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Section 8 Opener
Defending Long Island Class A Champion Valley Stream South opened the Nassau County Public School basketball season with a 38-27 win over Syosset. Hall Elisias led the way with 13 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 blocks. BOX SCORE 11/30

HIGH SCHOOL RECAP
Keep an eye on John Glenn this season. Patchogue-Medford is a young and talented Class AA team, but the Class A Eagles rolled over them 56-38 in the Section 11 opener. BOX SCORE..... St. Dominic, who in recent years has started their season before anybody else in the NSCHSAA, fell to Salesian 60-49. BOX SCORE. 11/28

COLLEGE COVERAGE!
The college basketball season has begun in earnest, and so has our coverage of Long Island's college basketball teams and players!
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Vandy Over SBU In OT
Stony Brook hit the road and battled 17th ranked Vanderbilt right down to the wire, giving up a 10 point second half lead and falling 79-72 in overtime. 
STORY 11/19

St. Joe's In OT!
Babylon's Fernando Vazquez knocked down two free throws with 4 seconds remaining to tie it in regulation, and then Amityville's Andy Laurent drilled a three pointer with 6 seconds remaining in overtime to give St. Joseph's a dramatic 91-90 road victory over Medgar Evers.  11/17

Hofstra Rallies For Win
The Pride survived 22 first half points by Malcolm McMillan, rallying from an 18 point first half deficit and pulling away down the stretch for a 96-85 victory over Canisius in the season opener for both teams. Brian Bernardi led the comeback with a school record 8 three pointers, finishing with 26 points, one of 6 Hofstra players in double figures. Freshman Chris Atkinson from LuHi was in the rotation for Canisius, playing 15 minutes and finishing with 2 points, 2 steals, and 2 rebounds. 11/13

Moran NBA Assistant!
Former St. Dominic star Jim Moran, who is from Syosset and led the Bayhawks to a Federation State Championship, is now an assistant coach with the NBA's Portland Trailblazers!  ARTICLE
2015 Fall Hoops Festival
Alzheimer's Boys
All-Star Game Recap
It was a packed house at Brentwood High School for the 6th Annual Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic, and the best players from Nassau and Suffolk put on a show, with Mike Almonacy from Brentwood hitting the game winning free throw with 1 second remaining for a dramatic 89-88 Suffolk victory. Alex Sorenson's (South Side) basket and three pointer sparked Nassau to a quick 7-0 start, but Kenny Charles (Huntington) responded with back to back threes to give Suffolk an 8-7 lead. Game MVP Jamel Allen (Brentwood) came off the bench with 5 minutes to go in the opening quarter and was dominant, scoring nine points to close out the quarter, including an impressive drive and dunk that gave Suffolk a four point lead (20-16) at the buzzer. Nassau came out aggressively to start the second quarter, led by Shane Gatling (Baldwin), who had 7 points within the first five minutes to help tie the game at 28-28, but Suffolk responded at the five minute mark with a 9-0 run thanks to baskets from Charles and a three from Darien Jenkins (Deer Park). Nassau called time to try and cool Suffolk down, but it did not help: A very athletic layup by Jenkins, and then his shot with 4 seconds to go was part of a 13-3 run to end the first half and Suffolk looked in control, leading 45-33. Nassau quickly got back into it, led by aggressive defense and the three point shooting of Gatling, Jared Rhoden (Baldwin), and Steve Torre (Kellenberg), tieing the game at 52 with 5:20 to go in the third quarter. A quick steal and emphatic dunk by Devonte Green (LuHi) gave Nassau a 54-52 lead and got the Nassau fans to their feet, but Suffolk was quick to answer and once again finished out the quarter on a run, with threes by Kian Dalyrimple (Hills West) and Tristan Wissemann (Shelter Island) and two baskets in the paint by Andre Morgan (Copiague) giving them a 69-62 advantage. Both teams had trouble scoring the basket to start the fourth, with only Lukas Jarrett (Northport) and Rhoden finding the range in the first few minutes. The teams continued to trade baskets and Suffolk still held a 7 point lead at 80-73 with 3:55 to go, but Nassau came out of a time out with a tenacious pressing and trapping defense that led to quick baskets by Torre and another impressive dunk by Green that made it a one possession game at 82-79 with 2:20 to go. Green left the crowd in awe with an impressive move to the basket that caused Almonacy to fall down, cutting Suffolk’s lead to 1 with 1:01 left, but Almonacy would have quick revenge, scoring after a turnover by Green for a 3 point Suffolk lead. Nassau had multiple chances to draw even, but could not connect until a clutch three pointer by Gatling tied the game at 88 with just 7 seconds to play, and as the clock continued to tick down, Almonacy launched a three point attempt from the wing just before the buzzer that many thought was blocked cleanly, but to the consternation of the Nassau players, coaches, and fans, a foul was called with just 1 second remaining. Almonacy stepped to the line for three free throws while everyone in the gym held their breath, and the tension continued to build as he missed his first two attempts, but with the weight of the world on his shoulders, he came through for the home crowd, dramatically sinking his third shot to give Suffolk a 1 point win. Suffolk was led by Allen with 23 points, Almonacy had 13, and Charles 11. Nassau was led by Gatling’s 16, Torre had 13, Green and Sorenson 12, and Rhoden 10. By DAN SKARITKA 10/17
Varsity Champions
Longwood HS
It looks like Longwood will be a serious contender this season! The Lions beat teams from New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island to capture the varsity crown!
5th Grade Champions
DAC Marksmen
The future looks bright for DAC, with the 5th graders pulling off a big upset in the final.
7th Grade Champions
Red Ravens
A last minute fill-in, the Red Ravens proved to be a force, upsetting a very good team in the chip.
8th Grade Champions
DAC Marksmen
The DAC program has participated in our tournaments for years and always fielded competitive teams, but it looks like the program has moved up to a new level, with impressive wins over very strong teams in both the 8th and 5th grade divisions
9th Grade Champions
LI Lightning Wagner
The Lightning were unchallenged in the division, winning by big margins. 
10th Grade Champions
NYC Vipers
The Vipers rolled to the 10th grade title, pulling away from a very good South Shore Surf team in the final.

THE 2015 THANKSGIVING RUMBLE!
Big crowds and outstanding basketball at this year's Thanksgiving Rumble! The DAC Marksmen had another great showing, taking 3 out of 5 divisions!
This year's champions: 
   JV   - All City Panthers
   8th - DAC
   6th - DAC
   5th - Wolfpack
   4th - DAC
BOYS
Suffolk 89 Nassau 88
Mike Almonacy game winning free throw! Jamel Allen MVP!

GIRLS
Nassau 81 Suffolk 79
Kaela Hilaire game winning layup! Kadaja Bailey MVP!
Dowling Stops Dominican
Dowling finally put it all together with a convincing 81-66 win over Dominican. Longwood's Chris Millender led the way with 16 first half points and finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and SJB's Vincent Abbandola came off the bench to score 15 points, going 5-6 from the three point line. FULL STORY 11/20

Long Island In NBA
Long Island has two NBA GMs - Mitch Kupchak of the Los Angeles Lakers and Steve Mills of the New York Knicks, one NBA Head Coach - Billy Donovan of the OKC Thunder, 5 NBA Assistant Coaches - Kenny Atkinson of the Atlanta Hawks, Jason Fraser of the Phoenix Suns, Jason Hernandez of the Orlando Magic, Jim Moran of the Portland Trailblazers, and Phil Weber of the New Orleans Pelicans, 3 NBA scouts - Matt Doherty of the Indiana Pacers, Rich Wrase of the LA Lakers, and Jeff Ruland of the Washington Wizzards, and two rising stars, Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic and Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs!

Adelphi Rocks Dowling
Adelphi had a 4 point lead with 6:44 to go in the first half and closed out the half on a 15-2 run, taking command and rolling on to an 85-65 victory. Anthony Libroia led the Panthers with 16 points, Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard had 8 points and 6 assists for Adelphi in his first college game, and LuHi's Ryan DeNicola had 8 points and 9 rebounds. East Islip's Evan Maxwell paced Dowling with 15 points and 5 rebounds. 11/13

Fraser NBA Assistant!
Former Amityville star Jason Fraser is now an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns! ARTICLE
Whitman At The Wire!
Willie Petro nailed a three pointer from the left wing with 3 seconds remaining to give Walt Whitman a dramatic 61-60 victory over West Babylon in the first round of the Anil John Tip-Off Classic held at Islip High School. It was a tight game throughout, but it looked like Whitman would take command early on, moving out to an 8-1 lead on a runner by Petro, a fast break basket by Brandon Corbin off a turnover, a putback by Korey Lee, and a fast break basket by Dylan McNallyGary Haab’s three pointer from the right baseline kept the Wildcats from breaking away though, and Matt Daulton’s jumper from behind the left elbow cut it to 8-6. Whitman pushed the lead again with a three point play by Lee and a three pointer by Corbin, but West Bab countered with a putback by Rob Chidduck, a three pointer by Daulton from the left wing, and a baseline three by Haab to tie it at 16. Corbin’s fast break basket gave the Wildcats an 18-16 lead at the first quarter buzzer, but the Eagles drew even again as the second quarter got underway, with Davante Penn scoring from underneath, and they took their first lead on a fastbreak basket by Pierre Dorsainville. West Bab kept a small lead for most of the second quarter, and after Whitman took a 32-31 lead on two free throws by James Mattatut in the closing moments, they went into the locker room up 34-32 after Phil Carney’s three pointer from the left wing. Avery McKenzie pulled up for a jumper from behind the right elbow and Petro sliced down the lane and scored to put Whitman back on top as the third quarter got underway, and it was 39-34 Wildcats after another drive and looping shot by Petro, but Daulton countered with a three, Penn scored from underneath, Daulton struck again with a pump-fake and jumper from behind the left elbow, and Chidduck drove right and banked one off the glass to put the Eagles on top 43-39. Corbin countered with a baseline drive, Petro drove down the right side of the lane and scored, and Matt Stockfeder cut into the low post, got the pass and scored to put Whitman back on top 45-44, and that’s the way the third quarter ended. Haab’s three gave West Bab a 2 point lead as the 4th quarter got underway, and a three by Penn from the left wing made it 51-47 Eagles with 5:05 to play, but a left wing drive by Lee and a right wing three by Corbin and the Wildcats were back in front. Dorsainvil answered with a three from the left wing, and the Eagles took a 5 point lead on another three by Daulton, but Petro kept it close with a coast to coast basket, and Lee followed with a drive to bring Whitman back within 1 with 1:12 remaining. Petro’s acrobatic shot from the lane tied it at 58 at the 36 second mark, but Chiddick knocked down two big free throws with 10 seconds showing and it was 60-58 West Bab. Petro inbounded the ball at mid-court, got the pass back and drilled the game winner, with the Eagle’s desperation shot at the buzzer off the mark. Lee was high man for the Wildcats, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Petro had 19 points and 7 assists, and Corbin 14 points.  Daulton led West Bab with 16 points and Penn added 13. Whitman will now face defending Suffolk County Class A Champion Bayport-Blue point in the title game Saturday at 5 PM at Islip High School. 12/3

Hofstra Holds Off LaSalle
300 For Mihalich
Hofstra picked up another good road win, defeating LaSalle of the Atlantic Ten 84-80 to give Coach Joe Mihalich his 300th career victory. The Pride are now 5-2 on the season. Brian Bernardi led the way with 22 points, one of 6 players in double figures. Juan'ya Green had 8 assists. STORY

12/1 HS Report
Valley Stream Central rallied from a 9 point deficit at Hempstead, with back to back threes by  Shakeel Junor and JP Gordon tying it with 30 seconds remaining, and a three point play by Jermaine Fraser with 12 seconds left giving them the win. Gordon finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, Amir Stevens with 16 points, and Fraser with 11 points and 14 rebounds.  Ja’Juan Polley led Hempstead with 19 points.....  Nazareth tripped up # 11 Holy Trinity 42-37.....Patrick Gardner drilled the game-winning three pointer at the buzzer to give Calhoun a 61-58 victory over Wheatley. He finished with 21 points and Thomas Cummings added 14.  Anthony Cutinella and Johnny Karikas led Wheatley with 15 each.

Adelphi Now 4-1
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Conor McGuiness and Michael Coffey proved to be the winning margin as Adelphi held off host Lincoln 75-74 to improve to 4-1 on the season. Manny Suarez led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds, McGuiness added 15 points, and Anthony Libroia had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard finished with 6 points and 2 assists.
FULL STORY 11/30

Hofstra Holds Off Bonnies
St. Bonaventure closed on an 11-2 run to pull within 1 with with 37 seconds to play, but the Pride went 8-8 from the charity stripe to pick up another big road win.  Ameen Tanksley led the way with 24 points, and Juan'ya Green added 23 points and 9 assists. Additional coverage of this game and all of Long Island's other college and high school action on our  SCOREBOARD 11/28

Hofstra Downs FSU
Hofstra started its quest for an NCAA Tournament bid with a big 82-77 win over Florida State in the first round of the Paradise Jam. They now face South Carolina of the SEC, a 76-61 winner over DePaul, in round two. After trailing early, another big three point outburst by Brian Bernardi, who had 5 in the first half and 6 overall, put the Pride on top, and 13 second half points by Denton Koon and 12 by Juan'ya Green kept them there, despite three of their forwards fouling out. Ameen Tanksley also had a big game, finishing with 14 points, and Rokas Gustys did too, scoring 8 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. FULL STORY 11/20

Big Test's For LI's D1s
Both of Long Island’s D1 college basketball teams, who are both shooting for NCAA Tournament bids this season, face big tests this weekend. Thursday night, Stony Brook, the favorite in the America East Conference, travels down to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt of the SEC, and then Friday, Hofstra, the favorite in the Colonial Athletic Association, will be at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, with Florida State of the ACC their first round opponent, and either DePaul of the Big East or South Carolina of the SEC the opponent in round 2.

NBDL Coming To LI!
The Long Island Nets, an NBA D League franchise owned by the Brooklyn Nets, will begin play next year in Brooklyn and move to the renovated Coliseum the following season! STORY

Two LI NBDL Hopefuls
Two Long Islanders - Roslyn's George Beamon and Hempstead's Tu Holloway, are on the training camp roster of the Texas Legends, an NBA D League team. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHERS, LET US KNOW!

​Suffolk Teams Chosen!
The boys and girls Suffolk County All-Star Teams that will face Nassau County in the Alzheimer's All Star Basketball Classic on October 17th at Brentwood HS have been selected.
The final rosters are:
BOYS TEAM
Jamel Allen/Brentwood
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood
Kenny Charles/Huntington
Kian Dalyrimple/HHHW
Mekhi Hall/Brentwood
Lukas Jarrett/Northport
Darien Jenkins/Deer Park
Israel Johnson/Southampton
My’Quel Matthews/Central Islip
Alex Merhige/Harborfields
Andre Morgan/Copiague
Tristan Wissemann/Shelter Is
Malcolm Wynter/Harborfields
ALTERNATES
Richard Altenord/HHHW
Brendan McGovern/SJB
GIRLS TEAM
Danielle Cosgrove/Sachem East
Sarah Edmond/St. Anthony’s
Alexa Fotopolous/Hamp.Bays
Taylor Goode/St. Anthony’s
Jayla Jones-Pack/St. Anthony’s
Alexa Matterra/East Islip
Maia Moffitt/St. Anthony’s
Mikaiya Moore/Copiage
Ally Murphy/St. Anthony’s
Mesha Rivers/HHHE
Tiffany Slicklein/Kings Park
Etalyia Vogt/St. Anthony’s
Jasmine White/St. Anthony’s

Nassau Teams Chosen!
​The boys and girls Nassau County All-Star Teams that will face Suffolk County in the Alzheimer's All Star Basketball Classic on October 17th at Brentwood HS have been selected. 
The final rosters are:
BOYS TEAM
Tim Awosika/South Side
Justin Caldwell/Baldwin
Rojaye Campbell/LuHi
Chris Coalman/LuHi
Kyle DeVerna/Kellenberg
Shane Gatling/Baldwin
Devonte Green/LuHi
Donatas Kupsas/LuHi
Travis Morgan/Elmont
Jared Rhoden/Baldwin
Alex Sorenson/South Side
Steve Torre/Kellenberg
GIRLS TEAM
Jenna Annacchiarico/Baldwin 
Kadaja Bailey/St Mary's
Gianna Gotti/Oyster Bay
Kaia Harrison/Baldwin
Kaila Hilaire/Floral Park
Aziah Hudson/Baldwin
Sarah Mortensen/LuHi
Lindsay O'Sullivan/Friends Acad
Destiny Samuel/LuHi
Morgan Staab/Kellenberg
Grace Stone/LuHi
Jourdin Thomas/Southside
Gabrielle Zaffiro/North Shore
ALTERNATE
Thubulle, Zhaneia/Elmont

Devonte Back at LuHi
Devonte Green, who had planned to play at Brewster Academy his senior year, had a change of heart and has returned to LuHi. The younger brother of the NBA's Danny Green, he has over 2000 career points now and is getting widespread D1 interest, most recently making a visit to Rutgers.

