but neither team could sustain any momentum and they traded baskets and free throws the rest of the quarter, with Bay Shore up 20-10 at the buzzer. Michael Gannon’s three-point play and then his basket from underneath brought Smithtown back within 6 early in the second quarter, but it was 30-18 Bay Shore after Walcott’s right baseline three-pointer and they were up by 12 at the half. Anthony Simpson penetrated from the top and hit a floater to open the second half and Jose Rivera knocked down two free throws for a 40-24 Bay Shore lead, but Chris Crespo hit a big three-pointer for the Bulls to keep them within striking distance and later in the quarter, Greg Giordano’s right wing jumper cut it to 47-36 and Crespo’s right baseline three-pointer to 50-41 and Smithtown was back in it. Gannon’s putback in the closing moments made it a 7 point game at that’s the way the third quarter ended. Giordano’s two free throws cut it to 51-45 early in the 4th quarter, but Smithtown could not capitalize on back to back turnovers by the Marauders and Angel Rivera, back in the game after sitting most of the third quarter, scored back to back fast break baskets and the Bay Shore lead was 55-45 with 4:31 to play. Giordano answered with a left wing runner for Bulls and then Gannon’s fast break basket and another drive by Giordano from the top cut the margin to 4 with 1:49 left, but a huge three-pointer by Jose Rivera from behind the left elbow and then one out of two free throws made it 59-51. Another Bay Shore free throw made it 60-51 at 1:11 mark, but Crespo hit a tough right-wing three to make it a 6 point game and Smithtown still had some hope. It quickly ended on a three-point play by Jose Rivera off a half-court inbound play that gave the Marauders a 64-54 lead with 24 seconds left. Jose led all scorers with 21 points, brother Angel had 12 despite limited playing time, Walcot also had 12 and Sawyer 11 for Bay Shore while Crespo finished with 18 for Smithtown West, Gannon 15 and Giordano 12.  2/25
Hills East 75 Brentwood 59
With three freshmen in the starting line-up, 16th ranked Brentwood will be contending for county championships for years to come, and they battled 8th ranked Hills East head to head for three quarters before the Thunderbirds put them away late in the 4th. Julien Crittendon opened the game with a left wing three-pointer to give Hills the early lead, and Kendall Nero-Clark banked in another three to put them up 6 zip, but freshman Kenny Lazo went coast to coast in response for what turned out to be a three-point play, a good sign for Brentwood. Still, the Thunderbirds continued to build their lead on Kenny Mathurin’s basket off and inbound play and two free throws by Savion Lewis, but the Indians stayed with them and a foul line jumper by freshman Bryce Harris cut it to 18-13 Hills at the first quarter buzzer. Jamel Belnavis opened the second quarter with a left wing three-pointer and Brentwood was back within 2, but Hills started to pull away after a Lewis floater and Nero-Clark’s right wing three-pointer gave them a 25-18 advantage. Instead, a Harris foul line jumper and a fast break basket and free throw by Javon Williams and it was a 2 point game again and it remained tight to the half, with the T-Birds clinging to a slim 1 point lead after Lazo’s three-pointer from the top and Zed Key’s basket from underneath narrowed the gap. Mathurin, East’s active big man who had some early foul trouble, made his presence known right away as the second half got underway, rebounding and scoring, but Rahmel Allen’s left wing three-pointer tied it at 35 and then his free throws gave Brentwood their first lead. Hills took it back with another Mathurin putback and Kioni Nedd’s two free throws, and a steal and three-point play by Lewis put them up 46-39, but a Harris drive from the foul line broke the run and a Jason Feliz basket from the lane and Key’s basket from underneath and Brentwood was back within 1 with 2:18 to play in the quarter. Nero-Clark held the lead with a clutch right wing three, but Brentwood kept coming, and Key scored again from the lane and Feliz followed him with a fast break basket to tie it at 49 with 1:30 remaining. Mathurin came up with another big offensive rebound and scored in the final seconds of the quarter, but Harris matched him to tie it at 51 all with three quarters complete. Lewis opened the fourth quarter scoring, curling from the right wing and pulling up for a left elbow jumper to put the Thunderbirds back on top, buy Key answered with a fast break basket. Lewis put them ahead once again, this time with two free throws, and then he stole the ball and was intentionally fouled, hitting 1 of the 2 free throws, and on the resulting possession, Mathurin drilled a surprizing right baseline three-pointer to make it 59-53 Hills with 5:25 to play. Lewis added two more free throws for an 8 point lead and Brentwood needed stops to close the gap, but the teams began to trade baskets and free throws down the stretch until Crittendon’s big left wing three gave Hills a 66-57 lead at the 2:32 mark. Two more clutch free throws by Lewis and the T-Birds had an 11 point lead with 1:57 left and Brentwood was done, scoring only 2 more points the rest of the way. Lewis finished with 28 points and 8 assists, Nero-Clark added 16 points, Mathurin 14, and Crittendon 11. Key led Brentwood with 20 points and fellow freshman Harris had 10. 2/25

