Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.
Nassau Sandler Award watch
Last week I posed a question about anyone wrestling the Sandler Award away from Long Island Lutheran star Achraf Yacoubou (who won the award last season), and later that night, St. Mary's Chavaughn Lewis outscored him (by two points) in the Gaels' 57-55 win at Lutheran.
So Lewis is certainly a candidate.
And he's not alone. How about Floral Park's Shamoy McIntosh, who scored a season-high 31 points in a win at West Hempstead on Tuesday? Or even Yacoubou's teammate, Jordan Allen, who had a double-double in a win over Robeson this weekend?
My point is that the award is not foregone conclusion. As such, we bring you a list of 10 candidates for the award each week and some players itching to get on the list.
Let's get to this week's edition. To see the Island's scoring leaders, click here.
*Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Jordan Allen, Long Island Lutheran — The senior forward scored 17 points with 13 rebounds in a 57-41 win over Robeson on Saturday at the Big Apple Classic. Two days later, he scored 13 points in the Crusaders' 72-63 win over city power Rice.
Jamal Benn, Lawrence Woodmere Academy — The senior guard, who remains the county's leading scorer at 25.9 points per game, scored 25 in LWA's 68-57 loss to Dwight last Thursday. On Friday, he made sure his team didn't lose two in a row, as he sank a three-pointer with 1:19 to play en route to a 62-60 win over Evangel. He finished with 29 points, including five three-pointers, and has now scored 20+ points in three straight games.
James Bulva, Mineola — The Mustangs guard led his team to a pair of nail-biting victories in its last two games. He scored 13 in a 55-52 win at Island Trees last Friday and then hit the game-wining layup with 23 seconds to play in a 55-54 victory over Valley Stream North. He finished with 21 points, and is now averaging 19.6 per contest.
Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's — After the senior forward's 20-point performance against Lutheran, he let his teammates do the work in a 67-66 win at New Rochelle, scoring a season-low 10 points with eight rebounds. In Tuesday's 65-54 win at Kellenberg, he poured in 20 points. He's averaging 21.8 points per game.
Shamoy McIntosh, Floral Park — After a heartbreaking one-point loss to Manhasset last Friday in which he scored 26 points, the senior guard scored a season-high 31 points in a 69-56 win at West Hempstead. McIntosh, who's averaging 21.3 points per game, shot 12-for-22 from the field, but just 2-for-12 from three-point range.
Shaq Mosley, Uniondale — Despite his 13 points, the senior point guard couldn't prevent the Knights from losing their second straight game, a 57-54 overtime decision at Hempstead last Friday. He scored just nine points in a 66-56 win over Oceanside on Tuesday.
Eyituoyo Ofuya, Baldwin — The double-double machine was at it again last week with a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in a 56-36 win at Plainview JFK last Tuesday, and a 12-points, 12-rebound afternoon in a 75-52 win over Herricks on this past Tuesday. He has four double-doubles on the season.
Alessandro Troia, Manhasset — The junior guard is leading the Indians' renaissance. Last Friday, he capped a 29-point, 10-rebound performance with the game-winning layup in a 64-63 win over previously undefeated Floral Park. On Wednesday, he had 24 points and seven rebounds in a 71-56 win at Glen Cove. He's averaging 19.5 points for the first place team in Conference A-III.
Justin Wilson, Floral Park — The senior guard scored 17 points in a one-point loss to Manhasset last Friday, but was held to a season-low nine in a 69-56 win at West Hempstead on Tuesday. Still, he's averaging 21.8 points per game.
Achraf Yacoubou, Long Island Lutheran — The Villanova-bound guard had two very strong performances at the Big Apple Classic at Baruch College this week. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-41 win over Robeson on Saturday and 27 points in a 72-63 win over Rice on Monday.
Honorable mention: Henoc Bienne, Valley Stream South; Gene Garay, Oceanside; Tim Quashie, Westbury; Daouda Soumaoro, Our Savior New American; Landon Twine, Waldorf.
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