High School Boys Basketball

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

Blackman is top Colt

When Emile Blackman of Half Hollow Hills West started last Tuesday’s game at West Babylon, he set the school record for most varsity boys basketball games played. Blackman, a senior who began his varsity career as a freshman, has now played 86 games, with one remaining regular-season contest left, plus the playoffs. Blackman surpassed Tobias Harris, who played in 84 games. The Colts are 64-22 in...

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LI lands 4 on All-State 1st teams

St. Mary's senior Chavaughn Lewis, right, looks to

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Tavon Sledge of Half Hollow Hills West was a first-team selection on the 2011 New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA all-state first team. Sledge, who will attend Iowa State, was a Newsday All-Long Island first-team choice and won the Sandler Award as Newsday’s Suffolk and overall Player of the Year.

In Class A, Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran was selected to the NYSSWA...

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Glens Falls review

Friends Academy celebrates their win over Syracuse Academy

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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

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**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,

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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

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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

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**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

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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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Suffolk Slant: Sandler Award watch

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 points in...

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Big test for LI’s best

Half Hollow Hills West's Tobias Harris makes a

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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...

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