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Sports Star: Michael Maldonado, shooting guard, Aviation HS basketball team


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Name: Michael Maldonado

School: Aviation Career & Technical Education High School

Grade: Senior

Sport: Basketball

Position: Team captain, shooting guard

Michael Maldonado is the captain and leading scorer of the Aviation High School boys basketball team (PSAL Queens-A West). He has an 84 percent grade average and is also on the ROTC at the school. He has done numerous forms of community service including breast cancers walks and events to fight juvenile diabetes. He is also a member of the school’s cross country track team. In a recent game against William C. Bryant High School on Dec. 19, Maldonado scored 29 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds to lead his team to victory, 69-67. He is averaging 18.33 points and 5 rebounds per game in five games this season.

Why did you start playing basketball?

“I grew up in Jamaica, Queens. It’s a rough neighborhood, basketball was a way to make friends.”

What colleges are you thinking about attending next year?

St. John’s University, the University of Buffalo, St. Louis University, Air Force Academy or The United States Military Academy at West Point.”

Why do you like doing community service?

“Helping other people feels great. It betters everybody.”

What would be your dream job?

“Playing for the Puerto Rican national basketball team. I would like to represent Hispanic basketball players. It would be an honor, that’s the way I look at it.”

 

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Holy Cross basketball falls to Xaverian


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Holy Cross High School basketball team is having a tough start to the season.

Following three consecutive losses to begin the year, including a 25-point deficit to powerhouse St. Raymond High School, the Knights narrowly missed winning their first game of the season against Xaverian High School Friday.

Knights junior guard Matthew Newton, who scored all his 12 points in the fourth quarter, fueled a second half burst, but Holy Cross (CHSAA 0-4) lost 64-57 to the Clippers (3-3).

“We just missed it by a little,” Newton said. “If we play a little harder next game we’ll win.”

With 2:33 left to play in the game, Newton hit two free throws to make the score 58-51. Following a free throw by Xaverian, Newton made a steal at 1:33 and scored a layup to bring the Knights within six points of tying the game, 59-53.

“I just tried to come back and help the team out. Try to get that W [win],” Newton said.

But with such little time left Holy Cross had resorted to fouling to stop the clock and couldn’t catch up to Xaverian.

Besides Newton, Jermaine Bishop scored 13 points, Joshua Wallace scored 11 points and added eight rebounds and five assists for the Knights.

The Knights trailed for most of the game. By halftime they were only behind 36-31, but after the break, Xaverian dominated Holy Cross by aggressively attacking the inside with layups and offensive rebounds, and quickly expanded the lead on an 8-0 run to go up 44-31.

Holy Cross players continued to shoot from the outside and avoid taking the ball inside and were missing long range shots. This caused the lead to expand until Newton hit two threes in a row. But even he admits that next time they need to stop relying on shooting.

“Coach said attack the basket more and stop shooting threes,” Newton said.

 

UPDATE– Holy Cross won their first game of the season against Fordham Prep High School on Monday, December 23, with a score of 59-49.

 

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Sports Star: Jaheam Cornwall, point guard, Francis Lewis HS basketball team


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Name: Jaheam Cornwall

School: Francis Lewis High School

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point Guard

As a sophomore Jaheam Cornwall is leading the Francis Lewis Patriots (4-1 PSAL Queens-A West) with 20 points per game as of Wednesday, December 18. He is also leading the PSAL Queens-A West conference with 100 points in five games. In Francis Lewis’ latest game against Aviation High School on December 17, Cornwall scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Why do you play basketball?

“I started playing basketball at 8 years old. It started off as something fun and then I saw how good I could be and I just pushed myself harder and harder every day. My brother and my mom have supported me fully.”

What do you aspire to do?

“I want to go to college. I’ll be the first one to go to college in my family. That’ll be the best thing for [my mom], to see her son go to college.”

Which colleges are you thinking about attending?  

“Iona College, Fordham University, St. Francis College and The University of Texas.”

