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Big crowds and outstanding basketball at this year's Thanksgiving Rumble! The DAC Marksmen had another great showing, taking 3 out of 5 divisions!
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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
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. 2/5
Garden City Advances
Garden City led almost wire to wire, holding off repeated Lawrence rallies, but Sammy Robinson capped off the last Lawrence comeback with back to back baskets to give the Golden Tornadoes the lead, only to see sophomore Andrew DeSantis save the day for the Trojans, hitting a runner from the left wing with 8 seconds remaining to give Garden City a dramatic 47-46 first round playoff victory. John Wotczak opened the scoring with a right wing three pointer, and his fastbreak basket gave Garden City an early 9-4 lead, but after a Lawrence time out, Marquan Williams drilled a three pointer from the top, cutting the margin to 9-7. Brian Leggett answered, driving baseline and spinning to the basket to put Garden City up by 4, and then Joe Leighton’s three pointer from behind the left elbow made it 14-9 Trojans at the first quarter buzzer, but Williams opened the second quarter with another three pointer from the top to bring Lawrence back within 2. Leggett countered with a putback and Leighton nailed another three pointer to make it 19-12 Garden City, but Robinson shaved 5 points off the lead with a left elbow drive and then a baseline drive that became a 3 point play. Garden City closed out the quarter with a run, going up 30-17 on a baseline drive by Wotczak, back to back three pointers by Leighton, and then Leighton’s beautiful touchdown pass to a streaking Matt Granville with 2:12 to play in the half, but Williams softened the blow, cutting the margin to 11 with a fast break basket just before intermission. It was a standoff in the early going of the third quarter, but a Williams three pointer from the top, a drive and dunk by Najier Gillespie, and a putback by Robinson brought Lawrence within 4 with 3:57 to play in the low scoring quarter. It was 38-35 as the fourth quarter got underway, and Leighton made it 40-36 Garden City, switching hands in mid-air and scoring with 1:27 gone in the final quarter, but Kamron Gilchrest scored from underneath with 4:38 to play and Lawrence was back within 2 once again. Leighton held them off with a three pointer from straight on, but a putback by Gillespie at the 2:20 mark kept the Tornadoes within striking distance, and Robinson’s fast break basket, and after a turnover, his aggressive drive from the foul line gave Lawrence a 46-45 lead with 1:36 to play. The Tornadoes had a chance to pad their lead, rebounding a missed shot with 56 seconds remaining, but they came up empty, and Andrew DeSantis hauled in the rebound and drew a foul, giving the Trojans the ball on the sideline trailing by 1 with 26 seconds left. They got the ball back to DeSantis on the deep left wing, and he made a determined drive diagonally across the lane, throwing up a shot as he approached the right post that sailed into the basket, touching off a huge roar from the home crowd. It was his only basket of the game, and it gave Garden City a 47-46 lead, but there were still 8 seconds left on the game clock. Lawrence got off a shot in those suspenseful final seconds, but it was off target and Garden City held on to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Leighton finished with a game high 17 points for the Trojans, Wotczak had 16 and Leggett 10. Oliver, Williams, and Robinson all finished with 13 for Lawrence. 2/13

The Curse Continues
It looked like this would be the year that LuHi would finally break the Christ The King curse, finally extricate Long Island from the long shadow of New York City, but it was not to be. The Royals dominated the Crusaders from whistle to whistle, defeating them for the 7th straight time in a game that was not as close as the 70-60 final score. Yes, this is the best LuHi team in years, yes they were on an intimidating roll, crushing team after team, including a Cardozo team that had beaten CTK twice this season, and yes, the Royals have only one player capable of cracking the LuHi starting line-up, but that’s not how curses work. Christ The King played with the confidence of a team destined to win, and if not for Devonte Green and Brandon Jacobs, it would have been a blowout. Even the officials felt the power of the curse, blowing their whistles early and often against Long Island’s #1 ranked team, taking them out of their rhythm and sending key players to the bench, and fate took care of the rest. Looking forward, this might have been LuHi’s only chance to break the curse this season. The Royals are not clear cut favorites in the CHSAA and may not make it back to the Federation State Championships. Of course, LuHi will be there, but the curse lives on. 2/12
VS South Advances
In a Section 8 outbracket contest, the defending Long Island Class A Champions built an early lead and then fought off Floral Park 61-54 to advance to an exciting 2 PM first round matchup with crosstown rival and #3 seed Valley Stream North this Saturday. The Falcons started the game on a run, taking a 9-1 lead on three straight three pointers, the first by Jaremi Hernandez and then back to back 3s by Daniel Sarpong, and they were up 15-1 after Dion Ogunade’s baseline drive and two straight baskets by Hall Elisias, the second a putback dunk. Jack Dixon got the Knight’s going with a right baseline three pointer, and Brian Fox’s putback cut it to 15-6 at the first quarter buzzer, but Hernandez kicked off the second quarter with a drive down right side of the lane, scoring in traffic to put the Falcons up by 11. Shadner Edouasie’s drive from the right elbow, a left wing three pointer by TJ Cluess, and a putback by Frank Phelan made it a 4 point game with 4:40 to play in the half, and the Knights went out in front on Mike Incantalupo’s 3 point play and a steal and fast break basket by Fox with about 20 seconds remaining, but Ozzy Traill hit a clutch three pointer from the top to give South a 27-25 lead at intermission. Fox knocked down two free throws to tie it as the third quarter got underway, and Dixon’s three from the top and a fast break basket by Fox put Floral Park up by 5 just past the halfway mark of the quarter, but Dion Ogunade broke their momentum with a right baseline three, a fast break basket by Hernandez tied it, and 12 pulled up at the foul line and nailed a jumper and Elisias hammered home a putback dunk and it was 41-37 Falcons with three quarters complete. Cluess opened the fourth quarter with a layup off a nice inbound play, but Ogunade countered with a running hook shot, Hernandez hauled in a deflection and looped one in from just inside the foul line, and then he added a fast break basket to put VSS up by 8. A fast break basket by Elisias made it 51-39 Falcons, and two free throws by Ogunade shooting 1 and 1 and then his fast break basket bumped the lead to 16 with 2:04 on the game clock. It was South by 17 after a press break basket by Hernandez, sending some fans for the exits as the clock dipped under the two minute mark, but Floral Park had one last run in them and Dixon answered quickly with a three pointer from the top, Matt Jounakos hit one from the right wing, Fox another one from the right wing, and Cluess one from the top, all while South was coming up empty at the foul line, and it was suddenly 60-54 with 27 seconds to play. The Falcons came up empty at the line once again, opening the door by a crack, but everything had to go perfectly for the Knights, and this time they came up empty too, missing first from outside, and then on a putback, and 12 hit a big free throw on the other end with 12 seconds left to ice it. Hernandez led South’s balanced attack with 15 points, Elisias had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Ogunade added 13 points and 4 assists, and Ozzy Traill 11 points. Fox was high man for Floral Park with 18. 2/12

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. Memorial visitation Sunday 3-8pm, Lindenhurst Funeral Home 424 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst. Memorial Mass Monday, 10am, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal R. C. Church, Wyandanch. In lieu of flowers donations to Gerald Ryan Outreach, 1434 Straight Path, Wyandanch, NY, 11798 or West Babylon Scholarship Fund would be appreciated..  2/8
LuHi Pounds 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






Southampton B Champs
Southampton won their 3rd straight Suffolk Class B Championship in impressive fashion, rallying from a 16 point deficit to beat archrival Babylon 77-59. Babylon got off to great start, taking a 10-4 lead on a floater by K’Sean Reid from the right wing, going up 14-6 on a fast break basket by Kenny Rohl, and leading 21-9 at the first quarter buzzer on Nick Antolini’s three pointer from the right baseline. Freshman Micah Snowden opened the second quarter with a putback for Southampton, but the momentum was still with Babylon, with Antolini knocking down a three pointer from straight on and Aiden LaRock another three from the left wing, making it 27-11 Panthers with 5:32 to play in the half, but after Gene Scott answered with back to back drives, the tide started to turn. Timmy Alejo put back a missed free throw and Israel Johnson nailed a three pointer from the right wing to bring the Mariners back within 9, and then Johnson kept it going, scoring on a fast break basket after a turnover, Alejo drilled a 3 pointer from the left wing, and Scott closed out the half with a short drive to cut Babylon’s lead to 4 at the break. Chad Pike’s right wing three pointer cut it to 37-35 early in the third quarter, but the teams traded baskets and free throw down to the 5:13 mark, when Rohl hit a runner going left to right to bump the Babylon lead to 43-38. Southampton narrowed the gap once again on Pike’s three pointer from the deep left wing, and then took the lead when Scott curled to the basket on an inbound play, got the pass and scored, and then Johnson found Scott again on a nice basket cut to put the Mariners up by 4 with 1:12 remaining in the quarter. After a free throw, it was 52-47 Southampton with three quarters complete. Snowden opened the fourth quarter scoring with a right wing three pointer, and Johnson’s tough drive down the left side of the lane and Scott’s putback gave the Mariners an 11 point lead with 4:50 to play. Snowden’s left baseline three pointer and Johnson’s two free throws made it 70-54 with 3:22 remaining and put Southampton in command, and fouls were called on just about every trip down the floor the rest of the way, with the Mariners getting the best of it to pull away for an 18 point win, advancing to the Long Island Class B Championship Game and to a date with rival and Class D Champion Bridgehampton in the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions. Johnson led all scorers with 30 points, Scott had 16, and Snowden and Park 10 each for Southampton, while Antolini led Babylon with 18, Reid had 14, and Rohl 12.   2/16

LI College Team Update
Adelphi (19-7, 11-7)
Dowling (11-12, 7-9)
Farmingdale St (12-11, 12-6)
Hofstra (18-8, 10-4)
LIU/Post (15-10, 10-7)
Nassau CC (21-5, 17-4)
NYIT (3-21, 2-15)
Old Westbury (16-7, 15-3)
Molloy (7-17, 5-11)
Stony Brook (22-4, 13-0)
Suffolk CC (15-12, 10-11)
St. Joseph’s (10-13, 9-9)
USMMA (11-12, 6-8)

Ranking The Leagues
Which leagues did best against non-league competition this season?
      1 Suffolk League 2         - 25-  6 
      2 Nassau Conference 2 - 31-22
      3 Nassau Conference 1 - 25-24
      4 Nassau Conference 3 - 22-27
      5 Suffolk League 3         - 13-19
      6 Suffolk League 1         - 11-20
      7 Suffolk League 4         - 11-21
CLASS A next!

Smithtown West In OT
By Dan Skaritka
It might have been because of the early start, but both teams came out in the first quarter without the intensity you would expect to see in a playoff game. North Babylon took an early 18-17 lead, but Smithtown West opened up the second quarter on a 7-0 run and had as much as an 8 point lead at 30-22 with 2:25 left to go in the half. After a North Babylon timeout, the Bulldogs switched up their defense to try and stop Nick Grande, who had 11 first half points for West, and it worked, sending North Babylon on an 8-0 run to tie the game at the half. NBs Tyree Grimsley had 12 of his team’s 30 first half points. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter, with neither team able to generate any kind of momentum, and it was Smithtown West by 2 going into the fourth. West continued to hold the lead until a fast break by Grimsley put North Babylon up 48-47 with 4:39 to go, however, Smithtown West’s Chris Crespa had big fourth quarter (scoring 7 of his 11 points in the quarter) and he put Smithtown West back on top 55-53 on a 3 pointer with 1:25 left to go in regulation. North Babylon had the ball down 2 with only 13.7 seconds left to go, and they missed a layup, but big man Billy Mueller grabbed the rebound and was fouled on his putback attempt. He sank both foul shots to tie the game and send it into OT. In the overtime, the Bulldogs could not find the basket and it was all Smithtown West. Nick Grande scored 7 of his 21 in the OT, and the team shot 7-8 from the charity stripe for a 70-57 victory. North Babylon’s Grimsley finished with 21 and Billy Mueller had 11. 2/13

2/12 HS Highlights
Hempstead 49 Plainview 48
Durell Williams hit a desperation half court shot at the buzzer to give Hempstead the incredible one point win over Plainview in Section 8 Class AA first round playoff action. The Tigers rallied from a 7 point halftime deficit to advance to a Quarterfinal matchup with league rival Massapequa next Wednesday. Williams finished with a game high 25 points and Deshawn Meadors had 10. Jack Stafford led Plainview with 15.  
#7 Kellenberg 85 #5 Chaminade 71
The Flyers could not stop what many believe is Long Island’s best backcourt, with Steve Torre and Kyle DeVerna combining for 58 points to lead the Firebirds to the big home win. The teams are now tied for first place in the NSCHSAA with 8-2 league records. Ryan Dean led Chaminade led with 24 points.

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Fusco Scoring Champ
East Rockaway's Danny Fusco was this season's regular season scoring champion, averaging 30.3 points per game. Fusco became the school's all-time scoring leader this season. He and Lawrence's Sammy Robinson tied for most points scored in a single game with 43. 2/12  SCORING LEADERS

#6 Hills West 72 #4 Northport 47
It was an outstanding defensive effort by Hills West, who would not allow the Northport shooters any open looks, and every one of the 7 three pointers knocked down by Matt Asenjo and Kian Dalyrimple seemed to snuff out the beginnings of a Tiger rally or put another nail in their coffin, sending the Colts on to their second straight Section 11 Class AA final and third in the last 6 years. Things began ominously for Northport in this much anticipated matchup, with star Lukas Jarrett heading to the bench in foul trouble just minutes into the game and with his team already trailing 5-0. Richard Altenord made it 10-0 with a right wing three pointer that he followed with a fast break basket and the Colt defense continued to smother the Tigers, but Northport finally got on the board on Justin Carrano’s two free throws, and then Roy Schneider brought the crowd to life, shaking loose for a three pointer from behind the right elbow that cut it to 11-6. It was 13-8 as the quarter came to a close and looking like Northport might have dodged a bullet, and then Brennan Whelan drove from the right wing and scored to draw the Tigers within 3 as the second quarter got underway, but Dalyrimple’s three from the deep right wing stopped them in their tracks, and Asenjo’s fast break basket gave the Colts an 8 point lead still early in the quarter. Kevin Cryer-Hassett responded, hitting a runner off a nice crossover at the top, and then Ryan Magnuson’s three pointer from straight on cut it to 20-17, all with Jarrett still sitting, but Asenjo answered with a three and before you knew it, it was 30-20 after another three by Dalyrimple with less than a minute to play in the half and Jarrett was back in the game before things got out of hand. A Hills West free throw was the only point scored in the final seconds, giving the Colts an 11 point lead at intermission. After an exchange of three pointers by Asenjo and Magnuson, Cameron Jordan’s three point play and Dalyrimple’s putback made it 41-25 Hills with 5:12 to go in the third quarter. Jarrett tried to stem the tide with two free throws and a spinning basket out of the low post, but a left wing drive by Altenord and then a three by Dalyrimple from behind the right elbow put the Colts up 18 with 2:13 remaining and it was 49-30 at the end of three. Asenjo opened the fourth quarter with a left wing three pointer, and then his left baseline three, right wing three, and right baseline three made it 70-40 Hills. Game over. Asenjo led all scorers with 22 points, Dalyrimple had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Jordan 15 points and 7 rebounds. Sean O'Shea led Northport with 12 points 2/21
#3 Brentwood 61 #16 Smithtown W 49
Smithtown West kept within striking distance, but they could not close the gap on the defending champions and Brentwood continued on its quest for a third straight Long Island title, advancing to another Section 11 championship game led by Mike Almonacy, who played like a man on a mission on both side of the ball. The consensus on this game was that it was going to be a blowout, but it became clear early on that the Bulls were not intimidated, came to play and would not go down easily. West’s Nick Grande provided the first clue with a steal and fast break basket to open the scoring, but Tyler Carey, who has emerged as a solid contributor for the Indians, answered quickly with a basket from underneath, and then Ramel Allen’s fast break dunk put Brentwood into the lead. Smithtown big man Doug Levy had his shot blocked, stayed with it and scored in heavy traffic to tie it at 6, but a deep left wing three by sophomore Lester Quinones and Brentwood was back in front, and then a steal and fast break dunk by Jamel Allen, a fast break basket by Quinones, and a three pointer by Almonacy from behind the right elbow stretched the lead to 10 before sophomore Chris Crespo’s two free throws cut it to 20-12 at the first quarter buzzer. Jamel Allen opened the second quarter scoring with a short baseline drive, and he added two free throws for a 12 point Brentwood lead, one of the many times during the game that you had the feeling it was the beginning of the end for the Bulls, but Kyle LaGuardia answered on a well designed inbound play to keep it close and the teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the quarter, with the Indians taking a 29-19 lead into the locker room. It continued back and forth early in the third quarter, but 5 straight points by Matt English, who scored twice from underneath and added a free throw, and West was within 7 with 5:15 remaining. Brentwood bumped it back to 11 on Almonacy’s three from the top, but a fast break basket by English cut it to 45-36 with three quarters in the books and it was still a game. Almonacy ripped a rebound out of the hands of a Smithtown player and scored and Jamel Allen drilled a big three pointer from behind the left elbow to give Brentwood a 14 point lead with 5:38 to play in the fourth quarter, making it do or die time again for the Bulls, and Greg Giordono came through, drilling a left wing three pointer to cut it to 54-44 with 4:48 remaining. West had to continue making its move with time running down, but the Indians would not comply. Quinones scored from underneath to reestablish the 12 point lead, which Giordonno answered with a three point play with 4:02 left to cut the margin to 9, but neither team scored again until Jamel Allen knocked down two free throws at the 2:49 mark to make it 58-47 and the door was quickly swinging closed. LaGuardia’s putback and it was a 9 point game again, but with just 1:33 remaining, Smithtown needed stops and baskets on just about every possession and George Perdomo came down and struck the fatal blow, draining a big three pointer from the left wing to make it a 12 point game again with 1:08 left. The Bulls could not answer, and in fact neither team would score again. Almonacy led all scorers with 18 points, adding 5 assists and 6 rebounds, and Jamel Allen finished with 17 points. English was high man for the Bulls with 14 and Giordono had 11. Brentwood will now take Hills West Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College-Brentwood for the Section 11 Class AA title, with the winner advancing to the Long Island Class AA Championship Game and also to a separate event - The Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions, which matches up all of the counties class champions to determine one overall champion. 2/21

2/17 HS Highlights
#2 Baldwin 90, Valley S Central 47
It was a 1 point game the last time these two teams played, but the top seeded Bruins are in playoff mode now, and rolled past VSC, leading 24-4 at the first quarter buzzer. They have 4th seed Massapequa up next in the semifinals Tuesday at Hofstra. 
#9 Westbury 71 East Meadow 63
East Meadow gave Westbury fits, leading most of the way and up by 4 with three quarters complete, but the Green Dragons erupted for a 21-9 fourth quarter to advance to a semifinal date with Freeport Tuesday at Hofstra. BOX SCORE
Massapequa 50 Hempstead 38
Massapqua beat Hempstead for the third straight time, holding the Tigers to 2 second quarter points. They will take on top seed Baldwin Tuesday at Hofstra. BOX SCORE
Freeport Holds Off Uniondale
It’s been and up and down season for the Red Devils, but they seem to be peaking at the right time, picking up their 4th straight win 49-47 over #3 seed Uniondale. They will face #2 Westbury next in the semifinals Tuesday. BOX SCORE
#1 LuHi 77 Wings Academy 61
Wings Academy, ranked #2 in New York State Class AA, battled the Crusaders most of the way and pulled within 2 mid way through the third quarter, but LuHi closed out the quarter on a 16-2 run and pulled away from there, leading by as many as by 27 before the starters headed for the bench. BOX SCORE

Winning Streaks
Here are the longest current winning streaks through 2/19:
15- Baldwin
14- Hills West
12- Westbury
12- Harborfields
11- Kellenberg
8- South Side
8- Elmont
6- Massapequa
6- Brentwood

Deer Park Upset
By Jim Casey
In the NCAA tourney there is a tradition of 12 seeds beating 5 seeds. Suffolk AA saw the same happen Saturday afternoon as lower seed Commack defeated favored Deer Park, 51-48. Ian Rubin (25 points) was the offensive star for the Cougars, hitting 4 of his 5 three point shots in the third quarter to bring Commack back from a 7 point half time deficit, and his drive from the left wing with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter gave Commack the lead for good, 49-48. Commack's Ryan Steffens (10 points) was a force on the backboards and on the defensive end, and he hit the two big free throws that provided the final three point margin. It was the Cougars' match up zone which gave the Falcons fits, especially in the fourth quarter when Deer Park was limited to seven points. Deer Park's senior Donnell Loussaint scored all 14 of his points in the first half to give the Falcons their 27-20 half time lead. Sophomore Brett Talbert led Deer Park's fourth quarter surge when his steal and layup gave the Falcons their last lead at 43-42. Commack senior Ryan Graziano led the effort at the point guard spot with timely assists. The Cougars will now travel to fourth seed Smithtown West on Tuesday in a AA quarterfinal. 2/13
2/16 HS Highlights
Suffolk Tournament Of Champions
Bridgehampton 75 Stony Brook 45
Class D Champion Bridgehampton, defending New York State Champions, advanced past Class C Champion Stony Brook, hammering the Bears in a very impressive display on both sides of the ball. BOX SCORE  FULL STORY
The Killer Bees advance to face another big rival, Class B Champion Southampton, and will also advance in the Class D State Tournament.
Hills West Holds Off Bay Shore
6th ranked Hills West built a 12 point halftime lead, but 15th ranked Bay Shore cut it to 1 after three quarters and took a 4th quarter lead before the Colts rallied for 56-51 victory. West meets Northport in a much anticipated matchup Sunday at Stony Brook.
#16 Smithtown West 49 Commack 45
Two cinderella teams faced off, and host Smithtown West came out on top.
  Jake Torres iced the game with a big layup with 6 seconds remaining. Next up for the Bulls: Top seed and 3rd ranked Brentwood Sunday at Stony Brook.
2/13 HS Highlights
Bellport 81 Central Islip 78
Bellport rallied on back to back threes by Kendall Robinson, and then Marcus Morning iced it with another three. The Clippers finished with five players in double figures, with Tyleek Jackson leading the way with 19 and freshman Jarell White finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. BOX SCORE 
#12 Copiague 51 Sachem North 48
North took an early lead, Copiague rallied to go up by 1 at the half, and then the two teams went back and forth in the second half, with Rigaud Destime giving Copiague the lead for good with 1:00 minute remaining and Andre Morgan blocking a shot at the buzzer to preserve it
Valley S North 60 Valley S South 57
Noah Shy hit a three pointer to tie it and then hit the game winner against the neighborhood rival and defending Long Island Class A Champion. He finished with 19 points to lead North’s balanced attack, Josh Dennis and Taliq Abdul-Rahim added 13 points each, and Jordan James 12. Hall Elisias led all scorers with 20 points for South.

