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Cardozo HS boys basketball team wins city crown


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There has been lots of murmuring about Benjamin Cardozo sophomore guard Rashond Salnave being one of the best basketball players in the city.

Expect those whispers to grow louder after his performance in the PSAL Division AA city championship on Saturday, March 9.

Trailing the Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave by one point at the Barclays Center, Salnave drove hard to the basketball and was fouled while shooting with 2.5 seconds remaining. The shot didn’t go in, but then, despite enormous pressure weighing on him, the sophomore buried two free throws to win the game, 55-54.

“I was nervous, too,” Salnave said. “I’ve been in those situations before, it’s just that the situations before weren’t as big as this one. Some people say I’m only a sophomore and it’s a big feeling, but I knew what I had to do.”

Salnave finished with 16 points, and was 10 of 12 from the free-throw line, to help lead the Cardozo Judges to their first city crown since 1999. He was the undisputed recipient of the league’s MVP award.

After the final buzzer, Salnave and Cardozo head coach Ron Naclerio cried and shared a hug. It was an emotional win because during the 15-year drought between city titles for the Judges, Naclerio said the team faced many hardships, including losing a player he “considered a son” to another school, and Naclerio’s own suspension of a few games during the playoffs last year after he tossed the Queens Borough Championship runner-up plaque.

Naclerio satirically cradled the championship trophy from the time he received the golden basketball, and didn’t let it go while taking tons of pictures with fans, then walking through the halls of the Barclays Center, then during the press conference with reporters, and even in the locker room.

Cardozo senior Francisco Williams embodies the difficulties the team faced during its drought. Williams started as a freshman at the high school, but personal problems, such as joining the wrong crowd and health issues with his mother, forced him to transfer schools. But this academic year he transferred back to Cardozo, and became one of the team’s most complete players.

Williams added 21 points and six rebounds in the win, and was a dominant defensive presence under the rim. The senior was so happy that his return helped win a championship that he was looking to celebrate in a special way.

“I’m really excited,” Williams said. “We’re going to stay up all night tonight. I’ll probably play 2K (NBA 2K14 video game) and go to Hooters.”

 

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Powered by Skittles, Red Hawks taste the Queens Borough Championship


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At the end of the first half of the PSAL Queens Borough basketball tournament finals on Sunday, the Benjamin Cardozo boys basketball team was firmly leading High School for Construction, 36-26.

It was time for Construction’s first-year head coach, Cory Semper, to unleash his team’s secret weapon: a giant bag of Skittles.

Popularized by the Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch as “power pellets,” the bite-size, multi-color candy is slowly becoming known as a way to recharge athletes.

“The Seattle Seahawks did it, so I said ‘you know what it might work’,” Semper said.

And the Skittles did not fail. The power of the rainbow gave Construction Red Hawks the strength they needed to play more aggressively, and outscore their conference rivals Cardozo in the second half, on route to a 65-62 win.

Red Hawks (14-2, 3-0 playoffs) senior guard Marlon Alcindor led the way with 25 points, including 10 of 13 from the free throw line. The Skittles were especially kind to junior Justin Wright-Foreman, who scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter alone.

So who knew Skittles could be such a powerful weapon? Other than Lynch’s mother, who originally started feeding him “power pellets,” apparently it was Semper’s older brother’s suggestion.

Semper refused to try the Skittles for a long time, but finally gave in during the first playoff game of the Queens Borough tournament against Francis Lewis to fix the team’s weak third quarter problem.

The second seeded Red Hawks were highly favored to win that game, so the Skittles would have been hard to test. But having dropped two games already against the Judges (16-0, 2-1 playoffs) in the regular season, it was a perfect experiment in the finals.

After the  Skittles boost, Construction outscored Cardozo 39-26 in the second half. The Red Hawks controlled the flow of the game by taking less outside shots and charging to the basket to score in the paint and get to the free throw line. They quickly jumped to a 19-9 run to start the third quarter and tie the game, 45-45, and battled from there for the win.

“We just had the strategy of coming in and playing hard,” Wright-Foreman said. “When we were down 10 in the third quarter it was 0-0 to us.”

The win marks Semper’s second Queens Borough title in as many years, with two different schools. Now the Red Hawks are setting their sights on the city title, and Semper said they are bringing a bag of skittles with them.

