01/13/15 9:43pm
01/13/2015 9:43 PM
Mattituck's Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy's Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck’s Ryan Mowdy blocking a shot while Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Eddie Kneski (15) and Joe Jeskie (3) watch. (Credit: Garret Meade)

TUCKERS 66, MONARCHS 58

More than a few eyebrows may have been raised over how Bishop McGann-Mercy was taking it to Mattituck in the first half of Tuesday night’s high school boys basketball game. The Tuckers were having trouble guarding McGann-Mercy’s Kevin Santacroce. They never held the lead in the opening 16 minutes, trailing virtually the entire half. An upset was in the making.

Or so it seemed. (more…)

01/06/15 7:57pm
01/06/2015 7:57 PM
Riverhead's William Mitchell goes up for a shot against North Babylon's Tim Forbes. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s William Mitchell goes up for a shot against North Babylon’s Tim Forbes. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Perhaps no play in high school sports generates the kind of buzz and euphoria as a slam dunk in basketball. Sure, everyone’s likely seen it happen countless times in person. But it still can send a crowd into a frenzy.  (more…)

01/03/15 3:17pm
01/03/2015 3:17 PM
Greenport's Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Greenport’s Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Hughes, one of three 11-point scorers for the Wildcats. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 58, PORTERS 22

Two high school boys basketball teams heading in different directions crossed paths Saturday and started the new year the same way they ended the old one.

Shoreham-Wading River ushered in what promises to be a good year for the Wildcats with a 58-22 trouncing of Greenport in a non-league game in Shoreham. It was the eighth straight win for the Wildcats (8-1, 3-0 Suffolk County League VI) and the sixth straight loss for the Porters (2-7, 1-4 League VIII). (more…)

12/18/14 8:57pm
12/18/2014 8:57 PM
Riverhead guard Sharron Trent goes up for a basket against Hills West Thursday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead guard Sharron Trent goes up for a basket against Hills West Thursday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLTS 63, BLUE WAVES 46

Riverhead junior Ryun Moore dribbled into the paint, spun around a Half Hollow Hills West defender and lofted the ball up with one hand off the glass and through the net. It was a slick move, but one that came with an unfortunate side-note.

At 3:35 remaining in the second quarter, it was the Blue Waves’ first field goal.  (more…)

12/09/14 9:05pm
12/09/2014 9:05 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Hughes, guarded by Eastport/South Manor's Tristan Lucacci, scored 25 points in his team's home opener. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Hughes, guarded by Eastport/South Manor’s Tristan Lucacci, scored 25 points in his team’s home opener. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 64, SHARKS 30

It is around the time of the year when Dan Hughes makes the transformation from football player to basketball player. This year, however, that metamorphosis was delayed by an extended football season in which Hughes quarterbacked Shoreham-Wading River to a Long Island championship.

But there was no question that the basketball Dan Hughes arrived for his team’s home opener on Tuesday night. (more…)

12/04/14 7:43pm
12/04/2014 7:43 PM
Mike Chiliki of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ed Kneski of Bishop McGann-Mercy putting up a successful jump shot against William Floyd in the first round of the Colonial Classic. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLONIAL CLASSIC | COLONIALS 72, MONARCHS 46

Mike Clauberg is treated like a celebrity when he returns to his alma mater, William Floyd High School, where he played for a Suffolk County championship boys basketball team in 1993-94. As welcoming as the Colonials are to Clauberg upon his return to the site of his glory days, they aren’t so kind to the Bishop McGann-Mercy team that he coaches.

William Floyd handed the Monarchs a rough introduction to the 2014-5 season on Thursday, thrashing them, 72-46, in the first round of the 26th annual Colonial Classic. Floyd won convincingly, despite shooting 0 for 11 from the field in the third quarter. (more…)

12/04/14 2:30pm
Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As a towering presence on the court, Ethan Greenidge is every bit the intimidator a kid his size would appear. A 6-foot-5 forward who excels in football as a lineman, Greenidge also has another side that can get overlooked on the court.

“He’s light on his feet, and moves very well for a kid his size,” said Riverhead coach John Rossetti.  (more…)

11/26/14 2:00pm
11/26/2014 2:00 PM
Tyrese Kerr is one of Riverhead's key returners from last year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Tyrese Kerr is one of Riverhead’s key returners from last year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

John Rossetti witnessed an unusual sight when the Riverhead boys basketball team gathered for its first official practice of the 2014 season last week. For the first time in three years, all the players coming out for the team were on the court.

It’s a familiar Catch-22 for Rossetti at the start of every season. Many of Riverhead’s basketball players also play football in the fall.  (more…)