Southampton 93 Wyandanch 80
Two talented rivals coming off impressive wins in the semifinals faced off in the champinship game, and after non-stop action in front of a big and boisterous crowd, Southampton pulled away down the stretch for their first Class A County Championship, and after winning three straight Class B crowns, it was their fourth consecutive County title. It was no surprise that the game began at a fast pace and that the lead changed hands with almost every basket, but Southampton started to build a lead at the 4 minute mark of the first quarter when Micah Snowden scored back to back and Timmy Alejo knocked down 2 free throws to put them up 18-13. Snowden’s left baseline three pointer made it 21-15 as the quarter wound down, but a deep right wing three from Kashawn Charles and it was a 3 point game at the first quarter buzzer. Dabien Walker opened the second quarter with two free throws and Deonte Jordan nailed a left baseline three pointer to put Wyandanch on top 23-21, but Elijah Wingfield answered with a right baseline 3 to retake the lead and the back and forth action resumed. The Warriors started to build some momentum as the quarter progressed, going up 5 on a fast break basket by Charles, and Walker followed it with a nice alley-oop dunk and Corey Stewart with a fast break basket with 5:20 still to play in the half. Charles kept it going with a three pointer and then a steal and fast break basket to make it 39-31 Wyandanch at the 2:19 mark and it remained an 8 point game at intermission. Aaron Krzyzewski’s putpack, Wingfield’s drive and two free throws by Alejo quickly cut the Wyandanch lead to 41-39 as the second half got underway, but Charles knocked down the first of his three third quarter three pointers to stop the run, the third three from the deep right wing giving the Warriors a 7 point lead with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter. Southampton answered with a basket by Snowden from underneath and a pull-up three pointer by Andre Franklin on the break to cut it to 52-51, and Jordan tried to hold them off with a runner from the right side, but the Mariners had seized the momentum and Snowden brought them back within 1 with a basket from underneath and Krzyzewski’s two free throws gave them the lead. Franklin kept it going, barreling down the lane through traffic to put Southampton up by 3, he followed it up with a right wing three pointer, and then Krzyzewski’s left elbow jumper made it 62-54 Mariners at the 1:02 mark of the quarter. Stewart’s putback cut it to 6 at the third quarter buzzer. Southampton was already shooting 1 and 1 as the fourth quarter began and Snowden padded their lead, going to the free throw line and hitting both ends, and it grew to 9 after Franklin’s three pointer from the left baseline, but Charles kept it close, knocking down a deep three with a defender all over him. Snowden added two more free throws to keep the pressure on, and the teams traded baskets and free throws down to the 5:32 mark, when Jordan’s fast break basket cut it to 71-66. Once again, Snowden found himself at the free throw line and he came through again, but Charles was fouled attempting a three pointer on the other end after chasing down a loose ball and knocked down all three free throws to make it a 4 point game with 5:08 remaining. The Wyandanch rally stalled, however, when the Warriors proceeded to miss four consecutive free throws and the Mariners made them pay, scoring on a putback by Alejo and Krzyzewski’s big three from the top to take a 79-69 lead with 3:15 to play. Snowden added his 7th and 8th consecutive free throws and Wingfield added two more to make it 85-74 with 1:10 left - game over. Snowden led the balanced Southampton attack with 26 points, Wingfield had 20, Krzyzewski 18 and Franklin 16. Charles led all scorers with 34 points, Stewart had 16 and Jordan 14 for Wyandanch. 2/24

CM 60 Bridgehampton 44
It was all Center Moriches, the Class B Champions pulling away from Long Island's legendary basketball program in the second quarter and rolling into the next round of the Tournament Of Champions, where they will have a very intriguing match-up against long-time rival Southampton, the newly crowned Class A Champs.  2/24

C. Moriches 71 Babylon 59
The Red Devils were a heavy favorite going into the game, and although Babylon put up a good fight, prevailed as expected. Nakia Durham led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Sean Braithwaite had a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Troy Goode finished with 12 points. 2/21
Two teams that were in Class B last season will play for the Section 11 Class A Championship this season!
Wyandanch 92 Harborfields 73
Kashawn Charles and Dionte Jordan combined for 5 first quarter three pointers, sparking Wyandanch to a 53 point first half and a 12 point halftime lead, and Harborfield never fully recovered. The lead grew to 20 on a soaring putback by Corey Stewart and a Charles three pointer from the top, but Harborfields did not roll over, answering with a 14-0 run that began with Mike McDermott's left baseline jumper and a coast to coast basket by Kyle Stolba, and was capped off by a right baseline drive and reverse layup by Shane Wagner that made it a 6 point game with 1:35 to play in the third quarter. That, however, turned out to be the Tornado's last gasp. Wyandanch scored 6 straight points as the clock ticked down in the quarter, with Charles knocking down two free throws, Stewart scoring from underneath, and Jordan pulling up for a nice jumper, and the momentum swing continued into the 4th quarter, with Jordan knocking down another 3 pointer, and after a steal and basket by Charles and three putbacks by Stewart, who was all over the offensive boards, the lead was back to 20 and time running out. Charles led all scorers with 34 points and added 8 assists, and Jordan and Stewart both finished with 20 points. Alex Merhige led Harborfields with 24. 2/21
Southampton 72 BBP 56
Southhampton is continuing their great winning tradition in Class A, and rolled over a very good Bayport-Blue Point team to advance to the finals. STORY 2/21
Smithtown W 50 Deer Park 47
This game was closer than some expected, but the Bulls did what good teams do - win. Deer Park had the lead most of the way, thanks to Brett Talbert and Darien Jenkins and good team defense, but couldn't pull away and Greg Giordano's 8 fourth quarter points rallied West to victory. Giordano finished with 22 points and Chris Crespo with 11 points and 7 assists. NEWS 12 HIGHLIGHTS 2/21
Bay Shore 61 Central Islip 34
Central Islip beat Bay Shore by 7 just 10 days ago, so although the result wasn't a complete surprise, the margin of victory certainly was. Bay Shore utilized their trademark high energy defense to smother the Musketeers, while Angel Rivera led the offense with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Anthony Simpson added 10 points and 11 rebounds. 2/21
Hills East 75 Ward Melville 59
Hills East is primed for the playoffs, knocking off another good opponent to advance. The Thunderbirds jumped out to a lead and never let up, with Savion Lewis having a very big game, leading the offense with 33 points and 9 assists. 2/21
Brentwood 78 Hills West 74 OT
In a rematch of last seasons Section 11 Class AA Championship Game, Brentwood survived a dogfight in overtime. West rallied in the second half to draw even behind the inspied play of Cameron Jordan, Matthew Asenjo and Derek Brower JR, but Rahmel Allen and Jason Feliz both had big games and were the difference, Allen finishing with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Feliz with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Zed Key added 11 points and 13 rebounds. 2/21

