When Emile Blackman of Half Hollow Hills West started last Tuesday’s game at West Babylon, he set the school record for most varsity boys basketball games played. Blackman, a senior who began his varsity career as a freshman, has now played 86 games, with one remaining regular-season contest left, plus the playoffs. Blackman surpassed Tobias Harris, who played in 84 games. The Colts are 64-22 in Blackman’s games, including 14-3 this season, and are looking for a third straight Long Island Class AA championship and trip to Glens Falls.
When Blackman, the nephew of Golden State Warriors coach and former Knicks/St. John’s star Mark Jackson, scored a career-high 29 points in last Thursday’s victory over Huntington, he surpassed Tavon Sledge to become the second-leading scorer in Hills West history behind Harris.
Here are the Colts’ all-time scoring leaders as of Feb. 13:
1. Tobias Harris 2,105 (graduated 2010)
2. Emile Blackman 1,206 (still active)
3. Tavon Sledge 1,193 (graduated 2011)