CM Eliminates Mattituck
By Jim Casey
Three cliches apply here: 1- It's hard to beat a good team three times, 2 - Live by the 3 die by the 3, and 3 - And a youth shall lead them. Let's start with number 3. Center Moriches freshman Sean Braithwaite controlled this elimination game in his first experience in the playoffs to defeat Mattituck, 70-57. His 22 points and steady point guard play led the Red Devils, who had lost twice to the Tuckers in League VII competition. This was a three point game early in the fourth quarter when senior Patrick Weber entered the game for the first time and proceeded to bang two key three pointers to prevent Mattituck's valiant attempt to come back. The Tuckers five senior starters, who depend on making three point shots, saw this part of their attack fail them in this, their final career game. They were led, both offensively with deft passing and scoring inside and out with his ultra quick drives, and defensively through many steals, by three sport star, Joe Tardif. Center Moriches took the lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Tuckers, 13-7, to go ahead, 30-25 at the half, led by Braithwaite's scoring inside. Tardif's three assists and steals in the third quarter helped bring Mattituck close at 46-43 at the end of three. Braithwaite's two three point shots provided the momentum for the Devils. But it was not to be for the Tuckers as Center had an answer for every Mattituck rally in the pivotal fourth quarter. Now the three time adage will be tested again on Saturday as the Red Devils travel to top seed, rival Southampton, which has defeated them twice during the season. The winner goes to the Class B County Final. Braithwaite will face another precocious freshman, Southampton's Micah Snowden. 2/11
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

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
2/10 HS Highlights
#5 Chaminade 64 #9 St. Anthony's 49
It was a tight back and forth game for three quarters, but Chaminade blew it open in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Friars 20-6. Once again, the Flyers featured a balanced attack led by Ryan Dean with 14 points, Mike McGuire with 13 points and 5 assists, Owen Prendergast with 11 points, and Kyle Murphy with 10. Josh Nicholas led St. Anthony’s with 16.
#7 Kellenberg 84 Brooklyn L & T 68
Kellenberg took on one of the PSAL’s top Class A teams and after a tight first quarter, went on a 27-9 second quarter run to put the visitors from NYC away. Kyle DeVerna led the way, finishing with 29 points, Steve Torre and Anthony DeGennaro both had 14 points, with Torre adding 10 assists, and Connor Remhild had 12 points.
Babylon 55 Wyandanch 40
A 19-8 third quarter proved to be the difference in another contentious matchup in tightly packed Suffolk League 7. Southampton gave themselves a little breathing room down the stretch, winning their last 5 league games in a row.  BOX SCORE
Upper Room 88 OSNA 45
The rebuilt Upper Room program is putting together a terrific season, improving to 13-3 after hammering once dominant OSNA. The Royals jumped out to a 21-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. Rashan Allen led the way with 26 points, Osbel Caraballo had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Jose Pabon 13 points and 12 assists. Boubacar Diakite led OSNA with 13 points.

Hills East Stops Copiague
Hills East played like they were fighting for a playoff spot, knocking down 12th ranked Copiague and not letting them back up. The T Birds secured one one of the last playoff spots with their impressive 73-60 victory, led by Sophomore Savion Lewis, who finished with 26 points and 10 assists, and senior D'Nathan Knox, who had 20 points.  2/9
2/11 HS Highlights
LWA 66 Grace Church 60
Lawrence-Woodmere Academy rallied to take a 30-23 haltime lead and went on to capture their 1st PSAA Championship since 2012-13 and their 7th overall. The Tigers avenged both of their regular season league losses in the playoffs. Jordan Dingle led the way with 27 points, and freshman Aiden Igiehon added 22 points and 17 rebounds. LWA now advances to the NYSAIS State Tournament. 
Valley Stream South 61 Floral Park 54
The defending Long Island Class A Champion built an early lead and then held off Floral Park to advance. South will now visit crosstown rival and #3 seed Valley Stream North at 2pm Saturday. FULL STORY SHORTLY
Hills East 72 West Babylon 55
It was a 4 point game at the end if 3 quarters, but the Thunderbirds pulled away in the 4th behind 12 points from sophomore Savion Lewis, who finished 23 points and 9 assists. D'Nathan Knox added 20 points and Matt Smith had 11. Davante Penn led West Bab with 14. East will now visit #1 seed Brentwood at 4 pm on Saturday.

#1 Playoff Seeds
The following schools have been given #1 seeds in the Public School Playoffs:
Nassau AA - Baldwin
Suffolk AA - Brentwood
Nassau A - South Side
Suffolk A - Harborfields
Nassau B - Oyster Bay
Suffolk B - Southampton
Nassau C - East Rockaway 
Suffolk C - Stony Brook School
Suffolk D - Bridgehampton

2/9 HS Highlights
Comsewogue 63 Sayville 52
A determined Comsewogue squad avenged a 73-54 loss to Sayville earlier in the season to lock up a playoff spot. Mike Stiles led the way with 27 points, David Heller had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Dylan Cervini had 13 points. Sayville’s Hunter Schenkel finished with 26, including his 1000th career point.
LWA 76 Knox 58
Knox suprised LWA in their last meeting, but there were no surprises this time. Freshman Aiden Igiehon had 25 points and 17 rebounds, Jordan Dingle 24 points, and John Alimo 21 points in PSAA playoff action.
Northport 45 Central Islip 30
The Northport defense held CI to 9 first half points. BOX SCORE
West Babylon 70 Bellport 69
WB is peaking for the playoffs, knocking off Bellport for its 5th win in its last 7. BOX SCORE
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.
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
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
Tom Diana Hall Of Fame
Uniondale Head Coach Tom Diana, who has compiled over 300 career wins and a 77% career winning percentage while racking up 16 conference, seven county, and three Long Island Championships, will be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall Of Fame. The 2016 Induction Ceremony and brunch will be held during the public school State Championships, and will be at Heritage Hall, which is part of the Glens Falls Civic Center, on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 10:00 am. Tickets are available for advance purchase ONLY (not at the door) and must be purchased by March 7th, 2016. $25 Adults; $12 for Children (6-11); 5 and under are free. Please contact for information. 

Consecutive Titles
Both Brentwood and Southampton are in pursuit of their third straight Long Island Public School Championships, and if they get them, they will equal Hempstead’s run of three straight from 1996 to 1998 and Wyandanch’s run from 1981 to 1983. The public school record is 6 straight by Hempstead, from 1985-1990, and also by Amityville, from 2000 to 2005. Bay Shore won 5 straight from 1919 to 1923, and Malverne 4 straight from 2007 to 2010. The Catholic School record is an incredible 8 straight by St. Mary’s from 1998 to 2005. They shared the title with St. Dominic in 2002.

Local D1 Highlights
Stony Brook 75 Maine 56
Stony Brook clinched the America East regular season title with the win. STORY
Hofstra 65 Northeastern 60
Hofsta picked up their 20th win of the season. STORY    2/21

2/19 HS Highlights
Harborfields 45 East Hampton 42
Both teams struggled to score for most of the game, but it was tight all the way, and a classic back and forth final quarter ended with a three pointer by Alex Bloom from the right baseline that gave Harborfields the Section 11 Class A Championship. FULL STORY LATER 
#5 Kellenberg 80 #11 St. Anthony's 69
Mike Torre and Kyle DeVerna continued their outstanding play, combining for 49 points to lead the Firebirds to a big road win over the Friars, clinching a share of first place in the NSCHSAA. BOX SCORE
Hills West New AA Champ
By Jim Casey
There is a new Suffolk AA Champion, but one with a familiar name, Half Hollow Hills West. The Colts, who were the dominant team with three County Championships from 2008-2011, prevailed over two time defending champion Brentwood, 86-69, in a thrilling contest before a rousing, noisy throng of fans at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. How can a 17 point win be thrilling ? Brentwood made an inspired comeback, cutting a 20 point lead to 7 behind an incredible performance by the Indians 6'6 All Long Island forward, Jamel Allen, who scored 40 points, including 31 in the second half to keep his team in contention, and that was one of several incredible performances that determined the outcome of the game. But the key was that the Colts had the balance of a champion. This time the scoring was led not by one of their three Musketeers of Jordan, Altenord or Dalyrimple, though all three were wonderful contributors. The leading scorer was 6' senior, Deven Williams with a career high 28, 16 in the West 30 point fourth quarter when Brentwood made its late charge. The contest began by Colts junior football star Cameron Jordan (13 points) nailing 10 inside points to lead his team's early domination. The first frame ended with West leading, 17-10, a lead which they would never concede. Jamel Allen kept the Indians close by hitting 5 of 6 from the free throw line. When the Colts key point guard and defender Richard Altenord picked up his third foul, sending him to the bench early in the second quarter, this looked as if it might be just the opportunity which Brentwood needed. Alas, it was not to be. Rather it was the Colts who dominated that second stanza, 21-10, with balanced scoring, including four three pointers, two by Williams. West senior Kian Dalyrimple was asserting himself with timely blocks and strong defensive rebounds which set the tone early. The Indians were not used to any kind of half time deficit, never mind a 38-20 score. The Colts staunch defense was able to contain the Brentwood dynamic duo of Allen and Michael Almonacy by holding them to a combined 13 points at intermission. Most of the crowd anticipated an Indian comeback, and it certainly came in the name of Jamel Allen, who scored 17, yes 17, of his team's 24 points in the third quarter to draw them within 12 after three. The 17 came from everywhere, inside and out, as he shredded that previously stifling Colts defense. So, now came the last quarter. Would West be able to hold on ? Allen would continue his onslaught, dominating by hitting 19 of his team's points in a row and getting the Indians within eleven at 59-48. Then came the game's most dynamic play. Jamel spun past his initial defender to meet two others. Not to be deterred, he performed a spectacular tomahawk dunk over them to send the loyal Brentwood fans into a frenzy with a little over four minutes remaining. But as they had throughout, the Colts had an answer, and his name was usually Deven Williams who was waging his scoring battle with Allen. Williams hit all nine of his fourth quarter free throws and was aided by Dalyrimple with 12 of his 18 in the second half and Altenord (13 points) who slashed for three strong fourth quarter drives to put the nail in the Indians' coffin. Brentwood would get no closer than seven at 70-63. When Allen fouled out at the 1:16 mark of the fourth quarter, it was evident that a new king would be crowned, one with that familiar name, the Half Hollow Hills Colts. 2/23

Around The Net
This might very well be the last time that The Boys New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships will ever be held at the Glens Falls Civic Center, so if you love high school basketball and have never attended, don't miss out. It's a memorable experience and well worth the trip. Dates are March 11th through the 13th. The New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions, which matches up the champions of the New York City catholic and public schools and the New York State public and private schools to determine one overall State Champion in classes AA, A, and B will be held in Albany 3/18-19
Summer Hoops Festival
The fifth annual BCANY Summer Hoops Festival will be held Aug. 5-7 in Johnson City. The BCANY Summer Hoops Festival is for boys and girls entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2016. Each BCANY chapter from around the state is eligible to field a team, and players must be nominated by their high school coach.

LuHi Deflates WHEELS
The #1 ranked Long Island Lutheran Crusaders improved to 22-3 on the season, pulling away from the PSAL Class AA Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School, more commonly known as WHEELS, to capture the championship of the LuHi Post Season Invitational 77-61. BOX SCORE They defeated Eagle Academy 99-48 in the first round. 2/20

SBU Streak Ends
Stony Brook's 18 game winning streak came to an end at the hands of arch nemesis Albany, who is undefeated at home and led most of the way. STORY

Winter Championships kicked off its 2016 Travel Team Tourament series Saturday at the Island Garden, and we can't remember a tournament with more close game and thrilling finals! The Long Island Roughryderz, led by Uniondale's Kyle Harding and Roosevelt's Jordan Armstrong, captured the Varsity Division in a battle with the tough Scholar Athletes, LIL Wagner took home the JV crown in a great game with the Central Islip Cougars, the Bayside Storm defeated the NYC Jazz for 8th grade honors in another good one, the Seaford Heat stopped Game 7 in a terrific 7th grade final, and it was Lights Out over the South Side Spartans to take home the 6th grade crown. We will post full coverage, including championship team photos and All Tournament Teams, early next week. Our next tournament is March 26th at multiple LI locations.
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 HONOR ROLL!'s annual list of Long Island's best basketball players is
All-Long Island Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors will follow, then First Team and Second Team All-Long Island, and finally, Coach Of The Year and Player Of The Year!
2/18 HS Highlights
Oyster Bay claimed its first championship since 2002, racing out to a big lead and then holding off Wheatley 54-42. Kyle Schindler led the way with 15 points, Mike Bizzoso had 14, and Steven Shoemaker 10. Hunter Pomerantz led Wheatley with 13. The Baymen will now meet Class C Champion East Rockaway for the Nassau County Small School Championship next Thursday and also advance to the Long Island Class B Championship Game against Section 11 Champ Southampton on 3/2
#10 Elmont 58 Sewanhaka 29
Elmont is on a serious roll, both offensively and defensively, holding a Sewanhaka team to their lowest point total of the season while four of their players finished in double figure scoring. BOX SCORE
#12 South Side 74 Glen Cove 42
The Cyclones hammered a good Glen Cove team, leading wire to wire. Alex Sorenson had another big game, finishing with 29 points. Paul Lonegan added 11 points, John O'Brien 10, and Tim Awosika hauled in 11 rebounds. Khalil Zachary had 16 points for Glen Cove. BOX SCORE
Valley Str North 55 Garden City 53
Garden City sophomore Andrew DeSantis tied it with seconds remaining, but Omar Baxter’s left elbow jumper at the buzzer gave Valley Stream North the dramatic victory.  BOX SCORE
Hewlett 73 Seaford 61
Class A Cinderella team Hewlett, the 13th seed, advanced to the Section 8 Class A semifinals with a solid win over Seaford. BOX SCORE Next up top seed South Side Wednesday at Hofstra.

Tigers Edge Copiague
By Jim Casey
To the casual fan, a contest between a 2 seed and a 10 is a mismatch. If you add that the 2 beat the 10 twice handily, why even play the game ? Well, if that fan then discovered that the two teams played in the very competitive Suffolk League II and knew each other intimately, it might not be surprising that the number 2, Northport Tigers, struggled to the last minute to defeat a fierce effort by the Eagles of Copiague, 61-57. The final minute saw Northport senior guard Sean O'Shea break a 55-55 tie with a conventional three point play with 55.1 seconds remaining. This was followed by a clever inside move by Copiague senior forward Andre Morgan (16 points) to draw the Eagles within one, 58-57 with 33.3 seconds left. Then the Tigers' pesky point guard, Brennan Whelan, (21 points) who had been a thorn in the side of the Eagles all game with his eight, yes eight scoring drives, hit a free throw at 27.8. Clutch defense entered the fray in the form of Northport's dominant Lukas Jarrett(23 points) who with 10 seconds remaining, came up with a huge inside block. Forced to foul, Copiague put O'Shea to the line where his two free throws at 8.2 seconds made the final tally, 61-57. Copiague had controlled the first half behind the scoring of Morgan, Sophomore forward Michael Snowden(9) senior guard Myles Mills(9) and junior sniper Rigaud Destine(16, 4 threes). That gave them a 31-25 lead at the half which would have been greater if Jarrett had not come up with a two handed block at the halftime buzzer. The second half featured clutch hoops and tight defense by both teams in a highly competitive game which kept the many noisy fans from both schools on the edge of their seats. The Tigers had a 47-43 lead at the end of three quarters. The lead see-sawed until a Destine 3 gave the Eagles their last lead at 51-50 with 4:30 left. Northport had just enough high quality plays to hold off the determined Eagles. The Tigers' next foe in the AA semi-final is the highly thought of third seed, Half Hollow Hills West, Sunday at Stony Brook's sparkling new gym in a matchup of Long Island's number 4 Tigers and number 6 Hills West in what promises to be another evenly matched contest. 2/16

Tobias Traded
Hills West’s Tobias Harris, New York State’s Mr. Basketball in 2010 and the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova. STORY 2/16

We were looking through all the great statewide information available on, and we came up with a new feature! In our first installment, we are flashing back  5 and 10 years ago. Who were the best teams? The best players? How was your team doing back then?  FLASHBACK

