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LONG ISLAND'S HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!
Presented by Hofstra University
Our good friend and Long Island legend Gus Alfieri has written a great new book that we enthusiastically recommend about his 1974 New York State Champion St. Anthony's team and what many consider to be Long Island's golden age of basketball. It is now available at Amazon.com, as is his first book - also terrific - about Hall Of Fame coach Joe Lapchick, who he played for at St. John's. REVIEW
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It was a great privilege to be one of those that attended the coaching clinic given by Iona Coach Tim Cluess and Hofstra Coach Joe Mihalich at NorthSport in Northport. Not only are they both outstanding coaches, but gifted speakers and clinicians. Coach Cluess explained his offensive philosophy and demonstrated his secondary break and some of his favorite shooting drills, and Coach Mihalich explained how he creates a good rapport with his players, and demonstrated a press break, a sequence of inbound plays, and a few wrinkles to the famed shell drill. Great stuff, and great to see that every level of basketball coaching from every corner of Long Island was represented, from beginners to Hall of Famers.
Outstanding Coaches Clinic!
Legendary Two Time New York State Championship Coach Gus Alfieri will once again lead a team of outstanding coaches and clinicians at a November 5th Coaches Clinic that will focus on the best ways to teach players the essential fundamentals of the game. He will be joined by another Long Island legend, Rich Wrase, currently a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers, but who won two National Championships at Suffolk Community College while putting together a 55 game winning streak, and prior to that, was a New York State Championship coach at Westhampton HS. The third member of the team is the highly respected head coach of the St. John's University Women's Basketball Team, Joe Tartamella. Tartamella, who is from St. James and was both a basketball and baseball star at Smithtown HS, led the Red Storm to a Big East Championship last season, their first since 1988. The clinic is priced at $10 so that all can attend, and there is a great flat rate of $100 if your program has more than 10 coaches.
Coach Alfieri with one of his former players, current Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Ken Atkinson, a Northport native.
The groundbreaking meetings that have been put together to welcome the new Long Island Nets franchise into our basketball community continued, with many more of Long Island’s community leaders gathering from every corner of the Island to discuss the state of basketball. The leaders shared their goals and aspirations, their successes and their failures, and everyone, once again led by the Nets, expressed their commitment to working together to help bring about the next Golden Age of Long Island basketball. The most moving presentation was given by Elton and Kristen George of the Brentwood Youth Association, who brought everyone up to date on the profound effects that the terrible gang violence in their community is having on the kids and families, and all the assembled leaders pledged to help BYA develop and expand their programs and help them get more kids involved and in a safe and constructive environment. Mike Gonzalez from the St. Cyril program of the CYO shared his recipe for putting together a great coaches clinic utilizing local college and high school coaches and other local resources, Steve Schmitt of Eaton’s Neck Basketball offered to share the techniques he has used to increase enrollment and most importantly, parental participation and cooperation in his league of 100+ teams, Jerry Flynn of the LI Hoops Adult Basketball Leagues offered to help find coaching volunteers through his adult programs, help other programs find gym space, and announced plans to add a youth program, and the Nets stepped up big time once again, offering to work with every program attending and anxious to begin the process. LongIslandBasketball.com took the opportunity to announce a new program of their own, called The Coaching Revolution, which will be under the direction of Tom Rottcamp. The new program will collect input from all of the participants of these historic meetings and use their in depth knowledge and experience to design and set up seminars for youth programs and youth coaches. The goal is to find and train new volunteer coaches, and to give all youth coaches the training they need to produce fundamentally sound players and navigate through one of the most challenging aspects of coaching a team - working effectively with today's players and parents. Once again, another great meeting, and again we promise, one of many more to come. If you think your Long Island based basketball organization would benefit from being part of the next Long Island Basketball Summit, LET US KNOW, and if you would like to join us in welcoming the Nets back to Long Island and learn more about the team that will be based at the new Nassau Coliseum, GO TO THEIR WEBSITE.
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Campisi to Hall of Fame
Emanuel Campisi, who at the tender age of 80 is still a Suffolk County basketball official, has been inducted into the West Babylon Hall Of Fame. The long time principal of JFK Elementary school, for whom the street in front of the school has been named, proudly served the West Babylon School District with distinction for 36 years. A sellout crowd, including many local polititians and community leaders, past and present, attended the celebration.
Not Good Enough?
You learn at an early age that it's not always best to be brutally honest, but some times it is, and I ran across an article about why kids get the playing time they do, and thought it might provide an important reality check for some of us, who I think deep down, know the reasons, but are just trying to keep our kids from getting discouraged. It was mostly a football article, so I edited it and boiled it down, and this is my version:
Why isn't my kid getting playing time? Maybe he/she just isn't good enough!
Most coaches have learned that diplomacy is necessary if they want to keep their jobs, and are rarely this frank, but given the chance to speak anonymously about why kids get the playing they get, they will tell you:
The player or players that play ahead of your kid are just better! Period! Better how? Some are more athletic, some more skilled, some smarter, or more mature, or just work harder, or are more team oriented, or are just taller or stonger. It can be any one of those reasons, or a combination. That's it, plain and simple! Like I said, brutally honest, but what I like about it is that it really drives home why participation in sports is such an invaluable learning experience. You learn skills at an early age that we all need in life, like how to deal with adversity and overcome obstacles - without giving in to the impulse to quit. We learn that you can come from behind - even from way behind - and win, and that it happens all the time and nothing feels better. Most important, we learn that hard work and determination make up for so many things, and that recognizing your own weaknesses gives you the opportunity to work on them and turn them into strengths. The truth is, the players that make it out onto the floor, in basketball and in life, aren't always the most gifted ones, but the ones that make the most of what they have, work hard for things that are important to them, and embrace the concepts of good teamwork to overcome obstacles that are bigger than themselves. Good lessons that go way beyond sports!
Recent State Champions
2016 NYSPHSAA A Elmont
2015 NYSPHSAA D Bridgehampton
2014 CHSAA A Holy Trinity
2012 NYSPHSAA A Harborfields
2012 Federation A LI Lutheran
2012 NYSAIS A LI Lutheran
2011 Federation A LI lutheran
2011 NYSPHSAA C Friends Academy
2011 CHSAA A St. Mary's
NOTE: Technically, LI Lutheran has also been NYSAIS State Champion in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013, but as the only NYSAIS representative in their class, did not have to play for it. They did, however, advance to the Federation State Championship Games in 2014 and 2013.
