Suffolk/Section 11
Nassau/Section 8
January 13th
at Uniondale HS
10:00 AM Smithtown W vs Jericho
12:00 PM Deer Park vs South Side
2:00 PM Brentwood vs Baldwin
4:00 PM Central Islip vs Elmont
6:00 PM Copiague vs Uniondale

​Newsday Preview
Newsday's season preview:
Top 25 Players
Key Players: Independents
Key Players: NSCHSAA
Key Players: Nassau AA-1
Key Players: Nassau AA2
Key Players: Nassau AA-A3
Key Players: Nassau A-1
Key players: Nassau A-2
Key players: Nassau A-3
Key players: Nassau A-4
Key players: Nassau ABC
Key players: Suffolk 1
Key players: Suffolk 2
Key players: Suffolk 3
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Hudson Valley Preview
A preseason preview of the top teams in Section's 1 and 9. STORY

Josh Serrano/Amityville - 25.7
Andrew DeSantis/Garden C. - 24.7
Jarrell White/Bellport - 23.9
Jake Gaudiello/Westhamp. - 21.2
Savion Lewis/Hills East - 20.3

New Varsity Coaches
Long Island's new high school varsity coaches for the 2017-18 basketball season:
Steve Atkinson, Hills West
Jason Bryant, Westbury
Darin Ford‏, Harborfields
Joe Harclerode, Wantagh
Pete Linderman, Great Neck North
Joan Sanchez, Upper Room
Nick Simone, Plainedge
Joe Supple, Oceanside
Nick Tsikitas, Portledge
Ron White, Bridgehampton

Returning All-NY State
The following players were named All-New York State last season and will be returning this season:
Savion Lewis/Hills East
Danny Ashley/Uniondale
Donatas Kupsas/LuHi
Jarell White/Bellport
Julien Crittenden/Hills East
Esam Mostafa/LuHi
Josh Serrano/Amityville
Andrew DeSantis/Garden City
Bobby Connors/Chaminade
Aiden Igiehon/LWA
Sean Braithwaite/C. Moriches
Troy Goode/Center Moriches
Ahkee Anderson/Greenport
J.P. Harding/Bridgehampton

Best High School Games
@ Nassau Coliseum
12/29 Deer Park vs Brentwood
1/21 Hills East vs Chaminade

League Changes
In a trend that seems to be accelerating, some schools on Long Island have dropped in enrollment and as a consequence, 3 of them have dropped down in sports classification. Dropping down from Class AA to Class A are East Islip, Hauppauge, and Kings Park. East Islip would have been a contender in AA this season, so a drop down into A will make things very interesting in A!

Summer Leagues
High School Varsity Summer League Chgampionship Game results:
Elmont defeated Garden City
Large School
Ward Melville defeated Pat-Med
Small School
Mt. Sinai defeated Miller Place
Deer Park defeated Hills West
Hofstra Team Camp
St. Anthony's defeated Holy Trinity
Kennedy Park
Elmont defeated Uniondale
West Babylon
Longwood defeated Amityville
Smithtown West defeated Comsewogue
#12 Garden City 49
Floral Park 48
James Cashwell's tip-in paused on the rim for a moment and then dropped in at the buzzer to give the Trojans the dramatic road win. Garden City survived in this one, playing most of the second half without leading scorer Andrew DeSantis, who took a blow to the head going for a loose ball, and then missing four straight free throws in the final moments with the game on the line. 12/15

Malverne 78
Great Neck North 56
It's been awhile since long time Long Island Class B power Malverne has had a serious contender, but it looks like this year's squad might fit the bill, their only loss so far a close one to Class A contender Roosevelt. Michael James and Makhia Effs led the way, James with 22 points and 8 assists and Effs with 18 points. Michael Warren added 12 points and Elliot Edwards 11. Eric Shirian led North with 15 points. BOX 12/14

#3 Uniondale 74
Valley Stream South 56
The Knights are weaving their way through their tough non-league schedule without any problems so far. A tough league opener 12/19 at home against #15 Syosset. BOX 12/12

#12 Garden City 68
 Manhasset 45
Impressive opener for the Trojans.
BOX 12/12

#15 Syosset 54
South Side 43
Nice win over the always tough Cyclones. BOX 12/12

#4 Uniondale 63
 Fox Lane 51
The Knights took down Westchester’s 9th ranked team at a showcase in White Plains, with Craig Brown, who has taken his game to a new level this season, leading the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds. RJ Meyers-Turner has also stepped up his game and added 19 points and team leader Danny Ashley did it all, finishing with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. BOX 12/10

Valley Stream Central 45
Oceanside 40
Valley Stream Central is quietly building their resume, improving to 3-0 with a road win over a solid Oceanside team. Darin Sisco led the balanced attack with 11 points and Ryan Germosen finished with 6 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Powers led Oceanside with 11 points and Jake Tavroff and Jake Lazarro both had 10. 12/9

Floral Park 73
North Shore 53
Floral Park is another team demanding attention, with a dynamic duo of Frankie Phelan, who is averaging 21 points and 10 assists so far, and Jayson Delgado, who is scoring at a 20.5 ppg clip. Phelan had 24 in this one and Delgado 23. Liam Kunkel led North Shore with 21 points.12/9

Valley Stream South 72
 Cold Spring Harbor 71
In a confrontation between two Section 8 Class A contenders, Brandon Gosley's layup at the buzzer gave VSS their first lead of the game and the big road win. He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Aaron Davis led South with 22 points and he racked up 11 assists, Corey Powell had 18 points and Matt Benavides 15. Thomas Milana led CSH with 19, Aidan Adomaites added 17 and Jack Vavassis 10. 12/9

Farmingdale 65
Calhoun 30
Put Farmingdale into the mix in Nassau AA. The Dalers rolled over the Colts with a 30-8 third quarter explosion, with Marvel Chambers, who finished with 17, Marc Conigliario, who added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists, and Antonio Smikle Jr, who had 12 points, leading the way. Corey Jones finished with 16 for Calhoun and Jalen Rosemond with 10. 12/7

#4 Uniondale 67
#11 Deer Park 59
Early season match-ups between highly ranked teams from different parts of Long Island are what make December basketball so special, and this one had the intriguing sub-plot of a duel between two of Long Island’s best point guards. It didn’t disappoint: The game was a battle from start to finish, and both All-New York State senior Danny Ashley from Uniondale and All-Long Island sophomore Malik Edmead from Deer Park were outstanding, Ashley with 26 points and Edmead with 31. RJ Meyers-Turner and Craig Brown from Uniondale made the difference. Meyers had key baskets and finished with 15 points and Brown had 16 big rebounds and 3 blocked shots to help the Knights pick up their second impressive victory of the season. 12/6

