Basketball

October, 2014

Jamaica Estates

St. Mary’s forward Agustus picks loyal St. John’s

Jordan Agustus’ long and close relationship with St. John’s will continue. Comment.

August, 2014

Basketball

Former Cardozo star Lawrence cleared to play at Manhattan

Jermaine Lawrence is officially back playing in New York City again. Comment.
Basketball

Ex-SJU guard leads TNP to 1st Pro City title

Malik Boothe was told all season by his Take No Prisoners teammates that they were going to go as far as the former St. John’s University and Christ the King star would take them. Comment.
Block Shots

Recruit Beasley shows why he would be boost for Red Storm

New York City hoops fans got a taste of why St. John’s University thinks so highly of Malik Beasley. Comment.
Basketball

Queens stars shine at Classic

Benjamin Cardozo guard Rashond Salnave was having flashbacks as he watched Christ the King’s Rawle Alkins operate in the fourth quarter of the Big Strick Classic to ensure his team a victory. Comment.
Basketball

Boro player earns scholarship offers

Justin Wright-Foreman sensed his breakout performance was coming, but even he couldn’t have expected what happened next. Comment.
Flushing

Knicks guard Hardaway Jr. dazzles Queens kids at Citi Field

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the Big Apple after competing against the U.S. National Team to share his story as part of the Citi Kids program, an educational and motivational community-based initiative for middle and high school students. Comment.
Block Shots

Ex-Molloy guard Smith finds pro success

Russ Smith delivered another blow to his critics. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Zambrotta finds home at CK

Christ the King provided a different type of change for Sydney Zambrotta, and in the process finally gave the nomadic guard a place to call home. Comments (1).
Basketball

Molloy backcourt brims with confidence

The learning curves weren’t similar for Kaitlyn Mahon and Emer Moloney as juniors at Archbishop Molloy, but the results were the same. Comment.

July, 2014

Basketball

Scott Machado seeks second chance in NBA

The beginning of Scott Machado’s professional basketball career has been a series of starts and stops. Comment.
Opinion

Scholarship offers piling up for CK’s Alkins

Rawle Alkins isn’t fazed by having some of the nation’s best college programs and coaches getting in line for his services. Comment.
Basketball

SJU alum makes name for himself playing basketball in France

Justin Burrell is quickly making his way up the professional ranks overseas. Comment.
Block Shots

Cardozo coach proves age is just a number

Ron Naclerio still has game and there is a video to prove it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm hoops team signs two players for fall

The St. John’s University men’s basketball roster just got bigger in more ways than one. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers choose White as hoops coach

Kerri White believes she is ready to be a head coach and St. Francis Prep thinks so, too. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Green rides sophomore wave

Sierra Green didn’t enjoy being left out of her first travel ball summer and it led to a breakout year. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Brunson preparing for hoops spotlight

MANHEIM, Pa. — Jasmine Brunson’s desire for better competition and a better education came with a price: It has left her as one of the city’s under-the-radar talents. But Brunson is ready to show people what she can do. Comment.
Briarwood

Former Molloy star heads to NBA team in New Orleans

Russ Smith did not watch much of this year’s NBA draft. Comments (1).

June, 2014

Middle Village

Atson leaves Christ the King

Travis Atson opted for a change of scenery. Comments (2).
Cambria Heights

Former Stanners guard Tatum transfers to Manhattan College

Amani Tatum is happy to be home and preparing to leave her mark on New York City again. Comment.

May, 2014

Whitestone

Former TMLA guard commits to Colonials

Mei-Lyn Bautista had her summer plans set, but things quickly went off course for the better. Comment.
Middle Village

Former CK star makes MSG debut with NY Liberty

Tina Charles has played at Madison Square Garden before, but not for one of MSG’s resident teams. Comment.
Block Shots

Royals star returns to CK in preparation for Liberty home opener

Tina Charles still recalls attending homecomings for Christ the Kings girls’ basketball greats as a high school athlete. Comment.
Middle Village

Bob Mackey inducted into Hall of Fame

Coaching girls sports wasn’t exactly something Bob Mackey embraced at first. Comment.
Middle Village

CK guard commits to Molloy College

Shannon Barrett was getting a little uneasy as her senior season went along. The Christ the King guard didn’t have a college to play for next year. But then a text message intiated her college selection process. Comment.
Flushing

Marchesini steps down as Cross hoops coach

Holy Cross will be looking for its third boys’ basketball coach in the last three years after Tom Marchesini stepped down following his second season leading the team because of time constraints. Comment.

April, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Delarosa looks forward to Obekpa’s return

One of the things Adonis Delarosa was looking forward to most about heading to St. John’s was getting to play against and learn from center Chris Obekpa. Comment.
Middle Village

Draft trade brings boro WNBA star to Liberty

Tina Charles is coming home. Comment.
Block Shots

St. John’s future appears brighter with Delarosa commitment to SJU

Adonis Delarosa’s commitment appears to be the start of a good thing at St. John’s University. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals star Delarosa signs with St. John’s

There was just no place like home for Adonis Delarosa. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun picked as All-Queens Player of the Year

It was quite a girls’ basketball season in Queens. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Delarosa picks St. John’s while Walker headed to Loyola

St. John’s made an important addition to its roster after a number of player departures in recent weeks. Comment.
Block Shots

Beloved sports writer Marcus Henry will be missed in Queens

The sports community lost one of its good guys. Comment.
Middle Village

Alkins named All-Queens Player of the Year

Queens had one of its best boys’ basketball seasons in recent years. Comment.
Middle Village

CHSAA stars shine at Mayor’s Cup game

Kollyns Scarbrough had four fouls and knew Coach Bob Mackey was saving her on the bench for an important moment. Comment.
Briarwood

Grab a front-row seat to borough’s best sports

Queens’ rich sports history goes well beyond the professional ranks. The borough is home to two of the nation’s most storied high school gyms and provides fans with numerous sports escapes at the high school and college level. Comments (1).
Briarwood

Queens stars’ play in Big Dance falls short of finals

Former Archbishop Molloy guard Russ Smith saw his stellar four years at Louisville come to a close in the No. 4 Cardinals’ 74-69 loss to No. 8 Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

‘Wonder Five’ leads St. John’s to big time

Most people with any interest in basketball know about St. John’s University and the famous Redmen whose winning history goes back to the early 1900s. There’s even a little history lesson about the school and its basketball program on the university’s website. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun preps for McDonald’s All American game

Sierra Calhoun understands she isn’t only representing herself and Christ the King when she steps on the floor for the McDonald’s All-American game. Comment.

March, 2014

Cambria Heights

Queens player helps LuHi win state title

ALBANY — Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski, a Cambria Heights native, already knew what it felt like to win a state Federation title, but this victory was different. Comment.
Block Shots

Tsai leads Lewis amid challenges at home

ALBANY — This season may have been the most trying as well as the most rewarding for Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s sophomore Sampson to enter NBA draft

This time last year, JaKarr Sampson was certain he wanted to return to St. John’s University for another season, but the sophomore forward came up with a different plan after finishing up this year’s campaign. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals win state crown

ALBANY — Andre Walker spent most of the season letting Christ the King stars Rawle Alkins, Adonis Delarosa and Travis Atson lead the team to victories. But the senior point guard knew he couldn’t stay in the background any longer with all three coming up short in the Royals’ biggest game of the season. Comment.
Bayside

Late lead escapes Cardozo to end memorable season

ALBANY — Benjamin Cardozo was starting to believe its dreams of upsetting Christ the King were going to become reality. The Judges led the defending state champion Royals by five points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter after a big run. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cold-shooting Lewis loses to L.I. Lutheran

ALBANY — Francis Lewis’ youth was never an issue during its playoff run. But Patriots Coach Steve Tsai saw inexperience finally be a factor in the team’s season-ending loss. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm beaten by Tennessee in second NCAA tourney game