Nets Fall To Bucks
A big 3rd quarter sparked Milwaukee to victory. STORY
Net Make Offer
Free agent Donatas Motiejunas has received an offer sheet from the Nets. STORY
Knicks Road Win
The Knicks have really struggled on the road, but they held on for a 106-104 win over the T-Wolves STORY
Big Win For Nets
The Nets snapped their 7 game losing streak, handing the mighty LA Clippers their third straight loss. STORY
In a performance for the ages, OKC's Russel Westbrook scored 27 points, pulled down 18 rebounds, and handed out 14 assists to lead the Thunder to a 112-103 win over the Knicks. STORY
Nets Slide Continues
The Nets fell 122-105 to the Sacramento Kings and are now 4-14 on the new season. STORY
AROUND THE NET
Knicks Drop Rematch
The Hornets answered back, holding off the Knicks at home. STORY
Knicks In OT
The Knicks beat another good team, winning a thriller at home in OT. Melo hit the dramatic game winner. STORY
Nets Drop Road Game
The Nets continue to struggle STORY
Celtics Stop Brooklyn
Injury plagued Nets fall again. STORY
Knicks Get To .500!
The Knicks looked good against a good Portland team and are getting important contributions from a number of different players STORY
Knicks Down Hawks
After a team meeting, the Knicks looked good back in the confines of Madison Square Garden, and Melo looked determined to have a big game. STORY
Nets Fall To Blazers
Portland pulled away in the third quarter to hand Brooklyn their 4th straight loss. STORY
Rough Road For Nets
The Nets scored 40 points in the first quarter against the Thunder, but OKC rallied and pulled away for a 124-105 win, sending the Nets to their 4th loss in the last game of their 5 game road trip. STORY
The Knicks had the chance to get to .500 playing the 2-8 Washington Wizards, but they played without any energy and watched as the Wizards lit it up from behind the 3pt arc in a game not as close as the final score STORY
Porzingis Leads Knicks
21 year old Kristaps Porzingis scored 35 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the Knicks over Hills West's Tobias Harris and his Detroit Pistons. STORY
Lakers Hold Off Nets
30 points by Lopez not enough as Lakers improve to 7-5 after going 17-65 last season. STORY
Big 3rd Carries Knicks
The Knicks were not impressive in the first half at home against a team missing three starters, but they came alive in the 3rd quarter and went on to a 93-77 win. STORY
Clippers Hammer Nets
It was all L.A. in the first quarter, and the Nets never recovered. STORY
Around The Net
Nets Rock Suns
The Nets continued their surprising play, going on a 17 point second half run to defeat Phoenix 122-105 and improve to 4-5. COVERAGE
Knicks Fall To Raptors
The Knicks gave up 118 points to Toronto, continuing their defensive woes, and if you've watched them, their defensive lapses are just stunning. I'd have them doing shell drills non-stop! STORY
Celtics Pull Away
Carmelo Anthony was thrown out of the game in the first half with the Knicks trailing by 6 and the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to pull away 115-87. STORY
Knicks Rally Past Nets
The Nets, with no experienced point guard available for the game due to injuries, jumped out to a 14 point lead behind the hot shooting of Justin Hamilton and Brook Lopez and more shaky defense from the Knicks, but New York completely turned it around on both sides of the ball, rallying for a 110-96 win. STORY
Nets Down T-Wolves
Whitehead leads the way STORY
Fouls Sink Knicks
The Knicks were off and running again against a good Jazz team, but foul trouble hit hard, sending Joakim Noah and a red hot Kristaps Porzingis to the bench, and Utah took advantage, getting back into it and coming from behind for the win. STORY
AROUND THE NET
Knicks Big Road Win
The Knicks played their best game of the season, moving the ball well on offense and playing solid defense, and it added up to a 117-104 road win over the Chicago Bulls. STORY
Nets Give Up Lead
Honestly, not much is expected from this season's Nets team, but they have been a pleasant surprise, despite their 2-4 record. They need to win games like this one, though. STORY
AROUND THE NET
Nets Hold On
Big first half carries them past Pistons. Lin Injured. Tobias 23 points. STORY
Rockets Rock Knicks
Houston jumps out to big lead and rolls over Knicks at Garden. STORY
Pistons Trip Knicks
Detroit held the Knicks to 10 fourth quarter points and pulled away. STORY Hills West's Tobias Harris had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons
Bulls Rock Nets
The new look Chicago Bulls, with Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo in the back-court, continue to impress, rolling over the Nets in Brooklyn. STORY
Knicks Beat Grizzlies
A win is a win, and the Knicks looked very good at times, but they gave up two big leads and Memphis played without two starters. STORY
Nets Fall To Bucks
Nets went on the road and fell at the buzzer. STORY
Nets Rally At Home!
Linsanity was alive and well in Brooklyn as the Nets rallied in their Home Opener, taking down a good Pacers team 103-94. STORY
Knicks Home Opener
The media tries so hard to generate excitement or controversy to attract readers, so its no surprise that panic has already set in after the Knicks blow out loss in their opener, but lets be realistic - how many teams are going to beat the defending champions playing on their home court the night they get their rings and raise the Championship Banner? I'm not sure anyone would have beaten them that night. The home opener is a better barometer, and even then, you have to remember that the Knicks have three new starters that still have to jell, so even a loss tonight doesn't mean much long term. STORY
Nets Rally Falls Short
It looked like the Celtics were headed for a commanding win in their home opener, leading by 23 with 8 minutes to play, but Bojan Bogdanovic's 3 pointer cut the deficit to 3 with 46 seconds to play, and the Nets had two chances to tie it, but both shots were off target and Boston held on for a 122-117 win. STORY
Knicks Drop Opener
There is no more difficult place to open your season than on the road against the defending champions, and the Knicks were not up to the task, falling 117-88. Only positive was that Derrick Rose looked good. STORY
Nets open their season tonight in another tough place - on the road at Boston
Season Starts Tonight!
