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500 For Weiss!
Lawrence Woodmere Academy Head Basketball Coach Jeff Weiss got his 500th career victory as his Tigers defeated Martin Luther 52-43 at the LWA gym. Coach Weiss has led LWA to five New York State Association of Independent School Championships and two New York Federation State Championships, and according to the school, is only the third coach in New York State history to amass 500 wins all at the same school. GAME RECAP SOON
Hofstra Rolls Past Wagner
93-71 to improve to 3-1 on the season GAME STORY Deer Park’s Aaren Edmead had 15 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals for Wagner and Elmont’s Greg Senat had 8 points and 6 rebounds….. St. Mary’s Chavaughn Lewis had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in Marist’s loss to Army….. Dix Hills’ Tyler Harris had 17 points in Providence’s win over Notre Dame….. Hills West’s Emile Blackman had 15 points and 5 rebounds in Niagara’s loss to Hartford….. LuHi’s Achraf Yacoubou had 13 points and 5 rebounds in Saint Louis’s loss to Texas A&M CC….. LuHi’s Kentan Facey had 10 points and 8 rebounds in UConn’s loss to West Virginia…..
Hofstra Nips Stony Brook
Dion Nesmith hit a jump shot with three seconds remaining to give Hofstra a thrilling 66-65 victory over Stony Brook in the unofficial Long Island D1 Champonship Game GAME STORY
D1 COLLEGE REPORT 11/18
Georgia Tops Stony Brook
Stony Brook hit the road, heading south into SEC county for a Preseason NIT game, but they came out on the short end, falling 80-70 to the Georgia Bulldogs. STORY
LuHi’s Achraf Yacoubou had 15 points and 7 rebounds in Saint Louis’s win over Indiana State….. Elmont’s Greg Senat had 6 points and 4 rebounds and Deer Park’s Aaren Edmead 6 points in Wagner’s loss to Columbia. Northport’s Luke Petrasek missed this game and the Columbia/Stony Brook game with an injury, but is expected back soon….. SJB’s Kyle Williams had 5 points and 4 rebounds in Grambling’s win over Lyon College…..
D1 COLLEGE REPORT 11/17
NC State Stops Hofstra
NC State scored 45 first half point en route to a 76-64 win over Hofstra, dropping the Pride to 1-1 on the season. GAME STORY..... Dix Hills native Tyler Harris had 11 points and 8 rebounds in Providence’s win over Binghampton ….. OSNA’s Chis Obeka had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in St. John’s win over Franklin Pierce…..
D1 COLLEGE REPORT 11/16
Tyler Harris from Dix Hills had 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in Providence's win over Albany..... LuHi's Achraf Yacoubou had 12 points and 7 rebounds in Saint Louis's win over Southern Illinois..... OSNA's Kevin Little had 9 points and 3 assists in Maine's loss to Butler.....
D1 COLLEGE REPORT 11/15
HOFSTRA won their season opener 94-61 over Jacksonville. The Pride had 5 players in double figures, led by Brian Bernardi with 22 points GAME STORY ..... STONY BROOK came from behind to nip Columbia 57-56 on a putback by Rayshaun McGrew with 7 seconds remaining. GAME STORY ….. Northport’s Mike Milligan had 18 points and 7 rebounds in Central Arkansas’s loss to Creighton….. St. Mary’s Chavaughn Lewis had 18 points in Marist’s loss to Bucknell….. Hill’s West’s Emile Blackman had 16 points in Niagara’s loss to Pittsburgh….. OSNA’s Chris Obekpa had 13 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a St. John’s win over NJIT….. LUHI’s Kentan Facey had 5 points and 11 rebounds in UConn’s win over Bryant….. SJB’s Kyle Williams had 4 points and 9 rebounds in Grambling’s loss to George Washington….. Elmont’s Greg Senat had 2 points and 8 rebounds in Wagner’s loss to Maryland…..
LuHi Nationally Ranked!
USA Today released their preseason rankings, and our LuHi Crusaders were ranked 10th in the country!
Nassau Top 20 Recap
The Nassau Basketball Coaches Association added a new step to their task of picking this year’s Nassau County Public School All-Star Team. Instead of picking the team after the Top 40 Doubleheader, the best players faced off in a new Top 20 Game, and the best from that game will represent Nassau in the 2014 Long Island Public School All-Star Game against Suffolk County. It was a good game, with the team in the Black Jerseys using a balanced attack to build leads in both halves, and then they held off closing rallies by the White Jerseys both times, in the second half for the win. The Black Jersey’s took an early 13-4 lead on the strenght of a three pointer from the top by Elmont’s Matthew Graham, a fast break basket by Baldwin’s Justin Caldwell, a driving scoop shot by Graham, and a basket from underneath by Syosset’s Dan Albernas. Lawrence’s Sam Robinson narrowed the gap with a three pointer from the behind the left elbow, Uniondale’s Kyle Harding cut it to 15-10 with a three from the baseline, and Robinson nailed another three to make it a two point game, but Lawrence’s Albert Egbuchulam held White off with a jumper from the left elbow, and then his two free throws at the 11:49 mark of the half and a fast break basket by Joe Santoro of Island Trees put Black up 25 -17. The teams traded baskets and free throws to the 6:29 mark, when Albernas knocked down a three from the left wing to give Black its biggest lead at 43-32, and then East Meadow’s Joe Forrler followed him up with a putback and Marcus St-Furcy from Lawrence with two free throws and a fast break basket to put the Black up by 17 with 5 minutes remaing