The St. John’s University women’s basketball team couldn’t follow up its last-second victory over USC with an upset of No. 1-seeded Tennessee in the NCAA tournament. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals repeat: Seniors lead Christ the King to second-straight Federation crown

ALBANY – Christ the King’s seniors saved their best performance for last and powered their team to a second-straight state title Saturday night. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis falls to LuHi in state semifinal game

Francis Lewis was its own worst enemy if you ask Chi La Bady. The Patriots played hard, executed on defense, but never got shots to consistently drop, especially at the free throw line. Comment.
Middle Village

Resilient Royals rally to beat Cardozo in overtime at state tournament

Christ the King saw its season and state title hopes about to slip away with minutes left to play before the Royals were able to turn things around and ensure neither came to an end. Comment.
Block Shots

Royals’ Atson proven to be among city’s best

Travis Atson’s name wasn’t part of the conversation about the city’s best players when the season began, but now it will be printed among some of its all-time greats. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s pitted against USC in first round of Big Dance

The news was a bit delayed, but exciting nonetheless. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals aim for state crown

Christ the King heads to the state Federation tournament hoping to cement its place in the record books. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Underdog Patriots hope to win state title at Albany tournament

Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai hasn’t let his girls’ basketball team completely enjoy all it has accomplished this season just yet. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm loses in first round of NIT to Robert Morris

St. John’s University’s failed season ended with another disappointing effort. Comment.
Bayside

Judges to face CK in semifinal game

Benjamin Cardozo has basked for a week in its city championship glory. But it is back to business with a showdown against Christ the King in the state Federation tournament approaching. Comment.
Block Shots

Cardozo coach finds redemption in Judges’ victory at PSAL final

Ron Naclerio wept uncontrollably at the final horn of Benjamin Cardozo’s first PSAL city championship since 1999. Comments (4).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s NCAA tourney hopes dashed with Big East loss

St. John’s won’t likely be dancing its way into the NCAA tournament this season thanks to a performance that was as inconsistent as the team’s season. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lewis beats Vikings to win PSAL crown

Francis Lewis ended a piece of basketball history in the semifinals before making some of its own in the title game. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King crowned CHSAA champs

Rawle Alkins delivered on the hype and his guarantee to bring Christ the King yet another city championship. Comment.
Middle Village

Nazareth’s Cuevas scores 50 to end CK’s season in semis

Bob Mackey exited the locker room with his collar open and a look of exhaustion on his face. The Christ the King girls’ basketball coach and his team had no answer for Nazareth star guard Bianca Cuevas in a battle of the McDonald’s All-Americans between Cuevas and the Royals’ Sierra Calhoun. Comment.
Briarwood

Stanners fall to St. Anthony’s in state playoffs

Archbishop Molloy was faced with an uphill battle it could not win despite a strong second half. Comment.
Bayside

Judges party like it’s 1999

Rashond Salnave knew he couldn’t miss. Comment.
Middle Village

Delarosa’s late heroics sends CK past Hayes, back to city title game

Christ the King’s season proved to be safe in Adonis Delarosa’s hands. Comment.
Block Shots

PSAL sets confusing precedent on transfers

The PSAL ruling on Chelsea Robinson’s eligibility to play is about more than just this one instance. It sets a dangerous precedent moving forward and appears to be another case of the league bending its own rules. Comments (2).
Bayside

Cardozo beats Brooklyn Collegiate to reach city final

Benjamin Cardozo took its Queens championship game loss to Construction to heart, and used the pain to earn a chance to play for a bigger crown. Comment.
Briarwood

Stanners end strong season with subpar performance

Archbishop Molloy Coach Mike McCleary’s assessment of his team’s effort against St. Peter’s was short, to the point and spot on. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals beat Molloy for BK/Qns crown

Christ the King needed an extra push after its diocesan championship game against Archbishop Molloy got off to a slow and sloppy start. The Royals got exactly what they needed from star seniors Sierra Calhoun and Kollyns Scarbrough. Comment.
Astoria

St. John’s Prep loses to Tigers in diocesan final

St. John’s Prep made an unexpected run to the diocesan championship game for the second-straight year because of crisp play, hot shooting and a commitment to defense. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Patriots defeat Bergtraum

Sierra Green was burning up inside, and her fiery determination helped the Patriots torch Murry Bergtraum, ending its 15-year reign atop PSAL girls’ basketball. Comment.