 

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Benjamin Cardozo wrestler takes first place in citywide tournament


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When Benjamin Cardozo High School wrestler Adam Gomez gets on the mat, it’s all business.

Gomez enters his own zone, where he focuses only on defeating his opponent for the entirety of the match.

“As we wrestle I don’t pay attention at all to anybody else besides who I’m wrestling and that’s about it,” Gomez, a junior, said.

At the annual NYC Wrestling Mayor’s Cup tournament on Sunday, Gomez was fully locked on to his opponents, as he topped his competition to win the crown in the 106-pound division.

Gomez, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, defeated the No. 1 seed John Luke DeStefano of Poly Prep High School in the finals. After wrestling all three rounds with DeStefano, Gomez won the decision with a 4-1 point advantage.

“I’m impressed. He had a really tough opponent in the finals,” said Cardozo wrestling head coach Chris Milani. “It was a great match.”

About 10 schools from Queens were represented at the annual NYC Mayor’s Cup championship at Columbia University. Besides Cardozo, Long Island City, Flushing, Grover Cleveland, Information Tech, William C. Bryant, Springfield Gardens, Hillcrest, Martin Luther School and Lexington School for the Deaf all sent representatives to the mats.

The tournament featured the city’s top 16 wrestlers from the public, Catholic and private schools, in 15 different weight classes.

While Gomez was the only wrestler from Queens to have a first-place finish in their weight category, many of the other athletes enjoyed the experience of competing with top wrestlers from other leagues.

“It’s a big tournament. It’s good to [oppose] people that you don’t usually,” said wrestler Thomas McLoughlin of the Martin Luther School. “You wrestle them all the same. You go out there and you wrestle your game. You don’t wrestle to theirs.”

 

Queens wrestlers results 

  • 99 pound category, Randy Cazales of Flushing High School finished in third place.
  • 106 pound category, Oscar Estudillo of Long Island City High School finished in fifth place.
  • 113 pound category, Abdul Rabbani of Grover Cleveland High School finished in seventh place.
  • 138 pound category, Thomas McLoughlin of Martin Luther School finished in third place.
  • 152 pound category, Shaquille Jones of Hillcrest High School came in fourth place.
  • 160 pound category, Troy Walters of Flushing High School finished fifth place.
  • 170 pound category, Alex Ortiz of Martin Luther School finished in sixth place.
  • 182 pound category, Gabriel Ortega of Grover Cleveland High School finished in fourth place.
  • 195 pound category, Nnamdi Uchendu of Springfield Gardens High School finished in third place.
  • 220 pound category, John Pierre-Louis of Springfield Gardens Hill School finished in third place.
  • 285 pound category, Daniel Pottinger of Benjamin Cardozo High School finished in sixth place.

 

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Sports Star: Kristen Kangas, captain, Benjamin Cardozo HS gymnastics team


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Name: Kristen Kangas
School: Benjamin Cardozo High School
Grade: Senior
Sport: Gymnastics

Kristen Kangas is the captain of Benjamin Cardozo High School girls gymnastics team, and has led her squad to the top of the PSAL this year. Coach Richard Parascos calls her the “heart and soul” of the team, and Kangas is consistently ranked in the top 25 in the city in all four gymnastic events; balance beam, uneven parallel bars, floor exercise and vaulting. In her sophomore year she helped start the school’s cheerleading team. She has held part-time jobs in recent summers, working as an office assistant at St. John’s University and last year at Long Island Care Center nursing home. Kangas is dyslexic, but enjoys sports and helping others, so she aspires to be a physical therapist. She has applied to several SUNY schools, including Potsdam, Fredonia, Cortland and Plattsburgh.

Why do you do enjoy gymnastics and other extracurricular activities?
“Teenagers could be very dangerous without goals. When teenagers don’t do something, they get into trouble. I like being involved and I like socializing.”

How does it feel to lead younger teammates?
“I love it, because not only am I helping them, but you help yourself at the same time.”

Why do you aspire to be a physical therapist?
“I love doing sports in general and I care for people. I feel like a combination of those two is physical therapy. I feel like it’s me.”

