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The Final Harris Watch


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times last weekend at Glens Falls for Tobias Harris.

The 6-8 senior from Half Hollow Hills West, who will attend Tennessee next year, ended his superb high school career on a downbeat. Harris picked up his fourth personal foul making a steal with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter Sunday and Hills West trailing by 12.

The call was questionable, in my opinion, one of several that went against Tobias and his teammates all game. But there's no question that the way Harris reacted showed poor judgement and, frankly, some immaturity. He ran in front of the Colts' bench, leaped in the air to show his displeasure and tumbled to the court. The referees had no choice but to issue a technical foul at that point as Harris had, indeed, shown them up. The 'T' counted as his fifth personal and Harris exited with only eight points, the only time this season he hasn't hit double figures.

The Colts never recovered and lost the state title game to CBA Albany, 71-53, their only on-court loss of the season.

Just a day earlier, however, Harris was the hero. He made the first game-winning basket of his high school career, banking in a missed shot by Tavon Sledge with eight seconds left to give Hills West a 59-57 victory over Rochester East in the semifinals. He scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

With 32 points at Glens Falls, he passed one more player on Long Island's all-time career scoring list and wound up seventh with 2,105 points. There are 11 Long Islanders who have reached that plateau.

The final numbers on Harris:

Games: 24
Points for Season: 575
Season Average: 24
Career total: 2,105


Top Long Island boys career scorers:

1. Ryan Creighton, Greenport -- 2,799
2. Kenny Wood, East Hampton -- 2,613
3. Bob Hodgson, Floyd -- 2,532
4. Greg Cerillo, Faith Academy -- 2,320
5. Gary Williams, Bay Shore -- 2,125
6. Al Edwards, Greenport -- 2,117
7. Tobias Harris, Hills West -- 2,105
8. David Mascia, Lynbrook -- 2,077
9. Chris Rooney, Smithtown West -- 2,063
10. J.T. Pate, Babylon --  2,049
11. Benji Miller, Smithtown Christian -- 2,013

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