in the half. Uniondale’s Tyreece Redd broke the run with an aggresive drive, Baldwin’s Daraso Rodwell drained a three from the top, and a steal and fast break basket by Paul Colson from Baldwin brought the deficit down to 10, but Santoro’s three from behind the left elbow made it 54-41 with 3:25 to play. Harding got the deficit into single digits with a three from the right wing, and then his coast to coast basket made it a 7 point game. Robinson scored from underneath to keep it going, and a Rodwell three pointer from the left wing brought the White Jerseys within 2 less than a minute before halftime, but two free throws by Egbuchulam made it 56-53 Black at the buzzer. The Black Jerseys reestablished their lead in the second haf, led by Baldwin’s Marvin Chartelain, but they couldn’t pull away and White drew back within 6 on a three pointer by Rodwell and two free throws by Lawrence’s Josh McElveen. The teams traded baskets and free throws from there, but the lead was back to 10 after East Meadow’s Brandon Callaghan burried a three pointer from the right wing with 4:16 to play. Robinson responded for White, nailing a three from the right wing, and then Malverne’s Kevin Young knocked down two free thows to make it a 5 point game with 3:24 showing. Mineola’s Steven Gessner answered with a nice basket cut, but a three by Rodwell from the deep left wing and it was 107-103 . Santoro took things into his own hands, going coast to coast to bump the lead to 6, but White kept coming, and Young made it a 3 point game with a putback and a free throw with 2:32 to play. That’s as close as they would get. Black put it away down the stretch with two free throws by Chartelain, a putback by Gessner, and a drive by Egbuchulam that gave them a 115-106 lead and White was done. Both teams had great balance, with Chartelain and Egbuchulam both finishing with 15 for Black, Albernas and Graham both with 14, Santoro and Callaghan with 13, and St-Furcy with 11. Robinson led all scorers with 25 points for White, Rodwell had 17, Redd 13, Young 12, and Harding 11.
St. Mary's Upsets #4
St. Mary's upset the 4th ranked Class AA team in New York State, defeating Bishop Kearney from Rochester 81-73 at home. St. Mary's always has a tough schedule, and came into the game 0-3, but now has Chris Kelly back from an injury, and he led the Gaels with 29 points and 11 rebounds! Next up for Bishop Kearney is a matchup with Harborfields today (Saturday) at noon at Harborfields, while St. Mary's will take on #3 Baldwin in a 5:15 PM game also today at the St. John The Baptist Showcase. 12/19
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Winston Jones of Valley Stream Central signed a letter of intent to play for D2 St. Michael's in Vermont.....
D2 COLLEGE REPORT 11/21
LIU Post Tops Bloomfield
The Pioneers rallied for a 90-87 win. GAME STORY St. Mary’s Charles McCann finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Caldwell Over NYIT In OT
GAME STORY St. Mary’s Kahlif Chaplin finished with 13 points and 5 assisits for NYIT, and Smithtown East’s Jon Feiler had 8 points and 11 rebounds…..
Adelphi Falls in NE-10 Opener
The Panthers played the league favorites tough, drawing even at 78, but Southern Connecticut pulled away down the stretch for a 92-82 victory. GAME STORY LuHi’s Ryan DeNicola had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists and Holy Trinity’s Damon Coleman had 9 points, 4 assists, and 5 steals in the loss…..
Caldwell Nips Molloy
The Golden Lions suffered their first loss of the season on the road. They had a 77-74 lead, but Caldwell scored the last 6 points of the game for the victory. GAME STORY Baldwin’s Brandon Williams had 22 points and 6 assists, Kellenberg’s Kevin Bowles 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Harborfields’ Matt McLeod 13 points, 6 assists, and 4 blocks.
D2 COLLEGE UPDATE 11/18
Valley Stream Central’s Jeremiah Mordi had 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals in Queen’s College’s loss to Goldey-Beacom. St. Mary’s Travis Whitfield added 26 points and 11 rebounds. Mordi also had 19 points and 9 rebounds in a loss to Georgian Court…..
D2 COLLEGE UPDATE 11/16
Molloy Improves To 2-0
A basket by Jaylen Morris with 1.8 seconds left gave Molloy a dramatic 79-77 win over Saint Michael's and a 2-0 start on the new season. GAME STORY. Baldwin’s Brandon Williams had 19 points and Matt McLeod from Harborfields 13.
Dowling 0-2 After Tests
Dowling took on two nationally ranked teams to open the season, and came away 0-2, losing to 21st ranked St. Anselm 96-93 after falling to #2 Southern Connecticut the day before. Despite the disappointing start, the Golden Lions showed they can play with the best in D2 this season, and with a new coach, many players taking on new expanded roles, and some promising new faces added to the mix, should have their best basketball ahead of them. GAME STORY Preseason ECC co-player of the year Darien Davis from Longwood was outstanding once again against St. Anselm, finishing with 26 points, Smithown West’s Ryan Hickey added 18, Amityville’s Donte Adams 15, Elmont’s Tristan Brown 14, and East Islip’s Evan Maxwell 10 points and 11 rebounds.
NYIT Falls To Franklin Pierce
NYIT fell to 0-2 after an 84-74 loss to Franklin Pierce in day two of the LIU Post Tip-Off Invitational. GAME STORY Smithtown East’s Jon Feiler just missed a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds.
