New York High School: Long Island Lutheran

LI Lutheran girls fall in State Fed. B game

March, 25, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. — Tournament MVP Marley Giddins scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds as Irvington came back to beat Long Island Lutheran 74-64 in the Class B final Saturday at the New York State Girls Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.

Brittni Lai added 18 points and Alexis Martins had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (27-1), who used a 20-2 run in the second half to clinch the win.

Irvington avenged a 59-57 loss to Long Island Lutheran in last year's title game, in which the Bulldogs blew a 16-point lead.

Paige Kriftcher led the Lady Crusaders (18-6) with 20 points, while Christina Raiti added 16 in a losing effort.

Irvington, which trailed by 13 in the first half, came back to take a 54-52 lead on Martins' offensive rebound and finish with 6:36 left in the game. The Bulldogs shot 45 percent from the floor.

Things were close early before Long Island Lutheran uncorked a 17-0 run, including a three-point play by Kriftcher to open the second quarter. Irvington battled back but still trailed 37-32 at halftime.

Irvington, out of the PHSAA's Section 1 in Westchester County, got to the title with a 74-57 victory over Cardinal O'Hara in Friday's semifinal round.

Long Island Lutheran, from Nassau County in the AISAA, reached the championship for the third time in four years with a 72-44 win against The Scholars Academy in the semis.

LI Lutheran boys win State Federation A title

March, 25, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. — Tournament MVP Anthony Pate scored 18 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, as Long Island Lutheran rallied past Harborfields 62-61 in the Class A final Saturday at the New York State Boys Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.

Ryan Denicola had 12 points for the Crusaders (23-6), who blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter but found Pate in time to salvage their second straight title. KJ Lee added 10 points.

John Patron scored 20 points for the Tornadoes (24-3), who stormed back into the game with a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter but fell one defensive stop short. Justin Ringen added 16 points in a losing effort.

Patron had three straight buckets during the comeback, including the would-be go-ahead score — a putback on his third effort in the paint — to give Harborfields a 61-59 edge with 24 seconds to go.

But with 12 ticks left, the Crusaders counted down the clock before finally swinging it to a wide-open Pate in the left corner. Pate swished the three.

State Federation tournament preview

March, 22, 2012
The New York State Federation tournament takes over Albany this weekend as the best in the state will be crowned. Here's what to look for from the New York City teams in each bracket.

Boys AA
St. Raymond vs. Boys & Girls; Winner vs. Mt. Vernon

THE SKINNY: Mount Vernon is the defending champion and will meet the winner of the St. Raymond vs. Boys & Girls. These two teams met once this season, with St. Raymond winning the game on a last-second shot. This meeting should be another great game as both teams are hot. No matter who wins, Mount Vernon will be a tough out in the final.

Girls AA
Nazareth vs. Cicero-North Syracuse; Winner vs. Murry Bergtraum

THE SKINNY: Nazareth is the favorite here as the defending champion. The Lady Kingsmen are simply the most talented team in the field, although CNS has the best player in Connecticut-bound forward Breanna Stewart. Those two teams meet in the semifinals with the winner getting Murry Bergtraum in the final. The Lady Blazers are the underdogs.

Boys A
Long Island Lutheran vs. Brooklyn Collegiate/Iona Prep vs. Harborfields

THE SKINNY: This is a very competitive field, featuring the defending champion in Long Island Lutheran. Iona Prep has been a solid team all season and certainly could walk away with the title. Brooklyn Collegiate has a tall task with Long Island Lutheran. The final very easily could be Iona Prep taking on Long Island Lutheran in the final and the Gaels certainly have a good chance to win it all.

Girls A
Rochester East vs. Bishop Loughlin; Winner vs. Curtis

THE SKINNY: A new Class A champion will be crowned but the title could be coming back to New York City for the second straight year. Bishop Loughlin has been one of the best teams all season, including the AA, and has to be considered the favorite in this bracket. If it gets by Rochester East, it gets a meeting with Curtis. The Lady Warriors will present a tough challenge in the final for either team.

Boys B
Nazareth vs. Bishop Ludden/Collegiate vs. Pathways Prep

THE SKINNY: This is certainly an intriguing bracket. Collegiate is the four-time defending champion but certainly has its work cut out for it. Its semifinal opponent, Pathways Prep, has one of the top prospects in New York City in Jordan Washington. Nazareth, on the other side of the bracket, is an impressive athletic team that can create problems, if the teams meet. Whoever wins this bracket will certainly have earned its championship.

Girls B
Scholars Academy vs. Long Island Lutheran/Irvington vs. Cardinal O'Hara

THE SKINNY: Long Island Lutheran will look to defend is title and is the favorite in this field. Last year, it bested Irvington in the final and that could be the same case once again. Scholars Academy is back in the bracket once again, after falling to Irvington in the semifinals last year. We'll see if Scholars Academy can change its luck around this time and win the title.