League Assignments
​Every season, due to school population changes and other factors, teams are reassigned to different leagues and will face a new set of opponents in their league contests. League assignments for the 2015-16 are now posted on the STANDINGS Page. 
Elmont Over Amityville
Amityville stayed with them for a quarter, but 10th ranked Elmont outscored the Warriors 28-11 in the second quarter and rolled to an impressive 83-49 victory in the opener for both teams. Jalen Burgess got things going for the Spartans, pulling up for a jumper and a 2-0 lead, and 6 straight points by NC Ndefo, capped off by a putback dunk, made it 8-0 before Joshua Serrano hit a runner to break the run and Anthony Benjamin a three pointer from the right wing to cut the margin to 8-5. Serrano’s three pointer from behind the left elbow cut it to 13-12 with 2:45 to play in the first, but Elmont closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run, 6 of those points by Burgess, and led 21-14 at the buzzer. Yasir Lawrence opened the second quarter with a three pointer from the right baseline, drawing a foul and converting the 4 point play, and then he pulled up for a jumper from just inside the foul line to make it 27-14 Spartans. A three pointer by Victor Olawoye from the left wing and a fast break basket by Christian Gibson made 34-17 with 3:57 to go in the half, but a three pointer by Alex Ramroop kept Amityville hopes alive. Not for long. A three by Lawrence from the right wing, two free thows and a putback by Ndefo, and fast break baskets by Lawrence and Darius Celestin gave Elmont a 25 point lead at the 1:05 mark, and then an alley-oop dunk by Ndefo off a nice dish by Travis Robinson-Morgan and it was 49-22. Serrano’s three pointer from the top cut it to 49-25 at the half. The teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter, but the Spartans removed all doubt by closing out the quarter on a run, with baskets by Ndefo, Burgess, and Robinson-Morgan giving them a 69-35 lead with three quarters in the books. The Warriors never threatened after that. Lawrence was high man for Elmont, finishing with 18 points, Ndefo finished with 16 and Burgess with 15, and Robinson-Morgan had 12 points and 10 assists. Serrano led all scorers with 19 for Amityville. 12/2
Brentwood Starts Strong
It looked like a challenging opener for #2 Brentwood, on the road against #16 Harborfields, but the Indians rolled to a convincing 61-42 victory on the strength of a breakout performance by junior Ramel Allen, who played outstanding defense, went to the basket with authority, and knocked down big three pointers as well, to the tune of a game high 21 points. Granted, Harborfields was without their returning All-New York State player, Robert Pecorelli, so they faced a tough night against Brentwood’s returning All-Everthing stars Mike Almonacy and Jamel Allen, but if Jamel’s little bother can play like he did night in and night out, it will be a tough night for just about everyone on Brentwood’s schedule this season. Jamel Allen started things off with a three pointer from the left wing, and after a runner by Malcolm Wynter cut it to 3-2, Almonacy stormed to the basket and scored and Ramel Allen stole the ball and scored to give Brentwood a quick 7-2 lead. Almonacy’s three pointer from the left wing and another steal and basket by Ramel made it 12-2 with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter, but Nick Mitchell’s baseline jumper kept Harborfields within striking distance. Brentwood began another run, with a steal and fastbreak dunk by Jamel, a left wing three pointer by Almonacy, and a baseline three by Ramel bumping the lead to 22-7, and that was the score at the first quarter buzzer. Almonacy nailed a jumper to make it 24-8 early in the second quarter, but back to back drives by Alex Bloom and Mitchell, a three pointer by Dan Morgan, and a goaltending call credited to Alex Merhige, and it was suddenly a 7 point game. Almonacy answered with a deep right wing three pointer, sparking another run, Ramel kept it going with a baseline jumper, Jamel with two free throws, and Lester Quinones with a basket from underneath just before the buzzer and Brentwood was back in control, leading 33-17 as the teams headed for the locker room at the half. Bloom opened the third quarter with a steal and fast break basket, Morgan drove baseline and hit a runner, and Mitchel scored on the break and Harborfields was back in it, trailing by 10, but Ramel Allen would not let them get back within single digits, drilling a baseline three. Wynter responded with a three of his own from the top, but Ramel’s 4 point play and his fastbreak basket made it 42-26 Brentwood. Harborfields kept coming, getting back within 10 on threes by Wynter and Morgan, and they trailed by 10 with three quarters complete. Jamel Allen’s drive from the high post and his putback and Harborfields was back on its heels again, and Ramel’s fastbreak dunk made it 54-36 Brentwood with 4:28 to play. A right wing three by Quinones was the final nail in the coffin, giving the Indians a 59-38 lead with 2:56 remaining. Game over. Jamel Allen finished with 15 points and Almonacy and Quinones with 13 each. Morgan was high man for Harborfields with 17 and Wynter had 10. 12/4

RETURNING 
ALL-NEW YORK STATE
Jamel Allen/Brentwood
Mike Almonacy/ Brentwood
Richard Altenrod/Hills West
Jordan Armstrong/Roosevelt
Keandre Augustine/Roslyn
Chris Coalman/LuHi
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West
Kyle DeVerna/Kellenberg
Tylik Furman/Bridgehampton
Daniel Fusco/East Rockaway
Shane Gatling/Baldwin
Devonte Green/LuHi
Lukas Jarrett/Northport
Josh Lamison/Bridgehampton
Charles Manning, Jr/LuHi
Michael McGuire/Chaminade
Robert Pecorelli/Harborfields
Kevin Santacroce/Mercy
Alex Sorenson/South Side
Tyrell Thomas/Center Moriches
Tristan Wissemann/Shelter Island
​BBP Opens With Win
It was a special night at Islip High School, in honor of Anil John, the 2015 graduate and former captain of the varsity basketball team, who died tragically in an auto accident earlier this year. On this special night, where John’s number was retired in a moving ceremony, defending Suffolk County Class A Champion Bayport-Blue Point pulled away in the 4th quarter to defeat host Islip 57-42 in the first round of what is now the Anil John Tip-Off Classic. Probhnoor Singh opened the scoring, putting BBP on top with a three pointer from behind the right elbow, and the Phantoms had a chance to build a quick lead, but came up empty after back to back steals. Adrian Robles got Islip on the board, knocking down two free throws, but Singh answered with a right wing drive. Scott Mastermaker tied it 5 with a three point play, but it was Singh again, this time with a fade-away jumper from the lane, and Bayport was back on top. Caleb Staneck’s three from the top gave the Buccaneers their first lead at 8-7, but Singh continued his onslaught, scoring and converting a three point play to give BBP a 10-9 lead as the first quarter came to a close. Singh had all 10 of his team's points in the quarter, and and opened the second quarter with two free throws for a 3 point Phantom lead. Andrew Riefenstahl’s three pointer from the left wing made it 20-14 BBP, but Richard Dodier answered with a three for Islip, and Mastermaker’s two free throws brought the Buccaneers back within 2 with 2:15 left in the half. Singh retaliated with a three from the left wing to put Bayport up 25-19 with 1:11 remaining, and a coast to coast basket by Zachary Walker made it 28-19. It was 28-20 at intermission. An incredible 30 fouls were called in the first half. The teams traded baskets early in the third quarter, but Evan Harenberg hit two free throws and Singh got a steal and basket to put BBP up 37-25 with 3:52 to go in the quarter. Robles kept it close with a three pointer from straight on, and Mastermaker scored from underneath to cut it to 37-30, but a fade-away jumper and then a three pointer by Singh and the Phantoms reestablished a 12 point lead as the third quarter came to a close. Early in the fourth quarter, Singh was ejected from the game for throwing an elbow with a closed fist at the head of his defender, who had been hounding him trying to keep the ball out of his hands, but Ka’Sean Watlington stepped up for Bayport, drawing a foul and knocking down both free throws to put them up by 12 again, and then after an Islip basket by Sam KlompDoug Niblock responded as well, driving down the left side of the lane and scoring. Islip kept trying to close the gap, pulling with 9 on a basket by Mastermaker with 5:33 remaining, but Watlington’s left wing three pointer at the 3:01 mark made it 55-41, and Harenberg’s two free throw gave the Phantoms a 16 point lead with 1:23 to play. Game over. Singh finished with 26 points for Bayport, and Harenberg with 12. Mustermaker led Islip with 21. BBP will take on Whitman in the championship game Saturday at 5 PM, with Islip facing West Babylon in the consolation game at 3 PM. 12/3
Chaminade Rips Bayside
#4 Chaminade, the defending Catholic League Champion, came storming out of the gate in their home opener, quickly building a 19-0 first quarter lead and blistering PSAL Class AA Bayside 91-36. The Flyers scored at will right from the start, with a driving basket by Kyle Murphy, a three pointer by Mike McGuire, and another driving basket by Murphy making it 7-0 and generating a timeout by Bayside. Coming out of the timeout, the Flyers forced a turnover and Nolan Prendergast scored a fast break basket, then Ryan Dean scored on a drive from the left wing to make it 11-zip. Murphy’s three pointer from the right baseline bumped the lead to 14 with 4:10 still to play in the opening quarter, and then an athletic putback by Murphy and a three pointer by Owen Prendergast from the left wing made it 19-0. Danney Tam’s left wing three broke the drought and got Bayside on the scoreboard, but Dean answered with a drive to begin another run, McGuire followed with a pull up three pointer from the right foul line extended, and Murphy with three straight aggressive drives to the basket to give Chaminade a 30-3 lead with 1:36 still remaining. Tam pulled up and nailed a jumper for Bayside points 4 and 5, but Owen Prendergast responded with a three from the left wing, McGuire with a three from the baseline, and Dan McEntee with a last second three from the top and it was 39-5 at the first quarter buzzer! Wow! The halftime score was 62-13, and it was 82-21 after three quarters! An incredible performance by the Flyers! Murphy finished with 26 points, Owen Prendergast with 17, McGuire with 12, and Dean with 10 points. Tam led Bayside with 10 points. 12/1

McKillop 500 Victories!
Chaminade grad, former Hofstra star and Holy Trinity and LuHi coach Bob McKillop of Davidson picked up his 500th career college victory with an 83-70 win over Denison. STORY

Two In NBLC Draft!
Two Long Islanders were selected in the National Basketball League Of Canada draft - Walt Whitman's Nick Carter was taken 6th by Storm Basketball, and West Hempstead's Akeem Bennett 19th by the Saint John Mill Rats!

Homecomings For Nov.
The following Long Island high school basketball players will be returning to Long Island with their college teams later this month:
November 27th
Sewanhaka’s Olusola Adeniran, Lawrence’s Clifton Lyerly, Hempstead’s Ismael Pierre, Lawrence’s Hamed Shamseldin, and Northport’s Matt Smith and their SUNY Brockport team will visit Farmingdale State at 5 PM. 
November 28th
Longwood’s Robert Dionisio and his CCNY team visit St. Joseph’s at 1 PM 
November 29th
Whitman’s Jordan Aiken and his John Jay team visit the USMMA at 1 PM and St. Dom’s Darren Chew and his Assumption team are at Molloy at 2:30
November 30th
Freeport’s Justin Staton and Elmont’s Dillon Williams and their Brooklyn College team visit Old Westbury at 7. 

LI's Pangos Selections
During the weekend of October 24-25, over 200 of the top high school freshmen and sophomores in the region received invites to attend the prestigious Pangos All-American All-East Region Camp. At the conclusion of the camp, the 50 best players were selected by the coaches and scouts, and 4 from Long Island High Schools made the list. They were:
#6 Boubacar Diakite, OSNA
#8 Mamadou Doucoure, OSNA
#31 Savion Lewis, HHHE
#48 KC Ndefo, Elmont 

Hofstra/SBU Picked 1st!
Both of Long Island's D1 basketball teams, Hofstra and Stony Brook, were picked to finish first in their respective conferences! Hofstra will kick off its season Nov 13th at home against Canisius, while Stony Brook opens their D1 schedule Nov 19th at Vanderbilt. The teams will face off on Dec 20th at Stony Brook in what will be the unofficial Long Island College Championship Game! 

Icon Scandals
Unfortunately, two Long Island coaching icons, St. Dom's grad Rick Pitino and Long Beach HS grad Larry Brown, are involved in recruiting scandals at their respective schools.
RICK PITINO STORY
LARRY BROWN STORY

Fall League Update
We were fortunate to catch the big NorthSport fall league matchup between last season's #1 and #2 teams, Brentwood and LuHi, and it was a great game that LuHi won by 9 - pulling away on free throws in the closing seconds. Both teams have lots of new and talented pieces, but returning First Team All Long Island players Devonte Green and Mike Almonacy both led the way for their respective teams.

ALL-STAR
DOUBLEHEADER!
Suffolk County swept the 2015 Long Island Public School All-Star Doubleheader with convincing wins 
in both the Seniors Game and the Underclassmen's game! D'Nathan Knox from Hills East led the Suffolk Seniors to their 52-43 victory with 10 points, Kian Dalyrimple from Hills West added 9, and Lukas Jarrett from Northport 7, while Brendan Fitzpatrick from Plainview had 10 points for Nassau, Joseph Santoro from Island Trees had 9, and Justin Caldwell from Baldwin 7. In the Futures Game, Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and Central Islip's Angel Jiminez led Suffolk to their 86-72 victory with 15 points each, Korey Lee from Whitman added 9 points, and Savion Lewis from Hills East had 8, while Chris Goodwin from Uniondale led all scorers with 18 points, Kyle Harding, also from Uniondale, added 15, and Roosevelt's Tim Santana had 11 for Nassau. Game stories and photos later. 

The 2015 rosters were: 
Suffolk Futures Team
Savion Lewis (HHHE)
Darien Jenkins (Deer Park)
Jake Russo (West Islip)
Julien Crittendon (HHHE)
Alex Merhige (Harborfields)
Jalen Ryan (Longwood)
Korey Lee (Walt Whitman)
Ryan Beckles (Brentwood)
Javal Stanton (Central Islip)
Angel Jiminez (Central Islip)
ALTERNATES
Mekhi Hall (Brentwood)
Jarell White (Bellport)
Nassau Futures Team
Kamron Gilchrest (Lawrence)
Matt Gonzales (Sewanhaka)
Connor McPartland (Hicksville)
Frankie Phelan (Floral Park)
Sean Gutfleisch (Wantagh)
Kamoy Silvero (Sewanhaka)
Timothy Santana (Roosevelt)
Christopher Goodwin (Uniondale)
Kyle Harding (Uniondale)
Brian Fox (Floral Park)
Suffolk Seniors Team
Richard Altenord (HHHW)
Kian Dalyrimple (HHHW)
Lukas Jarrett (Northport)
Ryan Graziano (Commack)
Kevin Keese (Smithtown East)
Sean O'Shea (Northport)
Brennan Whelan (Northport)
Jaye Bookhart (Bellport)
D'Nathan Knox (HHHE)
Malcolm Wynter (Harborfields)
Luke O'Connor (Stony Brook)
Nolan Kelly (Mt. Sinai) 
ALTERNATE
Willie Petro (Walt Whitman)
Nassau Seniors Team
Kimani Young (Roosevelt)
Joseph Leighton (Garden City)
Brendan Fitzpatrick (Plainview JFK)
Adante Oliver (Lawrence)
Travis Robinson-Morgan (Elmont)
Shane Gatling (Baldwin)
Ron Issac (Freeport)
Yasir Lawrence (Elmont Memorial)
Joseph Santoro (Island Trees)
Joshua Dennis (Valley Stream North)

NCBCA Top 40 Doubleheader
The Nassau County Basketball Coaches Association Top 40 Doubleheader will be played Sunday, October 18, 2015
at the Town Of Oyster Bay - Hicksville PAL Center. Here are the rosters:
GAME ONE
Players report at 1:30 PM
James Ferry
Nick Forrler 
Kamrom Gilchrest 
Thomas Amendola 
Kimani Young 
Joseph Leighton 
Darius Celestin 
Gary Rettig 
Matt Gonzales 
Kamoy Silvero 
Brendan Fitzpatrick 
Darly Rose Jr 
Connor McPartland 
Frankie Phelan 
Brian Leggett 
Amir Stevens 
Adante Oliver 
Sean Gutfleisch 
Jawaun Peak 
Corey Wellington
GAME TWO
Players report at 3:00 PM
Travis Robinson-Morgan 
Tyler Rieger 
John Grossi 
Timothy Santana 
Christopher Goodwin 
Shane Gatling 
Danny Wilson 
Yasir Lawrence 
Max Rosenbloom 
Ron Issac
Brett Bennett 
Kyle Harding 
Brian Fox 
Joseph Santoro 
Frank Boni 
Joshua Dennis 
Vincent Battaglia 
Kendall Francis 
Justin Caldwell 
Matt Boranian

Player News
First Team All-Long Island player Chris Coalman is transferring from St. Mary's
 to LuHi.

Team Long Island
Many of you know that we have a pilot program going called Team Long Island, which is designed to get Long Island's best players together on one team, and enter them into very high profile events to show the regional basketball community, and some day soon, the national as well, that Long Island kids can play with anyone. Overall, it has gone very well, but we've had some bad luck so far this season in IS8, never having our projected starting lineup together and playing shorthanded in both of our games, especially in game two, where we had only 6 kids. That's on me. I wanted to keep the roster at 10 max, but between school team conflicts, college visits, and injuries, that is clearly not workable. Still, everyone should know that our 6 kids were showered with compliments by college scouts and fans after their game 2 performance, a near upset of the Shooting Stars, one of the tournament favorites with a roster full of D1 prospects. In fact, only an incredible performance by another Long Islander - Devonte Green - stopped us. I want to thank that heroic 6 - Andre Morgan from Copiague, Darien Jenkins from Deer Park, Alex Sorenson from South Side, Kyle DeVerna and Steve Torre from Kellenberg, and Justin Caldwell from Baldwin, for making us all proud and reaffirming that Long Island kids can play with anyone! - Ted Thomas

PLAYER NEWS
Charles Manning, Jr, who led Bridgehampton HS to the New York State Class D Championship, and was named New York State Class D Player of the Year and First Team All-Long Island, is transferring to LuHi.....
Zach Krischer, who graduated from Comsewogue in 2010 and Post University in 2014, signed his first pro contract last month. He will be playing for Maccabi Hod Hasharon in the Israeli Pro League..... Devonte Green has left LuHi and will attend Brewster Academy this season..... Chris Kelly, who left St. Mary's before the conclusion of the school year last season and transferred back to Wyandanch, will be at Queens HS of Teaching this year.....
Stony Brook Falls
Once again, Stony Brook was right with a D1 powerhouse, trailing Notre Dame 46-42 in the second half, but the Irish poured it on down the stretch, coming away with a convincing 86-61 home victory. STORY 12/8

Around The Net
 Sad news - Former Bridgehampton Coach John Niles, who guided his teams to New York State championships in 1984 and 1986, and to a spot in the finals in 1985 and the semifinals in 1991, has passed away. STORY….. ​OSNA’s Cheik Diallo was finally aproved to play for Kansas as of December 1st. He had 13 points and 6 rebounds in his season debut. VIDEO See a STORY about the delay….. The NYSPHSAA boys basketball committee reconvenes 12/7 to open a new round of bids and recommend a site for the 2017-19 championship tournaments. Glens Falls won in the first go-round, but controversy over the procedure prompted the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to start the process over……..