What are your hobbies?

“Go to the movies with friends. Go to the park and shoot around.”

What other career would you do besides basketball? 

Firefighter. They have like a good job. They help save people.”

 

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Christ the King math team holds first place through three state contests


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Photo courtesy Christ the King High School.

The Christ the King High School math team is adding up victories.

The team placed first out of 200 high schools in the New York State Mathematics League, after the first three of six matches.

The school was number one overall last year after competing in contests from October 2012 to March 2013.

With just three more monthly contests this academic year, from January to March 2014, the team is poised to multiply their championships.

During the math contests students are asked to solve six complex and original problems under regular test conditions.

The Christ the King team is comprised of more than thirty top math students, who practice each week under the supervision of team moderator, Richard Hartman.

“I very proud and so is principal Peter Mannarino,” Hartman said. “It shows that the more you practice the better you do. Our top students are as good as any top students through the state.”

The next math contest will be held on January 14.

 

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Sunnyside street co-named for Queens basketball coach Jerry Ingenito


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Jerry Ingenito devoted his life to young players off and on the basketball court, and now his name will forever live on in one of the many communities where he coached.

Family and residents joined Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer on Saturday, September 21 to celebrate and honor the life of Ingenito, who coached young basketball players in the borough for more than 30 years, by co-naming the intersection of 38th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside “Jerry Ingenito Way.”

Ingenito coached at Saint Raphael’s Catholic Youth Organization in Sunnyside, Christ the King in Middle Village and Queens College in Flushing. His dedication to his career has helped influence the beginning stages of present and past NBA players including Lamar Odom, Craig “Speedy” Claxton, Derrick Phelps and Khalid Reeves.

Along with the street co-naming, Ingenito has been honored in other different venues since his passing in January. The Sunnyside/Woodside Boys and Girls Club named a summer basketball league at St. Theresa School in Woodside after Ingenito and the Bruns Summer basketball camp in Garden City offers two scholarships in his honor for young players from Sunnyside. The Cathedral High School summer camp, where Ingenito was a founder and director, also offers a scholarship in his honor.

 

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Former Knicks forward Larry Johnson greets players at Flushing basketball tournament


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Councilmember Peter Koo sponsored a basketball tournament Saturday morning in Flushing, which highlighted a guest appearance by two-time NBA all-star and former Knicks forward Larry Johnson.

The third annual Bland Basketball Tournament featured matches with young children, high school players and adults. The goal of the tournament is to bring more players and attention to the basketball court of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) James A. Bland Houses, which are in need of repair.

“I think [basketball] is a good sport. It builds team spirit and this is what America is about, working as a team,” Koo said. “As councilmembers we like to help the community, especially what they call ‘the disadvantaged.’”

Koo donated t-shirts and trophies to the tournament and called Madison Square Garden, which owns the team, to have the former NBA Rookie of the Year Johnson make an appearance.

Johnson, who averaged 16.2 points per game and 7.5 rebounds during an 10-year career with the Charlotte Hornets and Knicks, was also the John R. Wooden awardee during the 1990-91 season, which is given to the most outstanding player in college basketball. Johnson met the kids and took pictures, then he did the tip off to start the matches.

“With everything going on in New York we just want to fill the courts,” Johnson said. “It means a lot to me; it warms the heart.”

Because the courts are part of the Bland Houses, the jurisdiction falls under NYCHA and not the Parks Department.

Koo has been in touch with the housing authority to get the park revitalized, repainted and fix the court’s slant. He plans to fund the renewal, but is waiting for NYCHA to examine the cost to upgrade the courts. With a revitalized court residents hope more people from the Bland Houses will use it, instead of going elsewhere.

Craig Kinsey, president of the James A. Bland Resident’s Association, said Koo has been instrumental in organizing the tournament and supporting the court revitalization, and has hope that the courts will be upgraded soon.

“It’s very important when you could put a suit and tie on and still talk to regular folk,” Kinsey said of Koo. “I can always count on him.”