Brentwood Holds Off East
By Jim Casey
One might think that a number 1 seed would have a rather easy game against a number 17. But if that person knew that the number 17, in this case Half Hollow Hills East, was a strong, athletic, determined opponent which had run the gauntlet which is Suffolk League II, it would not be surprising that the Thunderbirds gave the top seeded Brentwood Indians all they could have before succumbing, 72-60, in an opening round AA contest Saturday afternoon at Brentwood. Brentwood took a 34-24 lead into the locker room at halftime behind the usual duo of seniors Michael Almonacy and Jamel Allen, who combined for 20 points. Hills East stayed within striking distance with senior D'Nathan Knox scoring 12. The T Birds cut the lead to four at the end of the third behind the efforts of dynamic sophomore guard, Savion Lewis, (30 points) who totaled 12 in the quarter. Lewis continued his strong play in the fourth with 12 more, including 8/8 free throws, but Almonacy and soph Lester Quinones combined for 16 of the Indians 25 points and they eventually pulled away in the last few minutes. Almonacy controlled the offense with his scoring (26) and many deft assists, and his running mate, Allen, controlled the defensive boards, totaling 19 caroms. This Brentwood squad does not have all the weapons of last season's state runner up, but it presents a most formidable obstacle to all challengers. Next up: Bellport on Tuesday at Brentwood at 6 PM.  2/13
#9 Westbury 62 Freeport 53
The Green Dragons moved out in front but they couldn't shake a tough Red Devils team, prevailing in the end in a good, hard fought county semifinal led by Jonathan Dean and Darius Young. Westbury had the edge right from the start, with a balanced attack giving them an early 12-8 first quarter lead and Dean, Young, and Khalid Ketchen all contributed. The Green Dragon’s looked like they might break it open after Young’s right wing three pointer put them up 21-8 with 5:05 left to play in the first half, but a three point play by Tyree Powell-Townsend off a nice curl to the basket kept it close, and Jordan Brown’s jumper from just inside the left elbow cut it to 22-15 with 3:39 left. The lead was 10 again after Brandon Ottley nailed a three from behind the left elbow, but Rolin Bell answered with a right wing three, Rajah Mayo added a jumper from just inside the foul line, and then his fade away brought the Red Devils within 6 at intermission. Young opened the second half with a three pointer from the top to give Westbury a 31-22 lead, but Freeport worked the ball around nicely and found Roy Isaac underneath to cut the margin to 7. Ottley answered with a drive to the basket, underhanding one in, and then Ketchen spun to the basket and scored to put the Green Dragons up 35-24, but Freeport held the line and the teams traded baskets to the 3:12 mark of the quarter, when Mayo’s three pointer brought them within 6 at 42-36. Dean responded with a drive from the top, converting it into a three point play, but Powell-Townsend’s basket from down low and Mayo’s right baseline three pointer made it a 4 point game with 2:02 left. Young went 2 for 4 from the line in the final seconds to give Westbury a 6 point lead with three quarters complete. Willie Tenzie’s three pointer from behind the left elbow cut it to 48-44 as the fourth quarter got underway, and Powell-Townsend spun to the basket and scored off an inbound play to tie it at 50 with 4:42 left, but Westbury retook the lead on Dean’s jump hook, and then Young’s big steal and basket put the Green Dragons up 55-51. After a turnover, it was Freeport ball with 3:11 showing, and Isaac scored on a putback in heavy traffic to make it a 2 point game with 2:58 to play, but Westbury slammed the door shut, shutting out the Red Devils the rest of the way while Dean scored the first 2 of 7 straight Green Dragon points for the win. Dean and Young both finished with 19 points, while Mayo led Freeport with 16, Tenzie had 13, and Powell-Townsend 12. 2/23
Farmingdale State Falls
The #3 seeded Rams gave up a 12 point lead, dropping a first round Skyline Conference playoff game to St. Joseph's of  Brooklyn. STORY 2/23
#2 Baldwin 51 #16 Massapequa 43
Baldwin led almost wire to wire, but the underdog Chiefs battled them the whole way, led by the inspired play of junior forward Bryce Paladino, who displayed a strong set of post skills in the losing effort. Jared Rhoden’s left wing jumper and two free throws by Shane Gatling gave the Bruins an early 7-2 lead, and a Jabeon Bivens three pointer from behind the left elbow made it 10-4 Baldwin, but a beautiful post move by Paladino and then back to back three pointers by Jake Gould tied it at 12 with 1:53 to play in the opening quarter. Gatling responded with a deep left wing three for the Bruins, but sophomore Connor Payne’s short jumper from the lane cut it to 16-14 at the first quarter buzzer. Rhoden opened the second quarter with a three pointer from the left baseline, but Chris Wasson answered with a left wing drive, and then Paladino and Dylan Nealis both scored on the break to tie it at 21 with 3:24 left in the half. Elijah Bovell’s coast to coast basket put Baldwin back on top, and it remained Bruins by 2 at the break. Rhoden opened the second half with a drive and basket, Justin Caldwell spun to the basket out of the low post and scored, and then he scored again, knocking down two free throws to make it Baldwin by 7, but Thomas Ammendola seized the momentum with a right wing three pointer, Paladino’s three point play brought Massapequa back within 3, and Wasson’s three as time expired cut it to 33-31 with three quarters in the books. Rhoden opened the fourth quarter scoring as well, this time with a short jumper from the right side, and Caldwell rebounded, spun to the basket and scored to make it Bruins by 7. Gatling stretched the lead to 45-36 on two free throws with 1:47 remaining, but Paladino answered with two free throws of his own and then Wasson’s baseline three brought the Chiefs back within 5 with 53 seconds to play. Gatling knocked down two more free throws and Massapequa hopes began to fade, and then Bivins knocked down two more to make it 48-41 with 39 seconds left and it was an 8 point game at the buzzer. Gatling had a game high 17 points and added 5 assists and 5 rebounds, Rhoden finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Caldwell with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Paladino had 16 points for Massapequa. 2/23
#11 South Side 48 Hewlett 47
South Side has a recent history of getting upset in the playoffs, and 13th seed Hewlett gave the #1 seed all they could handle, but the Cyclones shook off the past and rallied for the win on a big three pointer by Dami Awosika, advancing to the Section 8 Class A championship game for the first time since 2012. It looked like the 18-4 Cyclones might disappoint their fans once again this season, getting off to a slow start against Ciderella Hewlett, who came out of a weak bracket to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Bulldogs took a 6-4 lead when Ajijah Hill turned on the afterburners on the the break, leaving defenders behind with a burst of speed, and then his drive from the deep left wing through the defense made it 12-7 Hewlett at the first quarter buzzer. Troy Feeney open up the second quarter with a three pointer from the left wing, and then Zach Bromfeld scored on a nice move from the low post and Aaron Kadosh hit a short jumper from the lane and it was Hewlett by 10 still early in the quarter, but the game was stopped due to a medical emergency in the crowd, and when it resumed, the teams began to trade baskets and free throws until Alex Sorenson pulled up and hit a left wing three for South Side on the break. Dami Awosika followed him with another fast break basket to pull South Side within 4 and he added one free throw in four attempts to make it a 3 point game at the half. Tim Awosika found Paul Lonergan underneath to open the second half scoring, and then Sorenson spun around a defender, scored and drew a foul, converting the three point play to put South Side into the lead 25-23. Matt DeLuccio kept it going, hitting a running hook shot, and then Lonergan’s left wing three made it 32-26 Cyclones with 4:13 left in the quarter, but Kadosh kept it close, scoring on a drive, and Hill put back his own miss to bring the Bulldogs back within 2. Lonergan got free underneath again and scored, and Dami Awosika’s fast break basket off a beautiful bounce pass by DiLuccio bumped the South Side lead to 6, and that was the margin with three quarters complete. Gianluca Preziosi opened the fourth quarter with a left wing three pointer to cut the lead in half, and Hill followed him with a fastbreak basket to bring Hewlett back within 1, but Dami Awosika’s two free throws held them off. Feeney’s putback tied it at 39, and he converted the three point play to give Hewlett the lead with 5:47 remaining, but Lonergan answered with a drive from the top, and South Side was up by 3 after two Sorenson free throws. Bromfeld and Matt Mannino both scored from underneath to put the Bulldogs back in front with 3:25 to play, and the back and forth action continued, with Sorenson drawing a foul and hitting both free throws to tie it. Two out of four Hewlett free throws made it 47-45 Bulldogs with 1:44 showing, but Dami Awosika came down and drilled the big three from the left wing to put the Cyclones up by 1, and it surprisingly held up the rest of the way, despite the constant back and forth scoring that preceded it. Awosika had a game high 13 points, Sorenson had 12, and Lonergan 11 for South Side while Hill led Hewlett with 11. 2/24
2/23 HS Highlights
#7 Harborfields 63 Southampton 46
Malcolm Wynter and his Class A Champion Harborfields team raced out to a 17-3 lead and rolled over Class B Champion Southampton, advancing to the title game of the Suffolk County Tournament Of Champions against Class AA winner Hills West. 
Hofstra 70 UNC Wilmington 69
Hofstra came from 18 down on the road to avenge a home loss back on February 4th and registered their 21st victory of the season. The Pride pulled into a first place tie with the Seahawks with the victory. Both teams are now 13-4 in conference play. Hofstra is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Charleston (16-12, 8-9) at 4 pm in the squad's regular season finale, while UNC Wilmington is home to Towson (20-10, 11-6), who they lost to 76-60 back on January 7th. STORY
Old Westbury 82 Yeshiva 60
After a rocky 1-4 start to the season, OWB earned the #1 seed in the Skyline Conference tournament with a 16-4 conference record and eliminated #4 Yeshiva in a semifinal matchup.

#10 Elmont 77 Valley Stream North 54
Most observers agree that Elmont would be a strong contender in Class AA as well, and the Spartans flexed their muscles in their Class A Semifinal, rolling over a good Valley Stream North team to advance to a much anticipated title game matchup with South Side. Elmont wasted no time moving out in front, going up 7-1 on Yasir Lawrence’s baseline drive and KC Ndefo’s putback, and it was 11-3 after Ndefo’s alley-oop dunk and 17-7 on Victor Olawoye’s pull-up jumper from the baseline. North sophomore Taliq Abdul-Rahim and Lawrence traded three pointers as the clock wound down, and it was it 20-10 Elmont with one quarter complete. Jalen Burgess barreled through traffic from the top and scored as the second quarter got underway, then he nailed a pull-up jumper from the foul line and a left wing three pointer, and capped off his one man run with a putback to make it 29-12 Elmont with 5:31 still to play in the half. Olawoye kept it going, staying with it after getting his shot blocked to score from underneath in traffic, Darius Celestin followed with a fast break basket, and Burgess with another putback to stretch the lead to 22, but Shamari Griffith slapped out a rebound, got the ball back and scored from underneath, and then Joshua Dennis tipped in his missed free throw to cut it to 35-16 and that was the score at the half. Jordan James opened the second half with a three pointer to shave more off the lead, a Dennis putback brought North within 14, and Noah Shy’s fast break basket cut it to 39-26 as the third quarter clock dipped under the 5 minute mark. Dennis kept it going with a fast break dunk, firing up the VSN crowd and making it an 11 point game, and Elmont cooperated, holding the door open by going 2 for 4 from the foul line, but North did not take advantage and Elmont’s Travis Robinson-Morgan drained a big three pointer from the right wing to make it 44-28, then another three from the top and a floater from the lane and it was 51-32 at the 1:23 mark of the quarter. Shy’s baseline jumper and free throw made it a 15 point game and that’s the way the third quarter ended. Ndefo made a statement to open up the fourth quarter, hammering home a fast break dunk, and then Robinson-Morgan knocked down a three pointer from the top and Celestin scored a fast break basket to make it 59-37 Elmont with only a minute gone in the quarter. Shy tied to hold back the flood waters with a three point play, put North needed stops and baskets, and they couldn’t get the stops, going pretty much basket for basket the rest of the way and falling by 23 in the end. Elmont had a text book balanced attack, with six players finishing with 10 or more points, led by Robinson-Morgan’s 16 points. James was high man for VSN with 14. BOX SCORE 2/24
#13 St. Anthony's 69 SJB 57
It was a classic back and forth NSCHSAA playoff battle, and the host Friars prevailed behind 27 points from Josh Nicholas and 4 timely three pointers by Chris Paniccia. Baskets came slowly in the first quarter, but SJB’s Brenden McGovern got things started with a jumper from the left wing, Jason Feliz scored from underneath, and Gael Lambre scored on a fast break basket off a turnover to make it 6-0 Cougars. Tyrone Lyons got St. Anthony’s on the board with a running hook shot, but the teams traded baskets to close out the quarter and it was 10-4 St. John’s at the buzzer. Nicholas opened the second quarter with a drive, drawing the foul and knocking down both free throws, but Keanu Brewster answered for the Cougars with a right wing three pointer. Paniccia countered with his first three pointer, this one from the left baseline, and James Pryor rebounded and scored to bring the Friars back within 2, but Brewster answered again with another three. Nicholas drove to the basket and was sent spralling, hitting the shot as he fell to the ground, drawing the foul and converting the three point play, but Brewster still would not let the Friars close the gap, knocking down another three to make it 19-14 SJB with 4:18 left to play in the half. St. Anthony’s would not relent, finally getting over the top on Paniccia’s second three, a basket by Pryor from underneath, and another three by Paniccia that gave them a 3 point lead, but Brandon Hayes countered with a circus basket and free throw to tie it. Nicholas responded, knocking down two free throws in the final seconds of the half to make it 26-24 Friars at the break, and then he opened the second half with a three point play and followed it with a runner from the left wing to put St. Anthony’s up by 5. Jon Harewood went coast to coast to add to the lead, but back to back fast break baskets by Feliz and McGovern and the Cougars were back within 3, and Brewster’s three point play tied it at 34 with 3:31 to go in the quarter. It was SJB by 5 after Kyle LoCastro’s fast break basket and Brewster’s looping drive from the left side, but Nicholas nailed a three pointer from the left wing at the 30 second mark to narrow the gap. LoCastro answered with nice basket cut off an offensive rebound, got the dish and scored to make it SJB by 4 with three quarters in the books. Mike Mariconda looped down the lane and hit a floater, Pryor scored from underneath, and then Paniccia hit another big three from the top to give St. Anthony’s the lead as the fourth quarter got underway, but St. John’s kept pace, with Hayes rebounding and scoring and Brewster driving from the deep left wing, spinning off a defender and finishing to put the Cougars up by 1 with 5:46 to play. McGovern hit two free throws to add to the lead, but a three point play by Nicholas tied it at 50, his deep right wing three put the Friars back on top, and then Pryor scored off an inbound play to make it 55-50 St, Anthony’s with 3:46 remaining. The lead was 6 after Mariconda’s two free throws, but Brewster answered with two free throws, and then LoCastro’s left wing three pointer cut it to 58-56 with 2:14 left. St. Anthony’s dug in and the closing sequence unfolded, with James Walsh finding Aidan Conk underneath to put St. Anthony’s up by 4, and then Nicholas hit a big three pointer from the top with less than a minute to play, and after an SJB turnover, Harwood put it away with two cluth free throws. Pryor finished with 10 points for St. Anthony’s, while Brewster had 15 points for St. John’s, Hayes 11 and McGovern 10. 2/25 
#6 Hills West 57 #7 Harborfields 56
It was a tight back and forth game throughout, with Malcolm Wynter knocking down a clutch three pointer to give 7th ranked Class A Champion Harborfields a 1 point lead with 18 seconds remaining, and then Richard Altenord knocking down two pressure packed free throws with 5 seconds left to lift 6th ranked Class AA Champion Hills West to the overall Suffolk County title. The teams went back and forth right from the start, with Harborfields taking an early 8-4 lead on Winter’s left wing three pointer, Danny Morgan’s three from behind the left elbow, and a reverse layup by Nick Mitchell, and Hills West going up 18-15 on Kian Dalyrimple’s three from the top and Cameron Jordan’s fast break layup.  Wynter hit another three to tie it at 18 as the first quarter came to a close, but the Colts moved out in front as the second quarter got underway, with a Deven Williams drive from the top putting them up by 3, and then Altenord’s runner from the left wing made it 26-21 West with 4:52 to play in the half. Neither team could sustain any momentum and the teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, with Kian Dalyrimple closing out the half with a pull-up jumper from the right side to give the Colts a 32-24 lead heading into the locker room. Matt Asenjo got things started in the second half with a three from behind the left elbow, giving Hills West what would be their biggest lead at 35-26, but the Green Tornadoes whittled away at it, cutting it to 5 on Robert Pecorelli’s right wing three and then drawing even at the 2:05 mark of the quarter on a basket by Morgan off an inbound play. The Colts started to rebuild their lead as the quarter wound down, going up 4 on a Jordan putback, but Wynter spun away from a defender and drilled another three to cut it to 45-44 with three quarters complete. The lead went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter, with the Green Tornadoes going up by 2 after Wynter’s drive early in the quarter, and Hills West going up 55-52 on Asenjo’s three off an inbound play with 1:22 to play, and it continued right down to the dramatic final seconds, when Wynter’s three from behind the left elbow put Harborfields up 56-55 with 18 seconds left, and then Altenord won it with two free throws on a legitimate foul call. The Colts featured a balanced attack, led by Dalyrimple with 15, Jordan finished with 14, Asenjo 12, and Altenord 10. Wynter led all scorers with 20 for Harborfields, Pecorelli had 12 and Morgan 10. Both teams will continue to represent Section 11 in the State Tournament, with Hills West taking on the Section 8 Class AA Champion and Harborfields the Section 8 Class A Champion to determine Long Island’s best teams on March 5th at LIU/Post. The winners of those games will advance to the NYSPHSAA Class AA and Class A Final Fours up in Glens Falls. 2/26
Friars Trip Up Top Seed Chaminad​​e.
James Walsh, Josh Nicholas, and sophomore Tyrone Lyons sparked 13th ranked St. Anthony's to a surprising win over the top seed, pulling away in the second half for a convincing 73-54 victory to advance to the NSCHSAA Championship Game against Kellenberg. St. Anthony’s took an early lead on a three pointer by Nicholas, and Mike Mariconda went coast to coast to make it 7-3 Friars, but Kyle Murphy answered with a putback, and Ryan’s Dean’s right wing three pointer gave the Flyers at 1 point lead mid way through the opening quarter. Murphy scored again on a running hook shot and Dean stole the ball and scored to make it 12-7 Chaminade, and it was starting to look like the Flyers would take control, but St. Anthony’s closed out the quarter on a run, with Lyons capping it off with a putback and then a fast break dunk to tie it at 15. Walsh opened the second quarter with a right wing three pointer, but Dean answered with a three from the top and the back and forth action continued right down to the 47 second mark, when Friar freshman Jevon Burke scored from underneath to make it 28-24 St. Anthony’s at the half. Lyons opened the second half with a putback to spark another run, with fellow sophomore John Harewood’s drive from the right wing and James Pryor’s putback giving St. Anthony’s a 35-24 lead, but neither team could make any further headway the rest of the quarter and it was still an 11 point game as they headed into the fourth. Mike McGuire knocked down a right wing three pointer to start the quarter, bringing the Flyers within 8, but a big Nicholas three at the 5:35 mark made it 47-37, and then Walsh knocked down another three and drew a foul, converting the 4 point play to give St. Anthony’s a 14 point lead with 4:43 remaining. Pryor’s fast break basket made it 55-40 and time was running out on the Flyers, who kept coming up empty and could not get stops, and when Walsh knocked down two free throws for 62-44 lead with 2:42 left, they were done. Nicholas ended up high man in the St. Anthony’s balanced attack, finishing with 15, Walsh had 14, Mariconda 13, and sophomore Pryor 11 points and 12 rebounds. Dean finished with 18 for Chaminade and Murphy with 13. 2/28
#2 Baldwin 65 #9 Westbury 49
Shane Gatling led Baldwin to a commanding 35-18 halftime lead, scoring 25 first half points, but the Bruins had to hold off an early third quarter Westbury rally before pulling away to capture their second straight Section 8 Class AA title. Gatling was hot right from the start, drilling a deep left wing three to open the game, Zion Stephens drove the baseline and scored to make it 5 - zip, and after Jonathan Dean got the Green Dragons on the board with a left wing three pointer, Jared Rhoden stretched the lead with a putback and then a pull-up jumper from the right wing, Gatling spotted up and hit a right wing three on the break, and he did it again, this time from the left wing, to make it 17-7 Baldwin with 1:26 to play in the opening quarter. Westbury tried to keep pace, with Brandon Ottley answering with a right wing three and Dean grabbing a loose ball and scoring to cut the margin to 5, but Rhoden closed out the quarter with pull-up jumper from the baseline for a 19-12 Bruin lead with one quarter complete, and the lead was suddenly 12 after Gatling scored back to back, first with a putback and then on a three pointer just one minute into the second quarter. Darius Young scored back to back to keep his team within striking distance, but Gatling renewed the assault, closing out out the half with four straight baskets, three from close range and the last a three pointer from the top at the buzzer that put Baldwin up by 17 at the break. The Green Dragons began to slice into the lead as soon as the second half got underway, going on a run to quickly reduce it to single digits. Young started it off with two free throws, then Ottley pulled up for jumper, Young drove and looped one in from the lane, and Dean scored on the break to cut it to 35-27 with 5:03 left in the third quarter, and then Rolgens Dextra’s baseline three pointer brought Westbury within 7 with 4:10 remaining, but the rally ended just as quickly as it started. Baldwin’s Justin Caldwell scored on a nice reverse layup and Elijah Bovell on a putback, and then Jabeon Bivins hit a three pointer from the left wing and it was 44-30 Baldwin with 2:23 to play in the quarter. The teams traded baskets down to the buzzer, one of them a beautiful Zion Stephens putback dunk, and it was still a 14 point game with three quarters in the books. Dextra scored from underneath for Westbury to start the fourth quarter, but Stephens put back his own miss and Rhoden scored on the break to make it 50-34 Bruins and neither team could generate any real momentum from there. It was still Baldwin by 15 with 4:04 to go and the Green Dragons needed to make their move, but they couldn't get stops and the back and forth continued, with Westbury getting no closer than 13 the rest of the way. Gatling led all scorers with 25 points, hurting his hand and going scoreless in the second half, Rhoden finished with 14, and Stephens with 10. Dean led Westbury with 12 and Young had 10. 2/27
#10 Elmont 55 #11 South Side 51 2OT
The two teams staged an epic battle for the Section 8 Class A title, with dramatic shots ending both regulation and the first overtime and an exciting finish. Yasir Lawrence got things going for the Spartans with a layup and then two free throws, but South Side big man Tim Awosika scored from underneath to tie it at 4 and then his dunk at the 2:26 mark tied it again at 6. Travis Robinson-Morgan put Elmont back on top with a three pointer from the left wing, and Jalen Burgess scored back to back to make it 14-6, but South Side’s Alex Sorenson hit a big three just before the buzzer to make it a 5 point game with one quarter complete. Sophomore KC Ndefo opened the second quarter with two free throws to put Elmont up by 7, but South Side answered with a run, with Sorenson knocking down two free throws, Dami Awosika hitting a left wing three, Matthew Boranian tipping in a missed shot, and Sorenson scoring on a putback to give the Cyclones an 18-16 lead with 2:40 left in the half. The teams went back and forth at a quick pace as the half wound down, with Boranian and Burgess swapping putbacks in the closing seconds to make it 22 all at intermission. The second half started slowly, with Sorenson’s three from the left wing the first points scored with 5:37 showing, and Robinson-Morgan answered with a three from the left wing, but not until the 4:44 mark. Sorenson’s second three of the quarter made it 28-26 South Side, but Elmont was back on top after a three point play by Burgess. Sorenson retook the lead with a three from the top, but Lawrence answered with a left baseline three and it was 34-32 Spartans after three quarters. Sorenson drilled another three from the top as the fourth quarter got underway to give South Side a 1 point lead, but Burgess and Lawrence scored back to back in response, and the back and forth action continued, with a Sorenson putback tying it at 39, Elmont going up by 2 on a Burgess basket from underneath, and Paul Lonergan nailing a big three from the left wing to put South Side up by 1 again with 2:04 left. Ndefo rebounded and scored in heavy traffic, converting the three point play for a 44-42 Spartan lead with 37 seconds on the game clock, and it was Elmont by 3 with 7 seconds left after a Robinson-Morgan free throw, but the Cyclones came down court after the missed second free throw and Dami Awosika drained a dramatic three pointer at the buzzer to send it into OT. There was no scoring in the first overtime until the 1:47 mark, when a fast break basket by Burgess put Elmont up by 2 , but it was Dami Awosika again, redeeming himself for three missed free throws with a fast break basket with 16 seconds left that tied it and sent it to a second overtime. Lonergan opened up the second overtime with a big right wing three pointer to put South Side on top, but Robinson-Morgan answered with a left wing three to tie it at 50 and Victor Olawoye curled down the lane and scored to put the Spartans up by 2 with 1:20 remaining. Elmont pulled down a big offensive rebound with 53 seconds left still leading by 2, and then Ndefo rebounded and scored in heavy traffic to make it Elmont by 4 as the Spartan faithful roared their approval. There were 18 ticks left on the game clock and Elmont sent Tim Awosika to the line. He made the first to make it a 3 point game and then missed the second, hoping for an offense rebound, but they couldn’t come up with it and had to foul. The Spartans cooperated, coming up empty at the line, but Ndefo pulled down a huge offensive rebound, was fouled going up and iced it from the line with 7 seconds left to claim the Section 8 championship and a date in the Long Island title game. Burgess led the Spartans with 20 points, and Ndefo came through in a big way with 11 points, 8 blocks, and many big rebounds, including that crucial offensive rebound. Robinson-Morgan added 10 points. Sorenson led all scorers with 22 for South Side and Lonergan had 10. 2/27 
​#12 Holy Trinity 63 St. Mary's 48
The Gaels hung tough most of the way, but the Titans built on their lead every quarter and advanced to a semifinal matchup with #2 seed Kellenberg on Sunday. BOX SCORE
#4 Kellenberg Outlasts Holy Trinity
Steve Torre had another big game, scoring 24 points, pulling down 14 rebounds, and handing out 5 assists to lead the #2 seeded Firebirds over the #3 Titans in a very tough NSCHSAA semifinal playoff matchup, earning a spot in the finals against upset winner St. Anthony’s. Ryan Wilkens got things going with a three pointer from behind the right elbow, and Torre’s steal and fast break basket gave Kellenberg a 5-0 lead, but Aidan Barry got the Titans on the board with a jump hook from underneath. Torre spun to the basket and hit a bank shot to make it 9-4 as the first quarter clock dipped under the 5 minute mark, but Thornton Scott’s three pointer from the right wing brought Holy Trinity back within 2, and then Barry scored again from underneath, Scott looped one in from the lane, and Camren Wynter scored on the break and it was 13-9 Titans with 2:22 left. DeGennaro slowed the run with a left wing three pointer, but Wynter’s second fast break basket put Holy Trinity up by 2 at the first quarter buzzer. Kyle DeVerna tied it as the second quarter got underway, scoring on an inbound play, and after Wynter responded with a putback, Torre’s running hook shot became a three point play and the Firebirds were in front 18-17. Torre extended the lead with a pull-up three pointer from the left wing, but the Titans kept pace with Tyler Small’s foul line jumper, and Scott tied it with two free throws. Torre stepped back and nailed another three from the left wing to break the tie, and it was still a 3 point game as the teams headed for the locker rooms. Cleevens Lans scored from underneath to give Kellenberg a 5 point advantage as the third quarter got underway, but Barry answered from the low post, Small’s left wing three cut it to 29-28 with 5:15 left in the quarter, and Scott’s three from the top at the 4:33 mark tied it at 31. The Titans moved out in front on Wynters fast break basket, but the lead went back and forth until DeVerna drilled a right baseline three to make it 41-37 Firebirds at the third quarter buzzer. Wynter opened the final quarter with a runner from the right elbow, cutting the Kellenberg lead to 2, and it was back and forth action the rest of the way. DeVerna’s beautiful spinning drive and three point play put the Firebirds up by 3 at the 3:59 mark , but after a turnover, Barry answered with a jump hook from the low post to cut it to 46-45 with 2:49 remaining. DeVerna found Ryan Wilkens for a big fast break basket and a 3 point Kellenberg lead, and after the Titans came up empty at the free throw line, DeGennaro nailed a potentially fatal left baseline three pointer to put the Firebirds up by 6 with 1:05 left, but Wynter cut it to 51-47 on a putback with 54 seconds remaining. Holy Trinity needed nothing but stops and baskets in the final seconds, and they drew a charge call with 33 seconds showing and Wynter capitalized, spinning off a defender, stepping back and hitting a jumper at the 24 second mark to make it a 2 point game, but they had to foul and they fouled Torre, who came through for the Firebirds, hitting four straight free throws in the final seconds to clinch the victory and a spot in the Championship Game. Deverna finished with 11 points and 5 assists while Wynter led HT with 16 points, Scott had 14 and Barry 10. 2/28  
Southampton 83 Oyster Bay 67
Southampton Three-Peats!
By Jim Casey
The Suffolk Class B Champion Southampton Mariners resumed their quest to reach Glens Falls and the State Class B Championships with a convincing 83-67 win over Nassau's B Champion Oyster Bay at Suffolk CCC Selden Tuesday evening, winning their third straight Long Island Class B title. Senior Israel Johnson, who last season teamed up with three All-New York State seniors, including his big brother, Isaiah, to reach the Southeast Regional Final, led this season’s Mariners to another trip to that Regional Final with his deft passing, athletic jump-stop drives and consistent pull up two pointers, finishing the game with 23 points. Southampton held only a 5 point lead after the first quarter, 21-16, but had established their frenetic fast pace at both ends of the court to set the tone for the game. The final basket of the quarter was scored on a lay up after a clever steal by sophomore Elijah Wingfield, who played like the son of a coach, which he indeed is. (His dad is Southampton girls' coach Junie Wingfield who had a bird's eye view at the end of the bench.) That hoop sparked Elijah to a dominant second quarter in which he scored 13 more points to give him a career high 15. He scored in a variety of ways, inside on offensive rebounds and fast break finishes from dynamic assists by Johnson, and finishing off his quarter, as well as the Baymen, with back to back three point shots. With a 45-30 half time lead and a few starters, including Johnson, in foul trouble, one would think that Southampton would play the second half conservatively. But that "one" would not know veteran Southampton coach Herm Lamison. The Mariners opened up the third quarter with a devastating full court zone press which rattled the Baymen into turnovers and led to a commanding 71-47 lead after three. Mariners 6'3" junior Aaron Kryzewski (18 points) continued his first half contributions to add 7 points to Johnson's leading 10 markers. The proud Baymen did not go quietly, however. Led by senior guards Mike Bizzoso (25 points) and Kyle Schindler (14 points) and cheered on by a very vocal throng of supporters, Oyster Bay whittled away at the Mariner lead to close to within 13 at the 2:30 mark before the Mariners' Johnson (who else ?) put the final nails in the Baynen coffin with 4 of his 9 game high free throws. Southampton now proceeds to the Regional final game, which they lost last year to a strong Woodlands team. That contest will be played either Friday or Saturday against an opponent to be determined. Hopefully for the Mariners, a win then will punch their ticket to a Glens Falls Final Four. 3/1

