High School Boys Basketball

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Suffolk Slant: Playoff preview

Half Hollow Hills West's Tavon Sledge goes up

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

 

Perhaps there isn’t as much of a buzz about Hills West and Longwood as there was last year at this time, but the Colts, led by Tavon Sledge (left) and Lions are once again the top two seeds in Class AA. There could be a rematch of last year’s classic for the Suffolk large school championship on March 4 at Stony Brook University.

In Class A, an intriguing story line...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Fans storm the court after Floral Park High

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Of the 57 public school boys basketball teams in Nassau only 33 advanced to the second season.

Yes, the playoffs (at least among public schools) are finally upon us, with the first round in Class A commencing later today. To see the matchups in every classification, click here.

The Catholic League still has some of the regular season to play out — and that's where we must begin...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Malverne's Cory Alexander (13, left) goes to the

(Credit: Richard Slattery)

The playoffs are right around the corner, and the jockeying for seeding has made for some down-to-the-wire conference action.

Where do we stand in Nassau? Well, St. Mary's (still the only undefeated team on the Island) and Lutheran keep rolling. In the publics, Baldwin looks like the favorite, although the Bruins play in the weakest of the three Class AA conferences.

They'll step up...

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Suffolk Slant: Top 10 teams

Half Hollow Hills West's Chris Cox looks to

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

It was pretty clear-cut last season at this time regarding the top team in Suffolk: It was clearly going to be the winner of the much-anticipated Longwood-Hills West AA final. It would have been a great surprise if either team did not reach the championship game. Both did and produced a terrific title game before a crowd of more than 4,000 at Farmingdale State. The Colts won and are hitting their...

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The Mules outlast their friends from Friends yet again

Malverne's Cory Alexander (13, right), looks to get

(Credit: Richard Slattery)

Winning ugly never looked so pretty.

Malverne coach Darrol Lopez kept wiping his face with a towel to protect his snazzy suit from getting any sweat drippage on it.

He wasn't necessarily happy with his team's 44-41 win over Friends Academy that clinched the Conference BC title last night, but he was certainly thankful. 

"Thank God we can play defense," he said.

Indeed,...

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More on Mosley, Uniondale

Uniondale's Shaq Mosley, (21, right), drives to the

(Credit: Richard Slattery)

In Sunday's paper was the story of Shaquille Mosley and the Uniondale basketball team. 

Here are some quotes from the players and coach Tom Diana that didn't make the paper...

On the Knights losing two early conference games (52-45 to Freeport and 57-54 in overtime to Hempstead)...

Mosley: "We don't panic at all. We sometimes second guess ourselves and put our heads down,...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Manhasset, NY - January 21, 2011: Manhasset High

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More stagnation in the forecast has led to more stagnation in the top 10. 

Postponements marred another week of would-be action, as the season crawls towards the playoffs at the end of the month.

There's no changes in this week's rankings, so let's get right to it.

In this week's MSG Varsity tri-state top 20 poll, the Gaels moved up one spot to No. 4, while Long Island...

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Suffolk Slant: Top 10 teams

West Babylon's Matt Sullivan forces Hauppauge's CJ Capilets

(Credit: Alan J. Schaefer)

Snow postponed a slew of games last week and there were no significant upsets, so our Top 10 remains unchanged, though I’ve moved a couple of new teams onto the bubble.

Some very intriguing matchups this week, highlighted by the West Babylon at Half Hollow Hills West rematch on Thursday that could determine the League IV regular-season title. The Eagles, led by Matt Sullivan (No. 1 at...

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Gaels blow Flyers away

Consider yourself spared. I was going to attempt an even more egregious "Flyers can't soar agaisnt the Gaels" headline. It would have been terrible.

Anyway, I hate to sound like a broken record here, but last night's battle for CHSAA supremacy was pretty decisive, with St. Mary's pushing aside Chaminade, 74-47 to remain the only undefeated team in the CHSAA. Chavaughn Lewis lit up...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

St. Mary's Charles McCann looks inside. (March 2,

(Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy)

Due to the inclement weather and testing, we haven't had much action among the top 10 squads this past week.

So guess what that means? Only one minor change in the top 10. Massapequa lost to the second time in three games last Thursday, a 50-47 decision at Farmingdale, and finds itself on the bubble this week. Elmont, winner of eight straight, joins the club at No. 9.

St. Mary's,...

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