Bridgehampton 47 Stony Brk 41
You have to give Bridgehampton credit. They might not be as strong as other recent Killer Bee teams in terms of overall talent, but they play with the same confidence and determinations all Bridgehampton teams seem to have, and advanced in the Tourmnament of Champions to face Class B Champ Center Moriches. Nykell Dean led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Elijah Harding added 11 points. 2/21 

Stony Brook 49 Greenport 35
The Stony Brook School, winners of 4 straight Section 11 Class C titles, looked to be having an off year, starting the season 3-5 and compiling a modest 5-5 record in league play, which included two losses to first place Greenport, but they closed out the season winning 3 of their last 4, upset Port Jefferson in the Semifinals, and completely shut down Greenport's high powered offense to earn their 5th straight Class C Championship. Mac Bohuny was terrific, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and so was Brandon Providence, who finished with 15 points and 7 assists, and Jyles Etienne anchored the outstanding defensive effort while scoring 8 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. No Porter scored in double figures. STORY 2/19

The Class AA teams took center stage and there were quite a few one-sided matchups, but the 8/9 game lived up to advanced billing with host Central Islip holding off Copiague 67-64 in overtime. The Eagles had rallied from a 14 point halftime deficit, but they could not sustain their momentum in the extra session and a three point play by Ryan Beckles, who finished with 34 points, put C.I. ahead for good. Darryan Fuentes added 14 points for the Musketeers and Michael Hennie hit two big free throws in the final seconds….. In another tight game, Deer Park led most of the way, but North Babylon staged a spirited fourth quarter rally and had the ball in the final seconds trailing by 2, only to fall short. Darien Jenkins led Deer Park with 13 points and Brett Talbert and Rayshion Bien Aise both finished with 10….. Sachem East beat Brentwood the last time theses two teams played, and the Flaming Arrows gave them another good scare with a hard fought back and forth game that was even through three quarters, but a big three pointer by Jah-Talie Davis sparked the Indians to a 13-5 fourth quarter and the 59-51 win. Jason Feliz had another good game with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Davis finished with 12. East’s Jon Hart led all scorers with 24 points….  Smithtown West raced out to a 22-3 first quarter lead over Lindenhurst on their way to a 68-48 victory. Gordon Shouler led the way with 16 points and Nick Ferolito had 13 points and 9 assists STORY ….. Bay Shore rolled over William Floyd 83-53 behind a huge game from Jose Rivera, who had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals….. Hills East held Longwood to single digits in three of the four quarters on their way to a 50-38 victory. Julien Crittendon had 22 points and Savion Lewis had 20. STORY ….. Ward Melville matched Hills East’s feet, holding East Islip to single digits in three out of 4 quarters. They took a 66-34 decision. Matt Hudzik led with 21 points, Dom Pryor had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Alex Sobel had 13 points..... Hills West beat Bellport handily for the 3rd time this season, 61-49, and Cam Jordan, back from injury now, dominated, finishing with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 8 assists.  STORY  2/18 AA BRACKETS

Bayport-BP 88 Amityville 85
These two teams have had some classic playoff battles in recent years, and BBP took this quarterfinal match-up with a dramatic 4th quarter rally. Mike Darby, Long Island's third leading scorer this season, hit the game winning free throws with 20 seconds remaining. He finished with 26 points and 11 assists. Zach Walker also had a big game, finishing with 21 points and 7 steals. 2/17
Wyandanch 77 Sayville 58
Wyandanch, led by Long Island's leading scorer Kashawn Charles, is explosive offensively, with four 90 point games to their credit, and they exploded for 50 second half points in this one to pull away from a higher seeded Sayville team in a quarterfinal match-up. Deonte Jordan was high scorer with 25 and Charles did it all, finishing with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals despite a slow start. 2/17
Southampton 85 John Glenn 64
Southampton teams always peak for the playoffs, and the Mariners rolled to their 7th straight win, defeating league rival John Glenn, who handed them one of their 2 losses earlier in the season. Chad Pike led the way with 25 points, Andre Franklin had 21, and Elijah Wingfield 12 points and 12 assists. 2/17
#5 Harborfields 86 Mt. Sinai 53
Harborfields is the team to beat once again in Suffolk Class A, and they rolled up a 35-9 first quarter lead in this one. They did it behind two 29 point scorers - Kyle Stolba and Alex Merhige, and Shane Wagner added 13. 2/17

Greenport 83 Pierson 60
Section 11 action kicked off with the Class C Semifinals, and top seed Greenport showed why they are the favorites, blowing open the game with 49 second half points after withstanding a hot shooting first half from Pierson. Ahkee Anderson didn't disappoint, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds, Jordan Fonseca also had a big game, finishing with 21 points, Julian Swann added 6 points and 16 rebounds. STORY
Stony Brook 50 Port Jeff 47
The 2-3 game was everything you'd expect, with the Bears rallying dramatically to nip the Royals. Mac Bohuny led Stony Brook with 18 points and Jyles Etienne finished with 13 points and 18 rebounds. 2/16
In Class A Playoff action, Mt. Sinai and Comsewogue waged an epic battle for the right to face #1 seed Harborfields, and Mt. Sinai came out on top 70-63 in OT. Comsewogue rallied to take a fourth quarter lead, but Mt. Sinai's Nick Rose hit a big three pointer to send the game into OT and Nick Pintabona hit 5 free throws in OT, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Harrison Bak also had a big game, with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Rose finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. 2/16
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

Playoff Scoring
Joey Harclerode 39
Kashawn Charles 34
Kashawn Charles 34
Savion Lewis 33
Aiden Igiehon 33
Jordan Dingle 32
Jordan Dingle 31
Patrick Gardner 30
Jose Rivera 30
Reese Grossman 30

NASSAU/Section 8
CLASS AA: Baldwin
CLASS A: Elmont
CLASS B: Oyster Bay
CLASS C: East Rockaway
SUFFOLK/Section 11
OVERALL: Hills West
CLASS AA: Hills West
CLASS A: Harborfields
CLASS B: Southampton
CLASS C: Stony Brook
CLASS D: Bridgehampton 
St. Anthony’s
Skyline Champions!
Farmingdale State 77 Sage 75
After rallying from a 14 point halftime deficit, the Rams gave up a 7 point lead in incredible fashion, but Bayport - Blue Point's George Riefenstahl saved the day, scoring the winning basket with 1 second left to give Farmingdale the Skyline Conference Tile and a spot in the NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament. MORE 2/25

Moore Leads Nets
Brentwood's JJ Moore continues to impress in his first D League season, scoring 28 points to lead Long Island's new pro team to a 109-101 win over Iowa. Moore finished with 23 and 20 points in the previous two games.