Bridgehampton 67 Eldred 50
Defending Champs Advance
By Jim Casey
The defending State Class D Champion Bridgehampton Killer Bees began their hopeful return to Glens Falls and another crown with a 67-50 win in the Regional Semi-final over the Catskills Region D champ, the Eldred Yellow Jackets. The Bees led from wire to wire behind the powerful inside play of senior Josh Lamison who led with 19 points. Though Eldred set up their 2-3 zone to prevent him from receiving the ball, Lamison's teammates found him often enough and he used his strength to retrieve offensive rebounds. The result was nine free throws to go with his five two point field goals. Bridgehampton stretched its 35-20 half time lead to 54-34 after three stanzas. Lamison was aided by three other teammates in double figures: the three point snipers Elijah Jackson(12 points), Matthew Hostetter (12) and Tylik Furman (15). The Yellow Jackets did not die easily. They first cut into the Killer Bees' lead by scoring the first six points of the third quarter. Lamison's two free throws ended that run. In the fourth Eldred closed to within 63-50, but with only 1:30 left in the game, the Bridgehampton lead was safe. The Eldred effort was led by seniors Noah Clemmons with 17 points and David Powers who put up 11. The Killer Bees now face Clark Academy in the Regional Final at Pace University on Friday. They hope to win there to continue their annual northward trek to Glens Falls.  3/1
Stony Brook 52 East Rockaway 33
Bears Take 3rd Title In 4 years!
by Dan Skaritka 
It was Mac Bohuny’s birthday and the Stony Brook player got what he wished for….a Long Island Championship! Mac led the charge for the Bears with 8 points in a dominating 19-4 first quarter and East Rockaway couldn’t find the basket against Stony Brook’s great team defense and strong interior defense by Jyles Etienne. In the second quarter, East Rockaway’s Danny Fusco, Long Island’s leading scorer, asserted himself, scoring all 10 of the teams 2nd quarter points, while Stony Brook had 8 to take a comfortable 27-14 lead going into the second half, but East Rockaway would cut into it with a late 9-3 third quarter run, thanks to multiple 3s from Nick Parziale, pulling within 6 entering the 4th quarter. Stony Brook tightened up their defense in the 4th, not allowing a single field goal the rest of the way while both Luke O’Connor and Brandon Providence had big fourth quarters for the Bears to help their team pull away and seal a 52-33 victory. O’ Connor finished with 17 point and Mac Bohuny contributed with 16. Danny Fusco lead all scorers with 22.  3/1
St. Anthony's 49 Kellenberg 45
#4 seed St. Anthony's pulled off their second straight upset, building a lead and then holding off a furious rally by the #2 seed to claim their first NSCHSAA Class A title since 2007. Kellenberg had beaten the Friars in both their regular season matchups, most recently an 80-69 victory at St. Anthony’s, but with the score tied at 10, the championship game took a different turn when Kyle DeVerna headed for the bench in foul trouble and the Kellenberg shooters went ice cold. St. Anthony’s seized the opportunity and moved out in front on Aidan Conk’s spin move from the lane, then James Pryor scored on a drive from the right elbow and again from underneath, and Conk scored again on a putback to make it 19-12 Friars. Ryan Wilkens hit Kellenberg’s first field goal of the quarter, a right wing three pointer to cut it to 19-15, but Mike Mariconda answered with a three from the top and it was St. Anthony’s by 7 at the half. Steve Torre opened the second half with a coast to coast driving layup through traffic, but Josh Nicholas answered with a floater from the lane. Torre took it to the hole again, finishing with a scoop shot, and DeVerna added two free throws to bring the Firebirds back within 3, but Nicholas crossed over and looped down the lane for a score and Pryor scored from underneath and it was a 7 point game again at 28-21. DeVerna closed the gap with a three from the top, but Jon Harewood’s drive down the right side of the lane and then his fast break basket bumped the margin to 8, and then Nicholas drove down the left side, spinning back into the lane and scoring and Harewood added another nice drive to make it 36-24 Friars with 1:36 remaining in the quarter. Torre tried to get the Firebirds going again with a strong drive from the top, but Pryor closed out the quarter with a basket from underneath and it was St. Anthony’s by 12 with three quarters complete. Pryor’s putback, which he hit as he fell to the ground, made it 40-26 Friars as the forth quarter got underway, Kellenberg came down and missed an open three, and then Pryor scored again to make it a 16 point game and it was beginning to look like the Firebirds would go quietly, but DeVerna sparked them with a three pointer from the top, Wilkens answered a basket by Nicholas with a right wing three, and Anthony DeGennaro scored on the break and Kellenberg was back within 10 with 4:38 remaining. Torre kept it going, taking an inbound pass, cutting diagonally across the lane and scoring, DeVerna added two big free throws, and then Wilkens knocked down a huge three from the right wing to cut it to 44-41 with 2:45 left, but a big block by Conk on one end and two big free throws by Nicholas on the other and it was 46-41 Friars with 1:38 to play. Torre responded, driving from the top and hitting a runner to bring the Firebirds back within 3, and then DeGennaro knocked down two free throws with 31 seconds left to make it a 1 point game, but Nicholas hit two clutch free throws for St. Anthony’s and when Kellenberg came up empty, a Mariconda free throw finished them off, making it a two possession game with just 5 seconds remaining. Nicholas led all scorers with 21 points and Pryor finished with 12, while DeVerna led Kellenberg with 15 and Torre had 14. 
SBU And LIU/Post Advance
Stony Brook University and LIU/Post both took their first steps towards winning conference tournament championships, with the Seawolves defeating UMBC STORY, and the Pioneers picking up a dramatic OT win over Bridgeport. STORY 3/2
Nassau CC At Nationals
Nassau Community College defeated Monroe CC 68-50 behind 21 points and 8 rebounds from Amityville's Kavione Green to capture the NJCAA Region XV Championship and earn a trip to the NJCAA Nationals. Eric Weiner from Long Beach added 10 point and 7 rebounds. Nassau improved their record to 26-5 with the win. Next up, a Thur 3/10 first round matchup with 24-7 Eastfield CC from Texas. 2/28
Jarell White, Bellport
Trayvon Alexander, Friends (8th)
Rylan Blondo, Lynbrook
Sean Braithwaite, C. Moriches
Jevon Burke, St. Anthony’s
Xavier Green, St. Anthony’s
Malik Hamza, Jericho
Justin Hendrick, VSC
Aiden Igiehon, LWA
Aaron Jaffe, Jericho
Brian Kenyon, LuHi
Thomas Milana, St. Anthony’s
R.J. Meyers-Turner, Uniondale
Makhai Murphy, St. Anthony’s
Nick Pintabona, Mt. Sinai
Omar Rowe, VSC
Kyle Saugy, St. Dominic
Micah Snowden, Southampton
Chris Themelis, Manhasset
Michael Vaughan, St. Dominic
Friars Drop Heartbreaker
It was a tight game throughout, with St. Anthony's leading most of the way, and it looked like they just might pull off their third big upset in a row, but Upstate Champion Canisius of Buffalo, New York State's #2 ranked Class A team, rallied to take a 51-50 decision in their CHSAA Class A State Semifinal. Will Atkinson pulled up for a left wing jumper to get Canisius on the board first, but Josh Nicholas answered with a three pointer from the top, and his drive and a short fade-away jumper by Mike Mariconda put the Friars up 7-4. It was 13-6 St. Anthony’s after back to back threes by James Walsh and Nicholas, but the Crusaders were back within 1 on two baskets by Charles Hart - a rebound and fade-away jumper and then a tip-in, and they took the lead on two free throws by Justin Jones. Nicholas closed out the quarter with a nice crossover at the top and floater to make it 15-14 Friars at the buzzer, and sophomore John Harwood tried to keep it going, attacking the hoop aggressively to open the second quarter, earning three straight trips to the foul line, but he only came away with 2 points and Canisius was back on top after Maduk Ayiy picked up a deflection and scored from underneath and Stafford Truehart scored on an inbound play. James Pryor’s basket from underneath put the Friars back on top and sparked a run, with sophomore Tyrone Lyons adding a putback and Mariconda 2 free throws, and then Harwood went coast to coast, stepping back and hitting a baseline jumper just before the buzzer to make 25-18 St. Anthony’s at the half. The Crusaders’ Chris Hopper cut baseline and dunked to open the third quarter, but Nicholas responded with a runner through traffic and the teams went back and forth until back to back baskets by Justin Jones brought Canisius back within 3. An unpopular goaltending call cut it to 32-30 with 3:13 to play in the quarter, but Nicholas hit a deep three to make it a 5 point game with three quarters complete. Truehart opened the exciting back and forth fourth quarter with a putback, and he scored again on a nice give and go and then on a runner from the lane to tie it at 40, but Aidan Conk’s basket from underneath put the Friars up by 2 with 3:49 to play. The Crusaders retook the lead on a Jones three pointer from behind the left elbow and a basket by Ayiy from underneath, going up 45-42 with 1:57 remaining, but Nicholas drilled a three from the top to draw even. Canisius moved in front again, with Ayiy rebounding and scoring to put them up by 2 with 1:15 left, but Pryor answered with a basket from underneath to tie at 47 with 48 second showing. Truhart put the Crusaders up again on a turn-around jumper from just inside the right elbow, giving them a 2 point lead at the 25 second mark, and then in the decisive sequence, St. Anthony’s came up empty at the foul line and so did Canisius, but the Crusaders got the offensive rebound, went back to the line and went 1-2, and then the missed second shot was out of bounds off the Friars. Atkinson then went to the line with a two point lead and 9 seconds left and hit both pressure packed free throws, giving Canisius a virtually insurmountable 4 advantage, and freshman Jevon Burke’s three pointer for St. Anthony’s in the final seconds was too little too late. Truehart was high man for the Crusaders, finishing with 16 points, and Aiiy added 11. Nicholas led all scorers with 23 points, the only Friar in double figures. 3/5 

SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS!'s Spring Travel Team Championships will be held Saturday, March 26th at locations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. School, AAU, CYO, and Community Teams all welcome! Grades 3rd/9U through Varsity/18U. REGISTER
12:30 Shenendehowa (24-0) vs Aquinas (22-3)
2:15 Baldwin (22-1) vs Middletown (19-4)
9am Williamsville So. (22-3) vs Troy (19-5)
10:45 am Elmont (21-3) vs Byram Hills (21-5)

Middletown, who beat Uniondale
 61-48 back in December, is the Section 9 Class AA Champion and defeated Section 1 Champion Fox Lane in a Regional Final to advance the New York State Class AA Final Four, where they will take on Long Island Champion Baldwin. Fox Lane, who Baldwin defeated 75-46 back in December,  knocked off Mount Vernon 67-60 to win the Section 1 Class AA crown. Section 1 Class A Champion Byram Hills also advanced to the State Final Four, where they face LI Champion Elmont. Byram Hills dropped a 47-43 decision to LI runner up Harborfields back in January. 3/6

Haldane 35 Stony Brook 34
Clark 67 Bridgehampton 56
Top seed Hofstra defeated Drexel 80-67 in the first round of the CAA Tournament. STORY
The Pioneers dropped an 85-58 decision to St. Thomas Aquinas in the ECC Tournament STORY   3/5
Seawolves 13th Seed
Will Take On Kentucky
Stony Brook will take on the legendary Kentucky basketball program in a first round NCAA Tournament matchup Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa

Stony Brook To NCAA!
Stony Brook rallied to defeat Vermont in the America East Championship Game, earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. STORY

Tickets for Saturday's America East Championship Game at Stony Brook are SOLD OUT. PREVIEW 
The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Seawolves In Final
Stony Brook advanced to the America East Championship Game and will host Vermont Saturday at 11 am for the title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  STORY

Pride Fall Short
Hofstra fell one game short of an NCAA Tournament bid, giving up a 12 point lead and falling to UNC Wilmington in overtime. STORY

