LONG ISLAND AT NYC INVITATIONAL
Two Long Islanders, Long Island Freshman of the Year Preston Edmead from Deer Park and All-Long Island Sophomore Jayden Reid from LuHi, infiltrated the new NYC Invitational, which features top NYC based AAU programs, and were recognized as two of the best players in the event. STORY
NEW YORK STATES LEADING SCORERS
Four Long Islanders in the Top 12!
Long Island's Best Basketball players
BASKETBALL AWARDS POSTPONED!
It's been more difficult this year to gather the information we need to make informed decisions on our award winners, so we will announce our revised awards schedule once our research is complete - hopefully in the next few days.
NY HS MADNESS
Team NOPO Advances
I have to confess I never imagined Long Island teams would be left so shorthanded from conflicts with football, but just about every one of our teams has had to play without key players because of it. One that thrived despite being shorthanded was Team NOPO, who advanced to the Sweet 16 with two wins over the weekend. 3/21
St. Mary's 61
Holy Trinity 57
It's been an up and down season for the Gaels, but they are peaking at the right moment, staging a second half rally to defeat the #1 seeded Titans and advance to the NSCHSAA Championship Game against #2 seed Chaminade. BOX SCORE
The Flyers ended Kellenberg's Cinderella run, leading wire to wire and pulling away in the 3rd quarter to earn a spot in Monday's Championship Game.
St. Dominic 46
There is a degree of parity in this season's NSCHSAA that we haven't seen recently, so Kellenberg will go into their quarterfinal matchup with St. Anthony's with a real chance to advance!
NYC WILL HAVE
A season has been approved, playing outdoors starting in May!
The New York High School Madness Tournament, which was heroically put together at the last minute by Nick Tsikitas and his staff and will give some closure to the 2020-21 high school basketball season, got underway last night with preliminary round games. As you can imagine, seeding the tournament was next to impossible. New York City teams had no season at all, other regions played abbreviated seasons, and there were no intersectional games whatsoever. In addition, some teams that entered initially had to drop out for COVID reasons and those holes quickly plugged, so some good teams found themselves in the preliminary round that normally would have been seeded higher, and others found themselves scheduled against other very good teams in early round games that probably should have occurred later in the tournament. Thankfully, everyone is going into this understanding how difficult a task it was to throw together and is just happy to be playing. Should be a great event! 3/17
Note: Although all the teams are made up of players from one high school, some of them are playing under different team names to make it clear that since the 20-21 HS basketball season is technically over, they are not officially representing their school.
Hofstra's Isaac Kante averaged 10.1 rebounds per game this season, tied for 14th in NCAA D1, and fellow Pride member Caleb Burgess finished 21st in assists with 5.6 per game!
Holy Trinity's Mike Sixsmith, who is a freshman at Sacred Heart, ended up leading NCAA D1 in 3pt FG% at 54%!
LuHi's Andre Curbelo, a freshman at Illinois, has been named Big 10 6th Man of The Year!
Rick Pitino now has his 9th seeded Iona team in the MAAC Championship game!
Brentwood's Lester Quinones has started every game for Memphis and had a 20 point game against Tulane, a 7 assist game against Mississippi Valley Sate, and a 15 rebound game against UCF in a win that put the Tigers into the AAC Semifinals.
Baldwin's Jared Rhoden led the way with 19 points and 16 rebounds in Seton Hall's win over St. John's in the Big East Quarterfinals.
St. Doms grad Rick Pitino is doing his magic at Iona. The Gaels went on a 16-0 run to upset top seed Siena and advance to the MAAC Semifinals
Elmont's KC Ndefo LEADS ALL OF NCAA D1, averaging 3.7 blocked shots per game, and Hall Elisias, from Valley Stream South, ranks 14th in the country, averaging 2.6 blocks per game. Ndefo was named All-MAAC and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year while Elisias broke his school's single game rebounding record with 20 rebounds! Let's not forget Stony Brook's Mouhamadou Gueye! He is the America East Defensive Player Of The Year, and at 3.1 blocks per game, ranks 4th nationally!
Brentwood's Michael Almonacy scored 32 points to lead Appalachian State to the Sun Belt Conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament! Mike earned tournament MVP honors!
LuHi's Tyson Etienne, who is at Wichita State, was AAC Player Of The Year!
Holy Trinity's Cam Wynter was named All-CAA First Team, and another former Titan, Mike Sixsmith, NEC Rookie of the year! Deer Park's Malik Edmead joined Sixsmith on the NEC All-Rookie team!
Chaminade's Michael O'Connell earned Pac 10 Freshman of the Week honors and is averaging 7 points a game. He had a career high 20 points against USC, and an 8 assist game against Oregon State.
LuHi's Zed Key, who is also a freshman - at Ohio State, is averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes per game. He had a 14 point game against Nebraska and a 10 rebound game against Cleveland State. LuHi's Andre Curbelo, a freshman at Illinois, is averaging 9 points and 4 assists in just 20 minutes per game. He had a career high 19 points and 7 assists against Ohio State and former teammate Zed Key!