Sewanhaka 67
 Westbury 55
Sewanhaka is quickly making us believers, knocking off the defending Class AA Long Island Champion in impressive fashion. Jazier Whitely posted some big numbers, finishing with 23 points and 17 rebounds and so did Rahim Akinwunmi, who added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jayden Boyd got into the act, chipping in 13 points. Jordan Reed had 19 points for Westbury and Jailyn Dunlap had 17. 12/5

Harborfields 65
Glen Cove 57
Harborfields took to the road in their opener, paying a visit to a Glen Cove team that was 17-2 last season, and they came away with a hard fought win, rallying from a first quarter defict to outscore the Big Red 21-9 in the second quarter. It was a battle the rest of the way, but the Tornadoes held on for the big win. Tim Carr led the way with 15 points for Harborfields, Pat Williamson scored 11 points and Mike McDermott 10. Michael Vaughan had a game-high 28 points for Glen Cove. 12/5

West Hempstead 57
 Valley Stream North 49
What about us? Valley Stream North is one of the teams we anticipate will battle for league and section honors once again this season, but West Hempstead, coming off a 7-12 season where they admittedly improved steadily after a slow start, was not in our thoughts - until now! The Rams built a double digit lead at home against the favored Spartans, then held off the inevitable second half rally on back-to-back baskets by Tim Williams and pulled away for the win. Williams and Chris Jean-Louis both finished with 13 points and John Granholm had 11. Taliq Abdul-Rahim led North with 16 and C.J. Parris added 12. 12/5 

Malverne 58
Bellmore 55
Two of Nassau’s legendary coaches -Daryl Lopez of Malverne and Rory Bloch of BJFK - began the evening quietly, seemingly accepting of miscues from their players and not giving any suggestions to the men with whistles. In fact, Coach Lopez, customary towel in hand, sat politely at the end of the bench as a casual observer. Haha, yea right ...... not for long. Despite turning the opening tap into an easy opening bucket, the home team Mules were a bit off balance in the first quarter - their aggressive “ in the passing lane defense “ beautifully compromised by Coach Bloch’s insistence on hard back cuts & visionary ball movement. The Cougars led 22-20 after the first period and pushed up to a 34-27 lead midway through the second. Marco Travaglione (18) and Steven Carlson (22) were a revelation to the Monday night crowd. What nice players.
It seemed an odd sight to witness the Malverne Mules in a 2-3 zone in the second half ..... but, credit Lopez for strategizing on the fly. His packed lane stopped the back door layups of JFK. And the Cougars seem to be shy beyond the arc. Malverne guard, Michael James ( 15pts./8 rbs.) became a force late in this game as the Mules surged back to a tie at 53 ALL with 2:30 remaining. He and his crew were bolstered by a wildly supportive crowd. The last two minutes were a deliciously frenzied 6 on 6 ‼️ (yes, at that point both coaches were on the court, “guiding” the action). The Mules’ Donovan Ishmael sank the decisive bucket and free throw to give Malverne the 58-55 Win. 12/4

Uniondale 67
Middletown 59
In the featured nightcap of the 2017 Upstate/Downstate Challenge, host Uniondale defeated the Section 9 power behind a combined 41 points from Danny Ashley and Craig Brown. Ashley’s steal and fast-break basket put Uniondale up 6-3 with only 2:57 to play in the opening quarter, but the pace quickened from there and Ashley’s coast to coast basket and Jahri Mosley’s pull-up jumper made it 13-7 and it ended 15-9 Knights at the first quarter buzzer. Brown’s short jumper from just outside the lane put Uniondale up by 8 as the second quarter got underway, and Ashley’s right wing three pointer made it 23-11 Knights, but the teams began trading baskets from there until Marquis Gill’s runner cut it to 30-22 and it remained an 8 point game at intermission. Brown scored from the low post to open the third quarter, but the Middies worked hard to close the gap, generating a lot of turnovers, and Keon Gill’s fast-break basket and two free throws by Noriel Brown cut the margin to 42-39, and then another fast break basket off a turnover and a putback right before the buzzer gave Middletown a 45-44 lead as the third quarter came to a close. Middletown opened the fourth quarter with a free throw, but Ashley’s left elbow jumper tied it at 46 and his two free throws the next trip down put the Knights back in front. Keyshawn Kennedy answered with a fast break basket, but Ashley was determined, scoring 5 straight points on a jumper and a three pointer to put Uniondale up 53-48 with 6:10 remaining. Muyawe Adesina’s steal and fast-break basket and two free throws by Rolando Meyers-Turner made it 60-52 Knights, and Cody McLean added a left wing three pointer to make it 65-54, but Middletown had one last push in them, cutting it to 65-59 on two Marquis Gill free throws before Mosley’s fast-break basket closed out the scoring. Ashley led Uniondale with 23 points, Brown had 18 and Meyers-Turner 10. 12/2

Central Islip 83
#13 Ward Melville 77
You can never sleep on Central Islip. In their thrilling double OT victory, Darryan Fuentes led the way with 20 points, including 8 in the second OT, and 7 steals, Angel Jimenez added 19 points and 6 assists, Javal Staton 18 points, and Ty-Shon Pannell 11 points, including a three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 57 and force the first overtime. Brendan Martin finished with 19 points for the Patriots and Alex Sobel 18. 12/2