Like the first leaves to fall in Autumn, the first snowfall of Winter, the first flowers of Spring, or the first beach day of Summer, the NBA opener marks the official beginning of a new season, and it’s our favorite one! Basketball season! The Knicks are the first local team in action, and they will have the honor of playing the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers on the road tonight at 7:30pm, while the Nets and their new head coach - Long Island’s Ken Atkinson, tip off tomorrow at Boston, and then our new Long Island Nets team and many of our local colleges get started November 11th, which just happens to be my birthday. The high school teams all get going in late November and early December. If you’re like me, you're a little nervous about our local teams this season, but cautiously optimistic. The Knicks and Nets are both rebuilding, although the Knicks are further along in the process, and the Long Island Nets are a brand new team, so we’re not quite sure what to expect from them! On the college scene, both Hofstra and Stony Brook graduated great players after terrific seasons, so they’re both works in progress too, and the high schools? Happy to say that there will be some very powerful high school teams on Long Island this season, and some very talented youngsters stepping into the spotlight! One thing you can always be sure of, though: Great teams and great players will emerge, and great games will be played somewhere close by almost every night of the season, from now until April! Join us daily and we’ll help you find them!
Nets Back Home!
Our new Long Island Nets D League Team made an impressive Long Island debut, putting on two terrific clinics, for both coaches and kids, followed by an inspiring intrasquad scrimmage, featuring Brentwood's JJ Moore. The gym was filled with ear to ear smiles, with the Nets players and coaching staff, led by Head Coach Ronald Nored, interacting directly with the kids and fans, and displaying the NBA ready talent that will provide us with a very entertaining innagural season. The Nets are going to need our help this year, however. Their new home - the renovated Nassau Coliseum, won't be ready in time, so they will have to play their first season at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but stay tuned. An exciting team and fun promotions will make the trip more than worthwhile!
LI Nets Pick JJ Moore!
The new Long Island Nets franchise of the NBDL selected Brentwood's J.J. Moore (6’6”, 215) with the 14th pick in the third round of Sunday's NBDL Draft. Hofstra's Ameen Tanksley and Zeke Upshaw were also chosen, Tanksley going 21st to Rio Grande, while Upshaw was the third pick in the fourth round, going to Grand Rapids.
Playing In College
Do I have to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center? Yes. If you want to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics in your first year of college, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be certified academically and as an amateur. When should I register with the
NCAA Eligibility Center? Register for the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year in high school. The “My Sports” section
should be updated regularly so that colleges or universities recruiting you will have up-to-date information
about you. Be sure to ask your high school counselor to send your high school transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after you have completed at least six semesters of high school coursework. Is there a registration deadline? No. However, you must be certified both academically and as an amateur before you are eligible to compete at an NCAA Division I or II college or university during your first year of collegiate enrollment.
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Stony Brook Report
The Seawolves rolled to a 94-48 exhibition win over D3 Farmingdale State. In other news, First Team All-America East guard Carson Puriefoy signed a contract to play pro ball with Latvian Champion Valmiera-Ordo.
AROUND THE NET
Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson is the only person ever to have won three New York State basketball championships as a player and three as a coach….. LuHi’s Devonte Green, who is from North Babylon, scored 17 points in his bebut for the Indiana Hoosiers, an exibition win over Hope College….. His brother, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, who played for St. Mary's, will miss the first few weeks of the season with a quad strain..... Hofstra’s Juan’ya Green (no relation) will be playing for Kymis B.C. in the Greek A1 Basketball League.
Nassau Opens With Win
Valley Stream South’s Dana King scored 29 points, handed out 4 assists, and made 3 steals to lead Nassau Community College to a 96-83 win over Queensborough. Charles Wingate added 20 points for the defending Region 15 Champions and NJCAA Final Four team.
Essex Hammers Suffolk
Bay Shore's Elijah Bush scored 19 points and pulled down 5 rebounds to lead Essex County to a 98-44 thrashing of Suffolk Community College in the opener for both teams.
Returning All-NY State
To be named All-State is one of the highest honors a high school player can receive, and it is overwhelmingly awarded to seniors, but the following Long Islanders, named All-New York State in Class AA last season, are back:
Jonathan Dean, Westbury
Donatas Kupsas, Long Island Lutheran
Savion Lewis, Hills East
Darius Young, Westbury
Amityville knocked off Comsewogue in the Finals of the Premier Basketball Fall League at SUSA Sports. Amityville, who has been impressive all fall, was led by Jr. Guard Josh Serrano's 30 points while Kenny Matherin added 23. Comsewogue gave Amityville all they could handle, especially from behind the arc, hitting 13 threes in the contest. They were led by Jr Guard Tyler Petruzzi who had a game high 37 points, 25 of those coming in the 2nd half..... Center Moriches defeated Brentwood 58-52 in OT in the championship game of a preseason high school tournament held in Suffolk County..... Hills East has looked good all summer and fall, and they added the NorthSport Fall League title to their resume, rolling over an always tough Salvation Army squad..... LuHi took the Beacon Fall League title, pounding Wings Academy 74-49. Returning All-New York State junior Donatas Kupsas was awarded MVP. Hills East also did well, falling to Wings in the semifinals. They were also led by a returning All-New York State player - Savion Lewis, who finished with 25 points..... Ward Melville defeated a good Copiague team in the West Babylon Fall League Championship Game. They also beat two other good teams - Harborfields in the first round and Central Islip in the semifinals. Better add them to your “Teams To Watch” list! ..... Upper Room rolled over the visiting Tsinghua High School team from China. Osbel Caraballo led the way with 32 points, Carlos Lemus added 22, and Brentwood transfer Lester Quinones finished with 20..... Amityville defeated Brentwood to advance to the Championship Game of Rob Pavinelli's Fall League.
LIU Post Rallies
We've been waiting for that big win from the Pioneers, and this might be it, rallying from a 15 point deficit to beat 5-1 Daemen in double overtime. STORY Valley Stream South's Hall Elisias, a freshman, had 7 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks for Post.
Stony Brook Heartbreaker
The Seawolves lost to Loyola on a last second basket by Westbury's Andre Walker. STORY Walker led the Greyhounds with 24 points and 5 assists.
Pride Nips Lions
Hofstra picked up a nice road win, nipping Columbia 88-86 despite 27 points from Northport's Luke Petrasek. STORY
Adelphi Improves To 6-1
Adelphi rolled over Salem Intl 104-66 on the road, their second straight 100+ game. STORY Chris Millender, who starred at Longwood and Suffolk CC and was an All-Met First Team award winner last season at Dowling, had his first big game for the Panthers, finishing with 22 points and 8 rebounds.
