Mary's Stops Kellenberg
St. Mary's started the season with a completely new starting line-up, but you could see their potential early in the season, with two talented veterans in Travis Whitfield and Wilson Molina, and a very promising group of youngsters led by 6'9 freshman Jessie Govan. They took their lumps along the way, and had to weather an injury to Molina, but it looks like the Gaels are putting it all together now. They have moved into second place in the NSCHSAA, and pulled within a game of first place Kellenberg with a big 78-64 home win over the Thunderbirds. St. Mary's was on their game right from the start, pulling ahead 12-2 on a runner by Molina and a putback by sophomore Stephen Milhaven. It marked the 7th time in their last 8 games that Kellenberg had fallen into a significant first quarter hole, and like the other times, the Thunderbirds crawled out, tying the game at 14 all on a fast break basket by Robert Gomiela and a putback by Kevin Liddy with 21 seconds to go in the quarter. Govan put the Gaels ahead 16-14 at the buzzer with two free throws. St Mary's reestablished their lead in the second quarter, with Whitfield's fast break basket giving them a 29-20 advantage, and his free throw gave them a 10 point lead, but Kellenberg held the line, pulling with 5 on Jeremy Arthur's two free throws. Justin Joseph's jumper made it a 7 point game and that was the margin at halftime. Freshman Chris Vitale opened the second half with a 3 point play and it was St. Mary's by 10 once again, and a three point play by Whitfield made it 45-32 Gaels early in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, but Molina's three point play in the final seconds gave St. Mary's a 17 point lead. Kellenberg made their move in the fourth quarter, with baskets by Arthur, Gomiela, and Bryan Gellineau, and free throws by Kevin Bowles and Rich Ragusa slicing 11 points off the lead to bring the Firebirds within 6 with 3:47 remaining, but that is as close as they would get. Govan knocked down two free throws and Whitfield did the same and for a 10 point St. Mary's lead, and then Whitfield's three pointer made it 72-59 with 1:40 to go. Game, St. Mary's. 2/17.
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If you want to have any chance of beating Lindenhurst, you can’t let their three point shooters get open looks, or you’ll find yourself in trouble. Smithtown East found themselves in trouble right from the start, giving up 4 three pointers in just over a 2 minute span of the first quarter to fall behind 18-6, and they were never quite able to recover, falling 63-53 to the Bulldogs in a first round Section 11 Class AA playoff game. Kevin Czopek knocked down the first one for Lindy from long range at the 4:30 mark, Aaron Coughlin nailed one from the right wing 30 seconds later, Czopek hit another one from long range, and Stew Warren finished off the barrage with one from straight on with 1:50 remaining in the quarter. The teams traded baskets in the second quarter, with Lindenhurst taking a 36-24 lead into the halftime locker room, and then the Bulldogs opened it up in the third quarter, going up by 15 on a three by Dan Brzozka, and then up by 20 on a baseline three pointer by Coughlin with 2:08 to go in the quarter. Andrew Ward scored a fast break basket in the final seconds to cut it to 18 at the buzzer. Smithtown threatened to get back into it early in the fourth quarter, with Jon Feiler hitting a turn around jumper from the low post, Mike Modugno a baseline runner and then a three pointer, and Feiler two free throws to cut the deficit to 9, but Warren sliced through the defense and scored on back to back trips to put the Bulldogs up by 13 with 3:18 left. Feiler’s three point play and a basket by Brian Willetts and Smithtown still had life, but Brandon Hauser knocked down a three from the right wing and Warren scored on a drive and it was 60-48 with 1:20 to go and Lindenhurst was on their way to the second round. Warren had a great all-around game for Lindenhurst, finishing with 25 points, 16 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks, and he gave Smithtown big man Feiler fits on the defensive end, despite giving up 5 inches to him. Coughlin added 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Feiler finished with 23 hard earned points for Smithtown. 2/18
LWA PSAA Champions
LWA captured the PSAA Championship for the 5th consequtive year, with senior Trent Parrish, Playoff Tournamnet MVP, scoring 28 in the championship game. Junior Jake Lundenberg, one of Long Island's top three point shooters, chipped in with 5 three's, finishing with 19 points. 2/16
Loughlin Upsets LuHi
Bishop Loughlin has had a tough season, and LuHi looked like they were really starting to gel heading into their big match-up with St. Anthony's of Jersey City on Saturday, but the Lions were sky high for the game with Long Island's #2 team, and the Crusaders came up flat, falling 63-59. 2/15
Games Of 2/14
Bay Shore Upsets Central Islip
Bay Shore climbed out of an 18-5 first quarter hole and ended CI's undefeated season 51-47. Jason Wright led the Marauders with 18 points and Gerrel Irvin had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Hornedo had 12 for CI.
Deer Park First Title In 40 Yrs
Deer Park earned a share of their first league title in 40 years with an 86-53 win over Hauppauge. The 12th ranked Falcons finished 13-1 in League 4, tied with defending Long Island Class AA Champion Hills West.
CI Holds Off EI
Central Islip continued its quest for respect, going on the road in the playoffs to defeat cross-town rival East Islip 55-48, despite having a better overall record and coming from a stronger league. The Musketeers got off to a great start, building a 15 point first half lead, but the Redmen kept their composure and rallied in the second half, battling right down to the end in what turned out to be a very good game in a terrific playoff atmosphere. It was 10-1 before East Islip new what hit them, with Ishiah Booker scoring 5 points in the opening run on a three pointer and a jumper from the right wing, and then his three pointer from the left wing made it 15-4 with 2:16 to go in the opening quarter. Tim McKenzie’s jump hook and a putback by Max Attah made it 19-4 CI, but Brian Bennett knocked down a big three pointer for East Islip to cut it to 19-7 at the buzzer and keep things from getting out of hand. The second quarter turned out to be pretty much a standoff. Booker opened the quarter with a three pointer for a 22-7 CI lead and once again the Musketeers were threatening to blow it open, but it didn’t happen, and a three point play by Brian Johnson made it a 10 point game with 3:59 remaining in the half. 30 seconds later, a three pointer by Bennett cut it to 26-17, but Booker answered with a three pointer from the deep right wing, and after a basket by Evan Maxwell, Jasean Percell hit a three from the right foul line extended for a 33-19 Central Islip lead at halftime. East Islip wasted no time closing the gap in the second half. Maxwell, who had a quiet first half, opened the third quarter with a 3 point play, and then he had back to back tip-ins to bring the Redmen within 6 with less than 2 minutes gone in the quarter. McKenzie broke the run with a basket off an alley-op pass, but Maxwell kept it going with a coast to coast driving layup, and Steven Frost’s three pointer from the top made it a 3 point game with 3:40 to go in the quarter. An East Islip free throw cut the lead to 2, and then Maxwell scored and drew the foul, converting the free throw to put the Redman on top for the first time 35-34. It was a moment of truth for CI, having given up a 15 point lead on the road in the biggest game of the year, and the Musketeers responded. McKenzie went coast to coast to retake the lead, and then freshman David McKenzie drained a three pointer from the top to make it 39-35 CI with three quarters complete. Maxwell scored from underneath to start the fourth quarter, bringing East Islip within 2, but the teams traded baskets until Cory Pope’s three pointer put CI up by 5 with 4:26 to go, and then two free throws by Percell made it 48-41 with 2:28 remaining. Both teams struggled from the free throw line down the stretch, but time was working against EI, and when Brandon Hornedo hit both of his free throws, it was 51-43 Central Islip with 55 seconds left. Johnson cut the deficit to 4 with a three pointer with 44 seconds to go, but even though CI came away with just 2 points in three trips to the line, all the Redmen could muster was two free throws by Maxwell and still trailed by 4 with 24 seconds left. Percell finally iced the game for the Musketeers, hitting two big free throws to give them a 6 point lead with 15 seconds remaining. Ishiah Booker led Central Islip with 14 points, Percell finished with 12, and McKenzie finished just short of a triple double with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. Maxwell led all scorers with 25 for East Islip 2/21
SJB Upsets St. Mary's
St. John The Baptist finished the regular season 1-11, but in a stunning reversal, upset #2 seed Holy Trinity 55-42 to advance to the NSCHSAA semifinals, and then #3 seed St. Mary's 56-53 to advance to the championship game for the third time in the last four years. What changed? Credit the steady improvement of junior Vincent Abbondola, who has become one of the league’s top players and is a leathal three point shooter, then add in the emergence of junior Charles Joyner, who is a consistant threat on offense and a hounding defender, the solid play of sophomore big man Kyle Willliams, who blocks shots, pulls down rebounds, and scores in the paint, and then finish it off with the recent addition of freshman Tavon Ginyard, who was brought up from the JV and can score against anybody, and you get a well balanced team with good team speed, multiple scoring options, and the ability to defend both on the perimiter and in the paint. In short, a young, talented team that has matured quickly and should be a contender for years to come. The semifinal was a big test for them: On paper, St. Mary’s was a bigger, stronger, and more experienced team with good senior leadership, and if healthy, our pick to repeat as NSCHSAA Champions. St. John The Baptist was unfazed. Tied at 4 all, Abbondola exploded for 8 straight points, knocking down a three pointer from straight on, a jumper from the left wing, and then a three pointer from the left wing to put SJB up 12-4 with 3:33 to go in the first quarter. Freshman Ginyard continued the run, driving the right side of the lane and scoring over 6’9 St. Mary’s center Jessie Govan to make it 14-4, and then to make matters worse for the Gaels, leading scorer Travis Whitfield picked up three quick fouls and headed to the bench with his team trailing 16-6 and 2:08 still remaining in the opening quarter. St. John’s continued to build the lead, going up 22-8 on back to back threes by talented senior Vincent Yancigay and Abbondola, and after a St. Mary’s basket by Wilson Molina, Abbondola struck again, nailing a three at the first quarter buzzer to make it 23-10 SJB. A Williams dunk made it 27-12 St. John’s early in the second quarter, and back to back baskets by Ginyard, the first a three pointer, made it 32-14 with 4:20 to go in the half. St. Mary’s responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a beautiful feed from freshman Christian Vital to Whitfield that brought them within 10, and that was the margin at halftime. Junior Charles Lloyd, the other half of the SJB low post tandem, and another young player that has emerged as a consistent contributor, gave them a 14 point lead early early in the third quarter with two free throws, but Whitfield answered with a basket to ignite another St. Mary’s run, and his 3 point play made it a 5 point game with 4:53 remaining in the quarter. Molina’s two free throws and a pick and role basket by Govan cut it to 38-37, but Abbondola nailed a big three to stop the run and preserve the St. John’s lead. St. Mary’s kept coming, and Whitfield’s jumper from behind the left elbow brought them back within 2, and his layup off an alley-op feed tied it at 41 with 2 minutes to go in the quarter. It looked like the clock was striking midnight for SJB, but Joiner responded with a jumper from the baseline, and Abbondola stole the ball and scored to put the Cougars back up by 4. Abbondola’s three pointer at the buzzer gave them a 7 point lead and the dream was still alive and well with one quarter left to play. St. Mary’s immediately closed the gap in the fourth quater, pulling within 1 on Whitfield’s fast break basket with 5:02 remaining, but Joyner came up with another key basket, scoring on a drive through traffic to make it 52-49 Cougars. Back to back baskets by Molina and Omar Woods and St. Mary’s was suddenly in front with 2:38 left to play, and they had a chance to add to the lead from the foul line, but missed the front end of a 1 and 1, and Ginyard went 2 or 2 on the other end to retake the lead with 1:17 left. St. Mary’s missed the front end of another 1 and 1, and neither side could find the basket as the clock ticked down. After a foul, it was SJB ball leading by 1 with 10 seconds on the game clock and they were inbounding the ball from the sideline. St. Mary’s did a great job pressuring the inbound pass and came up with the steal, but the Gaels committed an offensive foul going to the basket with 2 seconds left, and Joyner finished them off with two free throws just before the buzzer. 2/26
Local College Report
STONY BROOK improved to 19-8 on the season and 13-2 in America East with a 74-50 win over Hartford. Bryan Dougher scored a game-high 17 points. The 13 wins match the 2009-10 Seawolves team for most America East wins in program history. The team also has now won 10 of its last 11 games and 16 of its last 18. The win, coupled with a Vermont loss at Binghamton, means the Seawolves have clinched at least a share of the America East regular season championship and can clinch the title with a win Sunday vs Maine.