Elmont 64
Mt. St. Michael 58
The Elmont program has had a lot of success in recent years and after a successful offseason, expectations were high approaching the new season, but as it approached, KC Ndefo, who along with Victor Olawoye was expected to lead the team, mysteriously left the program and many worried the Spartans would fall back to earth. Elmont answered the doubters by opening their 2017-18 season with an impressive win over Mt. St. Michael, the defending CHSAA New York Archdiosis Class AA Champions. Olawoye led the way with 30 points. It was a surprisingly well played early season game, with the Mountaineers ominously jumping out to a quick 6-1 lead on a fast break basket by Ibrahim Wattare and a hesitation drive from the left wing by Antonee Abraham, but Jevon Santos nailed a three pointer from the right wing to keep the Spartans in the hunt and then a drive by Conrad Ihaza from the left wing tied it at 6 all. It was back and forth untill the 2:33 mark of the quarter, when a three pointer and a steal and fast break basket by Olawoye put Elmont up 13-9 and then Wiliam Cook responded to a fast break basket by Truth Harris with a right wing three to make it a 5 point game. Jaylin Miller’s putback right before the buzzer made it 18-11 Spartans with one quarter complete, and then Olawoye opened the second quarter with a drving layup and a left wing three to give Elmont a 12 point lead, but Mike Krause kept it close with a step-back three from behind the left elbow and a Harris steal and fast break basket cut it to 23-16 with 6:04 to play in the half. Ihaza got it going again with a drive from the top and then back to back steals and fast break baskets by Olawoye and Ihaza put the Spartans up 31-19. Moments later, an Olawoye pull-up jumper from just inside the foul line made it 34-20 and Mount called time. Coming out of it, the Mountaineers reeled off 8 straight point to close out the half, capped off by a drive by Isiah Barnes, and it was a 6 point game at the break. It was boom-boom to kick off the second half, with Olawoye scoring on a steal and fast break basket and Krause quickly answereing seconds later with a right baseline three. David Moore looped one in from the baseline and Santos scored from underneath to bump the lead to 9, but it went back and forth from there until Krause scored from underneath, Harris scored on a fast break basket and Krause knocked down a left baseline 3 to cut it to 2 with 2:30 to play in the quarter. Ihaza broke the run with a drive from the top, but Krause drilled another 3 to bring the Mountaineers within 1. Olawoye held the lead with a beautiful drive from the left wing through traffic, drawing a foul and converting the three point play to make it 49-45 Elmont with three quarters complete, but Wattara scored back to back to start the fourth quarter, knotting the game at 49 on a baseline jumper. Santos drove baseline and looped one in to retake the lead, and a big three point play by Miller extended it to 5 with 5:28 to play. The lead was 9 after Olawoye’s left baseline three, but MSM had one last run. Krause’s left wing three cut it to 61-55 with 2:45 remaining and a free throw made it a 5 point game, but a big block by David Moore kept the lead at 5 with 31 seconds to play and Olawoya calmly put the game away with two free throws. As mentioned, Olawoye finished with 30 big points, and he had some help. Ihaza and Miller seemed to hit nothing but big baskets, and finished with 12 and 11 respectively, while Krause did the same for the Mountaineers and finished with 19. 12/2

Scarsdale 60
South Side 41
Scarsdale is considered to be one of Section 1s top Class AA teams, and Class A South Side had to be at full strength just to stay with them but they were missing three key players, and although they led 13-10 after the first quarter thanks to a big quarter by Eamon McGowan, who scored 8 points, they were outscored 24-3 in the second quarter and never recovered. Nash Goldman led Scarsdale with 19 points and Ryan O’Shea had 12 for South Side - the only two double digit scorers. 12/2  

Bridge and Tunnel
High School Classic
VS North 74 Envir. Studies 58
Class A Valley Stream North will be a contender once again this season and helped get Long Island off to another great start in head to head match-ups with New York City teams by defeating PSAL Class A Environmental Studies. Taliq Abdul-Rahim led the way with 23 points and 6 assists and CJ Parris added 13 points. 12/2
VS Central 72 Brandeis 58
Valley Stream Central built a second quarter lead and held on to put Long Island up 2-0. Ryan Germosen led the 2-0 Eagles with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Ahunna Okoko added 11 points. 12/2
Hewlett 67 ML King 46
Host Hewlett, another Class A contender, completed the Long Island Sweep, defeating PSAL Class A Martin Luther King handily. STATS LATER 12/2

Sewanhaka 90
Valley Stream South 70
The buzz is building around Sewanhaka, and the buzz is that the Class a school has both talent and depth. They led perennial contender Valley Stream South pretty much wire to wire in an impressive home win, led by a big game from Giovany Brice, who had 31 points and 15 rebounds to lead 5 players in double figures. 12/2

Oceanside 52
Long Beach 45
The current sophomore class is one of the strongest classes on Long Island in many years, and Oceanside's Jake Tavroff is one of the reasons. The big and powerfull center poured in 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Sailors in their home opener and he had help. Brian Pod added 10 points and 4 blocks and Ryan Powers dished out 7 assists. Gerard Burns and Lashawn Hankins kept Long Beach in it, leading a late rally and finishing with 15 and 13 points respectively. 12/1

Syosset 72
Calhoun 64
In a quick rematch of last seasons classic OT playoff game, Syosset came out on top once again, winning the wire to wire battle with a big 3rd quarter. Jacob Wiener was the big gun with 22 points, Harris Baskin added 17, Robert Kula finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds, and Michael Stanco reached double digits with 11 points while handing out 7 assists. Calhoun's Jalen Rosemond led the Colts with 21 points, Corey Jones added 13 points and Tom Casamano 11. 12/1

Oyster Bay 58
Glen Cove 33
Coming off a 10-9 season. Oyster Bay looks ready to contend in Nassau Conference ABC and in Class B Island wide, taking the title of the Tom Robinson Memorial Tournament decisively. Khalil Williams led the way with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Reilly added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. 12/1

CS Harbor Triumphs
Cold Spring harbor, coming off a 17-2 season, tipped off 2017-18 with a solid 52-43 road with over Bethpage. Aidan Adomaites led the way with 14 points and Thomas Milana finished with 13. 11/30

There was plenty of under the radar talent at this Year's Nassau County Top 40 Doubleheader. In Game 1, It looks like Uniondale has another rising star to bolster their claim as one of the favorites heading into the 2017-18 season, with junior Justin Evelyn leading the Blue Team to victory with 17 points. Sewanhaka’s Rahim Akinwumni was right behind him with 15, Oyster Bay’s Khalil Williams added 13 and Massapequa’s Kevin Voigt had 10 points and so did Jericho’s Brandon Weiss - all in the second half. For the White team, Corey Jones Jr from Calhoun led with 11 points and another Oyster Bay product - Devon Marmorale, had 10. In Game 2, Baldwin’s Nasim Claudio-Cylin and Jacob Levy from Roslyn led a balanced attack with 13 points each for the winning Blue Team while Nick Anthony from New Hyde Park led all scorers with 14 and Jazier Whitely from Sewanhaka added 13 for White. Complete rosters can be found HERE. Players from this doubleheader will be selected to represent Nassau County in the Long Island Public School Preseason All-Star Game against an All-Star Team from Suffolk County. 
#5 Brentwood 81
#8 Elmont 58
Elmont has had a brutal schedule so far, taking on two Top 5 teams and the defending CHSAA Class AA New York Archdiocese Champions to start the season, and they fell to 1-2 at the hands of Zed Key and mighty Brentwood. Key racked up 28 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks, Bryce Harris added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and Kenny Lazo scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists. Jarell Pierre-Louis led the Spartans with 12 points. BOX 12/14

