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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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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.

 

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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.

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The Bayside Commodores have started the basketball season 2-0. In the second game of the season, the Commodores bested the Thomas Edison Inventors (0-2) by a score of 82-56. Junior guard Brandon King led the Commodores in scoring with 25 points and fellow junior Austin Williams was second on the team with 20 points and led the team with eight assists. Both players were one rebound away from a double-double. Senior Uzonna Akazi chipped in with seven points and pulled down three rebounds, while sophomore guard Daqauise Andrews scored four points in the game and grabbed six rebounds, which was tied for second on the Commodores with junior Vincent England.

The Forest Hills Rangers have started the season 2-0 as well. The Rangers beat the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (0-1) by a score of 61-53. Senior Arif Mehmeta had a double-double, leading all scorers with 23 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Second on the team in scoring was senior Shamoy Allen who had a double-double as well with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Damien Jackson scored seven points while leading the team in rebounds with 11. Senior Jameke Mejia led the Vee Bees with 17 points. Senior Brandon Howard scored 14 points while senior Chucks Obunse scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

In their first game of the season, the Benjamin N. Cardozo Judges beat the Beach Channel Dolphins (1-1) by a score of 72-49. Senior Tajay Henry led all scorers with 22 points and was one away rebounbd from a double-double. Junior Jermaine Lawrence had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Ryan Yearwood scored 10 points. Senior Edwin Sainvil scored six points while dishing out 11 assists. For the Dolphins, senior Ismail Abdullah led the team with a double-double, scoring 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Senior Semaj Smith chipped in with 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Campus Magnet Bull Dogs (1-1) beat the Flushing Red Devils by a score of 64-40. Campus Magnet senior Tarik Raynor led all scorers with 22 points and led all rebounders with nine. Senior Samuel Durodola had 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior Grequan Carter was the only other player in the game to score in double figures with 11. Senior Justin Harvey had nine points, while sophomore Nohah Vickers scored eight points and totaled seven assists. For the Red Devils, seniors Dillion Bowen and Unel Daley were tied for the team lead in points with eight. Senior Moussa Keita and junior Kylique Lipscombe were second on the team with seven apiece.