HOFSTRA'S rally fell short, losing to William and Mary 75-71 on the road. The loss dropped their record to 9-21 overall and 2-15 in league play. Senior guard Mike Moore posted 25 points-notching his 16th 20-point game of the season-and senior forward Nathaniel Lester added 18 points and eight rebounds. They finish the regular season Saturday with a home finale against UNC Wilmington at 4 p.m
ADELPHI finished tied for first in the in the Northeast 10, and will host the winner of a Pace-New Haven first round playoff match-up at 1pm Sunday, February 26. LuHi's Rich Harkins and Uniondale's Cliff Brown are key contributers for the Panthers
CW POST ends their regular season at home with a showdown against second place District of Columbia at 3pm on Saturday. The Pioneers picked up their 5th straight 20 win season with an 87-53 win over Dowling. Stefan Bonneau led the way with 25 points and 6 assists
DOWLING completed a season sweep of Mercy with a 68-53 victory, improving to 7-7 in the East Coast conference. Justin Alexander led the Golden Lions with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Deer Park's Josh Malone added 12 points and 9 rebounds. They close out their regular season Saturday, February 25th at home with a 3pm game against Queens College.
MOLLOY wrapped up their ECC regular season with a 109-78 road loss to the University of the District of Columbia. Hicksville's John Petrucelli had 19 points for Molloy, Harborfields grad Matt McLoud, who has been named ECC Freshman of the Week 4 times, had 15 points, and Chaminade's Rich Zoller finished with 14. The Lions fell to 8-18 overall and 5-11 against league opponents and await playoff seedings.
NYIT defeated Queens College 60-58 to improve to 8-7 in conference and 11-13 overall. The Bears wrap up their ECC regular season 2pm Sunday at home against Bridgeport.
SUNY OLD WESTBURY fell to SUNY Purchase 86-69 in the Skyline Conference quarterfinals to conclude the season with a 13-13 overall record. Westbury's Rashawn McCarthy finished with 12 points for the Panthers.
ST. JOSEPH'S, the #1 seed, was upset 105-81 by Purchase in the Skyline Conference Semifinals. Eric Klingberg led the Golden Eagles with 19. Unless they receive an at large tournament bid, and that is still possible, the disappointing loss ends the senior laden team's season at 21-4, and concludes the outstanding college careers of Trey Black from Bayport-Blue Point, Chris Jimenez and Olivier Laurent from St. Anthony's, Vincent Russo from Sayville, and Steve Velazquez from Hauppauge.
FARMINGDALE STATE defeated #3 seed Mount Saint Mary 89-86 in overtime to advance to the Skyline Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. AJ Matthews led the way with a season-high 35 points and a school record 29 rebounds. Brentwood's Dyshaun Flournoy had 23 points, and Deer Park's Joshua Smith had 16. Kellenberg's Kevin Milella had 23 points for MSM and Baldwin's Donte Howell finished with 20. The Rams (21-5) will host #4 seed Purchase on Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 p.m.
USMMC closed out the 2011-2012 season with a 96-74 win over Drew University. Patchogue-Medford's Nick Sergio sored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebound. The 96 points scored by the Mariners was their highest total of the season. They finish the season 7-7 in Landmark Conference play and 12-13 overall. The Mariners end the season in a tie for fourth place with Moravian College, who also finished with a record of 7-7 but win the tiebreaker for having a better record against the top three teams in the conference and will advance to the playoffs.
SUFFOLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE qualified for the Region XV tournament as the #4 seed and will play #5 seed and Region XV rival NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE on Friday, March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Roc in New Rochelle. Suffolk closed out its season winning 5 of its last 6 games, including a 92-90 overtime thriller against Nassau. Nassau, winner of 3 out of its last 4, has one more regular season game, hosting Orange CC Saturday at 3pm.
Floyd Rallies Past CI
Trailing by 7 in the third quarter, seniors Anthony White and LaShon Washington rallied William Floyd past Central Islip 53-45 to capture the Suffolk County/Section 11 Class AA Championship. It is Floyd's first county title in 15 years. The Colonials took it right to the Musketeers at the start, with Washington scoring 6 points in a quick 10-0 opening run, but Shaun Alexander got Central Islip on the board off a nice dish from Tim McKenzie, and a three pointer by Ishiah Booker made it 10-7 with 4 plus minutes still to play in the opening quarter. Floyd reasserted itself, going up 16 -9 on White's runner from the foul line, but back to back threes by Booker in the closing seconds narrowed the lead to 20-17 at the first quarter buzzer. The teams traded baskets until 3:42 remained in the second quarter, when a turn-around jumper by Devin Burney from just inside the left elbow made it 27-21 Floyd, and then he scored again from underneath off a nice feed by White for an 8 point lead with 3:20 to go in the half. McKenzie cut it to 6 with a putback, and that was the margin at halftime. CI went right to work as the third quarter got underway, with Brandon Hornedo scoring from the low post and Jasean Percell converting a 3 point play to make it a 1 point game. Booker's three pointer from the right wing gave the Musketeers their first lead, and McKenzie's drive put CI up 5 with 5:17 to go in the quarter. Percell stole the ball and scored to make it 38-31 Central Islip, but White stopped the run with a putback, and Jason Rivera's three pointer from the left baseline brought the Colonials within 2 with 1:22 left. A free throw made it a 1 point game after three quarters. Floyd retook the lead as the fourth quarter got underway, with Malik Dennis pulling up in the lane and hitting a jumper, and then White pulled up at the foul line on the next trip down to make it 41-38 Colonials. White blocked a shot and went coast to coast to give Floyd a 5 point lead with 5:03 to play, but McKenzie kept it close with a jumper from the top of the key, and then CI tied it on a putback by Hornedo and a free throw by Alexander with 1:44 to go. Washinton used his length to tip in a missed shot and put Floyd up by 2 with 1:12 left to play, but after back to back turnovers, CI had the ball trailing 47-45 with 49 second on the clock and a chance to tie or take the lead. They did not score and would not score again. White went to the line and knocked down two free throws for a 4 point lead, and Washington iced it with two more with 32 seconds showing. 2/28
Jericho Hammers GNN
Great Neck North has built the reputation of being a tough out in the playoffs over the past few years, and came into the game fresh off an upset of top seed Lawrence. Nobody told Jericho about it. The Jayhawks opened their semifinal matchup with a devastating 35-6 run and never looked back, advancing to the Nassau County/Section 8 Class A Championship Game with a 54-25 victory. Garrett Johnson had all of his 22 points in the opening run, including 4 threes. 3/3
Miracle Run Continues!
The amazing St. John The Baptist Cougars advanced to the CHSAA Class A State Championship Game with a 63-52 upset win over Canisius of Buffalo, the 6th ranked Class A team in New York State. Once again, SJB played with the skill and poise of a veteran team, leading their highly regarded upstate foe almost wire to wire. A tough shot by freshman Tavon Ginyard, who spun off a defender, pulled up in traffic and lofted a shot over the defense, gave the Cougars a 12-9 lead after one quarter, and they held the lead until Adam Weir's short jumper cut it to 17-16, and a fast break basket by Matt MacDonald gave Canisius the lead with 2:10 to go in the second quarter. Kyle Williams rebounded and scored in the final moments of the half to put the Cougars on top 21-20 at the break. Williams scored again to open up the second half, and back to back baskets by Ginyard gave St. John's a 7 point lead. Charles Joyner's fast break basket made it 32-23 SJB with 3:54 remaining in the third quarter, but Canisius was back within 4 on a three pointer by Matthew Hart with 1:31 left and that was the margin after three quarters. Vincent Abbondola buried a deep three pointer to start the fourth quarter, giving the Cougars a 7 point lead, and then Charles Lloyd scored from underneath to make it 42-33 SJB, but Canisius responded with back to back baskets by Jamal Mosley and Aaron White to pull within 5 with 6:22 to go. Another set of back to back baskets, this time by Vincent Yancigay, gave SJB an 11 point lead with 2:56 remaining, but a steal and basket by MacDonald and a putback by Weir made it a 7 point game with 1:42 left to play. Abbondola broke free on the press break to put the Cougars back up by 9, but Hart's three pointer from the left of center made it 54-48 with 1:27 showing. Bryan Sinclair countered with a fast break basket with 1:16 remaining to give St. John's a big 8 point lead, but the team from western New York did not buckle, with Weir scoring on a putback to cut it to 56-50, and then after the Cougars missed the front end of a 1 and 1, Mosley scored from underneath with 45 seconds left to bring Canisius within 4. The game was still SJB's if they could knock down their free throws, and Abbondola went to the line with 41 seconds on the game clock, shooting 1 and 1. He hit both pressure packed shots, and then Ginyard did the same with 27 seconds left to ice it. SJB will now face Iona Prep, a 70-54 winner over St. Edmund Prep, in the CHSAA title game at 3:45 PM on Saturday, March 10th at Fordham University. 3/4
East Rockaway Drills Pierson
Pierson was without its starting point guard, and East Rockaway took full advantage, breaking open the game with a full court press and red hot shooting to take the Long Island Class C Championship 63-27. It looked for a moment like the Whalers might be able to get by without their point guard, trading baskets with East Rockaway in the early going, but Justin Jonas put the Rocks on top 11-10 with a three point play, sparking a 12-0 run to close out the first quarter and East Rockaway never looked back. Luke Fahrenkrug's three pointer, a putback by Dylan DeLury and a baseline jumper by Jonas made it 30-10 Rocks with 4:30 to go in the half, David McClure's three pointer made it 38-14 as the half wound down, and a Joey Lores three pointer made it 51-19 mid way through the third quarter and the outcome was never in doubt after that. Next up for East Rockaway is a Regional Final against Section 1 Champion Tuckahoe. 3/6
SJB Dream Season Ends
The end finally game to the incredible journey, with St. John The Baptist falling to Iona Prep 64-51 in the CHSAA Class A State Championship Game. Just as they had in their previous upset wins, the Cougars proved they belonged on the court with Iona Prep and weren't outclassed. The difference this time was foul trouble. Kyle Williams, Charles Lloyd, and Tavon Ginyard all sat for long stretches, watching helplessly as Iona Prep built a big third quarter lead after a close first half. When they all got back on the floor and rallied, the hole was too deep and they just couldn't get all the key baskets they needed down the stretch to make the comeback. Ginyard was incredible throughout, finishing with 34 points. Iona got off to a strong start, leading 17-7 in front of a big and very vocal home crowd, but St. John The Baptist was unfazed, and a fast break basket and then a three pointer by Vincent Yancigay cut it to 17-12 at the first quarter buzzer. The Gaels pushed their lead to 9 early in the second quarter, and they led by 10 with 3:18 to go in the half, but back to back three pointers by Ginyard and Yancigay cut it to 29-25, and a beautiful underhand scoop shot by Charles Joyner brought SJB within 3 with 45 seconds left to play. It was 33-27 at intermission. Iona took advantage of the absence of Williams and Lloyd, getting the ball into their forwards repeatedly on their way to building a 17 point third quarter lead, and they were up by 19 when Williams reentered the game early in the fourth quarter. They led by as many as 23, but Lloyd, who had also returned, scored from underneath with 6 minutes to go to ignite the Cougars final run of the season, with Ginyard leading the way. Ginyard converted a three point play and then stole the ball and scored and SJB was inching back into it, and then he drained a three and scored a fast break basket and all of a sudden the deficit was down to 13. Time was running out, however, and not all the Cougars were as hot as Ginyard, so when his three pointer made it a 12 point game, just 1:40 remained on the game clock. The rally had fallen short and the dream season was over. 3/10
Harborfields built a big lead, and then held off Bishop Kearney 57-53 to advance to their second straight New York State Public School Class A State Championship Game. They will play Tappan Zee, who upset 4 time defending champion Jamesville DeWitt in the other semifinal. Game time is 1:30 PM Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Harborfields started their semifinal matchup with a small line-up, and Bishop Kearney towered over them as the teams lined for the opening tap, but the Tornadoes did a great job of collapsing on the Kearney big men at the start. Kearney matched their defensive intensity on the other end, however, altering and blocking shots, and the result was a slow start on the scoreboard and a back and forth first quarter that ended dramatically with a Lucas Woodhouse three pointer at the buzzer for a 13-11 Harborfields lead. Woodhouse opened the second quarter with another three for a 5 point lead, and then at the 4:17 mark of the quarter, two free throws by Justin Ringen and a fast break basket by Woodhouse made it 23-15 Tornadoes. Back to back threes by Kevin Zabransky and Ringen pushed the lead to 29-19 as the first half wound down and that was the score at the break. Ringen opened the third quarter with back to back three pointers and David Ba scored a fast break basket for a 37-21 Harborfields lead, and after a Kearney basket, Zabransky knocked down another three and John Patron scored from underneath to put the Tornadoes up by 19 with 4:15 to go in the quarter. It was a 17 point lead at the third quarter buzzer, and Ba made it a 19 point game once again with a baseline jumper to open the fourth quarter, but a looping shot from the lane with 4:42 remaining ignited a 12-0 Kearney run, narrowing the gap to 52-49 with 1:39 left to play. Ba soared through the air to grab a huge offensive rebound with 1:06 left, and the ball found its way to Zabransky on the right baseline, who broke the run with an even bigger three pointer to make it 55-49 Harborfields with less than a minute to play. A bad Harborfields foul with 7 seconds left briefly opened the door for Kearney, sending them to the line for three free throws trailing by 5, but they went 2 for 3, and Ringen iced it with two free throws on the other end to send the Tornadoes on to the championship game.