Seawolves Break Through!
It's always tough to start a new era with a college basketball team, especially after the graduation of the program's all-time best player, the departure of its winningest coach, and coming off a historic season that featured a conference championship and an NCAA Tournament bid. Stony Brook took a big step in the Jeff Boals era, picking up the first win of the young season with a come from behind 76-66 victory over Hampton of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. STORY Harborfields grad Lucas Woodhouse led the way with a career high 17 points.
Holy Trinity's Billy Sixsmith helped lead Baruch to the championship of the WNY Tournament, scoring 16 points in the title game and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Stony Brook 0-4
The Seawolves dropped a tough road game to Towson. STORY
Pride Take 3rd Place
Hofstra bounced back to take third place at the Gulf State Showcase
Hofstra will take on America East favorite Vermont today after a thrilling win over Bradley at The Gulf States Classic. STORY
Stony Brook Falls Short
The Seawolves rallied on the road, but fell 82-75 at Boston College. STORY
Big Road Win For Molloy
Molloy took on unbeaten Philadelphia U on the road and came home with a 79-74 win behind 24 points from Charlie Marquardt and 18 points and 10 rebounds from Jaylen Morris. Mt. Sinai's Mike Guzzardi added 13 points and 6 rebounds. STORY
Road Woes For Locals
Five Long Island college teams hit the road Friday night, and all five lost. STORIES/RECAPS ON SCOREBOARD
In player highlights, BBP's George Riefenstahl led Farmingdale State with 18 points and 22 rebounds and Brentwood's Ali Mableton added 13 points in their loss to Rowan, Oceanside's Hunter Sabety had 2 points and 4 rebounds in just 7 minutes for Hofstra in their loss to Manhattan, Bay Shore's Gerrel Irvin had 18 points and Baldwin's Daraja Rodwell had 9 for Dominican in their win over LIU Post, and North Babylon's Isaiah Moore had 18 points, Amityville's Andy Laurent had 17, and Babylon's Fernando Vazquez had 16 in a St. Joseph's loss to Ithaca
New College Program
The new aspiring D3 basketball program at Five Towns College, under the direction of former Dowling coach John Mateyko, is off to a great start, improving to 3-0 with a 102-95 win over Penn State-Scranton. Lindenhurst's Stu Warren had a huge game, scoring 37 points, pulling down 12 rebounds, and making 4 steals, Amityville's Malcolm Mathis chipped in 13 points, and Alex Pena had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. MORE
Hofstra Gives Up Lead
The Pride gave up a late lead on the road, with Sacred Heart rallying from a 62-53 deficit for the win. STORY
Medgar Evers Rips St. Joe's
The Golen Eagles shot just 23% in the first half and Evers moved out to an early lead and never looked back. STORY
First Win For New Coach
NYIT bounced back from their opener, defeating U. Sciences 68-62 to give new Head Coach Kevin Hamilton his first victory. Smithown East’s Jon Feiler continued his comeback, scoring 18 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the way. Walter King, who transferred in from Maine, added 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. STORY
LIU Post Falls again
Hopes are high for this year's LIU Post team, but they stumbled out of the gate, falling to 0-2 with a loss to Wilmington. STORY
Tough Trip For Molloy
Molloy fell to 0-2 with a tough 81-76 road loss to LeMoyne. The Lions have have been in both games, but need a dose of home cooking to get them started. STORY
Adelphi Off To 2-0 Start
Adelphi shot an incredible 76.0 percent from the field in the first half, building a 55-27 lead, and cruised to a 95-78 win over Georgian Court. Dowling transfer Chris Millender, who played at Longwood, was one of five double-figure scorers, finishing with 16 points and 4 rebounds. STORY
Molloy Drops Road Game
It was a tight game throughout, but host St. Rose held off Molloy 74-68. STORY Mount Sinai's Mike Guzzardi, who transferred from Dowling, finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Molloy has 7 Long Islanders on their roster this season.
NYIT Falls In Opener
Smithown East’s Jon Feiler made a triumphant return after missing most of last season with an injury, scoring 32 points and pulling down 15 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as NYIT fell to Wilminton 75-70 in their opener. STORY
U. Sciences Defeats Post
U. Sciences went on a 15-3 run to open the second half, breaking open a close game and rolling to a 78-66 win over LIU Post in the opener for both teams. STORY Freshman Jared Rivers, who is from Westbury and played for Christ The King, had 12 points and 4 assists in his first college game, and fellow freshman Hall Elisias from Valley Stream South finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds.
Columbia Nips Stony Brook
Northport's Luke Petrasek scored 20 points and pulled down 5 rebounds, despite foul trouble, to lead Columbia to a 73-66 win over Stony Brook.
Hofstra Takes Opener
Hofstra held on for a win in their home opener, with freshman Eli Pemberton leading the way. STORY
Adelphi Prevails In OT
Adelphi hit the road and came up winners in their opener. STORY
Harford CC Rocks Nassau
Nassau trailed by 1 at the half, but their opponents shot 57% from the field in the second half and Nassau went cold, falling 81-55. STORY
SEASON STARTS TODAY!
Long Island Adds 11
11 Long Islanders will be on D1 college basketball rosters for the first time this season. They are:
Mike Almonacy/Brentwood/Stony Brook
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West/Vermont
Chance Ellis/Freeport/New Mexico St
Bryan Gellineau/Kellenberg/Norfolk St
Josh Nicholas/St. Anthonys/St. Francis
Alex Sorenson/South Side/Delaware
Stony Brook 7th
The America East coaches have picked Vermont to win the conference this season, while Stony Brook, coming off a conference championship last season and an NCAA Tournament bid, has a lot of big shoes to fill. COACHES POLL The Seawolves open tonight at home against Columbia.
Hofstra Picked 5th
The Pride are coming off a conference regular season championship, and an NIT bid, but only 4 players that got any major playing time return. PREVIEW. Hofstra opens their season tonight at home against Coppin State.
ECC Coaches Poll
1. St. Thomas Aquinas
2. LIU Post
4. District of Columbia
10. Roberts Wesleyan
STORY LIU Post and NYIT both open their seasons Saturday in a double header at LIU Post, while Molloy starts Saturday at St. Rose.
