High School Boys Basketball

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

10 from LI among Top 50

The Basketball Coaches Association of New York named 10 Long Island players on its annual list of the state’s Top 50 players.

The selections, alphabetical, by classification:

Class AA

Emile Blackman, Half Hollow Hills West

Gene Garay, Oceanside

Evan Maxwell, East Islip

Tavon Sledge, Half Hollow Hills West

Anthony White, Floyd

Class A


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Upstate-Downstate Challenge set for Saturday

Chaminade High School junior guard #12 Kevin Sheehy,

(Credit: James A. Escher )

On Saturday at Uniondale High School is the Upstate-Downstate Challenge, pitting four of the best upstate teams against four top Long Island squads. The schedule is as follows...

Noon: Lincoln (Yonkers) vs. Chaminade

2 p.m.: Newburgh Free Academy vs. South Side

4 p.m.: New Rochelle vs. Baldwin

6 p.m.: White Plains vs. Uniondale

An all day pass is $5....

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Lu-Hi's Ash on the rise

Long Island Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou (24) is Newsday's

(Credit: Pat Orr)

What's fun about Ash Yacoubou is that everyone says he's known for his defense.

In case you were at all wondering, yeah, he's good at all that other stuff, too.

Yacoubou (real first name: Achraf) scored 35 points, with 16 rebounds and five steals to lead Long Island Lutheran over St. Raymond's High School (Bronx), 73-68 in OT. St. Raymond's has been as listed as high as fifth in...

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St. John the Baptist, the new era

Newsday's tour around the catholic league takes the hop, skip and step to West Islip today, as I, your overly-verbose bball writer, preview St. John the Baptist.

How they fared: 'Twas an up-and-down year for Jim Plate's squad. On the one hand, the Cougars finished atop the CHSAA with an undefeated regular season in league. On the down portion of things, Baptist fell to No. 3 Holy Trinity in...

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Opening tip: St. Mary's

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

(Credit: Photo by Patrick E. McCarthy)

The weather's getting colder, Starbucks is trotting out increasingly ridiculous winter-themed drinks and no one has complained about a high school football game in a full minute. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Basketball season.

Let's kick things off nice and proper, shall we?

I'm Laura (::waves::) and I'll be one of three bloggers taking you through the season this year. See...

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DeBonis, Weiss to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Two active boys basketball coaches, Freeport's Bob DeBonis and Jeff Weiss from Lawrence Woodmere Academy, will be among eight coaches inducted to the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame next month.

The induction ceremony is March 27 at the Glens Falls Civic Center during the Federation tournament. The state basketball coaches association operates the Hall of Fame.

Weiss has coached...

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