The Hofstra Pride defeated William & Mary 70-67 to advance to Monday’s 7:00 PM CAA Championship Game against UNC Wilmington. The winner of that game will advance to the NCAA Tournament. The two finalists split their season series, both winning close games on the road. 3/6
Elmont 41 Harborfields 32
Nobody can recall it ever happening before, but in a hard fought back and forth Long Island Championship Game, 9th ranked Section 8 Champion Elmont completely shut out 6th ranked Section 11 Champion Harborfields in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 41-32 victory and a spot in the NYSPHSAA Class A Final Four up in Glens Falls this Saturday. The game was played with great intensity throughout, and actually got off to a fast paced start, with Robert Pecorelli knocking down a right wing three for Harborfields to open the scoring, Travis Robinson-Morgan answering with a right baseline three, Pecorelli countering with a mid range jumper from the right side, and Jalen Burgess weaving his way through traffic and scoring to tie it at 5 all with just two minutes gone in the opening quarter. That pace would lead to a final score in the 70s or 80s, but it began to slow almost right away, with Harborfields adding only 5 more points the rest of the quarter while the Spartans eased out to 8 point lead on a three pointer by Burgess from the top with 1:11 remaining. A steal and fast break basket by Pecorelli cut it to 16-10 at the first quarter buzzer, and then Danny Morgan stole the ball and scored and Pecorelli pump faked and knocked down a left wing three to cut it to 16-15 early in the second quarter, but Burgess held off the Tornadoes with a right wing three. Back to back threes by Kyle Stolba and it was Harborfield by 1 with 1:39 to play in the half, but Robinson-Morgan came off a screen and hit a leaner from just inside the left elbow to make it 22-21 Elmont, and that was the score as the teams headed for the locker rooms. Malcolm Wynter was red hot as the second half got underway, scoring 7 quick points for Harborfields to give his team a 28-24 lead, and then Morgan drove the left baseline and banked one off the glass to make it 30-25 Tornadoes with 4:45 to play in the third quarter, but back to back baskets by Burgess cut the margin to 1. Nick Mitchell started to rebuild the lead, cutting down the baseline and scoring, but a putback by KC Ndefo tied it at the 1:35 mark, and then another putback by Robinson-Morgan, who raced in from the wing to grab the rebound and bank it home, put Elmont up 34-32 as the third quarter came to a close. Incredibly, Harborfields would not score again! A steal and basket by Victor Olawoye put Elmont up by 4, and then Burgess drained a three pointer from the top to make it 39-32 with 3:42 remaining, all while the Tornadoes were clanging shots off the iron, and a final putback by Ndefo made it a 9 point game with 10 seconds left and the Spartans were on their way. Burgess finished with a game high 16 points for Elmont, and Pecorelli had 10 for Harborfields, all in the first half. Next up for Elmont, a Final Four meeting with Section 1 Champion Byram Hills next Saturday up in Glens Falls 3/6
#2 Baldwin 65 #3 Hills West 55
In a terrific high school basketball game played in front of a very loud standing room only crowd at LIU/Post, #2 ranked Baldwin, the Section 8 Champion, rallied to defeat #3 Hills West, the Section 11 Champion, capturing the Long Island Public School Class AA Championship and advancing to the NYSPHSAA Class AA Final Four in Glens Falls. Both teams play outstanding defense and both struggled to get good looks at the start, with Hills West’s Matt Asenjo getting the first field goal of the game, pulling up for a short jumper off the glass to tie it at 3 with 4:53 to play in the opening quarter, but the scoring pace quickened, with Jared Rhoden knocking down a baseline jumper for the Bruins and Kian Dalyrimple answering with a left wing three pointer to make it 8-7 Colts. Baldwin retook the lead on Shane Gatling’s three pointer from behind the left elbow, and then Zion Stephens added a fast break dunk and a three point play to put Baldwin up by 7 at the first quarter buzzer, and the Bruins stretched the lead to 17-8 as the second quarter got underway, with Rhoden draining a nice pull-up jumper from the right elbow, but Cameron Jordan answered with a drive, Richard Altenord euro-stepped his way through traffic and scored, and Deven Williams added a free throw to bring Hills West back within 5. Four straight free throws by Jordan and Altenord cut it to 25-24 with 3:39 to play in the half, but the Bruins closed out the second quarter on a 9-2 run, with Elijah Bovell’s right wing three pointer, Norman Wilson’s foul line jumper, Gatling’s two free throws, and Bovell’s fast break basket making it 34-26 Baldwin at intermission. The two teams went back and forth at the start of the third quarter, with a Jabeon Bivens three pointer putting the Bruins up by 11 and back to back jumpers by Asenjo cutting it to 43-36, and then Bivens and Dalyrimple exchanged three pointers and they continued to go back and forth until Altenord scored back to back, Dalyrimple nailed a right wing three, and Altenord scored again on the break to tie it at 50 with 42 seconds left in the quarter. Altenord closed it out with a drive, getting a deafening roar from the Hills West faithful after circling down the right side of the lane and scoring to give Hills West a 2 point lead with three quarters in the books. Once again, both teams struggled to get good looks, and after scoring a single free throw between them, it was 53-50 Colts with 3:09 remaining. Dalyrimple broke the ice with two free throws, good for a 5 point Hills West lead with 2:49 to play, but Rhoden responded with a foul line jumper and Gatling stole the ball and scored, adding a free throw to tie it 55, and this time it was the Baldwin faithful that exploded. They continued to shake the building after Hills West came up empty at the free throw line and Rhoden’s right elbow jumper gave the Bruins a 2 point lead at the 2:11 mark, and then Gatling added two clutch free throws shooting 1 and 1 to make it 59-55 Baldwin with 1:35 remaining. The Colts turned the ball over and fouled as the clock broke through the 1 minute mark, with Gatling added two more big free throws with 49 seconds left for a 6 point Bruin lead, and the Colts would not score the rest of the way. Gatling led all scorers with 26 points and Rhoden added 11 for Baldwin while Altenord finished with 20 for Hills West, Dalyrimple with 14, and Jordan with 10. Next up for Baldwin is a 2:15 PM matchup next Saturday with Section 9 Champion Middletown in the State Semifinals up in Glens Falls.
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Taliq Abdul-Rahim, VS North
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Chris Crespo, Smithtown West
Andrew DeSantis, Garden City
Jordan Dingle, LWA
Brian Fox, Floral Park
Julien Hakimian, Great Neck N
Alyjah Hill, Hewlett
Savion Lewis, Hills East
Tyrone Lyons, St. Anthony’s
John McMahon, Mineola
Dashawn Meadors, Hempstead
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Collins Onyeike, St. Dominic
Frank Phelan, Floral Park
Lester Quiniones, Brentwood
Jack Reese, East Hampton
Jalen Ryan, Longwood
Joshua Serrano, Amityville
Tyler Small, Holy Trinity
Michael Snowden, Copiague
Javal Staton, Central Islip
Harrison Warnock, LuHi

New Long Island D1 Coach
Former Amityville star Jay Joyner is the new Head Basketball Coach at North Carolina A&T, a Division 1 program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. STORY He joins:
Larry Brown, SMU
Will Brown, Albany
Jim Christian, Boston College
Bill Coen, Northeastern
James Fox, Appalachian State
Joe Jones, Boston University
James Jones, Yale
Bob McKillop, Davidson
Rick Pitino, Louisville
Kevin Willard, Seton Hall

            2 - LuHi
            4 - Baldwin
          17 - Hills West
          19 - Brentwood
          22 - Northport
          24 - Westbury
             5 - Elmont
          14 - St. Anthony's
          18 - Harborfields
          21 - Kellenberg
          23 - Chaminade
  20 - Southampton
  7 - Stony Brook
            6 - Bridgehampton

Spartans Fall Short
NYSPHSAA State Champion Elmont advanced to the Federation Tournament of Champions Title Game playing outstanding defense, holding their last four powerhouse opponents to an average of 42 points a game, but they had no answer for 6’8 Hameir Wright of Albany Academy, who scored 28 points, including 3 three pointers in the pivotal third quarter, and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Cadets to a commanding 67-51 victory and the 2016 Federation Class A State Championship. It was a tough match-up for the Spartans right from the start, with Albany jumping out to a 18-8 lead, but Elmont didn’t get to the big game by backing down from a challenge, and they responded behind Travis Robinson-Morgan and Jalen Burgess, with a tip-in by Burgess bringing them back within 1 at the half. Robinson-Morgan hit a jumper and then stole the ball and found Burgess for a reverse lay-up to give the Spartans a 29-27 lead as the third quarter got underway, but the trouble started when their floor leader, who is a very aggressive defender, got called for his third foul and had to take a seat. The same thing happened in the Public School State Semifinals, and the Spartans survived by containing Section 1 Champion Byram Hills with their outstanding defense, taking control when Robinson-Morgan returned. But they could not contain Wright, who knocked down back to back three pointers and then two free throws to put the Cadets up 35-29 with 4:35 to play in the quarter, and after he knocked down another three pointer and stole the ball and scored, Elmont found itself in a 46-32 hole with three quarters complete. Once again, they battled back, drawing within 8 on back to back threes by Burgess and Robinson-Morgan, but Elmont just couldn’t get the stops and turnovers they needed and the Cadets, who dominated the boards, pulled away with a 13-5 closing run. A disappointing ending, but still a dream season for the Spartans, who captured their first Long Island Championship, their first Public School State championship, and then defeated the New York City Public School Champion in the TOC Semifinals. Burgess, who was a warrior throughout the playoffs, led Elmont with 19 points and Robinson-Morgan, and outstanding point guard and leader, finished with 15. Sal Arena and Will Bennett both added 14 for Albany. 3/19    

Elmont In Final!
The NYSPHSAA State Champion Elmont Spartans advanced to the TOC Class A Championship Game with a 61-44 win over PSAL Champion HS of Telecommunication Arts and Technology, closing out the game with a 21-5 fourth quarter. Elmont got off to quick starts in both of their NYSPHSAA Final Four Games, but the Yellow Jackets had the Spartans back on their heels as their Federation Tournament Of Champions Semifinal got underway, racing out to a 7-0 lead on a baseline drive by Matthew Smiley, but a Yasir Lawrence jumper broke the run, and then three straight baskets by Travis Robinson-Morgan and a putback by KC Ndefo gave Elmont a 1 point lead at the first quarter buzzer. Victor Olawoye kept it going as the second quarter got underway, knocking down a three pointer, and a Jalen Burgess tip-in and a Lawrence fast break basket capped off a 17-0 Spartan run that put them up 19-9 with 5:20 to play in the half, but the Yellow Jackets responded, led by Devin Ballour, whose 8 second quarter points helped cut the margin to 3 before a Burgess jumper made it 27-22 Elmont at intermission. The PSAL Champs resumed their rally in the third quarter, once again led by Balfour, who followed a Thomas Farrell basket from underneath with back to back jumpers, giving the Yellow Jackets a 1 point lead, but Burgess retook the lead with a fade away jumper as the clock wound down and the teams traded baskets, with the Spartans leading 40-39 with three quarters complete. Elmont went on a decisive run to start the fourth quarter, triggered by back to back putbacks by Ndefo and Burgess for a 48-40 lead, but it was the Elmont defense that grabbed the spotlight once again, holding Telecom to just 5 fourth quarter points, allowing the Spartans to pull away for a convincing 61-44 victory. Burgess paced Elmont with 17 points, Ndefo and Robinson-Morgan both had 12, and Olawoye finished with 11. Ballour led all scorers with 21 points for HST. Elmont will face Independent School Champion Albany Academy in the Championship Game. They defeated defending champion Canisius of the CHSAA 63-51. 3/18

Federation History
Long Island has won 10 Federation Titles in the last 16 years.... The last Nassau Public School team to win a Federation Title was Malverne in 2007.... LuHi has played in 4 Federation Title Games in the past 5 years, winning 2 and losing 2.

Federation TOC Match-ups
Semifinal pairings for the New York State Federation Tournament Of Champions, which begins next Friday  in Albany, have been set. In Class AA, Private School State Champion LuHi will take on PSAL Champion Thomas Jefferson and CHSAA State Champion Xaverian battles NYSPHSAA State Champion Aquinas. In Class A, its NYSPHSAA Champion Elmont against PSAL Champ Telecommunications, while Private School State Champ Albany Academy faces CHSAA State Champ Canisius. 

Middletown 77 Baldwin 64
Baldwin dug itself a first half hole, going 1 for 8 from behind the three point line and committing 7 turnovers, but the Bruins rallied to tie it late in the third quarter and it was foul trouble that did them in down the stretch, with two starters fouling out of a close game and Middletown pulling away to advance to the class AA Championship Game. Baldwin’s Jabeon Bivens opened the game with a three pointer from behind the right elbow, and Jared Rhoden’s jumper from just outside the same elbow and a left elbow jumper by Shane Gatling that became a three point play gave the Bruins an early 8-4 lead, but a three point play by Kenneth Middleton, who rebounded a missed second free throw, scored and drew a foul, tied it at 8. Rhoden retook the lead on a nice alley-oop, but Jordan Bryan’s two free throws and a putback by Tyreek Roberts gave the Middies a 12-11 lead at the first quarter buzzer. It was 13-12 Bruins after Rhoden’s turnaround jumper to open the second quarter, and they held the lead until Kyle Brown’s left baseline three pointer put Middletown up 19-17 with 4:14 to play in the half. Back to back pull-up jumpers by Rhoden and Gatling made it 21-19 Baldwin, but the Middies closed out the quarter on a run, sparked by Bright Afful’s three point play off a spinning drive from the foul line and Bryan’s fast break dunk, with Brown adding a baseline three pointer and then a basket from underneath, and Jose Gonzalez capped it off with a another basket from underneath to give Middletown a 10 point lead at intermission. The Bruins quickly closed the gap as the second half got underway, with two Gatling three pointers and a drive by Rhoden cutting it to 39-34 with 5:29 remaining in the quarter, but a putback and then a fast break basket by Brown, and then a drive by Roberts bumped the lead to 11. Baldwin responded with a big run, with Gatling’s floater and free throw, Rhoden’s basket off an inbound play, a drive by Justin Caldwell, Gatling’s baseline jumper, and a fast break basket by Bivins tieing it 49 with 33 seconds remaining, but Daniel Grant’s two free throw gave the Middies a 2 point lead as the third quarter came to a close. Grant opened the fourth quarter with two more free throws, sending Rhoden to the bench with 4 fouls, and Brown’s three pointer from behind the left elbow put Middletown up by 5 with 6:05 to play. Caldwell scored from underneath to cut into it, but committed his fourth foul on the other end, joining Rhoden on the bench, and Middleton converted the three point play to put his team up 60-54. Baldwin held on, with Gatling knocking down two free throws and then going up and under on a drive to make it a 2 point game with just over 5 minutes remaining, but Rhoden had reentered the game and fouled out at 4:31 mark, and Middletown took advantage, dominating the boards the rest of the way, with Afful’s putback giving them a 65-60 lead and Bryan’s dunk off a turnover and Middleton’s drive putting them up by 9 with 3:14 left. Bivins fought against the tide, pulling up for a jumper that cut the margin to 7 with 3:08 on the game clock, but Afful cut down the baseline and scored and Brown hit a baseline jumper to make it 73-62 with 2:02 remaining and it was a 77-64 final. Gatling led all scorers with 29 points and Rhoden finished with 16. Brown was high man for Middletown with 22 points and Bryan had 19.  

36 years: A lot of basketball, a lot of memories ...... Glens Falls Will Be Missed ...... 

Nassau CC Advances
Nassau Community College defeated Eastville College 97-86 in the first round of the NJCAA D3 Nationals behind 26 points from Elmont's Marc Campbell, 24 from Amityville's Kavion Green, and 19 from Glen Cove's Ulie Mickens.  GAME VIDEO  Next up Rock Valley College from Illinois Friday 3/11 at 7pm in the Semifinals.  3/10

Holloway Deserves A Shot
Former Hempstead, St. Dominic and Xavier star Tu Holloway has been excelling in NBA's D League. STORY
Elmont State Champs!
Elmont 57 Troy 43
The consensus among the New York State basketball community members gathered in Glens Falls for the NYSPHSAA State Championships was that Troy would roll over Elmont in the Class A Final, much as they had over Section 9 Champion Williamsville South in the Semifinals. Too much size and too many shooters they all said, and it looked like they might be right after the Flying Horses withstood an impressive start by the Spartans to take a first quarter lead, but Elmont continued to play with that same sense of calm determination that they had in their big semifinal win over Section 1 Champion Byram Hills, coming from behind in the second quarter and riding their outstanding defense and rebounding to a convincing 57-43 victory and the schools first ever State Championship. Jalen Burgess knocked down a three pointer from the left wing to get things started for the Spartans, and Travis Robinson-Morgan followed him with a three from the top to quickly quiet the big crowd from nearby Troy. 6’11 center Jack McLaren got the Flying Horses on the board with a basket from underneath, but sophomore KC Ndefo countered with his own basket from underneath and Burgess rebounded and scored and it was 10-2 Elmont at the 5:21 mark of the opening quarter. Ndefo’s putback made it 14-4 Spartans, but the Elmont shooters suddenly went cold and Troy closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run, sparked by a Brandon Holmes left elbow jumper and a drive by Daniel Buie, and capped off by a dunk from McLaren, a left wing three by Buie, and then two free throws by Buie just before the buzzer that made it 17-14 Troy with one quarter complete. Sophomore Victor Olawoye knocked down a left wing three pointer to tie it at 17 and spark an Elmont run to start the second quarter, with Robinson-Morgan’s pull up jumper from just outside the right elbow and back to back fast break baskets by Darius Celestin and Robinson-Morgan putting the Spartans up 23-17 with 3:27 to play in the half. Buie stopped the run with a three pointer from the left wing and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with the Spartans taking a 29-24 lead into the locker room. Celestin opened the third quarter with two free throws for a 7 point Elmont lead, and a Burgess tip-in made it a 9 point game, but the Spartans could not build the lead from there and the teams began to trade baskets again. Troy was back within 5 on two McLaren free throws, but Ndefo hammered home a thunderous putback dunk in response, and the back and forth continued, with a Yasir Lawrence turn-around jumper from the foul line giving Elmont a 43-35 lead with three quarters in the books. McLaren made a very nice move out of the low post, spinning to the basket and scoring to bring Troy within 6 as the fourth quarter got underway, but that is as close as they would get the rest of the way. Celestin answered with a basket from underneath and Burgess hit a fall-away jumper from the lane to stretch the Spartan lead to 47-37 with 5 minutes to play, and then Burgess scored again, this time from underneath, and Olawoye stole the ball and scored for a 13 point Elmont lead with 3:31 remaining. Darius Holmes-Hines scored from underneath to try and keep the Flying Horses within striking distance, but Robinson-Morgan crossed over and hit a floater to make it 53-40 with 2:10 left, and then his steal and fast break basket and his drive down the left side of the lane gave Elmont a 17 point lead with 1 minute to play and Troy was done. Burgess led all scorers with 19 points, earning the MVP award, Robinson-Morgan had 15 points and 4 assists, and Ndefo 10 points and 13 rebounds. Buie and McLaren both finished with 13 points for Troy. The Spartans now advance to the Federation Tournament Of Champions, where they will take on PSAL Class A Champion Telecommunications in the semifinals Friday night in Albany. 

Elmont 50 Byram Hills 48
Elmont came to play in their NYSPHSAA Class A State Semifinal, showing great poise and confidence as they built a 16 point first half lead and took an 11 point advantage into the halftime locker room, but Section 1 Champion Byram Hills rallied early in the second half, closing the gap, and it was an exciting back and forth game the rest of the way, with the Spartans holding them off several times and dodging a bullet in the final seconds when the potential game winning three pointer was off the mark. KC Ndefo got Elmont off to good start with a fast break dunk, and Travis Robinson-Morgan’s right wing three pointer made it 9-4 Spartans with 4:52 to play in the opening quarter. Victor Olawoye added two free throws, and then three straight baskets by Robinson-Morgan - a fast break basket, a three pointer from behind the left elbow, and a nice drive from the top that he finished with a short fade-away jumper, gave Elmont an 18-5 lead at the first quarter buzzer. Ndefo opened the second quarter with a putback, but the rally stalled when Robinson-Morgan went the the bench in foul trouble and the teams went back and forth for most of the quarter, with Lerone Clark’s fast break basket putting the Spartan up 16. A three point play by Ben Left and two free throws by Skylar Sinon cut the margin to 30-19 at intermission, and then Jared Friedman scored from underneath, Matt Milone hit a runner, and Matt Groll a fast break basket to quickly bring the Bobcats within 5 as the second half got underway, but a Yasir Lawrence putback of a missed free throw and two free throws by Darius Celestin bumped the lead back 36-25. Sinon countered with two free throws, Louis Filippelli with a basket from underneath, and Matt Milone with a pull-up jumper from the foul line and Byram Hills was back within 5 with 1:28 left in the third quarter, but Jalen Burgess held them off with a jump hook from the low post. Filippelli made it a 4 point game with a baseline three pointer, and that's the way the quarter ended. Celestin opened the fourth quarter with a basket from underneath, and Lawrence added two free throws and Celestin a nice drive from the top and the Spartans were up by 10 still early in the quarter, but the Bobcats responded with a right wing three pointer by Sinon and a basket by Groll off an inbound play and it was 44-39 at the 5 minute mark. Burgess held them off again with two free throws, but Sinon’s three pointer from the right wing and Groll’s putback cut it to 46-44 with 2:32 to play. A big steal and two big free throws by Ndefo, and then two more big free throws by Burgess and the Spartans had a 50-44 lead with 1:05 remaining, but Friedberg kept Byram Hills in it, nailing a three pointer from the right wing to make it a 3 point game with 47 seconds left. Elmont came up empty on the other end and the Bobcats got the ball back with 8 seconds, but Spartans fouled with a three point lead, sending Sinon to the line with 4.5 seconds on the clock. He made the first and deliberately missed the second, and it looked like Elmont had the game in hand as the missed free throw was tipped by the Bobcats and headed out of bounds, but one of the officials thought the shot did not hit the rim and blew his whistle for a violation. The officials consulted and ruled that the shot did indeed hit the rim, and that the whistle had stopped play so possession would be determined by alternating possession, giving the ball back to Byram Hills trailing now by two with 4.5 seconds left. The Bobcats couldn’t get the ball inbounds on their first try and called time, and did get it in on the second try and got off a three pointer, but it was just off target, sending the Spartans on to the Class A Championship Game Sunday at 1:30 PM against Section 2 Champion Troy, who dismantled Section 6 Champion Williamsville South 78-39 in their semifinal. 