American Intl Drops LIU Post
After a tight first half, American International pulled away in the second half for a 77-63 victory over LIU Post. GAME STORY St. Mary’s Charles McCann had 4 points 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
D2 COLLEGE REPORT 11/15
Dowlings Falls To #2
Longwood's Darien Davis led Dowling with 32, including his 1000th career point, East Islip's Evan Maxwell had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Elmont's Tristan Brown 2 points and 7 assists. GAME STORY
Molloy Nips Pace
Baldwin's Brandon Williams had 12 points for Molloy, Matt McLeod from Harborfields 10, and BBP's Miles Prendergast 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Adelphi Falls In OT
Holy Trinity's Damon Coleman had 12 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals for Adelphi. GAME STORY
Franklin Pierce Over LIU Post
St. Mary's Charles McCann had 13 points and 4 rebounds for LIU Post GAME STORY
American Int. Stops NYIT
Smithtown East's Jon Feiler had 8 points and 10 rebounds for NYIT. STORY
D3 COLLEGE REPORT 11/21
St. Josephs Drops Two
St. Joseph’s fell to 1-3 on the season after dropping a road game to CCNY 84-72 in OT GAME STORY and tough 79-77 home loss to Medgar Evers GAME STORY Amityville’s Billy Heenan finished with 16 points against Medgar Evers, and North Babylon’s Isaiah Moore had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. In the CCNY game, Kings Park’s Sean McCarthy led the way with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists while Amityville’s Andy Laurent also had 16 points, and added 7 rebounds and 3 steals…..
Tough Losses For Farmindale
The Rams dropped a 75-54 decision to Cortland State GAME STORY, and a 76-47 decision to Stockton GAME STORY Amityville’s Leyland Williams had 12 points and 3 steals in the Stockton game, and St. Mary’s Justin Bailey 13 points and 7 rebounds, St. Anthony’s Trey Kinard 10 points, and Valley Stream Central’s Eriq Williams 9 points and 8 rebounds against Cortland. Westbury's Lamard Herron had 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals for Cortland.
USMMA Starts 0-3
The US Merchant Marine Academy is off to an 0-3 start this season, dropped an 84-68 decision to SUNY Maritime GAME STORY
New Boys Varsity Coaches
Amityville - Billy Kretz*
Bayport/Blue Point - Charlie Peck
Bay Shore - Dave Mayo
Clarke - Dan Reece
Connetquot - Kyle Black
Divison - Brian Maini
Floral Park - Sean Boyle
Garden City - Jim Hegmann
Kings Park - Chris Rube
Lawrence - Lou Robinson
Lindenhurst - Doc Farrel
Long Beach - Larry Steiner
Lynbrook - Jamie Adams
Mepham - Patrick Fallon
Miller Place - Chris Savino
Mineola- Ezra Elliot
Oceanside - Allenby Lyson
Oyster Bay - Brian Boyle
Syosset - Greg Cardona 2013
* = interim coach
D3 COLLEGE REPORT 11/18
Oceanside’s Hunter Sabety had 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 block’s in Tufts’ loss to Regis…... Uniondale’s Roderick Epps had 23 points in Buffalo State’s win over Medaille…. Lawrence’s Clifton Lyerly had 21 points and Northport’s Matt Smith 8 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals in Brockport’s loss to Rhode Island College and Lyerly also had 17 points in a loss to Roanoke …..Miller Place’s Taylor Sowah had 13 points and 14 rebounds in New Paltz’s loss to Hamilton….. Baldwin’s Kyle Richardson had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Plattsburgh’s win over Lycoming….. LuHi’s Hart Gleidman had 12 points in Trinity’s win over UMass-Dartmouth….
D3 COLLEGE REPORT 11/16
Farmingdale St. Tops Elmira
A three point play by Farmingdale’s Ron Winkler and a three pointer by St. Anthony’s Trey Kinard broke a 51 all tie, and the Rams held off Elmira 70-66 to bring their record to 1-1. GAME STORY Kinard led Farmingdale St. with 14 points, and Winkler had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
John Jay Defeats Old Westbury
SUNY Old Westbury is off to an 0-2 start this season after dropping a decision to John Jay. GAME STORY Roslyn’s Mark Gjonlekaj led the Panthers with 12 points.
Rosemont Nips St. Joseph’s
Host Rosemont defeated the Golden Eagles 65-63 to drop St. Joseph’s to 1-1 on the season. GAME STORY Kings Park’s Sean McCarthy finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds, North Babylon’s Isaiah Moore 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Sachem North’s Nick Gallina 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
AROUND THE NET
Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins has committed to Molloy for next season STORY..... OSNA is ranked 13th in the country by USA Today. That gives Long Island two nationally ranked teams, with LuHi ranked 10th.... According to an NCAA report, nearly 40 percent of Division I men’s basketball players who were freshmen in 2010-11 left their original school prior to their third year of college.
LuHi point guard Chris Atkinson has committed to Monmouth..... 6'10" sophomore Nicholas Richards has left St. Mary's......
AROUND THE NET
Westchester CC Cancels Season STORY
Do shoe contracts impact elite recruits? STORY
D3 COLLEGE REPORT 11/15
St. Joseph's Over Drew In OT
Kings Park's Sean McCarthy led the way with 24 points and 12 rebs, Amityville's Andy Laurent had 18 points and 5 rebounds, North Babylon's Isaiah Moore 12 points, and Babylon's Fernando Vazquez 10 points and 3 steals. GAME STORY
Hartwick Trips Up Farmingdale
Amityville's Leland Williams had 12 points and St. Mary's Justin Bailey 10 points and 8 rebounds for Farmingdale.
Old Westbury Falls To Union
Hicksville's Justin Mize finished with 4 points and 7 rebounds for OWB. STORY
Ginyard To Adelphi!
In a great coup for the Adelphi coaching staff, Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard, who earned All New York State honors last season as a junior, was MVP of the Alzheimer's All Star Classic, and is a leading contender for LongIslandBasketball.com Player Of The Year this season, has committed to the school.