February, 2014

Fresh Meadows

PSAL coaches want new Francis Lewis basketball player off roster

Transfer Chelsea Robinson could be the missing piece to the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team’s PSAL city titles hopes, but league coaches are saying the senior forward should not be eligible to compete. Comments (3).
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis guard commits to Niagara

Simone Hobdy understood she had to be patient when it came to her future. Comment.
Block Shots

Veteran teams stand in way of Christ the King’s success

Bishop Loughlin’s makeup should have looked familiar to Christ the King because the Royals have relied on a similar chemistry to clinch important victories in previous years. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals routed by Loughlin

Christ the King didn’t want to point to missed shots and foul trouble as the reasons for its lopsided loss to rival Bishop Loughlin in the diocesan final. Instead, it was their lack of will, hunger and execution as well as the inability to stop Lions star Khadeen Carrington. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Loss puts Big Dance in jeopardy for SJU

An NCAA tournament berth doesn’t seem to be a certainty for St. John’s University. Comment.
Block Shots

Breezy Point native scores 1,000th point

His place in Xavier High School’s history was closer than Kevin Crockett realized. Comment.
Ozone Park

Candy crushed: Construction upsets Cardozo

The difference between Construction’s two lopsided basketball losses to Benjamin Cardozo and its upset win in the PSAL Queens borough final has little to do with adjustments on the court. Comments (2).
Briarwood

Molloy rides streak into diocesan playoffs

Archbishop Molloy said it finally had enough after a lopsided basketball loss to Christ the King. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s dispatches Hoyas in decisive victory at MSG

No player on the current St. John’s University team had ever defeated rival Georgetown until now with both basketball teams sitting squarely on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament. Comment.
Block Shots

Coach Leary’s career wins should be tallied correctly 

Most coaches say they don’t care about reaching personal milestones and want to keep the focus on their teams. Legendary St. Francis Prep Coach Tim Leary actually proved those mottos were true for him. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Delarosa powers CK to win

It took a suspension for Christ the Kings’ Adonis Delarosa to truly understand what his teammates already knew. Comment.
Middle Village

Christ the King beats Nazareth

Kollyns Scarbrough had blood running over her right eye and looked like she had gotten out of a boxing ring or the UFC octagon instead of the basketball court. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Balanced Terriers take down Holy Cross on home court

St. Francis Prep wasn’t short on motivation and didn’t waste any of it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm team on hot streak stops Creighton in MSG upset

National Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott beat St. John’s University with a three-pointer the first time the Red Storm played Creighton. There would be no repeat performance. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Rockaway native living up to expectations at Wagner

Former Mary Louis star Jasmine Nwajei put on display the reason why there is so much buzz around the Wagner College freshman point guard. Comment.
Middle Village

Sierra Calhoun chosen to play as McDonald’s All American

Sierra Calhoun’s dream of playing in the McDonald’s All-American game formed from watching it on television at a young age. The Christ the King senior will now get a chance to be the player others aspire to be. Comment.
Block Shots

CK’s rivalry match marred by mayhem

My original plan was to write a column encouraging hoops fans to experience the boys’ basketball rivalry between Christ the King and Bishop Loughlin in Fort Greene. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Legendary coach to retire

Once Charles Granby lost his day-to-day passion for coaching, he knew his time on the bench was coming to an end. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Royals team loses cool in defeat by Loughlin

Christ the King lost its composure along with an important basketball game at Bishop Loughlin. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s basketball surges to top of Big East standings

The St. John’s University women’s basketball team hasn’t forgotten October when the preseason Big East rankings were announced. The Red Storm was picked third and is now making it a point of trying to show the league’s coaches they were a little bit off. Comment.