 

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FDNY defeats NYPD at Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament


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The Fire Department was just too hot to handle in the inaugural Queens South Responders Basketball Tournament at Daniel O’Connell Park on Sunday, August 25.

FDNY from Engine 317 and Ladder 165 defeated the 113th Precinct, 30-15, before crushing the community team 36-18 to win the tournament.

Jamahl Wright of the fire team scored the most points in both games, with 15 in the first and 9 in the second.

The game was organized to bring local first responders and residents together to build trust in the community.

“First responders are our partners of the betterment of our community,” said State Senator Malcolm Smith, who played for the community team, drawing on his experience playing basketball for Christ The King High School. “More important than winning is the camaraderie that comes about.”

Members of the Fire Department wore red, the NYPD wore blue and the community had white T-shirts on. While the game’s main message was about unity, the teams played very competitively.

“We out here to win,” said Shaka Gaines captain of the FDNY team. “You got be able to brag about something. So when we see them we can say ‘remember the game.’”

The first annual event brought tons of basketball fans from the community to watch. Unlike the Jump and Ball Tournament games that have been in the park every weekend during the month, these games were special, because only adults participated. It was also unique, because it brought local responders to the park for fun.

“This whole thing came together two weeks ago, so it’s a win in my eyes,” said Johnny Hines, a Community Affairs officer of the 113th Precinct. Hines came up with the idea of the game a few weeks ago and reached out to community leaders to put it together. “These guys would never be here in this park if this [tournament] wasn’t here.”

 

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LL Cool J returns to Queens for Jump and Ball Tournament


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

It’s not just Ladies who Love Cool James.

The rapper and actor, whose real name is James Smith, was surrounded by hundreds of male and female fans and residents for pictures and hugs as he made his way through Daniel O’Connell Park to watch the games of his 9th annual Jump and Ball Tournament on Saturday.

LL Cool J, who stars in “NCIS: Los Angeles,” started the tournament along with State Senator Malcolm Smith to give back to his community.

“There are a lot of artist who come out of southeast Queens, but I can tell you this is the only one I know who has stepped up and said ‘I want to give something back,’ and has stuck with it for nine years,” the senator said.

The event, which features basketball games every weekend until September 1, is free to register and participate. In past weeks there was also live music, free food and a variety of other family fun activities, including golf, chess, tennis, a karate showcase and rope tricks by Cowboy Curly Hall.

“I think it’s wonderful that he does this for the community,” said St. Albans resident Leticia Moore-Jackson. “He never forgot where he came from. He’s a great rapper, entertainer and a great person.”

Coming back home was special for James as well, because he said his schedule forces him to be everywhere around the country and sometimes abroad. He delivered a message to the children at the park about believing in your dreams, despite what others may say.

“Anything you really truly believe deep down inside you, you can accomplish,” he said. “And I don’t want you to ever think that because you’re from this neighborhood, my neighborhood, that you’re somehow relegated to only having a certain amount of success or you’re only able to do certain things based on where you’re from or the color your skin or what someone else says about you. Don’t believe that because it’s not true.”

James said the basketball tournament has turned into an important part of the year for the community and it is a significant event for him as well.

“This is the hood and basketball is just a big part of how we came up and how we grew up and I wanted to make sure that they had an opportunity to play and have fun,” he said. “I think they love it and I love it.”

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Kids: Shoot hoops with Carmelo Anthony at Queens College


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Photo courtesy of Queens College

In sports it’s good to be trained by the best.

And lucky pro-basketball hopefuls will have a chance to do just that when Knicks star Carmelo Anthony visits Queens College on August 3 and 4 to instruct young players at his basketball camp, Citi Camp Melo.

Anthony will join local coaches to talk about the fundamentals of the game at the two-day event. The basketball camp is open to boys and girls from grades 1 through 12 and children that participate in the camp will receive Anthony’s autograph, a photo with him, a ProCamp T-Shirt, a camper goodie bag among other prizes.