Kellenberg Stops Uniondale
In the first matchup of the season between two ranked teams, and the the opener for both as well, #5 Kellenberg held off a late rally by #6 Uniondale and pulled away for an impressive 76-56 victory. Both squads got off to a slow start, with the first basket of the game coming at the 5:27 mark of the opening quarter on a steal and basket by Uniondale’s Kyle Harding. Kellenberg’s Kyle DeVerna got the Firebirds rolling, driving the lane and converting a three point play, and then at the 3:12 mark of the quarter, Stephon Bryan scored on a fast break basket and DeVerna converted another three point play to put the Kellenberg up 11-5. A three point play by Steve Torre and fast break baskets by Michael Torre and DeVerna made it 18-7 Firebirds, and that was the score with one quarter in the books. Uniondale’s Shomarie Redd found Taleek Butler underneath for a basket to open the second quarter, but Mike Torre answered with a turn-around jumper from the low post. A three pointer by Anthony DeGennaro from the left baseline made it 23-10 Kellenberg, and his two free made it 30-16 with three minutes to go in the half, but back to back fast break baskets by Tyler Parris and Redd, Redd’s a three point play, and the margin was back to single digits. Kellenberg responded, with Mike Torre’s basket from underneath off a nice dish from brother Steve giving them a 14 point lead once again, but Danny Ashley trimmed it to 38-26 with a three just before the buzzer and that was the score at the half. Back to back elbow jumpers by DeVerna and Derrick Okunpolor bumped the Kellenber lead to 42-27 early in the third quarter, but three straight fast break baskets, two of them by Harding and the other by Frantzy Georges and the lead was down to 9. Okunpolor broke the run with a basket from underneath, and a behind the back pass from Steve Torre to DeVerna on the break, a Mike Torre foul line jumper, and a putback by Bryan put the Firebirds up 55-39. Two free throws by Redd cut it to 55-41 at the quarter. Redd opened the fourth quarter with a pull-up jumper, and Harding’s three pointer and the Knights were back within striking distance. A steal and fast break basket by Harding made it an 8 point game with 4:41 to play, but Mike Torre knocked down two free throws and then scored on a drive from the left wing to retake the momentum. Uniondale missed back to back layups and back to back putbacks on the other end by Okunpolor put Kellenberg back in control, leading 67-51 with 3:20 left. Another putback by Okunpolor gave the Firebirds an 18 point lead with 2:15 remaining and Uniondale was done. Mike Torre led all scorers with 18 points and he also pulled down 8 rebounds, Okunpolor had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Steve Torre 14 points and 9 assists, and DeVerna 13 points and 7 assists. Harding led Uniondale with 15 points and Redd had 13. 12/2
Chaminade Trips VSS
In the second matchup of the season between two ranked teams, #10 Chaminade pulled away from #13 Valley Stream South for a convincing 57-45 victory. Matt Johnson opened the low scoring first half with a basket from underneath for Chaminade, and then Tom O’Connell added two free throws and Kevin McNoble scored from underneath to give the Flyers a 6-0 lead, but Jaremi Hernandez got Valley Stream South on the board with a fast break basket, Marilo Pereira made it a 1 point game with a three from the top, and the Falcons took a 7-6 lead on a putback by Dion Ogunada. Chaminade moved back in front on Charles Salter’s jumper off the glass, and Mike McGuire’s three pointer from the left wing put them up 11-7 at the first quarter buzzer. Pereira opened the second quarter with a basket from underneath for VSS, but McGuire answered with a three from the left wing. Dana King drove the baseline to bring South back within 3, and after Johnson scored from underneath for Chaminade, Hernandez nailed a baseline three off an inbound play to cut the Chaminade lead to 2 at the half. King found Hall Elisias under the basket for a dunk to open the second half and tie the game at 16, and then the 6’8 junior drove the baseline and scored to give VSS the lead. O’Connell’s two free throws tied it 18, a baseline three by South’s Ogunada off an inbound play tied it again, this time at 24 with 4:35 to play in the half, and then a nice hesitation move by King gave South the lead, but Chaminade closed out the half on a run, and O’Connell ‘s three point play at the 1:03 mark made it 32-28 Flyers. A spinning drive by King cut it to 2, but Owen Prendergast put back his own miss to make it 34-30 Chaminade after three quarters. Ryan Dean opened the fourth quarter with a three from right wing to give the Flyers a 7 point lead, and then he stole the ball and scored to make it 39-30. The pace quickened, and after Hernandez and O’Connell exchanged threes, Hernandez drained another three to bring Valley Stream within 6, but a big baseline jumper by Dean made it 48-40 as the clock dipped under the 3 minute mark. McNoble’s fast break basket put the Flyers up by 10 with 2:27 remaining, but the Falcon’s cut it to 51-44 when King tipped in his own miss with 1:20 showing. It was time to foul, and the Flyers rose to the occasion, with O’Connell knocking down two free throws, McNoble doing the same, and O’Connell knocking down two more and it was game over. O'Connell led Chaminade with 17 points and 6 assists and McGuire and Johnson both added 10 points. Hernandez led all scorers with 20 points and King added 10 for Valley Stream South. 12/4