How does being dyslexic affect you?
“A lot of kids that have it don’t know they have it and they struggle in school, but I have it and really try in school. The difference between someone who has it and doesn’t have it is that you have to really work and that’s like my whole life, I work for everything I do.”

 

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Cardozo boys basketball team still determined after losing star player


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The Benjamin Cardozo boys’ basketball team has a bone to pick with those who doubted them.

After top-notch transfer Jaquan McKennon left the team preseason, media outlets dropped the Judges in the PSAL rankings. But behind two key players and a solid roster they still believe they will be one of the city’s top teams.

The Cardozo Judges (2-0) proved just that in their home opener against Martin Van Buren High School (2-1) on Monday, December 9, routing the Fighting Vee Bees, 76-40. Senior Francisco Williams scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the team, and sophomore guard Rashond Salnave had 20 points and six assists in the game.

“They said we weren’t going to be that good, so every game we play we got to show out,” Williams said. “Without him (McKennon) we are still going to be a good team. We’re going to win with or without him.”

Williams, who started his high school basketball career at Cardozo, transferred due to personal issues and a health problem with a family member. But following his hiatus he has returned for this final high school year and played his first-ever home game with the Judges against Van Buren. He wants to help the team go far this year.

“I want to take it to the [Madison Square] Garden,” Williams said, referring to the location of the PSAL city championships.

The Judges’ other breakout player is Salnave, who is becoming a top-notch guard in the league. In just his first two games on varsity, the 15-year old combo guard is averaging about 23 points and 5.5 assists.

Besides these two players, the Judges are chock full of talent this year. Senior Carl Edoua Balthazar is a long, lanky forward and a defensive presence on the floor. In the match against Van Buren he finished with 12 rebounds, six blocks and six points.

“Carl is a shot-blocker,” Salnave said. “If we get beat, although it’s not something good to brag about, we know Carl has our back.”

Having coached basketball at Cardozo for more than 30 years, head coach Ron Naclerio knows that the competition will get stiffer as the season drags on. He believes in his team’s strength, but doesn’t want to be cocky.

“I try to say be humble and be hungry,” Naclerio said. “Things could change. Today we were on the north side, but we had some scrimmages where we were on the south side.”

 

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Francis Lewis can’t cramp Cardozo’s style


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Benjamin Cardozo senior Jason Elliott let out screams in pain and grabbed his leg as he wailed on the ground during the second half of boys soccer game versus Francis Lewis Patriots on September 25.

Elliott’s leg had cramped up and the pain seemed unbearable as Cardozo coach Richard Parascos ran to his side to help.

The game was halted for a few minutes and a handful of teammates picked Elliot up and took him off the field as if he were being saved from a burning building.

“I wasn’t hydrated,” he said.

Not only was he thirsty for water; Elliott was hungry for a win. After a break on the sidelines, some stretching, water and a massage, Elliott recovered and scored the golden goal, a header in the 87th minute, to give the Judges a 2-1 win over Francis Lewis in PSAL Queens Division A soccer.

“I saw it coming from far and I just try to make sure to get myself the best opportunity to score it,” Elliot said about the goal. Through the goal his cramped leg was still hurting, but Elliot said, “We’re resilient. We fight. We don’t give up.”

And that’s the way they played all game. Cardozo (4-1) was backed into a corner after allowing an early goal in the first half.

In the 26th minute Francis Lewis (3-2) took a 1-0 lead after forward Dorie James headed the ball in the goal, following a throw-in from senior Nikolas Touros.

But Cardozo wasn’t going to back down. With just seven minutes into the second half the Judges found the answer. They flooded the box on a throw-in and senior Panayiotis Koumas headed the ball in for the equalizer.

“In the first half we really didn’t step strong to the ball,” Parascos said. “That was the big difference in the game. I think we possessed the ball better in the second half.”

From then it was a back and forth of teams exchanging off target, but powerful shots and near corner kicks that were headers away from finding the back of the net. The atmosphere between these eternal Queens rivals was reminiscent of a playoff match in November, despite being just the fifth league game of the season.

And then the shenanigans ensued.

At one point Cardozo had an extra player on the field. It may have been an honest mistake, but Francis Lewis was taking a free kick and the play should have resulted in a yellow card. However, the referees blew the call and Cardozo got off lucky.