12/5 HS Highlights
 Anthony Benjamin’s three pointer at the buzzer tied the game in regulation and Josh Serrano's three point play with 8 seconds left gave Amityville a 67-66 overtime win over Lindenhurst. Serrano led all scorers with 24 points and Eric Campbell added 18 for Amityville. Emmanuel Oyakhilane had 22 points for Lindenhurst..... Oyster Bay rallied from an 11 point halftime deficit, but Friends Academy held on for a 50-48 victory behind 15 second half points from Jack Deutsch..... Sophomore Savion Lewis led Hills East out of an early hole, finishing with 24 points and 8 assists, and D'Nathan Knox added 15 points in a 71-56 win over Garden City. Joe Leighton led host Garden City with 21 points.....
DeVerna Leads Kellenberg
Kellenberg's Kyle DeVerna had the kind of game most players only dream of, scoring 14 first quarter points and finishing with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists to lead #11 Kellenberg to a 77-61 home victory over #10 Westbury.  The senior guard got things started with a pull up jumper from the foul line, following it up with a three pointer from the deep right wing and two foul shots to put the Firebirds up by 7, but Khalid Ketchens got Westbury on the board with a jump hook from the lane and Brandon Ottley added two free throws to cut the margin to 3. DeVerna found Anthony DeGennaro underneath for a basket to make it 9-4, but two more free throws by Ottley and Westbury kept pace, and a fast break basket by Dextra Rolgens brought the Green Dragons back within 1. DeVerna answered with a coast to coast basket, found Ryan Wilkens for a three pointer, and then his fast break basket gave Kellenberg an 8 point lead, but Westbury continued to maintain contact, cutting the lead to 4 on back to back baskets by Ketchens. Steve Torre's spinning drive made it 18-12 Firebirds with less than a minute to play in the quarter, and DeVerna added a three pointer from behind the left elbow and it was 21-12 with one quarter complete. Michael Geiswiller opened the second quarter with a baseline 3 for Kellenberg, and DeVerna added his baseline 3 to give them a 27-12 lead. Ketchens had another big basket for Westbury, breaking the run with 2 from underneath, and Rolgens scored on an inbound play to cut the margin to 11, but DeVerna scored again, this time twice from the foul line, and a right wing three pointer by Wilkens made it 32-17 Firebirds with 4:25 to play in the half. Rolgens answered with a three from the right baseline, and Darius Young knocked down a jumper from the top to make it a 10 point game, but Torre stalled the rally with a three from the right wing, and another baseline three by Wilkens put Kellenberg up by 14 with 1:38 left. A nice looping hesitation drive by Torre just before the buzzer made it 43-27 Firebirds at intermission. Torre opened the second half with a three pointer from the top, and a fast break basket by DeVerna and then his jumper pushed the lead to 22. The teams exchanged baskets from there, but Westbury began to close the gap, with a Rolgens basket off an inbound play and Ottley's elbow jumper cutting it to 55-40 with 1:59 to play in the quarter. A steal and basket by Young cut the lead to 13 as the third quarter buzzer sounded. Geiswiller opened the fourth quarter with two free throws to make it 59-44 Kellenberg, but Ketchens answered with two of his own, and Young's left wing drive brought the Green Dragons within 11 still early in the quarter. Torre drilled a big right wing three to stall the comeback, and then he found DeVerna cutting to the basket and the Firebirds were up by 16 at the 5:01 mark. Torre's fast break basket made it 70-52 with 4:11 to play , and it was a 19 point lead after Tyler Ramsey's three from behind the left elbow. Westbury would not die, cutting it to 73-60 on a fast breakbasket by Young with 2:12 showing, but they needed stops, and DeGennaro's fast break basket made it 75-60 with 1:21 remaining. Torre also had a big game for Kellenberg, finishing with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Ottley and Young both finished with 18 for Westbury, who showed good depth with two starters out. 12/8
Hills W Holds Off Deer Park
It didn’t look like #10 Deer Park could stay with #4 Hills West, but this has become a great rivalry over the years, and the Falcons turned it around in the second half, getting 16 second half points from Donnell Louissaint to close within 2 with 1:40 to play before the Colts eased away for a big 67-58 home victory. Darien Jenkins hit a three pointer from the right wing to give Deer Park an early 5-4 lead, but Deven Williams looped down the right side of the lane and scored, Cameron Jordan pulled up and hit a short jumper from the lane, and Richard Altenord got out on the break and scored and Hills West was up 10-5 with 3:28 to play in the opening quarter. Another three by Jenkins off an inbound play cut it to 12-10 with 2:34 left, but the Colts answered with an 8-0 run to close out the quarter, sparked by a nice turnaround jumper by Kian Dalyrimple off the glass, then a textbook give and go fast break basket by Jordan, and they finished it off with back to back fast break baskets by Matt Asenjo and Dalyrimple for a 20-10 Hills West lead at the buzzer. Altenord kept it going in the second quarter, looping down the left side of the lane and scoring, but Jenkins was still feeling it, knocking down his third three pointer, this one from way behind the left elbow, and that brought the lead back to single digits. The teams traded baskets until the 3:37 mark of the quarter, when a runner by Asenjo and Jordan’s three point play bumped the lead to 15, but a three pointer by Brett Talbert kept the Falcons within striking distance, and it was a 13 point game at the half. Altenord opened the second half with a drive to make it a 15 point game once again, and his right wing three made it 39-23, but Rob Governale and Jenkins answered with back to back threes to cut the margin to 10 with 5:50 to play in the quarter. The Colts tried to put it away again, with Dalyrimple, Jordan, and Altenord all scoring to make it 45-29, but a steal and fast break basket by Jenkins and a three point play by Louissaint and it was 46-36 at the 1:59 mark. Williams stalled the comeback with a fast break basket off a turnover, but a baseline three pointer by Louissaint just before the buzzer brought Deer Park within 9 with three quarters complete. Josh Pismeny’s baseline drive cut it to 48-41 as the fourth quarter got underway, but the lead was back to 10 after a left baseline three pointer by Williams. Back to back baskets by Louissaint made it 51-45, and two free throws by Princeton Louis and a fast break basket by Talbert and the Falcons were within 3 with 5:32 to play, but Altenord stopped the run with a coast to coast driving layup, and Dalyrimple’s three pointer from the deep right wing made it 57-49 West with 4:44 left. Louissaint got Deer Park going again with a driving hook shot, his two free throws made it a 5 point game, and Pismeny’s fast break basket cut it to 58-56 with 1:40 showing, but Altenord would not be denied, slicing through the defense and scoring from the right wing for a 4 point Hills West lead with 1:18 remaining. After a Hills West free throw, Louissaint’s putback cut it to 61-58 with 54 seconds left, but two clutch free throws by Altenord shooting 1 and 1, and four straight by Dalyrimple put the game away. Altenord led all scorers with 22 points, and he added 5 assists, Dalyrimple had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Jordan 16 points and 8 rebounds. Louissaint finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Deer Park, Jenkins with 16 points and 9 assists, and Louis with 10 points. 12/17

Around The Net
Public School State tournament moving to Binghamton? If you’ve ever been to Glens Falls for the Public School State Basketball Championships, you know what a special event it is and what a great atmosphere there is, with fans from all over the state attending, and the event held in a great old fashioned arena in a quaint small town. Well, despite so many good things about holding it in Glens Falls, it’s very possible it may end up moving to Binghamton! MORE ..... In an ironic twist, the Federation Tournament Of Champions, the event that matches up the State Champions from the Public School State Tournament, Catholic School State Tournament, New York City Public School Tournament, and Private School State Tournament in order to determine overall State Champions in Classes AA, A, and B, will return to Glens Falls beginning in 2017 after being in Albany in recent years. Our hope it will come to the renovated Coliseum in the not too distant future! STORY….. Add former Dowling player David Seagers to the list of Long Island players chosen in the First Round of the 2015 National Basketball League of Canada draft. The 2010 graduate went as the No. 11 overall pick to the St. John Mill Rats out of New Brunswick, Canada….. .
Wings Barred From Out Of State Showcase: Defending New York State Federation Class AA Champion Wings Academy, who participated in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Nationals last season even though New York State Federation rules prohibited it, is feeling the consequences of their decision now. Wings was scheduled to participate in a big Virginia based tournament this season, but when Virginia’s sports governing body checked with New York State’s, they were told Wings was not in good standing, and as a result, Virginia based teams were prohibited from playing them. MORE

12/12 HS Highlights
Central Islip was very impressive in a 69-32 road win over Huntington. They have size, shooters, and great quickness. Malik Clark led the Musketeers with 24 points and 7 assists, and My'Quel Matthews added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Kenny Charles had 16 points for Huntington…… Two teams knocking on the door of the Sweet 16 faced off, and Copiague defeated Smithtown West 49-40 on the road.  Andre Morgan and Myles Mills both finished with 14 points for Copiague, Morgan added 15 rebounds and Mills 7 assists. Chris Crespo led West with 12 points….. Massapequa opened its season with 4 straight wins, but Floral Park opened its season with a 49-44 win over Massapequa! TJ Cluess led Floral Park with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Brian Fox finished with 18 points. Bryce Paladino led Massapequa with 9 points…..

Voigt 250 Wins!
Massapequa coach Martin Voigt picked up his 250th career victory Tuesday in a 49-30 win over Plainview!

12/9 HS Highlights
#9 Deer Park rallied from a 10 point halftime deficit on the road to defeat #13 Uniondale 58-55.  Darien Jenkins led the Falcons with 20 points and Donnell Louissaint had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kyle Harding scored 16 points for the Knights and Justice Towsend 10….. Plainedge handed Mepham its first loss of the season, rallying from a 6 point halftime deficit to win 42-33 on the road and improve to 3-0. Matt Haas led the way with 12 fourth quarter points, finishing with 14, Greg Gouvousis added 11 points, and Pat Reilly had 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Red Devils finished last season 4-13, and haven’t won more than 4 games in a season since 2008-9, when they went 8-9.....
LuHi Crushes Chaminade
It looked like it was going to be a classic confrontation between two highly ranked teams in the early going. LuHi jumped out to a quick lead and  Chaminade responded, going up 14-7 on a Mike McGuire three from behind the right elbow. But LuHi proceeded to reel off 21 unanswered points, stunning the Flyers on their way to a very impressive 97-58 road victory.  Devonte Green led the backbreaking run, starting it off with a coast to coast basket, then a breathtaking steal and windmill dunk that cut the lead to 14-13, and after a Brandon Jacobs putback put the Crusaders in front, Green's back to back three pointers made it 23-14 LuHi at the first quarter buzzer. Donatas Kupsas hit a short jumper from the lane to open the second quarter and Green followed with another three from the top to complete the 21 unanswered points, with a left wing drive by Bobby Connors breaking the run and cutting the margin to 28-16. At that point, it was still a game, but not for long. Another three by Green and a three by Harrison Warnock from the left wing bumped the lead to 17, and Tariq Sadu added a scoop shot and free throw to make it 41-21 Crusaders, and it was 45-25 at the half. Green cut back door, got the dish and scored to open the second half, and a fast break basket by Kupsas after a turnover made it 49-25 LuHi. Chris Coalman’s three pointer from behind the left elbow and the lead was 52-27, and a nice hesitation drive by Green and it was 58-29 with 5:07 left in the third quarter. A drive by Connors and Ryan Dean’s two free throws to close out the third quarter, and then another drive by Connors to open the fourth trimmed the lead to 70-48, but Green’s three pointer from the right wing and a fast break basket by Junior Graham made it 80-51 with 5:53 remaining and Chaminade was done. Final score 97-58 LuHi. Green finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists, Kupsas with 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Coalmon with 13 points. McGuire led Chaminade with 14 points and Owen Prendergast had 10. 12/10
Baldwin 2nd Big Win
The third ranked Baldwin Bruins picked up their second big win of the season, defeating the PSAL's Campus Magnet 68-49 behind Jared Rhoden's career-high 25 points and Shane Gatling's 15. Baldwin took it right to the Queens AA Bulldogs, with Rhoden drilling a right wing three pointer, then getting a tip in, and Justin Caldwell knocking down two free throws to make it 7 - zip, but two three pointers, one by Mexie Jenkins and two by Justin Forest, and then a drive by Forest put the New York City team up 11-9. The Bruins retook the lead on Gatling’s three pointer from the left wing at the 1:56 mark of the quarter, and then he knocked down another one from behind the right elbow and Rhoden scored on the break to make it 18-11 Baldwin with one quarter complete. Gatling opened the second quarter with a fast break basket for a 9 point Bruin lead, but both Caldwell and Rhoden went to the bench in foul trouble soon after, and the Bulldogs took advantage. a Jenkins foul line jumper and Lloyd Bastein’s left wing three pointer cut it to 22-20, and a drive and four consecutive free throws by Jenkins gave Campus the lead. The Bruins went 2-4 from the line in the final seconds to tie it at 26 at the half. Back at full strength, Baldwin wasted no time retaking the lead as play resumed. Zion Stephens looped one in from the baseline to make it 35-29, and then Gatling found Caldwell underneath and Rhoden stole the ball and scored and it was 41-31 Bruins. Jamel Kearney scored from underneath to cut it to 43-37 with 3:18 left to play in the quarter, but Elijah Bovell scored on a baseline cut, Rhoden put back a missed shot, and Gatling scored on the break and Baldwin led 52-39 with 41 seconds left. A putback by Kearney cut the lead to 11 at the third quarter buzzer. Rhoden’s fast break dunk and Bovell’s steal and fast break dunk gave the Bruins a 15 point lead early in the fourth quarter, and then Bovell scored again on the break to make it 60-44 with 4:40 remaining. Rhoden’s jump hook off an inbound play and Gatling’s fast break basket and it was Baldwin by 20 with 3:20 to play. The final margin was 19. Rhoden added 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals to his career high in points, and Gatling added 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Forest finished with 16 for Campus, and Kearney with 11. 12/11
Copiague Over Bay Shore
Both teams were unbeaten and coming off impressive wins - Copiague a 54-34 road win over Walt Whitman and Bay Shore an 81-68 home win over 15th ranked Hills East - and it was a battle, but 14th ranked Copiague prevailed, hitting the clutch shots and free throws down the stretch to hold on for an exciting 66-62 victory. Copiague got off first, going up 6-2 on Michael Snowden’s fast break basket, and they led 15-8 after a putback by Rigaud Destime with 2:08 to play in the first quarter, but a runner by Kyree Sawyer cut it to 15-10 at the buzzer, and then a putback by Lavon Montgomery and Sawyer’s baseline jumper made it a 1 point game as the second quarter got underway. Jose Rivera’s two free throws gave Bay Shore the lead with 3:46 remaining in the half, but Andre Morgan found Snowden cutting to the basket and the Eagles were back on top. The teams traded baskets and the lead as halftime approached, but Bay Shore finished strong, with Montgomery getting a nice bounce pass and scoring from underneath and Darien Walcot hitting a right wing three to make it 25-20 Marauders. It was 27-23 at intermission. Angel Rivera’s right wing jumper gave Bay Shore a 6 point lead as the third quarter began, but Snowden answered with a putback, and Destime’s baseline three pointer cut it to 30-28. A coast to coast basket by Snowden put Copiague up 31-30, and then Destime’s fast break basket off a turnover made it 34-31 Eagles, but two free throws by Qendrim Shala and Angel Rivera’s jumper from the top and it was Bay Shore by 1 with 3:50 left to play in the quarter. The Marauders maintained a small lead right to the buzzer, going up 4 on Montgomery’s fade away jumper from the left wing, and the lead was 2 as the fourth quarter got underway. Walcot nailed a right wing three to start the final quarter, good for a 5 point Bay Shore lead, but Destime’s two free throws made it 48-45, and then a three pointer by Joe Ramirez tied it at 49 with 4:14 to play. After struggling at the line earlier, Morgan came up big, knocking down four straight free throws for a 4 point Bay Shore lead with 3:22 left, and then Steven Szabo added two more to make it 55-49 with 2:43 showing. Morgan skyed for a rebound and threw a perfect touchdown pass to Destime for an 8 point Copiague lead with 2:05 to play and things seemed well in hand for the Eagles, but the Marauders would not die, and Angel Rivera’s free throw cut it to 60-57 with 33 seconds remaining. Bay Shore needed a stop or missed free throws, but Ramirez came up big again for Copiague, going to the foul line and knocking down 2 more free throws for a 5 point lead. The Eagles inexplicably fouled Rivera again with 19 seconds to play and he made both to make it a three point game again, but Myles Mills and Morgan iced it with 4 straight free throws in the final seconds, making Walcot's three pointer too little too late. Mills was high man for Copiague with 18 points and 5 assists, Rigaud Destime added 15, Morgan 10 points and 17 rebounds, and Snowden had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Montgomery led Bay Shore with 15 points.  12/18

12/15 HS Highlights
See all the scores and box scores on the SCOREBOARD and up to date records and standing on the STANDINGS PAGE. #1 LuHi steadily pulled away from Holy Cross for an 85-67 victory, led again by Devonte Green, who has taken his game to a whole new level this season. Green finished with 37 points, and had 31 points and 28 points in the other two Crusader games, both convincing wins over strong opponents. BOX SCORE….. Every coach will tell you that non-league games, no matter how great the match-ups, are just to get you ready for league and postseason play. Looks like it paid off for Uniondale, who has lost close non-league contests this season against defending Section 9 champion Middletown, Section 1 favorite Saunders, and 10th ranked Deer Park. The Knights went on the road for their first league game and beat 5th ranked Freeport 49-44. Freeport came into the game 3-0 and was averaging 68 points per game. Danny Ashley came up big for Uniondale, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 steals. BOX SCORE….. #12 Central Islip dodged a bullet, beating Lindenhurst 64-60 in overtime. The Musketeers gave up a 13 point third quarter lead on the road, and needed a basket by My'Quel Matthews, who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, to send it to OT. BOX SCORE….. #14 Copiague routed a solid Walt Whitman team 54-34 on the road. Myles Mills led the way with 17 points and Andre Morgan had 16. BOX SCORE….. Bay Shore beat #15 Hills East in their first league game, coming from behind for an 81-68 victory and thrusting themselves into the conversation in Suffolk League AA2, which top to bottom is looking like Long Island’s strongest league this season. Angel Rivera had another big game, finishing with 28 points. BOX SCORE….. Plainedge is now 5-0, their best start in many years, after an exciting 66-64 road win over New Hyde Park in overtime. Pat Reilly and Greg Gouvousis combined for 50 of their 66 points. BOX SCORE. Lawrence improved to 4-0 after a 67-62 home win over previously unbeaten North Shore in overtime. Marquan Williams had 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and finished with 19. BOX SCORE….. SJB rallied past previously unbeaten East Hampton for a 65-60 road win. Jason Feliz had 14 points and 17 rebounds, including some big free throws down the stretch. BOX SCORE…..

Westbury Bounces Back
Westbury took on their second ranked opponent in a row and bounced back with a convincing 91-67 win over 14th ranked Valley Stream Central. Darius Young led the way with 27 points and Rolgens Dextra had 17. 12/11
12/23 HS Highlights
#3 Baldwin made a game of it most of the way, but in the end was no match for #2 LuHi, falling 71-48 to the Crusaders in front of a large crowd at Long Island Lutheran. FULL STORY... You would expect a game between the 13th and 14th ranked teams to be a good game, with a slight edge to the home team, and that's the way it played out, with host Harborfields coming away with 60-56 victory over Deer ParkFULL STORY…8th ranked Kellenberg
 defeated host Trinity Catholic to capture the championship of the Jack Smyth Memorial Tournament in Stamford, CT. The Firebirds are now 4-1 on the season. Kyle DeVerna had another great game and stat line, finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, and his backcourt partner Steve Torre did too, also registering a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. Ryan Wilkens added in 15 points. BOX SCORE….. Babylon HS has had great success in both football and basketball over the years, and the current edition of the Class B Panthers basketball team seems to be continuing that tradition, defeating Class AA arch rival West Babylon 62-51 behind 26 points from Nick AntoliniBOX SCORE…..  

12/21 HS Highlights
Tyree Grimsley’s layup with 11.5 seconds remaining gave visiting North Babylon a 63-62 lead, but Steven Asconia answered with a 3 point play with 3.7 seconds on the clock that gave host Riverhead a thrilling 65-63 victory. The Blue Wave improved to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference, while North Bab fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1. Asconia led Riverhead with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Tyrese Kerr added 15 points, Malik Washington 13, and Lintell Brown 12. Grimsley had a game high 30 points for the Bulldogs, and Jared Zeigler 15….. Visiting Syosset handed Port Washington their first loss of the season, holding on for a 57-50 victory after building a third quarter lead. James Goldrick was Syosset's high scorer with 14 points, and Griffin Halpern added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Xavier Merriweather led all scorers with 18 points for Port Washington and Zach Jimenez had 10….. #4 Hills West trailed previously unbeaten Bellport 14-13 at the first quarter buzzer, but the Colts exploded for 29 points in the second quarter and cruised to a 71-54 victory. FULL STORY

No More Glens Falls!
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted 14-8 on Friday to award the boys state tournament semifinals and finals to Binghamton for 2017 through 2019. The tournament will be held at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, ending what will be a 36-year run at the Glens Falls Civic Center after this season's tournament. 12/19

Adelphi Stops Concordia
Jack Laffey drew a charge on Concordia’s Jalen Heath with just two seconds remaining and the Panther’s clinging to a 1 point lead, preserving the home win for Adelphi. They are now 8-2 on the season. Anthony Libroia sank two free throws for the final 94-91 margin and finished with a game high 25 points. LuHi’s Ryan DeNicola added 18 points and 15 rebounds. Stephen Milhaven from St. Mary’s had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Concordia. STORY 12/18

12/18 HS Highlights
Longwood was the only other Suffolk League 1 team with a winning record coming into the game, so it was hoped by some that they would at least give #2 Brentwood a game - especially at home. They did not, falling to the defending Long Island champions and New York State finalists 71-36. Very possible Brentwood will run the table in League 1 this season. BOX SCORE….. #5 Freeport looking like a paper tiger so far, dropping their second game this week, this time to Massapequa 45-44. They fall to 3-2 and 0-2 in league play, while Massapequa is now 5-2, 1-1, with losses to Syosset and Floral Park. BOX SCORE….. #9 Kellenberg had no trouble with previously ranked Valley Stream Central, building a 46-24 halftime lead. Steve Torre and Kyle DeVerna, both Long Island All-Stars and strong candidates for Best Backcourt on Long Island, combined for 38 points, 15 assists, and 14 rebounds. BOX SCORE….. Great Neck North came storming from behind, handing Sewanhaka their first loss 63-57. They improved to 4-1. BOX SCORE….. Lawrence improved to 5-0 with a 62-51 win over Bethpage.  Sammy Robinson has been putting up big numbers so far this season for Lawrence, finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds. He is averaging 24.2 ppg. BOX SCORE….. #8 Northport remains undefeated, but they look vulnerable, this time eaking out a 73-72 OT win over Hills East, their third single digit win in four games. BOX SCORE

12/17 HS Highlights
Fab freshman Jarell White scored 14 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead Bellport to a 59-38 win over Hauppauge, improving the Clippers record to 3-0. White is averaging 18.7 points and 13 rebounds per game. BOX SCORE ….. Chris Crespo’s two free throws with 27 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime, and then Smithtown West pulled away in the extra session on a three point play by Kyle LaGuardia and four consecutive free throws by Gordon Shoulder and LaGuardia for a 56-49 road victory over Newfield. BOX SCORE…..