#13 Bellport 74
 Central Islip 71
Big match-ups don't always live up to the hype, but this one did. Host Bellport won this back and forth slugfest and Jarell White led the way, scoring 28 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. Kyleim Robinson had 10 big points in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 and Teandre Roundtree added 11 points and 9 assists. C.I featured a balanced attack with 5 players in double figures, led by Javal Staton with 13. BOX 12/14

#8 Amityville 101
John Glenn 58
The Warriors flexed their muscles in preparation for their big match-up with Sewanhaka this Saturday. BOX 12/12

#11 Deer Park 62
 Westbury 51
The Falcons are impressive already and they'll only get better with one of those super sophomores running the point. BOX 12/12

Central Islip 68
#14 Longwood 56
No doubt C.I. is a serious contender this season and is looking like a clear favorite in Suffolk League 2. BOX 12/12

Kings Park 77
Harborfields 60
Upset? A Harborfields loss is always news, but Kings Park is now 3-0 with an average victory margin of 22 points. BOX 12/12
Knox School 86
Green Tech 81
The Knox School launched their successful prep program a few years ago and now they are beefing up their high school program, and with impressive results, defeating a strong Class AA program from upstate. 
​#2 Hills East 73
#6 Brentwood 69
It was another highly anticipated early season match-up at the new Coaches vs Cancer Showcase, and it lived up to its advance billing, with sophomore dominated Brentwood looking very impressive while building a big second quarter lead and senior-dominated Hills East rallying in the second half on another incredible performance by Savion Lewis, who finished with 37 points to lead the Thunderbirds to the dramatic come from behind victory. It was the season opener for Hills East and they jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead on back to back jumpers by Kenny Mathurin and Lewis. Brentwood responded with a Zed Key foul line jumper and took the lead on a left-wing 3 pointer by Josh Jenkins, but Julien Crittendon answered with a three from the left wing and then a steal and fast break basket and a three point play by Lewis made it 16-10 Hills. Brentwood closed out the quarter on a run, with Julian Almonte's right wing three cutting it to 16-13 and then Key’s back to back baskets, the second a resounding dunk right before the buzzer, gave the Indians a 19-18 lead with one quarter complete. They carried the momentum into the second quarter, going up 31-22 on back to back three pointers by Lazo and Jenkins and then Lazo hit a nice floater from just inside the foul line and added two free throws to bump the lead to 12. Jordan Riley's back to back baskets made it 42-28, and Tyrell Anderson closed out the half by cutting across the lane from the right wing and hitting a floater to give Brentwood a surprising 45-30 advantage at intermission. It looked like more of the same as the third quarter got underway, with Lazo knocking down a left wing three pointer for an 18 point lead, but Crittendon scored back to back fast break baskets and you could feel the momentum starting to change. The teams traded baskets down to the 2:08 mark, when back to back baskets by Nero-Clark made it an 11 point game, and then Lewis sliced through traffic and scored and scored again on the break and it was 56-49 at the third quarter buzzer. Lazo opened the fourth quarter with another three pointer, good for a 10 point Brentwood lead, but after a Hills free throw brought them within 9, Lewis took over, going on an incredible one man run, scoring 10 points over a 2 minute span to give the Thunderbirds a 1 point lead with 4:41 to play. The young and talented Indians tried to regroup, with Bryce Harris retaking the lead on a basket from underneath, but Mathurin answered with a nice basket off a pick and roll and then he scored from underneath back to back and Nero-Clark added a putback to make it 68-61 Hills with 2:02 remaining. Harris kept hopes alive with a putback at the 1:44 mark, and Lazo’s fast break basket made it a 3 point game with 1:22 showing but Elijah Morrison’s big right wing three and a fast break basket by Lewis made it 73-65 with only 22 seconds to play. Game over. Crittenden finished with 11 points for Hills East, Lazo led Brentwood with 19, Jenkins had 13, Key 12 and Harris 11. Lewis is already putting together a dream season after just one game. He not only scored 37, handed out 8 assists, and had 4 steals in this one, but also scored his 1000th career point and had his 100th career steal. Add to that Nike/IS8 Player of The Year Honors and Alzheimers Game MVP honors earlier this fall and you’d have to say he’s off to a pretty good start. 12/9

Smithtown West 59
#9 Longwood 55 OT
In an excellent back and forth game, Smithtown West led at the half, but gave up the lead and had to rally to tie in in regulation before holding off the Lions in overtime. Sophomore Matt Behrens led the way with 18 points, Mike Gannon finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds and hit two big free throws in overtime, and Chris Crespo added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Isaiah Whitty led alol scorers with 24 points for Longwood and Jalen Ryan had 16. 12/9

Patchogue-Medford 66
Copiague 64
Copiague has a nice team and had their share of Sweet 16 votes in the last poll, but Pat-Med is off to an impressive 4-0 start and held off the surging Eagles in another good Coaches vs Cancer Showcase matchup. Brian Dellecave iced the hard fought game at the line, but the Raiders imposing front line did most of the damage before that, with Nathaniel Ormond registering another big game with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Noah Stevenson adding 11 points, 7 rebounds and an astounding 8 blocks. Michael Snowden led all scorers with 27 points for Copaige and Keenon White added 14. 12/9

#13 Bellport 85
Bay Shore 58
The Clippers exploded for 32 second quarter points and then outscored the Marauders 25-6 in the third quarter for the dominating win. Returning Al-New York State forward Jarell White finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Kyleim Robinson with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Devon Balfour added 15 points. Isaiah Bitzer was high man for Bay Shore with 13. 12/9
Stony Brook 53
 Kew Forest 45
In a rare PSAA vs Section XI matchup, the Bears defeated the Queens based school behind 19 point from Emil Vaughn and 14 points and 12 rebounds from James Toney to improve to 4-0 on the season. 12/8
Westhampton 68
Hauppauge 34
The Hurricanes improved to 3-0 with a convincing win. Jake Gaudiello gets more impressive with every game, recording 19 points and 12 assists, and Simon Brathwaite added 14 points and Nolan Quinlan 12 rebounds. Eric San Filippo led Hauppauge with 13 points. BOX 12/7

#9 Longwood 73
West Babylon 44
They have high hopes in Longwood this season, and they got the season off to a good start with a dominating win. Isaiah Whitty led the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds, Emmanuel Rancy had 17 points, Jalen Ryan 12 and Elijah Whitty 10. John Stunt led WB with 14 as well. Next up, an 11:45 AM showdown this Saturday with Smithtown West at the Coaches vs Cancer Showcase at Sachem East High School. BOX 12/5

#14 Central Islip 65
East Islip 35
C.I. has been very impressive in their first two games, knocking Ward Melville out of the Sweet 16 and then rolling over a good East Islip team. Angel Jimenez and Darryan Fuentes both had 14 points to lead the way while Jordan Mosely finished with 13 for East Islip. Central Islip has another big game Friday at 5 PM when they host #11 Deer Park. 12/5