PSAL/John F. Kennedy Challenge Roundup

January, 29, 2011
New Rochelle 58, No. 9 Molloy 52: New Rochelle used a 16-1 run to knock off Molloy in one of the opening games of the PSAL/John F. Kennedy Challenge. Molloy (8-8) led 30-23 early in the third quarter, but a 16-1 run by New Rochelle turned the tide and the Huguenots never tailed again. Aliya Hayes led New Rochelle with 13 points, while Iayna Abrams and Mary Miceli each scored 12. Kamille Ejerta led the Stanners with 16 points, the only player on her team to score double digits.

Manhattan Center for Science & Math 58, National Christian Academy 37: Manhattan Center picked up a rare non-conference win as it stomped National Christian Academy. The Lady Rams continuously built on their lead throughout the game before exploding in the fourth quarter. Eight different players scored for Manhattan Center (8-11), including 13 points each from Brea Castro Gambrell and Cashmir Fulcher. National Christian Academy’s Brittany Murray scored 20 points.

“We know we’re a good team and we know we have what it takes to win, it’s just that we weren’t together,” Castro Gambrell said. “It’s we finally got together and acted like a team and played like a team and we didn’t let one mistake mess us up and we kept going and kept pushing,”

Long Island Luthern 69, No. 8 John F. Kennedy 66: In one of the most exciting games of the season, Long Island Lutheran defeated the host team in a game that came down to the final shot. Long Island Lutheran led for most of the game, but JFK (14-7) came roaring back in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 67-66 with 22 seconds left.

With about 10 seconds left, Dmitria Abbott missed a 10 footer that rimmed in and out and Lutheran won the jump ball possession. After two Lutheran free throws, JFK’s Deaisia Acklin missed a long 3 at the buzzer, with the shot bouncing out of the rim, and Long Island escaped with the win. Point guard Boogie Brozoski led Lutheran with 16 points, while JFK’s Joyalevern Mcfarland led all scorers with 26 points.

“It was a good shot, it just rolled out,” Mcfarland said. “It should’ve went in. this is our gym, we should’ve got that.

“We felt like we had that win from the very beginning, even when we were down, we came back and we came out so intense in the second half that we thought we had the win. And we lost it.”

Murry Bergtraum 61, H.D. Woodson (Washington DC) 56: Led by 21 points from Cori Coleman, the Lady Blazers (12-3) pulled out a win against H.D. Woodson. Murry led 19-7 after the first quarter, but the Lady Warriors made a game of it by slicing the lead to 31-27 at halftime.

No. 1 Nazareth 49, Archbishop Wood (PA) 41: The Lady Kingsmen survived eight 3-pointers from Archbishop Wood to win in the nightcap. Nazareth (16-2) was led by 18 points from Taylor Ford.


No. 5 South Shore 57, St. Anthony’s 50

Bedford Academy 50, In-Tech 34

Holy Trinity 61, Midwood 22

Brooklyn Collegiate 38, West 50th St. Campus 30

Kellenberg 46, Amsterdam (NY) 24

Riverdale Baptist (Washington DC) 71, St. John Vianney (NJ) 63
The Big Apple Basketball invitational will take place this holiday weekend at Baruch College in Manhattan. will be there Monday covering all the action.

The event, which also includes five games on Saturday features some of the top teams from New York City and other premier teams from the country.

New York City teams participating include No. 1 Lincoln, No. 5 Cardozo, No. 6 Rice and Paul Robeson, along with Long Island Lutheran and Half Hollow Hills West of Long Island. Other teams attending: Hillhouse (Conn.); Friends Central (PA); St. Thomas More (Conn.); Baltimore City College High (MD);Quality Education (NC); Notre Dame Prep (MA) and South Kent (Conn.)

The invitational will also feature a plethora of future Division I talent including: Long Island Lutheran's Achraf Yacoubou (Villanova); Rice's Jermaine Sanders (Cincinnati); Half Hollow Hills West's Tavon Sledge (Iowa State); South Kent's Maurice Harkless (St. John's) and St. Thomas More's Andre Drummond, the No. 1 rated junior according to ESPNU.

Here is the schedule of games:


Noon - L.I. Lutheran vs. Paul Robeson

1:45 p.m. – Patterson vs. Cardozo

3:30 p.m. – Notre Dame Prep vs. South Kent

5:30 p.m. – Quality Education vs. Friends Central

7:15 p.m.- Baltimore City College High vs. Jeffersoj


11 a.m. – Hillhouse vs. Paul Robeson

12:45pm – Quality Education vs. St. Thomas More

2:45pm – L.I. Lutheran vs. Rice

4:30pm – Hills West vs. Lincoln