Defending Federation State Champion Mount Vernon, who won their record 9th Public School State Championship last year, one more than second place Bridgehampton, returns to defend their title in one semifinal. They will face Albany’s Christian Brother Academy, returning to the Final Four for the third straight year, having won the title in 2010 and lost in overtime in the semifinals last year. Aquinas Institute of Rochester is Baldwin’s opponent in the other semifinal. Aquinas lost to Jamesville-Dewitt 61-52 in the public school Class A Semifinals last year and was the #1 seed in Section 5 AA this season. Our own Baldwin Bruins return to the Final Four for the first time since 2008, when they lost to Niagara Falls in the semifinals. Their game is at 12:30 PM Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center
4 time Defending champion Jamesville-DeWitt returns in Class A, seeking a record fifth straight title. They will face undefeated Section 1 Champion Tappen Zee (24-0). Section 1 is home to Peekskill. Our own Harborfields returns after being a finalist last year, and they will take on Bishop Kearney, who emerged from Section 5 as a 4 seed, upsetting top seed Franklin 55-52 in the semifinal. Their game is at 9 AM Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Holy Trinity beat the St. Anthony Friars by seven points to capture the NSCHSAA. Boy's Freshman Championship, finishing the season 23-1. The Titans advanced to the finals after upending St. Dominic in an exciting semi-final match which saw Holy Trinity overcome a 19 point halftime deficit. The team was led by Jimmy Golaszewski and his tough rebounding and inside scoring game, Jack Sixsmith with his smooth ball handling and scoring ability, Billy Sixsmith with his unstoppable 3 point shooting and clutch shooting, and Mike Farella and his all- star defensive talents and ball distribution skills. The talented play of Thomas Conelli, Anthony Conlon, Lorenzo Cotrone, Phil Crawford, Conor Herir, Edward Higgins, Jermaine Howerton, Dylan MacDonald, Marcus Richardson and James Sherry were also instrumental in the Titan's victorious 2011 - 2012 season. The team is already looking forward to the challenges next season will bring.
Legendary championship coach Gus Alfieri will give a FREE coaches clinic on teaching offensive skills this Saturday March 17th from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm at Candlewood Middle School, 1200 Carll's Straight Path in Dix Hills.
Harborfields is ready to go upstate! The Green Tornadoes proved they were Long Island's best public school Class A team - and many people believe best team, period - by claiming the Long Island Regional Championship with a dominating 80-61 victory over Nassau Champion South Side. The Cyclones actually jumped out to an early 8-4 lead behind strong play from Kevin Coyle, Darren Nickelson, Timothy Gangadeen and Ryan Spadaford, but Harborfields responded with a 16-4 run behind David Ba and Justin Ringen to end the first quarter with a 20-12 advantage. From that point on, Harborfields kept knocking down jump shots and forcing turnovers, while the Cyclones struggled to get off good shots, with every attempt highly contested. By the end of the first half, Harborfields had taken a commanding 41-23 lead, and broke the game open in the third quarter, starting the half with a 12-6 run catalyzed by Lucas Woodhouse, John Patron and Chris Brady to go up by 24. The Cyclones never seriously challenged after that. 3/10
Small Schools Fall
Long Island's Class B, C, and D Champs all lost their Regional Final games:
B Champion Center Moriches ran into Class B powerhouse Burke Catholic, falling 69-41. Burke, who defeated Amityville earlier in the season, and gave Christ The King a run for their money, rolled over the Red Devils. Burke is the first Section 9 team to make it to three straight State Semifinals since the current playoff format was adopted in 1978, and the defending State Champion.
Tuckahoe pulls away from C Champion East Rockaway 72-58. Through three quarters, East Rockaway stayed with undefeated Tuckahoe, rallying every time it looked like the game might be slipping away, but Tuckahoe seized command of the game for good in the 4th quarter and went on to a 72-58 victory. Tuckahoe, now 23-0, advances to the state final four for the first time since the early 1990s.
Livingston Beats Bridgehampton. Livingston repeatedly beat the Killer Bees down the court for fast break baskets to win their first Regional Final in school history 69-53. MORE
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Friars Upset #8 Kellenberg
St. Anthony's continued the incredible string of upsets in the NSCHSAA Playoffs, defeating top seeded Kellenberg 72-56 to join fellow Cinderella team St. John The Baptist in the championship game. Truthfully, St. Anthony's is not a classic Cinderella. One of the preseason favorites in the NSCHSAA, they struggled with injuries and benchings and up and down play, and are only now playing the way they were expected to play all season. They nearly beat Long Island's 8th ranked team and league regular season champion Kellenberg the last time the two teams met, giving up a good sized lead before falling by 6, so they came out with confidence against the Firebirds, taking a 10-4 lead on a rare 4 point play by Jahwon Gordon. It was 17-5 Friars on a runner by Nigel Carter, a three pointer by Daniel Pierrot, and a fade away jumper by Andre Walker, but Kellenberg was back within 5 on a low post basket by Bryan Gellineau and a three pointer by Kevin Bowles. Jack McCardle's jumper from the right elbow gave St. Anthony's a 7 point lead at the first quarter buzzer. The Friars poured it on to start the second quarter, with Walker knocking down two free throws and a three pointer, Pierrot cutting to the basket and scoring, and Walker draining another three pointer with 4:16 remaining in the half for a 31-15 lead, but they couldn't put the Firebirds away, and the lead was down to 12 at halftime on Jeremy Arthur's three pointer. Bowles drove the baseline and Arthur scored from the low post to bring Kellenberg within 8 as the third quarter got underway, but Walkers's three pointer from the right wing stopped the rally in its tracks, and then he stole the ball and scored and picked up a loose ball and scored, drawing the foul and converting the free throw for a 46-30 St. Anthony's lead with 4:38 to go in the quarter. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with Kellenberg trimming two points off the lead to trail 54-40 at the end of three. Once again, Arthur and Bowles got Kellenberg off to a good start as the fourth quarter began, bringing them within 10 on a nice cut and basket by Arthur and a low post basket by Bowles, but again they could not follow through, and a fast break basket by Gordon and a baseline drive by Pierrot made it 64-49 with 2:21 left to play. Seconds later, Walkers two free throws made it 66-49 and the Gaels cruised home from there. 2/26
Locust Valley B Champs
Locust Valley won the 2012 Nassau County/Section 8 Class B title, eking out a 27-24 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in the Championship Game. The Falcon's broke a string of 6 consecutive titles for the Malverne Mules, who fell to CSH in the semifinals. The unusually low scoring game didn't start out looking like a defensive struggle. In fact, it looked like the early stages of a blow-out, with Locust Valley moving out to a 12-3 first quarter lead on a three pointer by Joe Gilio and going up 14-5 on the first basket of the second quarter - a baseline runner by Gilio. But that's when the shots stopped falling for Locust Valley. They would score just 2 more points in the second quarter, and 11 total in the second half. The score was 16-10 at intermission, and while CSH didn't shoot much better, they did manage to inch closer on back to back baskets from underneath by Josh Brown and Bobby Vavassis, narrowing the lead to 18-16 with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter. Matt Campanella responded for Locust Valley, knocking down a three pointer from the left baseline to give them a 21-16 lead with under a minute to play. A CSH free throw made it 21-17 at the buzzer. Gilio open the fourth quarter scoring with a three pointer from the right wing for a 7 point Locust Valley lead, but Brown's baseline jumper and a three point play by Ben Jay made it 25-22 with 4:06 to go. Luke O'Connell scored on a nice spin move and jumper from the lane to make it a 1 point game with 2:18 left, but neither team would score again until the 21 second mark, when Chris Appell knocked down 2 big free throws to give Locust Valley a three point lead. CSH had two chances to make up the 3 point deficit down the stretch, but could not score.
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St. Anthony's Over Chaminade
St. Anthony’s upset Chaminade 70-61, led by Daniel Pierrot’s 24 points and 10 rebounds and Andre Walker’s 17 points and 6 assists. The loss ends the outstanding coaching career of Jim Quinn, who consistently assembled winning teams in his 40 years as a Chaminade coach, sent countless players on to the college ranks, and was loved and respected by everybody.
St. Mary's Advances
St. Mary's defeated arch rival St Dominic 72-60 in a NSCHSAA first round playoff game. Travis Whitfield led the Gaels with 22 points, Wilson Molina had 18, and Jessie Govan 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
One of the many great things about high school basketball is that with only 5 players on the court, even the smallest of schools can put together a great team if fate and the gene pool come together at the right time. Unfortunately, when it does all come together for a small school, it’s not always possible for them to live out a Hoosiers style dream season, because most states, including New York, now separate the schools into classes, and award separate state championships based on school size. The smaller schools never get to play the larger schools and there is no single overall state champion. So for example, last year, we never got to find out if small school State Champion Long Island Lutheran was the best team in the state, as many believed. There is, however, a Hoosiers style tournament still in existence, and it is the Suffolk County Championships. A completely separate tournament from the State Tournament, Suffolk County matches up their individual class champions to determine one overall County Champion, with all the participants continuing on to the State Tournament, win or lose. It is a great event, and with Suffolk’s history of producing outstanding small school teams, like the great Amityville, Babylon, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Greenport, Wyandanch, and Westhampton teams of the past, it has given us some of the most memorable games in Long Island history. You can find the schedule for the SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS on the SCHEDULE PAGE
SJB Lives On!