Adelphi Picked 3rd
Panthers picked to finished third in the SW Division. STORY Adelphi opens its season tonight on the road against Felican @ Pace
Nets Sign JJ Moore!
Nets Bounce Back
In the second of four consecutive road games to open the season, Long Island’s new pro team, the Long Island Nets, picked up their first win of the season, defeating the Canton Charge 120-118. MORE Chris McCullough, who played at Syracuse, led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds, one of six Nets to score in double figures. Providence’s Donnie McGrath finished with 9 assists and the team racked up 34 for the game.
Windy City Rips Nets
Windy City, the D League franchise of the Chicago Bulls, ran off to a big lead and held it for a 123-84 victory over our Long Island Nets - the first game ever for both teams. MORE
New Era Begins!
Today is the day that professional basketball officially returns to Long Island, with our new Long Island Nets D League Team kicking off their inaugural season playing on the road against the Windy City Bulls. Game time is 8 pm, and we will provide complete coverage of the historic event! After a tough opening stretch of 4 straight road games, the Nets will have their home opener on November 23rd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they will play their home games this season before moving into the Nassau Coliseum
Long Island Invasion!
The Long Island basketball community seems to be very excited about our new Long Island Nets pro team, and has really enjoyed making the trip into Brooklyn to show their support while the team waits for the new Coliseum to be completed. Second and third graders from the Eatons Neck Youth Club caught the train from Northport and were delivered right to the Barclay's Center, where they got the chance to scrimmage on a real NBA court, and then stand with the Nets players during the National Anthem right before enjoying an exciting D League contest! LET US KNOW IF YOUR GROUP WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A GAME AND WE'LL HELP WITH THE ARRANGEMENTS!
Grand Rapids Wins
Our brand new Long Island Nets continue to struggle, dropping a 112 -98 home decision to the Grand Rapids Drive. STORY Former Hofstra star Zeke Upshaw had 18 points for the Drive.
Rally Falls Short
Our Long Island Nets dug themselves a big first half hole, and their valiant second half rally fell short. STORY Brentwood's JJ Moore had his best game, finishing with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
LI Nets Fall At Home
It was a good, tight matchup, but our Long Island Nets gave up a late lead and fell 107-102 in their home opener. STORY
It's going to be tough for our Long Island Nets, playing all their home games at the Barclay's Center while the Coliseum is being readied, but you can't have a better temporary home than a beautiful state of the art NBA arena! The second Nets era begins on Wednesday at 1:30pm, just across the border in Brooklyn, and I hope everyone does their best to welcome them and let them know how excited we are about them! You can get incredible courtside seats for just $50, and other good seats for as little as $15, and watch future NBA players hone their skills and get ready for their big chance at stardom! Brentwood's JJ Moore is on the squad and determined to make his mark!
Nets Head Home
It can’t get much tougher for a brand new team than to play their first four games on the road, but our Long Island Nets finally head home after dropping a 117-83 decision to the Raptors up in Canada. Carrick Felix, who played for Arizona State, had another big game with 20 points, and Evansville’s Egidijus Mockevicius added 12 point and 8 rebounds. Brentwood’s JJ Moore finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds in the loss. One of the tough things about a D League team is that your best players often get called up to the parent club, and Long Island has been without starting point guard Yogi Ferrell, who has been playing for Brooklyn to help them out during their rash of injuries. The good news is that the Nets will finally open at home, albeit at the Barclays Center while work on the Coliseum is being completed. Game time is 1:30 PM Wednesday. COVERAGE
LI Nets Fall in Maine
The Long Island Nets continued their tough stretch of four straight road games to open their inaugural season, falling to 1-2 with a 114-98 loss to the Red Claws. Brentwood's JJ Moore scored the go ahead basket after a Nets second half rally and finished with 4 points in his first appearance for the Nets, but Maine responded with a 12-2 run. COVERAGE
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Scott Tearing It Up!
Former Long Beach star Tyquan Scott, who led Long Island in scoring as a senior and also won the Slam Dunk Contest, has led Herkimer CC to a 5-0 start with games of 27, 20, 22, 15, and 34 points!
When you graduate two thousand point scorers, you have a lot to make up for, but Kellenberg seems to have found the right formula, rolling to a 54-36 win over Valley Stream Central behind Michael Geisweller's 18 points and 6 assists. Tyler Ramsey added 11 points, while Elijah Robinson had 10 for VSC. 11/30
Friends Over GNS
Friends Academy was bumped up into Class A from Class C two years ago because they and many other private schools in New York State had been dominant playing against schools their own size. The Quakers have quickly adjusted, making the playoffs in Class A last season and they are off to a good start again this season, defeating always tough Great Neck South 47-39 in the first round of Oyster Bay's annual tournament. Hutch Tyree was the big gun, finishing with 24 points for Friends, who will take on Glen Cove in the final. 11/30
Longwood Rocks WB
Longwood had a good summer and fall, and just might be a serious contender in Suffolk League 1 this season, rolling over West Babylon 72-36 with a 45 point second half. Most encouraging for the Lions, they did it with a balanced attack - Jalen Ryan led the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Latrell Horton had 12 points and 5 assists, and Isaiah and Elijah Whitty combined for 21 points. Rob Chiddick was the bright spot for West Bab, matching Ryan with a game high 15 points. 11/29
The Mighty Have Fallen
Two of New York State's greatest basketball programs have fallen on hard times and are in the process of rebuilding under new leadership. St. Mary's opened their season with a 60-32 loss to St. Francis Prep, while St. Dominic fell to 0-2 with a 59-52 loss to Portledge. 11/29
Comsewogue Road Win
In the first official game of the Section XI season, Comsewogue built a 14 point lead and then held off host Hauppauge for a 61-58 victory. Shane Wolff’s three-pointer was the difference - his only basket. Hauppauge had a chance to tie it in regulation, but the potential buzzer beater came up short. David Heller had a big game, with 20 points and 17 rebounds, Joey Carillo did too, scoring 12 points and handing out 11 assists, and Tom McGuire added 12 points for Comsewogue. Brendan Ilnitzki led Hauppauge with 24 points, Eric Sanfilippo finished with 18, and Nick Salerno 13..... In other opening day action, Hampton Bays rolled over Shelter Island 50-24 behind Josh Aube's 12 points and 9 rebounds and Antonio Scotto's 11 points, 4 assists and 6 steals. 11/28
SWEET 16 TEN YEARS AGO!