Ward Melville 57
#16 Hills West 44
Ward Melville is convinced that they belong in the Sweet 16 and they redeemed themselves by rallying to knock off the ranked Colts. Alex Sobel had a big game for the Patriots, scoring 17 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and ringing up 5 blocks and Brendan Martin added 13 points and 7 assists. Brent Bland continued to knock down the threes and finished with 14 for Hills. 12/5

Comsewogue 74
St. John The Baptist 54
Nobody in Suffolk League 4 better look past this Comsewogue team. They moved out in front early and stayed there. Pat Billings led the way this time with 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jaden Martinez added 14 points and Alan Smith Jr. had 11 points and 8 rebounds. 12/5

​Center Moriches 88
Southold 39
Center Moriches has an excellent team that can play with just about anybody, but with a big schedule of league games against Class B and C competition and with Southampton and Wyandanch up in A now, they won't get the chance to show it until the East End Officials Tournament later this month, and after that, not until playoff time. Sean Braithwaite finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way, Emond Frazier added 19 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, and Troy Goode had 15 points,8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Steve Russell led Southold with 13. 12/4

Kings Park 57
Huntington 53
Host Kings Park took the title at their annual Chamber Of Commerce “Pop” DeGraw Tournament, holding off Huntington. Zach Wolf's layup proved to be the game winner, but Nat Amato's three-pointer cut it to 55-53 before freshman Jack Garside went 2-2 from the line to ice it with 8 seconds remaining. MVP Andrew Bianco from KP finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Wolf had 18 points - 15 in the second half.
Andrew Bianco/King Park
Zach Wolf/Kings Park
Natale Amato/Huntington
Nick Guaglione/Commack
Joseph Yarusso/Plainedge

Bayport-Blue Point 65
Sachem North 43
The Phantons swept through two solid Class AA teams to take the title at the Connetquot Tournament and look ready to challenge the best in Section 11 Class A once again this season. Ryan Lawrence had a big game with 31 points and 12 rebounds, Zach Walker added 17 points, and Kevin Doty finished with 7 points and 18 rebounds. 12/2

William Floyd 85
Connetquot 67
In the consolation game at Connetquot, William Floyd bounced back nicely, led by 32 points from Kenny Robinson, 28 from Darrell Sumpter, Jr and 19 from Tavon Bazemore. 12/2

Hills West 79
Millennium 57
A new era began at Hills West under the direction of new head coach Steve Atkinson, a member of the famous Atkinson clan from Northport that also includes Brooklyn Nets head coach Mike Atkinson, and the Colts got off to a good start, defeating the PSAL's Millenium HS, coached by former St. John's star and NBA player Shawnelle Scott. Derek Brower Jr., also from a great basketball family, and Brent Bland led the way, both with 21 points - Bland's on 7 three pointers! 12/2

#6 Brentwood 60
#16 Smithtown W 47
#16 Smithown West took an early lead, but #6 Brentwood came roaring back to go up by 11 at the half and then after holding off another West run in the 3rd quarter, pulled away in the 4th for a solid 60-47 victory. 
It’s a rare season opener when the teams look sharp, and this one was no exception. There were broken plays, bad shots and bad turnovers to be sure, but it wasn’t long until you could see the great potential of both teams - both ranked in the preseason Sweet 16 - come through. Brentwood got off first, with a Josh Jenkins right baseline three pointer giving them a 4-0 lead, but Matt Behrens answered with a three point play and then a drive by Chris Crespo and two free throws by Denis Sullivan put the Bulls on top and Crespo scored again on a nice give and go to make it 11-7 Smithtown as the clock ticked down in the opening quarter. Jarious Bernard added a fast break basket for a 6 point lead before Jordan Riley looped one in just before the buzzer to cut it to 13-9 West with one quarter complete.Crespo continued to attack as the second quarter got underway, spinning off a defender and underhanding one in, and Bernard followed him up with a drive down the left side of the lane to make it 17-9 West, but Alan Houston sparked a Brentwood run with a right baseline three pointer, Bryce Harris knocked down two free throws, and then Houston scored again, this time from the low post and Zed Key added a putback to give the Indians an 18-17 lead with 5:05 to play in the half. Houston kept it going, scoring again on a putback and a free throw, then another putback by Key made it 25-19 and a running hook shot by Harris and a hesitation drive from the top by Jenkins and it was 30-19 Brentwood and 32-21 at the half. It was back and forth as the third quarter got underway, but a Behrens left baseline 3 and Mike Gannon’s fast break basket cut it to 36-32 with 3:38 to play in the quarter. Key stalled the run, spinning out of low post and hammering home a dunk, but Gannon’s deep left wing three pointer made it a three point game with 1:14 left. Brentwood went back to Zed and he came through, turning and scoring from the lane to make it 41-36 at the third quarter buzzer and then he open the fourth quarter with a fast break dunk that sparked another run. Harris drove baseline and scored, scored again on the break, and then Riley’s runner and a Key putback made it 51-36 Brentwood with 5:06 to play and the Bulls never fully recovered. Stats and photo later. 12/1

#15 Bellport 63
Sachem East 49
15th ranked Bellport took an early lead and cruised to a 63-49 win over Sachem East. Jarell White, a returning All-New York State player and one of Long Island's leading scorers and rebounders last season, led the way with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Kavon Brown added 10 points and 6 rebounds. 12/1

Northport 60
Smithtown East 58
Northport rallied from an 11 point 4th quarter deficit to send the game into overtime and then held on for a dramatic 60-58 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season. Sean Walsh led the way with 14 fourth quarter points and finished with 18 and Parker Pierce added 16. Joe Neto was high man for the Cougers with 19 points and John Cawley had 10. 12/1

Huntington 62
Commack 58
It was a battle from the opening whistle, but Huntington outlasted Commack to advance to the final of the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce Tournament against host Kings Park - a 69-35 winner over Plainedge from Section 8. Nick Inman led the way with 20 points, Mehki Harvey added 17 points and Nat Amato 16. Nick Guaglione had a game high 24 for Commack and Aidan Keenan also had a big game with 21. 12/1

Pat-Med Stops WB
Patchogue-Medford, a quiet 11-9 last season, is one of the teams to watch out for this season. Led by two good LEGITIMATE big men in Noah Stevenson and Nathaniel Ormond, who combined for 33 points and 28 rebounds, the Raiders defeated West Babylon 54-39 in the opener for both teams. 11/30

BBP Shuts Down Floyd
Year after year, Class A BBP produces competetitive teams, and it looks like the Phantoms have reloaded once again, soundly beating Class AA William Floyd 81-63 in the opener for both teams. 11/30

Anderson Not Sitting
 On Laurels
Greenport star Ahkee Anderson looks forward with a level head. STORY

Section 11 Opener
In the opening game of the Section 11 basketball season, Alan Smith Jr, who averaged 3.8 ppg last season, poured in 21 points, Pat Bilings added 16 and Tom McGuire finished with 12 to lead Comsewogue to a convincing 81-62 victory over Hauppage in a game that was not as close as the final score. The Warriors, who would have been a serious contender in Class A this season, were bumped up to AA and will play in tough Suffolk League 4. They open their league season at home December 19th against Bellport, a tough test against one of the league favorities. 11/27

​Hills East Non-League
One of the Long Island's preseason favorites coming into the season after a trip to the Long Island Class AA Championship Game last year, they have put together an exciting non-league schedule this season. 