Spots are still available for the camp, which costs $249 a player. For more information and to register, visit www.CampMelo.com.

 

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Harlem Magic Masters perform for kids at York College


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THE COURIER/Photos by Charles Osborn

CHARLES OSBORN

As Jay Bryant, the brains behind the Harlem Magic Masters basketball and the emcee of its events, called out the name of each member of his team, a gymnasium filled with 300 campers from a half dozen organizations at York College on July 24 went ballistic.

The children visited the school to see athletic acts by the Magic Masters, a basketball entertainment group. And they were rewarded with a dizzying display of dunks, alley-oops, Harlem Globetrotters-inspired hijinks and a positive message against bullying.

“Bullying is not cool, keep it out of our school!” Bryant shouted, before asking his enraptured audience to repeat it. A chorus of hundreds of elementary-aged children echoed Bryant, and explained the importance of inclusion and respect for your peers.

Anyone familiar with the history and shtick of the Globetrotters can picture what a Magic Masters show might look like, however Jay Bryant and his father Jack, who founded the organization in 2008, have incorporated a message to their core youth audience that resonates with adult community leaders.

“The message is extremely important to us,” Bryant explained. “When we started this organization, it was to help schools to raise money. Now we are trying to help spread positive messages to our youth. The main message here is sportsmanship and respect. There is no place for bullying.”

Although none of the names Bryant shouts, such as “’The Punisher, Roderick Burnett” or “Cliff ‘Jetblue’ Malone,” carry particular fame, each member of the Magic Masters is a certifiable basketball veteran, and all of them know how to put on a show.

Bryant has been traveling with the Magic Masters up and down the Eastern seaboard to put on shows and reach out to impressionable youth groups and to lend positive support. They have traveled to elementary, middle and high schools in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Maine.

“What I hope the kids get out of it is adhering to the message, to try to make friends instead of bullying or alienating peers,” Bryant said. “Everyone has an individual talent; we encourage students to find it and to use it to make friends.”

Although not everyone’s talent is high flying basketball, it acts as an entertaining and positive medium with which to garner attention, particularly when the Magic Masters pit themselves against the camp counselors who attempt to wrangle campers on a daily basis.

One of those counselors, Shaniqua Edwards with the University Settlement Camp from Brooklyn, appreciated the message Bryant and his organization have been working to spread.

“I think it’s a great message, especially the rhyming quote. I’m going to take that back to my kids and apply it,” Edwards said. “It’s especially good that they’re teaching this while playing basketball, because now I’ll have the kids talk about anti-bullying before they play basketball.”

 

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Nets score keeper reflects on basketball tenure, Bayside ties


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Herb Teretsky, 67, does not think of himself as a superstar.

He has kept score for the Nets for the past 47 years and plans to work four more years to reach a career benchmark.

The dedicated score keeper has not missed a game since 1984.

He was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn and now lives in Bayside.

“Being a scorekeeper for the Nets is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” he said, quoting the famous line from “Forrest Gump.”

His career has included many ups and downs along the way. He has traveled the world and formed relationships with superstars like Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

Teretsky has also racked up points in the literary world, writing about the experiences and acquaintances he has made during his journeys.

In his 2010 book “Basketball and Life,” he wrote about the people who mattered to them going back to when he became involved in basketball at age 21.

“It was a great undertaking and a lot of fun,” Teretsky said of the book. He also wrote 200 poems in a period of two months. He described that publication as “simply private and personal thoughts.”

Teretsky said he tried his best to make readers feel like they are sitting courtside and working with some of the greatest athletes in the world.

“I’m not the player, I’m just there to keep score,” he added.

Teretsky’s career highlights include mentions in numerous halls of fame. But his career has seen its share of tragedy, as when his friend the Croatian professional basketball player Drazen Petrovic died in a car accident at the age 28. Teretsky said the death of Petrovic, who was also Teretsky’s son’s hero, created a “horrible situation for the team.”