D2 College Player Update
Longwood’s Chris Millender had 27 points and 15 rebounds in Dowling’s win over Caldwell, 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals in their loss to LIU Post, and 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 steals in a win over NYIT….. Baldwin’s Brandon Williams had 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in Molloy’s win over Mercy, 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in their loss to UDC, and 16 points and 8 assists in their win over Dominican….. East Islip’s Evan Maxwell had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks in Dowling’s win over NYIT and 15 points and 12 rebounds in their win over Felician….. Valley Stream South’s Diego Maldonado had 24 points in Queens College’s win over Concordia….. St. Mary’s Khalif Chaplin, who is from Hempstead, had 22 points in NYIT’s loss to Bridgeport….. St. Mary’s Steve Milhaven, who is from Port Washington, had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Concordia’s loss to Felician and 15 points and 5 rebounds in a win over Nyack… Elmont’s Tristan Brown had 16 points, 10 assists, and 6 steals in Dowling’s win over Caldwell, and 13 points and 11 assists in their win over NYIT….. St. Mary’s Dante Agnew had 16 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals in Nyack’s loss to Bloomfield, 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in a loss to Adelphi, and 12 points and 5 assists in a win over Caldwell….. SJB’s Vincent Abbandola had 16 points in Dowling’s win over Felician….. LuHi’s Ryan DeNicola, who is from Massapequa, had 15 points and 9 rebounds in Adelphi’s win over Le Moyne, 14 points and 6 rebounds in their win over Nyack, and 10 points and 8 rebounds in their loss to St. Rose….. Deer Park’s Rome Jenkins had 14 points and 5 rebounds in Dominican’s loss to Queens….. Freeport’s Kyheim Chaplin had 14 points in Queens College’s win over Concordia….. Bay Shore’s Gerrel Irvin has 12 points and 8 rebounds in Dominican’s win over Caldwell….. Holy Trinity’s Damon Coleman, who is from Roosevelt, had 10 points and 8 assists in St. Rose’s loss to Southern Connecticut and 8 points and 6 assists in a win over Adelphi….. Hicksville’s Nick Petrucelli had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in Daeman’s loss to UDC….. LuHi’s Mical-Ryan Boyd, who is from Hempstead, had 10 points and 5 rebounds in St. Rose’s win over Adelphi… Farmingdale’s Curtis Jenkins had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals in Molloy’s loss to UCD and 8 points and 9 rebounds in a win over Dominican… Uniondale’s Imran Ritchie had 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals in Nyack’s loss to Concordia…..  12/16

D1 College Player Update
Northport’s Luke Petrasek had 26 points, including the game winning 3 pointer, in Columbia’s win over Manhattan, and 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks their win over NJIT….. Hills West’s Emile Blackman had 22 points in Niagara’s loss to LIU and 16 points in their loss to St. John’s…..  Tyler Harris from Dix Hills had 21 points and 12 rebounds in Auburn’s win over Coastal Carolina and 14 points and 15 rebounds in their loss to Middle Tennessee….. OSNA’s Damon Wilson had 20 points in Pittsburgh’s win over Central Arkansas….. LuHi’s Jordan Allen, who is from Bay Shore, had 18 points in Sacred Heart’s loss to UConn and 16 points and 8 rebounds in their loss to Towson…..  Chris Brady from Harborfields had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks in Monmouth’s win over Wagner….. OSNA’s Kevin Little, who is from Wyandanch, had 15 points in Maine’s loss to Marquette….. Port Washington’s Ahmad Walker, who played for St. Doms, had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists in Stony Brook’s loss to Northeastern and 5 points and 7 assists in a loss to Notre Dame….. OSNA’s Michael Nzei had 13 points and 12 rebounds in Seton Hall’s win over Rutgers….. LuHi’s Chris Atkinson, a freshman from Hempstead, had 12 points and 5 assists in a Canisius win over Monmouth….. LuHi’s Ash Yacoubou had 15 points in Saint Louis U’s loss to Morehead State and 12 points and 8 rebounds in their win over Alabama A&M..... OSNA’s Kassoum Yakwe had 15 points in a St. John’s win over Syracuse.
Chaminade Falls At Buzzer
Clive Allen's baseline jumper as time expired gave Cardinal Hayes a dramatic 64-63 come from behind road victory over #7 Chaminade, improving the Cardinals record to 5-2 while the Flyers fell to 4-2. It was a close game throughout, with Chaminade gaining an early 8-2 advantage on the strength of back to back three pointers and a fast break basket, all by Mike McGuire. Pedro Marquez's three from the left wing cut it to 8-5,  but it was 12-7 Flyers after Owen Prendergast's runner from the left wing. A putback by Victor Montenegro narrowed the margin to 12-9 at the first quarter buzzer, and then Allen opened the second quarter with 6 straight points, knocking down a three and then converting a three point play to put Hayes up by 3.  Allen's left wing three made it 18-14 Cardinals with 5:36 to play in the half, but Prendergast answered with a three from the top, and then Charles Salter's three from behind the right elbow and Prendergast's drive down the lane put Chaminade in front 24-20. Marquez's fast break basket and Quran Brickhouse's reverse layup quickly tied it at 24, but Nolan Prendergast scored from underneath off an inbound play and brother Owen added two free throws and Chaminade led 31-27 at the half. Kyle Murphy opened the second half with a baseline jumper and then a basket from underneath off an inbound play and it was Chaminade by 8, and a steal and fast break basket by Ryan Dean made it 39-28 Flyers at the 5:05 mark of the third quarter. Three straight three pointers by Marquez cut it to 43-42 with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, but Dean got the Flyers on the board with an aggressive drive, and then Nolan Prendergast's two free throws put them up 47-42. Allen went 1 for 2 from the foul line in the closing seconds, but Hayes got the rebound of the miss and Allen's runner cut it to 47-45 with three quarters in the books. Salter found Nolan Prendergast underneath to put Chaminade up by 4 as the fourth quarter got underway, but a putback by Brickhouse and Baron Goodridge's back to back right wing runners made it 51-49 Cardinals. McGuire pump faked and then nailed a three from the right baseline to retake the lead, and the lead went back and forth until Goodridge made a nice hesitation move and scored, and then his deep right wing three and it was Hayes by 5 with 1:40 remaining. McGuire nailed a deep right wing three of his own to get Chaminade back into it, cutting the margin to 1 with 38 seconds to play, and they fouled deliberately instead of going for a stop and it payed off, with the Cardinals missing the front end of a 1 and 1. Salter came down, barreled threw the defense and scored to put the Flyers up 63-62 with 19 seconds showing, but Hayes had one last chance, and after an inbound play under their own basket with seconds remaining, Allen hit the dramatic game winner. Allen finished with a game high 22 points, Marquez had 19, and Goodridge 13. McGuire led Chaminade with 19, Owen Prendergast had 14 and Dean 10. 12/19

​LIU Post Stops Dowling
Two local teams on a roll collided on Saturday, and Devon McMillan's lay-up in the closing seconds gave LIU Post a dramatic 64-62 victory over Dowling. Jared Hall led the Pioneers with 14 points, Dillon Burns had 13, and Greg Dotson 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Longwood's Chris Millender led all scorers with 25 points for Dowling and he pulled down 14 rebounds. LIU Post is now 7-2 on the season and 3-0 in conference. STORY 12/12

12/10 HS Highlights
Defending New York State Class D Champion Bridgehampton came from 20 points down to defeat Class B Wyandanch 69-66 and improve their record to 3-0. The Killer Bees capped off their rally with three straight three pointers, two by Elijah Jackson and one by Matthew Hostetter, and J.P. Harding sealed the win with two free throws with 1.3 seconds left. Josh Lamison led Bridgehampton with 16 points and 15 rebounds, Jackson finished with 16 points and 6 assists, and Harding with 12 points. Kashawn Charles led all scorers with 34 points for Wyqandanch….. Massapequa defeated Roslyn 55-43 to improve to 4-0. Thomas Ammendola led the Chiefs with 15 points and 8 assists and Gary Rettig added 10 points. Keandre Augustine was high man for Roslyn with 15 points….. The battle of Great Neck went to North this season. They rallied from a 4 point third quarter deficit to defeat South 50-48. Julien Hajibay led North with 15 points and Julien Hakimian had 12, including a big three pointer with 1:30 remaining. David Kimmel led South with 18 points, Kendall Francis added 13, and Ryan Lang 11…..

12/9 College Highlights
Dowling picked up its third straight win and 5th in their last 6 games with a 91-77 win over NYIT. Forwards Evan Maxwell from East Islip and Chris Millender from Longwood combined for 46 points and 18 rebounds, and point guard Tristan Brown from Elmont had 13 points, 11 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers..... Jack Laffey's three pointer tied it in regulation, and then Adelphi scored the first 8 points in overtime on a tip-in by Manny Suarez and back to back threes by Anthony Libroia and Michael Coffey, and they went on to defeat Nyack 78-72. Libroia led the Panthers with 19 points, LuHi's Ryan Denicola had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard 6 points and 5 rebounds..... Baldwin's Brandon Williams had a career high 27 points as Molloy rallied from a 15 point first half deficit and then held off Mercy 77-76. Kellenberg's Kevin Bowles added 12 points and 6 rebounds.....  

12/8 HS Highlights
St. Anthony's will move up in the rankings after their surprising 50-41 win over St. Francis Prep. The Friars rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring St. Francis 24-4. Jack Stafford led the big comeback with 4 fourth quarter three pointers, finishing with 22 points, and Josh Nicholas added 7 fourth quarter points, finishing with 16..... Longwood scored 47 second half points and rolled over Bayport-Blue Point 84-67 behind 26 points and an amazing 24 rebounds by CJ Owens. Tyler Hammond had 23 points..... Lawrence opened their season by rallying to defeat Hempstead 66-56 behind 23 points by both Sammy Robinson and A'Dante Oliver.

Hofstra Garden Party
Hofstra ran into a red hot shooter in Appalachian State’s Frank Eaves, who finished with 38 points, but the Pride rallied in the second half to defeat the Mountaineers 86-80 in the 2015 Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. STORY Hofstra improved to 6-2 on the season, and will head out on the road to face Sienna Wednesday and then they have a big showdown with Stony Brook December 20th at Stony Brook. Appalachian State is coached by Long Island's Jim Fox, who has done a great job, turning the Sun Belt Conference program around in just two years. 12/6
Copiague Stops Elmont
It was a back and forth battle between two evenly matched teams, with host and 13th ranked Copiague defeating #5 Elmont 77-74. Copiague moved out to a 15-7 lead on Keyon Harry’s fast break basket, Andre Morgan’s bank shot from the low post, and another fast break basket, this one by Rigaud Destime with 2:20 to play in the opening quarter, but Travis Robinson-Morgan responded for Elmont with a foul line jumper, and Yasir Lawrence added a left wing three pointer to cut the lead to 3 with 1:08 to play in the opening quarter. The Eagles quickly rebuilt the lead on Destime’s fast break basket and then his baseline three pointer, and it was 20-12 Eagles as the first quarter came to a close. Copiague’s Morgan scored from underneath to open the second quarter, giving the Eagles their first double digit lead, but Robinson-Morgan’s hesitation spin move and then his pull-up jumper from outside the left elbow cut it to 24-20 with 4:34 remaining and Copiague called time. Coming out of the time out, Morgan drove, stepped back and drained a left elbow jumper, but Lawrence converted a three point play and Jalen Burgess nailed a right elbow jumper and it was a 1 point game with 2:35 remaining in the half. A nice baseline drive by Robinson-Morgan tied it with 1:50 left, and then Lawrence’s left baseline three pointer but the Spartans on top 31-28. Robinson-Morgan kept it going, draining a three from the top, and then Burgess stole the ball and scored and it was Elmont by 6. A right wing three by Burgess just before the buzzer gave the Spartans a 7 point lead at the half, and then his runner from the top bumped the Elmont lead to 9 as the third quarter got underway, but Michael Snowden hit a clutch three pointer from the left wing for Copiague to keep it close, and a Myles Mills three at the 5:46 mark of the quarter cut it to 46-41. Morgan followed with a foul line jumper to make it a 3 point game, and Mills looped down the lane from the top and scored to bring Copiague within 1, but Robinson-Morgan stalled the rally with a three pointer from the top. Snowden answered with a left wing three, a Mills three from the top tied it, and Morgan’s basket off a give and go put Copiague up by 2 as the seconds in the quarter ticked down, but Elmont struck the last blow, with Robinson-Morgan’s dramatic left wing three at the buzzer giving them a 60-59 lead with three quarters complete. Robinson-Morgan pulled up at the left elbow and hit a jumper for a 3 point Spartan lead as the fourth quarter got underway, but Mills pump faked and drilled a three pointer to tie it with 5:15 remaining. Robinson-Morgan retook the lead with his three from behind the left elbow, and after Copiague drew even, his coast to coast drive made it 69-67 Spartans with 3:35 left to play, but a Copiage free throw and Snowden’s fast break basket put the Eagles up 70-69, and Destime's two free throws gave them a 72-69 lead with 2:04 on the game clock. Elmont drew even, going 3-4 from the foul line, the last two of them by 5 with 54 seconds left, but Copiague retook the lead on a free throw with 24 seconds to play, and the Spartans came up empty on the other end and had to foul, sending Destime to the line with 7.5 seconds showing. He knocked down both shots to make it 77-74, and Elmont’s last second shot bounded off the rim at the buzzer. Mills led Copiague with 22 points and an incredible 15 assists, Morgan had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Snowden 15 points, and Destime 12. Robinson-Morgan led all scorers with 32 points for Elmont, Burgess had 24, and Lawrence 12. 12/30
​12/22 HS Highlights
#8 Northport pulled away from #16T Bay Shore at home, beating the Marauders 57-41. BOX SCORE FULL STORY..... #8 Kellenberg advanced to the final of the Jack Smyth Memorial Classic in Connecticut with an 82-76 win over St. Joseph's of Trumble. They will face 2-0 Trinity Catholic 7pm Wednesday in the championship game. BOX SCORE ..... Herricks upset #12 Westbury 61-55. The Highlanders are now 3-0 in conference after going 2-3 in non-league games. Jordan Idaspe and Cole Eiber provided the firepower, combining for 44 points. BOX SCORE ..... Host Valley Stream North rallied from a 16-0 deficit, improving to 5-0 with an 82-74 win over previously unbeaten Lawrence. Taliq Abdul-Rahim led the way with 24 points, Josh Dennis had 23, and Omar Baxter 14. Sammy Robinson had another very big game for Lawrence, finishing with a game high 36 points. BOX SCORE
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Northport Over Holy Cross
Out of section teams are always a bit of a mystery, but unbeaten and 7th ranked Northport new they were in for a challenge with Holy Cross. The Crusaders, from NYC’s famed CHSAA, have a great tradition, and they had already played 4 non-league games against Long Island teams this season, beating #8 Kellenberg, #11 Holy Trinity, and 8-3 SJB, while losing only to #2 LuHi. The Tigers rose to the occasion, defeating the visitors 64-55 behind 21 points from Sean O’Shea, 14 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 blocks from Lucas Jarrett, and 12 points and 7 assists from Brennan Whelan, who just might be one of Long Island’s most underrated players. Northport’s Ryan Magnuson got things going with a jumper from the top, but Jamel Horton answered from underneath for the Crusaders. Northport moved out in front 12-4 after a baseline drive by O’Shea, two free throws by Jarrett, a fast break basket by Whelan off a turnover, and a running hook shot by Jarrett, forcing Holy Cross to call time, but coming out of the timeout, Elijah Harris cut baseline, got the dish and scored for the Crusaders and Sahdique Watkins added two free throws to make it a 4 point game. Whelan answered with a beautiful drive through traffic, but Chaz Platt reeled off 11 straight points - a three pointer from the right wing, a drive and free throw, another three, this time from the deep left wing, and then a runner from the left wing and Holy Cross was up 19-14 at the first quarter buzzer. Platt continued his assault as the second quarter got underway, stealing the ball and scoring for a 7 point Crusader lead, but a fast break basket by Jarrett, two free throws by Whelan, and a baseline three pointer by O’Shea tied it at 21 with 5:42 to play in the half. Donovan Wilkens scored on a drive to put Holy Cross back in front, but Northport’s Joe Stockman cut to the basket and scored and the teams proceeded to trade baskets straight through to intermission, with a three pointer by O’Shea from behind the left elbow giving the Tigers a 28-25 lead at the break. Jarrett’s pump fake and jumper from the foul line got Northport going in the third quarter, and Justin Carrano snuck in behind the defense and scored and O’Shea nailed a three pointer from the top to put the Tigers up by 10 at the 1:48 mark, but Platt kept it close with a free throw and then a steal and fast break basket. As time wound down, O’Shea curled around a screen at the top and scored and Rory Schneider drilled a three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to give Northport a 44-32 advantage with three quarters complete. A fast break basket by Watkins cut Northport’s lead to 10 as the fourth quarter got underway, but Whelan answered with two free throws and a right wing drive to stretch the lead to 48-44. Horton scored from underneath at the 4 minute mark to bring Holy Cross within 9, two free throws by Hassan Diarra cut it to 48-41 with 3:18 remaining, and then a big baseline three pointer by Malachi Jamison made it 6 point game with 2:15 on the game clock, but the Crusaders couldn’t cash in on a turnover and then missed free throws by the Tigers, and Schynder cut back door and scored to make it 56-48 Northport with 1 minute to play. O’Shea added two free throws for a 10 point lead, but Platt banked in a long three to cut it to 58-51 with 45 seconds left. Schynder, Jarrett, and O’Shea iced it down the stretch, knocking down 6 straight free throws. Platt had a game high 25 points for Holy Cross and no other Crusader scored in double digits. 12/28 
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12/30 HS Highlights
Sixth ranked Chamindade defeated visiting Williamsville South of Buffalo 66-54 in the championship game of the annual Haggerty Tournament. Ryan Dean led the way with 22 points and 5 assists and Mike McGuire added 10 points.  BOX SCORE ….. The Hamptons, Long Island’s oceanside playground of the rich and famous, are also well know for their great high school basketball tradition, and it looks like East Hampton is the top team on the South Fork this season after their convincing 61-47 win over Southampton,  who had beaten Bridgehampton 65-42 the day before and Pierson earlier in the season. The Bonackers pulled away in the 4th quarter behind Brandon Kennedy-Gay, who scored 12 of his game high 24 points in the quarter. BOX SCORE
Baldwin Bests West
#4 Baldwin trailed by 10 at the half, but rallied past #3 Hills West and pulled away for a decisive 77-60 victory. It was a duel right from the start, with both teams scoring quick baskets, but #3 Hills West took the early lead, and with the score 11-8, Richard Altenord went coast to coast and Kian Dalyrimple nailed a deep right wing three and the Colts were suddenly up by 8 with 2:28 left in the first quarter. Shane Gatling’s three point play stalled the run, but Matt Asenjo came down and nailed a left wing three and Altenord went coast to coast and it was 21-11 Hills West at the buzzer. Gatling opened the second quarter with back to back threes to bring 4th ranked Baldwin within 4 still early in the quarter, and they drew within 1 after Jared Rhoden’s two free throws, but Asenjo’s three pointer and Gabe Satterwhite’s putback and it was Hills West by 6, and then a fade away jumper by Dalyrimple and a putback by Satterwhite and it was 34-23 Colts with 1:05 left in the half and 36-26 as the teams headed for the locker rooms. The momentum took a big swing in the second half, with Rhoden, who had struggled to find the basket in the first half, catching fire right from the start and knocking down threes, and at the same time, Hills West was turning the ball over on just about every possession. The combination quickly erased the deficit, and Gatlings rare 4 point play gave Baldwin the lead with just 3 minutes gone in the quarter, and he added two free throws on a technical foul call, and then Rhoden drained another three that put the Bruins up 44-38. A Stephens baseline runner gave the Bruins an 8 point lead, and after a steal and fast break basket by Altenord cut it to 51-45, Gatling nailed a right wing three to make it Baldwin by 9 with three quarters in the books - a 19 point turnaround in one quarter. Altenord picked up another steal and scored to kick off the fourth quarter, but Rhoden answered with a three point play, Gatling made an athletic layup in traffic, drawing the foul and making the free throw, and Stephens scored on a putback for a 66-51 Bruin lead with 3:26 to play. Asenjo tried to get the Colts going, nailing a three from the left wing, and his fast break basket cut it to 68-58 with 1:36 left, but Elijah Bovell’s three point play and a Jabeon Bivins right wing jumper made it 75-60 with 50 seconds left and Hills West was done. Gatling led all scorers with 27 points and he also had 5 assists, Rhoden finished with 18 points - 14 of them in the second half, and Zion Stephens also had a good game, finishing with 14 points - 12 of them in the second half. Asenjo led Hills West with 17, Altenord had 15, and Dalyrimple 13.  12/29