Northport Over North Bab
In a battle between Suffolk County Class AA contenders, host #9 Northport jumped out to a quick lead and then held off North Babylon 55-47. It was all Northport at the start, with Long Island All-Star Lukas Jarrett soaring through the air and hammering home a fast break dunk and Phillip Volpe ringing up a 4 point play on their way to a 10-2 Tiger lead. Jarrett’s jump hook and Gerard Brady’s three from the left wing made it 17-5 with 2:39 to play in the opening quarter, but North Babylon started to get it in gear and responded with a coast to coast basket by Aaron Lee and two free throws by Zach Moore with 1:15 remaining. Northport resumed the assault, with Ryan Magnuson draining a three from behind the right elbow and Brennan Whelan scoring from underneath to reclaim the 12 point lead, but Brandon Sobotker’s runner made it 22-11 at the first quarter buzzer. Tyree Grimsley opened the second quarter scoring with two free throws to reduce the Northport lead to single digits, Taylor Huyghue scored from the lane to make it a 7 point game, and Tim Forbes scored from underneath off a nice dish from Moore and it was 22-18 with 5:51 to play in the half, but Whelan stalled the run with a drive from the right wing, and he scored again on a nice hesitation runner to make it 26-18 Tigers. The teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the way and it was 30-22 Northport at the half. The back and forth action continued into the second half, with 5 starting things off with a basket from underneath to cut the Northport lead to 6, but Northport started to build a cushion at the 3:11 mark of the third quarter when ryan Magnuson knocked down another 3 and Jarrett hit a baseline jumper for a 40-30 Tiger lead. Moore responded for the Bulldogs with a looping drive down the lane that made it an 8 point game after three quarters of play. Jarrett opened the fourth quarter with a jump hook from the low post and Brady hit a jumper from the foul line to put Northport up 44-32, but the Tigers still could not break loose. Moore answered with two free throws and Jared Ziegler with a three pointer from the right wing to bring North Babylon back within 7. Northport responded with three straight baskets, going up 50-38 with 2:31 to play on Sean O’Shea’s baseline cut, James Magnuson’s drive through traffic, and a Jarrett baseline jumper, but Moore nailed a three from the left wing and it was still a game wit 2:12 left. Brady hit a big shot, answering with a three with 1:38 remaining, and after Tim Forbes hit a baseline jumper for the Bulldogs, Jarrett another big one, scoring on the press break at the 1:10 mark to make it 55-43 Tigers, but back to back baskets by Forbes off of turnovers and the Bulldogs still had life, drawing within 8 with 49 seconds to play. Northport did everything they could to let North Babylon back into the game, turning the ball over and missing free throws, but the Bulldog could not find the basket the rest of the way and the Tigers came away with their first big win of the season. Jarrett finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists, Brady with 12 points, and Whelan with 10 for Northport. Moore and Forbes both had 10 for North Babylon. 12/9
Another strong showing for Long Island teams at the SJB Holiday Showcase, with local teams taking 4 out of 5 contests! More details will follow, but here are the rsults:
#3 Baldwin 77 St. Mary’s 59
#4 Kellenberg 81 Banneker 65
#5 Chaminade 62 Beach Channel 35
#6 Holy Trinity 74 Nazareth 54
#14 St. Dominic 73 Dwight Morris 49
Eagle Academy 47 SJB 45
12/18 High School Update
VS South 68 Beach Channel 38
Valley Stream South is finally putting it together, picking up their fouth straight win by beating PSAL Class AA Beach Channel 68-38. Dana King had 27 points and 8 assists and Hall Elisias 20 points and 16 rebounds.
#9 Copiague 69 Newfield 56
Copiague hit the road for a league game and pulled away from Newfield for an impressive win.
STORY TO FOLLOW
South Side 79 Port Wash. 46
South Side looks better every time out, dismantling a Port Washington team that was fresh off a win over Valley Stream Central. Long Island All-Star Alex Sorenson led the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds, Tim Kelly had 19 points, and John Cheslock 13.
12/4 High School Report
#10 Chaminade pulled away from #13 Valley Stream South 57-45 in the opener for both teams FULL STORY LATER..... #12 St. Mary's lost 63-58 to St. Francis Prep. The Gael's are perhaps overated at this point of the season after losing Steve Milhaven to graduation and having Patrick Jackson and Nick Richards transfer from the school..... Oceanside tripped up #16 Lawrence 68-62. Lawrence was without all-stars Marcus St. Furcy and Josh McElveen..... Central Islip, who was missing injured starting point guard David McKenzie, still rocked Longwood 76-59 behind 46 points from Brandon Hodge .....
12/19 High School Report
#1 LuHi 90 Queens HST 72
Ranked 9th nationally and #1 in New York State, LuHi continues to thrive despite playing without D1 prospect Marvin Prochet, defeating well regarded Queens High School Of Teaching at home to improve to 4-0. Devonte Green led the Crusaders with 33 points, Chris Atkinson added 20, Elijah Bailey 12, and Chris Burkley 11.