During his more than four decades so far with the Nets, Teretsky has been the official scorer for

NBA games in Japan, Mexico City and Canada. He has scored the NBA Hall of Fame’s exhibition game in Springfield, Massachusetts. While building his career as the NBA’s preeminent official scorer, Teretsky also coached touring teams in Israel, Greece, Belgium and France, winning the prestigious Tournoi Internationals in 1984.

“This last year may have been the best year of my career,” Teretsky said.

Teretsky with an autographed basketball to commemorate the Nets’ 1976 American Basketball Association Championship.

 

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Far Rockaway basketball tournament aims to stop violence


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Far Rockaway is fighting its reputation of violence through a program that brings youth together and puts them under one roof.

The Stack Bundles basketball tournament kicked of its second year earlier this month and will continue through the summer. Twelve teams of 10 players each are traveling the peninsula and breaking territorial barriers. All the athletes are age 18 and over.

“We want to spread the word so these kids get it. Right now, they don’t get it,” said tournament founder Manny Fiallo, who is also outreach coordinator for the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Far Rockaway and a parent coordinator at the Department of Education (DOE).

Fiallo said that in Far Rockaway, people get very protective of their respective areas.

“If you’re from Edgemere, why can’t you go to Redfern?” he said. “We want to bring everybody together.”

Last year, Fiallo got the idea of creating something to “represent the neighborhood, something everyone could look forward to,” according to Fiallo’s partner Lakia Echols.

Stack Bundles was a rapper who lived in Redfern and died from gun violence. Fiallo said the Bundles name is well respected around the peninsula, so he called on it for a stop-the-violence effort and created the tournament.

“It’s great competition,” said returning player David Bostick. “It gives us a reason to do something good for the neighborhood.”

“Plus, it’s bragging rights,” he added.

When the second week for the tournament began, over 100 people from the neighborhood came to watch. Community members from toddlers to seniors were in the audience cheering on the players.

“A lot of kids came out and watched us play,” Bostick said. “After school, kids don’t necessarily have something to do. This gets them off the street.”
Bostick added that it is beneficial for younger kids to see older guys from different areas getting along.

At the tournament, youths affected by violence spoke to the audience and opened up about their experiences. People who lost their parents shared their stories and received support from people all over the peninsula.

Echols said once he and Fiallo have participants at the tournament, they can get their attention and show them the PAL program has job and parent training, too.

Deshawna Thompson-Banrey is a coach at this year’s tournament. She works with Fiallo and said Stack Bundles simply gives people something to do and gets them off the street.

“Right now, they’re doing something productive. This is a safe place,” she said.

The games will continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the summer.

 

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Flushing High School hoops star scores 1,000th career point


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A Flushing High School hoops star has netted her 1,000th point.

Erica Redwood, 17, a senior on the school’s varsity girls basketball team, hit the milestone bucket during her last high school home game this January. She is the second in the school to reach the lofty mark since 2006.

“That was my biggest accomplishment this year,” said Redwood, of Jamaica. “I was surprised I did it. I didn’t even know until my coach called time out and told me.”

The point guard and co-captain for the Lady Red Devils said she set her mind to reach the goal at the end of last year, when she was told she was only 200 points away from joining the elite group of city student athletes to reach that target.

“You have to put in the work every game, but you try not to think about it. You just try to score,” Redwood said. “I was like, ‘Finally!’ It was a lot of relief.”

The team’s top scorer could have banked double the amount of points by now, her head coach Carla Nasso said. But Redwood constantly looks to pass the ball instead of taking shots.

“Erica has worked hard her whole career here,” Nasso said. “Every year, she has gotten better and better. To watch her play is just a pleasure. She always gives 125 percent on the court.”

Redwood also maintained a 90 average this year while carrying her team to the third round of the playoffs. Her total amount of accomplishments, Nasso said, is very rare for a high school athlete.

“It’s a difficult feat to accomplish. There are very, very few athletes that do it throughout the city,” the coach said.

The high flyer said she plans to take her talent to a Division II school, focusing on her sports management major, before playing in bigger leagues.