St. John The Baptist took the next big step in their miracle playoff run, defeating St. Anthony's 82-70 to capture the NSCHSAA Championship. The Cougars posted a 1-11 regular season record, and will now face Canisius of Buffalo in the CHSAA State Semifinals. Sophomore center Kyle Williams was the hero this time, finishing with an incredible 34 points and 32 rebounds. There was more than the usual excitement in the air before this game, with the crowd eagerly awaiting the match-up between two Cinderella teams loaded with talented underclassmen. Williams scored the first basket of the game, hitting a short jumper from the lane, and his putback made it 4-0, but St. Anthony's sophomore Anfernee Casimir retaliated with a three pointer from the left wing and the early tone was set. The two teams went right at each other the rest of the game, trading baskets and the lead and finishing the first quarter tied at 17 all. St. John's started to build a second quarter lead, going up 4 on junior Charles Lloyd's basket from the left side of the lane, but Sophomore Andre Walker countered for St. Anthony's, pulling up for a jumper from the left wing, and then scoring on a spinning drive and drawing a foul call. He completed the 3 point play to put the Friars up 24-23 with 4:30 to go in the half, and the teams were back to trading baskets until junior Jahwon Gordon's three pointer put St. Anthony's up 34-30 with 45 seconds to go, and then his runner made it 36-31 Friars at the half. St. John's quickly closed the gap and took the lead in the third quarter, scoring 7 straight points on a three pointer by Vincent Abbondola and back to back baskets by Williams. Walker tied it with two free throws, but Williams scored from underneath and Abbondola knocked down another three pointer and SJB was up 46-41 with 3:55 to go in the quarter. Williams and Abbondola scored back to back once again, giving the Cougars a 9 point lead, and then Williams converted a three point play with 53 seconds left to make it 57-46 St. John's, but sophomore Nigel Carter scored on a spinning drive and Daniel Pierrot knocked down two free throws and St. Anthony's was within 7 with one quarter left to play. Carter opened the fourth quarter with a determined coast to coast drive, going through the entire St. John's team like he was doing dribbling drills through an obstacle course, and then Casimir brought the Friars within 2 with two free throws at the 4:04 mark, but in a decisive sequence, Williams put back a miss, Vincent Yancigay knocked down a baseline three pointer, and Williams a baseline jumper to give SJB a solid 71-62 lead with 2:30 remaining. Williams added two more points from the foul line, giving St. John's a 73-62 lead with 1:54 left, and after Walker answered with two free throws for the Friars, Yancigay broke free and scored to make it 75-64 St. John's with 1:34 on the clock and the Cougars cruised home from there. 2/29
Lindy Upsets West
Number one seed Hills West, who had uncharacteristically struggled to defeat 16th seed Commack in their first round playoff game, fell to 8th seed Lindenhurst 67-64 in the quarterfinals, ending their quest for a 4th Section 11 Class AA title in the last 5 years. Stew Warren took over the game for Lindenhurst, carrying them to victory with 31 points and 20 rebounds despite an off day for the Bulldog’s usually potent three point attack. The game started ominously for the defending champions, with Lindenhurst getting open looks from the 3 point line and Brandon Hauser and Kevin Czopek knocking down shots in the opening minutes. Aaron Coughlin scored from underneath to make it 8-0 Bulldogs before Terry Harris knocked down a baseline jumper to put the Colts on the board, but Warren closed out the quarter with back to back baskets for a 14-5 Lindenhurst lead. Warren putback a missed shot to put Lindenhurst up 12 with 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter, but despite continued open looks, the Bulldog three point shooters could not find the basket and Hills West took advantage, outscoring the them 18-8 the rest of the way to trail by only 2 at the half. The third quarter was classic playoff basketball, featuring an alley-oop dunk by Emile Blackman and some incredible work on the boards by Warren, but neither team dominated. Mical Boyd’s baseline three pointer tied it at 37 with 5:30 to go in the quarter, and it was back and forth right to the end, with Dan Brzozka’s three pointer for Lindenhurst tying it at 50 all as the quarter came to a close. Hills West moved on top 52-50 on Boyd’s two free throws early in the fourth quarter, but another three by Brzozka put the Bulldogs up 56-55 with 3:40 to go and the two teams battled back and forth all the way down to the 17 second mark, when Lindenhurst took command with a big steal and 3 point play by Warren, giving them a 67-62 lead. Seemingly in control, Lindenhurst inexplicably fouled a three point shooter with 10 seconds remaining, giving the Colts the opportunity to get back into it. The Bulldogs dodged the bullet when the shot was off the mark and so were 2 of the 3 free throws. Brzozka finished with 10 points for Lindenhurst, and Boyd led Hills West with 22. 2/21
Maxwell Rallies EI
East Islip runs a very methodical offense, and their team oriented and multi-talented big man Evan Maxwell fits in perfectly with it, but the Redmen were in trouble in their first round playoff game against Kings Park, and needed someone to take over the game. Maxwell did just that, scoring 15 fourth quarter points to lead them to a dramatic 60-59 come from behind victory. He finished with 40 points and 20 rebounds. Kings Park was up after each of the game’s first three quarters, but it was a tight game throughout, with East Islip holding a lead during both of the first two quarters, and then cutting an 8 point deficit to 1 during the third quarter. This time though, they could not take the lead, and Kings Park regained the momentum to go up 35-29 in the quarter’s final minutes on two free throws by Craig Jeudy and a three pointer from the left baseline by sophomore Jonathan Li. Maxwell’s drive cut it to 41-38 Kingsmen at the buzzer, but Jeudy stole the ball and scored to give Kings Park a 43-38 lead as the fourth quarter got underway. A three pointer and then a 3 point play by Maxwell did put EI on top 45-43 early in the fourth, but Li answered with another three from just to the right of center to put Kings Park back in front, and then after a Kings Park free throw, Li buried another three pointer, this one to the left of center, and the Kingsmen had a 5 point lead with 4:50 remaining. Another sophomore, Mike Simonetti, made it a 3 point game with two free throws for the Redmen, but Kings Park was in good shape when Jeudy knocked down a three from the left wing to make it 53-47 Kingsmen with 2:40 left to play. Maxwell’s heroics started at the 1:35 mark, when he knocked down two free throws to bring the Redmen within 3, the first of his 7 straight points down the stretch. The home crowd erupted when his three pointer from the top tied it at 53 all with 1:07 to go, and the roar continued when his two free throws put EI on top with 49 seconds left. Kings Park could not find the basket on the other end, and sent Brian Johnson to the line twice in the final seconds. He knocked down 3 out of 4 big free throws and Maxwell added two more to ice it. Chris Savino did everything he could to change the outcome, but his back to back three pointers were too little too late. 2/18
2/16 PLAYOFF REPORT
The home teams swept the first round of the Nassau/Section 8 Class AA Playoffs, while Cold Spring Harbor picked up a road win in Class B
GNS Catches Hempstead
Great Neck South had a first half lead, and it was a back and forth second half, but Jay Lee's three pointer put the Rebels ahead to stay with 2:35 remaining, and Mitch Finkel went 5 for 6 from the foul line down the stretch to ice a 52-48 first round playoff victory.
Freeport Holds Off MacArthur
MacArthur came roaring back, going on a 10-0 run to pull within 2, but ran out of time, falling 49-46 to the Red Devils in a first round Section 8 Class AA playoff game. Leondre Simmon led Freeport with 10 points and 7 assists, and Jere Brown added 13 points. William Cheshire was high man for MacArthur, finishing with a game high 19 points.
Cold Spring Harbor Advances
Cold Spring Harbor lost by 13 on their last trip to Wheatley, but a 21-10 third quarter propelled them to a 53-52 playoff victory. Kevin Porzelt led the Seahawks with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Josh Brown added 13 points, and Ben Jay, who hit what turned out to be the game winning basket, finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Brian Wilson led Wheatley with 11 points.
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Portledge IPPSAL Champs
There was never a doubt who the best team in the IPPSAL was this season, and Martin De Porres put up quite a battle in the championship game, but Portledge completed their undefeated league season, pulling away for a resounding 62-45 victory, their second title in the past three years. Terence Simpson completed his memorable season with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Zach Pilson and Nick Lobley, who also had terrific seasons, finished with 15 points each. 2/16
Games Of 2/13
Wyandanch Gets Playoff Spot
Wyandanch locked up a playoff spot with a big 54 -52 win over Hampton Bays. Alexander Williams had the game winning basket and finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds
Knights Unbeaten/Shaq 1000
Shaq Mosley scored his 1000th career point against archival Hempstead, with the Knights rolling to an 83-63 win to finish the regular season 17-0. He had 23 points on the night, and Terrance Brown 21 with 16 rebounds
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Deer Park Advances
Brentwood - Deer Park looked like a good matchup on paper, and it turned out to be a good one on the court as well, with Deer Park coming out on top 67-64 in a tight, well played game. The teams were tied at 31all at the half, with Deer Park taking a 4 point lead on a putback by Carrel Joseph in the final seconds of a hard fought third quarter. Brentwood cut it to 3 with a technical foul free throw at the buzzer, and then Ira Burton made it a 1 point game with a putback early in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Femi Olujobi followed with another putback to give Brentwood the lead, but Keith Williams answered with a fast break basket and Deer Park was back on top 52-51. Two free throws by Kyle Bradford made it 57-53 Falcons with 4:51 remaining, but a three point play by Burton cut it to 61-60 with 2:38 on the clock. Deer Park tried to take control in the final minutes, with baskets by Sean Scott and Rome Jenkins giving them a 65-60 lead with under a minute to play, but Eric Perdomo’s runner from the baseline kept it close, and Burton scored a fastbreak basket to cut it to 65-64 with 10 seconds left to play. Bradford went to the line for two big free throws and knocked them both down to give Deer Park a 4 point lead with 9 seconds on the clock, and then sophomore Aaren Edmead ended Brentwood's season with a steal and Deer Park was on its way to the Section 11 Class AA Semifinals. Williams led Deer Park with 17 points, Jenkins had 16, and Edmead 15. Burton led Brentwood with 17. 2/21
Baldwin Over Uniondale
In a matchup that has become the Long Island equivalent of Duke vs North Carolina, 4th ranked Baldwin beat undefeated and #1 ranked Uniondale 57-53 to capture the Nassau County - Section 8 Class AA Championship. Uniondale got off quickly, with Shaq Mosley knocking down a three pointer from the top and then three straight free throws after being fouled on a three point attempt, but Baldwin came roaring back, tying the game at 8 all on a Rashid Lezane three pointer from the deep right wing, and then taking a 5 point lead on another three by Lezane with 1:45 to go in the opening quarter. Aaron Cust and Mosley narrowed the gap with back to back baskets to start the second quarter, and Dashawn Benson's fast break dunk gave the Knights a 20-19 lead, but Andres Gonzales buried a long range three for a 1 point Baldwin lead and that was the margin at halftime. The Bruin lead grew to 8 on Tzul's three pointer from the top and two free throws by Brandon Williams with 2:43 left in the third quarter, but a Mosley three pointer brought Uniondale back within 4, and then a drive by Benson cut it to 38-37 at the third quarter buzzer. Williams hit a nice runner and Staine rebounded and scored to give Baldwin a 43-37 lead early in the quarter, and then Williams knocked down four straight free throws to make it 47-38 with 4:20 remaining. The Bruins were at the line almost every trip down at this point, but struggled from the charity stripe, while Uniondale was missing its shots and turning the ball over on the other end, so when Lezane hit two more free throws to make it 50-38 Baldwin with 2:31 remaining, the Knights were in serious trouble. They did not back down, however. Two free throws by Mosley and a basket by Cust on a goaltending call brought them back within 7 with 2:02 left, and then a drive by Mosley cut it to 6 with 1:45 to go. The free throw parade continued on both ends, and so did the poor free throw shooting, but with the lead down to 5, Mosley hit a big three off an inbound play to make it 53-51with 35 seconds to go. Tzul hit two clutch free throws on the other end to make it a 4 point game with 29 seconds left, and Uniondale needed a quick basket to stay in the game. They got two good looks, but could not score, and Tzul went back to the line and hit two more big free throws to ice it. Williams had a terrific all-around game, leading the Bruin attack with 18 points, Staine finished with 11 and Tzul with 10. Mosley led all scorers with 22 for Uniondale. 3/3
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CM Catches Locust Valley
Center Moriches came back from a 14 point deficit to defeat Locust Valley 55-50 and capture the Long Island Class B Championship. It was their first Long Island Championship in 14 years. Locust Valley looked like the better team in the first quarter, with Matt Campanella and Alex Rawa leading them to an impressive 20-10 lead. CM had a reputation for having a good pressure defense, but the Falcons handled it well and continued to build their lead as the second quarter got underway. Rawa scored on a drive, Campanella followed with a 3 pointer from the left wing, and then Rawa's baseline jumper made it 27-13 LV with 6:06 to go in the half. Tim Roland finally got CM going, knocking down a three pointer from the top, and Akyse Brown scored from underneath and Rowland added two free throws and the Red Devils were back in business, trailing by 7. Locust Valley answered, taking an 11 point lead on Rawa's jumper with 1:05 left, but as the quarter wound down, a three pointer by Wayne Harris from the left wing and a steal and basket by Maleek Harris made it a 6 point game at the half. Center Moriches wasted no time closing the gap in the third quarter, with a Maleek Harris putback tying it at 35 all, but a 3 point play by Campanella and the Falcons were back on top. CM kept coming, taking the lead on two free throws by Nuquan Mathis and a baseline drive by Maleek Harris, and then a putback by Mathis put them up 41-38 at the third quarter buzzer. The Falcons got off first in the fourth quarter, retaking the lead on a drive by Campanella from the left wing and a three pointer by Joe Gilio from the right baseline. Maleek Harris zigzagged through the defense to put the Red Devils back on top, and the lead went back and forth until 1:25 remained, when the CI took the lead for good on a drive by Roland that made it 51-50 Red Devils. CI left the door open, leading by 3 in the final seconds after going 1-2 from the line on back to back trips, but LV's game tying shot rattled out, and a second chance off a jump ball led to a turnover and Roland iced it at the other end with two free throws. 3/6
NSCHSAA Freshmen Champ Holy Trinity
Baldwin Falls In Semis
In a gritty, hard fought game, Aquinas pulled away from Baldwin 50-41 to advance to the Public School Class AA State Championship Game. Aquinas took the early lead in a low scoring first quarter, but a pull up jumper from the left elbow by Mykeil Tzul tied it at 6 all and that was the score with one quarter in the books. Tzul pulled up at the foul line and hit another jumper to open the second quarter, and a putback by Jordan Williams gave the Bruins a 10-6 lead, but Aquinas tied it and the lead went back and forth, with another jumper by Tzul giving Baldwin a 16-15 edge at the half. The teams continued to exchange the lead straight through the third quarter, with neither team taking more than a 4 point advantage. Tzul and Kirk Staine tied it when it looked like Aquinas might start to pull away, but Aquinas scored the last basket of the quarter and led 31-29 as the fourth quarter got underway. The teams exchanged three pointers to open the fourth, with Hassan Keita hitting one for the Bruins, but Aquinas seemed to score every trip down, and a three pointer from the baseline gave them a 41-34 lead with 5:31 to play. Staine tried to stem the tide with a drive and shot off the glass, but the Bruins just couldn't close the gap, and their terrific season came to and end in the State Semifinals.
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LUHI BY 1!