Hofstra Upsets W&M
The Pride are gearing up for the playoffs, handing William & Mary their first home loss of the season after battling both first place UNC Wilmington and second place College Of Charleston right down to the wire before falling. STORY

College Team Update
As a group, Long Island’s college basketball teams had a good second half, several reversing slow starts. Here’s how they stand heading into the playoffs:
Stony Brook (17-11, 12-3)
Hofstra (13-16, 5-11)
Molloy (16-12, 12-5)
Adelphi (17-11, 10-10)
LIU Post (10-17, 9-8)
NYIT (7-18, 5-12)
Farmingdale State (18-7, 14-2)
Old Westbury (18-8, 13-3)*
St. Joseph’s (10-16, 10-6)*
USMMA (8-17, 4-12)
NOTES: Some D1 and D2 teams still have regular season games to play, and D3 Old Westbury defeated St. Joseph’s in a first round Skyline Conference Playoff Game.

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Lincoln 80 LuHi 63
LuHi led after one quarter, but a devastating 22-1 run over the second and third quarters carried Lincoln to their first State Championship since 2008. STORY

LuHi Advances At Fed!
The Long Island Lutheran Crusaders rallied past NYSPHSAA Champion Mount Vernon 67-57 to advance to the Class AA Final of the New York State Tournament Of Champions. They will take on NYC PSAL AA Champion Lincoln, a 56-47 winner over CHSAA AA State Champion Cardinal Hayes in the championship game. STORY 3/24

The field is now set for the big finish to the New York State basketball season - The Federation Tournament Of Champions! Three of New York's legendary basketball programs are represented once again. LuHi is the all-time leader with 7 Federation titles, Mount Vernon has 5 and Lincoln 4. Here are the semifinal match-ups at 
The Glens Falls Civic Center:
Friday, March 24th
7 PM LuHi vs Mount Vernon
9 PM Lincoln vs Cardinal Hayes
The Baldwin Girls are having a dream season and will represent Long Island as the NYSPHSAA Class AA State Champions! LuHi is in the other bracket, so an All Long Island Champiomship Game is a real possibility, but CHSAA Champ Mary Louis handed Baldwin their only loss of the season. Matchups:
1 PM Baldwin vs Mary Louis
3 PM LuHi vs South Shore

OLL 70 Southampton 67
The Mariners rallied to take a 3Q lead, but OLL caught them down the stretch and a last second three pointer to tie was off target. STORY LATER
Mount Vernon 72 Westbury 38.
Mount Vernon gave up a big lead in their Regional Final victory over Scarsdale, but have had big leads and big wins in all of their playoff games, and after a contentious first quarter, added the Green Dragons to their list. STORY LATER

LI Championship
Southampton 60 Elmont 53
Andre Franklin came off the bench and knocked down 7 three pointers, finishing with a game high 29 points to lead the Mariners past the defending New York State Champions. It was their fourth straight Long Island Championship and their first trip to the New York State Final Four since 1999, when they went on to win the State Title. STORY SHORTLY  STATE BRACKET

C. Moriches 72 Spackenkill 57
22-2 Spackenkill was the 18th ranked Class B team in New York State, but Center Moriches was very impressive, rolling into their first New York State Final Four since 1987. The Red Devils shot the lights out, finishing with 14 three-pointers. STORY LATER  

Stony Brook 45 Millbrook 27
The Bears had never advanced past the Regional Finals, but the inspired play of Brandon Providence and Jyles Etiene carried them to a decisive victory and a spot in the New York State Final Four. STORY LATER  

Seward 61 Bridgehampton 60
Bridgehampton battled heroically to get back into the game after Seward (19-4) had outscored them 20 to 12 in the third quarter, and when the Section 9 Champions missed the front end of back to back 1 and 1s, the door swung open, but the Killer Bees couldn’t walk through, unable to get the game-winning shot off before the buzzer sounded. Sadly, it was legendary Coach Carl Johnson’s final game as coach of one of New York's most storied basketball programs. Coach Johnson coached them to three New York State Championships and played in three others, the only person ever to do so.  STORY 3/6

Hills East 87 Southampton 71
The big school/small school Hoosiers style matchups in the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions still pack gyms year after year, and the series was tied 5-5 over the last 10 years coming into the game, but Small School Champion Southampton’s starting point guard turned an ankle the previous game and Hills East’s outstanding defense was unforgiving, generating turnover after turnover and overwhelming the Mariners to lead the Thunderbirds to their first ever Suffolk County Championship. After a devastating opening run by the Section 11 Class AA Champions, the Class A Champions managed to stay in it on a heroic performance by Andre Franklin, who finished with 19 points, with Timmy Alejo, Eddie Arnold, and Aaron Krzyzewski pitching in, but Julien Crittendon, who finished with a game-high 24 points and Kendall Nero-Clark, who had 23, both brought their A games and were knocking down shots, rebounding and defending with their usual zeal throughout, and Savion Lewis orchestrated beautifully, making steal after steal, handing out 14 assists and finishing with 19 points of his own. Chad Pike was a second half bright spot for Southampton, briefly slowing the Hills attack, and he finished with 16 points. 3/5

Chaminade 59 Canisius 56
The Fylers made the long trip up to Buffalo and defeated the two time defending CHSAA Class A State Champions, building a 13 point second half lead and then holding off the Crusaders to advance to the State Championship Game against Staten Island's Monsignor Farrell. Farrell beat Fordham Prep from the Bronx to claim their spot in the final.