“This is mind-blowing,” Redwood said. “I didn’t think it was possible.”

 

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PSAL basketball roundup


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The Bayside Commodores improved to 5-0 by beating the Forest Hills Rangers (0-4) by a score of 85-65. Senior Austin Williams led the way for the Commodores scoring 29 points. Senior Cantrell Barker scored 18 points. Senior Gagandeep had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Daqauise Andrews scored 14 points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (3-0).

In their last game, the Thomas Edison Engineers (3-2) beat the Flushing High School Red Devils (1-2) 67-29. For the Engineers, senior Jaleel Charles had a double-double, scoring 19 points while pulling down 14 rebounds. Senior Nosike Obanya scored 19 points as well. Junior Jediah Greene scored 12 points while dishing out five assists. For the Red Devils, not one player reached double figures; sophomore Shahiem Greene led the team with eight points. Next up or the Engineers will be the Rangers.

The John Adams Spartans (3-1) lost their last game to the Pathways College Prep Trailblazers (3-1) by a score of 85-55. For the Trailblazers, senior Sam Annorh Jr. had a game-high 30 points. Junior Izaha Jackson added 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Senior Jamel Holmes scored 15 points to go along with nine boards. Senior Romario Fletcher had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. For the Spartans, senior Markell French scored 17 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out six assists. Senior Ahmed Kone was the only other Spartan to score in double figures with 11 points. Next up for the Spartans will be the Grover Cleveland Beavers (0-3).

The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (2-2) beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (0-4) by a score of 54-46. Junior Noah Vickers led the Bull-Dogs with 17 points. Senior Tyrell Fields was second on the team with 15 points. Senior Alton Bennett scored 11 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. For the Vee Bees senior Trevor Newman led the team with 15 points. Senior Brian Agard was second on the team with 14 points while senior Miles Banks had a game high 12 rebounds.

 

PSAL basketball roundup


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The John Adams Spartans (1-0) beat the Richmond Hill Lions (0-1) in the first game of the season by a score of 66-45. The Spartans who outscored the Lions in each of the first three quarters, road the strength of their incredible start. The Spartans shutout the Lions 15-0 in the first quarter. Senior Ahmed Kone led the Spartans with a double-double scoring 17 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. Senior Markell French recorded a double-double as well, scoring 13 points and dishing out 11 assists while also pulling down six rebounds. Seniors Simeon Hall and Ishmael Nausrudeen added 10 points each. The Lions were led by junior Kevin Baksh who scored 17 points. The only other player in double figures was senior Paramvir Singh with 12 points. The Spartans will play the Hillcrest Hawks in their next matchup.

The Bayside Commodores (1-0) beat the Thomas Edison Engineers (0-1) by a score of 69-57. For the Commodores senior Cantrell Barker led the team with 22 points. Junior Daquise Andrews added 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Senior Austin Williams scored 12 points while senior Brandon King scored 10. Next up for the Commodores will be the Flushing High School Red Devils.

The Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (1-0) bested the Forest Hills Rangers (0-1) 65-50. Junior Nohah Vickers led the Bull-Dogs with 25 points. Senior Tyrell Fields scored 16 points while Sophomore Ramel Powers added 10. Next up for the Bull-Dogs will be the Engineers.

The Springfield Golden Eagles (1-0) beat the Pathways College Prep Trailblazers (0-1) by a score of 61-57. The Golden Eagles found themselves down at halftime by a score of 30-19. The Golden Eagles then went on a tear in the third quarter outscoring the Trailblazers by a score of 23-6. The Golden Eagles were led by junior Dupree McBrayer who had 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and seven assists. Juniors Jason Deochan and Tyree Lynch had 16 and 11 points, respectively. For the Trailblazers senior Sam Annorh Jr. led the team with 18 points. Sophomore Noel King Wicks scored 12 points to go along with his eight rebounds. The Trailblazers will play the High School For Construction Red Hawks in their next game.