High School Boys Basketball

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Schedule change for A and AA finals

The times for Saturday's Class A and Class AA Long Island championship games at Hofstra have been changed.

The Class AA game between Suffolk champion Floyd and Nassau champion Baldwin will be at 12:30 p.m. The Class A game between Suffolk champion Harborfields and Nassau champion South Side will be at 3:30 p.m.

The two winners of Saturday's games at Hofstra, which also serve as state...

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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

No. 1 Harborfields is playing so well the Tornadoes almost had three players put up triple-doubles in an 86-59 victory over Eastport-South Manor last week. Lucas Woodhouse had 24 points and 16 assists. John Patron scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Justin Ringen scored 13 points and snared nine rebounds. I see Harborfields cruising into the playoffs on a collision course for a Class A...

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Suffolk Slant: Top 10

Brentwood’s gritty 78-73 victory over Floyd on Tuesday, sparked by Eric Perdomo’s 32 points, shook up League I and moved the Indians up to No. 4 in our latest rankings. In fact, Brentwood coach Anthony Jimenez told me afterwards he believed that eight or nine teams could win the Suffolk AA title this year.

One of them, of course, is two-time defending Long Island champion Hills West, which...

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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

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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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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.

Zog’s...

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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 A final live blog: Harborfields vs. Jamesville-Dewitt

Harborfields' Matt McLeod brings the ball up the

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**FINAL**: Harborfields fought valiantly in the second half, but couldn't overcome Jamesville-Dewitt, losing a 66-51 decision.

The Tornadoes cut it to a 13-point game with back-to-back baskets by McLeod and Fessenden to open the fourth quarter, but J-D went on a 14-0 run in a 2:54 stretch to extend the lead to 64-37.

Fessenden led Harborfields with 18 points, McLeod added 17, JoJo...

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New York state Class A semifinals live blog: Harborfields vs. Byram Hills

Harborfields' Matt McLeod drives the ball downcourt against

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

**FINAL**: Harborfields is moving on to its first state final after a 55-48 win over Byram Hills. Fessenden led the way for the Tornadoes with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Savaglio and Woodhouse gave Harborfields a 50-40 lead with 3:02 to play after Byram Hills closed a 12-point lead to four.

McLeod finished with 11 points, Ringen had 10 and Woodhouse...

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