Kellenberg Over South Side
15th ranked South Side had a small early lead in the packed Championship Game of the South Side Holiday Classic, but #8 Kellenberg rallied to lead by 4 at the half, and then pulled away in the final minutes for a an impressive 75-65 victory. The Cyclones were up 12-8 with 1:17 to go in the first quarter on a fast break basket by Casey Meekins, a runner by Matt Boranian, and two free throws by Alex Sorensen, but Kellenberg’s Kyle DeVerna cut it to 1 with a right wing three pointer. Brandon Grayson answered with a three of his own off an inbound play to reestablished the 4 point South Side lead at the first quarter buzzer, but Kyle Catanzano opened the second quarter scoring with a right elbow jumper for the Firebirds, and then Steve Torre curled to the basket, got the pass and scored to tie it at 15 all. South Side retook the lead, finding John O’Brian underneath, but DeVerna’s right wing three made it 18-17 Kellenberg, and the Firebirds were up by 5 after a Ryan Wilkens left wing three pointer with 2:35 to play in the half. Sorenson scored again on a beautiful crossover and hesitation drive, underhanding it in through outstretched arms and drawing a foul for a three point play that brought the Cyclones back within 2, but Torre answered with a left baseline three and DeVerna added a putback and two free throws to put Kellenberg up 31-22. South Side closed out the half with two free throws by Grayson and a three point play by Ryan Prendergast, and trailed 31-27 at the break. The Firebirds quickly rebuilt their lead in the third quarter on two three pointers by DeGennaro, and went up 43-33 on Torre’s three from behind the left elbow at the 5:33 mark, but they couldn’t shake the Cyclones and the teams went back and forth until 1:19 remained in the quarter, when South Side’s Tim Awosika cut into the lead with a three point play and then a basket from underneath that cut the margin to 5 as the third quarter ended. Connor Remhild drove baseline and scored and then knocked down two free throws to put Kellenberg up 56-47 as the fourth quarter got underway, but Sorensen’s three pointer from behind the right elbow made it a 6 point game. The lead was 10 again after Torre’s three from the top, but Paul Lonergan sparked a South Side run with a three from the left wing and Grayson added two free throws to bring the Cyclones back within 5 with 4:26 to play. Grayson scored again, this time from underneath off a turnover, and Meekins pump faked and pulled up for a right wing jumper to cut it to 61-60 with 2:45 remaining, but the Firebirds held the line, adding 2 free throws in 4 attempts, and then a huge three pointer by Wilkens to give them a 5 point lead with 2:05 to play. Torre’s drive from the right wing put Kellenberg up 67-61, and then he drew a charge on the other end and came down and scored for an 8 point Firebird advantage with a minute to play. Two free throws by DeGennaro with 42 seconds remaining and two more by DeVerna with 32 seconds left iced it. Torre led all scorers with t\26 points, and he added 11 rebounds and 10 assists. DeGennaro finished with 16 points, and DeVerna with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. Sorensen was high man for South Side with 20 points and Grayson had 15. 12/30
Adelphi Improves To 12-2
The Adelphi Panthers continue to build on their terrific season, holding off Goldey-Beacom for a 77-73 road win. Brentwood’s Tavon Ginyard, fresh off NE 10 Rookie Of The Week honors, had a big game, finishing with 17 points.  FULL STORY BOX SCORE 1/4

1/2 HS Highlights
Titans Catch Firebirds
Camren Wynter’s drive gave #11 Holy Trinity a 2 point lead over #8 
Kellenberg with 7 seconds remaining, and he added a free throw for a three point play to give the visiting Titans a big 73-70 league win. Wynter finished with 19 points, Khaleel Gunn had 14, Taj Jenkins 12, and Aidan Barry and Tyler Small 11 each. Kyle DeVerna had a game high 27 for Kellenberg and Steve Torre 19. BOX SCORE
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Garden City Rolls
In an early season Conference A1 showdown, visiting Garden City opened the game with 13 unanswered points and never looked back, defeating Sewanhaka 65-54 behind 36 points from sophomore Andrew DeSantis. The Trojans were off and running on a fast break basket by DeSantis, then Brian Leggett put back a missed shot, and DeSantis added a right wing three pointer and it was quickly 7-0 Garden City. Another putback by Leggett and a DeSantis fast break basket and Sewanhaka called time, but the opening run continued as play resumed, with DeSantis going coast to coast to make it 13-0 Trojans. Kamoy Silvera finally got Sewanhaka on the board with a fast break basket, but Garden City kept up their blistering pace, with Leggett's runner and Kevin McNiff's fast break basket giving them a 19-4 lead at the first quarter buzzer. The teams settled in, trading baskets and free throws early in second quarter until Sam Williams spun out of the low post and scored for Sewanhaka, then Luke Iandoli nailed a baseline jumper, and Abdul-Rahim Akinwunm scored on a putback to cut the lead to 25-16 with 4:05 left in the half. Akinwunm's running bank shot brought the Indians within 7 with 1:27 remaiming, but Joe Leighton stalled the run, drilling a three pointer from the top just before the buzzer to make it 30-20 Garden City at the break. DeSantis got the Trojans going again as the second half got underway, drilling a left wing three pointer, and then his baseline three and his drive from the top made it 40-24 Garden City with 5:16 left in the third quarter. Silvera sparked another Sewanhaka rally, looping down the lane from the the left wing and scoring in traffic, Williams followed with a fast break basket, and then Silvera went coast to coast to make it a 10 point game, forcing Garden City to call time. John Wotczak answered the call for the Trojans coming out of the time out, driving diagonally across the lane from the right wing and underhanding one in, and then DeSantis scored on the break, stole the inbound pass and fed McNiff while falling out of bounds. McNiff drew a foul going up and hit both free throws to put Garden City up by 14, and then a three point play by DeSantis and then his basket cut and score made it 51-34 with 50 seconds to play in the quarter. Sewanhaka still stayed within striking distance, scoring the last 4 points of the quarter on Marcus Johnson's baseline drive and Silvera's two free throws, and they trailed by 13 as the fourth quarter began. Wotczak opened the fourth with a right wing three pointer for the Trojans, and then DeSantis drove from the top and scored and stole the ball again and scored to make it 62-40 with 3:15 remaining and Sewanhaka was done. Leggett added 10 points and Leighton 8 for Garden City, and Williams led Sewanhaka with 12. Garden City improved to 5-0 in conference and face another big showdown Saturday when they visit 9th ranked Elmont. 1/7
St. Anthony's Stops Titans
#12 St. Anthony's picked up a big conference road win, beating #10 Holy Trinity 57-47 after leading most of the way in a hard fought contest. Josh Nicholas and James Pryor led the Friar attack with 16 points each and James Walsh handed out 10 assists. Camren Wynter had 16 for the Titans.
BOX SCORE 1/8
Torre 1000 For Kellenberg
Steve Torre became the first player in Kellenberg history to score 1000 career points, passing the milestone in the 11th ranked Firebird's 78-45 win over St. Mary's. He finished the game with 19 points and 8 assists. 1/7

Almonacy Passes Kupchak
#1 Brentwood's Mike Almonacy had 18 points and 10 assists in their 104-48 throttling of William Floyd, passing former North Carolina and NBA star Mitch Kupchak to become the program's all-time leading scorer. Kupchak's record stood for 44 years. 

Passing/D Lead Northport
BY JIM CASEY
The visiting 4th ranked Northport Tigers led from start to finish and defeated 8th ranked Copiague, 55-44. Copiague was coming off an impressive victory against highly rated Elmont, so this promised to be a competitive contest. The Tigers controlled the tempo throughout behind 6'7" Lucas Jarrett and point Brennan Whelan. Northport's second hoop of the game was a dynamic alley oop to Jarrett to take a 4-0 lead. The big man dominated both ends of the court early and negated Copiague's star forward, Andre Morgan. But it was the Northport team defense, which switched from zone to man to matchup throughout which totally stymied the high scoring Eagles. This defense held Copiague to a 5 point first quarter, as Jarrett and Whelan led the Tigers to an eight point lead. The second quarter saw Lucas soar for a block, one of 4 on the day, which he pinned against the glass, then took the ball coast to coast for a layup as his squad took a 17-7 lead. Usual reliable scorer, Sean O'Shea, could not find the range through the first half, but his penetrations and passing continued to baffle the Copiague defense. Meanwhile, backcourt partner Whelan picked up the scoring slack with drives and cuts without the ball to finish the precise passing of the Tigers. His eight point half complimented Jarrett's 12 to help give Northport a 25-15 half time lead, as their strong defense continued to give Copiague fits. The third stanza saw some strong individual efforts. The Eagles' Morgan swooped through the Northport defense for a resounding dunk, only to have Jarrett answer with a smooth cross over for a reverse righty layup on the left side. This was one of a few nifty dribble moves for successful finishes for the tall, but agile Jarrett. Copiague threatened a few times in the half, cutting the lead to eight, or six, but the Tigers always answered. Senior Rory Schneider's 3 hoops all came as Copiague got close. Again, these scores came as a result of the Northport offense which continuously found the open man. Northport went into the fourth quarter holding a 42-34 lead as the slow pace quickened somewhat. This quarter saw Morgan block a Jarrett dunk attempt, but Northport refused to be deterred from their concentration and continued to have key defensive stops and timely scores. The final score saw Northport prevail, 55-44.  Jarrett led Northport as he continued his stat sheet stuffing: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals. Whelan chipped in with 16. For the Eagles, Guard Myles Mills had 15, Morgan with 12, and Steve Szabo had 10 points. 1/5
Laurent 1000 In College
Amityville's Andy Laurent scored the 1000th point in his college career in St. Joseph's 89-61 victory over St. Joseph's of Brooklyn. The junior finished the game with 28 points and 17 rebounds. 1/7

1/7 HS Highlights
Hills East Upsets CI
Suffolk League 2 is, from top to bottom, the the strongest league on Long Island, and Hills East confirmed that, upsetting previously unbeated and 7th ranked Central Islip 65-60 on the road behind 26 points and 15 rebounds from D'Nathan Knox and 14 points from Sayvion LewisAngel Jimenez led CI’s balanced attack with 13 points.
Valley Stream North 9-0
The Spartans passed another test, beating conference rival Floral Park on the road 57-46. Noah Shy led the way with 16 points and Taliq Abdul-Rahim had 14. Brian Fox led Floral Park with 15 points.  
Uniondale Over Massapequa
Uniondale remained unbeaten in Nassau Conference AA1, pulling away from second place Massapequa for a 56-41 victory behind 23 points from Kyle Harding and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Najee Peters. Justin Lynskey led Massapequa with 14 points and Gary Rettig had 11. 
Chaminade Fries Friars
There was a huge crowd at 7th ranked St. Anthony’s, but the 3rd ranked Flyers took them right out of the game, racing out to a 27-8 lead and then rolling to a victory that was not as close as the 69-55 final score. Ryan Dean’s drive down the right side of the lane and then his left baseline three pointer put Chaminade up 7 early in the NSCHSAA first place showdown, and then Owen Prendergast’s left wing three pointer and Kyle Murphy’s three pointer from the top and Prendergast’s second left wing three put the Flyers up 20-6 with 3:38 to play in the opening quarter. Mike Mcguire followed John Harewood’s coast to coast basket for St. Anthony’s with a three from the top for a 23-8 lead, and it was 24-8 at the first quarter buzzer. Dean opened the second quarter with a three from the top, but Tyrone Lyons scooped up a loose ball and scored and Josh Nicholas drove from the elbow and converted a three point play to slow Chaminade’s momentum. Robert Connors got them going again with a left baseline three, and then McGuire’s back to back threes made it 39-17 with 2:59 remaining in the half and it was 44-23 Flyers at intermission. Owen Prendergast open the second half with two free throws and Charles Salter rebounded and scored for a 25 point Chaminade lead, but St. Anthony’s would not fold, shaving 10 points off the lead after James Pryor’s running hook shot and a floater by Nicholas cut it to 52-37. Coming out of a time-out, Prendergast drilled a left wing three pointer and Dean a right baseline three to reestablish a commanding 19 point Flyer lead, and then a putback by Connors made it 60-39 Chaminade as the third quarter came to a close. It was 63-40 after the Flyers efficiently worked the ball around, taking time off the clock, and then Salter drilled a three pointer from behind the right elbow with 5:50 to play, and they did it again, with Salter hitting another 3 from about the same spot to make it 67-45 with 4:26 remaining and both teams began to substitute shortly thereafter. Dean led Chaminade with 18 points, Murphy had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Salter, McGuire, and Prendergast all had 11. Nicholas was the only St. Anthony’s player in double figures, finishing with 15. 1/12
1/5 HS Highlights
#3 Chaminade 65 #10 Holy Trinity 51
Holy Trinity had the early lead, but it was tied at the half and the Flyers pulled away in the second half for a big conference home win. Ryan Dean continues to be a consistent scorer for the Flyers and finished with 22 points and 7 assists, while Charles Salter registed a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Thorton Scott led the Titans with 16 points and Camren Wynter added 15.
Garden City 53 Jericho 36
Garden City has emerged as a serious contender in Nassau A1, improving to 4-0 in conference with an impressive win over Jericho. Kevin McNiff had 17 points and Andrew DeSantis 15, while Maxx Rosenbloom led Jericho with 13 points. They have two more tough games this week, on the road against fellow contenders Sewanhaka, on Thursday, and Elmont on Saturday. 
Valley Stream North 66 Glen Cove 52
North now 8-0 and knocking on the door of the Sweet 16 after beating a good Glen Cove team at home. Noah Shy led the way with 19 points, Josh Dennis had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Omar Baxter 13 points. Khalil Zachary led all scorers with 23 points for Glen Cove and Corey Dinkins had 14. 
Smithtown West 52 North Babylon 51
Two good teams that will be tough matchups come playoff time battled it out, and visiting Smithtown West came away with the win on a shot at the buzzer by Nick Grande. He and Chris Crespo led West with 14 points each and Matt English had 12. Tyree Grimsley had 15 for North Babylon and Billy Muller 12. 
#1 Brentwood Falls
All the ingredients were there for a big upset - the game was played on the underdog's home court, there was a big and boisterous crowd, and the young and talented challenger was unintimidated, and it all fell into place for 15th ranked Uniondale, the big underdog that handed unbeaten and #1 ranked Brentwood their first lost of the season by a score of 62-57. Brentwood scored first on Josh Herritt’s fast break basket, and they took a 7-3 lead on Jamel Allen’s three pointer from the right baseline, but Uniondale kept pace, with Najee Peters scoring on a putback and Justice Townsend scoring from underneath to tie it at 7. Sophomore Lester Quinones snuck in behind the defense, got the pass and scored to put Wood Nation back on top, but another sophomore, Chris Goodman, knocked down a three from the right baseline to put Uniondale up 10-9. Allen drilled another three, this time from behind the left elbow to retake the lead, but Kyle Harding pulled up for a foul line jumper and it was tied at 12 with one quarter in the books. It was 17-12 Uniondale after Harding pump-faked, stepped to his left and nailed a baseline jumper and then Goodman scored on a fast break basket, but Quinones knocked down a three pointer from the top and Rahmel Allen a three from the deep left wing and it was Brentwood by 1. The lead continued to go back and forth, with the Knights leading 29-28 after a putback by Dilano Binda, but a Quinones left wing three pointer at the buzzer put Brentwood up 31-29 at the half. Two free throws by Peters and Harding’s three pointer from the top made it 34-31 Uniondale as the third quarter got underway, but two straight baskets by Jamel Allen - a fast break dunk and a tip-in, and the lead began to go back and forth again. It looked like Brentwood might start getting some separation after a putback and then a free throw by Rahmel Allen made it 44-38 with 2:11 remaining in the quarter, but Harding banked in a three from the top to cut the lead to 3 as the third quarter concluded, and then two free throws by Peters and two by Harding and it was 48-47 Uniondale with 5:56 to play in the fourth quarter. Brentwood responded, going up by 5 on Tyler Carey’s baseline jumper, a fast break basket by Quinones, and two free throws by Mike Almonacy with 4:03 remaining, and it looked like they might finally put the game away, going up 6 on Jamel Allen’s three point play with 2:38 showing, but freshman Rolando Meyers-Turner answered, driving baseline and underhanding one in over outstretched arms as the home fans roared in approval, and then Harding knocked down two free throws shooting 1 and 1 to another roar and it was still a contest, with Brentwood clinging to a 56-54 lead with 1:36 to go. Both teams proceeded to go 1-2 from the foul line - Uniondale did it twice, and the Brentwood lead was down to 1 with 1:18 remaining, and then the Knights got the ball back with a minute to play, and after a timeout, Peters hauled in a huge offensive rebound and scored, drawing a foul and converting the three point play to put Uniondale up by 2 and whip the home fans into a frenzy. Brentwood came down court looking to tie or take the lead, but the Knights came up with a critical steal and Harding was fouled. With everyone on the edge of their seats, he knocked down both pressure packed free throws at the 12 second mark to make it a 4 point game and the upset was complete. Harding led all scorers with 22 points and Peters had 17. Quinones led Brentwood with 21, Jamel Allen had 16 and brother Ramel 11. 1/16
Devonte Green To Indiana
LuHi star and All New York State player Devonte Green, who has scored over 2000 points in his career, has chosen to attend Indiana of the Big 10
Bears Take Battle of #1s
The Stony Brook School, defending Long Island Class C Champions and New York State’s #1 ranked Class C team, built a 19 point first half lead and led 35-20 at the half, but Bridgehampton, defending New York State Class D Champions and once again New York State's #1 ranked Class D team, rallied, holding the Bears to 11 second half points only to fall short 46-43 at Stony Brook. John Eshirow’s left wing three pointer gave Stony Brook a 7-3 lead with 3:13 remaining in a low scoring first quarter, his fast break basket off a turnover made it 9-4 at the 1:04 mark, and Brandon Providence drew a foul on a three point attempt and closed out the quarter with 3 free throws to give the Bears an 8 point lead with one quarter complete. Chester Kayonga opened the second quarter with a left baseline three pointer to make it 15-4 Stony Brook, and Luke O’Connor’s drive increased the Bear’s lead to 13, but the teams exchanged baskets and free throws from there down to the 3:45 mark of the half, when Harry Zhu’s right wing three and Providence’s two free throws bumped the Stony Brook lead to 25-8. J.P. Harding answered with a basket from underneath and Matthew Hostetter with two free throws to bring the Killer Bees back within 13, but Kayonga’s spinning hook shot and then his left wing three pointer made it 32-13 Bears with 2:01 left in the half. Elijah Jackson knocked down two free throws, Hostetter knocked down a right wing three pointer, and Nykell Dean rebounded and scored to keep things from getting out of hand, cutting the Stony Brook lead to 32-20 with 39 seconds showing, but O’Connor closed out the half with a left baseline three pointer to give the Bears a 15 point lead at intermission. Bridgehampton’s Josh Lamison, playing with 4 fouls, opened the second half scoring with a foul line jumper, Jackson’s deep left wing three made it a 10 point game, Elijah Harding’s two free throws and then his reverse lay-up off an inbound play cut the lead to 6 with 4:12 remaining in the quarter, and a baseline jumper by Jackson and Harding’s basket from underneath cut it to 35-33 with 1:50 to play, but Stony Brook would not give up the lead. Jyles Etienne’s short turn-around jumper, which also drew a foul call that sent Lamison to the bench with 5 fouls, then O’Connor’s drive from the right wing and Etienne’s spinning basket from the low post and its was the Bears by 8 with three quarters in the books. Etienne continued to have a big impact, scoring from underneath after blocking a shot on the other end, and it was 43-33 Stony Brook, but Max Cheng answered with a big three pointer from the right wing to keep it close. Providence and Harding exchanged threes and it was 46-39 with 3:35 to play, and then Jackson hit two free throws for the Bees, shooting 1 and 1, to make it a 5 point game with 3 minutes remaining, but both teams struggled to find the basket down the stretch, with Dean's two free throws cutting the margin to 3 at the buzzer. O'Connor led Stony Brook with 14 points, Kayonga had 12, and Etienne 6 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson led Bridgehampton with 11. The rematch is Feb 5th.  1/12