White To Coach Bees
Ron White has been named the new boys varsity basketball coach at Bridgehampton High School. STORY

Mitaritonna Steps Down
Hills West boys varsity coach Bill Mitaritonna won't coach Colts this season. STORY
#4 Chaminade 65
Cardinal Hayes 62
A Bobby Connors three pointer gave the Flyers the big home win over NYC's #2 ranked team. BOX 12/15

St. Mary's 63
Bishop Kearney 55
Big win for the Gaels against traditional upstate power. More later. 12/15

#6 St. Anthony's 73
 Wyandanch 60
The Friars jumped out to a 21 point halftime lead and cruised home for the victory. Tyrone Lyons stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. BOX 12/14

#4 Chaminade 62
#9 Elmont 47
This highly anticipated match-up at the Public/Catholic Challenge was close at the half, but Chaminade took command behind 9 third quarter points from Bobby Conners and 8 from Kieran Dorney. Still, all the seeds were there for a dramatic fourth quarter comeback by the 9th ranked Spartans, but they squandered them, missing 11 fourth quarter free throws to kill their rally in its tracks.  BOX 12/12 

#8 Holy Trinity 81
 St Joseph’s Buffalo 67
The Titans made their trek up to Buffalo to take on upstate catholic schools, proving us with a glimpse of potential opponents for the NSCHSAA Champion in the CHSAA State Semifinals. In game 2 of this year’s trip, Holy Trinity defeated St. Joseph’s to even their record at 1-1. The Sixsmith family is providing another big spark to the program, with Mike Sixsmith scoring 19 points in this one and 24 points in the opening loss to St. Francis, who looks like a formidable foe down the road. BOX 12/9

Archbishop Molloy 85
#3 St. Anthony's 54
Never surprising when anybody loses on the road at Molloy, but the margin is. 12/7

Friends Academy 72
St. Dominic 62
Coach Steve Hefele puts a good team out on the floor every season at Friends Academy, and St. Dominic is working to get back to that. Trayvon Alexander was at his best, riddling the Bayhawk defense for 36 points and Casey Glover added 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way. Paul Buonaguro and Rob Rossiter both had 15 points for Doms. 12/5

St. Anthony's 49
New Rochelle 44 
There were a lot of big games at this year’s Upstate/Downstate Challege, but none bigger than the matchup between Section 1 Class AA Regional Semifinalist New Rochelle and 4th ranked St. Anthony’s, one of the clear favorities in the NSCHSAA this season. Baskets were hard to come by for both teams in a tight first half, with the score tied at 10 at the first quarter buzzer. Andre Snoody’s fast break basket put St. Anthony’s up 18-15 as the second quarter wound down, but Jared Zomback scored on a putback to make it a 1 point game at intermission and Zomback opened the second half with another putback to put the Hugenots on top. The scoring pace noticably quickened, with Tyrone Lyons weaving his way through traffic and scoring and Antonio Lopez scoring on a reverse layup to put St. Anthony’s up 22-19, but Zomback answered again with a basket from the low post and then another putback for a 23-22 New Rochelle lead with 4:19 left in the quarter. A Lopez three from the right wing ended the back and forth and ignited a 10-0 St. Anthony’s run, with Harewood going coast to coast, Lopez scoring again on a tip-in and again on a tough low post basket and free throw to give St. Anthony’s its biggest lead - 9 with 1:49 to play in the third quarter. Jason Rodopoulos broke the run with a baseline driive, but it was 9 again after Harewood exploded to the basket and scored in the final seconds of the quarter. McGhee’s back to back putbacks opened the fourth quarter scoring and took a bite out of the Friar lead, but Makhai Murphy got most of it back with a three pointer from the left baseline. McGhee drilled back to back threes in response and it was suddenly a 1 point game, but Corey Bernard’s three from the top and Murphy’s steal and fast break basket made it 42-36 with 4:01 to play. A Lyons three from behind the right elbow bumped the lead to 10 with 3:02 showing, but New Rochelle got right back into it, scoring on a basket cut by Rodopoulos and back to back baskets by Long to draw within 4 with 2:40 left. Harewood broke the momentum, countering with a determined drive through traffic and the Friars held on from there, surviving a number of missed free throws to take a 5 point decision. Harewood, Lopez and Lyons all finished with 13 points for the Friars, with Lyons adding 12 rebounds and Lopez 8 while Harewood dished out 5 assists. Sophomore Snoody chipped in 5 points and 12 rebounds. Zomback led all scorers with 14 for New Rochelle. 12/2

Sacred Heart Pulls Away From Doms
It's been a long road back for St. Dominic, and the once elite program still has some work to do, falling 53-34 to Sacred Heat at home. Paul Buonaguro led the Bayhawks, who gave up an early 7 point lead, with 12 points. 11/30 

Sec 8/NSCHSA Opener
Roosevelt 53 SJB 49
Roosevelt jumped out to a big lead and held off SJB down the stretch in the season opened for both teams. The St. John’s shooters were ice cold at the start and Roosevelt took advantage, racing out to a 17-5 first quarter lead behind a balanced attack led by Isaiah Stone, who had 7 points, and Tyrick Goss and Eddie Torres, who had 4 points a piece, but the Cougars kept pace in the second quarter, thanks to 13 second quarter points from Ryan Watson, and trailed by 11 at the half. SJB chipped away in the third quarter, largely on Roosevelt's struggles from the line, and got the lead down to single digits at the third quarter buzzer, and then closed in on the Roughriders as the fourth quarter got underway, with Matt Lavin’s left baseline three pointer cutting it to 47-43, and then Lavin stole the ball and scored to make it a 2 point game with 6:15 to play. Both teams struggled to score down the stretch, but another big offensive rebound and basket by Goss off yet another missed free throw preserved the Roosevelt lead and then a fast break basket by Torres put them up 5 with 2:55 remaining. Watson’s two free throws and it was a 3 point game again with 1:27 left, and it remained that way until the final seconds, with the Cougars turning it over with 10 seconds showing and Torres iced it from the line, hitting a big free throw to make it a 4 point game. Goss finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Roughriders, Stone had 13 points, and Torres 12 while Watson led all scorers with 21 for SJB and and Lavin finished with 10. 11/28
#1 LuHi 88
Holy Cross 37
Not the best Holy Cross team this season, but still. Wow! Crusaders are ranked #3 in the first New York State poll. 12/12