With just a few minutes left in regulation, when it was Cardozo’s turn for a free kick, Patriots coach Roger Sarmuksnis purposely told two extra players to get on the field to defend the goal, leading to a successful stop, but a yellow card charge.

“This is playoff soccer right here,” Sarmuksnis said. “I’m just laughing, because that normally happens at the end of the season.”

The game flowed into extra time until Elliott’s goal brought it to an end. With the win Cardozo now heads to top of the standings.

 

QUEENS A EAST SOCCER STANDINGS – 9(26)13

Benjamin Cardozo    4-1-0

Francis Lewis             3-2-0

Bayside                         2-1-2

Forest Hills                 2-1-2

John Bowne                1-4-0

Martin Van Buren    0-5-0

 

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PSAL playoffs heat up


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The Benjamin Cardozo Judges (16-3) lost to the Wings Academy Wings (18-1) by a score of 54-46 in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) ‘A’ Division, “AA.” Senior Ryan Yearwood led the Judges with a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Kyle Credle was second on the team with 10 points, to go along with three rebounds. Senior Edwin Sainvil scored eight points while pulling down four rebounds while senior Tajay Henry scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Long Island City Bull Dogs (18-1) beat the Brooklyn High School for Law And Technology Jets (13-7) by a score of 63-51 in the second round of the Basketball Boys Varsity, 2012 ‘A’ Division Playoff Bracket. Senior Xavier Jones led the Bull Dogs with 20 points while dishing out four assists. Senior Sadi Camara scored 15 points of his own with a total of three assists. Senior Arthur Santanna had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Kevin Green Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Bull Dogs will play the CSIHS/McCown Dragons in the next round.

The Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (14-3) beat the Dewitt Clinton Governors (14-8) by a score of 63-48. Senior Gregory Williamson led all scorers with 26 points leading the Golden Eagles to victory. Sophomore Dupree McBrayer scored 15 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out six assists. Senior Eghosa Osagie chipped in with nine points of his own. For the Governors, freshman Donahue Smith had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

In the PSAL ‘B’ League playoffs the Newcomers Lions (16-0) beat the Metropolitan High School Golden Eagles (14-6) by a score of 82-73. For the Lions, sophomore Larry Baez scored 31 points. Senior Sergino Emmanuel who only averaged 4.93 points during the regular season, scored 20 points. Junior Cristian Zapata had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while dishing out eight assists. Senior Giovanni Pissioni scored nine points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Junior Jose Fernandez scored just one point, but was tied for the lead in rebounds with 14 boards.

Cardozo wins Queens basketball title


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The Benjamin Cardozo Judges continued their winning ways in Queens, defeating the Long Island City Bulldogs, 69-58, to capture the borough championship at York College on Saturday, February 11.

The victory was the Judges’ third Queens championship win in as many years, this time led by senior Tajay Henry’s 21 points and 10 rebounds. The towering forward drilled many key baskets, including a dramatic dunk as time, and the game, slipped away from the Bulldogs.

Cardozo led the contest from beginning to end and seemed on the verge of blowing out L.I.C. as they took a 51-36 lead late in the game. However, the Bulldogs were able to hang tough, cutting the deficit to just four points late in the final quarter.

And they might have won the game too, if not for Cardozo junior Kyle Credle. The 5-foot-10-inch guard scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth, nailing a crucial three-pointer that all but sealed the deal with under one minute remaining and gave the Judges the championship. Rounding out the scoring for Cardozo were senior Rasheed Robinson with 13 points and eight rebounds and senior Ryan Yearwood with nine points and eight rebounds.

The Bulldogs, who upset top-seeded Bayside High School in the team’s prior series and was the only team from the Queens ‘A’ division to reach the borough playoffs, managed to stay in the game behind seniors Sadji Camara and Arthur Santanna who each scored 17 points in the loss. In the upset win over Bayside, L.I.C. was led by senior Xavier Jones with 18 points, while Santanna and Camara scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Next up for the Judges is the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) class ‘AA’ playoffs, in which the school grabbed the fifth seed. Games start this week and the finals will be played at Madison Square Garden on March 17. It’s not over for L.I.C., as the Bulldogs will compete in the PSAL’s class ‘A’ playoffs, culminating with the finals on March 18.