Tip Of The Hat Results
#5 Baldwin 68 #14 Deer Park 52
Deer Park had the early lead, but Baldwin took control in the second quarter, holding the Falcons to 4 points while building an 8 point halftime lead, and the Bruins pulled away in the second half for the impressive victory. Shane Gatling led the way with 14 points in the first half and finished with 23.  STORY
#2 LuHi 70 Boys & Girls 55
It was a physical battle all the way, but the Crusaders moved out in front early behind Devonte Green, built a lead with a balanced attack led by Brandon Jacobs and Charles Manning, and held it for another big win.  STORY
#6 Hills West 78 VS Central 45
Hills West just had too many weapons for VSC, with Richard Altenord and Kian Dalyrimple getting them off to a good start, and their suffocating defense kept the Eagles from making a serious run. STORY 
#11 Kellenberg 52 Smithtown W 49
Smithtown West was very impressive, with some size, solid shooting, and tough defense, and they battled favored Kellenberg from whistle to whistle, pulling within 1 with 7.8 seconds remaining on two free throws by sophomore Chris Crespo before Kyle DeVerna iced it with two free throws. STORY
St. Dominic 77 Roosevelt 61
6’10 Kyle Young made his season debut and he, Patrick Kiernan, Collins Onyeike, and Dominic Cotumaccio led the Bayhawks balanced attack to a wire to wire victory. STORY   1/10/16
1/9 College Highlights
Stony Brook 86 UMASS Lowell 59
The Seawolves picked up their 7th straight win, giving them an 11-4 start, which matches the beat start in the program's D1 history.  STORY
LIU/Post 81 Queens 66
The Pioneers continued their outstanding play, improving to (11-3 6-0) with the convincing victory.  STORY
St. Joseph's 76 Sage 64
The Golden Eagles defeated the first place team. STORY

1/9 HS Highlights
Garden City 68 #9 Elmont 65
Garden City had both their shooting stars blazing on the road, with Joe Leighton ringing up 6 threes and 27 points and Andrew DeSantis adding 22 points in the Trojan’s upset of 9th ranked Elmont, their second straight big road win. Travis Robinson-Morgan led Elmont with 21 points. 
#3 Chaminade 74 St. Peter's, SI 65
#3 Chaminade survived a scare, giving up a 21 point lead on the road to St. Peter’s of Staten Island, but the Flyers regrouped and pulled away down the stretch for the win. Mike McGuire led the way, drilling a long range three to put Chaminade back on top, and then the Flyers went 8 for 10 from the foul to secure the win.  McGuire finished with 6 threes and 24 points, Ryan Dean had 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Quinn Suydam 12 points. 
Connetquot 74 #8 Copiague 64
This will be happening all season long  in tough Suffolk League 2. Unheralded Connetquot improved to 3-2 in league play with the big home victory. Justin Paura led the way with 27 points and Dan Lewis had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rigaud Destime led all scorers for Copiague with 30 points.
1/3 HS Highlights
Chaminade Downs Boys & Girls
The Flyers found themselves in an early hole, but they quickly climbed out of it and went on to defeat the PSAL’s Boys & Girls HS 66-62. STORY
LuHi Rallies Past Stepinac
Two very good teams that both stumbled at bit in December against high level competition faced off, and after trailing through three quarters, the host and #2 ranked Crusaders put it together and defeated Archbishop Stepinac of the CHSAA 79-72. STORY 
Baldwin Falls To South Shore
Trailing by 7 at the half, South Shore caught the 4th ranked Bruins in regulation and then outscored them 8-2 in overtime for a 77-71 victory. STORY
Molloy Pulls Away From West
The game swung back and forth depending on who was on the bench in foul trouble, and it was a 1 point game at the half and a 6 point game after three quarters, but the CHSAA’s Archbishop Molloy pulled away down the stretch for a 70-56 victory, holding the Colts to 9 fourth quarter points. STORY
​Harborfields Over Elmont
This game had the feel of one of those great boxing matches, with both fighters throwing devastating punches right from the opening bell, and #10 Harborfields got in the decisive last flurry for an exciting 61-60 victory over #16 Elmont - a game many considered a likely Long Island Class A Championship Game preview. Malcolm Wynter set the boom, boom, boom tone at the start, knocking down back to back three pointers from the top to give Harborfields a 6-2 lead, and when Travis Robinson-Morgan answered quickly with a three pointer from the right wing, Robert Pecorelli drilled another three from the top for Harborfields in response, and then Elmont’s Darius Chestin scored on a putback and Robinson-Morgan on a runner from the left baseline to tie it at 9 with 5:44 still to play in the opening quarter. The teams continued to trade baskets in sequence, with Wynter knocking down his third three pointer, this one from way behind the line, and sophomore KC Ndefo hammering home a putback dunk, but Harborfields got a little breathing room on Pecorelli’s back to back threes, taking a 24-17 lead as the fast paced quarter came to a close. Ndefo opened the second quarter with a baseline drive, but Pecorelli stayed hot, nailing a left baseline three to put the Tornadoes up by 8. Another left baseline three pointer, this one by Danny Morgan, stretched the lead to 35-23 Harborfields with 3:31 to play in the half, but the Spartans responded with a run sparked by Robinson-Morgan, who came off a screen and knocked down a left elbow jumper, and then Celestin followed him with a short drive and Yasir Lawrence with a right wing three pointer to make it an 5 point game with 2:20 left. The Tornadoes quickly rebuilt there lead on a run of their own, going up 41-30 a tip-in by Percorelli, Alex Merhige’s two free throws, and Pecorelli’s turnaround jumper from the foul line, and that was the score at intermission. Jalen Burgess hauled down a rebound and went coast to coast to open the second half, cutting the margin to single digits, and his second fast break basket, a right wing three pointer by Robinson-Morgan, and a three point play by Ndefo put Elmont on top 43-41. Robinson-Morgan kept it going, adding a three pointer from the right foul line extended, and Burgess added a putback, capping off an 18-1 run that carried the Spartans to a 48-42 lead with 2:40 left in the quarter. Danny Morgan hit a big three pointer for Harborfields to break the run, and Pecorelli added to two free throws, but Robinson-Morgan pump faked, stepped right and nailed a jumper right at the buzzer to put Elmont up by 4 with three quarters in the books. Danny Morgan opened the fourth quarter with a baseline three pointer to make it a 1 point game, and Wynter nailed another deep three from the right wing and Morgan scored again, this time on a drive to put Harborfields back on top 55-51 with 5:45 to play. Lawrence kept it tight, driving baseline and banking one in and drawing a foul call for a three point play, but Pecorelli kept the pressure on, nailing a left wing three to put the Tornadoes up by 4 as the clock broke through the 5 minute mark. The Spartans drew even again on Ndefo’s putback and a fast break basket by Burgess with 3:52 remaining, and after a Harborfields free throw, Robinson-Morgan went coast to coast to make it 60-59 Elmont with 1:52 showing, but both teams came up empty down the stretch, and Alex Bloom's dramatic game winning drive from the top in the closing seconds, his only basket of the game, was good for a 1 point Harborfields victory. Pecorelli led Harborfields with 21 points, Danny Morgan had 16 and Wynter had 14 while Robinson-Morgan was high man for Elmont, finishing with 21 points and Ndefo had 16. 1/16

1/14 HS Highlights
Freeport 66 #15 Uniondale 50
Freeport was thought to be one of Long Island's top teams coming into the season, but they lost some games early on and were just 3-3 in league play. One of those losses was to first place and 15th ranked Uniondale at home, but the Red Devil's turned the tables on the Knights, beating them soundly at Uniondale BOX SCORE
Copiague 92 Hills East 88
This was another tough League 2 battle, with the home team coming out on top. Myles Mills had a big night for Copiague, racking up 39 points and 8 assists, Andre Morgan had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Rigaud Destime 19 points in the high scoring contest. Sophomore Savion Lewis led Hills East with 27 points. BOX SCORE
#13 Bellport 82 West Babylon 68
Bellport was fresh off a loss to 14th ranked Deer Park, but they resumed their winning ways, improving to 9-2 with a solid win over WB. Jarell White led the way with 19 points and 20 rebounds and Jaye Bookhart had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Pierre Dorsainvil had a game high 24 points for the Eagles. BOX SCORE
Babylon 68 Wyandanch 64
It was battle all the way between two of Suffolk League 7's top teams, and host Babylon came out on top behind 33 points from Nick Antolini. Tyler Damas and Quanel Robinson had 17 each for Wyandanch, and Kashawn Charles 15. BOX SCORE
Northport Holds Off CI
It was the second time in recent years that Northport had come into Central Islip’s gym undefeated, and the first time, the Musketeers handed the Tigers their first of only two regular season losses. Northport would go on to win the Long Island Championship and advance to the New York Pubic School State Semifinals that year, falling to Section 1 champion New Rochelle. This time, history did not repeat. The unbeaten and 4th ranked Tigers took an early lead and then held off repeated rallies by the Musketeers for an exciting 47-42 victory. Things looked good for Central Islip in the opening minutes, with big man Christian Cherry backing in Northport star Lukas Jarrett and scoring over him, and then Malik Clark rebounded and scored and Cherry scored again from underneath to give the Musketeers a 6-3 lead, but Jarrett’s back to back baseline cuts and alley-oop dunks completely changed the momentum, and Northport moved out in front 11-6 after Sean O’Shea’s fast break basket and an alley-oop layup by Jarrett. Rory Schynder closed out the first quarter scoring with a left wing three pointer to make it 14-8 Tigers, but sophomore Angel Jimenez drilled a three pointer to bring CI within 3 as the second quarter got underway. Jarrett answered with a baseline drive and then a three pointer from the top to push the lead to 19-11, but CI stayed within striking distance with a putback by Darryan Fuentes and a right wing three pointer by Clark, and it was a 4 point game at the half after a fast break basket by Jimenez. Jarrett opened the second half with a baseline jumper, and Ryan Magnuson followed him with a right wing three pointer to make it 27-18 Northport, but back to back three pointers by My’Quel Matthews cut it to 29-27 at the 4:55 mark of the third quarter, and then Clark’s two free throws and Justin Headley’s three point play gave CI a 3 point lead. Northport tied it on a beautiful give and go basket by Jarrett with 1:48 left, and then his low post turnaround jumper and Schynder’s basket from underneath made it 36-32 Tigers, but Jimenez answered, hauling in a long rebound, driving to the basket and scoring to make it a 2 point game with three quarters complete. Javal Staton’s jumper from just outside the lane and Clark’s jumper from the right elbow put the Musketeers back in front as the fouth quarter got underway, but O’Shea tied it, curling around a screen and hitting a runner, and then his three pointer from the right foul line extended made it 44-40 Northport with 3:15 to play. Jimenez pulled CI within a basket on a drive from the right wing, and the Musketeers got the ball back with 1:33 remaining and a chance to tie or take the lead, by they could not convert and as the clock ticked down, Jarrett caught the ball just outside the lane, spun to his right and scored to make it 46-42 with 12 seconds left. A missed CI shot, intentional foul, and free throw by Schynder accounted for the final margin. Jarrett finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals to lead Northport and O'Shea had 12 points and 4 assists. Clark and Jimenez both finished with 11 for Central Islip. 1/14
1/20 HS Highlights
Sewanhaka got back on track, breaking their 4 game losing streak with an exciting 50-49 win over Great Neck North on a dramatic game winning layup by Elijah Tracey with 4.8 seconds remaining. BOX SCOREGarden City picked up another big conference road win, beating Bellmore 75-67 behind Joe Leighton’s 32 points and 20 points from sophomore Andrew DeSantis. They are now (9-0,11-3). BOX SCORE Glen Cove rallied past North Shore, taking the lead on a fast break basket by Corey Dinkins off a turnover, and held off the Vikings for a 64-63 win. BOX SCORE
LuHI Over Sacred Heart
LuHi, once again Long Island’s # 1 ranked team, battled nationally ranked Sacred Heart, Connecticut’s # 1 ranked team, the whole way, and after leading for most of it, fell behind by 1 with 27 seconds remaining, but the Crusaders worked the ball around with great poise and precision as the clock ticked down, and then sophomore Donatas Kupsas found Charles Manning cutting to the basket from the right wing, and Manning's driving layup over outstretched arms gave LuHi a thrilling 73-72 victory. Devonte Green had another big game, finishing with 39 points, while Auburn recruit Mustapha Heron led all scorers with 41 for Sacred Heat. 1/18
East Hampton Stops BBP
In a big Suffolk League 6 first place showdown, (7-1) East Hampton and (6-1) host Bayport - Blue Point battled from start to finish, with the Bonackers prevailing, getting the clutch baskets down the stretch for a 71-64 victory. This was a classic high school basketball game, with two good teams going at it right from the start, and East Hampton managed a 4 point halftime lead despite struggling from the three point line - normally one of their strengths. Brandon Johnson spearheaded their first half attack with 10 points, and Regis O'Neil and Brandon Kennedy-Gay both added 6, but the shots started to fall for both teams in the second half. Sophomore Jack Reese opened up the third quarter with a drive, and then Kennedy-Gay pulled up for a three pointer from the right wing to give the Bonackers a quick 36-27 lead. East Hampton had BBP back on their heels, and it looked like they might blow the game open, with a drive by Kyle McKee from the top and Kennedy-Gay’s two free throws stretching the lead to 12 at the 4:27 mark of the quarter, but Doug Niblock got his Phantoms going with a momentum stopping three pointer from behind the right elbow, shaking his fist to fire up the home crowd, and then he followed it up with a fast break basket to bring his team back within 7. McKee quieted the crowd with a three from the top to make it 44-34 Bonackers, and Kennedy-Gay knocked down two more free throws to reestablish the 12 point advantage, but BBP was determined to keep pace, and Ka'Sean Watlington scored from underneath and Prabhnoor Singh drilled a left wing three pointer to cut it to 48-41 with three quarters in the books. Singh opened the final quarter with a big three pointer from the top, and Watlington’s two free throws made it a 2 point game, but Reese studied the basket from the left wing and knocked down a three to hold the lead, and after another three by Singh in response, Kennedy-Gay hit two more free throws and Reese his second three pointer from about the same spot, and it was East Hampton 56-49 with 5:40 to play. Kennedy-Gay continued his clutch play, this time dropping a three ball from behind right elbow, but Singh was still hot, and his three from the left wing kept the Phantoms within striking distance, and then Mike Darby’s left wing three and BBP was back within 4 with 4:32 remaining. Kennedy-Gay continued his impressive run from the free throw line, knocking down two more shooting 1 and 1 to bump the lead to 61-55, but back to back steals, the first by Darby, who drained two free throws, and the second by Watlington, who scored and converted a three point play, made it a 1 point game with 2:37 left and the home crowd was rocking. The Phantoms had a chance to take the lead after a turnover, but drew a charging call, and McKee hit a huge three pointer for the Bonackers, collecting a deflected pass and draining one from behind the left elbow just before the shot clock expired to make it 64-60 with 1:39 showing. BBP came up empty and Chris Stoecker followed with a big basket from the low post, and then Kennedy-Gay with a back breaking jumper from the top, and it was East Hampton by 9 with 42 seconds on the game clock. Another Singh three pointer cut it to 69-63, but with 38 seconds to play, it was too little too late. Kennedy-Gay led the Bonackers with 25 points, knocking down 12 free throws, McKee and Reese had 13 and Johnson 12. Singh led all scorers with 26, hitting 8 threes, and Watlington had 13 points. 1/21

Old Westbury Now 9-2
The first place SUNY Old Westbury Panthers won their 4th straight game, improving to 9-2 in conference play with a convincing 79-65 road win over Maritime. Jamail Stanley led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals, PJ Page had 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Longwood's Stephon Odle finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. STORY 1/20

Stony Brook 10 In A Row!
The SBU Seawolves continued their quest for an NCAA Tournament bid, winning their 10th straight game to improve to (14-4, 5-0), the best start in D1 program history. STORY 1/18
Bay Shore Drills Copiague
13th ranked Copiague jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but it was all #14 Bay Shore after that, with the Marauders outscoring the Eagles 39-14 the balance of the half on their way to an impressive 70-57 victory. Riguad Destime got Copiague off quickly, knocking down a mid-range jumper and following it up with a right wing three pointer, and then Michael Snowden’s fast break basket put Copiague up 7-0 with only 1:43 gone in the first quarter, but just as quickly, two free throws and a right wing jumper by Jose Rivera, Jordan Drain’s basket from the low post, and Angel Rivera’s fast break basket and it was 8-7 Bay Shore. The Eagles regained the lead on another fast break basket by Snowden, and Steven Szabo’s short pull-up jumper put them up by 11-8, but Kyree Sawyer drove right and scored and Anthony Simpson stole the ball and scored to put Bay Shore on top, and then Angel Rivera knocked down a jumper from the behind the foul line to make it 17-13 Marauders with one quarter complete. Angel Rivera opened the second quarter with two free throws, and Simpson’s jumper from behind the left elbow, Drain’s fast break basket and then his tip-in, and then Angel Rivera’s fast break basket and his tip-in stretched the Bay Shore lead to 15 with 5:10 to go in the half, completing a 17-1 run. Lavon Montgomery’s baseline jumper bumped the lead to 33-16 with 2:50 to play, and it was 39-21 at intermission. Snowden got the second half going with a fast break basket, and then Andre Morgan hit a runner from the baseline to cut the Copiague deficit to 14. Destime’s back to back baskets and the Eagles were back within 12, and a steal and fast break basket by Myles Mills cut it to 47-36 with three quarters in the books. Szabo spun out of the high post and pulled up for a short jumper from the low post and Copiague was back within 9 as the fourth quarter got underway, but Angel River hit a much needed runner from the baseline for Bay Shore and the lead was back in double digits. Morgan’s three point play cut the deficit to 8, and Destime’s three pointer made it 51-44 with 4:55 to play, but the teams started trading baskets from there until Copiague inched closer on a three pointer by Mills from the right wing, drawing within 6 with 2:38 remaining. Montgomery hit a big jumper from the left wing for Bay Shore to make it 59-51 at the 2 minute mark, and then two big free throws by Kyree Sawyer with 1:27 left made it Bay Shore by 10. Snowden tried to keep the Eagles alive with a fast break basket, but a drive by Montgomery from the left baseline and two free throw by Angel Rivera iced it. Angel Rivera led all scorers with 23 points for Bay Shore, Montgomery had 14 and Drain 13. Distime led Copiague with 17, Morgan had 14, and Snowden 12. 1/22
1/26 HS Highlights
#6 Hills West 73 #15 Bellport 54
It was Bellport by 1 at the half, but the Colts exploded for 35 third quarter points, 27 from Kian Dalyrimple, who finished with 35, including 6 three pointers. Richard Altenord added 15 points. Jaye Bookhart led Bellport with 15 and freshman Jarell White had 12. 
#13 Copiague 67 Central Islip 66
Steve Szabo’s putback with 4 seconds remaining gave Copiague the dramatic win. Andre Morgan had a huge game for Copiague, finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds, and so did Myles Mills, who scored 16 points and handed out 7 assists. Sophomore Michael Snowden chipped in 12 points. Sophomores Angel Jimenez and Javal Staton led CI with 19 and 15 points respectively, and Christian Cherry added 10 points.

