High School Boys Basketball

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Newsday's top 10 boys basketball teams

Half Hollow Hills West's Emile Blackman is guarded

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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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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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Nassau Class AA final live blog

T'ZIAH WOOD-SMITH Baldwin Forward, Senior, 6-4 Third-year starter

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**FINAL**: Elmont is the county champ for the first time in program history after its 32-29 (yes, 32-29) win over Baldwin. Senat hit two free throws to give Elmont a 30-29 lead with 43.4 seconds to play. Anthony Elechi hit 1 of 2 with 26.2 to play to make it 31-29 and then Dillon Williams got a strip and saved the ball from going out of bounds for the steal.

Baldwin had a chance to tie...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Fans storm the court after Floral Park High

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Of the 57 public school boys basketball teams in Nassau only 33 advanced to the second season.

Yes, the playoffs (at least among public schools) are finally upon us, with the first round in Class A commencing later today. To see the matchups in every classification, click here.

The Catholic League still has some of the regular season to play out — and that's where we must begin...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Malverne's Cory Alexander (13, left) goes to the

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The playoffs are right around the corner, and the jockeying for seeding has made for some down-to-the-wire conference action.

Where do we stand in Nassau? Well, St. Mary's (still the only undefeated team on the Island) and Lutheran keep rolling. In the publics, Baldwin looks like the favorite, although the Bruins play in the weakest of the three Class AA conferences.

They'll step up...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Manhasset, NY - January 21, 2011: Manhasset High

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More stagnation in the forecast has led to more stagnation in the top 10. 

Postponements marred another week of would-be action, as the season crawls towards the playoffs at the end of the month.

There's no changes in this week's rankings, so let's get right to it.

In this week's MSG Varsity tri-state top 20 poll, the Gaels moved up one spot to No. 4, while Long Island...

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Nassau boys hoops top 10

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

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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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Nassau boys hoops top 10

Floral Park's Shamoy McIntosh goes to the hoop

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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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