Babylon 57 Center Moriches 39
Babylon continues to impress, improving to 5-0 with a convincing win over a good Center Moriches team. Brendan Laing had a game high 19 points, Nick Antolini 18, and Dillon Kelly 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Chaminade Stops Elmont
Unfortunately, both teams were missing key players in this big early season matchup, but it might not have changed the results, because the Chaminade shooters came out red hot, built a quick lead and rolled to a 62-49 win. Charles Salter’s two free throws opened the scoring, and then a three pointer from the deep right wing by Michael McGuire and it was quickly 5-0 Chaminade. Kevin McNoble scored off an inbound play and McGuire’s second three pointer made it 12-2 Flyers, and then McGuire’s third three and a nice basket cut by Salter and it was 15-4 Chaminade with 3:06 remaining in the opening quarter. Back to back baskets by Travis Robinson-Morgan and Matthew Graham narrowed the deficit, but Murphy’s basket off an inbound play and a three point play by McNoble made it 22-8. The Spartans were stunned, but Graham nailed a big three pointer for them just before the buzzer to cut the deficit to 11. Salter opened the second quarter as he had the first - with two free throws, but this time Victor Olawoye answered with a fast break basket for the Spartans. Ryan Dean drilled another Chaminade three and the lead was 14 once again, and a three by Sean Clark made it 33-16 with 2:01 to play in the half, but Graham answered with a three point play and Pauly Paulicap added two free throws to cut the Elmont deficit to 33-21. Dean snuck in underneath and scored and the Flyers had a 13 point lead at the break. Matthew Johnson opened the third quarter with a three pointer from the right wing and added a free throw on the next trip down for a 38-23 Chaminade lead, but neither team could take command and the team traded baskets and free throws until a runner and then two free throws by Robinson-Morgan brought the Spartans back within 10 with 2:50 to play in the quarter. Then with 2:23 left, he knocked down two more free throws to cut the deficit to 42-33, but Kyle Murphy knocked down a 3 to reclaim the double digit lead, putting the Flyers up 45-33 after three quarters of play. Graham opened the final quarter with a three from the deep left wing to bring Elmont within 9, but Salter countered with a drive from the right wing. The Spartans kept trying to close the gap, with KC Ndefo scoring from the baseline off a nice dish from Graham, but they couldn’t get stops, and Chaminade answered every score with one of their own. The momentum swung back to the Flyers, and a putback by Salter made it 57-45 Chaminade with 3:37 remaining, and after two free throw and a right elbow jumper by Johnson, it was 61-48 with under 2 minutes left. Game over. Johnson and Salter led the balanced Chaminade attack with 12 each, while Graham finished with 17 and Robinson-Morgan 13 for Elmont. 12/13
12/12 High School Report
Harborfields 49 Byram Hills 43
#11 Harborfields rallied to defeat the Section 1 Class A Quarterfinalist on the road. Robert Pecorelli led the Green Tornadoes with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Malcolm Wynter had 13 points, 7 assists and 8 steals, and Alex Bloom 10 points.
Holy Trinity 68 St. Joseph’s 49
The 6th ranked Titans took the long trip up to Buffalo, and got off to a great start against St. Joseph’s Collegiate, rolling to an impressive victory. Billy Sixsmith had 25 points and 4 assists, Jack Sixsmith 14 points and 5 steals., and Jimmy Golaszewski 11 points.
Central Islip 60 Northport 57
The 16th ranked Cougars built a 15 point first half lead and then held off #9 Northport. Brandon Hodge led CI with 15 points.
Roslyn 76 Jericho 73 OT
Keandre Augustine erupted again, this time for 35 points to lead 4-0 Roslyn to an OT road win over Jericho.
12/16 High School Report
Bayport-Blue Point 60 John Glenn 51
BBP is getting some attention, improving to 4-1 with a road win over Glenn. They also have a win over Amityville. Their only loss was by 4 points to 3-1 Class AA West Babylon.
Bridgehampton 53 Smithown Chr 28
The legendary Bridgehampton program has it's best team in years, and they showed just how good they are, rolling over a good Smithtown Christian team. Charles Manning Jr. led the Killer Bees with 19 points and 8 assists, Josh Lamison added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Tylik Furman had 10 points. DETAILS LATER
12/13 High School Report
Holy Trinity Sweeps In Buffalo
In what has become a tradition, Holy Trinity either hosts and visits two CHSAA teams from Buffalo every year, and this year they went up to Buffalo and picked up two good wins, finishing up with a dramatic 58-55 victory over a big and strong Nichols squad. The Titans jumped out to a substantial early lead and had to hang on, retaking the lead on an Eddie Higgins jumper with 9 seconds to play. Thorton Scott was high man for Holy Trinity with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Jimmy Golaszewski finished with 11 points.
Copiague Wins Opener
Some teams have played as many as 6 games, but 9th ranked Copiague played just their first game of the season, soundly beating St. John The Baptist 81-59. Kevin Roberts led the way with 23 points, Prince Hickson had 22, and Myles Mills 11 points and 10 assists.
12/10 High School Report
#1 LuHi 74 #7 Chaminade 61
# 7 Chaminade gave #1 LuHi a battle before falling. Devonte Green led the Crusaders with 22 points , Chris Atkinson had 20, and Elijah Bailey 14. Mike McGuire led a balanced Chaminade attack with 12 points, Matt Johnson had 11, and Kevin McNoble 10.
Syosset 60 Wantagh 50
Syosset improved to 4-0 with a 60-50 win over Wantagh, who was fresh off a win over Valley Stream South. Nassau All-Star Dan Albernas had another big game with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists .
VSS 46 East Meadow 34
Valley Stream South stumbled out of the gate 0-2, but got back to their winning ways against East Meadow. Dana King is closer to 100% after starting the season banged up and he finished with 20 points, and Hall Elisias asserted himself with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
12/5 High School Report
#4 Holy Trinity, the defending New York CHSAA Class A State Champion and Federation Finalist, was upset in their opener on a layup at the buzzer, taking a 65-63 overtime road loss to Holy Cross..... St. Dominic improved to 4-0 with a 58-55 win over North Babylon..... Westbury rolled to their second win of the season, beating a solid East Meadow team 67-44 behind 26 points from Jonathan Dean..... A good Great Neck South team had all they could handle with Defending long Island Class C Champion Friends Academy, holding off the Quakers for a 51-48 win.. Friends hs moved to Class B this season....
12/14 High School Report
St. Dom’s McClancy Champs
14th ranked St. Dominic improved to 7-0 on the season with a 55-47 win over host McClancy in the championship game of the Brother Arnold Tournament. Tournament MVP Isaiah Wilson finished with a triple double, scoring 11 points, pulling down 10 rebounds, and making 10 steals, while Dominic Cotumaccio finished with 11 points, including 8 big free throws in the 4th quarter, and Patrick Kiernan added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
12/11 High School Report
Hills West 47 #5 Deer Park 34
The tenatious defense of the Colts never allowed the Deer Park offense to get rolling. One team overrated and the other underrated? Rich Altenord led Hills West with 15 points and Kian Dalyrimple had 10.