Playoff Season is immediately followed by Awards Season, and LongIslandBasketball recognizes excellence in the following categories:
The Basketball Honor Roll
All-Long Island Freshman
All-Long Island Sophomores
First Team All-Long Island
Player Of The Year
Coach Of The Year
Make sure you check back regularly as the season draws to its exciting conclusion and find out who the best of the best are this season!
Nassau CC 84 Suffolk CC 58
Defending Champion Nassau Community College faced off against arch rival Sufolk Community College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XV Basketball Championships, and it was a battle through halftime, with the game tied at 34 all at intermission, but Nassau exploded for 50 second half points to advance to the semifinals. 3/3

Hofstra Eliminated
Delaware 81 Hofstra 76
The Hofstra season came to an end when the Pride gave up a lead and fell in the first round of the CAA playoffs. STORY 3/3
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Farmingdale Eiminated
Middlebury 84 Farmingdale 75
Farmingdale State’s terrific basketball season came to an end with a first round loss in the NCAA D3 Basketball Tournament. The Skyline Conference Champions gave up a halftime lead despite a great game from Bayport-Blue Point’s George Riefenstahl, who finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Brentwood’s Ali Mableton and Hewlett’s Weldon Irvin also did well, both with 10 points for the Rams, who finished with a 20-8 record. STORY

Stony Brook Falls
Albany 63 Stony Brook 56
It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but former Harborfield's star Lucas Woodhouse stepped up and led the Seawolves to a terrific season in his senior year. He had 24 points in their quarterfinal win over Binghampton, and 25 of their 56 in their semifinal loss to long time rival Albany, who is coached by Long Islander Will Brown. STORY  3/6

Nassau Repeats!
Nassau CC 87 Sullivan CC 77
Nassau Community College (26-7) captured their second straight Region XV Title, advancing to the NJCAA National Championships where they will face Herkimer CC, led by former Long Beach star Tyquan Scott, in the first round. Tournament MVP Terrell Williams and Valley Stream South's Dana King led the way, with 29 and 24 points respectively, both earning All-Tournament honors, and Baldwin Harbor's Charles Wingate added 17. Nassau Coach AJ Wynder was named Region XV Coach Of The Year. 3/5

Molloy In ECC Final
Molloy 89 Bridgeport 83
Molloy went on the road for the big win, their first trip to the finals since 2000, and will take on top seed and defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas in the title game. STORY 3/4

Nassau In Regional Final
Nassau CC 65 Hostos CC 62
Defending Champion Nassau Community College advanced to the final of the NJCAA Region XV Basketball Tournament, and will take on #2 seed Sullivan CC in the Championship Game, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Nationals.

Long Island vs NYC
There is great parity on Long Island this season and when that happens, it’s hard to say whether we have a lot of good teams or a lot of mediocre ones, but Long Island boys teams went 14-1 against New York City in February and we are now an incredible +33 in the season series between the two regions, which would be an all-time record margin. If that’s an indicator, and I think it is, then the answer is that we have a lot of good teams. We’ll see when they go upstate. LWA’s win over John Bowne, the PSAL Class AA Queens Champion, Chaminade’s win over St. Peter's, the Staten Island AA Champion, and LuHi’s win over Wings, the PSAL Bronx AA Champion all highlighted a great month for Long Island teams, and although Xaverian had a down year, they are a CHSAA Class AA team and it was a nice win for Class A St. Anthony’s too. Only a handful of possible match-ups remain, but they’re all big ones if they come off. A semifinal win for Chaminade in the CHSAA Class A State Semifinals today would put them up against the New York City Champion in the title game, and a win there would put them into the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions semifinals against the PSAL Class A Champion. LuHi has to get by the New York State Public School AA Champion in the Federation Semifinals to face the winner of the matchup between the PSAL AA Champion and the CHSAA AA Champion for the Class AA State Title, and if our public school teams win the NYSPHSAA State Championship, they would all face an Independent School Champion in the semifinals and if they advance, the PSAL/CHSAA winner in the final.
Our own 9 time State Champion Bridgehampton was unfortunately eliminated in the Regional Semifinals, but some of New York’s other legendary basketball programs are still alive in State Tornament action. 10 time State Champion Mount Vernon is the NYSPHSAA Section 1 Champion once again, and awaits the winner of Westbury/Hills East in the Class AA Final Four. The last time a Mount Vernon team faced a Long Island in the Final Four was a 2011 match-up with Hills West, which they won on their way to a Federation title. Six time State Champion Jamesville-DeWitt would not face a Long Island team until the Championship Game. Their last match-up with a Long Island team was also in 2011, when they beat Harborfields in the final before losing to LuHi in the Federation Semifinals. In Class B action, 4 time champion Westhill takes on Center Moriches in the Semifinals. They fell to Babylon in a 2013 semifinal match-up. In Federation play, our own 7 time champion Long Island Lutheran has already secured their spot, and will take on the NYSPHSAA Champion, possibly 5 time Federation Champion Mount Vernon, in one semifinal, and on the other side of the bracket, 4 time Federation Champion Lincoln has the  the CHSAA Champion in the Federation Semifinals with a possible match-up with LuHi in the State Championship Game.

