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Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the

Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the CHSAA favorite this season. (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009)

Howdy Nassau hoops fans! 

Welcome to the first installment of the Nassau top 10, where we'll rank the best programs in the county (public, CHSAA and private) every week.

With the holidays past and the new year's resolutions already made, it's time for these teams to get into the meat of their conference schedules.

The top two squads on this list will play at Long Island Lutheran tomorrow night in a game that will decide — at least for now — the best team on Long Island.

The Gaels and the Crusaders are the lone teams from this list that made this week's Big 10. St. Mary's checks in at No. 2, while Lutheran is No. 6.

In the latest MSG Varsity tri-state top 20 poll, Lutheran is the No. 8 team, while St. Mary's is No. 10. St. Mary's is also on the "East Region Bubble" on ESPN Rise's East Regional rankings. The Gaels and Floral Park are the only two undefeated teams in Nassau.

With the said, let's get to this week's Nassau top 10...

1. St. Mary's (10-0, 1-0 CHSAA) — The Gaels opened their Catholic League slate with an 87-60 win at home over Holy Trinity last Tuesday. Justin Bailey and Chavaughn Lewis (pictured above) each scored 28 points, while Charles McCann added 12 points and 11 rebounds. To see highlights of the game courtesy of MSG Varsity, click here.

Up next: After tomorrow night's game against Lutheran, the Gaels will travel to New Rochelle on Saturday for a 4 p.m. tipoff.

2. Long Island Lutheran (11-1) — The visiting Crusaders made short work of Chaminade last night, earning a 68-37 win. Jordan Allen scored 23 points with 15 rebounds, while Shaun Lawton added 11 points and six assists. On Sunday, Achraf Yacoubou had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 72-64 win over South Shore (Brooklyn). 

Up next: After tomorrow night's game against St. Mary's, the Crusaders will play in the Big Apple Classic over the long weekend against Robeson Business Tech and perennial power Rice.

3. Baldwin (7-1, 5-0 Conference AA-II) — The Bruins trounced host Plainview JFK 56-36 last night behind junior Kyle Richardson's career-high 26 points. He also had 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Eyituoyo Ofuya added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Baldwin has defeated all five of its conference opponents by at least 20 points.

Up next: The Bruins don't play again until Tuesday night when they'll play host to Herricks in a Conference AA-II matchup.

4. Holy Trinity (5-6, 1-1 CHSAA) — The Titans bounced back from a loss to St. Mary's last week with a pair of wins, including a 92-77 decision over visiting St. Anthony's last night. Trinity trailed by five at halftime, but outscored the Friars 55-35 in the second half. Tyler Seidman led the Titans with 27 points, six assists and three steals, while Nick Ferreiro added 18 points. Holy Trinity's only two losses to Long Island teams this season have come against St. Mary's and Lutheran.

Up next: The Titans will visit CHSAA rival Kellenberg at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

5. Chaminade (8-2, 2-0 CHSAA)The Flyers suffered their worst loss of the season last night, a 68-37 drubbing at home against Lutheran. Richard Zoller was the only Chaminade player in doubles figures with 16 points. On Friday, the Flyers earned their second CHSAA win in a 69-51 decision over visiting Kellenberg. Four players were in double figures, led by Kevin Sheehy, who had 19 points and five assists. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.

Up next: The Flyers will play host to CHSAA rival Holy Trinity (No. 4 on this list) on Tuesday night.

6. Freeport (8-1, 4-1 Conference AA-I) — The Red Devils got the signature victory of the young season last night in a 52-45 decision at two-time defending Class AA champion Uniondale. Anthony Durham scored 15 points and Leondre Simmon added 12 points and seven assists. On Saturday, Simmon scored 18 points with seven assists in a 49-37 win at Farmingdale.

Up next: The Red Devils will play host to conference foe Hempstead at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, before traveling to another conference rival, Oceanside, at 7 p.m. next Friday.

7. Uniondale (6-3, 3-1 Conference AA-I) — Before the Knights' loss to Freeport last night, they won 58-40 at Farmingdale last Tuesday behind 19 points and four assists from Shaq Mosley. Mosley, who is averaging 21.4 points in seven games, led them with 15 points last night.

Up next: The Knights will play at Hempstead at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and then play host to Oceanside at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a pair of Conference AA-I games.

8. Floral Park (7-0, 4-0 Conference A-III)The Knights breezed past visiting North Shore 93-37 last night behind Justin Wilson's 23 points. On Friday, Shamoy McIntosh led the way with 28 points and seven assists in a 73-57 win at Valley Stream South.

Up next: The Knights will play their next two conference games on the road, at Manhasset (No. 9 on this list) at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and at West Hempstead at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

9. Manhasset (8-1, 4-0 Conference A-III)The Indians jumped out to a 16-0 first-quarter lead and held on for a 58-42 win over visiting Great Neck North last night. Alessandro Troia scored 20 points with nine rebounds, while Dan Merola added 11 points. On Saturday, Troia scored 23 points and Merola 20 in a 73-59 win at West Hempstead.

Up next: The Indians will play host to Floral Park for Conference A-III supremacy at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, and then visit Glen Cove at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

10. South Side (7-3, 5-0 Conference A-II)The Cyclones earned a 67-62 win at Lawrence last night behind Darren Nickelson's 20 points. He scored eight of the 20 in a 20-10 fourth quarter. On Friday, Kevin Coyle and Ryan Spadaford each scored 15 in a 58-40 win at Lynbrook.

Up next: The Cyclones will play host to conference rival Sewanhaka at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and then visit Bethpage at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.

On the bubble: Bellmore JFK (7-1, 5-0 Conference AA-III); Lawrence Woodmere Academy (8-1, 4-0 PSAA); Malverne (7-1, 5-0 Conference BC); Massapequa (8-2, 4-2 Conference AA-I).

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