Bayport BP 60 #8 Amityville 48
A good Bayport/Blue Point team rocked Amityville, who played without their leading scorer, Mike Smith. George Riefenstahl and Tim Darby both had 19 points for BBP, and Doug Niblock finished with 15.
12/9 High School Report
Roslyn 75 Sewanhaka 71
Roslyn Improved to 3-0 with a win over a good Sewanhaka team. Keandre Augustine, who helped lead John Glenn to the Long Island Class A Championship last season, finished with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals. Noah Nardone added 22 points.
Babylon 69 Stony Brook 56
Babylon seems to have reloaded, picking up their second solid win of the season over defending Suffolk Class C Champion Stony Brook. Long Island All-Star Brendan Laing had 29 points and Dillon Kelly added 20 for the Panthers.
Wantagh 66 VSS 59
Ranked in the preseason, defending Nassau Class A Champion Valley Stream South fell to 0-2. Evan Goldberg led Wantagh with 24 points, Steven Becker had 13 and Patrick Kissane 11
This year's Upstate/Downstate Challenge might have been the best ever! 5 great games played in front of a packed house, and Long Island teams won 4 of them! Results:
Elmont 79 Mt. St. Michael 76 OT
Middletown 48 South Side 46
Baldwin 46 Red Hook 36
LuHi 74 Burke Catholic 59
Uniondale 63 New Rochelle 54
12/3 High School Report
We're not sold on Northport being a top 10 team yet, but the 9th ranked Tigers sure looked like one in their opener, rolling over neighborhood rival and defending Long Island Class A Champion John Glenn 56-38. Long Island All-Star Lukas Jarrett led the way with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 blocks..... Westbury fell a few votes short of the Preseason Sweet 16 and took it out on New Hyde Park in their opener at East Meadow's Coaches vs Cancer Tournament, hammering the Gladiators 76-40. The Green Dragons had 4 players in double figures, led by Rolgens Dextra with 15.
Hills West's Terry Harris was named Atlete Of The Week after scoring 14 points in Houston Baptist's 88-44 win over Dallas Christian. Harris was 5 of 8 from the field and 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
12/2 High School Report
#5 Kellenberg held off a late rally by #6 Uniondale and pulled away for an impressive 76-56 victory. SEE STORY..... North Babylon got a lot of Sweet 16 votes in the preseason poll, and showed why, going on the road to defeat St. John The Baptist 66-57 in overtime behind 18 points from Zach Moore..... St. Dominic improved to 3-0 with a 53-49 win over Regis. Isaiah Wilson led the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Dominic Cotumaccio added 13 points and 4 steals..... Jordan Armstrong had 39 points to lead Roosevelt over Oceanside 73-61. Terrell Canty added 21 points and 10 rebounds..... Dan Albernas scored 35 points to lead Syosset over Port Washington 68-52..... MORE RESULTS ON SCOREBOARD!
Nov. High School Updates
Even though the high school season gets rolling in December, a few schools start their seasons in November. Here are some of the key results from November:
Nationally ranked OSNA beat national powerhouse Mt. Zion 81-71..... St. Dominic got off to 2-0 start, beating Salesian 65-46 and Eagle Academy BK 61-57..... SJB gave well regarded Bayside all they could handle before falling 62-58
Jr COLLEGE REPORT 11/23
Suffolk Picks Up First Win
Suffolk CC got off to a rough 0-4 start this season, but rolled over Dutchess CC 84-65 behind Brentwood's Jahmal Gardner, who scored 21 points off the bench and added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and SJB's John Peloso and Vincent Abbondola, who both had 17 points.
Nassau Falls To Manhattan CC
Nassau CC dropped to 4-3 on the season with a 69-66 loss to Manhattan CC. Valley Stream's Elijah Chambers led Nassau with 17 points and 3 steals and Baldwin's Eric Mack added 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
D1 COLLEGE REPORT 11/20
Westbury’s Andre Walker had 16 points and 4 steals in Loyola’s win over UMBC….. Dix Hills’ Tyler Harris had 11 points and 6 rebounds in Providence’s win over Navy….. Hills West’s Emile Blackman had 9 points in Niagara’s win over St. Peter’s….. SJB’s Kyle Williams had 6 points and 3 rebounds in Grambling’s loss to Purdue….. OSNA’s Chris Obekpa had 5 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 blocks in St. Johns’ win over LIU….. Brentwood’s Femi Olujobi had 5 points and 4 rebounds in Oakland’s loss to Western Michigan…..
What To Do At Tryouts
Players Return From Preps
The three star players who were expected to help lead their respective teams to possible trips upstate this season but instead elected to transfer to prep schools over the summer, have all returned home now after not liking their new schools. Prince Hickson is back at Copiague and Dana King is back at Valley Stream South, but Patrick Jackson is not expected to return to St. Mary's. We will let you know where he ends up.
Hills West's Tobias Harris had 24 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals in Orlando's win over the Pistons..... Amityville's AJ Price, who is on a 10 day contract with the Pacers, led Indiana in scoring in back to back games, scoring 14 in a loss to Denver and 21 in a win over Chicago. He also had a 22 point game in a win over Utah back on Nov 10th...... North Babylon's Danny Green had 11 points and 4 assists in San Antonio's win over the 76ers ..... Roslyn's George Beamon and Hicksville's
John Petrucelli were both taken in the NBA's D-League draft.