C. Moriches 80 Oyster Bay 60
Suffolk Champion Center Moriches came into the game as the clear favorite, putting together a 19-4 record with a challenging schedule to earn a #9 ranking among all of New York State’s Class B teams, and they played their part to a T, racing out to an early 17 point lead while scoring 28 first quarter points. Nakia Durham and Tyiquon Nix provided the early spark, aggressively attacking the basket, hitting shots and playing tough defense, and so did Troy Goode, scoring and distributing the ball and doing some very effective ball-hawking of his own, but the Baymen are the Nassau County Champions and did not go down without a fight. They sliced what had become a 25 point deficit to 13 just before halftime on a Khalil Williams baseline jumper and Elia DeBlasio's basket off a turnover, and then after a back and forth third quarter, were back within 10 after DeBlasio knocked down a big left baseline three-pointer with 5:25 remaining. The Baymen had several chances to close the gap from there and get back into it, but missed some tough shots and the momentum swung back to the Red Devils, sparked by back to back baskets by Goode, and CM pulled away decisively to earn their first Long Island Championship since 2012 and a spot in the New York State Regional Finals. They will now face Section 9 Champion Spackenkill (20-2) for a chance to go to the NYSPHSAA State Final Four in Binghampton. Red Devil super sophomore Sean Braithwaite efficiently went about his business the whole game, contributing to every run and defensive stand and leading all scorers with 24 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and handing out 7 assists. Nix finished with 17 points, Goode with 16 and 10 assists, and Durham with 14 points. Elia DeBlasio had 17 points for Oyster Bay. 3/7
Long Island's Best Basketball Players!
High School
All-Star Tournament
Long Island 107 Queens 60
Manhattan 95 Brooklyn 85
The Queens shooters came out red hot and the Long Island All-Star Team fell into an early hole, but quickly rallied behind the defense of Wyandanch star Kashawn Charles, who hounded ball handlers and made several steals, and Elmont star KC Endefo, who must have blocked half a dozen shots in the early going, and once they took the lead, they never looked back. It was 29-17 Long Island after one quarter and they utilized a potent balanced attack from there to overwhelm their next door rivals, going up 52-25 at intermission and cruising in the second half. Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and Uniondale's Danny Ashley did a terrific job running the point, consistently beating pressure and skillfully distributing the ball, Ndefo was at his best, blocking shots and throwing down dunks, and the rest of the impressive squad took turns knocking down jumpers, pulling down rebounds, and scoring on the break. 6 Long Islanders finished in double figures, led by Ashley with 15 points and Charles with 13, Jenkins and Amityville's Josh Serrano both had 12, Ndefo 11, and Upper Room's Lester Quinones  finished with 10. The Long Island All-Stars now take on the Manhattan All-Stars in the Championship Game tonight at 7:45 pm again at Archbishop Molloy. Manhattan held off Brooklyn in their semifinal victory. 5/2/17

One of New York City's legendary basketball events, the Wheelchair All-Star Basketball Classic, begins this Wednesday, May 3rd when High School All-Star teams from Brooklyn, led by Lincoln's David Flores, Queens, led by Christ The King's Jose Alvarado, Manhattan, led by Nigel Marshall from St. Anthony's, and our own Long Island All-Stars face off at Archbishop Molloy High School. It's an important charity event that raises money to purchase wheelchairs for the disabled. An opening round doubleheader kicks off the event's 43rd year, with a 6:30 pm match-up between the defending champion Brooklyn All-Stars and Manhattan's best the first game, and in the second game at 8 pm, the host Queens All-Stars take on Long Island, with a possible match-up between two First Team All-New York State point guards in Alvarado and Long Island's Savion Lewis. THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS THURSDAY MAY 4TH AT 8 PM, and the consolation game is at 5:30 PM, with the Girls Championship Game in between at 6:45 PM. Hope you can join us  for some first rate high school hoops!

Savion Lewis
Half Hollow Hills East
Peter Basel
Half Hollow Hills East
LI at NCJAA Nationals
Tyquan Scott from Long Beach and Justin Harley from Central Islip both helped lead Herkimer CC to a third place finish at the NJCAA Nationals. Scott had 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 3rd place game and was named to the All-Tournament team He was also selected First Team All-Region and Conference Player Of The Year. Harley had an incredible 17 rebounds in the game and was also named All-Region and All-Conference. Two other Long Islanders contributed to the run. Uniondale’s Shomari Redd had 9 points and 4 assists in the third place game and Elmont’s Jalen Burgess had 13 points in a quarterfinal win over Nassau CC.

LI at NCAA D2 Tournament
Uniondale’s Aaron Cust is a starter for the St. Thomas Aquinas team that advanced to the the Elite 8 of the NCAA D2 Basketball Tournament, and Peter Alkins from Holy Trinity and Ross Greenfield from Harborfields come off the bench for the Spartans… Cust finished with 14 points in their 79-70 loss to Northwest Missouri State.
Nassau County's best seniors were on the court one last time before they head off to college, squaring off for a doubleheader that is held annually at the Hickville PAL Complex.
Game 1: Gold 96 Navy 86
You never know how All-Star Games are going to turn out, but this was a good one. Navy had the lead at the half, with Valley Stream North's Noah Shy, Plainview's Jack Stafford, and Syosset's Griffin Halpern all having big first halfs, but Freeport's Raja Mayo and Reggie Nash and Baldwin's Elijah Bovell kept Gold within striking distance and then Baldwin's Norman Wilson and Roosevelt's Latrell Hollister carried them to the win in the second half. Wilson had 13 second half points and finished with 16 while Hollister had 12 in the half and 15 for the game. Shy led all scorers with 20 for Navy, Stafford finished with 14 and so did his Plainview teammate Andrew Cardello. 
Game 2: Red 89 Blue 65
Blue was in a hole right from the start after big first half's from Red's Darius Young of Westbury, Brandon Grayson of South Side, and Patrick Gardner of Calhoun. The All-Long Islander Young had 14 points by intermission, while Locust Valley's Danny Wilson, Carle Place's Chris Ruscillo, and Hewlett's Zach Bromfeld valiently tried to keep pace for Blue. New Hyde Park's Joseph Langan added to Blue's troubles with 8 second half points and Kevin Dixon from Island Trees chipped in with 6 point as the Red squad won going away. Young finished with a game high 20 points, Grayson and Langan with 13 each and Gardner with 12. Ruscillo added 11 second half points and finished with 17 for Blue and Bromfeld had 10.