Keating Out At Santa Clara
Rockville Centre’s Kerry Keating is out as Head Coach of Santa Clara University, a D1 program in the West Coast Conference. He was 139-159 in his 8 years there. His teams were competitive, but never qualified for an NCAA Tournament. 3/11
HOF Calls Tom Diana
We had the pleasure of attending the induction ceremony of one of our favorite people, Uniondale Head Coach Tom Diana, who became a member of the New York State Basketball Hall Of Fame this past Sunday in Glens Falls. Coach Diana has compiled an incredible career record of 316-98 so far, a .763 winning percentage, while winning 3 Long Island Championships, 7 Nassau County Titles, and 16 Conference Championships. He has also produced a never ending stream of All-Long Island players and college prospects in his 21 years at the helm in Uniondale. Congratulations Tom! Here's to 21 more!
FINAL 2015-16
Sweet 16
 Coaches Poll
Jared Rhoden, Baldwin
Jordan Armstrong, Roosevelt
Zach Bromfeld, Hewlett
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch
Chris Coalmon, LuHi
Jonathan Dean, Westbury
Rigaud Destime, Copiague
Jyles Etienne, Stony Brook
 Jayson Feliz , SJB
Kyle Harding, Uniondale
Griffin Halpern, Syosset
Brandon Jacobs, LuHi
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Cameron Jordan,  Hills West
Connor McPartland, Hicksville
Alex Merhige, Harborfields
Xavier Merriweather, Port Wash
Kyle Murphy, Chaminade
Bryce Paladino, Massapequa
Angel Rivera, Bay Shore
Jake Russo, West Islip
Thorton Scott, Holy Trinity
Noah Shy, Valley Stream North
Camren Wynter, Holy Trinity
Darius Young, Westbury
  1 LuHi
  2 Baldwin
  3 Elmont
  4 Hills West
  5 St. Anthony's
  6 Brentwood
  7 Kellenberg
  8 Harborfields
  9 Northport
10 Chaminade
11 Westbury
12 South Side
13 Holy Trinity
14 Massapequa
15 Smithtown West
16 Bay Shore
Ponds/Wave Sink LuHi
Thomas Jefferson star Shamorie Ponds, who is headed to St. John's next fall, exploded for 21 second half points to lead the PSAL Class AA Champions past LuHi 69-62 and into the TOC Final against NYSPHSAA Champion Rochester Aquinas, who eliminated CHSAA Champion Xaverian 54-43. With no league tournament or NYSAIS Class AA State Tournament to play in, LuHi always has a big gap between their last regular seaon game, which was February 20th, and the Federation TOC, but it didn’t seem to bother the Crusaders, who got off to a good start in their Class AA Semifinal, taking an early 13-4 lead after an 11-0 run led by sophomore Donatas Kupsas, who had a three point play and a basket from underneath in the run, but Jefferson settled in and made it a 4 point game at the first quarter buzzer on Curtis Smith's basket in the paint and a drive by Marques Watson. Ponds, who was held in check for most of the first half, put the Orange Wave on top 20-18 with a jumper at the 5 minute mark of the second quarter, and a long three pointer by Watson bumped the lead to 4 with 2:50 to play, but Charles Manning kept it close with a three point play and the teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with Jefferson leading 35-33 at the half. Brandon Jacobs drilled a three pointer to start the second half and put the Crusaders up buy 1, but the Orange wave answered with a 9-0 run sparked by Ponds, who knocked down a three and stole the ball and dunked to make it 46-37 Jefferson at the 4:15 mark of the quarter, and the deficit was 11 with 1:35 left, but LuHi closed out the quarter with a dunk by Manning and two free throws by Devonte Green and they trailed by 7 with three quarters in the books. Ponds gave Jefferson some breathing room, extending the lead on a put back and free throw, and it was a 12 point game with 3:40 on the game clock and looking bad for the Crusaders, but Manning kept hopes alive with a three pointer, and sophomore Harrison Warnock’s big three cut it to 63-58. Time was running out, with just a minute on the game clock, when Ponds slammed the door shut, banking one off the glass with 44 seconds left to make it 65-58 Jefferson and it was a 69-62 final. Ponds led all scorers with 27 points and Marques Watson finished with 11 for the Orange Wave. Green led the Crusaders with 18 and Kupsas and Manning both had 11.  3/18

It looked like their season would end quietly, but Hofstra rallied dramaticly from 11 down to tie it, only to see George Washington win it in heartbreaking fashion, hitting a runner in the final seconds for a 92-90 victory. STORY

LI vs NYC Update
Long Island was clinging to a 1 game lead through January thanks to Holy Trinity, who defeated St. Francis Prep 66-61 on the 31st of the month. It was the closest New York City had been this late in the season since we started tracking the season series between the two regions ten years ago, but Long Island quickly reasserted its dominance in February, getting off to a great start behind LuHi and rolling to a 13-3 win to lock up the series for the 10th straight year. Kellenberg, Westbury, Upper Room, and LWA all picked up big wins. Both regions are well represented in the Federation TOC, with Elmont taking on PSAL A Champion Communication HS in the semifinals and LuHi taking on PSAL AA Champion Thomas Jefferson, but even an unlikely New York City sweep would not be enough to close the gap.


Seawolves Fall
If you saw the game, Stony Brook matched up well with Kentucky at first and even outrebounded them, but just couldn't hit a shot, going 7-37 in the first half and they ended up losing badly. STORY

Long Island In NCAA
Regulars Rick Pitino and Billy Donovan aren't there this year, but there are still plenty of Long Islanders participating in this year's NCAA tournament.  Ahmad Walker, who played at St. Dominic, and Lucas Woodhouse, who played at Harborfields, both play for Long Island’s Stony Brook Seawolves…. OSNA’s Cheik Diallo plays for Kansas…. LuHi’s Ketan Facey plays for UConn…. Chaminade’s Patrick Farrell plays for Villanova…. Northport’s Thomas Kennedy plays for Holy Cross…. OSNA’s Damon Wilson plays for Pittsburgh, Michael Nzei for Seton Hall and Kobe Eubanks for Texas A&M....  Floral Park’s Tim Cluess is Head Coach at Iona…. Hills West’s James Jones is the Head Coach at Yale…. Huntington’s Kevin Willard is Head Coach at Seton Hall…. 

Pikiell Leaving SBU
Stony Brook Head Coach Steve Pikiell, who turned the Seawolves program into a constant contender in the America East Conference and took them to their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance this season, has taken the job at Rutgers of the Big Ten. Pikiell is very popular and respected here on Long Island, will be missed and we suspect, very difficult to replace. 

A - St. Pius
B - Infant Jesus
C - Mary Immaculate
A - St. Martin
B - Good Shepard
C - St Mary’s E Islip
A - St. Mary’s Manhasset
B - St. Anthony’s E Northport
C - St. Agnes
A - St. Aidan
B - St. Agnes 2
C - St. Aloysius
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Jamel Allen, Brentwood
Richard Altenord, Hills West
Jalen Burgess, Elmont
Kian Dalyrimple, Hills West
Ryan Dean, Chaminade
Kyle DeVerna, Kellenberg
Danny Fusco, East Rockaway
Shane Gatling, Baldwin
Brandon Kennedy-Gay, E Hamp
Devonte Green, LuHi
Lukas Jarrett, Northport
Isreal Johnson, Southampton
Josh Lamison, Bridgehampton
Joe Leighton, Garden City
Charles Manning, LuHi
Andre Morgan, Copiague
Travis Robinson-Morgan, Elmont
Josh Nicholas, St. Anthony’s
Hunter Schenkel, Sayville
Alex Sorenson, South Side
Steve Torre, Kellenberg
Sam Robinson, Lawrence
Tristan Wissemann, Shelter Is
Malcolm Wynter, Harborfields
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Jamel Allen, Brentwood
Shane Gatling, Baldwin
Devonte Green, LuHi
Jared Rhoden, Baldwin
Kian Dalyrimple, Hills West
Lukas Jarrett, Northport
Charles Manning, LuHi
Travis Robinson-Morgan, Elmont
Josh Nicholas, St. Anthony’s
Steve Torre, Kellenberg
Alex Sorenson, South Side

Richard Altenord, Hills West
Jalen Burgess, Elmont
Jonathan Dean, Westbury
Ryan Dean, Chaminade
Kyle DeVerna, Kellenberg
Israel Johnson, Southampton
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Sam Robinson, Lawrence
Malcolm Wynter, Harborfields
Darius Young, Westbury

Long Island Lutheran

Elmont Memorial
Former Baldwin star Kyle Richardson was named a D3 All-American and East Region Player Of The Year for his outstanding season at Plattsburgh State, where he averaged 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game…. Former St. Mary’s star Stephen Milhaven was named Rookie of Year in the CACC after averaging 12.9 ppg and 7.5 rpg for Concordia…. Northport star and All-Long Island First Team member Lukas Jarrett will be attending the Hun School next season….  LuHi’s Chamberlain Opened Doors GO TO STORY…. Determination Leads Charlton To Basketball Success Overseas GO TO STORY
One of New York City’s great Post Season High School All-Star events and an important fundraiser that provides money to pay for wheelchairs for the disabled, the 43rd Annual Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic included a Long Island All-Star Team for the first time this year.

Long Island Takes Third
Our Long Island All-Stars redeemed themselves with a convincing 80-60 win over the Queens All-Stars, finishing third in this years Wheelchair All-Star Classic. South Side's Alex Sorenson led the way with 18 points, Northport's Lukas Jarrett finished with 14, and Brentwood's Mike Almonacy with 10.  Valley Stream South's Hall Elisias deserves special mention, filling up the stat sheet with rebounds and blocked shots while adding 5 points. GO TO RECAPS OF BOTH LI GAMES 

Long Island Gives Up Lead
In Game 2 of the first round of the 43rd Annual Wheelchair All-Star Classic at Riverbank State Park in NYC, Long Island built an 18 point lead behind 17 first half points from St. Anthony's Josh Nicholas, but Brooklyn's balanced attack caught them down the stretch for a 63-58 victory, led by 10 second half points from Gerald Williams of Westinghouse. Jefferson's Rasheem Dunn was Brooklyn's high scorer with 17 points and Transit Tech's Malik Sylla added 13, while Shane Gatling chipped in 11 points for Long Island. In Game 1, Queens also took an early lead, but host Manhattan rallied for 91-78 victory behind 17 points from Chuba Ohams of Putnam Science and 16 by KaShawn Hicks from the MacDuffie School. Putnam's Mamadou Diarra led all scores with 25 for Queens. Brooklyn and Manhattan will meet in today's 7 PM Championship Game once again at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan. ROSTERS AND SCHEDULES

The Long Island All-Star Team that will take on All-Star teams from Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan in the 43rd Annual Wheelchair Classic has been chosen, and our All-Stars are: 
Mike Almonacy, Brentwood
Richard Altenord, Hills West
Justin Caldwell, Baldwin
Osbel Caraballo, Upper Room
Kian Dalyrimple, Hills West
Hall Elisias, Valley Stream South
Shane Gatling, Baldwin
Devonte Green, LuHi
Lukas Jarrett, Northport
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Travis Robinson-Morgan, Elmont
Josh Nicholas, St. Anthony’s
Jose Pabon, Upper Room
Alex Sorenson, South Side
Steve Torre, Kellenberg
D'Nathan Knox, Hills East
Damani Myers, St. Mary's
Our sincere thanks to everyone that tried out and made our task so difficult. There were a lot of outstanding players that did not make the team.

Tom Diana/Uniondale
Elmont Spartans
Devonte Green
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood
Alex Sorenson/South Side
Steve Torre/Kellenberg
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway
Jamel Allen/Brentwood
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood
Keandre Augustine/Roslyn
Kyle DeVerna/Kellenberg
Tylik Furman/Bridgehampton
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway
Cole Eiber/Herricks
Brendan Fitzpatrick/Plainview
Brandon Kennedy-Gay/East Hampton
Charles Manning/LuHi
Hunter Schenkel/Sayville
Alex Sorensen/South Side
Steve Torre/Kellenberg
Tristian Wisseman/Shelter Island
300 Wins
Mike Hickey/Stony Brook School
200 WINS
Bill Mitaritonna/Hills West

POYs By Classification
Class AA: Devonte Green, LuHi
A: Alex Sorenson, South Side
B: Israel Johnson, Southampton
C: Danny Fusco, East Rockaway
D: Tristan Wissemann, Shelter Is

POY's By Grade
SENIORS: Devonte Green, LuHi
JUNIORS: Jared Rhoden, Baldwin
SOPH: Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
FRESHMEN: Jarrell White, Bellport

Stony Brook University
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Emile Blackman, Niagara 
Juan’ya Green, Hofstra
Rokas Gustys, Hofstra
Tyler Harris, Auburn 
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Kevin Little, Maine
Luke Petrasek, Columbia
Carson Puriefoy, Stony Brook
Andre Walker, Loyola
Ash Yacoubou, St. Louis U.

Chris Millender, Dowling
Khalif Chaplin, NYIT 
Jared Hall, LIU Post
Anthony Labroia, Adelphi 
Evan Maxwell, Dowling
Chris Millender, Dowling
Michael Coffey, Adelphi
Greg Dotson, LIU/Post
Diego Maldonaldo, Queens
Jaylen Morris, Molloy
Brandon Williams, Molloy

Kyle Richardson, Plattsburgh 
Andy Laurent, St. Joseph’s
Clifton Lyerly, Brockport
Kyle Richardson, Plattsburgh 
Justin Ringen, Geneseo
Jamail Stanley, Old Westbury
Trey Kinnard, Farmingdale 
PJ Page, Old Westbury
Jon Patron, Plattsburgh
Fernando Vazquez, St. Joseph’s
David Smith, USMMA

Cheick Sy-Savane, Suffolk
Matthew Boyd, Manhattan
Marc Campbell, Nassau
Jordan Curtis, Cayuga
Chance Ellis, New Mexico Military
Jahmall Gardner, Suffolk
Kavione Green, Nassau
Edwin Sainvil, Nassau
Tyquan Scott, Herkimer

Hofstra Team Camp
The Hofstra Team Camp ended in exciting fashion, starting with two excellent semifinal games featuring two big comebacks. Hills East came from way behind to defeat Chaminade in one semifinal, with sophomore sensation Savion Lewis leading a second half charge, and then Baldwin set up a rematch of yesterday’s excellent pool play showdown by holding off a furious rally by Deer Park, escaping with a 1 point win after the Falcons came up short on three attempts in the final seconds. The championship game was less dramatic, but still a good game. Baldwin built an early 21-9 lead on the strength of the strong inside game of Zion Stephens, but a left baseline three pointer by sophomore Julien Crittendon and three straight drives by Savion Lewis cut it to 28-25. Stephens hit a nice turn around jumper in the lane to bump the lead back to 5, but another big 3 by Crittendon and a putback by Lewis tied it at 30. A free throw made it 31-30 Baldwin at the half. Crittendon’s right baseline three put the Thunderbirds on top as the second half got underway, but a Stephens runner from the top and then his jumper from just outside the lane reclaimed the lead, and he added a running hook shot to make it 38-34 Baldwin. Stephens scored again, this time with a basket from underneath to put the Bruins up by 6, but Crittendon’s left wing three kept it close. The Bruins answered with a decisive run, with Jon Smith’s basket from underneath, a fast break basket by Matt Trepeta and a baseline jumper by Stephens giving them a 10 point lead with 7:08 to play, and then a Stephens three point play and Norman Wilson’s left elbow jumper made it 56-43 with 3:45 left and East was in trouble. They did not fold, however, with a Crittendon drive cutting it to 58-52 with 2:11 to play, and it was still a 6 point game after a putback by Kenny Mathurin with 56 seconds left, but the T-Birds came up empty down the stretch and the Bruins hit enough of their free throws to put it away, with a Stephens fast break dunk capping off his big night and Baldwin’s impressive 66-56 victory. In the 3rd Place Game, Chaminade bounced back to defeat Deer Park, finishing 7-1, and Holy Trinity was 6-2, stopping St. Anthony’s for 5th place. The Friars were 6-2 as well.
There were more good games on Day 3 of the Hofstra Team Camp, with Island Trees edging Bayside in OT, Center Moriches pulling away from Northport down the stretch, St. Anthony’s pulling away from Commack, and Deer Park pulling away from Farmingdale, all games that were tight at the half, but everyone was waiting for the big showdown between 5-0 Baldwin and 5-0 Hills East, and it was a good one, with the Bruins surviving a late turnover to hold on for a dramatic one point win. To set the scene, when the players came out for the opening tap, Baldwin star Jared Rhodin was not one of them, missing both of the day’s games, so the possibility that the game might be anticlimactic had to cross everyone's minds. But the Bruins are so deep and so athletic, and Zion Stephens and Elijah Bovell both emerging stars as well, and it was the duel from start to finish that everyone had hoped for. East’s legit D1 prospect, sophomore Savion Lewis, was amazing right from the start, slicing through Baldwin’s staunch defense from every angle and coming up with big plays every time the Thunderbirds needed one, but Stephens stepped up in Rhoden’s absence and skillfully led the Bruin attack, riddling the Hills East Defense as well, and Bovell added key baskets and big rebounds, and they kept pace with Lewis the whole way. It all came down to the finals seconds, with the Thunderbirds getting two good looks at the basket trailing by one, but they couldn’t convert and Baldwin held on for the win. Playoffs start tomorrow, and the possibility of a rematch in the championship game is very real, but 6-0 Chaminade will have something to say about that. 
Baldwin 6-0
Chaminade 6-0
Hills East 5-1
St. Anthony’s 5-1
Deer Park 5-1
Holy Trinity 4-2
Manhasset 3-3
Center Moriches 3-3
Massapequa 2-4
Northport 2-4
Bayside 2-4
Island Trees 2-4
Port Washington 2-4
Farmingdale 1-5
Commack 0-6
Herricks 0-6
There are certain events we look forward to every offseason, and the Hofstra Team Camp, with 16 boys varsity teams battling it out for the Camp Championship, is one of them. We started this year’s coverage on night two of the four day camp, looking forward to what we considered the top matchup of the day between Holy Trinity and Hills East, and other good matchups between Chaminade and Deer Park, and Baldwin and Northport. The Hills East/Holy Trinity game lived up to expectations, but it played out in surprising fashion, with Hills East leading the very competitive game pretty much fom start to finish, led by rising junior Savion Lewis, who was very impressive as usual. Fellow rising junior forward Kenny Mathurin also caught our eye, playing with skill and aggression despite being a classic undersized big man, and so did rising senior Kionoi Nedd and rising junior Julien Crittendon. Tyler Small and Thornton Scott impressed for the Titans, with Small carrying much of the scoring load and Scott knocking down threes and picking up assists with his pinpoint passing. Hills East is one of three teams at 4-0 so far, while the Catholic League preseason favorite Holy Trinity is a surprising 2-2, but they have played one of the most difficult schedules, with their two loses coming to undefeated Baldwin and undefeated Hills East, both AA schools. Baldwin/Northport was one sided, with the Tigers starting out well, but the Bruins came from behind with a vengeance, rolling to a convincing win after their slow start, and Baldwin finished the day 4-0, winning by big margins in both of Tuesday’s games. Rising senior and returning All New York State player Jared Rhoden, along with Elijah Bovell and Zion Stephens, were all outstanding for the Bruins. Northport pretty much graduated their whole team from last season, so it will take time for them to get up to speed, but they finished day 2 a respectable 2-2, and Baldwin has made everyone look bad so far. Chaminade was also impressive, finishing 4-0, and handled a scrappy but shorthanded Deer Park team fairly easily. Departing senior Mike McGuire’s younger brother Brendan caught our eye as a player to watch this coming season on the always solid and well coached Flyers, and rising senior Kyle Murphy was his relentless self. Deer Park star Darien Jenkins is injured and could not play, but the Falcons have to be happy, going 3-1 without him. Class B Center Moriches was also impressive, with a deceiving 1-3 record, more than holding their own despite playing a tough early schedule against much large schools, and Manhasset looked good too - well coached and hard nosed as usual , going 2-2 so far. We will be there again tonight and will update you again tomorrow. If you want to come watch, games start at 6, with four games going on at the same time every hour, and the last set beginning at 9pm. Not much room for spectators though. 
Baldwin 4-0
Chaminade 4-0
Hills East 4-0
Deer Park 3-1
St. Anthony’s 3-1
Holy Trinity 2-2
Manhasset 2-2
Massapequa 2-2
Northport 2-2
Bayside 1-3
Farmingdale 1-3
Island Trees 1-3
Port Washington 1-3
Commack 0-4
Herricks 0-4

Baldwin Takes Roosevelt
Baldwin HS will have an excellent team once again this coming season. They won the annual Roosevelt Summer Tournament, playing without returning All New York State rising senior Jared Rhoden, defeating both Amityville and Roosevelt to take the title.

Long Island at Districts
Long Island was well represented at the 2016 AAU Metropolitan District Championships, playing for 7 championships and winning four of them. Lightning/Rossi got the Island off to a good start, nipping the Staten Island Stringrays 56-54 to take the 13U D2 Championship, but then the Scholar Athletes gave up a lead and fell to the New York Dragons 59-56 in the 9th Grade D1 chip. Long Island bounced back quickly, reeling off three straight titles, with the very impressive Open Season 10U team blistering the Gauchos 45-14 for the D1 crown, and the equally impressive East Northport based Salvation Army team pounding Lightning Sky 70-45 to prevail in 10th Grade D2, with Lightning/Wagner finishing the run, rallying and then holding off House Elite 48-42 in 12U D2, but the day ended on a bit of a down note, with the Long Island Elite rallying but falling short to Almighty Force 58-51 in the 11th Grade D2 title game while Crown Sports got caught from behind by Castle Athletics 87-82 in 11th Grade D1.  