In an incredible end to a fantastic season, Anthony Pate's three pointer from the left baseline in the final seconds gave #2 LuHi a 62-61 victory over #1 Harborfields and the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class A Championship. LuHi looked like they were going to take control of the game right from the start, racing out to a 9-2 lead, but the Tornadoes closed the gap to 13-12 at the first quarter buzzer. Harborfields had to hold on in the second quarter, with Pate knocking down a three to get LuHi started and John Patron picking up his third foul early in the quarter, but Justin Ringen kept them in the game, putting them on top 27-25 at the 2:30 mark before Tim Quashie's basket from underneath sparked a 7-1 closing run for a 32-28 Crusader lead at the half. Harborfields wasted no time tying the game as the third quarter got underway, with David Ba's fast break basket and a short jumper by Lucas Woodhouse knotting it up, but KJ Lee's 3 point play and a three pointer by Quashie put LuHi up by 8 late in the quarter, and then another three by Lee gave them a 9 point lead with three quarters in the books. Pate opened the fourth quarter with a jumper from just behind the foul line, and it looked like Harborfields was in trouble, but Patron scored on a drive and Ringen knocked down a three and the Tornadoes were back in it. Woodhouse kept it going, stepping back and hitting a jumper from the left wing, and then Patron's back to back baskets - a three pointer from the right wing and a layup off a basket cut - put Harborfields on top 53-52. Patron struck again, giving the Tornadoes a 4 point lead by grabbing a long rebound, dribbling out to the three point line and draining the putback, but Pate broke the run with a leaner from just outside of the left elbow and the Crusaders were back within 2 with 2:22 showing. Patron delivered his first potentially fatal blow, scoring on a drive and drawing a foul to put Harborfields back up by 5, but freshman Chris Atkinson answered with a huge three with 1:51 left, and then Ryan DeNicola tied it at 59 with a putback with 52 seconds on the game clock. Patron willed the Tornadoes back into the lead, out battling the Crusaders for two offensive rebounds before scoring to put them back on top, with 12 seconds left, but coming out of a time out, LuHi worked the ball around to Lee, who found Pate in the corner for the game winner. It was LuHi's second straight Federation title and their record 7th overall. 3/24
Coach Hodgson Passes
We are sad to report that William Floyd Varsity Coach Robert Hodgson passed away Saturday after being hospitalized with chest pains shortly after his team's appearance in the Long Island Championship game. Our condolences to his family, players, and friends and to the William Floyd community. A great teacher of the game and a devoted coach, he will be sorely missed. The wake will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Roma Funeral Home in Shirley. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church in Mastic Beach.
LI In NCAAs
Every year, Long Island is well represented in the NCAA Tournament, and this year in no exception. One team with strong Long Island roots was eliminated in an outbracket game. Iona, coached by former CW Post, Suffolk CC, and St. Mary's coach Tim Cluess and led by former Gael and possible NBA draft pick Scott Machado, gave up a 25 point lead, falling to BYU 78-72. It was the biggest comeback in NCAA Tournament history. More teams with Long Island connections:
Iowa State has Hills West freshman Tavon Sledge on the roster
Vanderbilt has Long Island sophomore Rod Odom on the roster. Odom averages 14 minutes per game for the Commodores, and has appeared in every game.
Xavier is led by Hempstead's Tu Holloway, a senior and considered one of the top players in the country and a projected NBA draft pick.
LIU is coached by Long Islander Jim Ferry, the former Adelphi coach, and Bay Shore's Booker Hucks, a junior, is on the roster, averaging 5 minutes per game.
Long Beach State has Upper Room's Corey Jackson on the roster. He is a senior and averages 4 minutes per game.
Norfolk State has senior Marcos Tamares from St. Mary's, who has played in all 34 of their games and averages 6.8 ppg.
Sophomore Josh Elbaum from SJB plays for Vermont and averages 13 minutes per game.
NC State freshman Tyler Harris averages 7 minutes per game
Louisville is coached by St. Dom's Rick Pitino
Davidson is coached by Chaminade's Bob McKillop.
Florida is coached by Rockville Centre's Billy Donovan.
Seawolves Fall Short
The gym was packed and the intensity of the fans gave the game an NCAA tournament-type atmosphere, but a late-game Stony Brook rally fell just short as the Seawolves lost, 51-43, to the University of Vermont Catamounts in the championship game of the America East conference tournament. The crowd was ready to explode from the opening tip, but Stony Brook came out flat, missing 9 of its first 11 shots from the field, and trailed 11-4 after seven minutes. Senior forward Al Rapier was the lone early bright spot for the Seawolves. He scored 8 of the team’s first 13 points, and kept the team in the game in the first half. At the break, Vermont had a 26-19 lead. The Catamounts opened the second half with a 5-0 run, but Marcus Rouse and Bryan Dougher hit back-to-back threes to bring Stony Brook within six, 31-25, with 17 minutes remaining. Then Vermont’s freshman guard Four Mcglynn got hot, draining three three-pointers in a five minute span to spark a 15-4 UVM run that gave the Catamounts a 46-29 lead with 10 minutes to play. After a timeout, Stony Brook came out of the huddle with urgency and clawed its way back into the game behind aggressive play from junior forward Ron Bracey, senior forward Dallis Joyner and sophomore guard Dave Coley. The crowd got louder and wilder with each basket as the Seawolves cut Vermont’s lead to four, 47-43, with one minute left on the clock. But Stony Brook’s shooting woes quickly returned. After a UVM turnover, the Seawolves had ball with a chance to chance to chip away more points from Vermont’s lead, but Coley missed a contested jump shot and the Catamounts secured the rebound. Vermont hit its free throws down the stretch, and Stony Brook couldn’t score when it counted, so the Catamounts escaped with a victory. Vermont’s lockdown perimeter defense gave Stony Brook’s shooters fits all game, as the Seawolves were held to 29% shooting and 21% on three-point attempts. Josh Elbaum-- a sophomore point guard for Vermont from St. John The Baptist--played 10 minutes off the bench and had one point, one assist, two rebounds and three steals for the Catamounts. Vermont advances to the NCAA Tournament, while Stony Brook will make its second national postseason tournament appearance in the last three years in the NIT and will find out its opponent Sunday night on the NIT Selection Show, live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. 3/10
Seawolves In Final!
Stony Brook, the America East Regular Season Champion and winner of 19 of its last 21 games, seeks its first-ever America East Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament bid when it faces Vermont this Saturday at 11 AM on the Stony Brook campus. The Seawolves advanced to the final in dramatic fashion, winning their semifinal when Dallis Joyner tipped in a missed shot with four tenths of a second remaining in regulation to give them a 57-55 win over Albany. SBU has won a program Div. I record 14 consecutive home games, dating back to last season.
LuHi In Feds!
Albany Academy, the 11th ranked Class A team in New York State, traveled down to New York City to take on Long Island Lutheran for the NYSAISAA Class A State Championship, and LuHi came away with a decisive 65-40 victory. Freshman Chris Atkinson led the way with 4 three pointers in the first quarter as the Crusaders built their lead, but Albany closed out the half on a run, and then narrowed the gap to 7 late in the third quarter before the Crusaders pulled away. Atkinson finished with 20 points, Anthony Pate 11, and Ryan Denicola had 8 points and 7 rebounds. LuHi, the defending Federation State Champion, will once again represent private schools at the Federation Tournament of Champions. 3/4
South Side Over Jericho
Jericho was red hot, beating South Side on the road in the last regular season game, blowing out Seaford in a first round playoff matchup, upsetting Glen Cove in the quarterfinals, and then humiliating Great Neck North in the semifinals. Beating them would be no easy task, but #11 South Side was up to it, capturing the Nassau County - Section 8 Class A Championship with a convincing 64-51 victory over the 15th ranked Jayhawks. It was their first county title in 8 years. Jericho looked like they were picking up where they left off in the semifinals, jumping out to an 8-2 lead on the strenght of two three pointers by Garrett Johnson, but their offense stalled and South Side drew even at 11 all on Kevin Coyle's driving layup at the first quarter buzzer. Bobby Akeson was fouled on a three point attempt as the second quarter got underway, knocking down all three free throws to put South Side on top 14-11, but neither team could establish any momentum and they traded baskets and free throws the rest of the quarter, with South Side getting the best of it and taking a 5 point lead into the locker room. Neither team could find the basket to start the third quarter, but Coyle knocked down a three pointer from the top to break the ice, and Ryan Spadaford knocked down another three off an inbound play to give the Cyclones a 29-18 lead. South Side maintained the lead as the quarter wound down, and then Gerald Mitchell converted a 3 point play and Akeson knocked down a three pointer for an imposing 41-25 advantage at the third quarter buzzer. Dane Flaherty buried a three pointer from the right wing to put South side up by 19 early in the fourth quarter, and Mitchell's three from the left wing and his basket from underneath pushed it to 49-27 Cyclones with 6:22 left to play, but Jericho answered with 9 straight points, cutting the deficit to 13 on a runner by Corey Miller and a fast break basket by Jordan Brett. Spadaford converted a 3 point play to stop the run and put the Cyclones up 51-36 with 3:45 remaining, and Coyle's two free throws made it 54-38 with 2:52 left. Miller answered with 2 free throws, but every Jayhawk attempt to close the gap down the stretch was answered by the Cyclones, who advanced to the Long Island Championship game with a 13 point victory. 3/3
LWA In Semis
Tristan Braverman knocked down a three pointer at the buzzer in overtime
to give Lawrence Woodmere Academy a 64-62 victory over New York City's Horace Mann and a spot in the NYSAIS Class C State Semifinals. Trent Parrish led LWA with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, Rokas Lapsys had 15 points, and Braverman finished with 3 threes and 11 points. 3/1
South Side Stops Hewlett
Perennial contender South Side advanced to the Nassau County/Section 8 Class A Championship Game, leading from whistle to buzzer in a solid 57-46 victory over Hewlett. It looked like it might be a routine win for the second seeded Cyclones, who were up 10-3 early in the game on a fast break basket by Kevin Coyle and a three pointer from the left baseline by Robert Pichioni, and led 18-8 at the end of the first quarter on a three pointer by Coyle. Justin Rhodes gave them a 21-8 lead with a steal and basket with 5:44 remaining in the half, but the Bulldogs shook off their poor start and closed the gap as intermission approached, pulling within 7 in the final seconds on a short baseline drive and shot off the glass by Avery Feldman. Weldon Irvine narrowed the lead to 5 on a cut and basket to open the second half, and then his give and go basket brought Hewlett within 2 still early in the third quarter, but the lead was back up to 6 on a drive down the heart of the defense by Darren Nickelson, and Coyle’s floater from the baseline made it 35-26 South Side with 3:05 left in the quarter. Dylan Sasson brought the Bulldogs back within 7 on a drive and bank shot off the glass to close out the third quarter, and Bryan Eckerle’s putback opened the fourth quarter scoring and brought Hewlett within 5, but 6 straight points by South Side, four by Ryan Spadaford, and the Cyclones were up 43-32. Hewlett persevered, drawing within 5 on Sasson’s left wing jumper with 4:48 remaining, but they could get no closer, exchanging baskets with South Side down to the 2:29 mark, when a jumper by Pichioni from the right elbow gave the Cyclones a 48-40 lead. Nickelson made it 52-43 South Side, going to the line for a 1 and 1 and knocking down both free throws with
1:50 left to play, and Pichioni added two more with 1:29 showing and South Side was on its way to the title game. 2/28
Knights Over Dalers
Any other year, Farmingdale would probably have been Conference 1AA Champion and a favorite in the Class AA tournament, but not this season. This season, they had the misfortune of having undefeated and #1 ranked Uniondale in the same conference, and coming into their rematch with the Knights in the Nassau County/Section 8 Class AA Semifinals, two of their 3 losses had come at their hands. The result of game three was no different, with Uniondale prevailing 59-51 to advance to the Class AA Championship game. The Knights led throughout the contest, but could never break away from the determined Dalers, whose only other loss this season had been to Long Island Lutheran. It was 14-7 Uniondale after one quarter, and the Knights had a 28-17 lead in the second quarter before PJ Spadalik hit a three pointer for the Dalers at the first half buzzer to cut it to 28-20. Farmingdale had the early edge in the third quarter, but struggled from the line and only managed to trim 2 points off the lead, and Shaq Mosley quickly made it back for the Knights and then some, coming off a screen and knocking down a baseline jumper in what turned out to be a three point play, and then draining a foul line jumper for an 11 point Uniondale lead. The Dalers pulled within 5 on a putback by DeAndre Fogan and a basket by Dalique Mingo with 1:30 to go in the quarter, but the Knights answered with Dashawn Benson's two free throws and a Jerel McGary fast break basket off a nice feed from Mosley. Kevin Petit-Frere had the last word, hitting a big three pointer for Farmingdale to bring them within 6 at the third quarter buzzer. Spadalik opened the fourth quarter with another big three pointer for Farmingdale, cutting the Uniondale lead to 3, and Matthew Dicarlo's basket from underneath made it a 2 point game, but McGary knocked down a three from the right wing and Mosley went 2 for 2 from the line and it was Uniondale by 7 with 3:39 to play. A three point play by Mingo narrowed the gap to 51-47 with 3:02 left, but a putback by Kenny Woodard off a missed free throw gave the Knights a 6 point edge with 2:03 remaining. Curtis Jenkins scored a fast break basket for Farmingdale with 1:32 to go make it 53-49, but Woodard answered again, this time from underneath to put Uniondale up by 6 with 1:03 left, and then McGary's two big free throws made it a three possession game with 51 seconds on the clock. Farmingdale needed a basket on their next trip down to have any hope, but turned the ball over and never got any closer. 2/27
LuHi Wins Collegiate
In a matchup of defending New York State Federation Champions, Class A Champion LuHi defeated Class B Champion Collegiate 73-67 to capture the Collegiate Tournament title. K.J. Lee led the Crusaders with 19 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team, and Anthony Pate had 14 and was named tournament MVP. The Collegiate tournament is an annual post-season event held in New York City for the top private school teams in the Metro Area. Both teams advance to the State Tournament in their respective classes.