Alimo, John - VS North
Ammendola, Thomas - Massapequa
Armstrong, Nate - Carle Place
Barron, Saybien - Hempstead
Bell, Rollin - Freeport
Bovell, Elijah - Baldwin
Bromfeld, Zach - Hewlett HS
Brown, Calvin - Roosevelt HS
Cardello, Andrew - Plainview JFK
Cummings, Thomas - Calhoun
Dean, Jonathon - Westbury
Dixon, Kevin - Island Trees
Eisner, Josh - Bellmore JFK
Gardner, Patrick - Calhoun
Grayson, Brandon - South Side
Grossman, Reese - CS Harbor
Gutfleisch, Sean - Wantagh
Halpern, Griffin - Syosset
Hollister, Latrell - Roosevelt
Katz, Jason - Jericho HS
Langan, Joseph - New Hyde Park
L'Epplattenier, Connor - Wantagh
Martinez, Christian - West Hempstead 
Mayo, Rajah - Freeport
McPartland, Connor - Hicksville
Merriweather, Xavier - Pt Washington
Muscarella, Matt - Bellmore JFK
Nash, Reggie - Freeport
Pendergrast, Ryan - South Side
Polley, Jajuan - Hempstead
Rieger, Ian - Baldwin
Ruscillo, Chris - Carle Place
Santana, Timothy - Roosevelt HS
Sarpong, Daniel - VS South
Shy, Noah - VS North
Singh, Amrinder - Hicksville
Sitonio, Robert - Lynbrook
Stafford, Jack - Plainview JFK
Tamburello, Mike - Division
Traill, Osbourne - VSS
Wilson, Danny - Locust Valley
Wilson, Norman - Baldwin
Young, Darius - Westbury

8A - St. Martin, Amityville
8B - St. Catherine, Franklin Sq
8C - St. Christopher, Baldwin
7A - St. Mary, Manhasset
7B - St. Agnes, Rockville Centre
7C - St. Louis, Sound Beach
6A - St. Mary, Manhasset
6B - St. Aloysius, Great Neck
6C - St. Vincent De Paul, Elmont
5A - St. Joseph, Garden City
5B - St. Agnes, Rockville Centre
5C - Corpus Christi, Mineola

Varsity Classic
JV Boys Select
JV Boys Classic
8th Grade Div III Classic
8th Grade Div III Select
8th Grade Div II Classic
8th Grade Div II Select
8th Grade Girls
7th Grade Div III Select
7th Grade Div III Classic
7th Grade Div. II Classic
7th Grade Div II Select
7th Grade Div. I
7th Grade Girls
6th Grade Div. I
6th Grade Div. II Select
6th Grade Div. II Classic
6th Grade Div. III Select
6th Grade Div. III Classic
​6th Grade Girls Select
6th Grade Girls Classic
5th Grade Div I
5th Grade Div II
5th Grade West Select
5th Grade West Classic
5th Grade Girls Select
5th Grade Girls Classic
4th Grade West Select
4th Grade West Classic
4th Grade East Select
4th Grade East Classic
4th Grade Girls
3rd Grade Boys 
We played an incredible 50 games in one day at the 9th Annual Long Island Spring Basketball Championships, with outstanding teams from all over the region competing and more good close games than I can remember in any tournament we’ve ever had! My thanks to everyone that was part of it and helped make it a truly great event! Special thanks to our good friends at
 for providing new sneakers to all of the very deserving championship teams! Here are our 2017 Champions:
After three days of tryouts, the Long Island High School All-Star Team that will represent us in the 44th Annual Wheelchair Classic All-Star Tournament on May 3rd and 4th at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens has been selected.
Our All-Stars will take on All-Star teams representing New York City's 5 boroughs in this important charity event that raises money to buy wheelchairs for the disabled. Almost all of the Metro Area's all-time greats have played in this event over the years, and an all Long Island team will participate for the first time. If you're a high school basketball fan, it's a can't miss event!
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Muhammed Jannedi, Knox
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Savion Lewis, Hills East
Alejandro Minota, Knox
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Lester Quinones, Upper Room
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Darius Young, Westbury
5th Grade/11U Champions
Queens, NY
On Point Cyclones, Brooklyn
Varsity Division Champion
Brooklyn, NY
LI Elite, Long Island, NY
6th Grade/12U Champions
Long Island, NY
Marksmen, Queens, NY
8th Grade/14U Champion
Brooklyn, NY
LIL Helguero, Long Island, NY
7th Grade/13U Champions
Long Island, NY
On Point Cyclones, Brooklyn, NY
9th Gade/15U Champion
Queens, NY
Game 7, Long Island, NY
The New York State Sportswriters Association has announced their selections for All-New York State basketball players in classes A and AA. Highlighting the list is Long Island Player Of The Year Savion Lewis from Hills East, who was selected First Team All-New York State in Class AA, and First Team All-Long Island selection Kashawn Charles, who was selected First Team All-New York State in Class A. There are many more Long Islanders that earned All-New York State honers. Go to the COMPLETE LIST! Their previously announced list of All-New York State Basketball Players for Classes B, C, and D includes First Teamer Jordan Dingle from Lawrence Woodmere Academy and Second Teamers Aiden Igiehon, also from LWA, and Ahkee Anderson from Greenport, and third-teamer Sean Braithwaite from Center Moriches. Go to the full small school list HERE, which includes additional Long Islanders as well. 
​4th Gr./10U B Champions
Queens, NY
​4th Gr./10U A Champions
Middletown, NY
LIL Pavinelli, Long Island NY
Division 1
*Lucas Woodhouse*
Harborfields/Stony Brook
Emile Blackman/Hills West/Duquesne
Justin Wright-Foreman/Hofstra
Luke Petrasek/Northport/Columbia 
Andre Walker/Westbury/Loyola
Chris Brady/Harborfields/Monmouth
Kentan Facey/LuHi/UConn
Rokas Gustys/Hofstra
Tidell Pierre/Hempstead/Central Ct.
Marvin Prochet/LuHi/Niagara
Deron Powers/Hofstra