Up the Courts


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The Bayside Commodores (10-2) beat the Beach Channel Dolphins (7-5) by a score of 67-61. For the Commodores, junior Brandon King led all scorers with 30 points, while senior Ryan Tomlin, who is only averaging seven points a game for the season, was second on the team with 21 points. Senior Uzonna Akazi had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Daqause Andrews only scored one point, but managed to dish out 10 assists while pulling down eight rebounds. For the Dolphins, senior Semaj Smith led the team with 25 points, while senior Ismail Abdullah was one rebound shy of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Senior George Palmer chipped in with 15 points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (11-1).

The Judges beat the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (9-3) by a score of 78-56. For the Judges, senior Ryan Yearwood had a double-double, leading all scorers with 19 points and tying for the team lead in rebounds with 11. Senior Daniel Janel had a double-double as well, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Omar Williams had 10 points and seven assists. For the Bull Dogs, senior Grequan Carter led the team with 16 points, while senior Tarik Raynor was second on the team with 15 points. Senior Samuel Durodola chipped in with 13 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Next up for the Bull Dogs will be the Forest Hills Rangers (4-8).

In their last game, the Rangers beat the Flushing Red Devils (0-12) by a score of 64-57. For the Rangers, senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double, leading the team in scoring with 26 points and tying for the team lead in rebounds with 18. Senior Shamoy Allen had a double-double as well, with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson was tied with Mehmetaj with 18 rebounds while chipping in with 10 points.

The John Adams Spartans (9-3) beat the Franklin K. Lane Knights (4-8) by a score of 39-21. For the Spartans, Junior Markell French led the team with 12 points, while coming up second on the team in rebounds with six. Junior Paul Johnson was second on the team with 11 points. Junior Justin Cotto was third on the team with seven points, while senior Shane Hubbard scored six points while leading the team with seven rebounds. Next up for the Spartans will be the Grover Cleveland Tigers (4-8).

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The Bayside Commodores beat the Campus Magnet Bulldogs (8-2) by a score of 52-43, to improve their record to 8-2. For the Commodores junior Austin Williams led all scorers with 22 points. Senior Uzonna Akazi was second on the team with 10 points and pulled down four rebounds as well. Junior Cantrell Baker scored eight points while senior Ryan Tomlin scored six points. Junior Jamal Roseburgh led the team with five rebounds. For the Bull Dogs, sophomore Noah Vickers led the team with 19 points and seven assists. Senior Samuel Durodola was second on the team with 16 points while leading the team with seven rebounds. Only two other players scored for the Bulldogs for a combined eight points. Next up for the Commodores will be the Forest Hills Rangers (3-7).

In their last game, the Rangers lost to the Beach Channel Dolphins (6-4) by a score of 60-54. For the Dolphins, senior Ismail Abdullah led all scorers with a double-double scoring 20 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Junior Kapreme Irving and senior Semaj Smith each scored 12 points. Seniors Christopher John and George Palmer each scored six points. For the Rangers, senior Damien Jackson had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson also dished out five assists. Senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Shamoy Allen chipped in with nine points and five rebounds. Next up for the Dolphins will be the Thomas Edison Inventors (2-8).

The Inventors were blown out in their last game by the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (9-1), 89-47. Senior Tajay Henry had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Ryan Yearwood had a double-double as well with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Edwin Sainvil scored 10 points while dishing out six assists. Senior Sven Lewis Hunt was one point away from a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds. The Judges had a total of 68 rebounds in the game. Next up for the Judges will be the Flushing Red Devils.

The Long Island City Bulldogs are at the top of the Queens A West Standings with a 10-0 record. In their last game the Bulldogs beat the Francis Louis Patriots (6-4) by a score of 61-49 extending their regular season winning streak to 25. Senior Kevin Green Jr. had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Green also led the team with seven assists. Senior Xavier Jones was second on the team with 14 points. Senior Arthur Santanna had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

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The Bayside Commodores (6-2) won their last game by a score of 68-48 over the Flushing Red Devils (0-8). Junior Brandon King had a game high 20 points to lead the Commodores. Senior Uzonna Akazi had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Cantrell Baker added eight points. Junior Austin Williams filled up the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists. For the Red Devils, senior Dillion Bowen led the team with 12 points. Junior Justyn Velasquez had eight points and three rebounds. Senior Ackeem Ore Vohrnis had four points and led the team in rebounds with seven, while sophomore Papa Ekow Donkor had four points and was second on the team in rebounds with six. In their next game the Commodores will play Thomas Edison Inventors (2-6).

