High School Boys Basketball

Newsday runs a full-court press on Long Island high school boys basketball.

Suffolk Slant: The Top 10

With one more regular-season game left, most of the playoff spots have been decided. But the top seeds remain up for grabs in Class AA, where Central Islip, Half Hollow Hills West, Deer Park and Floyd are all legitimate contenders with Brentwood, Longwood and East Islip not far behind. In Class A, Harborfields will likely be the No. 1 seed with Amityville No. 2. After that, it’s pretty wide open....

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Suffolk Slant: Top 10

Some familiar names are emerging as the top boys basketball teams in Suffolk, led by defending Long Island champions Harborfields (Class A) and Half Hollow Hills West (Class B). The Colts get a stiff test on Tuesday night against Deer Park. I’ll be covering that game.

Some other key games this week include:

Tuesday – Kings Park at Rocky Point (League V); Babylon at Center Moriches...

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Newsday's top 10 boys basketball teams

Half Hollow Hills West's Emile Blackman is guarded

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

1. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST Blackman chases elusive state title.

2. L.I. LUTHERAN It’s all about the Federation tourney.

3. HARBORFIELDS Woodhouse makes Tornadoes go.

4. UNIONDALE Mosley has all the Knight moves.

5. DEER PARK Falcons will challenge Hills West.

6. KELLENBERG Best of bunch in tough CHSAA?

7. BALDWIN Richardson has plenty of help.

8. FLOYD White...

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Long Island Top 10

In conjunction with my new hoops partner, Mike Gavin, here is our first Long Island boys basketball Top 10 of the season. Be sure to check out Saturday’s print and on-line editions of Newsday for the 2011-12 Winter Sports Preview.

A couple of noteworthy games featuring Top 10 teams are L.I. Lutheran at Harborfields on Dec. 23 and Harborfields at Half Hollow Hills West on Dec. 28.


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Glens Falls review

Friends Academy celebrates their win over Syracuse Academy

(Credit: Pat Orr)

All three Long Island teams acquitted themselves well in last weekend’s state tournament, even though only one brought back a championship. As legendary UCLA coach John Wooden used to say, quoting an ancient poet, “The journey is better than the end.”

Friends Academy, of course, enjoyed the journey AND the end, winning the Class C championship for the first time in school...

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New York state Class AA semifinal: Half Hollow Hills West vs. Mount Vernon

Half Hollow Hills West's Tavon Sledge, 3, reacts

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

**FINAL**: Hills West's season is over after losing a 69-65 decision to Mount Vernon.

Khalid Samuels, who led the Knights with 16 points, knocked down two free throws with 1:04 remaining to give Mount Vernon a 65-57 lead.

Blackman led Hills West with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Sledge had 18 points and 10 assists. Hinds finished with 10 points for Mount Vernon.

The Knights will...

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Glens Falls preview

Harborfields' Joseph Savaglio, 21, and Matt McLeod, 11,

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Three Long Island teams are headed to Glens Falls this weekend, each hoping to win a state championship for the first time. Friends Academy (Class C), Harborfields (Class A) and Half Hollow Hills West (Class AA) are representing Nassau and Suffolk at the annual hoops fest at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Zog and Chris Mascaro will be covering the event, so look for our articles and blogs in...

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Hills West-Elmont: The day after

Half Hollow Hills West's Tavon Sledge jumps and

(Credit: Photo by Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Last night's Long Island Class AA championship game was certainly one for the ages, as Tavon Sledge scored a record 46 points for Half Hollow Hills West in a 79-75 double-overtime victory over Elmont at Stony Brook.

Highlights of the instant classic can be seen here.

A basketball game can't get much tighter. The score was tied after the first quarter and at halftime and was a two-point...

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Long Island Class AA championship live blog: Hills West vs. Elmont

Half Hollow Hills West's Tavon Sledge (3) drives

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

**FINAL**: And one of the best Long Island high school basketball games ever has ended with Hills West winning a 79-75 double-overtime thriller over Elmont.

Sledge finished with a championship-game record 46 points, as Hills won its second straight Long Island Class AA title.

Hills West will play Mount Vernon of Section I at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday in the state semifinals at the Glens...

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Long Island Championship/Southeast regional final previews

Elmont's Anthony Elechi splits defenders during the Nassau

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Saturday at Farmingdale State College

Class C: Friends Academy (14-4) vs. Tuckahoe (20-3), 4:30 p.m. -- After a 22-day break, the Quakers shook off the rust to beat Port Jefferson, 54-47, for the Long Island title on Wednesday. Now comes a Tuckahoe team led by junior Sky Williams, the MVP of the Section I championship, who has scored 32 points in each of the last two games. Shyheim...

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