January, 2014

Block Shots

Less practice makes perfect in Royals’ three-game stretch

Christ the King basketball Coach Bob Mackey has made a habit of providing his team with a dress rehearsal before playing three games in three days to claim the CHSAA Class AA state title. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Patriots fall to Bergtraum in PSAL’s first-place battle

Francis Lewis forgot what made it so successful all year in one of its biggest games of the season. Comment.
Middle Village

Calhoun named to McDonald’s All-American team

Christ the King senior guard Sierra Calhoun was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday night. Comment.
Briarwood

Archbishop Molloy beats Xaverian Clippers

The defensive adjustment and its result were familiar to Archbishop Molloy. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis tops Terriers

It has become an unconventional season at Mary Louis with a key injury and plenty of inexperience making wins hard to come by. Its first league victory was all the more gratifying because of it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s beats Seton Hall 77-76 with on point play

Sir’Dominic Pointer fully understood the risks he was taking on two key late game plays. The gamble in his mind was worth it. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s second-half surge leads to win at home

For Dominique Toussaint, her first steal is similar to a shooter making that first jump to open a game. Comment.
Block Shots

Close competition sparks interest in CHSAA boys’ hoops season

The parity in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens boys’ basketball will make for a fun finish for the league’s Queens teams. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo grinds out win over Iona Prep

Benjamin Cardozo Coach Ron Naclerio doesn’t want his unbeaten team to stop enjoying wining even when the way they play doesn’t make it feel like they did. Comment.
Briarwood

Defensive adjustment propels Molloy to win

The basketball players decided what defense to play in the second half against St. Francis Prep an easy one for Archbishop Molloy Coach Mike McCleary. It also was the right one. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis hands Cardinal Spellman first loss at Rose Classic Super Jam

Francis Lewis’ main goal is to win a PSAL Class AA city championship, but it also wants to show it is one of the best girls’ basketball teams in New York City along the way. That means winning big non-league games along with its division games. Comment.
Block Shots

McClancy aims for CHSAA’s top division

The Monsignor McClancy girls’ basketball team understands the task of ascension it is undertaking and how hard it will be. That is half the battle. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals team battles back to create winning streak

Christ the King found success by learning how to deal with failure. Comment.
Flushing

Knights score victory in Battle of Boulevard

Making use of a potent press and an attacking defense, Holy Cross was able to claim this season’s first meeting against rival St. Francis Prep in the Battle of the Boulevard. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Struggling St. John’s lets Big East win slip away at Garden

Another nationally ranked opponent on the ropes became another potential victory that slipped away in the final minutes from St. John’s University. Comment.
Block Shots

Lopsided loss to Hayes provides important lesson to Royals

Christ the King went to the videotape to find inspiration from humiliation. Comments (1).
Bayside

Dozo beats Construction in first-place battle

Cardozo isn’t ready to give up its perch atop PSAL basketball in Queens. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s off to slow start after defeat by rival Hoyas

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team has dug itself into an early hole in Big East play. Comment.
East Elmhurst

McClancy team falters without guard Britton

Monsignor McClancy Coach Don Kent knows his team has a few things working against it right now. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Stanners hoping to race past opponents

Archbishop Molloy’s new up-tempo approach has already produced plenty of smiles, thanks to plenty of easy baskets from loads of passes. Plenty more wins will come along with them as the Stanners boys’ basketball team enters 2014 and the bulk of its CHSAA schedule. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo, Construction revving up rivalry

Cory Semper knows what it’s like to challenge Benjamin Cardozo for Queens boys’ basketball supremacy in the PSAL during his five seasons coaching at Bayside, where he won the borough title last season. Comments (6).

December, 2013

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens surges past St. Edmund for win

Trailing isn’t a position Springfield Gardens is used to being in, especially for nearly an entire game. You wouldn’t have guessed it by they way it handled the situation when faced with it. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm team taps reserves to beat Seton Hall in opener

Joe Tartamella didn’t hesitate to remove his struggling starters and insert four new players off his bench early in the first half. That kind of depth is a luxury the St. John’s University women’s basketball coach finally has and benefited from against Seton Hall. Comment.
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