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New York State's best basketball players so far, with NYC yet to come. 

Before beginning his successful return to college basketball at Iona, which included a MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament bid, St. Doms grad Rick Pitino coached a professional team in Greece with great success, earning an invitation to coach the Greek National Team in its quest to earn a spot at the Tokyo Olympic Games, which he accepted. There were some questions about his availability once he returned to the states, but he is looking forward to it and will begin coaching the team at the upcoming qualifying tournament to be held June 26th to July 4th in Canada.

Hempstead native Speedy Claxton, the former NBA player that starred at Hofstra and is an assistant coach, has been named the new Head Coach at his alma-mater. STORY

Will Brown, who averaged more than 35 PPG his senior year at Miller Place and was First Team All-New York State, has been ousted as University Of Albany Head Coach after 20 years at the helm. 

FINAL 2020-21
At home, where they have been practicing for two straight months, a lot of the rust disappeared and Lutheran rolled to finish their season at 3-0. 

The Long Island Lutheran "A" team had only played one game this season, a convincing win over PSAA Champion Portledge, and it was beginning to look like COVID would completely wipe out the rest of their schedule, but a change in CHSAA policy opened the doors, and the Crusaders, whose season officially ends Friday, took advantage, booking a home and home series against CHSAA powerhouse Stepinac. Both teams looked rusty, but it was competitive right from the start and after falling behind in the second half, Stepinac rallied to take a 1 point lead with just 13 seconds remaining. LuHi sophomore Jayden Reid, who had a big second half off the bench, came to the rescue, plunging from the top through traffic and scoring in the final seconds for the dramatic victory. Game two is Wednesday at LuHi. 

St. Mary's 74
SJB 65
The Gaels jumped out to a 10 point halftime lead and held off the Cougars to advance to a semifinal match-up with #1 seed Holy Trinity. BOX SCORE 3/21

Kellenberg 56
St. Anthony's 41
The Firebirds continued to advance, upsetting 4th seed and defending champion St. Anthony's. Next up, #2 Chaminade. BOX SCORE 3/21

Floyd, whose boys HS basketball team finished the abbreviated 2020-21 season with a 3-2 league record in powerful Section 11 League 1, was a late entry and found themselves in the preliminary rounds of the New York High School Madness Tournament. They took full advantage, sweeping their first two games over St. Vincent from Sewanhaka  and SGHS 2 The Rack, location unknown. Next up the Orange Bombers from Brooklyn, Saturday at 2:50 PM.
EM knocked off Van City from Queens but fell to the Bobcats from Brooklyn. Next up, the Vikings Basketball Club from Brooklyn, 1:40 PM Saturday. SVDP fell to another LI team - Floyd, and beat SGHS 2 The Rack. Next up, Don't Leave NYC, 5:10 PM Saturday. 

Legendary Long Island basketball Hall of Fame coach Tim Cluess had firmly established an NCAA Basketball Tournament tradition at Iona, taking the Gaels to 6 NCAA Tournaments during his 9 year tenure, including four straight from 2016 to 2019, but when he was forced to resign for health reasons, that tradition looked to be in jeopardy. That's when the Iona administration made the bold move to hire another Long Islander, the very talented but scandal ridden Rick Pitino, to take over for Cluess, and the gamble quickly paid off! In his first season, Pitino guided the 9th seeded Gaels to the MAAC Tournament title and another spot in the NCAA Tournament! That continues the great Long Island tradition at Iona established by Sachem's Jeff Ruland, who led the Gaels to the 1980 NCAA Tournament and went on to become an NBA All-Star. NY POST STORY

The first PSAA Semifinal had LWA rolling over the new LuHi "B" team 74-50 to improve to 4-1 overall, but COVID has reared its ugly head and disrupted the rest of the playoff schedule. LWA will now play the winner of the postponed Knox/Portledge semifinal on 3/18 for the title! Or will they? Stay tuned! 3/13

GAMES OF 3/7/21
#12 Chaminade 34
#8 Holy Trinity 32 
Another broken shot clock game! These two teams play these matchups like they were playoff games, treating every possession like the game was on the line, and it often is! BOX SCORE
​SJB 48 St. Dominic 43
The Cougars reached the .500 level with their second straight win, pulling into a tie with St. Mary's, who they beat in their previous game. BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 3/2/21
#7 Holy Trinity 51 SJB 46
The Titans are once again contenders, but the young Cougars have started to mature and are a threat now too. They're searching for consistency and probably still a year away, but you never know in the playoffs! BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 3/1/21
Chaminade 68 SJB 41
The Flyers were unimpressive in their season opening loss to St. Dominic, but they have reeled off 5 straight one sided wins since returning from quarantine, surging into first place in the Long Island Catholic League. They have a good test tonight against second place Holy Trinity, who they are facing for the first time this season. BOX SCORE

