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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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Week's top performances, CHSAA edition

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...

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Nassau Sandler Award watch

St. Mary's Chavaughn Lewis soars toward the hoop.

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Floral Park's Shamoy McIntosh goes to the hoop

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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...

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Lewis, St. Mary's win battle against Yacoubou, L.I.L.

Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou hits a three-pointer. (Jan. 13.

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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...

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Nassau Sandler Award watch

Long Island Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou, right, shoots a

(Credit: James Escher)

Can anyone wrestle the Sandler Award away from Long Island Lutheran or its star Achraf Yacoubou? The award, which is given annually to the top player in Nassau and Suffolk, has been given to a LuHi player the last three seasons, including Yacoubou in 2010. 

The Villanova-bound guard is off to a hot start for the 11-1 Crusaders, averaging 20.4 points per game. 

Tonight,...

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On the McDonald’s menu

Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009)

Iowa State-bound Tavon Sledge of Half Hollow Hills West and Villanova-bound Achraf Yacoubou of Long Island Lutheran are among 15 Long Island boys basketball players who are McDonald’s All-American nominees for the 2011 game to be played in Chicago on March 30.

There is an elaborate four-round selection process that will narrow the list of more than 1,000 senior boys candidates to the...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Led by Chavaughn Lewis, St. Mary's is the

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009)

Howdy Nassau hoops fans! 

Welcome to the first installment of the Nassau top 10, where we'll rank the best programs in the county (public, CHSAA and private) every week.

With the holidays past and the new year's resolutions already made, it's time for these teams to get into the meat of their conference schedules.

The top two squads on this list will play at Long Island Lutheran...

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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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