#1 LuHi 81
Dallas Jesuit 69
The Crusaders hosted their first out of state team of the season, and picked up a win over the previously undefeated Rangers. Newcomers Tykei Greene and Tyson Etienne led the way with 21 and 17 points respectively and Essam Mostafa and another newcomer, Frankie Policelli, added 14 each. 12/7

Knox 109
Portledge 64
The battle to see which school had assembled the best team in their push to upgrade their basketball programs was over quickly. Portledge has a very young squad however, so check back with us later in the season. 12/6

#1 LuHi 71
#3 Chaminade 57
It was close for a quarter, but the Crusaders blew it open in impressive fashon with a 22-8 second quarter. Tyson Etienne was high scorer with 20 points and had 7 rebounds, Andre Curbelo added 13 points and 8 assists, and Essam Mostafa had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. 12/2

Portledge Hammered
Portledge is anxious to elevate their basketball program and put together a very ambitious schedule this season, but it looks like they might have jumped the gun. After a 3-0 start, they stepped up from Class C competition to play CHSAA Class A New York State finalist Chaminade, and with predictable results. The Flyers blistered their over-matched opponents 84-40, sitting their starters for much of the game. Looking ahead, the very young Panthers have a number of games scheduled with teams they will likely struggle against, but as the saying goes, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger! 11/30

LuHi Schedule
Long Island Lutheran is, year in and year out, one of New York State's top basketball programs and always plays a tough schedule against top teams from all over the region. SCHEDULE

LWA Schedule
Historically one of Long Island's top basketball programs, Lawrence - Woodmere Academy once again has a very good team and is playing a challenging schedule. They will play as an Independent this season.

St. Anthony's Schedule
One of the top programs in the NSCHSAA and one of the preseason favorities this year, the Friars have put together a very challenging schedule.

Team Long Island
Falls Short
Team Long Island came out flat in their NIKE/IS8 Semifinal, missing open look after open look and only the incredible play of returning First Team All-New York State guard Savion Lewis kept them in it through halftime. In the second half, the top seeded Northeast Basketball Club pulled away, ending Long Island’s memorable run in the Final Four. Despite the loss, Lewis was named the 2017 NIKE/IS8 Player Of The Year, finishing with 35 points in the semifinal and recording games of 24, 30, 26, 27, 18, and 27 points in preceding rounds against the elite level competition. He also stuffed the stat sheet with assists and steals and a surprising number of rebounds. Sophomore sensation Zed Key was named Third Team All-Tournament despite missing the semifinal with an ankle sprain, racking up big scoring and rebounding numbers in every previous game and defending his position with great skill against an imposing procession of towering big men. We have every reason to be proud of all of our kids, who once again showed that they can play with anybody and have paved the way for what will be the next Golden Age of Long Island Basketball. The Team Long Island roster can be found HERE. Long Island did get some measure of revenge when former Elmont star KC Ndefo, who was on Team Long Island’s original roster and who represented us in our historic Wheelchair Charities All-Star Basketball Classic Championship last spring, helped lead his 2GZ squad to the title, scoring 16 points while putting up his usual big rebound and blocked shot numbers and securing a spot on the All-Tournament Team as well. A very special thank you to Long Island coaching legend Rich Wrase, who came out of retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers organization to lead this memorable effort and to whom we will be forever indebted. 10/21/2017

The annual Alzheimer's Charity All-Star Doubleheader was held at Oyster Bay High School this year, and the favored Nassau County Girls Team won the first game easily behind MVP Celeste Taylor from LuHi, who finished with a game high 19 points, and Kadaja Baily from St. Mary's, who was right behind her with 18. Danielle Cosgrove from Sachem East, Tamia Lawhorne from St. Anthony's and Samantha Schultz from Kings Park all had 13 points for Suffolk. Suffolk turned the tables in the Boy's Game, pulling away in the second half behind a big third quarter from MVP Savion Lewis from Hills East, who finished with 27 points. Amityville's Josh Serrano added 20 and Jon Harewood and Tyrone Lyons - both from St. Anthony's - had 19 and 16 respectively. Jaqui Parks from Roosevelt led Nassau with 20 points, Isaiah Bien-Aise from Westbury had 16 and Isaiah Stone, also from Roosevelt, had 15. 10/29/17
HS Summer Report
Coaches will tell you that summer league results don't mean much and there is some truth to that. With all the conflicts kids have, the coaches rarely have their full rosters available, and they often expand and experiment with their rotations and with new plays and defenses. Even so, we have found that when a team does well in the summer and fall, they usually do well in the upcoming season as well. Fall league results are still pending and will be posted as they are finalized, but take note of these summer league results:
The Baldwin Summer League Final featured a potential preview of the Nassau County Class A Championshp Game, and it didn’t disappoint, with Elmont holding off Garden City for the title. It was their second league championship of the summer season. Victor Olawoye was MVP for the defending Class A champion Spartans, while Andrew DeSantis led a Garden City team that has everybody back and finished tied for first with Elmont in Conference A1 last season..... It’s always exciting to cover the Kennedy Park Summer League Championship Game. The crowds rival regular season games, and the competition is always first rate. This year’s final featured two of Nassau County’s top programs, and both teams boast a returning All-New York State player in Elmont’s KC Ndefo and Uniondale’s Danny Ashley. The two battled for three quarters before Ndefo sparked the Spartans to a big fourth quarter and an impressive 68-55 victory. Ashley, fresh off a 42 point performance in a semifinal win over Holy Trinity, followed a Zion Styles three pointer with a pull up jumper from the right wing to give Uniondale a quick 5-0 lead, but Victor Olawoye's shooting sparked an Elmont rally and the teams battled to a 17 all tie at the first quarter buzzer and were tied at 30 at intermission. Ndefo’s putback dunk put Elmont on top as the third quarter got underway, he followed it with a baseline drive through traffic and then Olawoye spotted up on the break and drilled a three pointer for a 4 point Spartan lead, but Uniondale’s defense tightened and Ashley stepped back and nailed a three pointer from the left foul line extended to bring the Knights back within 2. Ndefo answered with a tomahawk dunk from the lane to maintain the lead and it was 45-43 Elmont with three quarters complete. Olawoye opened the fourth quarter with a left wing three for a 5 point Spartan lead, but Ashley answered again with a three from the top. Another left wing three by Olawoye got Elmont rolling, and a putback by Ndefo and then a fast break basket by Olawoye and they had an 11 point lead as the clock approached the 4 minute mark. Uniondale's shooters suddenly went cold and they could not respond, and after a drive and dunk by Ndefo it was a 17 point game with two minutes to play and the Knights were done. Ndefo claimed MVP honors with an impressive assortment of dunks and blocked shots and Olawoye had a big game too, while Ashley and Zion Styles led the Knights.