1. St. Dominic
2. St. John T Baptist
3. Bay Shore
4. St. Mary’s
10. South Side
11. East Hampton
12. Deer Park
14. Hills West
The New York State Federation basketball season opened Saturday, locally with a CHSAA matchup at St. Dominic, and the Bayhawks dropped a 46-37 decision to Salesian in their home opener. Section 11 teams get started Monday, and the first Section 8 games are Wednesday. SEE THE SCHEDULE PAGE for all of the high school matchups, and college and pro games too.
The Brockport team that is full of players from Long Island came down from upstate and swept two games from our local teams, defeating Old Westbury 85-82 in OT and St. Joseph's 67-53. Lawrence's Clifton Lyerly led the way with 25 points in the win over OWB, and 10 against St. Joes. Complete stories and box scores on the SCOREBOARD
The College of Brockport Golden Eagles, who are coming off a 17-10 record last season and are 2-0 so far this season, will be enjoying a bit of a homecoming this week when they travel down from upstate New York to take on the Golden Eagles of St. Joseph’s this Tuesday the 22nd in Patchogue, and then the Panthers of Old Westbury at 4 PM on Wednesday. How so? Even though the school is more than a 6 hour drive from here, they boast six Long Islanders on their team, three of whom starred at Lawrence: Clifton Lyerly, Hamed Shamseldin, and Dwayne Daniel, and three that starred at Northport: Mike Smith, Mike O’Hara, and Head Coach Greg Dunn! They will be a tough test for both local teams, and it’s a great opportunity to catch an impressive total of 24 former Long Island high school stars in action between the three teams!
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OSNA's Cheick Diallo, on assignment from the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, scored 15 points, pulled down 8 rebounds, and added 4 blocks in a D League game with the Austin Spurs.....
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Uniondale At Buzzer
Uniondale and New Rochelle waged a back and forth battle from whistle to whistle, but as the final seconds ticked down, it looked like the Huguenots would prevail. Danny Ashley saved the day, drilling a three pointer from the right baseline with defenders draped all over him for a dramatic 71-70 victory. FULL COVERAGE LATER
The Bruins looked overmatched in the early going, but in classic Bruin style, trapped, pressed, and hustled their way to a 60-57 victory over an excellent Mt. St. Michael team.
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KC Ndefo, an important role player on last season’s State Championship team, looks like he's ready to lead the Spartans in defense of their title, first earning MVP honors at the Alzheimer’s Preseason All Star Game, and now scoring 28 points, including 5 three pointers, to lead the Spartans to an impressive 57-46 win over upstate Class AA power Christian Brothers Academy.
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LuHi demolished two time defending Section 9 Champion Middletown 97-57.
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The South Side Cyclones were without three starters, and seemingly in a hopeless situation against a good Fox Lane team, but battled them right down to the wire before falling 52-50.
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Hills East Tops North Bab
In the first heavyweight matchup of the season, 4th ranked Hills East jumped in front with a hounding pressing/trapping defense and a balanced attack led by Savion Lewis and Julien Crittendon, and looked like they would run away with it, but North Babylon big man Billy Muller asserted himself in the second half and kept the Bulldogs within striking distance. In the end, the Thunderbirds remained in control, holding off several North Babylon runs to take an impressive 72-63 decision at home. One of the first things you notice about this Hills East team is their speed and quickness, and they put it to use right from the tap, following up North Babylon’s Brandon Sobotker, who opened the game with a three-pointer, with fast break baskets by Kenny Mathurin, Kendall Nero-Clark, and Lewis for a quick 6-3 lead. Devon Hicks cut diagonally across the lane, got the dish and pulled up for a short jumper to cut it to 6-5, but a beautiful give and go to Lewis sparked another high-speed run, and a putback by Nero-Clark and a fast break basket by Kioni Nedd gave the Thunderbirds a 12-5 advantage with 4:32 to play in the opening quarter. Mathurin’s fast break dunk off a turnover and a steal and basket by Lewis turned it into an 11 point lead and what looked like the beginning of a decisive run, but a big 3 by Jason Okanlawon from the left wing stopped it, and then Sobotker’s two free throws and his running hook shot and the Bulldogs were back in it, trailing 16-12. Hills East responded, scoring 9 straight points to close out the quarter, capped off by a 3 pointer by Shane Dean from the deep right wing, and they had a solid 25-12 lead with one quarter complete. Dean kept it going, opening the second quarter with a left baseline 3 pointer to put the Bulldogs on the ropes once again, and although Michael Picataggio answered with a left wing 3, Dean responded with his third straight triple, this one from the right wing, to keep the pressure on. Give North Babylon credit: Hills East was doing a great job limiting Billy Muller's touches, but his teammates stepped up, with Shavonte Thomas looping one in from the lane and Hicks knocking down two free throws to get the Bulldogs back within striking distance. The teams traded baskets and free throws the rest of the half, with Crittendon carrying the load for the Thunderbirds, and just as Hills started to ease away once again, North Baylon got clutch back to back 3s from Okanlawon to cut it to 45-33 Thunderbirds at intermission. You could tell that North Babylon was determined to get the ball into the hands of Muller as the second half got underway, and they did and he responded, opening the half with 7 straight points to bring the Bulldogs back within 5. Nero-Clark stopped the run, rebounding his own miss and scoring, and then he scored again, this time on the break after a turnover. Crittendon followed him with another fast break basket and before you knew it, Hills was up by double digits again, but Cori Sanders renewed the North Babylon push with a right wing 3, and Muller’s two free throws made it a 6 point game. Lewis, who is racking up D1 offers, answered with back to baskets, Nedd stole the ball and scored, Sean Lulley knocked down a baseline jumper, and Lewis scored again back to back, making it 63-45 East with 1:02 to play in the quarter in what surely was the decisive run, but maybe not! Muller scored off an inbound play and knocked down a baseline jumper in the final seconds, cutting it to 63-49 with three quarters in the books and it felt like the Bulldogs were still alive. Muller confirmed it, hitting a nice turn-around jumper to open the 4th quarter, and the teams traded baskets down to the 4-minute mark when a Sanders putback of a missed free throw and a running hook shot by Hicks cut it to 68-59. Nero-Clark scored another clutch basket for Hills, rebounding and scoring with 2:36 to play, but Muller answered with another turn-around and NB still had hope. It quickly vanished, with both teams struggling to score down the stretch. The Thunderbirds added two free throws by Nedd, and Muller scored once again for the 72-63 final. Crittendon led Hills East with 21 points, Lewis had 16 and 5 assists, Kendall Nero-Clark finished with 12 points, and Dean with 11. For North Babylon, Muller matched Crittendon with 21 points and Picataggio had 11. 12/1
Nets Stop Santa Cruz
The Long Island Nets got Yogi Ferrell, their starting point guard, back from the parent club after an extended call-up, and he led the team to an impressive 114-104 victory with 18 points and 10 assists. Brentwood's JJ Moore, who has battled his way into the starting line-up, finished with 15 points. FULL COVERGE
Molloy In OT Thriller!