To say that there was great anticipation for this game would be an incredible understatement. After meeting in a terrific final last year, both Amityville and Harborfields returned strong squads this season, and the championship game rematch between two of New York State’s top Class A teams was set in many people's minds even before the season began. Neither team disappointed, cruising through their league seasons undefeated, and the two teams took the floor in front of a packed house at Farmingdale State to once again determine the Suffolk County - Section 11 Class A Champion. The game got off to a very surprising start, with #2 seed Amityville knocking the Tornadoes to the canvas early in the contest. They blazed out to an 18-4 lead behind 15 points from Kavione Green and led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter. But Harborfields got up off the deck and struck right back, going on a 14-1 run to start the second quarter, incredibly tying the game at 21 just minutes into the quarter. Justin Ringen, Lucas Woodhouse, and Jon Patron led the blitz, Ringen with a three pointer, an assist, and the jumper that tied the game, Woodhouse with an impressive windmill layup and assists on two other baskets, and Patron with two tough baskets in traffic. It was Amityville’s turn to get up off the canvas, and they did, with Green scoring on a putback and adding a free throw to retake the lead, but Harborfields went on top on a tip-in by Patron and a runner by Woodhouse with 3:38 left in the half. Richie Hobson’s jumper put the Warriors back in front, and Sean Walters’ three pointer gave Amityville a 34-33 lead at intermission. David Seymour and DeJuhan Gray scored the first two baskets of the third quarter, putting Amityville up by 5, but a basket by David Ba and two baskets by Kevin Zabransky, one a three pointer, put Harborfields up 40-38. The Tornadoes moved out to a 10 point lead on another three by Zabransky and a fade-away jumper by Woodhouse with 1:28 to go in the quarter, but baskets by Willie White and Billy Heenan pulled Amityville within 6 with three quarters complete. Hobson’s second three pointer of the fourth quarter for the Warriors closed the gap to 4 with 5:06 left to play, and two free throws by Grey cut it to 59-56 with 3:03 left, but a Woodhouse jumper from the left elbow made it 61-56, and it remained that way until the 1:22 mark, when Woodhouse scored again, knocking down two free throws for a 7 point lead. Green answered with two more free throws at the 1:12 mark, and after a Harborfields free throw, he knocked down a three pointer to make it 64-61 with 24 seconds left, but Ringen answered with two big free throws for a 5 point lead in the final seconds, rendering Grey’s three pointer just before the buzzer too little too late. 2/24
Suffolk Class B Champion Center Moriches began their Hoosiers dream by ending Pierson’s 68-36. Akyse Brown led the Red Devils with 19 points and Tim Rowland had 18. Pierson continues on in the New York State Class C Tournament. 2/24
Floyd Stops Deer Park
Neither team was at their best, but when the game was on the line, Floyd got it done, holding off a Deer Park rally and pulling away for a 61-52 victory and a well deserved spot in the Suffolk County/Section 11 Class AA Finals. It was game one of the semifinals, and it was a classic match-up: #2 seed William Floyd, a playoff regular led by returning All-Long Island player Anthony White, who is looking to cap off his outstanding career with a County Championship and beyond, against 3 seed Deer Park, a young and talented team getting their first taste of big time playoff basketball. Deer Park looked very tight at the start, air-balling their shots and turning the ball over, and the Colonials took advantage, despite looking a little tight as well. They moved out in front 11-7 on White’s jumper from the right wing as the first quarter came to a close, and then took a 16-7 lead on another jumper by White with 5:43 to go in the second quarter. Back to back baskets by sophomore Aaren Edmead - a 3 point play and a three pointer - brought Deer Park within 5, but a jumper, a three pointer, and a runner by White and Floyd was up 25-13 with 2:47 to go in the half. It was 30-18 at intermission. Deer Park got off to a good start in the second half, with Edmead knocking down two free throws and Rome Jenkins nailing a hook shot from the right side of the lane to bring the Falcons within 8, but a three point play by White pushed the lead back to double digits, and Jason Rivera’s three pointer from the left wing made it 36-22 Colonials with 4:34 to go in the third quarter. Deer Park made its move in the closing minutes of the quarter, going on a a 13-2 run to close it out, capped off by back to back three pointers by Keith Williams and a three pointer by Kyle Bradford. It was now a 3 point game with three quarters completed, but foul trouble began to raise its ugly head for the Falcons. Bradford had picked up his fourth foul right as the third quarter ended, and then Edmead got his fourth early in the fourth quarter to put two of Deer Park’s best players on the bench just as they were getting back into it. Williams was undeterred, scoring on a beautiful putback and drawing a foul to cut the Floyd lead to 2, but minutes later the lead was back up to 5 and Bradford and Edmead reinserted. Bradford’s three pointer cut it to 45-43 with 6 minutes remaining, but White refused to give up the lead, scoring on an underhand scoop shot, and then in a decisive sequence, LaShon Washington scored on a putback and then on a 3 point play to make it 52-43 Floyd with 3:14 remaining. Deer Park was in trouble, and Edmead had fouled out on the 3 point play to make matters worse. Then Bradford fouled out with 1:58 to go, but Williams stepped up once again, keeping hopes alive with another three pointer to make it a 7 point game with 1:40 to go. He followed it up with another big three with 1:26 remaining to make it 56-52 and the Falcons were back in it. Or so it seemed. They did not score again, and after Sean Scott fouled out to put three Deer Park starters on the bench, Floyd’s Devin Burney followed a Floyd free throw with a big basket from underneath to make it 59-52 Colonials with 38 seconds left and the Falcons were done. White led all scorers with 25 points to go with 14 rebounds and 6 assists and Washington had 14 points for the Colonials, while Williams led Deer Park with 21 and Edmead had 10. 2/24
South Side's Jesse Winter scored a career high 36 points in SUNY Cortland's 108-105 win over Buffalo State, joining the 1,000 Point Club in the final game of the regular season. Friends Academy's Harrison Hefele added 9 points and 7 assists in the victory. Cortland is the #2 seeded team in the upcoming SUNYAC Playoffs, and has only 1 senior on the roster.......
Kellenberg's 53-50 win over St. Dom's clinched their first regular season NSCHSAA title in 25 years.....
Dan Candemeres from Sachem East was named CSAC rookie of the year at Keystone College. Dan averaged 10.8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 2.2 rpg, connected on 49 three pointers, and shot 77% from the free throw line while starting all 25 games for Keystone (20-5,14-4).....
Tobias Harris has one of the top 5 Player Efficiency Ratings among NBA rookies.....
2/20 Playoff Report
CM Over Southampton
Center Moriches beat top seeded Southampton 69-67 on a three point play by Akyse Brown in the final seconds to advance to the Suffolk County/section 11 Class B final. Brown finished with a game high 24 points for CM, Tim Rowland had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Maleek Harris added 15 points and 9 assists. Shaundell Fishburne led Southampton with 16
Babylon Beats HB
Max Demartino led Babylon to a 22-7 third quarter with 11 points, and the Panthers held off a late charge by Hampton Bays to advance to the Suffolk County/Section 11 Class B Championship game with a 44-41 victory. Nahari Jenkins hit two pressure packed free throws for Babylon with 10 seconds remaining to ice the victory, and finished with a game high 20 points. Danny Martel led Hampton Bays with 13.
Pierson at Buzzer
Suffolk Class C has been dominated by Port Jefferson and Stony Brook in recent years, but Pierson broke through this season in stunning fashion, winning their first county title in 18 years on a dramatic three pointer by Forrest Loesch at the buzzer to defeat Stony Brook 34-32. The Whalers, who are from Sag Harbor, had the upper hand in the first half, moving in front for the first time on a baseline jumper by Patrick Sloane at the 3:55 mark of the first quarter and they led 9-8 at the buzzer. Stony Brook took a brief lead with 4:22 to go in the second quarter when Tyler Abrahamsen banked in a three pointer from straight on, but Sloane answered with a three from the left baseline to put the Whalers back on top, and Loesch’s three point play and a putback by Sam Miller gave them a 20-13 advantage with 2:53 left. It was 23-17 Pierson at the half. The third quarter belonged to Stony Brook. Jerome Washington scored from underneath to get the Bears off and running, and a three point play by Abrahamsen brought them within 1 early in the quarter. Joey Butts answered with a three pointer from the top to put Pierson back up by 4, but Stony Brook closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run, capped off by a long range three pointer by Abrahamsen from the right wing to give them a 29-28 lead. Pierson was back on top with 3:25 to go in the fourth quarter on Sloane’s three pointer from the left wing, but Marco Masakayan’s two free throws with 1:41 remaining put Stony Brook up by 1. The Bears had a chance to add to their lead with 57 seconds on the game clock, but missed the front end of a 1 and 1 and then a putback attempt. It was Pierson ball with the seconds ticking down, but they struggled to find an open look. Loesch found himself with the ball deep on the left wing with just a few ticks left, and was forced to take the shot, burying the game winner with a defender draped all over him to send the Whalers into the Long Island Championship Game and the Pierson fans into a frenzy. 2/20
2/17 Playoff Report
Roslyn Over Roosevelt
Roslyn crushed Roosevelt back in early December, but this time they had to rally from a 10 point halftime deficit to defeat the Roughriders 56-50. Andrew Slutsky led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Andrew Wolfe had 12. Robert Sweeney led Roosevelt with 12
Wantagh Defeats Mineola
Wantagh played well in their last two regular season games, and it carried over into the playoffs, with the 10th seeded Warriors fighting off 7th seed Mineola 67-60 in first round Nassau/Section 8 playoff action. Eric Regenbogen led a 4th quarter charge with 14 fourth quarter points and finished with 27 for Wantagh, and Justice Perez added 19 points and 13 rebounds. Malcom Brown had 20 for Mineola.
