High School Boys Basketball
Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.
Another new No.1 team this week, after Longwood knocked off previous No. 1 and unbeaten Floyd 67-64, last Thursday. That moves Harborfields, a Class A team with the best-balanced starting five in Suffolk, into my top spot. The Tornadoes, led by Matt McLeod (left) might get a chance to test themselves against the Class AA champion because of Suffolk’s playoff system that matches the best...Read more »
Midterms are upon us, college decisions are around the corner and life is hard enough as it is. Which is why we here at Newsday are closing out the week with some good cheer, high school bball style.
This Week's Shoutouts:
Let's kick it off at the top with the always impressive Chavaughn Lewis from St. Mary's. Lewis notched 33 points for the still undefeated Gaels in a 81-57 drubbing...Read more »
If lacrosse is king at Manhasset, might basketball be the new prince? Nobody will confuse the two programs. Since the boys basketball team’s last county championship in the 1996-97 season, the lacrosse team has won six Nassau titles and three state championships, including the last two. But the basketball team’s 11-1 start has made the community take notice. The Indians, whose only loss...Read more »
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...Read more »
Here is my latest look at the top players in contention for the Richard Sandler Award given to the top boys basketball player in each county. Players are listed in alphabetical order, and are not ranked.
Zog’s Top 10 Players
Dan Candemeres, Sachem East. Scored a career-high 37 points in the Flaming Arrows’ 58-41 victory over Longwood and followed that up with 28...Read more »
Early in the season the question on boys hoops fans' minds was: Who is better, St. Mary's or Lutheran? Well, we finally got our answer ... sort of. The Gaels hung on for a 57-55 victory at L.I.L. on Thursday to rightfully claim their spot as the top team on the Island. But the Crusaders aren't far behind, and they'd love a rematch with everything on the line later in the season....Read more »
Big shakeup in Suffolk this week as previously unbeaten Longwood was beaten by Sachem East and defending county and Long Island AA champion Half Hollow Hills West was defeated by West Babylon and Lincoln. Those losses, plus the continued solid play of undefeated Floyd, put the Colonials on top of our latest weekly Suffolk rankings. How legit is Floyd? Anthony White & Company will find out on...Read more »
Whoever takes over for Great Neck South boys basketball coach Stephen Liebertz when he decides to hang it up has a lot to live up to. Liebertz, the second coach in the history of the program, is also the second to 300 wins. He achieved the feat on Tuesday with a 67-55 win over Calhoun. Milton "Dutch" Hess, who started coaching when the school opened in 1959 and continued...Read more »
We’ll see how good two of Long Island’s best teams really are on Monday when L.I. Lutheran and Half Hollow Hills West play New York City powerhouses as part of the annual MLK Day Big Apple Classic at Baruch College. At 2:45 p.m., Long Island Lutheran will face Rice (Manhattan). The Crusaders are led by Villanova-bound Achraf Yacoubou and Hofstra-bound Jordan Allen. Rice features Cincinnati-bound...Read more »
Last night's St. Mary's/Long Island Lutheran game was not only a battle between two of the Island's best teams, but also two of the Island's best players — the Gaels' Chavaughn Lewis and the Crusaders' Achraf Yacoubou. Neither disappointed in St. Mary's 57-55 victory at Lutheran. Lewis scored 20 points, including a pair of free throws with 34.3 seconds left that gave St. Mary's a 54-49 lead,...Read more »