Division 2
*Jon Feiler*
Smithtown East/NYIT
Michael Coffey/Adelphi
Jared Hall/LIU Post
Charlie Marquardt/Molloy
Jaylen Morris/Molloy
Greg Dotson/LIU Post
Gerrel Irvin/Bay Shore/Dominican
Jack Laffey/Adelphi
Diego Maldonado/VS South/Queens
Stephen Milhaven/St. M’s/Corcordia
Manny Suarez/Adelphi

Division 3
*Jamail Stanley*
Old Westbury
Andy Laurent/Amityville/St. Joseph's 
Jonathan Patron/Harb/Plattsburgh
Justin Ringen/Harborfields/Geneseo
George Riefenstahl/BBP/Farm. St
Hunter Schenkel, Sayville, New Roch.
Hamed Shamseldin/Lawr/Brockport
Weldon Irvine/Hewlett/Farm. State
Clifton Lyerly/Lawrence/Brockport
Ali Mableton/Brentwood/Farm. State
Matt Miller/USMMA
Fernando Vazquez/Bab/St. Joseph’s

Junior College
Tyquan Scott
Long Beach/Herkimer
Jarell Cowell/Newfield/Mohawk Valley
Devonte Dixon/William Floyd/Monroe
Justin Harley/Central Islip/Herkimer
Terrell Williams/Nassau
Elijah Bush/Upper Room/Essex
Kalif Jackson/Bay Shore/Sullivan
Dana King/VS South/Nassau
Pauly Paulicap/Elmont/Harcum
Nysir Williams/Longwood/Sullivan
Charles Wingate/Nassau
High School
All-Star Tournament
Still To Come!
*Career Milestones
Players, did you get the 1000th point in your high school varsity career this season, or become one of your school's all-time leading scorers? Coaches, did you earn your 100th career win? 200th? More? Become the all-time winningest coach? Did your team surpass any previous all-time records or win a title for the first time? LET US KNOW!

*College Choices/Transfers
Will you be playing college basketball for the first time next season, or are you transferring to a new school?

*Travel Team Coverage
Has your team won any tournaments so far this season? TELL US ABOUT IT
Showdown Results
It was a great tournament that featured programs from all over the region and some dominant teams preparing for national events. Teams from Long Island, New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey converged at two of Long Island's top facilities and the following champions were crowned:
Scholar Athletes of Long Island
Scholar Athletes Of Long Island
South Shore Sharks
14 And Under
The New England Playaz
13 And Under
Game 7
12 And Under
Long Island Focus
Our thanks again to the good people at SNEAKER TERMINAL for providing free sneakers to all of the deserving champions! 
For the first time in the 44 year history of the Wheelchair All-Star Basketball Classic, a Long Island High School All-Star team has won the championship, and they did so in spectacular fashion, rolling over the Manhattan/Bronx All-Stars 104-53 in the final. First Team All-New York State guard Kashawn Charles from Wyandanch was named MVP. HERE IS THE HISTORIC ROSTER
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Muhammed Jannedi, Knox
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Alejandro Minota, Knox
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Lester Quinones, Upper Room
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Darius Young, Westbury
Gary Charles
Darius Burton
MVP Charles, Long Island's leading scorer this season at 30.3 ppg, opened the game with a right wing three pointer, and then his steal led to a beautiful drive through traffic by Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and a quick 5-0 Long Island lead, but the Manhattan/Bronx All-stars responded, with Marlon Moreta from WHEELS driving baseline and scoring on a reverse lay-up to put the City up 6-5. Long Island retook the lead on another three by Charles, this one from behind the left elbow, Jenkins added a jumper, and then another steal by Charles led to a fast break basket by Jenkins and a block by Elmont's KC Ndefo to a fast break basket by Westbury's Darius Young and Long Island began to take control. A steal and fast break basket by Uniondale's Danny Ashley and back to back baskets by Upper Room's Lester Quinones, the first a right wing three pointer and the second a beautiful hesitaion drive and dunk, made it 23-9 Long Island, and then back to back baskets by Ashley and a fast break dunk by Ndefo 29-11 and the Manhattan-Bronx team was in serious trouble at the first quarter buzzer. It looked like more of the same as the second quarter got underway, with Charles scoring back to back on a putback and then a left wing three pointer and Amityville's Josh Serano knocking down two free throws for an imposing 25 point Long Island lead, but to M/B's credit, they mounted a serious rally in response. Deondre Bourne from Lehman kicked it off with two free throws, Malik Bourne from Bergtraum stole the ball twice and scored both times, Jessy Jiminez from WHEELS stole the ball and scored on a nice hesitation drive, and then Taylor added a fast break dunk to cut the margin to 36-21 with 5:58 still to play in the half. The rally continued with Bourne's runner high off the glass and then James Bouknight from LaSalle scored from underneath to make it an 11 point game, but a left baseline drive by Alejandro Minota from Knox and it was 42-29 Long Island at the half. M/B continued to close the gap as the second half got underway with Leonard Luton from Bronx Regional collecting a long rebound and scoring, and then Cliff St Juste from St. Anthony's cut across the lane and hit a fade-away and the lead was alarmingly down to just 7 points, but the defense held and a fast break basket by Young and a putback by Knox's Muhammed Jannedi bumped the lead back to 14. A left baseline three by Charles and a fast break basket by Jenkins made it 58-41, and then three straight baskets by LuHi's Donatas Kupsas, including a nice running hook shot, and Long Island was comfortably ahead once again. When Ashley found Baldwin's Elijah Bovell underneath and followed it with a nice pull up jumper on the break it was 70-45 and game over. M/B never seriously threatened after that. Charles led all scorers with 25 points and added 4 steals, Quinones finished with 20 including 5 threes, Jenkins had 14 points and 3 assists, and Ashley finished with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ndefo had an incredible 17 rebounds, 8 blocked shots and 3 steals and Kupsas was dominant on the boards too, adding 12 rebounds. 5/4
High School
All-Star Tournament
High School
All-Star Tournament