GAMES OF 3/4/21
#12 Chaminade 55
St. Anthony's 43
Chaminade is playing games at a frantic pace to make up for the ones they had to postpone, and after losing their first game since they resumed their season - another classic NSCHSAA cliffhanger with 8th ranked Holy Trinity, they bounced back against a surging St. Anthony's team that was fresh off back to back wins over Holy Trinity and St. Mary's. BOX SCORE 3/4
#6 Center Moriches 76 Shoreham-WR 61
As tough an opponent as Class A SWR was, Center Moriches is in a class by itself among small school programs, racking up an incredible 94-18 record over the last 5 seasons and winning 4 straight Long Island Class B Championships before this season ending conquest of SWR for their 5th straight title. 2/28 BOX SCORE
#13 Northport 45
Ward Melville 32
A hard fought defensive battle through three quarters, and the Tigers pulled away down the stretch. 2/27
#3 Hills West 88
Mt. Sinai 67
To be honest, nobody gave Mt. Sinai much of a chance in this semifinal between the #1 and #4 seeds, but they proved to be a worthy opponent and battled the Colts right through halftime before 3rd ranked West pulled away. 2/27 BOX SCORE
GAMES OF 2/26/21
St. Anthony's 45 Holy Trinity 36
It looked like a rebuilding year for the Friars, but that all changed with an impressive win over the 7th ranked Titans. FULL GAME
Chaminade 78 #11 St. Mary's 57
It was tight early on, but the Flyers led pretty much wire to wire and pulled away down the stretch for a very impressive win. FULL GAME
East Meadow 71 Herricks 37
The very good Jets only got to play 4 games this season (Herricks only 2!), but they will be one of the favorites next season. BOX SCORE
ESM 62 Smithtown East 61
Eastport-South Manor is another team that didn’t get a chance to show what it could do. Once they came out of quarantine, the undefeated Sharks (3-0) couldn’t schedule enough games against strong teams to earn a playoff seed.
GARSIDE ALL-TIME SCORER!
Kings Park's Jack Garside became Kings Park's all-time leading scorer!
GAMES OF 2/23/21
#6 Elmont 70 Sewanhaka 49
Future Hall Of Fame coach George Holub has retired, but new coach Ryan Straub is picking up right where he left off, with the Spartans improving to 6-0 after a dominating win over their rivals.
Holy Trinity 71 St. Mary's 61
At this point, it looks like theses two teams are headed for a championship game showdown, but there are still games to be played and fresh out of quarantine Chaminade may have something to say about that. BOX SCORE
Chaminade 62 St. Dominic 47
First game back and very impressive!
Deer Park 74 Comsewogue 68
It should be noted that Comsewogue has its best team in years, and given a full season to come together, would have been a serious contender in Class A this season. BOX SCORE
Carey 62 Jericho 26
Cary cannot be ignored! Now 6-0 after pounding the Jayhawks. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF 2/19/21
Hills West 69 Kings Park 62
Possibly Suffolk’s two best Class A teams, the Colts looked pretty tough, leading most of the way and holding off the Kingsmen. BOX SCORE
Wyandanch 71 Southampton 63
The Warriors can play! They gave CM a good fight, and now hand Southampton their first loss. BOX SCORE
Locust Valley 56 Wantagh 50
Both teams look tough, but Locust Valley hands the Warriors their first loss.
LWA 62 Knox 58
The private schools are having a tough time finding opponents, so LWA has filled its schedule with PSAA teams, and they got off to a good start against a solid Knox team. BOX SCORE
GAMES OF 2/15/21
Northport 55 Central Islip 40
Northport is one of the teams to beat this season, and we’ve seen nothing to dispute that so far. But can they beat Brentwood? Robby Kennedy looks like he's ready for prime time, and he joins All-New York State guard Pat Healy and All-Long Island Sophomore forward Nick Watts. CI's Isiah Sween is finding out what its like to have the whole defense focusing on you and he'll have to make some adjustments. BOX SCORE
Amityville 50 Copiague 45
An old fashioned border war between two programs that have fought over players many times over the years, but Amityville’s Myles Goddard was the best player on the floor today, and he was the difference. Rising star Malachi Moore had 21 points for Copiague. BOX SCORE
C. Moriches 88 Malverne 60
A stunning result! These two team had an outstanding Long Island Championship Game last season, but it was CM that had the heavy graduation losses! BOX SCORE
GAMES OF 2/11/21
Uniondale 78 Hempstead 36
Newsday posted a great story on this game, and my hats off to them. Jo Jo played in some of my travel team tournaments starting when he was 8 or 9, and was unforgettable even then.
Plainview 68 Baldwin 58
You can probably count the number of league games Baldwin has lost over the years on one hand, so hats off to a talented group at Plainview for doing something few teams have done. Make sure you anticipate that Baldwin will get better with every game, because they will. BOX SCORE
Hills West 79 Harborfields 59
The Colts were already one of the favorites in Suffolk Class A coming into the season, and they added an All-Long Island freshman to the roster, so watch out! BOX SCORE
Center Moriches 67 SWR 60
Very interesting! Is SWR better than we anticipated, or CM not as good? Right now, I’m going with SWR. They were a .500 team last season and have important pieces back. BOX SCORE
East Meadow 65 Hicksville 34
East Meadow looks like it might be a contender. BOX SCORE