1/25 HS Highlights
#6 Hills West 62 #11 Deer Park 50
Hills West defeated Deer Park to sweep the season series between the two rivals and take firm control of Suffolk League 4. Richard Altenord led the Colt attack with 20 points, Deven Williams had 16, and Kian Dalyrimple 10. Donnell Louissaint led the host Falcons with 12 points. Hills West now has a two game lead over both Deer Park and # 15 Bellport, who they host 1/26. The Colts defeated the Clippers 74-51 at Bellport back on December 21st. BOX SCORE
#8 Harborfields 65 Sayville 47
The search is still on for a Suffolk Class A team that can play with #8 Harborfields, but it doesn’t appear to be Sayville after the Green Tornadoes rolled over them 65-47 at Sayville. The Golden flashes lost a 64-53 game at Harborfields earlier in the season, but that was before the return of All New York State player Rob Pecorelli, who had 24 points and 12 rebounds in the rematch. Nick Casazza led Sayville with 14. BOX SCORE
Southold 68 Bridgehampton 63
Host Southold trailed by 6 at the half, but rallied to upset Bridgehampton 68-63 behind Patrick McFardland’s 25 points and 12 rebounds, Greg Gehring’s 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Doug Fieldler’s 11 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Lamison led the Killer Bees with 25. Bridgehampton defeated Southold 91-49 in their game back on December 22.  BOX SCORE
And Then There Were None
The Baldwin Bruins' size, speed and skill ended Northport's bid for an undefeated season with a 70-48 win in the middle game of the LuHi Invitational. Per usual, it was Baldwin's dynamic duo of senior Shane Gatling( 20 points) and junior Jared Rhoden(17) plus stifling second half defense that controlled the contest. The Tigers got off to a solid start, leading 16-14 after the first quarter with Sean O'Shea and Lukas Jarrett leading the way. Gatling and Rhoden came on strong in the second quarter, while senior Joe Stockman came off the bench for Northport and banged home a pair of corner threes to keep the Tigers close for a 33-29 deficit at the half.The second half saw the Bruins defense shut down the Tigers as Baldwin went on a 12-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to open up a 59-39 lead. Jarrett and O'Shea hit back to back threes in the middle of the fourth to give the Northport fans some hope, but it was their final gasp. Baldwin contained Jarrett (14 points) with multiple defenders taking turn as powerful Justin Caldwell provided the inside wall. The Tigers' usually reliable three point shooters were inconsistent, but give Baldwin credit for denying the back cuts and inside hoops that Northport frequently gets from its strong passing game. Each team returns to its respective County to aim for a rematch in a AA Long Island Championship in early March. 1/30
 BY JIM CASEY

1/28/HS Highlights
Smithtown West Prevails In OT
It was a classic Suffolk AA3 back and forth battle between two of the top teams, and host and first place Smithtown West got the best of it, taking a 60-57 decision to improve to 11-3, 9-1 on the season. BOX SCORE
#3 Northport Improves to 14-0
Northport continues to impress, taking a 67-47 decision at #13 Copiague. They are headed for a big 3:15 PM showdown with #4 Baldwin Saturday, one of three good games at the LuHi Invitational. BOX SCORE

D1 Team Update
As most of you know by now, both of Long Island's D1 college basketball teams were picked to win their respective conferences in the preseason, and with a conference tournament championship comes a bid to the NCAA Tournament. So far so good: Stony Brook picked up their amazing 12th straight win, beating Maine 81-54 to improve to 16-4 and 7-0 in conference. Their biggest hurdle will probably be Feb 17th, when they visit Albany, who they beat in a close  game at home, and who is unbeaten on their home court so far. Hofstra is doing well too, beating William & Mary 91-63, and they are in a three way tie for first in their conference at 6-2 and are 14-6 overall. Their biggest hurdle looks like it might be a Feb 7th game at James Madison, one of the teams they are tied with and the team that handed them their only home loss 86-82 in OT.

Stony Brook Wins Again
In one of the biggest games of the season, host Stony Brook won their 11 straight game, closing it out with a 7-0 run to defeat arch rival Albany 69-63. STORY 1/22

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 VSN Stops Lawrence
Nassau A3 Conference leader Valley Stream North took an early lead and then held off repeated rallies by second place Lawrence, going on to a big 67-62 road victory to improve to 13-1 on the season. Omar Baxter and Jordan James sparked the Spartans to an 18-9 lead with 2:30 remaining in the opening quarter, but Lawrence rallied, with Sam Robinson’s three pointer from straight on, 4 straight free throws, two by A'Dante Oliver and two by Marquan Williams, and then a drive by Robinson that quickly made it a 2 point game. Shamari Griffith gave VSN a small cushion as the quarter came to a close, knocking down two free throws in the final seconds to make it 22-18 North with one quarter complete. The teams exchanged multiple turnovers in hectic back and forth action as the second quarter got underway, but North got on the board first with two free throws by Josh Dennis, and then a steal and fast break basket by Taliq Abdul-Rahim and Noah Shy’s right wing three pointer made it 29-20 with 5:32 to play in the half. Williams kept it close with back to back three pointers, and then Robinson pulled up on the break and nailed a right wing three to bring Lawrence within 2 with 2:37 left. It was a 1 point game at halftime after Robinson’s two free throws in the final seconds, and then Shy opened the second half with a coast to coast running hook shot, giving the Golden Tornadoes the lead, but North quickly retook it on a Jordan James right wing three pointer, and held it as the teams went back and forth. Oliver’s steal and fast break basket finally tied it at 46 with 3:35 to go in the quarter, and then his runner from the wing tied it again with 45 seconds left, with Williams closing out the quarter, looping down the lane and scoring on a driving underhanded layup to put Lawrence up 52-50 at the buzzer. Dennis quickly tied it on a putback as the fourth quarter got underway, and Baxter’s drive from the top put the Spartans in front. Shy’s two free throws and his right wing three pointer and the lead was 8 with 3:20 remaining, and a fast break basket by Dennis off a turnover made it 64-54 North with 2:34 to play, but Kamron Gilchrest scored from underneath and Robinson scored off a turnover and it was a 6 point game with 1:48 left. Lawrence would get as close as 5 as time wound down, but 2 free throws by Baxter with 16 seconds left iced it. Dennis led North’s balanced attack with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Baxter had 15 points and 5 rebounds, Shy 14 points, and James 10 points. Robinson led Lawrence with 19, Oliver had 15, and Williams 11. 1/28
VERY TERRIBLE NEWS
We are very sad to say that current Southold boys varsity basketball coach Phil Reed has passed away at the age of 59. STORY The family has asked that donations be made to the American Heart Association in Reed’s honor, in lieu of flowers. ANOTHER STORY
1/29/HS Highlights
Christ The King 78 #5 Brentwood 62
Christ the King moved out in front and stayed there, never seriously challenged by the Indians. Brentwood has a chance to redeem itself, facing perennial powerhouse Mt. Vernon today at 12 pm, again at CCNY. 
Westbury 90 Great Neck South 65
Westbury picked up its 8th straight win and is 7-0 since the return of star Jonathan Dean from an injury. He led the Green Dragons with 28 points and 9 rebounds, Rolgends Dextra had 22 points and 8 rebounds, and Darius Young had 10 points and 6 assists. Kendall Francis led GNS with 29 points
South Side 82 Roslyn 48
South Side confirmed once again that they will be a serious contender for the Long Island Class A title this season, hammering second place Roslyn behind big games from Long Island All-Star Alex Sorenson, who finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists, and Brandon Grayson, who had 25 points. They are now 12-4 on the season. Roslyn’s Keandre Augustine scored his 1000th career point during the game and finished with 18.
Glen Cove 62 Valley Stream North 51
Glen Cove is a good team, improving to 11-5 on the season, but you’d still have to say that their home win over league leader Valley Stream North was an upset. The Knights were in front most of the way, led by Kevin Ernest, who finished with 25 points, 15 of them in the decisive fourth quarter. Khalil Zachary also had a big game, with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Northport Keeps Rolling
Ryan Magnuson became the 5th player for undefeated and 3rd ranked Northport to score 15 or more points in a game this season, knocking down 5 three pointers in the Tiger’s big 55-43 road win over second place and 10th ranked Bay Shore. Sean O’Shea nailed a left wing three pointer for Northport to get things going, and Magnuson followed it up with a three from the right wing and then O’Shea scored from underneath to give the Tigers a quick 8-0 lead and Bay Shore called time. Jordan Drain got the Marauders on the board with a short jumper from the lane, but Northport kept knocking down the threes, with Brennan Whelan nailing one from the top, and then Joe Stockman’s three from the left wing made it 14-4 Tigers at the first quarter buzzer. Northport’s Lukas Jarrett opened the second quarter with two free throws, but Lavon Montgomery answered with a short drive off a inbound play, and then Drain’s fast break basket and Angel Rivera’s left wing three pointer made it a 5 point game with 5:30 remaining in the half. The Tigers, normally a good free throw shooting team, had missed 5 out of their last 6 free throws to let Bay Shore close the gap, but Magnuson restored their momentum, pump-faking, stepping to his right and drilling another three from the left wing with 4:17 left, and as the quarter wound down, Jarrett’s drive from the top and another Magnuson three made it 29-13 Northport at intermission. Kyree Sawyer cut into the lead with a three pointer from behind the right elbow as the second half got underway, but O’Shea answered with a three from the top, and two free throws by Jarrett at the the 5:11 mark of the quarter gave the Tigers an 18 point lead. Bay Shore cut it to 12 on Drain’s baseline drive and a fast break basket by Sawyer, but a right baseline three by O’Shea as the seconds ticked down stalled the rally, making it 42-27 Northport with three quarters complete. Whelan opened the fourth quarter with a drive from the right wing, and then back to back threes by Stockman, the second at the 5:23 mark, made it 50-31 Tigers. Northport emptied their bench at that point, but Bay Shore quickly cut into the lead on Montgomery’s baseline drive and a basket by Angel Rivera from the lane, and trailed by 14 with 3:29 left, when the Northport starters returned. Angel Rivera made it a 12 point game with two free throws with 2:32 to play, but Northport carefully took time off the clock, and then Magnuson hit another three just before the shot clock expired to made it 53-38 Tigers with 1:57 remaining. Darien Walcot answered with a baseline three to make it a 12 point game again, but time was running down and that was the margin at the final buzzer. Magnuson finished with 15 points and O'Shea had 13 for Northport, while Angel Rivera led Bay Shore with 14 and Drain had 12. 1/26
Stony Brook 16 Straight
Jamel Warney scored a career high 36 points and recorded his 56th career double-double to lead Stony Brook to their 16th straight victory, an 85-72 win over Hartford. It is the longest active winning steak in the nation. The Seawolves are now 11-0 in conference and 20-4 overall. BOX SCORE 2/8

Winning Streaks
Who's hot heading into the postseason? Longest current winning streaks:
                          13- LuHi
                          12- Baldwin
                          11- Hills West
                          10- Westbury
                           9- Cold S Harbor
                           9- Harborfields
                           7- Smithtown East
                           7- Kellenberg
                           6- Island Trees
                           6- South Side
                           6- Elmont
                           5- Glen Cove
                           5- East Hampton
                           4- Massapequa
                           4- Commack
                                     2/8

LuHi Hammers Cardozo
The #1 ranked LuHi Crusaders crushed what some consider to be New York City's best team, defeating the 22-1 Judges 96-60 behind a game high 25 points from Devonte Green and 24 from Charles Manning. LuHi got off to a slow start, and it looked like it might be a long day, but Chris Coalmon got them going and they finished the first quarter up 8, and then Manning and Green both got hot, and Donatas Kupsas dominated the boards, sparking a 28-8 second quarter that featured a 20-0 LuHi run. Cardozo never seriously challenged after that. It was 80-38 after three quarters. 2/6

2/4 HS Highlights
#2 Baldwin 56 Valley Str Central 55
Baldwin survived a big scare on their home court, holding off a VSC comeback on a game winning jumper by Jared Rhoden with 37 seconds remaining. Rhoden finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Zion Stephens had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Hendrick led the Eagles with 14 points, JP Gordon had 13, and Jermaine Fraser 11. 
Smithtown East 49 Smithtown West 39
Our apologies, but It took an upset of first place Smithtown West for us to notice that Smithtown East had reeled off 7 straight wins to pull into second place in Suffolk League 3! Looks like they’re getting it done with defense, holding opponents to an average of 46.6 points during the streak. The victory broke West’s 8 game winning streak, so things are looking good for both teams heading into the playoffs. Conor Wooley was high man for East with 16 points, and Kevin Keese had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Grande led West with 11. BOX SCORE
  1 LuHi
  2 Baldwin
  3 Brentwood
  4 Northport
  5 Chaminade
  6 Hills West
  7 Kellenberg  
  8 Harborfields
  9 St. Anthony's
10 Westbury
11 Elmont
12 Copiague
13 Holy Trinity
14 South Side
15 Deer Park
16 Bay Shore
  1 LuHi
  2 Baldwin
  3 Brentwood
  4 Northport
  5 Chaminade
  6 Hills West
  7 Kellenberg  
  8 Harborfields
  9 St. Anthony's
10 Westbury
11 Elmont
12 Copiague
13 Holy Trinity
14 South Side
15 Deer Park
16 Bay Shore
SWEET 16
1/15 HS Highlights
#3 Chaminade 67 #8 Kellenberg 64
It was shaping up as another impressive win for the 3rd ranked Flyers, but 8th ranked Kellenberg came storming back with a 29 point fourth quarter, only to fall short. Mike McGuire led Chaminade with 19 points, Owen Prendergast, who hit two big free throws in the final seconds, had 13, and Kyle Murphy 11. Steven Torre led all scorers with 21 points for Kellenberg, and Kyle DeVerna had 20. 
Valley S North 72 Valley S South 51
North rolled over the defending Nassau Class A Champions to improve to 11-1, while South fell to 6-7. Taliq Abdul-Rahim led the way with scored 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Noah Shy added 14 points, and Josh Dennis 11 points and 10 rebounds. Dion Ogunade led Valley Stream South with 23 points.
LWA 95 Portledge 63
It looked like Portledge might be able to mount a challenge to Lawrence-Woodmere Academy in the PSAA this season, building a 6-1 league record and going 8-2 overall, but the Tigers removed all doubt in the first quarter, building a 31-8 lead on their way to a dominating 95-63 win. Jordan Dingle led the landslide with 28 points, John Alimo had 27, and Aiden Igiehon 26.
Massapequa Tops Knights
In a big Nassau Conference 1 matchup, second place Massapequa picked up a signature 56-50 home win over first place Uniondale, leading pretty much wire to wire in a tight and exciting game. Massapequa moved in front right from the start, going up 7-2 on a right wing three pointer by Kevin Voigt and then Bryce Paladino’s baseline jumper and fast break layup, but Uniondale responded quickly, going up 8-7 on Kyle Harding’s back to back three pointers. The Chiefs retook the lead on a putback by Tom Amendola, and went up 18-10 after Chris Wasson’s right wing three, a three by Amendola from behind the right elbow, and a three by Gary Rettig from behind the left elbow, and that was their lead at the first quarter buzzer. Rettig added to it, opening the second quarter with another three pointer from straight on, but sophomore Chris Goodwin’s right wing three cut it to 23-16 early in the quarter, and then the teams traded baskets from there down to the 1:25 mark, when Justice Townsend turned and scored from the low post and Goodwin converted a three point play to bring the Knights back within 5. A Uniondale free throw made it a 4 point game at the half. Justin Lynskey was alone under the basket, got the dish and scored to give Massapequa a 30-24 lead as the second half got underway, and Voight added a putback and Paladino a right elbow jumper to give the Chiefs a 10 point lead with 5:50 still to play in the quarter, but once again, Goodwin would not let then break away, pulling up for a foul line jumper to cut the lead to single digits, and then Chris Brown’s fast break basket and Harding's left wing three pointer cut it to 35-31 at the 3:10 mark of the quarter. Paladino countered with a fast break basket, and Rettig’s left wing three pointer pushed the lead to 8 as the seconds ticked down, but Najee Peters closed out the quarter with a drive from the right elbow, making it 41-35 Massapequa with three quarters complete. The fourth quarter was a back and forth battle the whole way, with neither team able to generate any sustained momentum. Paladino made a nice move, starting from the right elbow and spinning to basket to put the Chiefs up 44-37, and after Danny Ashley pulled up for a jumper from just outside the left elbow for the Knights, Paladino made another impressive drive from the right elbow, and then two free throws by Lynskey gave Massapequa an 8 point advantage with 4:47 remaining, but Ashley’s right wing drive cut it 48-42, and then a big three pointer by RJ Meyers and the lead was down to 4 with 1:08 to play. Two clutch free throws by Wasson at the 56 second mark made it Chiefs by 6, but Harding kept Uniondale alive with a three from the left wing to make it 51-48 with 45 seconds showing, and then a big turnover by Massapequa and it was Knights ball, still with 45 seconds left. They pulled within 1 on Ashley’s two free throws, but Wasson came through again, hitting two free throws with 30 seconds on the game clock, and after a big turnover by Uniondale, Dylan Nealis made it a two possession game with a free throw, and then Paladino iced it with two more free throws as time wound down. Paladino finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Massapequa’s balanced attack, while Harding had 13 for Uniondale, Goodwin 11 and Townsend 10. 2/1
2/2 HS Highlights
#11 Holy Trinity 63 #3 Chaminade 53
It looked like it was Chaminade and then everyone else in the Catholic League this season, but Holy Trinity thought otherwise, improving to 4-1 in their last 5 by knocking off the first place Flyers at home. Tyler Small finished with 19 points and Thornton Scott with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
Sewanhaka 69 Garden City 56
Garden City popped up on the radar with an 8 game winning streak that featured big road wins over Sewanhaka and Elmont, but the Indians turned the tables on the Trojans, beating them soundly at Garden City behind Korey McLaurin, who finished with 28 points after scoring 4 in the first game, and Sam williams, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds after scoring 12 points in game one. 
Southampton 76 Babylon 68
Center Moriches 60 Wyandanch 52
The Suffolk League 7 wars continued, with Southampton bidding to separate themselves from the tightly bunched top 4 with a season sweep of the archrival Panthers BOX SCORE, while Center Moriches knocked off second place Wyandanch. BOX SCORE
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2/1 HS Highlights
Syosset 59 Freeport 55
Syosset clinched a playoff birth with a nice home win over Freeport. Griffin Halpern was the big gun for the Braves with 30 points and Richie Rambarran had 11. Syosset has now won 4 in a row, and wraps up their regular season 2/8 with a big test at Uniondale.
Sachem North 54 Longwood 52
Sachem North has quietly put together a 10-2 record in Suffolk League 1, playing in the big shadow of Brentwood, and they’ve lost only one home game all season, a 71-53 decision to Brentwood. The rematch is Feb 5th at Brentwood.