Around The Net
Stories from around the internet that we think you will find interesting:
Dowling On The Brink
Dowling College, Suffolk County's first 4 year college, has suffered an almost 50% drop in enrollment and is on the verge of closing. STORY
Thomas New Amityville Coach
Former Bay Shore and St. John’s star Gordon Thomas, the founder and director of the Alzheimer’s All Star Basketball Classic and the JV Coach at Bay Shore HS, is the new boys Varsity Head Coach at Amityville High School.
Give Up Scholarships
Pitino: Two '16 scholarships toward sanctions STORY

Nassau Sports Hall Of Fame
Our good friend Darius Burton, who is well on his way to earning a Hall Of Fame spot as a coach, will be inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall Of Fame this fall for his impressive career as a player - earning All American honors in both basketball and soccer at Baldwin HS! FULL STORY

All NY State Girls
LuHi’s Sarah Mortensen was named First Team All New York State in Class AA, Kaela Hilaire from Floral Park and Alexis Fotopolous from Hampton Bays in Class A, and Courtney Lewis from Port Jefferson in Class C. See all of Long Island’s All New York State players and statewide coverage HERE

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Milligan Transferring
Former Northport basketball star Mike Milligan, who helped lead his team to the New York State Class AA Final Four, will be transferring from D1 Central Arkansas.
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30 Year Old Poses As Teen Hoops Star
I was listening to a coach tear into his players in a huddle the other day, and if done properly, I know it's a valuable tool in the coaching arsenal, but this one went way over the top, and I was reminded of this article sent to me from a few years ago. I'm sure you remember the STORY

Nassau County Awards
The Nassau County Basketball Coaches Association awards for the
 20015-16 season:
Large School Player Of The Year
Jared Rhoden/Baldwin
Small School Player Of The Year
Alex Sorensen/South Side
Kyle Harding/Uniondale/AA1
Jared Rhoden/Baldwin/AA2
Darius Young/Westbury/AA3
Travis Robinson-Morgan/Elmont A1
Joe Leighton/Garden City/A1
Alex Sorensen/South Side/A2
Sammy Robinson/Lawrence/A3
Joseph Santoro/Island Trees/A4
Daniel Fusco/East Rockaway/BC
Michael Bizzoso/Oyster Bay/BC
Tom Diana/Uniondale/AA1
Marty Voigt/Massapequa/AA1
Mike Harris/Plainview/AA2
Dave Graff/Westbury/AA3
James Hegmann/Garden City/A1
Jerry D’Angelo/South Side/A2
Dan Achatz/Valley Stream North/A3
Michael Wimmer /Island Trees/A4
Jason Mercurio/Cold S. Harbor/BC

Blackman To Duquesne
Hills West's Emile Blackman decided to finish his college career at Duquesne. Expected to be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer, he was Niagara's leading scorer at 15.4 points per game.

Atkinson Nets Coach!
Northport's Kenny Atkinson was named the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets. STORY
MORE COVERAGE: Wall St JournalDaily News

Nassau County Awards
The Nassau County Basketball Coaches Association's post season awards will be posted shortly

New Stony Brook Coach
Ohio State Assistant Coach Jeff Boals was named the new head coach at Stony Brook University. STORY

Around The Net
Niagara men's basketball star and former Hills West star Emile Blackman has been granted his release to transfer to another school. Blackman was Niagara's top scorer in 2015-2016 with 15.8 points per game. He will graduate in May and will be immediately eligible to play elsewhere….. Northport’s Luke Petrasek scored 16 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots to help lead Columbia to the the 2016 Postseason Tournament Championship. The Lions finished 25-10 overall….. Uniondale’s Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye was on the Syracuse team that made The Final Four before falling to North Carolina. 

Super League Champs
The Island Garden Super League Champions for the 2015-16 season:
JV Select: Lightning Mitchell
JV Classic: Bellmore Merrick Raptors
8th Grade D1: DAC Marksmen
8th Grade D2: DAC Marksmen
8th Grade D3 Select: Rising Stars
8th Grade D3 Classic: Plainview PAL
7th Grade D2 Select: GAME 7 Jacklin
7th Grade D2 Classic: GCAA Deluca
7th Grade D3 Select: LI Tigers
7th Grade D3 Classic: GCAA Sweeney
6th Grade D1: North Shore Thunder
6th grade D2: Bellmore Merrick Rebels
6th Grade D3: Long Island Panthers
5th Grade East: Rising Stars Colicino
5th Grade West: HHH Ballerz
4th Grade East: GCAA Liberopoulos
4th Grade West: GCAA Reilly
3rd Grade: LIL Cameron

Green Shines At Jordan
LuHi's Devonte Green did it all in the regional game of the Jordan Classic, scoring 9 points, pulling down 7 rebounds, handing out 8 assists, and making 7 steals to help lead the New York Team to a 148-128 victory.

Nassau All-Star Thriller
Team Black pulled away in the third overtime to defeat Team Grey 99-93 in the terrific second game of the Nassau County Exceptional Seniors Doubleheader held at the Town Of Oyster Bay/PAL facility in Hicksville. Team White handily defeated Team Green 75-51 in Game 1 behind 17 points from Valley Stream North's Josh Dennis, 13 from Jericho's Max Rosenbloom, and 12 points from East Rockaway's Daniel Fusco. Lawrence's Adante Oliver led Team Green with 12, and teammate Sammy Robinson had 11. In game two, after Hempstead's Darren Falk had tied the game for Team Grey to send it to the first overtime, Glen Cove's Corey Dinkins hit a dramatic three pointer to send the game into the third OT, where his Black Team pulled away for the win. Oyster Bay's Leo Barretto finished with a game high 17 points for Black and Sam Williams from Sewanhaka and Khalil Zachary from Glen Clove both had 14, while Hempstead’s Durrell Williams led the Grey Team with 16 points, North Shore's Tyler Rieger had 13, and Kendall Francis from GNS 12.
Josh Dennis
Brendan Fitzpatrick
Jermaine Fraser
Daniel Fusco
Joe Ghotra
Roy Isaac
Max Rosenbloom
Amir Stevens
Corey Wellington
Keandre Augustine
Justin Caldwell
Mike Creaven
Troy Feeney
James Goldrick
Greg Gouvousis
John Grossi
Adante Oliver
Sammy Robinson
Daryl Rose
Steve Bourne
Corey Dinkins
Korey McLaurin
Joe Santoro
Alex Sorensen
Sam Williams
Khalil Zachary
Tom Zitzman
Brett Bennett
Anthony Cutinella
Jack Deutsch
Daren Faulk
James Ferry
Kendall Francis
Corey Goldglit
Hall Elisias
Tyler Rieger
Durell Williams

Travel Team Updates
Long Island based teams came away with championships at a number of prestigious events: The newly formed Salvation Army East Northport AAU program’s 17U/Open Team was co-champion of Basketbull’s 2016 Hall of Fame New England Championships, going undefeated (5–0), and Crown Basketball’s 17U team won the 2016 Hoop Group Spring Jam. In addition, Lightning/Bush went 4-0 to win the 16U Division of the Hudson River Hornets Classic, and Team Underrated 17U won the Big Shots Big Apple Silver Bracket Championship!

Suffolk County Awards
The Suffolk County Basketball Coaches Association's major post season awards are as follows:
 MVP Michael Almonacy Brentwood
COY Bill Mitaritonna Hills West
 MVP Brandon Kennedy-Gay E Hamp
COY John Tampori Harborfields
Jamel Allen Brentwood
Michael Almonacy Brentwood
Rich Altenord Hills West
Kashawn Charles Wyandanch
Kenny Charles Huntington
Kian Dalyrimple Hills West
Lukas Jarrett Northport
Darien Jenkins Deer Park
Israel Johnson Southampton
Brandon Kennedy-Gay East Hampton
Josh Lamison Bridgehampton
Harry Lynch Rocky Point
Andre Morgan Copiague
Sean O’ Shea Northport
Robert Pecorelli Harborfields
Hunter Schenkel Sayville
Prabnoor Singh Bayport Blue-Point
Darius Townshend Sachem North
Tristan Wisseman Shelter Island
Malcolm Wynter Harborfields
For All-Conference, All-League, All-Rookie, All-Academic, and other awards CLICK HERE
All New York State
The following Long Islanders were named All-New York State by the New York State Sportswriters Association:
Jamel Allen Brentwood
Devonte Green LuHi
Shane Gatling Baldwin
Jared Rhoden Baldwin
Mike Almonacy Brentwood
Kian Dalyrimple Hills West
Charles Manning LuHi
Donatas Kupsas LuHi
Lukas Jarrett Northport
Richard Altenrod Hills West
Darius Young Westbury
Jonathan Dean Westbury
Andre Morgan Copiague
Kyle Harding Uniondale
Savion Lewis Hills East
Kenny Charles Huntington
Brendan Fitzpatrick Plainview
Tyree Grimsley North Babylon
Darien Jenkins Deer Park
D'Nathan Knox Hills East 
Myles Mills Copiague 
Sean O'Shea Northport 
Jake Passaretti Sachem East 
Darius Townsend Sachem North
Jarell White Bellport
Steven Torre Kellenberg
Travis Robinson-Morgan Elmont
Alex Sorensen South Side
Josh Nicholas St. Anthony's
Brandon Kennedy-Gay East Hamp.
Kyle DeVerna Kellenberg
Malcolm Wynter Harborfields
Sammy Robinson Lawrence
Jalen Burgess Elmont
Hunter Schenkel Sayville
Ryan Dean Chaminade
Hall Elisias Valley S. South
Joseph Santoro Island Trees
Damani Myers St. Mary's
Jordan Amstrong Roosevelt
Keandre Augustine Roslyn, 
Timmy Greschner John Glenn
Patrick Kiernan St. Dominic
Joe Leighton Garden City
Michael McGuire Chaminade
Tyler Rieger North Shore
Thornton Scott Holy Trinity
Joshua Serrano Amityville
Prabhnoor Singh BBP 
Samuel Williams Sewanhaka
Israel Johnson/Southampton
Kashawn Charles/Wyandanch
Sean Braithwaite/C. Moriches
Michael Bizzoso/Oyster Bay
Nick Antolini/Babylon
Joe Tardif/Mattituck
Micah Snowden/Southampton
Leo Barretto/Oyster Bay
Nakia Durham/C. Moriches
Chad Pike/Southampton
K'Sean Reid/Babylon
Danny Fusco East Rockaway
Aiden Igiehon LWA
Jordan Dingle LWA
Jyles Etienne Stony Brook
Chester Kayonga Stony Brook
Patrick McFarland Southold
Luke O'Connor Stony Brook
Jordan Salzman Portledge
Sean Sloane Pierson
Josh Lamison Bridgehampton
Tristan Wissemann Shelter Is
Billy Boeklen Shelter Island
Tylik Furman Bridgehampton
Elijah Jackson Bridgehampton
Regular Season MVP
 Aiden Igiehon, LWA
2016 Playoff MVP
 Aiden Igiehon, LWA
2016 LI All-PSAA Selections
Jordan Dingle, LWA
Trevor Dowd, Portledge School

Outpouring For Atkinson
We can’t remember the last time we had as many excited emails, phone calls, and texts in response to a story as there has been for the annoucement that Northport’s Kenny Atkinson was named the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets! A member of one of Long Island’s great basketball families, it is clear that he is well liked and respected throughout our basketball community, and it appears, in the national community as well! We received a link to another good story on Coach Atkinson in the New York Post, and thought everyone would enjoy it. STORY
Varsity: All City Panthers
THE 2016
10th/16U: NYC Blue Devils
4th/10U: Long Island Elite
5th/11U: On Point Cyclones
8th/14U: St. Mary's
9th/15U: Hilltopper Heat
The 2016 AAU Metropolitan District D1 and D2 Championships were held Monday, May 30th at the Island Garden in West Hempstead, NY. No one program was dominant this year, with the NY Rens taking 3 titles and Castle Athletics, the Long Island Lightning, and the Riverside Hawks all taking two. Here are the complete results in D1 and D2:
12th: Minutemen 54 Castle 73
11th: Crown 82 Castle Athletics 87
10th:  Castle 50 NY Lightning 68
9th: Scholar Ath 56 NY Dragons 59
14U: Gauchos 92 vs Castle 54
13U: NY Rens 54 Rens 50
12U: Court Masters 44 vs NY Rens 39
11U: Riverside 55 New Heights 49
10U: Open Season 45 Gauchos 14
9U: Gauchos 19 NY Rens 48
8U :  NY Rens 46 vs Riverside 43
11th: LI Elite 51 Almighty Force 58
10th :  Salvation Army 70 LIL Sky 45
15U: LIL Paci 55 SI Patriots 63
14U: LIL Foti 45 Riverside Hawks 57
13U: LIL Rossi 56 SI Stingrays 54
12U: LIL Wagner 48 House Elite 42
11U: NY Lightning 43 DAC 49
10U: Queens Elite 37 Gauchos 53
9U: DAC 27 Running Royals 24

D1 District Semifinals
Two of Long Island’s top 17U teams, Crown Basketball and the Rising Stars, faced off in the AAU D1 District Semifinals, and it was a terrific game, with Crown rallying to defeat the Rising Stars 79-76 in overtime to advance to the 2016 District Championship Game. Crown will take on Castle Athletics in the final on Championship Monday, May 30th. Castle advanced with a forfeit win over the New York Lightning. LuHi’s Harrison Warnock opened the scoring for the Rising Stars, knocking down a three pointer from the left foul line extended, but seconds later, Longwood’s Tyler Hammond answered with a three from the right foul extended and you knew it was going to be a good one. Jaden Sutton’s baseline drive and reverse layup made it 9-5 and Mt. Sinai’s Nolan Kelly nailed a three pointer to make it 12-7 Rising Stars, but Andrew DeSantis from Garden City kept it close with a baseline three and then Cam Wynter from Holy Trinity scored a fast break basket to tie it at 12 with 11:22 to go in the half. Hicksville’s Connor McPartland retook the lead with a fade-away from the lane, and Kelly scored on the break to put the Rising Stars up 16-12, but the Putney School’s Tucker Quinn hammered home an impressive put back dunk to interrupt. Kelly answered with a left baseline three pointer, and North Babylon’s Billy Muller nailed a jump hook from the low post and Kelly scored again on the break to put the Stars up by 8, and the lead was 12 after Plainview’s Jack Stafford drained his second left wing three, but a DeSantis fast break basket brought the lead back down to single digits, and Uniondale’s Kyle Harding knocked down a three from behind the right elbow and Hammond a short jumper from the lane and Crown trailed by only 2 with 4:15 to play in the half. Port Washington’s Jake Block held them off with a drive, but DeSantis made a nice hesitation move from the top and scored and Harding went coast to coast through traffic to tie it at 33 with 2:35 left. Stafford answered the call for the Stars, scoring on a drive from the top to put them back in front, but Chaminade’s Kyle Murphy spun off a defender and scored to tie it again. Kelly, who had 13 first half points, drilled a left wing three as time wound down and then two free throws by Sutton just before the buzzer made it 40-35 Rising Stars at intermission. Muller backed in and scored from the low post to put the Rising Stars up by 7 as the second half got underway, but Murphy answered from underneath for Crown, and the teams traded baskets and free throws down to the 11:15 mark, when Hammond’s fast break basket and then his two free throws cut it to 52-51. LuHi's Brandon Jacobs, who had 17 second half points, stepped up, knocking down his third three pointer of the half to hold the lead, but Wynter answered with a left wing three for Crown, and then his steal and fast break basket put them up 56-55 with 9:45 to play. Sutton retook the lead with a jumper from just behind the foul line, and the teams went back and forth down to the 4:13 mark, with Muller scoring off a nice pick and roll to put the Rising Stars up by 2, and Brendan McGuire countering with a right wing three pointer for a 67-66 Crown advantage. The back and forth continued right to the buzzer, with both teams hitting big shots and free throws and the lead going back and forth, but it was two missed free throws that sent it to overtime - 1 by each team. Crown’s 1 out of 2 had them clinging to a 2 point lead as Jacobs stepped to the line for the Rising Stars. He was fouled on a three point attempt with 4 seconds on the game clock, and he drained the first two in clutch fashion to tie it, but the third shot rolled out and Crown came up empty on the other end to send the game into OT. Harding drew first blood in the extra session, plunging to the basket through traffic to give Crown the lead, but Jacobs tied it again with a nice baseline drive. There were just 32 seconds left when Wynter made a huge steal and drew a foul call, knocking down both free throws to put Crown up by 2, and after another crucial Stars turnover with seconds remaining, a free throw by DeSantis gave Crown the three point victory and a spot in the D1 District Championship Game.  In 10th Grade D2 action, another Long Island team, Salvation Army, advanced to the Championship game, rolling past Middletown's Finest 69-42. They will face Lightning Sky, a 70-62 winner over Lightning Busch.

Around The Net
Stories from around the internet that we think you will find interesting:
In a Texas case involving one of the nation's top ranked high school basketball teams, the University Interscholastic State League's executive committee rejected an appeal by two players and upheld 20 forfeits that destroyed a 21-0 start to the season. Players Grant Jackman and Hayden Baker were found to have violated UIL rules regarding amateur status by accepting money as assistant coaches for a local Little League BASEBALL team. Jackman and Baker were paid $1,500 between February and April to do what has been described as "grunt work" such as keeping the scorebook, helping youngsters put on equipment and collecting baseballs. The players returned the money and the school self-reported the violation.

Three First Team All State
Three Long Islanders have been named First Team All New York State!
Jamel Allen Brentwood
Devonte Green LuHi
Steve Torre Kellenberg
We're putting the finishing touches on our annual list of players going on to play in college, so if you know of somebody not listed, LET US KNOW!
Jamel Allen/Brentwood/Iona
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood/Stony Brook
Rich Altenord/Hills West/LIU Post
Matthew Antonelli/Island Tr./St. Joseph's LI
Tim Awosika/South Side/Delhi
Emile Blackman/Hills West/Duquesne
Anthony Blackmon/Longwood/Tompkins
Matt Boranian/South Side/New Paltz
Jalen Burgess/Elmont/Herkimer
Tahj Burton/Bay Shore/New England C.
Justin Caldwell/Baldwin/Molloy
Kevin Callahan/Centereach/York
Marc Campbell/Elmont/Bridgeport
Darius Celestin/Elmont/Columbia-Greene
Kenny Charles/Huntington/Cortland
Malik Clark/Central Islip/Maritime
Dylan Cervini/Comsewogue/Salve Regina
Martin Colleran/Newfield/Delhi
Dominic Cotumaccio/St. Dominic/Hunter
Zach Cummings/Upper Room/Lawson St
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West/Vermont
Kyle DeVerna/Kellenberg/Scranton
Nick Diamatteo/SJB/Fredonia
Justin Eck/Centereach/New England
Aaren Edmead/Deer Park/N.C. A&T
Brendan Ehrhart/SJB/Bentley
Cole Eiber/Herricks/W. New England
Hall Elisias/VS South/LIU Post
Chance Ellis/Freeport/New Mexico State
Matt English/Smithtown West/New Paltz
 Daren Faulk Jr/Hempstead/Morrisville St
Troy Feeney/Hewlett/Farmingdale State
Brendan Fitzpatrick/Plainview/Cortland
Jermaine Fraser/VS Cent/Farmingdale St
Tylik Furman/Bridgehampton/New Haven
Danny Fusco/East Rockaway/Hunter
Shane Gatling/Baldwin/Niagara
James Goldrick/Syosset/NYIT
Junior Graham/LuHi/Nyack
Ryan Graziano/Commack/Allegheny
Devonte Green/LuHi/Indiana
Tim Greshner/John Glenn/Geneseo
Reggie Hayes/Floyd/Pitt CC
Moody Hassan/Jericho/Suffolk U
Prince Hickson/Upper Room/Philadelphia
Lukas Jarrett/Northport/Lafayette
Joe Jeskie/Mercy/Morrisville State
Stefan Jevdjenivenic/Upper Rm/Minot St
Isreal Johnson/Shampton/Johnson Wales
Nolan Kelly/Mount Sinai/Molloy
Brandon Kennedy Gay/E.H./LIU Post
D'Nathan Knox/Hills East/New Haven
Josh Lamison/Bridgehampton/Delhi
Yasir Lawrence/Elmont/Bridgeport
Joe Leighton/Garden City/Middlebury
Doug Levy/Smithtown West/John Jay
Donnell Louissant/Deer Park/Delhi
Brendan McGovern/SJB/Maritime
Mike McGuire/Chaminade/W. New England 
Kyle McKee/E.Hampton/Impact Acad
Travis Rob.- Morgan/Elmont/Bridgeport
Damani Myers/St. Mary's/Lycoming 
Doug Niblock/BBP/Fredonia 
Josh Nicholas/St. Anthony’s/St. Francis
Sean O'Shea/Northport/St. John Fisher
Jake Passaretti/Sachem East/LIU Post
Tyler Pierre/Deer Park/SUNY Oswego
Owen Prendergast/Cham./Susquehanna
Tyler Rieger/North Shore/Vassar
Sam Robinson/Lawrence/St. John Fisher
Daraja Rodwell/Baldwin/Dominican
Joseph Santoro/Island Tr/St. Joseph's LI
Hunter Schenkel/Sayville/New Rochelle
Alex Sorenson/South Side/Delaware
Amir Stevens/VS Central/Cayuga CC
Ivan Tomic/Upper Room/Thomas U.
Steve Torre/Kellenbeg/Peddie Prep
Donnel Toussant/Deer Park/Delhi
James Walsh/St. Anth/New Mexico M.I.
Anthony White/William Floyd/Dowling
 Tristan Wissemann/Shelter Is/New Paltz
Malcolm Wynter/Harborfields/Davidson
The Long Island Select 17U Team won the 12th Grade Division of the Northeast Regional Showcase at Montclair State Univ, led by Justin Caldwell (Baldwin HS) 17 ppg and Kyle Catanzano (Kellenberg) 10.5 ppg over 4 games.... The New York Ionians, composed mainly of players from LuHi and The Knox School, advanced to the Championship Game of the April Rumble before losing a hard fought title game. LuHi's Donatas Kupsas led the way.... The LI Elite won the 10U Championship at the April Rumble.
Crown’s U17 is 16-0 so far this Spring, winning House of Sports (Ardsley), Hoop Group Spring Jam (98 teams in Manheim PA) and N.E. Shootout(64 teams in Rhode Island), where they defeated L.I.’s Salvation Army Northport 57-53 in the semifinals
Open Season defeated the Riverside Hawks 51-26 to advance to the AAU Metropolitan District D1 10U Championship Game, where they will take on the NY Gauchos for the title.
Travel Team Updates
Proud of your Long Island based travel team's accomplishments? 
Lightning Busch captured the Zero Gravity Think Pink 10th Grade Division, going undefeated 

Out of town teams dominated the grand finale of's 
2015-16 Tournament Series, capturing three out of the four featured divisions. Westchester's Minutemen prevailed in a contentious Varsity division, M5 Elite from Queens took the 15U crown, the Seaford Heat broke through, dominating the 13U division, and another Queens based program, NYFAB, prevailed in 10U. Our sincere thanks to everyone on a great travel season!