#3 Hills West 82 
#16 Kings Park 72
We had a pretty good idea of who the best two Class A teams in Suffolk were, and of the two, who was the best, and that's the way the season played out. They say you need at least three players capable of a big time performance to be a champion, and the Colts have 4! One of Long Island's best teams, period. 2/28

GAMES OF 2/28/21
St. Anthony's 52 St. Mary's 35
The Friars lost to the 11th ranked Gaels by an almost identical score earlier in the season. Their quick turn-around has been very impressive. 

#4 Hills East 61
Bellport 52
The relentless Thunderbirds held off repeated Bellport rallies to advance. 2/27

GAMES OF 2/27/21
#1 LuHi "A" 85 Portledge 47
A very impressive debut for the LuHi “A” team (they have both an A and a B team this season) against a very good Portledge team. Both teams have struggled to put together a schedule this season. If you can help, let us know! 

#5 Elmont 57 Bellmore 47
Like last season, a very good Elmont team, and unfortunately, like last season, we’ll never get to find out just how good. BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 2/25/21
#15 Uniondale 47 Hicksville 35
Hall of Fame Coach Tom Diana wins game #400! Nine Nassau County Championships, including two of the last three. BOX SCORE

#5 Elmont 63 Carey 42
Elmont is a buzz saw, slicing through one opponent after another to the tune of a 20 ppg average margin of victory. It was Carey’s first loss of the season. 

#13 Northport 34 Commack 29
Was the shot clock broken? An old school grind it out, down to the wire battle between two big rivals and a possible playoff elimination game! BOX SCORE

Bellport 71 Comsewogue 65
This was a playoff elimination game, and Comsewogue is out despite having a terrific team - the best at the school in many years! COVID injustice! BOX SCORE

Bay Shore 67 Connetquot 55
That old Agostino magic has the Marauders in a three way tie for first, and only two will advance to the playoffs! Its in the hands of the seeding committee now! BOX SCORE
Bay Shore @ Commack
6 PM tonight! 


GAMES OF 2/21/21
Brentwood 73 Ward Melville 49
Long Island’s #2 team made short work of previously unbeaten Ward Melville.

Hills East 48 Smithtown West 44
Hills East just keeps winning, and this game showed they can win ugly too. 

C. Moriches 71  Deer Park 59
Tough to match up with the big boys at CM. BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 2/18/21

GAMES OF 2/17/21
Bay Shore 46 Northport 44
We said it would take time for Hall Of Fame Coach Jack Agostino to transform the Bay Shore program, but it's happening a little sooner than we expected! Easily the biggest upset of the season so far. BOX SCORE

Massapequa 65 Westbury 60
Westbury’s quarantine is finally over, but they invited the wrong team to the celebration! BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 2/13/21
Plainview 59 Herricks 28
Plainview seems to have the pieces for a good run this season! BOX SCORE 
EDITORS NOTE: Plainview has just been put on PAUSE for COVID related reasons. They may not be able to play again this season.

Uniondale 64 Freeport 31
The home opener of a very sad season for the Knights and for all of us. 

Hauppauge 59 Harborfilds 54
Hauppauge? It’s been a while since they had a contender, but this year’s squad just might change that. BOX SCORE

SWR 61 John Glenn 52
Watch out for at SWR this season! 

LI Catholic League
MARCH 2021
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 

Four Long Islanders in the Top 12!

Long Island's Best Basketball players

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.

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

Chaminade 64
Kellenberg 47
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.

Kellenberg 57
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!  

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.

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

Not many Freshmen got a chance to shine this abbreviated season, but those that did were very impressive.
Another talented and deep class! 


Premier Basketball is sponsoring both boys and girls basketball tournaments this season! MORE

The were a million obstacles to overcome for this tournament to be a success, but Portledge Coach Nick Tsikitas and his staff managed to pull it off, and in the end, two New York City teams projected to be among the city’s best coming into the 2020-21 season advanced to the final and staged an epic public/catholic showdown, with players from the CHSAA’s St. Francis Prep emerging as the New York High School Madness Tournament Champions, holding off a late run from players from the PSAL’s Thomas Jefferson 60-58.