In their last game, the Inventors beat the Forest Hills Rangers (3-5) by a score of 78-70. Senior Deshawn Cann led all scorers with 27 points for the Inventors. Junior Jaleel Charles had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Orain Lawrence chipped in with 12 points, while Senior Rowan Fisher had 11 points and six rebounds. For the Rangers, senior Shamoy Allen led the team with 20 points. Senior Arif Mehmetaj had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson had a double-double as well with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Benjamin Batash chipped in with 13 points. Next up for the Rangers will be the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (2-6).

The Vee Bees lost to the Benjamin Cardozo Judges (7-1) by a score of 66-61 in their last game. For the Judges, junior Kyle Credle led all scorers with 21 points. Senior Ryan Yearwood was second on the team with 11 points. Junior Jermaine Lawrence had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Tajay Henry scored nine points while pulling down seven rebounds. Junior Kendall Brown had nine points as well. Junior Omar Williams had six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. For the Vee Bees, senior Edgar Lebron led the team with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior Brandon Howard had 15 points and six assists. Senior Jameke Mejia chipped in with 12 points. Senior Chucks Obunse had seven points and was second on the team with seven rebounds. Next up for the Judges will be the Beach Channel Dolphins (5-3).

In their last game, the Dolphins lost to the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs by a score of 55-51. Senior Grequan Carter led the Bull Dogs with 18 points. Senior Tarik Raynor was second on the team with 17 points. For the Dolphins, senior Semaj Smith led the team with 18 points. Ismail Abdullah was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior George Palmer chipped in with 10 points, while senior Christopher John scored seven points.

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The Bayside Commodores have started the season 3-1 after defeating the Forest Hills Rangers (2-2) by a score of 73-33. Junior Brandon King was one of two players to score in double figures, leading all scorers with 21 points. For the season, King is the Commodores’ leading scorer with 19.25 points per game. Uzonna Akazi, second on the team in scoring, added 18 points and was first on the team in rebounds with six. Junior Jamal Roseburgh scored seven points, while junior Corey Mittenthal scored six. Junior Austin Williams also scored six points and dished out five assists. For the Rangers, Arif Mehmetaj led the team with 14 points and senior Shamoy Allen chipped in with seven points. Senior Damien Jackson scored six points while leading the team with six rebounds. Next up for the Commodores will be the Beach Channel Dolphins (3-1).

In their last game the Dolphins beat the Thomas Edison Inventors (0-4) by a score of 61-39. Senior Semaj Smith led the Dolphins in scoring with 19 points and also grabbed five rebounds. Senior Ismail Abdullah had 18 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Senior George Palmer scored seven points with eight rebounds. Kapreme Irving chipped in with six points, while senior Rowan Fisher led the Inventors with 21 points. Senior Deshawn Cann scored nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Benjamin Cardozo Judges have started the season 3-0. With this past win, the Judges extended their regular season winning streak to 20 straight games. In their last game, the Judges beat the Flushing Red Devils (0-4) by a score of 76-41 as six-foot-nine junior Jermaine Lawrence led the team in scoring with 19 points. Lawrence also had 17 rebounds, giving him a double-double. For the season Lawrence is averaging 19.67 points a game to go along with 15.67 rebounds a game. Senior Tajay Henry had a double-double as well with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while junior Daniel Janel also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Judges had a total of 55 rebounds in the game. Next up for the Judges will be the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (3-1).

The Bull Dogs beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (1-2) by a score of 62-44. Senior Samuel Durodola had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tarik Raynor had 17 points as well, with eight rebounds. Senior Grequan Carter had 14 points in the game. Junior Tyrell Fields had just one basket but was able to grab eight rebounds. For the Vee Bees, Patrick Gustave had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Chucks Obunse scored just one basket but pulled down 13 rebounds.