Commack Nips West
Commack rallied for a 59-58 OT win over Smithtown West to advance to the first round of the Suffolk County - Section 11 playoffs. Smithtown had the lead throughout the second half, repeatedly holding off Commack rallies, but could not shake the Cougars. Commack broke through briefly with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter when Nick Arnold and Brandon Kenny hit back to back three pointers and Arnold scored on a drive to give them a 46-45 lead, but Mike Baiardi answered with a three pointer from the top to put the Bulls back on top, and they held the lead until 57 seconds remained in regulation, when Arnold rose above defenders and dropped in an alley-oop pass off an inbound play to give Commack a 54-53 lead. The Cougars added a point to their lead with 17 seconds to go, but a clutch putback by Matt Schultz in the final seconds tied the game at 55 and sent it into overtime. Ryan Hickey opened the overtime with a steal and basket to put Smithown West back into the lead, and they led 58-55 when Connor McQueeney knocked down two free throws for Commack with 1:36 remaing to make it a 1 point game. The Cougars then took a 1 point lead at the 23 second mark on a putback by John Stathis, but they left the door open for Smithown with two missed free throws, and the Bulls came down court looking for the win with 5.8 seconds to go. They got a good look from the right baseline, but the shot
was off target as the buzzer sounded, sending the Cougars on to the next round. 2/17
Lucas Woodhouse Harborfields
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LuHi Class A
New York State
Harborfields NYSPHSAA Class A
LuHi NYSAIS Class A
Baldwin NYSPHSAA Class AA
Harborfields NYSPHSAA Class A
SJB NSCHSAA Class A
Center Moriches NYSPHSAA Class B
East Rockaway NYSPHSAA Class B
Bridgehampton NYSPHSAA Class D
Baldwin Class AA
South Side Class A
Locust Valley Class B
East Rockaway Class C
William Floyd Class AA
Harborfields Class A
Center Moriches Class B
Pierson Class C
Bridgehampton Class D
COACH OF THE YEAR
Central Islip Advances
Lindenhurst had impressive road wins over both of the top two seeds in the Class AA tournament, beating William Floyd in a non-league game at Floyd, and Hills West in the first round of the playoffs at Hills West, but they couldn't’t beat the underrated Musketeers in three tries, rallying but falling short 61-58 in the Suffolk County/Section 11 Class AA Semifinals. The League 2 rivals came out gunning, both knocking down threes to get things started, but CI followed up with two quick baskets by Jasean Percell and Brandon Hornedo and settled into the lead. Four straight points by Tim McKenzie, on a steal and dunk and two free throws, made it 11-3 CI, but Aaron Coughlin scored a fast break basket and Stew Warren wove his way through traffic and scored to keep the Musketeers from taking command. It was 14-9 at the first quarter buzzer. Lindenhurst’s Brandon Hauser cut it to 14-12 with a three pointer from the left wing as play resumed, and after a putback by CI’s Max Attah, Hauser knocked down another three and Rob Sarneckis scored from underneath to give the Bulldogs a 1 point lead with 5:40 to go in the half. The Musketeers retook the lead on a three pointer by Shaun Alexander, and then Ishiah Booker scored two straight baskets to put them up 23-18 with 3:52 left. The teams traded baskets until McKenzie drove the baseline and kicked it out to Booker, who buried a three for a 31-23 CI lead at the 1:24 mark, and then a 3 point play by Percell made it 34-25 with 31 seconds left. Warren knocked down two free throws to make it a 7 point game at the half. Hornedo spun out of the low post and scored to kick off the second half and give CI a 36-27 lead, but Hauser answered with a deep three pointer for Lindenhurst, and after another basket by Hornedo, he countered with another three to bring the Bulldogs within 5 still early in the third quarter. Warren rode the momentum tide, scoring from underneath to cut the lead to 38-35, and then Hauser tied it with another deep three with 4:10 to go in the quarter, but CI bounced back in the final minutes, scoring the last 6 points of the quarter to lead by 6. The lead was 8 after Hornedo’s putback to open the fourth quarter, and 9 after Alexander rebounded and scored with a minute gone, but Hauser’s three pointer at the 5:42 mark brought Lindenhurst back within 5, and Warren’s two free throws made it a 3 point game with 5:21 remaining. McKenzie’s three pointer from the top gave the Musketeers a 6 point edge with 4:05 left, but Warren knocked down two free throws and then plunged down the lane and scored with 2:19 on the clock to bring Lindenhurst within 1. CI had struggled from the line the entire game, so the CI faithful were on the edge of their seats as Percell went to the line with the Musketeers clinging to a 1 point lead, but he came through, knocking down both free throws to put them up 3 with 2:09 to go. Hauser, who finished with 6 three pointers for Lindenhurst, fouled out on the play, but Warren scored from the lane on the next trip down to cut it to 59-58, and once again, Percell went to the line on the other end, this time with 17 seconds remaining and a 1 point lead. Once again, he came through, draining both free throws to make it 61-58 CI. It was still a one possession game, however, and Lindenhurst called time with 13 seconds left to draw up a play. They managed to get off a clean shot at the buzzer, but it was off target and CI was on their way to the County Championship Game. Booker was high scorer for the Musketeers, finishing with 18, Percell had 14 points, and McKenzie filled up the stat sheet once again, finishing with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and an assortment of spectacular blocks, steals and assists. Warren was impressive as always, leading all scorers with 24 points for Lindenhurst, and Hauser added 18. 2/24
SJB Upsets Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but SJB turned up the defense in the second quarter and went on a 12-2 run behind the hot shooting of junior Vincent Abbondola and freshman Tavon Ginyard. Trinity answered with a run of their own, but the Cougars held on for a 27-23 half-time lead. The 3rd quarter was all about defense for both teams, but SJB had a 9-7 edge and took a 36-30 lead into the 4th. Junior Charles Joyner made several big plays to help keep the Cougars in front, and then Ginyard made two clutch baskets to give SJB a 10 point lead and they wre on their way to a 55-42 upset win over the second seeded Titans. Kyle Wulliams controlled the paint for the Cougars, swatting down 9 shots and recording 16 rebounds...Mike Callahan led Trinity with 16 points. 2/24
Final NSCHSAA regular season standings are on the SCHEDULE PAGE. Friday 2/24 playoff match-ups:
7:00 PM St.Anthony's @ Chaminade
7:00 PM SJB @ Holy Trinity
7:30 PM St. Dominic @ St. Mary's
Chaminade knocked St. Mary’s out of second place with a 73-64 road win, wrapping up Jim Quinn’s final regular season with a (7-5, 14-10) record. It was Coach Quinn’s 425th career victory. St. Mary’s center Jessie Govan fouled out with 2:16 to go and his team trailing by 1. John Patterson led the Flyers with 23 points and 11 rebounds and John Gallego had 20 points and 10 assists. Travis Whitfield finished with 24 for the Gaels. 2/22
2/22 Playoff Report
Center Moriches B Champs
Center Moriches captured their third Suffolk County/Class B Championship in the last 5 years, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 67-57 victory over #2 seed Babylon. The 4th seeded Red Devils upset top seed Southampton in the semifinals. Akyse Brown led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds, Tim Rowland had 21 points and 6 rebounds, and Maleek Harris finished with 9 points and 8 assists. Adrian Sullivan led Babylon with 18 points.
GNN Upsets Lawrence
8th seeded Great Neck North pulled off its second major upset in the playoffs in as many years, knocking off Nassau County/Section 8 Class A #1 seed Lawrence 55-51 in the quarterfinals. Last season, the Blazers knocked off #2 seed South Side as a 15 seed with an incredible three point shooting barrage, hitting 13 of 17 from behind the arc. This season was a different story, with big man Evan Dorman leading a balanced attack and strong defensive effort with 16 points and 8 rebounds, Jonah Gorjian had 15 points, and Alec Ludwig contributed 13 points and 7 assists. They finished with a respectable 7 three pointers as a team. Randy Wallace led Lawrence with 14.
Jericho Trips Up Glen Cove
Jericho has come a long way since a 68-31 blow-out loss to Amityville to open the season. The 5th seeded Jayhawks improved to 14-5 overall and advanced to the Nassau County/Section 8 Class A Semifinals with a 62-47 drilling of 4th seeded Glen Cove. Garrett Johnson led the assault with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Kewan Beebe led Glen Cove with 22 points.
Spadaford Back In Form
#2 Section 8 Class A seed South Side advanced to the semifinals with a 68-57 win over Wantagh, and Ryan Spadaford appeared to be his old self in his second game back from injury, finishing with a game high 27 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Justice Perez had 21 for Wantagh.
2/21 Playoff Report
Favorites Roll In Sec 11 A
Both Amityville and Harborfields continued their march toward the Suffolk County/Section 11 Class A Championship game with impressive wins. Harborfields hammered Shorham-Wading River, winners of 7 straight, 95-52 behind a huge game from Justin Ringen, who finished with 40 points. Kevin Turano had 18 for SWR. Amityville pulled away from a talented and confident Mt. Sinai team, winning the semifinal 71-60 behind Kavione Green's 19 points and 11 rebounds and Richie Hobson's 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists. Mike Guzzardi and Greg Kopcienski led Mt. Sinai with 19 each.
Top Seeds Dominate
The higher seeds all advanced in Nassau/Section 8 Class AA action. #1 Ranked Uniondale rolled over Freeport for the third time this season, winning 76-63 behind 24 points and 5 assists from Shaq Mosley, 13 points and 13 rebounds by Kenny Woodard, and 11 points and 17 rebounds by Terrance Brown. Kyhiem Chaplin had 23 for Freeport. #4 Baldwin hammered Great Neck South 80-51, with Rashid Lesane leading the way with 15 points and 8 rebounds, and Brandon Williams with 14 points and 8 assists. Dan Belmont had 10 for GNS. 5th ranked Elmont held Herricks to a season low 38 points, scoring 46 in one of their patented low scoring victories. Tristan Brown had 17 points and 5 assists to lead the Spartans, while Andrew Fellus led Herricks with 14. #9 Farmingdale prevailed over an underrated Hicksville team, winning 64-55 with Dalique Mingo scoring a game high 24 points and Curtis Jenkins adding 11 points and 11 rebounds. T.J. Danns had 20 for the Comets.
Bridgehampton On Top
After a playoff draught of 11 years, the legendary Bridgehampton Killer Bees, winners of 8 State Championships, are back on top in Suffolk/Section 11 Class D. Trailing Greenport, winners of 8 of the past 11 Class D titles, 17-11 after one quarter of the Class D Final, the Killer Bees rained three pointers down on the Porters, pulling away for a 74-50 victory. Davion Cooper led the way with 24 points, Tylik Furman and Jason Hopson had 16 each, and Caanan Campbell finished with 11. Gavin Dibble was high for Greenport with 16. 2/20
East Rock Champs
East Rockaway upset defending New York State Champion Friends Academy 42-39 to capture the Nassau County -Section 8 Class C Championship. Friends had beaten ER twice during the regular season, most recently by 22 points at East Rockaway, but the Rocks completely turned the tables on the Quakers this time around, never trailing in the title game. Mikey Lores led the way with 12 points and Justin Jonas had 10. Marc Godlis had a game high 15 for Friends. 2/19
2/18 Playoff Report
SWR On A Roll
Shoreham-Wading River picked up their 7th win in a row, beating East Hampton 51-40 in a Suffolk County/Section 11 Class A first round playoff game. The Wildcats broke open a close game with a 22-8 third quarter. John Kovach had a big game with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin Turano finished with 11 points, 5 steals, and 4 assists, and Chris Mahoney had 18 rebounds
Commack Battles Hills West
Commack has been giving Sweet 16 teams a hard time all season, and top seeded Hills West had everything they could handle from the 16th seed, leading by only 1 at the half and earning a hard fought 56-50 victory. Denzel Williams was the difference, scoring a career high 20 points for the Colts, including four clutch free throws down the stretch. Nick Arnold had a game high 23 for Commack
CSH Upsets Malverne
Cold Spring Harbor upset top seeded Malverne, pulling away in the second half for a 60-51 victory to advance to the Nassau County/Section 11 Class B Championship Game behind 23 points from Josh Brown.
Brentwood Pulls Away
It was 24 all at the half, but Brentwood pulled away in the second half for a 62-41 victory, holding Bay Shore to just 17 second half points. Ira Burton led the balanced Brentwood attack with 14 points and 16 rebounds and sophomore Femi Olujobi added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Gerrel Irvinhad 15 for Bay Shore.
Baldwin Avenges Loss
Baldwin and Elmont met last year in a memorable Nassau County/Section 8 Class AA Championship Game, with Elmont prevailing, but the Bruins got their revenge this year, advancing to another championship game with an impressive 60-44 semifinal victory over a very good Spartan team. The Spartans fell behind 10-4 early, but took a 13-12 first quarter lead in game two of the Class AA Semifinals on a three pointer by Marc Campbell, and Daniel Alexander made it 15-12 Elmont with a fast break basket to open the second quarter. Baldwin responded with a run, taking a 5 point lead on a fast break basket by Hassan Keita and back to back baskets by Brandon Williams, but the Spartans answered with 6 straight points of their own, and led by 2 on a fast break basket by Tim Lewis. Baldwin's Andres Gonzales tied it at 25 all with a three pointer from the right baseline with 2:02 to go in the half, and then Williams ripped through the defense and scored and Gonzalez knocked down another three to give Baldwin a 5 point lead at the half.