Chaminade 65
St. Mary's 47
The Flyers, who lost to St. Mary's just 9 days ago, turned in their second straight dominating playoff performance, racing out to a 20-8 first quarter lead and rolling over the Gaels to capture the 2021 NSCHSAA Boys Basketball Championship. St. Mary's was on a winning streak and fresh off an impressive upset of top seeded Holy Trinity in the semifinals, but could never get back into it. BOX SCORE

LuHi's Andre Curbelo had 8 points and 5 assists in Illinois's win over Drexel. Holy Trinity's Cam Wynter has 6 points for Drexel.... Forner Stony Brook Coach Steve Pikiell, who led the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament, and his Rutgers team advanced with a win over Clemson.... Brentwood's Mike Almonacy had 7 points and 6 rebounds in Appalachian State's loss to Norfolk State, coached by former St. Mary's Coach Jim Jones..... St. Dom's Rick Pitino and his Iona team were eliminated by #2 regional seed Alabama
​.... Zed Key and his Ohio State team were upset by Oral Roberts.... Tyson Etienne and his Wichita State team were eliminated by Drake.

The results of the latest poll have created a problem for the Sweet 16 panel. Two teams - Hills East and Hills West - are now tied for #1 in the poll after LuHi plummeted out of the top spot when it became likely that they would play only 1 game this season. Both Hills East and Hills West have ended their seasons, so if, in the final poll held after the end of the NSCHSAA playoffs, they remain tied, then the tie-breaker will be used to crown our #1 team. Let's hope it resolves itself before then. POLL

There will be no sectional or state playoffs this season, but there will be a big post season basketball event in the region after all! The First Annual New York High School Madness Tournament will begin on March 17th and welcomes teams from all over the region. We will do out best to provide coverage of as many games involving Long Island teams as we can.

GAMES OF 3/5/21
Kellenberg 55
#12 Chaminade 54
The Firebirds hadn't been heard from until today, when they rose up and knocked Chaminade out of first place. Parity in the NSCHSAA is a beautiful thing. Every team now has at least one big win, and it's looking like the playoffs, which begin 3/15, will be very competitive and bring the 2020-21 season to an exciting conclusion. BOX SCORE

SJB 64 St. Mary's 57
The Cougars continue to round into playoff shape, while the Gaels seem to be faltering after getting off to a great start. Still plenty of games left, though.

Catholic and private school teams got off to a late start and their seasons continue, but once they are complete, we will once again choose our All-Long Island teams, and a coach and player of the year, as we do every year!

#13 Northport 58 
#2 Brentwood 56
Brentwood has dominated every game they’ve played this season, jumping off to an average 25 point halftime lead on their way to an average 33 point win, and they have been racking up an average of 89 points per game. That gives you an idea of how outstanding the Northport defensive effort was in this conference championship game and how big the magnitude of the upset. 2/28 

#2 Brentwood 83
 Commack 49
Brentwood continues to dismantle every team they face, and a very good Commack team is their latest victim. 2/27 BOX SCORE

Shoreham WR 64 Mattituck 54
Both of these teams have been very pleasant surprises this season and both want a crack at heavy favorite Center Moriches. SWR earned the right and gave CM a good fight during their regular season matchup. 2/27 BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 2/24/21
Hills West 65 Hauppauge 57
Unfortunately, due to this season’s format, this loss to the 4th ranked Colts could knock Hauppauge’s best team in many years out of the playoffs. They gave #16 Kings Park everything they could handle too. A classic playoff dark-horse in normal times. BOX SCORE

Plainview 54 Port Washington 39
We kind of forgot about the team that handed Baldwin an early season loss, but the still unbeaten Hawks came out of quarantine firing on all cylinders, holding a good Port Washington team to 1 point in the second quarter. BOX SCORE

Locust Valley 46 North Shore 34
Two undefeated teams went at it, and both struggled to score, but the Falcons slowly pulled away in the 4th quarter to improve to 7-0. BOX SCORE

SWR 67 Wyandanch 62
SWR is a team to look out for in the playoffs. A deserving Wyandanch team will probably miss them. BOX SCORE

Friends Acad 65 Malverne 59
A good Quakers team that would be a serious playoff threat in normal times knocks off the Mules. BOX SCORE

Section 8/Nassau County will not have season ending playoffs of any kind. Section 11/Suffolk County will, but in a completely different format. Suffolk County/Section 11’s eight leagues will be divided up into four conferences. League’s 1 and 2 will form one Conference, as will League’s 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 7 and 8. The games will take place over two days  - Saturday 2/27 and Sunday 2/28, and the champions of the four conferences will be crowned. The participants will be the top four teams in each conference, determined by W-L records and head to head matchups, with a seeding committee breaking any ties. There will be no individual class champions, no  county champions, no Long Island champions, and no state tournament.