Molloy rallied from a 22 point deficit to defeat Adelphi 109-102 in OT behind 33 points from Charlie Marquard and 27 from Jaylen Morris. STORY. Mt. Sinai's Mike Guzzardi added 15 points and 8 rebounds and Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals.
The Knicks withstood an 18-0 run and held off the Sacremento Kings 106-98
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BBP Islip Tourney Champs
Bayport-Blue Point looks like a Class A contender again this season after pounding Class AA West Babylon 105-77 in the final of Islip's Anil John Tournament. Mike Darby led the way with 32 points and 5 assists, Zach Walker added 27 points and 8 steals, and Andrew Riefenstahl chipped in 21 points. They defeated host Isip 86-53 in the first round, and it was Kevin Doty who led the way with 24 points 12/3.
Floral Park Routs Babylon
Floral Park is another team to keep your eye on this season, crushing Babylon 79-40 in their opener behind 29 points from Brian Fox, 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists from TJ Cleuss, and 8 points and 7 assists from Frank Phelan. 12/3
Hewlett Takes Opener
Nassau Class A contender Hewlett opened their season with a solid 58-47 win over a good Sewanhaka team.
Zach Bromfeld led the way with 23 points and Matt Mannino added 11. 12/2
Bellmore Shaw Champs
Bellmore JFK defeated host MacArthur 43-36 to capture the 2016 Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament Championship. Marco Travaglione led the way with 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Steve Carlson added 15 points. The Cougars defeated Division 51-38 in the first round behind 14 points from Josh Eisner, 13 from Carlson, and 12 from Matt Muscarella. In the Consolation Game, Mike Tamburello hit an incredible 12 three pointers, finishing with 40 points in Division's win over Denmark. 12/2
Smithtown West Cruises
12th ranked Smithtown West jumped out to a 27-5 lead and rolled to a 66-42 win over Mt. Sinai in the season opener for both teams. 12/1
SCORES AND RECAPS FROM ALL GAMES ON THE
LONG ISLAND NETS
3 Hills East
4 St. Anthony’s
8 Holy Trinity
9 Bay Shore
11 Smithtown W
15 Deer Park
16 VS North
Pro Battle Of LI!
Not only was our new Long Island Nets D League team hosting, but both teams got great performances from Long Islanders, with Hicksville's John Petrucelli scoring 20 points to help lead the Erie BayHawks to 114-105 OT victory over the Nets and their leading scorer, Brentwood's JJ Moore, who finished with 23 points.
Titans Bounce Back
#8 Holy Trinity showed what they are capable of, even without point guard and leading scorer Thornton Scott, going on the road and defeating Holy Cross 72-64 behind 20 points from Tyler Small, 17 from Cam Wynter, and 12 from Taj Jenkins. 12/6
Tough Start For St. Dom's
The Bayhawks dropped to 0-4 on the new season, falling to a good Roosevelt team 91-60. Timmy Santana led the Roughriders with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals, Latrell Hollis added 22 points and 8 rebounds, and Isaiah Stone finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. 12/6
The Flyers recovered from a humbling road defeat, pounding Commack 67-40 on their home court. All-Star Kyle Murphy finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Bobby Connors added 17 points and 7 rebounds, and Brendan McGuire chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Donohue led the Cougars with 10 points. 12/6
Farrell Nips #3 Titans
Monsignor Farrell surprised 3rd ranked Holy Trinity 41-40, holding the Titans to three 4th quarter points. Tyler Small had a big game, finishing with 21 points for Holy Trinity. The Friars played without All-Star Thorton Scott, who will be out a few more weeks recovering from a foot injury. STORY 12/3
Gus Alfieri Honored
4th ranked St. Anthony's kicked off their 2016-17 season with a resounding 71-38 win over Carey, with Jon Harewood scoring 19 points and Tyrone Lyons 12, but the highlight of the evening was the halftime dedication of their home court in the name of long-time coach Gus Alfieri, who guided the Friars to state and national prominence and helped usher in the golden age of Long Island basketball. Congratulations to Coach Alfieri! We look forward to covering games on the Gus Alfieri Court for many years to come 12/5
#7 Elmont 68 #15 Deer Park 53
Apparently Elmont is taking this "Defending New York State Champion" thing seriously! The Spartans picked up their second straight impressive win of the young season, with Victor Olawoye leading the balanced attack with 14 points, K.C. Ndefo adding 13, and Jaylin Miller 12. Darien Jenkins led all scorers with 24 for Deer Park. 12/8
Bellmore 69 Malverne 59
Junior Steven Carlson scored a career-high 36 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the Bellmore JFK Cougars to a 69-59 victory over the Malverne Mules. Senior Kobe Chukwuka scored grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, Senior Josh Eisner scored 9 points and had four assists, and Sophomore Marco Travaglione scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Malverne's Makhia Effs finished with 22 points and Josh Rivers with 16. 12/8
#5 Westbury 78 New Hyde P 52
Playing without All New York State guard Jonathan Dean, Westbury built a 20 point halftime lead and cruised in their opener. The Green Dragon balanced attack was led by Jalyn Dunlap, who had 21 points, and another All New York State guard, Darius Young, who had 16. Khalid Ketchens added 14 points and Brandon Ottley 10 points and 8 assists. Joe Langon had 13 points, Jacom Clemons 11, and Thomas Messina 10 for New Hyde park. 12/7
Hewlett 65 SJB 46
Hewlett blew open a tight game with a 22-6 fourth quarter, led by Zach Bromfeld, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Alyjah Hill, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Gianluca Preziosi, with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals,and Matthew Mannino, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Locastro led SJB with 12 points. 12/7
Massapequa 58 GN South 39
13th ranked Massapequa opened their season with an impressive road win featuring a balanced attack led by Bryce Paladino, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Voigt, who finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Gary Rettig, who added 11 points. Caleb Ponce led GNS with 12 points. 12/6