One of the great events at New York’s Olympic style Empire State Games was the basketball tournament, with All-Star Teams from every region of the State facing off to see who produced the best basketball talent. When the games were unfortunately suspended for budgetary reasons, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York stepped up and lauched the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival to fill the void. A combined Nassau/Suffolk team won the first boys competition in 2011, but both Nassau and Suffolk have been sending separate teams since and neither has been able to repeat what the combined team accomplished. In this years event, Suffolk looked to be the stronger of the two teams on paper, and that proved true in pool play. The eastern Long Island squad got off to a great start with a big win over two time defending champion Rochester, with Hills East’s Julien Crittendon hitting a dramatic shot at the buzzer for the win. Nassau didn’t fare as well, dropping their opener against Hudson Valley, but the western Long Island team bounced back with a win over Southern Tier before the two Long Island squads squared off and Suffolk came out on top 88-72. At 2-0, Suffolk looked destined for the Medal Round, and they rolled over Southern Tier in their next game, but dropped their last game to Hudson Valley to fall into a 3 way tie at 3-1 and unfortunately did not advance due to point differential. Nassau fell in their last game as well, to Rochester, and finished 1-3. ROSTERS
For the first time in the 44 year history of the Wheelchair All-Star Basketball Classic, a Long Island High School All-Star team has won the championship, and they did so in spectacular fashion, rolling over the Manhattan/Bronx All-Stars 104-53 in the final. First Team All-New York State guard Kashawn Charles from Wyandanch was named MVP. HERE IS THE HISTORIC ROSTER
Danny Ashley, Uniondale
Elijah Bovell, Baldwin
Kashawn Charles, Wyandanch
Darien Jenkins, Deer Park
Muhammed Jannedi, Knox
Donatas Kupsas, LuHi
Alejandro Minota, Knox
KC Ndefo, Elmont
Lester Quinones, Upper Room
Josh Serrano, Amityville
Darius Young, Westbury
Gary Charles
Darius Burton

MVP Charles, Long Island's leading scorer this season at 30.3 ppg, opened the game with a right wing three pointer, and then his steal led to a beautiful drive through traffic by Deer Park's Darien Jenkins and a quick 5-0 Long Island lead, but the Manhattan/Bronx All-stars responded, with Marlon Moreta from WHEELS driving baseline and scoring on a reverse lay-up to put the City up 6-5. Long Island retook the lead on another three by Charles, this one from behind the left elbow, Jenkins added a jumper, and then another steal by Charles led to a fast break basket by Jenkins and a block by Elmont's KC Ndefo to a fast break basket by Westbury's Darius Young and Long Island began to take control. A steal and fast break basket by Uniondale's Danny Ashley and back to back baskets by Upper Room's Lester Quinones, the first a right wing three pointer and the second a beautiful hesitaion drive and dunk, made it 23-9 Long Island, and then back to back baskets by Ashley and a fast break dunk by Ndefo 29-11 and the Manhattan-Bronx team was in serious trouble at the first quarter buzzer. It looked like more of the same as the second quarter got underway, with Charles scoring back to back on a putback and then a left wing three pointer and Amityville's Josh Serano knocking down two free throws for an imposing 25 point Long Island lead, but to M/B's credit, they mounted a serious rally in response. Deondre Bourne from Lehman kicked it off with two free throws, Malik Bourne from Bergtraum stole the ball twice and scored both times, Jessy Jiminez from WHEELS stole the ball and scored on a nice hesitation drive, and then Taylor added a fast break dunk to cut the margin to 36-21 with 5:58 still to play in the half. The rally continued with Bourne's runner high off the glass and then James Bouknight from LaSalle scored from underneath to make it an 11 point game, but a left baseline drive by Alejandro Minota from Knox and it was 42-29 Long Island at the half. M/B continued to close the gap as the second half got underway with Leonard Luton from Bronx Regional collecting a long rebound and scoring, and then Cliff St Juste from Manhattan and St. Anthony's NJ cut across the lane and hit a fade-away and the Long Island lead was sliced to just 7 points, but the defense held on consecutive possessions and a fast break basket by Young and a putback by Knox's Muhammed Jannedi capped off a Long Island rally that bumped the lead back to 14. A left baseline three by Charles and a fast break basket by Jenkins made it 58-41, and then three straight baskets by LuHi's Donatas Kupsas, including a nice running hook shot, and Long Island was comfortably ahead once again. When Ashley found Baldwin's Elijah Bovell underneath and followed it with a nice pull up jumper on the break it was 70-45 and game over. M/B never seriously threatened after that. Charles led all scorers with 25 points and added 4 steals, Quinones finished with 20 including 5 threes, Jenkins had 14 points and 3 assists, and Ashley finished with 11 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ndefo had an incredible 17 rebounds, 8 blocked shots and 3 steals and Kupsas was dominant on the boards too, adding 12 rebounds. 5/4
Lewis To Quinnipiac
First Team All-New York State point guard Savion Lewis from Hills East has decided to attend Quinnipiac of the MAAC. At first glance, a curious choice given his strong resume, which he topped off this fall by taking NIKE/IS8 Player Of The Year honors, but if you dig a little deeper, a great one. A terrific school on a beautiful campus in nearby Connecticut, Quinnipiac doesn't come to mind when you think of basketball powerhouses, but Savion and his family recognized that's about to change and wanted to be part of it. The school has hired one of the top young assistant coaches in the country - Villanova's Baker Dunleavy - to be their new head coach, and one of his first moves was to bring in another heavyweight, former Hofstra and Fordham Head Coach Tom Pecora as his Associate Head Coach. Now they have Savion Lewis as the plum of their first recruiting class and the important building block they need to begin the process of transforming the program - a great point guard to lead the way. Congratulations to Savion, his family, and all the coaches, teammates, and friends that were there for the very well attended announcement ceremony. A great kid and a great choice! 11/20
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