GAMES OF 2/22/21
Kings Park 56 Hauppauge 48
The best Hauppauge team in some time, who came into the game 6-0, made a second half run but fell short. BOX SCORE

Amityville 49 Sayville 45
The three point shot kept Sayville in the game, but the Warriors had too much in the end. BOX SCORE

Uniondale 45 Port Washington 44
The Port Washington program has been one of Nassau’s best in recent years, and battled the Knights right down to the wire in their fist game back from quarantine, losing on a floater at the buzzer. 

SWR 75 Southampton 55
This game might have been for a playoff spot, so big win for the Wildcats.

North Shore 53 Wantagh 46
Another big win for 6-0 North Shore, who kept pace with 6-0 Locust Valley in Nassau Conference 7.

Friends Acad 61 Oyster Bay 43
Friends improved to 4-0. Good team

GAMES OF 2/14/21
Hills East 69 C Moriches 66
Two strong programs in rebuilding mode that are both looking good so far, and the Class AA school got the best of the Class B school. Apologies to the Thunderbirds, but it's hard not to think about how good they would be if the two young starters from last season had stayed put, because this is a very good team without them. Credit to both the kids and the coach for picking up where they left off. Although this CM team might not be quite as good as the super teams that preceded them the past few years, they are still good and will be heard from. BOX SCORE

St Mary's 56 St Anthony's 38
Gaels the team to beat in the Catholics? They started the season with a win over Holy Trinity and now the Friars!

Mattituck 57 Mt. Sinai 54 OT
Yes, the season is young, but two unbeaten teams went to OT in one of the best games so far. Mattituck lost perhaps the best player in program history to graduation, but they look like they can still be a contender in Class B this season. BOX SCORE

LuHi makes it to the top once again, joined by 5 more Long Island teams in top 20! We'll see how it changes after NYC's spring season.

Tyrone Lyons from St. Anthony's, Pauly Paulicap from Elmont, and Tavin Pierre-Phillipe from Baldwin have all joined an unprecedented number of college basketball players that have entered the NCAA Transfer Portal in anticipation of the NCAA waving the requirement that a player must sit out for a year when they transfer. STORY LIST OF PLAYERS

Has big plans for the program

Long Island's Best College Basketball Players
*Hall Elisias
Bryant/VS South
*KC Ndefo
St. Peter’s/Elmont
*Tyson Etienne
 Wichita State/LuHi 
*Jared Rhoden
Seton Hall/Baldwin 
*Cam Wynter
Drexel/Holy Trinity 
*Isaac Kante
*Mouhamadou Gueye
Stony Brook 
*Jalen Ray
*Mike Almonacy
Appalachian State/Brentwood
*Lester Quinones
*Pauly Paulicap
*Frankie Policelli
 Stony Brook/LuHi
*Tyrone Lyons
North Carolina A&T/St. Anthony’s
*Tareq Coburn
*Andre Curbelo
Mike Sixsmith
Sacred Heart/Holy Trinity
Malik Edmead
Merrimack/Deer Park
Michael O'Connell
Zed Key
Ohio State/LuHi
Andre Curbelo

Portledge 64
LWA 61
COVID wreaked havoc on private school basketball schedules, but despite only a handful of teams participating, and constant schedule changes due to quarantines, the PSAA admirably managed to finish their season, and appropriately, with a terrific game.

Long Island Lutheran has been one of Long Island's and New York's premier basketball programs for many years, and since their move up to Class AA back in 2013, has finished ranked #1 in our Sweet 16 Coaches Poll seven times, with only the 2015 Brentwood team breaking through. But the Crusaders play an independent schedule and all of their games are non-league, so between the league games only COVID restrictions at the public and Catholic schools, a complete cancellation of the New York City basketball season, and travel restrictions that prevent out of state trips, their usually very demanding schedule has been decimated. They did manage to put together a brief schedule against other local private schools, but all but one of those games has been cancelled and no make-up dates posted. The result: Sweet 16 voters, who have kept them #1 this season based strictly on preseason prognostications, are becoming reluctant to crown them Long Island's best team based strictly on potential. In fact, our latest coaches poll has dropped them down to #5, and if they don't play again, which seems likely, they may probably drop further, if not out of the poll altogether. A shame. 3/16

GAMES OF 3/14/21
St. Mary's 51
#12 Chaminade 48
As if one cue, the struggling Gaels, who got off to an impressive start this season, stood up and made sure nobody counted them out of this year's playoffs!