Fall League Results
Westbury beat Lawrence in the final of the Bunky Reid Fall League, led by Malachi Dean, Jerome Cuningham, Rolgens Destra and Johnathan JT Dean ..... North Shore defeated Seaford in the PAL/TOB Varsity Fall League Championsip Game..... Stony Brook defeated North Shore in the Sayville Fall League final..... Harborfields beat Brentwood in the finals of the West Babylon Fall League. ..... Mt. Sinai defeated Centereach 41-35 in the finals of the Varsity Fall League at St. Pat's in Smithtown. Nolan Kelly led the Mustangs with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Bonanno added 10 points in the win. Mt. Sinai defeated Sachem North and Centereach defeated Smithtown East in Semifinals.
NASSAU TOP 20
Participants in the Nassau Top 20 All-Star Game are competing to qualify for the 2014 Nassau Public School All-Star Game. They are:
White Jersey Team
Kieran Murchie - Carey
Kevin Young - Malverne
Alex Rosen - Syosset
Timmy Kelly - South Side
Shomari Redd - Uniondale
Paul Colson - Baldwin
Sammy Robinson - Lawrence
Josh McElveen - Lawrence
Kyle Harding - Uniondale
Darasa Rodwell - Baldwin
Black Jersey Team
Justin Caldwell - Baldwin
Joe Forrler - East Meadow
Steven Gessner - Mineola
Joe Santoro - Island Trees
Matthew Graham - Elmont Memorial
Dan Albernas - Syosset
Marvin Chartelain - Baldwin
Albert Egbuchulam - Lawrence
Marcus St-Furcy - Lawrence
Brandon Callaghan - East Meadow
NASSAU TOP 40
The black jerseys rolled in Game 1 of the Nassau Top 40 doubleheader, taking a 104-80 decision. It was close at halftime, but Lawrence's Marcus St. Furcy knocked down a three to put Black up 61-53 early in the second half, and a baseline drive and dunk by Lawrence's Albert Egbuchulam gave them their first double digit lead. Darasa Rodwell from Baldwin stole the ball and drained a pull-up jumper to put Black up 71-57, but Justin Caldwell and Cole Eiber answered for White and they were back into it, trailing 73-65. Black pushed to break it open again, with Uniondale's Shomari Redd draining a three from behind the right elbow and South Side's Matthew Kelly scoring a fast break basket. Redd scored again, this time on the break to make it 83-65, and when Lawrence's Josh McElveen and Rodwell knocked down back to back threes, it was 94-72 and it was all over. Redd led all scorers with 21 points, Rodwell and Egbuchulam both had 13, and Elmont's Matthew Graham and McElveen finished with 12. Sam Robinson from Lawrence led the white jerseys with 15 points, Eiber had 13, and Kelly finished with 11. PHOTOS COMING
NASSAU TOP 40
The white jerseys ran away with Game 2, going up 21-5 behind the balanced attack of their first unit, led by Mineola's Steven Gessner, who had 13 first half points, Malverne's Kevin Young, who had 9, and Uniondale's Kyle Harding, who had 8. The lead was 27-5 when the second unit entered the game and Elmont's Darius Celestin and Syosset's Dan Albernas proceeded to knock down back to back threes, and it jumped to 37-9 on back to back fast break baskets by East Meadow's Brandon Callaghan. Baldwin's Marvin Chartelain made it 47-16 with a three from the top and then a steal and fast break basket by Sewanhaka's Jessen Leesse made it 49-16 and it got worse from there. Leesse was very impressive, finishing with 18 points, Gessner and Young were too and both had 15, and Albernas, Harding and Callaghan all finished with 12. Baldwin's Paul Colson fought against the tide, leading all scorers with 25 points for Black, Alex Rosen from Syosset had 11, and Kamoy Silvero from Sewanhaka 10. PHOTOS COMING
BOYS GAME: CANCELLED
What looked like a serious head injury to South Shore HS’s Ryan Preston caused cancellation of the game in the third quarter with NYC leading 74-61. Preston seemed unconsious and was removed from the court on a stretcher. Thankfully, it appears he will be OK. The game, which has been a staple of the preseason for years, had virtually no advance publicity this year and was not well attended, and the game itself suffered because many of Long Island’s top players, who appeared on the roster initially, did not participate in the game. Those that did participate and performed well were North Babylon’s Zach Moore, Amityville’s Mike Smith, and Brentwood’s dynamic duo of Jamel Allen and Mike Almonacy.
In the girl's game, Long Island rolled over NYC 76-52. There was an injury scare in this game too, with superstar Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski sustaining a knee injury in the third quarter, but again thankfully it does not appear to be as serious as first feared. Brozoski helped get the Island off to a good start with 11 points before getting hurt, and fellow all-star Mei-Lyn Bautista from St. Mary's captured MVP honors with 14 points. Bellport's Ariella Guirantes and Brentwood's Alexia Douglas also finished with 11.
LuHi point guard Chris Atkinson has committed to Monmouth..... 6'10" sophomore Nicholas Richards has left St. Mary's......
All-New York State
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Chris Atkinson, LuHi
Devonte Green, LuHi
Jamel Allen, Brentwood
Marvin Prochet, LuHi
Tavon Ginyard, SJB/ now Brentwood
Mike Smith, Amityville
Dana King, Valley Stream South
Jimmy Golaszewski, Holy Trinity
Brendan Laing, Babylon
Josh Lamison, Bridgehampton
Holy Trinity (5-1)
Central Islip (4-0)
St. Dominic (8-0)
Hills West (4-0)
12/15 High School Report
Farmingdale 53 Plainview 48
In a game between two Nassau Class AA contenders, Farmingdale came from behind on the road. Sal Nicosia led the Dalers with 13 points, Dan McKeon had 12, and Ryan Destine 10.
Huntington 78 Kings Park 46
Huntington improved to 3-0 with a thumping of Kings Park. Kenny McCarthy had 5 three pointers and finished with 23 points, Shyheim Brewster had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks, and Kenny Charles had 12 points.