THE 2016
North Eastern Sports
The Rebels
Long Island Elite
The Wolverines
The Team Underrated 17U team won the Capitol City Hoops Classic
The Long Island Rough Ryderz program came back to Long Island with a bushel basket full of championships. The 17U team won the NERR Super 16 Showcase, while the 12u,13u & 15/16u teams all won titles at the Elite Sports Super 32.
The Long Island Elite 16U Team played up in the District Championships, falling in the 17U D2 Championship Game after going undefeated in pool play and winning their preliminary round games by comfortable margins. Elite's biggest kid stands 6'4. The team is made up of all Suffolk County players, the majority East End kids. They have won the Lightning Shootout, Zero Gravity Empire Classic, and the Long Island Spring Championships. and have a 21-3 overall record.
Lightning Wagner 14U won the Rumble In The Bronx and the AAU TBL, a new league for high level teams throughout the Northeast!
Summer Workouts
Now is the time to build your body and polish your skills, so if you know a good, free online basketball workout you'd like to share, or one you've put together yourself, LET US KNOW!
STACK Basketball Workouts
Conditioning Drills
Weighted Ball Workout
Point Guard Workout
6 Week Guard Workout
Advanced Driveway Drill
Dynamic Handles|Dribbling Drills
Summer Driveway Drills
Basketball Shooting Drills
Basketball Workout Plan
Summer Training Tips
The 45-Minute Basketball Workout
Strength Program/Sacramento Kings
Training Tips/Words of Wisdom 
Step-By-Step Training Program

New Hofstra Assistant
Lamar Barrett has been named an assistant coach at Hofstra after spending the last three seasons at Old Dominion. He replaces Akbar Waheed, who departed in May to accept an assistant's job at Georgetown. STORY

Summer Leagues Start
The famous Kennedy Park Summer League begins play June 6/28 with 16 varsity teams participating, the Island Garden Summer League 6/27, the Baldwin Summer League 6/27, and NorthSport 6/25.

Knox Dominates Camp
This years Stony Brook Team Camp was in round-robin format, so no champion was crowned, but the consensus best team was from the new prep school program at the Knox School. They rolled over Brentwood, Boys & Girls, and Scanlan by big margins.

Have You Heard?
Both Southampton and Wyandanch are moving up to Class A from Class B next season….. Two of Long Island’s preseason favorites - Baldwin and Westbury, will be in the same conference next season….. The Knox School, a Suffolk County private school that played in a Class C league last season, is ratcheting up their basketball program, and will play a demanding prep school schedule this coming season……

Long Island Profile
Larry Brown, Long Beach HS
Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Larry Brown, who once scored 45 points in a game for Long Beach High School, had an All-ACC college career at North Carolina and won a gold medal with the 1964 US Olympic Team. He was selected by the then Baltimore Bullets in the NBA Draft, but like many players of his era, instead elected to play in the upstart ABA, where he led the league in assists per game during the league's first three seasons and was named MVP of the ABA's first All-Star Game and All-ABA Second Team that same year. A three time All-Star in his five ABA seasons, Brown holds the ABA record for assists in a game with 23, and when he ended his playing career, was the ABA's all-time assist leader, but it is as a coach that he is most famous. In his 43 year coaching career, he became notorius for jumping from team to team, but in the process, became the only coach in basketball history to win both an NBA and an NCAA Championship, and the only coach in NBA history to lead eight different teams to the playoffs. Currently head coach at SMU, he has amassed 1598 career victories through this past season, won 4 Coach Of The Year awards, and led 6 teams to national championship games (Four pro teams, with his Detroit Pistons team winning the NBA title in 2004, and two NCAA teams, with his 1988 Kansas winning the NCAA Tournament). His current SMU team is under NCAA sanctions after committing recruiting violations. It is the third time a Brown coached NCAA team has been sanctioned, tarnishing his reputation as one of basketball's all-time greatest coaches.
All Everything forward Chris Millender from Longwood, one of the top D2 players in the country, has transferred to Adelphi. His previous school, Dowling, closed its doors, so he will not have to sit out a year. EDITORS NOTE: A last minute effort by an alumni group is being made to save the school. We'll let you know what happens. 
Presented by Hofstra University
OSNA's Diallo Drafted
Our Savior New American's Cheick Diallo was the 33rd player selected in the NBA Draft by the LA Clippers, and then he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. STORY VIDEO

Around The Net
Basketball causes the most injuries.... Story about NBA Draft prospect Tyler Harris from Dix Hills.... Flyer from All Time Long Island great Sammy Prahalis from Commack, who is giving a free clinic in Hauppauge.... Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak talks NBA Draft.... Hills West's Tobias Harris visits Uniondale HS.... Long Island's Bob McKillop on former player Stephen Curry
Lightning Busch won the NY Metro 10th grade championship. It was the team's 3rd championship this Spring.
Great Championship Games
The June Jam Fest at NorthSport was rocking for both the 9th Grade Title Game, featuring the undefeated Rebels and the undefeated Ballers Unlimited squad, and the 7th Grade Title game, which matched up unbeaten NY Adidas and the undefeated team from the new Floyd Travel Team program. In the 9th grade game, Ballers Unlimited came storming back from a big first half deficit to nip the Rebels, and in the 7th, NY Adidas had the early lead, but Floyd drew even and the two teams traded baskets and the lead right down to the wire, with the potential game winning shot rolling out at the buzzer and Floyd holding on for the big win. The LI Impact swept through the 8th Grade Division to earn the title, and the impressive NY Adidas entry pulled away in the second half to secure the 5th grade crown. 
Ballers Unlimited
Long Island Impact
NY Adidas
Our good friend and Long Island legend Gus Alfieri has written a great new book that we enthusiastically recommend about his 1974 New York State Champion St. Anthony's team and what many consider to be Long Island's golden age of basketball. It is now available at, as is his first book - also terrific - about Hall Of Fame coach Joe Lapchick, who he played for at St. John's. REVIEW
Northport Camp Champs
The Northport Tigers Varsity Team won the SUNY New Paltz Team Camp Championship.

Around The Net
Stony Brook's Jameel Warney in the NBA Summer League ..... OSNA's Cheick Diallo in the NBA Summer League .....

Rules Changes
by Skip Yutzler/Ask The Ref
Every year the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee meets to make changes to the rules for High School play. As has been the case for the past couple of years, the changes this year are minimal.
  A minor change has been made so that a coach now has 15 seconds (instead of 20) to determine his substitute for a disqualified (5th foul), ejected (flagrant foul) or injured player. The sequence is for the official to notify the coach that he has 15 seconds, followed by notifying the timer, and lastly the disqualified player. The timer will sound his horn immediately to signify that the 15 seconds is being timed and a second horn will be sounded to alert all concerned when the 15 seconds are expired. The replacement should have been made by this time.
  Since these situations can sometimes be hectic, the officials should meet to make sure they are ready to handle the situation correctly and in the right sequence before notifying the various parties involved.
  The change is simply a clarification of an unwritten interpretation from last season. The objective of this (new) rule is that during a free throw, a player in a "marked lane space" may not enter the portion of the free throw semi-circle where the shooter is located until the ball strikes the goal.  
  This means that both the shooter and the defender (typically the one who has the assignment to "box out the shooter") will have similar restrictions as far as that part of the court is concerned. That is, the shooter can't leave the semi-circle and the defender can't enter it until the ball hits the goal.   The defender is still permitted to enter the LANE on the release of the free throw but if he contacts the shooter before the ball hits the goal, a personal foul will be called. If the defender only enters that semi-circle, a "delayed free throw violation" will be called and if the free throw was unsuccessful, a substitute free throw will be awarded. However if the free throw shooter is contacted before the ball hits the goal, a foul will be called. The shooter will get to take a substitute free throw (if he missed.....) and will also be awarded additional free throws (if his team is in the bonus).
  Starting this year, the undershirt and the entire uniform all have the same restrictions. That is, the undershirt can only have one (small) logo (not made clear in last year's rules) but the other provisions remain. The undershirt must be the same color as the predominant color of the jersey. Any non-jersey apparel can match the color of the uniform OR it may be black, white or tan and all these items must be the same color as anything worn by other team members.
  This was an occasional problem, but now it is clarified in the Rule Book. Non-playing personnel (photographers, cheerleaders, etc.) may not be in the area of the free throw lane extended. It's a safety issue as well as a distraction issue.
  The job of the "clothing police" (aka "referees") is getting easier. There used to be questions about what constituted a "knee brace" and what the difference was between "tights" and "compression shorts." Now, if it looks and acts like a knee brace (not a knee pad) that's good enough. And, all materials that show up on arms and legs may have different new-fangled descriptions, but they will all simply fall under the same rules and restrictions as the arm and leg paraphernalia of last year.  
Long Island Profile
In 1978, Bellport's Randy Smith and Roosevelt's Julius Erving were both named to the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star Team, marking the only time that two Long Islanders made the All-Star Game in the same season. Smith went on to score 27 points, pull down 7 rebounds, and hand out 6 assists to take the MVP trophy, and Dr. J finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Smith might be the greatest player you've never heard of. Lightning fast and a spectacular dunker, the former New York State high jump champion and All-American soccer player played in the shadow of legendary star Bob McAdoo with the NBA's Buffalo Braves, who later moved to California and became the Clippers. He is still the franchises all-time leading scorer, was a two time NBA All-Star, averaging 24.6 points and 5.6 assists per game in 1977-78, and was probably best known for not missing an NBA game for 11 straight seasons, an incredible streak of 906 straight games. Despite his spectacular physical gifts, he was only 60 years old when he passed away. 

Time To Say Thanks!
We have been very lucky to have made a lot of good friends through basketball over the years, and it hit us the other day that we don’t thank our friends and fans often enough for the support you’ve given us and all that you’ve done for us. What prompted it was our discovery that we welcomed our 2 millionth visitor to the site earlier this year without noticing it, and we want everyone to know how thankful we are for the loyalty our advertisers and readers have all shown us year after year, through all our ups and downs, and after so many formidable competitors have come and gone. Thank you so much and see you on the court! - Ted Thomas/Editor

Playing In College
A Game Plan
If you haven’t already, go to the NCAA Eligibility Center right now and find out what you need to do in high school in order to qualify to play college basketball as a freshman. There is nothing worse than being a senior and discovering that you didn’t take the right courses or get the grades you need to qualify to play, but it happens to good players all the time. Once you know what you have to do and you're putting together your plan to get into the college of your choice, keep reminding yourself that the only way to be sure to get anything you want in life is to work harder for it than your competition, no matter what it is, so if it’s playing basketball in college, you have to work harder on both your grades and your basketball skills to get what you want. There's no way around it but I promise you, it’s never too late to start. Only serious players and serious students get the privilege of playing in college, so it's time to get serious! What’s the best strategy? Focus on your weaknesses, both on the court and in the classroom, and spend as much time as you can EVERY DAY working on both, and don’t be too proud to ask for help and advice! You can’t be good at everything, so let others who are better than you at certain things help you get better too. By the way, that might be the most important thing for you to learn from this article! Rely on good teamwork to win in the classroom too! Your teachers and guidance counselors are your academic coaches and know what it takes for you to succeed, and they will show you and help you if you let them, and your fellow students and brothers and sisters are your teammates, and you should study together with them for tests and share study skills with them just like you practice with and learn hoops skills from other good players. Just make sure that you take advantage of all your school has to offer, because it's all there for you, but have to go get it, it won't just drop in your lap. Ask for it and you will get extra time with teachers after school to go over things you didn't understand the first time through, ask your counselors for advice if things aren't going your way, and get together with other students in study groups and study halls. The biggest difference between good and bad students is that good students ask questions and do extra work when they don't understand something and don't allow themselves to get behind. Some really good students and even teachers will work with you one on one to earn a little extra money, just like basketball trainers do on the court. Get for extra time in the gym too - do whatever it takes for you to achieve your goal of playing college basketball and don’t let anybody stop you or discourage you. If you have the talent and step up now and are determined to take control of your future, you will reach your goals. Here’s an important tip: Start taking SAT and ACT practice tests as early as you can - even in 9th grade - so you are very familiar with the tests, and don’t be intimidated if they are difficult for you. They are for everybody. What you are doing when you start early is learning about the test and what you need to work on to get a qualifying score. It's just like playing basketball with older kids. It makes you a tougher test taker and teaches you little test taking tricks you only learn from experience. Here's a good one: Believe it or not, many of the questions on the practice tests are the same ones or very similar to the ones they ask on the real tests, so take as many practice tests as you can find and go over and over the questions you miss. There is no better feeling than seeing a question on the real test that you’ve seen a hundred times before on practice tests! Another tip: Make sure you take your first real test in your junior year or even sooner, so you have time to take it a few more times if you need to. Again, don’t wait till the last minute. I can’t tell you how many good players with good grades wait until late in their senior year to take their first test, and then don’t get qualifying scores and end up in prep school or junior college when they had the offer they wanted. And what if you don’t get qualifying scores or good enough grades? You may have to revise your plans, but nothing worthwhile comes easily and it’s never too late to step up and control your own destiny! You can always catch up as long as you put in the work, and you’re not too proud to ask for help from whomever you can. You're young and time is on your side if you are determined to succeed. Don't fool yourself though, if you don’t dig in and get passing grades and qualifying SAT/ACT scores, you're not going to play college basketball. Period! No matter how talented you are! Prep schools and junior colleges can help sometimes, but they can't  help if you can’t pass a class. You have to put in the work sooner or later to get what you want, and believe me, there is no better feeling than getting that passing grade and knowing you qualify, especially if you’ve fallen short a few times. Unfortunately, the list of great basketball players from Long Island that never made it to college or couldn’t stay eligible once they got there is a mile long, and it includes lots of All Long Island Players and D1 prospects that thought they could slide by without putting in the work. You can’t. Don’t be the next one on the list! Take care of business now!
STEP TWO: Once you’ve taken care of business, you can't sit back and wait for colleges to come calling. It’s your future and you have to take things into your own hands and get the jump on your competition. The best way to find a college is to decide what level you can realistically play at, and then sit down and put together a list of schools that you would like to go to, without taking basketball into account AT ALL. Why? You have to be happy where you go in order to be successful - academically and on the court, and you don’t want to have to transfer or stay somewhere you are miserable, so its very important for you to choose schools that are a good fit for you academically, socially, geographically, and financially first, and THEN narrow that list down with basketball factors. Spread your school choices over at least two divisions - D1 and D2, or D2 and D3, and follow the same advice guidance counselors give all students - have one or two long shot dream schools on your list and a few safety valve schools that you're confident you can get into and play for. Once you have your list of say, 10 schools, you really have to do your homework. You have to look carefully at the rosters and game recaps from last season to see how deep the teams are at your position, when the players at your position graduate, and then go through the stories posted about new recruits that have already committed or have been offered. When you find schools that look like a good fit, send a personalized letter (never a form letter) to the head coach and CC his assistants, telling them that you would like to play for them and why, and then lay out your academic and basketball qualifications, awards etc. for them and just like a job resume, INCLUDE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM BOTH YOUR SCHOLL AND TRAVEL TEAM COACH. Email addresses are usually available on a school’s basketball website, either on the roster or on a separate Coaching Staff page. If not, try the schools general directory. I can’t tell you how important it is to personalize every letter - the coaches get barraged by form letters, most of which they don’t even read. They really appreciate personal letters from a sincere recruit that has done his homework. Use the coaches name instead of Dear Coach, and include things like references to last season and previous seasons, mention the team's record last season, the names of players at your position that are graduating, maybe something from the coaches background, and the teams prospects for next season. Do anything that shows you’ve done your homework and you really want to go to that school and play for that coach! Don't forget to include your school and travel team schedules and contact info for your coaches and trainers, attach links to highlight videos, and give them an email address and a phone number to contact you directly. Every couple of weeks, send out follow up emails to everyone, adding new information, and let them know you’d like to come for a visit or workout. Remember, these are your top choices, so don't give up on them easily. Then keep the process going by adding a batch of 5 more schools, and continuously keep adding new schools to your list until you get a real offer. Yes, it's a lot of work, but remember, there are THOUSANDS of good basketball players all across the country trying to get the same roster spots you are, so you have to show the coaches something that nobody else is showing them to get an edge. It's just like knocking down all of your shots and free throws at a try-out. You know it will give you an edge. Just don't put all your eggs in one basket when you get positive feedback from a school. Coaches have to find as many candidates as they can to fill their openings, and can’t afford not to have backups if their #1 recruit doesn’t come through. You just might be a backup, and might not even be the #1 backup! You have to keep going until you get a formal offer, not just interest. Again. I can’t tell you how many kids I’ve heard from over the years that were counting on getting an offer from a particular school, only to find out they offered someone else and no longer have room, so the player has to scramble at the last minute to find ANY school that still has a spot left. Your goal is to get your name in front of as many coaches as you can, all of them looking for players just like you. The more thorough you are in researching what each coach needs, and the more schools you contact, the better your odds are at finding the right school. Good luck, and see you on the court! 
The Team Green 12u team won the Classic Division at the 2016 AAU D2 Nationals, rebounding from a slow start to reel off four straight wins, defeating The Family-Gold from Michigan 48-34 in the final.
French Team Signs Harris
Tyler Harris from Dix Hills has signed to play with Paris Levallois of the French Pro A Basketball League
New York State
Summer Hoops Festival
The BCANY’s annual Summer Hoops Festival, which matches up All-Star teams from every region of New York State, will be held August 5th, 6th, and 7th in Johnson City, NY.
Representing Nassau County:
Taliq Abdul-Rahim/Valley St. North
Darius Young/Westbury
Norman Wilson/Baldwin
Brian Fox/Floral Park
Noah Shy/Valley Stream North
Dami Awosika/South Side
 Dashawn Meadors/Hempstead
Brandon Grayson/South Side
Tommy Ammendola/Massapequa
Ian Rieger/Baldwin
Rolando Meyers-Turner/Uniondale
Zion Styles/Uniondale
Flo Hunte/Sewanhaka
Cherish Francis/Sewanhaka
Gianna Gotti/Oyster Bay
Caitlin Albanese/Wantagh
Carly Bolivar/Sewanhaka
Savannah Augustine/Oyster Bay
Iyana Mitchell/Roosevelt
Alessia Drevynyak/East Rockaway
Nora Tracy/Levittown Division
Honora Campbell/Calhoon
Catherine Kramer/Island Trees
Rachel Mahler/Syosset
Representing Suffolk County
Jill Spagnuola/Commack
Alex Heuwitter/Huntington
Anna Zabroska/Copaigue
Gabby Aspuru/Sachem East
Sam Schultz/Kings Park
Tiffany Slicklein/Kings Park
Kaitlyn Wolff/Sachem East
Brenna Farrington/Northport
Nora Gabel/Comsewogue
Meg Steinman/Lindenhurst
Hannah Stockman/Northport
Casey Travers/Eastport
No roster for the Suffolk Boys All-Star Team has been posted.
Crown Basketball closed out their spring/summer schedule with their 4th varsity championship, winning the Hoop Group Buzzer Beater.
Greenport's Boulevard Boyz dropped their first two games at the AAU 14U Nationals, but reeled off 4 straight wins to capture the D3 Classic Bracket Championship.