High School Boys Basketball

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March Madness, Tuckers style

Mattituck's Steve Ascher controls the ball between Malverne's

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Buzzer beaters. They put the madness – and the magic – in March.

That was the case on Wednesday night at SUNY-Old Westbury, when there was a truly remarkable beat-the-clock victory by Mattituck over Malverne in the Long Island Class B championship.

The Tuckers’ Steve Ascher (above), a lefthanded shooter, made a righthanded tip-in of a teammate’s missed foul shot...

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Long Island Class B championship live blog

Mattituck celebrates its 68-67 victory over Malverne in

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**FINAL**: Wow, what a game! Steve Ascher, who finished with 22 points, tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give Mattituck a 68-67 win over four-time defending champion Malverne in the Long Island Class B championship game at SUNY-Old Westbury.

It is the Tuckers' first ever Long Island title.

Ascher went to the line for a 1-and-1 with 4.2 seconds left. He made the first,...

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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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The Mules outlast their friends from Friends yet again

Malverne's Cory Alexander (13, right), looks to get

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Winning ugly never looked so pretty.

Malverne coach Darrol Lopez kept wiping his face with a towel to protect his snazzy suit from getting any sweat drippage on it.

He wasn't necessarily happy with his team's 44-41 win over Friends Academy that clinched the Conference BC title last night, but he was certainly thankful. 

"Thank God we can play defense," he said.

Indeed,...

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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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Nassau boys hoops top 10

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

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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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Malverne's fast-lane approach

     When it comes to expectations, Malverne’s boys basketball team has an apt nickname. These Mules stubbornly refuse to settle for anything less than a trip to the state Final Four at Glens Falls. It’s part of the program’s DNA.     “We always aim high. We start talking about Glens Falls on the first day of practice,” coach Darrol...

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