Campbell opened the third quarter with a 3 point play for Elmont, but Kyle Richardson scored from underneath for Baldwin on a nice dish from Williams, and then Mykeil Tzul hit a three pointer from the left wing to put the Bruins on top 35-28. Elmont was back within 4 on a three pointer and free throw by Daniel Alexander with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter, and then his three pointer with 30 seconds left made it a 3 point game and that's the way the quarter ended. Gonzales opened the fourth quarter with a three pointer from straight on, and a steal and basket by Williams moments later made it 49-41 Baldwin. Elmont had opportunities to get back into the game from the foul line, but repeatedly came up short. Williams converted two at the other end to put the Bruins up by 10, and Gonzalez added a back-breaking three pointer, this time from the right wing, to make it 54-41 Baldwin and Elmont was in trouble with 4:41 left to play. The Spartans came away with just one point in two more trips to the foul line, trailing by 12 with 3:58 showing, and Tzul and Jared Francis put the game out of reach with back to back baskets for a 16 point Bruin lead. 2/27
Harborfields Rips Floyd
How good is Harborfields? The #2 ranked Class A Champion Green Tornadoes dismantled 6th ranked Class AA Champion William Floyd 80-58, pulling away in the second half to claim their second straight Suffolk County Championship. Long Island Player Of The Year candidate Lucas Woodhouse had another big game, finishing with 24 points and 11 assists, and the Tornadoes also got big games from David Ba and John Patron, who finished with 21 points each. Those numbers drive home the problem every team faces when they play Harborfields. This is a balanced team, with 5 players capable of scoring 20 points in a game, another two that can get you double digits, and they have good size, good team speed, rebound well, and have a point guard that demands attention and is highly skilled at finding the open man. That depth and versatility was on full display right from the start of the County Championship game, with the Tornadoes moving out to a 10-4 lead on the strength of a three pointer by Kevin Zabransky and a layup off a nice hesitation move by Woodhouse. Ba made it 16-7 with back to back baskets off assists from Woodhouse, and that was the score at the end of the first quarter. Patron started the second quarter with a fade-away jumper, and then Ba stole the inbound pass and scored for a 13 point Harborfields, but Derek Haase broke the run for Floyd, hitting a three pointer from the left wing, and then Devin Burney scored a fast break basket and Floyd trailed by 8. Harborfields threatened to break open the game on a three pointer by Patron, two free throws by Woodhouse, and a basket by Ba that gave them a 31-15 lead with 4:34 to go in the half, but a 14-0 run by the Colonials, capped off by a three point play by Burney and 6 straight points by Anthony White, and Floyd was within 2 with 2:14 still to play before halftime. Patron held the lead for the Tornadoes with a three pointer from the top, but Haase’s three pointer brought Floyd back within 4 at the buzzer. Harborfields opened the second half with another run, capped off by a Woodhouse three pointer from the top for a 46-33 lead, and then after two free throws by Burney, they reeled off 6 more points on baskets by Justin Ringen, Woodhouse, and Patron to make it 52-35 with 4:07 to go in the quarter. Another Woodhouse three pointer made it it 59-39 with 1:58 left, and his three pointer at the 47 second mark made it 63-39. It was 65-41 after three quarters and Floyd never got closer than 20 after that. 3/2
Baldwin Defeats Floyd
It was the kind of close, hard fought game you'd expect between Long Island's 3rd and 4th ranked teams, with Nassau Champion Baldwin coming away with a 68-57 victory over William Floyd and the Long Island Class AA Championship. Neither team could put points on the board in the early minutes, but once they got rolling, Baldwin grabbed a 10-2 lead on a steal and basket by Brandon Williams, a fast break basket by Rashid Lesane, and then a three pointer by Lesane with 2:34 remaining in the opening quarter. LaShon Washington kick-started the Floyd offense with a short jumper, and Anthony White followed him with a three pointer from the left wing to make it a 3 point game, but the Bruins kept the pedal to the metal, with Lesane hitting a runner from the left wing and Williams adding two free throws for a 14-7 Baldwin lead at the end of the first quarter. Back to back baskets by Devin Burney had the Colonials back within 3 as the second quarter got underway, a fast break basket by Derek Haase made it a 1 point game, and Burney’s basket from underneath put Floyd on top 17-16 with under 5 minutes to go in the half, but Lesane’s three pointer from the left wing made it 21-19 Baldwin at the 3:50 mark, and Kirk Staine added two free throws to put the Bruins up by 4. White tied it with a three pointer from straight with 1:10 to play, but Staine looped one in from the baseline to put Baldwin up by 2 and that was the margin at halftime. Baldwin added to their lead early in the third quarter, going up 33-26 on a drive by Mykeil Tzul, but back to back three pointers by Haase and White and Floyd was within 1 with 3:44 remaining in the quarter. Lesane’s putback of a missed free throw gave the Bruins a little breathing room, but another three pointer by White brought the Colonials back within a point with less than two minutes to play in the quarter and they trailed by 2 at the buzzer. Haase got the gym rocking with a three pointer to give Floyd a 47-46 lead as the fourth quarter got underway, but Williams retook the lead with a short jumper from the right side of the lane, and then at the 3:05 mark, a short jumper by Tzul put Baldwin in command 56-47. Dennis knocked down two needed free throws for the Colonials to narrow the margin to 7 with 3 minutes left, and then Burney scored from underneath to cut it to 56-51 with 2:24 to go, but Lesane broke the momentum with two free throws of his own, and then at the 1:08 mark, Staine scored on the press break to give the Bruins an imposing 9 point lead. White’s jumper cut it to 61-54 with 1:03 left, but Staine scored again on the press break with 50 seconds left and Floyd never got closer than 7 after that. 3/10
The NSCHSAA has recognized the following individuals for the
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Bowles, Kellenberg
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jack McCutcheon, Kellenberg
Jeremy Arthur, Kellenberg
Kevin Bowles, Kellenberg
Mike Callaghan, Holy Trinity
Damon Coleman, Holy Trinity
Travis Dickerson, St. Dominic
Pat Farrell, Chaminade
John Gallego, Chaminade
Bryan Gellineau, Kellenberg
Rob Gomiela, Kellenberg
Jesse Govan, St. Mary's
Wilson Molina, St. Mary's
Jason Oder, Holy Trinity
Daniel Pierott, St. Anthony's
Travis Whitfield, St. Mary's
Kyle Williams, St. John The Baptist
Kyle Williams, SJB
Feshbach to Brown
Port Washington's Josh Feshbach has committed to play basketball at the Ivy League's Brown University. DETAILS
Reid To Stony Brook
Former St. Dominic star Ahmad Reid has committed to play for Stony Brook University next fall.
Dan Trant Classic
This is the second year of the AAU basketball tournament organized to honor the memory of our friend Dan Trant. A former professional basketball player killed in the attack on the World Trade Center, he was a devoted husband and father, and an outstanding youth basketball coach. Come join us and help us honor him at this special event, to be held at the NorthSport Athletic Facility in Northport.
Bowles NSCHSAA MVP
Kevin Bowles of the Kellenberg Memorial Firebirds was named Most Valuable Player of the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic League for 2011. He has also verbally committed to Molloy College.
Chaminade JV Champions
Chaminade defeated Holy Trinity to capture the NSCHSAA JV Championship
Trinity Freshman Champs
Holy Trinity defeated St. Anthony's to take the NSCHSAA Freshman Championship
Ward Leads Oswego
East Hampton's Hayden Ward finished his junior season at Oswego averaging 15.7 points (second on the team) and 9.1 rebounds (first) for the 26-4 Lakers, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA D3 Tournament this season before being eliminated in double overtime.
Two Long Islanders had strong freshman seasons for Green Mountain College. Copiague's Jeremiah Aponte
led the team with 8.1 rebounds per game, which put him 6th nationally among D3 freshmen. He also averaged 9.1 points per contest. Miller Place's Jack Hepburn led the team with 61 three pointers while averaging 8.9 points per game, and his 37% shooting percentage was first in the country among D3 freshmen.
If you’ve never been to Glens Falls for the State Championships, then games like the classic New York State Public School Class A Final between our own Harborfields Tornadoes and Tappan Zee are the reason you have to go. These two outstanding teams hooked up in a memorable championship game, putting fans on the edge of their seats while they went at it from the opening tip to the final buzzer. The lead changed hands 15 times, there were 10 ties, and the teams knocked down big shot after big shot, with Long Island’s #1 team ultimately emerging with a 67-58 victory over the previously undefeated Flying Dutchmen. Harborfields came to play right from the start, catching Tappan Zee and their big crowd off guard with a 9-2 opening run. John Patron, who struggled in the semifinals, had 4 of those points, a good sign for the Tornadoes, and Justin Ringen and Lucas Woodhouse both looked sharp, but the team that upset four time defending State Champion Jamesville-DeWitt came right back, taking a 1 point lead on a three pointer by Joe Letizia, and then Patrick Peterson, the player that had 7 threes in their semifinal win, knocked another one down from straight on to put Tappan Zee up 13-9 with 3:46 to go in the first quarter. Patron continued to assert himself, draining a jumper from just behind the foul line to bring Harborfields within 2, and then after David Ba raced down the court and tied it with a fast break layup, he put the Tornadoes back on top with a spinning drive for a 15-13 lead. Peterson’s second three of the game gave Tappan Zee the lead again, and two free throws by Eric Casey put them up by 3, but Woodhouse tied it with a three pointer, and then after a Tappan Zee free throw, he gave Harborfields a 21-19 lead with another three pointer at the first quarter buzzer. Billy O’Shea opened the second quarter with a three pointer to give the Dutchmen the early lead, but it was tied at 26 with 5 minutes remaining in the half when Ringen and Letizia exchanged three pointers, and then Letizia matched Ba’s 3 point play with a three pointer and we were tied at 32 with 2:38 left. A free throw put the Tornadoes down 1 in the final seconds, but Patron’s drive through traffic put Harborfields up 36-35 at the half, and then his foul line jumper to open the third quarter put them up by 3. Tappan Zee answered with back to back three pointers by Brian McLaughlin and O’Shea to move out in front, and it looked like they might stay there when Woodhouse went to the bench after picking up his fourth foul with 3:34 remaining in the quarter, but Ringen did an outstanding job at the point in his absence, and his steady hand at the controls and the scoring of Patron kept the Tornadoes in it, trailing by only 2 as the fourth quarter got underway. Woodhouse was now back on the floor and wasted no time tying the game with a pull up jumper from the lane, and Ringen followed with a jumper from the top to make it 48-46 Harborfields, but a technical foul call against the Tornadoes and two free throws by Peterson tied it at 48 all with 6:08 remaining. Ba responded with a beautiful post pattern, blazing down the court and catching a perfect touchdown pass from Woodhouse to put Harborfields back on top. Patron added a jumper from the lane to make it 52-48, and then a fast break basket by Woodhouse gave the Tornadoes a 6 point lead with 3:48 to go, but the momentum quickly shifted on a putback by Letizia and a three pointer by Peterson and it was a 1 point game with 2:26 showing. Woodhouse, continued to play fearlessly, despite his 4 fouls, knocking down a three from the right wing to make it 57-53 with under two minutes to play, but Peterson kept it close with two free throws. Kevin Zabransky, quiet up to this point, knocked down a huge three with 1:19 remaining to put Harborfields up by 5, but Letizia was fouled on a three point attempt, making all three and it was still anybody’s game with 1:07 to go. Woodhouse answered, finding a gap and penetrating to the basket, and as the defense converged, he found Patron underneath to make it 62-58 with 45 seconds left. Tappan Zee could not respond, turning the ball over twice in the backcourt in the final seconds. Ringen went to the line and knocked down two free throws for a 6 point lead, the first of 5 straight points by the Tornadoes to close it out. Two players that deserve special mention: Ba did a great job of limiting Peterson's looks, and when foul trouble hit, Chris McCullough played some important minutes and played well. With the
Public School State Championship under their belt, Harborfields now advances to the Federation Tournament Of Champions next Friday, where they will face CHSAA Champion Iona Prep in one semifinal at 9:30 PM, while LuHi takes on PSAL Champion Brooklyn Collegiate at 6:45 PM in the other. The winners advance to Saturday’s 7:30 PM final at the Times Union Center in Albany. 4/18
The Nassau County Exceptional Seniors Doubleheader featured Nassau's top seniors in the last game of their high school careers. In the first game of the doubleheader, Baldwin's Brandon Williams led the winning team with 21 points, Division's Colby Lapp added 13 points, and Rashid Lesane of Baldwin had 12. The opposition was led by Baldwin's Kyle Richardson with 13 points, and South Side's Kevin Coyle with 11. In the nightcap, Kevin Roach of MacArthur led the way for the winning team with 17 points, and Leondre Simmon of Freeport chipped in 15 points. South Side's Darren Nickelson had a game high 20 points for his team and Daryl Brown of Long
Long Island Final!
For the second year in a row, two Long Island teams will meet in the Class A Championship Game of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions. Harborfields defeated CHSAA A State Champion Iona Prep 68-56 in their semifinal, and defending champion LuHi defeated PSAL A Champion Brooklyn Collegiate 66-56 in theirs. LI's #1 and #2 ranked teams meet 7:30 pm Saturday for the overall state title. Brackets
Balamou to St. John's
Our Savior New American' s Felix Balamou, a 6'3 senior wing, made a verbal commitment to St. John's MORE
Oberg At Lincoln
Tighe Oberg, who transferred to Lincoln from Islip this season, was ineligible to play for the Coney Island school until January, but made the most of it when he finally got the opportunity to play, getting significant minutes in all three of Lincoln's playoff games. He had 8 points and 7 rebounds in a first round playoff victory over Beach Channel, and 4 points and 4 rebounds in their semifinal loss to Boys & Girls.
Brackets for every New York State public, private, and catholic school boys basketball tournament, including individual sectional brackets for the public school tournament and Federation brackets, are available at NYS Playoff Brackets