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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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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More on Mosley, Uniondale

Uniondale's Shaq Mosley, (21, right), drives to the

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In Sunday's paper was the story of Shaquille Mosley and the Uniondale basketball team. 

Here are some quotes from the players and coach Tom Diana that didn't make the paper...

On the Knights losing two early conference games (52-45 to Freeport and 57-54 in overtime to Hempstead)...

Mosley: "We don't panic at all. We sometimes second guess ourselves and put our heads down,...

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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 Sandler Award watch

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

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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

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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 Sandler Award watch

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

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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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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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