1/30 HS Highlights
#4 Baldwin 70 #3 Northport 48
It looked like it was going to be a classic through the half, with Baldwin rallying to take a 4 point lead, but it was all Baldwin after intermission.
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#5 Brentwood 72 Mount Vernon 67
The real Brentwood showed up for game 2 of the SNY invitational, coming from 9 down at the half to defeat one of New York state’s legendary programs. Jamel Allen was of course a force, leading the way with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Mike Almonacy the floor general, with 15 points and 7 assists, but Ramel Allen was the difference, stepping up with 19 points and 8 rebounds, and Ryan Beckles continued his inspired play, adding 11 points and 7 rebounds. 
#2 Chaminade 60 Burke Catholic 45
Chaminade continued its impressive play, defeating Section 9 powerhouse Burke Catholic at the annual Crotty Classic with their potent balanced attack, led by Ryan Dean’s 16 points, 11 points from Mike McGuire, and 10 from Kyle Murphy. MVP Charles Salter finished with 6 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.
#1 LuHi 81 Immaculate, NJ 54
Watch out for Immaculate Conception over the next two years. They have a talented group of young players that will become formidable, but they were no match for Long Island’s #1 team on this day, led by Charles Manning, who had 19 points, Donatas Kupsas, who had 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Devonte Green, who finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Shelter Island 54 Stony Brook 53
Long Island’s #2 scorer, Tristan Wissemann, had another big game, finishing with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists and Billy Boeklen added 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists to lead tiny Shelter Island to the big win. 
West Babylon Advances
It was Senior Night, and the seniors got Hauppauge off to a good start, with Eric Stapelton getting a steal and fast break basket to open the scoring, and Don Coady knocking down a left wing three pointer, and they built the lead to 13-3 on Stapelton’s three pointer from the top, Coady’s second three from the left wing, and Billy Huber’s fast break basket with 1:42 remaining in the opening quarter. A putback by Devante Penn and a free throw by Pierre Dorsainvil cut it to 13-6 as the quarter concluded, and then Phil Carney opened the second quarter for West Babylon with a drive down the right baseline, kissing it off the glass to bring them back within 5. Penn’s baseline drive off an inbound play made it a 2 point game, and after Matt Daulton’s right wing three pointer, WB was suddenly up 17-15 with 2:45 to play in the half. Eric Hodosky stalled the rally with a left elbow jumper that tied it at 17, but West Bab retook the lead on a basket by Penn from underneath, and then his short drive and three point play gave them a 5 point lead, and that was the margin at halftime. The momentum went back and forth early in the third quarter, but it looked like WB might get some separation after Penn’s fastbreak basket put them up 33-25 with 4:26 left. Instead, the pendulum swung back to Hauppauge, who cut the margin to 2 on Brendan Ilnitzki’s short jumper and Huber’s right wing three pointer. Gary Haab answered with a right baseline 3, and the teams went back and forth the rest of the way, finishing the quarter with West Babylon up 38-35. Christian Rameau snuck in behind the defense and scored from underneath to make it a 1 point game as the fourth quarter got underway, but Dorsainvil answered with a drive down the left side of the lane, and then a putback by Rob Chiddick and a basket by Penn from underneath pushed the lead to 44-38 with 4:42 to play. Both teams struggled to score down the stretch, but Hauppauge managed to trim 4 points off the lead on back to back baskets by Rameau, and they trailed 44-42 with 2:26 remaining. Dorsainvil found Chiddick underneath for a big basket at the 1:12 mark, giving WB a small 46-42 cushion, and it turned out to be more than they needed. Hauppauge could not find the range the rest of the way, and Dorsainvil finished off the win with 2 free throws and West Babylon was playoff bound. Penn led all scorers with 21 points and he pulled down 15 rebounds for WB, while Huber finished with 11 for Hauppauge. 1/4
LI vs NYC Update!
For those of you new to the website, we started tracking how NYC and Long Island boys varsity basketball teams did against each other because we, like everybody else, assumed that New York City regularly won the series, but after posting hundreds of scores season after season, we started to get the feeling that it was much closer than anybody would guess and if we were right, Long Island players, coaches, and fans should know about it. Much to our surprise, any everyone else’s, Long Island won easily that first year, and they have won handily for 9 straight years now. But New York City is looking to turn the tables this season, taking four out of the last 5 games in January to pull within one game of Long Island, with only Holy Trinity’s win over St. Francis Prep on 1/31 separating the two. That is the closest it has been at this point of the season since we began tracking it back in 2006. Why is it so close this year? Programs in both regions are up and down from year to year, but a traditionally strong Long Island program that regularly schedules and wins more than their fair share of games against NYC teams is surprisingly weak this season, going 0-7 against our next door rivals so far. So stay tuned! It looks like it’s going right down to the wire, and might not be decided until State Tournament time. That also has never happened before! By the way, you might be interested to hear that Long Island is up by 4 in meetings between the two regions at the New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions since we began our tracking.
Bubble Teams
Below are the games remaining involving bubble teams. League records included. 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
New Hyde Pk (6-7) @ Roslyn (10-3)
Copiague (7-5) @ Hills East (6-7)
West Islip (0-13) @ Riverhead (6-7)
Sayville (8-3)@ Comsewogue (5-6)
Bellmore (6-7) @ Carey (3-10)
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2/6 HS Highlights
Sorenson All-Time Scorer
South Side’s Alex Sorenson has led his 15th ranked team to a 14-0 league record this season, scoring 32 points in a 74-63 victory over Roosevelt, and in the process, he became the program’s all-time leading scorer, finishing the game with 1322 points. Interestingly, he is the 4th player that we know of to become his program’s all-time leading scorer this season, joining Brentwood’s Mike Almonacy, Kellenberg’s Steve Torre, and East Rockaway’s Danny Fusco. A great senior class!
Elmont Gets Revenge
Looks like 14th ranked Elmont might be peaking for the playoffs, picking up their 7th win in their last 8 games and avenging their only home and league loss of the season by beating Garden City 75-58 in a Nassau Conference A1 first place showdown. Jalen Burgess, who is a key for the Spartans in the playoffs, finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, Yasir Lawrence added 17 points, and floor leader Travis Robinson-Morgan 14 points and 11 assists. 
CI Back In The Picture
After spending most of the season considered one of Long Island’s top teams, Central Islip suffered four straight losses to drop out of the Sweet 16, three of them to ranked teams. The Musketeers have rebounded nicely, winning 5 of their last 6, including a big 60-57 win over Bay Shore, putting them in a second place tie with the Marauders in tough Suffolk League 2. Sophomore Javal Staton led four CI scorers in double figures with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals.
CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOTS
Valley Stream South 71 Bethpage 56
Freeport 63 Hempstead 50
Floral Park 69 Lynbrook 63
Mattituck 78 Center Moriches 74
Ward Melville 76 William Floyd 41
STAYED ALIVE
Hills East 72 Connetquot 59
New Hyde Park 48 Hewlett 46

Pitino's Team Banned
One of this season's top college teams, the Louisville Cardinals, coached by St. Doms grad Rick Pitino, has been banned from participating in this year's NCAA Tournament. STORY

Hofstra Stumbles
The Pride hosted UNC Wilmington in a first place showdown and fell to the Seahawks 70-67 on a three pointer with 4 seconds remaining. STORY
Frank Taplin Passes
It is with great sadness that we report that former West Babylon Varsity Basketball Coach Frank Taplin passed away today at the age of 83 after a long illness. Tappy, as he was know to his friends, was beloved by all, with his great warmth, terrific sense of humor, and quick wit endearing him to students, players, parents, and co-workers alike throughout his 38 years in the West Babylon school district. An outstanding basketball coach, he was also an excellent math teacher and guidance counselor and will be greatly missed by all he came in contact with. He is survived by his wife Adele and their five children and five grandchildren. We will post wake and funeral arrangements as soon as they are finalized.  2/8
1/16 HS Highlights
#2 LuHi 74 Poly Prep 45
The anticipated independent school showdown between #2 LuHi and undefeated Poly Prep from New York City was all Crusaders, with LuHi turning in one of its best performances of the season, building a 26-9 first quarter lead and rolling from there. Devonte Green led the way with 23 points, Donatas Kupsas had 15 and Charles Manning 12. BOX SCORE
#5 Baldwin 78 #9 Central Islip 54
9th ranked Central Islip came into the game in the midst of a 3 game losing streak, and #5 Baldwin added to their woes, building an early lead and holding onto it for a commanding victory. Jared Rhoden led the Bruins with 25 points and Shane Gatling had 21. BOX SCORE
Copiague 75 #12 South Side 64
Copiague is a victim of playing in Long Island’s toughest league this season, but the unranked Eagles showed how good they are, dominating 12th ranked South Side. Rigaud Destime was amazing, going 8 for 8 from the three point line and finishing with 26 points, and Andre Morgan scored 19 points and dominated the boards. Brandon Grayson and Alex Sorenson both had 16 for South Side. 
BOX SCORE
LuHi Hammers QHST
With four new and very talented players joining All-New York State guard Devonte Green, LuHi has been a formidable foe all season long, but opponents beware, it looks like they are starting to develop that special chemistry all the best teams have that only comes with time. Their latest opponent, PSAL Class AA contender Queens High School of Teaching, came into the game with a 19-4 record and a recent win over Cardozo,, but like many visitors before them, were no match for the Crusaders, who quickly built a 32 point lead, withstood the inevitable rally from their talented opponent, and then blew it open again in the fourth quarter for a resounding 96-64 victory. Charles Manning, the transfer from defending New York State Class D Champion Bridgehampton and last season’s New York State Class D Player Of The Year, got things going for Long Island’s #1 team with a driving layup right off the tip, then he followed it with a spinning reverse layup, and after a QHST fast break dunk by Long Islander Chris Kelly interrupted, Donatas Kupsas, the talented 6’8 sophomore transfer from Lithuania, pivoted out of the low post and scored, and Chris Coalmon, the rugged transfer from St. Mary’s, hit a runner from the foul line to make it 8-2 with just 1:15 gone in the opening quarter. The run continued, with the Crusaders going up 15-4 after a tip-in by Coalmon and Manning’s fast break basket, and 24-9 after future Indiana Hoosier Green’s three from the left baseline, a dunk from underneath by Manning, and a drive from the left elbow through heavy traffic by Kupsas. Manning’s steal and fast break dunk, Green’s acrobatic layup on the break, and a basket from the low post by Kupsas made it 30-9 at the first quarter buzzer, and the lead ballooned to 43-11 mid way through the second quarter after Green sliced through the defense from the top and converted a three point play, Manning scored again on the break, and then Kupsas and Coalmon both scored again from underneath, but you have to give the Tigers credit: Kelly, their own high profile transfer who also played for St. Mary’s last season, along with Daniel Delsol, Masia Phillips, and Andre Whisenaut, sparked a late second quarter/early third quarter run that brought the QHST way back, cutting the margin to 20 at the half and to 55-45 on Kelly’s three pointer with 4:49 to play in the third quarter. Manning put and end to it with back to back fast break baskets, Brandon Jacobs, the transfer from Archbishop Molloy who had been piling up assists, added a baseline drive and bank shot off the glass, and then Manning spotted up on the break and drilled a right wing three to make it 65-45 Crusaders at the 2:45 mark and they led by 18 with three quarters complete. The fourth quarter was all LuHi. Back to back three pointers by sophomore Harrison Warnock and Jacobs made it 77-53 with 6 minutes to play, and it became a 30 point game again after two free throws and then another three by Jacobs with 4:18 to play - game over! Manning led all scorers with 29 points, 18 of them in the first half, Green finished with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 steals, Kupsas with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Jacobs with 11 points and nine assists. Kelly led QHST with 27. 2/4
Hofstra Big Win In 3OT
The Hofstra Pride went on the road in a pivitol conference matchup and defeated defending champion Northeastern 96-92 in an epic three overtimes. STORY 1/21

1/19 HS Highlights
Hempstead 64 #10 Uniondale 63 OT
In their last three games, Uniondale has beaten undefeated Brentwood, ranked #1 on Long Island at the time and one of the top ranked teams in New York State, but lost to Freeport (10-5, 4-4) and now Hempstead (4-4, 5-10). Go figure!  BOX SCORE 
#2 Chaminade 68 SJB 66 OT
Close call for Chaminade on the road. Mike McGuire hit the big three in OT. BOX SCORE
#8 Kellenberg 76 St. Dominic 69
Close call for Kellenberg at home. Steve Torre held off the Bayhawks, going 6 for 6 from the line down the stretch. BOX SCORE
​Hofstra Still On Track
Hofstra continued its quest for an NCAA Tournament bid, improving to (12-5, 4-1), and Juan'ya Green scored his 2000th career point, finishing with 25 in the Pride’s 69-61 win over Drexel. STORY 1/14

1/13 HS Highlights
Island Trees 63 Seaford 48
Seaford gave up the lead in Nassau Conference A4, falling into a three way tie for first at 5-1 with Friends Academy and Island Trees after falling to Island Trees 63-48 on the road. The host Bulldogs knocked down 10 threes. BOX SCORE
Bayport-Blue Pt 87 Southampton 80
In a rematch of the semifinals in last year’s Suffolk County Championships, Bayport-Blue Point prevailed this time, coming from behind led by Prabhnoor Singh, who finished with 39 points.  BOX SCORE

1/13 College Highlights
Stony Brook won its 8th straight game, defeating UMBC 86-74 behind three 20 point scorers. STORY….. Preston Padgett’s free throw with 8 seconds remaining gave the US Merchant Marine Academy a dramatic 66-65 win over Scranton. STORY .....

1/12 HS Highlights
Bay Shore 50 #9 Central Islip 48
The Suffolk League 2 wars continue, with 8-2 Bay Shore giving up an 18 point third quarter lead at home and then regrouping for the big win. Angel Rivera led the Marauders with 19 points, but Jordan Drain hit the big shot that reclaimed the lead. BOX SCORE
#14 Deer Park 78 #13 Bellport 70
Bellport came into the game 8-1, their only loss to 6th ranked Hills West, but Deer Park showed why they have been ranked all season, building a big lead at home and then holding off a furious Clipper run. BOX SCORE
John Glenn 52 East Hampton 47
Glenn defended their home court and improved to 3-3 in conference, handing East Hampton their first conference loss. Tim Greschner led the way with 23 points, while Brandon Kennedy-Gay had a game high 29 for East Hampton. BOX SCORE
Floral Park 57 Lawrence 50
Floral Park is at full strength now that TJ Cluess has returned to the lineup, and he led the Golden Tornadoes to the big win with 18 points. BOX SCORE

Local D1 College Teams
We can't leave out the two big wins our local D1 schools came up with in their last games.  Hofstra was on the road against conference rival Towson, who came into the game 10-4, and they pounded the Tigers 90-58 FULL STORY Stony Brook faced one of the Ivy League favorites - Columbia - at home and after trailing 42-25, came roaring from behind for a 69-60 victory. FULL STORY  1/2
12/28 HS Highlights
#4 Hills West passed a big test and remained undefeated, jumping out to an early lead and holding off #11 Holy Trinity 60-57 behind 23 points from Kian Dalyrimple, 13 by Richard Altenord, and 12 from Cameron Jordan. Camren Wynter led the Titans with 15 BOX SCORE….. Northport picked up a big intersectional win, defeating New York City’s Holy Cross 64-55. Holy Cross came into the contest with wins over Kellenberg and Holy Trinity. BOX SCORE DETAILS LATER….. Valley Stream North improved to 6-0 with a 53-43 win over Herricks. Herricks was fresh off a win over Westbury. Josh Dennis had a game 21 points and added 8 rebounds. Noah Shy added 11 points and 5 rebounds. BOX SCORE….. Nick Antolini’s jumper with four remaining gave Babylon a big 51-49 win over St. John the Baptist. BOX SCORE... Class AA Class A Harborfields went on the road to face undefeated Spring Valley, the 10th ranked Class AA team in New York State, and the Tornadoes lost a heartbreaker, falling 54-52. STORY.....
12/22 College Highlights
Both of Long Island's D1 schools continued their quests for NCAA Tournament births. Stony brook rallied to beat Lehigh 75-62 on the road STORY, and Hofstra had a solid 68-54 home win over Florida Atlantic. STORY

Loughlin Stuns LuHi
A 31-20 halftime lead turned into a stunning 67-52 loss for #1 LuHi at the hands of the CHSAA's Bishop Loughlin. The teams faced off in the City Legendz Invitational played at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx, and Loughlin's Markquis Nowell was unstoppable, especially in the 2nd half, finishing with 27 points while helping hold LuHi star Devonte Green to just 16 points, 5 after intermission. The Lions have gone relatively unnoticed so far locally, but they are now 4-1, and their only loss was to Gonzaga HS of Washington, DC, who was ranked 20th in last week's USA Today national poll. 12/20
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Stony Brook Over Hofstra
For the second year in a row, Long Island's big D1 basketball showdown went right down to the wire, and this year the Stony Brook Seawolves prevailed, defeating Hofstra 71-68. Stony Brook's Jameel Warney was very impressive as advertised, finishing with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks, and the two Long Islanders on the Stony Brook roster both played well, with Lucas Woodhouse from Harborfields finishing with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, and Ahmad Walker from St. Doms and Port Washington finishing with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists. FULL STORY 12/20
Weiss Tops In Nassau
LWA Coach Jeff Weiss, whose teams have have captured 5 Private School State Championships and 2 Federation titles, continues to build on his legacy. Last season, the Hall of Famer earned his 500th coaching victory - all of them at LWA - and this season, he has become the winningest high school basketball coach in Nassau County history, earning his 518th victory in convincing fashion with a 114-74 win over league rival Martin Luther. That puts him one win ahead of Hempstead legend Ted Adams, and he now trails only East Hampton legend Ed Petrie on Long Island’s all-time win list. Petrie finished with an incredible 754 wins. For a complete list of coaching victories, go to our history page. 11/30