GAMES OF 3/12/21
#8 Holy Trinity 50 SJB 39
The Titans solidified their position on top on the NSCHSAA standings, taking a half game lead over idle Chaminade by cooling off a hot SJB squad.

GAMES OF 3/9/21
St. Dominic 62 St. Mary's 59
Two teams that have struggled recently, but none more than the Bayhawks, and they showed they are still to be feared.

The NSCHSAA playoff schedule is set, with the first game scheduled for March 19th and the finals for March 22nd, but the standings and seedings still have to be sorted out. 

GAMES OF 3/3/21
#8 Holy Trinity 48 
#12 Chaminade 45
In the early weeks of the season, it looked like the standings in the Catholic League had been turned upside down from last year, but the Titans and the Flyers have both righted the ship, and it looks like the Friars have too. This one was a good old-fashioned NSCHSAA first place showdown BOX SCORE 3/3

Elmont's Pauly Paulicap had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks in DePaul's loss to Marquette. 3/2


#4 Hills East 60 Smithtown West 48
Hills East has been outstanding all season long, finishing 10-0 and with every coaches dream - a balanced attack, a hounding defense, and a ferocious team spirit. It's a credit to the kids and the coaching staff how well this team turned adversity into strength, and one thing's for sure, they'll be back again next year 2/28 BOX SCORE FULL GAME

​Smithtown West 67
#12 Deer Park 56
The Bulls had only one real test coming into this big semifinal match-up, and it was a four point loss to undefeated Hills East, but this underrated Smithtown West team proved to be too much for the young and talented Falcons. 2/27 

#16 Kings Park 61
#9 Amityville 45
This year’s Amityville Warriors don’t have the overall strength and balance of last year’s squad, and the Kingsmen were all over them from the opening tap. 2/27

Commack 47
Bay Shore 44
Commack rallied from a double digit second half deficit to defeat Bay Shore 47-44 and advance to the Conference 1 Semifinals against top seeded Brentwood. Game time 12 PM Saturday.  2/26 

The following teams have been or are currently in quarantine:
Baldwin, Carle Place, Division, Eastport-South Manor, Greenport, Herricks, Manhasset, Mattituck, Pierson, Plainview, Port Washington, Roslyn, Southampton, Syosset, Valley Stream North, Valley Stream South, Wantagh, Walt Whitman, Westbury, Wheatley. 
More will be added to the list.

Center Moriches Head Coach Nick Thomas has been piling up wins at a rapid pace, and already has 150!

GAMES OF 2/20/21
Syosset 53 East Meadow 39
A quality Sweet 16 showdown win for the 5-0 Braves, who are one of only two undefeated Class AA teams in Nassau. The other, Plainview, is in quarantine. BOX SCORE

Commack 51 Walt Whitman 44
The Wildcats finally played their first game of the season and gave a good Commack team everything they could handle. BOX SCORE

VS Central 50 Mepham 45
The last Valley Stream team standing, with North and South both in quarantine, and they won a Conference A1 first place showdown. BOX SCORE

GAMES OF 2/16/21
Massapequa 52 Uniondale 39
Needless to say, big win for the Chiefs! BOX SCORE

Holy Trinity 71 St. Dominic 63
Still sorting things out in the Catholic league but Holy Trinity looking like a solid contender. BOX SCORE

Smithtown West 50 Smithtown East 43
Always a can't miss game, both of these cross-town rivals are good this season, so the match-up could have playoff implications as well. BOX SCORE

E Meadow 64 Oceanside 50
East Meadow is one of those changing of the guard teams that was solid last season and has young talent, so they are looking to be serious contenders this season. BOX SCORE

St Mary's 63 SJB 53
Early test of possible NSCHSAA contenders this season.

GAMES OF 2/12/21
Commack 59 Bay Shore 44
The Jack Agostino era at Bay Shore has begun. It will take time. BOX SCORE

NSCHSAA Inversion!
St. Mary's 68 Holy Trinity 66
St. Dominic 66 Chaminade 50
SJB 47 St. Anthony's 45
Heavy graduation losses at the top of the standings and young talent at the bottom, and this is what happens! There are  new names to keep an eye on and we'll fill you in as the season progresses.

Deer Park 100 Centereach 60
There is great young talent at Deer Park and we’ll see how they handle upcoming tests, but looking good so far! 

Wheatley 55 CS Harbor 38
Wheatley is off to an impressive start. Definitely a team to watch. BOX SCORE