VS North 61 W Hempstead 50
16th ranked Valley Stream North opened up with a solid home win, featuring Noah Shy with 19 points, Jon Francois and Omar Baxter with 12, and Shamari Griffith with 9 points and 15 rebounds. Christian Martinez led West Hempstead with 19. 12/6
Hempstead 73 William Floyd 54
Hempstead used a 19-6 third quarter to pull away from a William Floyd team visiting from Suffolk County. The Tigers utilized a balanced attack featuring Lykeem Beathea with 15 points, Jajuan Polley and Saybien Barron with 14 each, and Deshawn Meadors with 10. Kendall Robinson led all scorers with 23 points for Floyd. 12/6
Calhoun 78 Farmingdale 73 OT
The Colts, one of our dark horses this season, defeated Farmingdale in two overtimes. Jalen Rosemond led the way with 23 points and Tom Cummings had 17 for Calhoun while Mike Lynch finished with 17 for the Dalers. 12/6
Sewanhaka 73 Amityville 62
Two good teams met in an intersectional battle, and host Sewanhaka came out on top. Giovamy Bryce was high scorer for the hosts with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Rahim Akinwomni had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Serrano led all scorers with 25 for Amityville. 12/6
Bob Grant Classic
Smithtown West Takes Title
The Bulls dug themselves out of an early hole and outbattled St. Anthony's 61-54. DETAILS LATER
Central Islip Rolls
Make no mistake, Central Islip will be a serious contender once again this season, defeating a good Longwood team 76-57 in the consolation game after battling St. Anthony's in the semifinals. 12/8
St. Anthony’s Holds Off C.I.
There was a great first round matchup at the Bob Grant Tip-Off Classic. After a hard fought first quarter, St. Anthonys capitalised on Central Islip’s foul troubles to build a 12 point halftime lead, but the Musketeers quickly closed the gap as the second half got underway, and the teams battled the rest of the way, with the Friars holding on for a 54-52 victory. Jon Harewood led St. Anthony’s with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Tyrone Lyons added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Brentwood transfer Ryan Beckles led all scorers with 25 points for C.I., and Angel Jimenez added 12. 12/7
West Scorches Longwood
It was a very scrappy first half, with 11th ranked Smithtown West taking a 22-20 lead into the locker room, but Gordon Shouler caught fire for them, scoring 11 points in an 18-4 third quarter while their outstanding team defense frustrated the Lions at every turn, and the Bulls won going away, taking a 62-35 decision to advance to a championship game showdown with #4 St. Anthony’s. Shouler finished with 18 points and Chris Crespo added 11, while Isaiah Whitty led Longwood with 12 points. 12/7
Our Legacy: The Golden Age Of Long Island Basketball
It’s important to know your history so that you have a clear sense of where you come from and an idea of what you can become, because so many great things have been accomplished on Long Island basketball courts over the years, by people who grew up in the same towns and went to the same schools and played on the same courts that you do. That's particularly true during that time period not so long ago, often referred to as Long Island basketball’s Golden Age, which began in early 1970s and stretched into the early 80’s. Why was it considered to be our Golden Age? I'll give you an example: In the 1974-75 season, 4 out of the 5 players named First Team All New York State were from Long Island high schools! They were: Reggie Carter and Wayne McKoy from Long Island Lutheran, Jim Graziano from Farmingdale, and Mike Palma from St. Agnes of Rockville Centre (now Kellenberg). More? Southampton's Foots Walker and Bellport's Randy Smith BOTH STARTED for the 1979 Cleveland Cavaliers. More? That same year, three Long Island teams won State Championships: St. Anthony’s in AAA, Malverne in A, and Bridgehampton in D, and in 1980, an incredible 5 teams were New York State Champions: Ward Melville in A, Bellport in B, Bridgehampton in D, Holy Trinity in CHSAA A, and St. Dominic in the NYSAIS! Keep going? Long Island had four First Team All-New York State players once again in 1979-80 - Bret Bearup from Harborfields, Wes Correa from Bellport, Matt Doherty from Holy Trinity, and Carl Johnson from Bridgehampton, and then for a third time in 1982-83, with Russell Pierre from North Babylon, Augusto Binelli from Long Island Lutheran, Dinky Miller from East Hampton, and Matt Ryan from Miller Place all first team All-New York State. It’s not over yet! Plainview’s Marc Iavaroni and Roosevelt’s Julius Erving BOTH STARTED for the 1983 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers! There are many more examples, but I think you get the idea! So how are we doing lately? Despite what you might have heard, you still have every reason to be proud. Every year since 1996, at least one Long Island team has played for a New York State Championship, and in that 20 year time span, 31 Long Island teams have gone on to win State Championships and 71 players have earned First Team All-New York State honors. That compares favorably with any other region of the state. Be very proud of where you come from, and go out and forge a new legacy for yourself. Be part of our next Golden Age!
Centereach 58 Rocky Point 52
Jon Agostino, son of legendary Amityville coach Jack Agostino, scored all 22 of his team's first quarter points, finishing with 29 to lead Centereach. Chris Witherspoon added 10 points and Shawn McFarland 7 points and 9 rebounds. Alec Rinaldi had 17 and David Apperson 16 points for Rocky Point. 12/8
#3 Hills East 84 Garden City 67
Playing without All New York State guard Savion Lewis, the Thunderbirds rolled over Garden City, pulling away with a 29-9 third quarter. Julien Crittendon led the way with 24 points, Kendall Nero-Clark had 12, Kioni Nedd 10, and Shane Dean 8 points and 8 assists. Andrew DeSantis led all scorers with 26 for Garden City. 12/7
#9 Bay Shore 74 Centereach 31
Playing without leading scorer Angel Rivera, the Marauders rolled in their opener, led by Jose Rivera, who finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, and Kyree Sawyer, who had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. 12/6