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Suffolk Slant: Top 10 teams

Tavon Sledge and the Half Hollow Hills West

Tavon Sledge and the Half Hollow Hills West boys basketball team fell one spot in our rankings to No. 2. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Now that the league season is underway, it’s time for Zog to check in with his weekly rankings of Suffolk’s boys basketball teams, incorporating the public and private schools. I’ll try to post my top 10 teams on Monday and my top 10 players on Wednesday. Chris Mascaro, our Nassau boys basketball beat writer, plans to post on the same days as well. Chris and I also contribute to the boys basketball rankings in Gregg Sarra’s Big 10.

Zog’s Top 10

1. Half Hollow Hills West (3-1). The Colts lost an overtime thriller, 70-69, at Archbishop Molloy on Saturday, the alma mater of coach Bill Mitaritonna, despite a career-best 35 points from Tavon Sledge.

2. Harborfields (5-2). Pulled away from Islip in a key League V game last week, led by Justin Ringen and Matt McLeod. Tornadoes might have most balanced starting five in county.

3. Longwood (7-0). Paris Parks is the only returning starter from last year’s dynamic squad, but so far the Lions haven’t missed a beat.

4. Floyd (7-0). Anthony White has had double-doubles in the Colonials’ last five games as Floyd is ready to challenge Longwood for League I supremacy.

5. Amityville (6-2). Guard Darien Croft has scored 27, 27 and 23 in the Warriors’ last three games for Amityville and teams with Richie Hobson to form an explosive backcourt.

6. St. John the Baptist (6-1). Dante Thompson-Smallwood leads the way for the Cougars, who lost all five starters from last year’s championship team.

7. East Islip (6-1). Evan Maxwell had a rare triple-double against Smithtown East (17 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 52-42 victory last Thursday.

8. West Babylon (7-2). Sharp-shooting Matt Sullivan has the Eagles flying. They played Longwood tough in an 84-79 loss back in December.

9. Bayport-Blue Point (8-1). Adam Berlin had 33 points in an 80-71 victory over Shoreham-Wading River on Saturday. Ross Drzal and Gary Farley have been potent scorers.

10. Greenport (6-0). Dantre Langhorne is averaging more than 20 points a game, and led the Porters to a non-league victory over St. John the Baptist.

On the bubble (listed alphabetically): Brentwood (4-3), Copiague (5-2), Hills East (6-1), Islip (6-3), Kings Park (7-3), Sachem East (5-2).

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