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Queens High School of Teaching stomps on Martin Van Buren in hoops score

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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The Queens High School of Teaching (QHST) and Martin Van Buren High School boys’ varsity basketball teams entered the game with the same record, but Van Buren left with an upset.

Despite the loss of powerhouse forward Sonny Okorie, the QHST Tigers (5-3) kicked off the first quarter with a 7-0 run. A series of quick turnovers on both ends of the court ended with Van Buren’s guard Darron Williams getting fouled, and putting his team on the board with two points.

But the Tigers smooth passes and ability to control the ball and execute shots soared over the Van Buren VeeBees (4-4) and they ended the half up by 10 points, 27-17.

The second half started up with several stand-out plays from QHST forward Michael O’Leary and guard Brandon Anderson. Both teams continued to be aggressive on steals, amounting as much as four steals in under a minute.

Despite doubling the VeeBees score, Shelton appeared displeased at the referees’ foul calls, but the Tigers continued to score regardless. Just before the quarter ended, QHST guard Keshaun Ellis made a behind-the-back assist and brought the score to 47-23.

Several times throughout the game, Van Buren passed the ball directly into the hands of the QHST players. But before the fourth quarter, Edwards took Williams aside to talk strategy for the final minutes. But despite the pep talk and a big block from VeeBees guard Dayvon Lloyd on O’Leary, the Tigers came out victorious and ended the game 69-29.

This is the Tigers first season in the AA division and as of press time placed third overall in the borough, behind High School for Construction and the Benjamin N. Cardozo High School.

“I think we’re doing better than others expect,” Shelton said.

He added the majority of his varsity team is underclassmen so he is “excited” for the years to come, building on what they have.

“Our future looks bright,” he said.

Queens Morning Roundup

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Friday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 73. Southeast wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Friday night: Scattered showers, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Job Fair

There will be a Halloween themed family sleepover this weekend at the Long Island Aquarium. At the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular, kids will get rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the Creatures of the Night exhibit. You can also dress up in Halloween customes, and enjoy craft time and a screening of “Monster House.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Neighbor of Federal Reserve bomb suspect speaks

The day after a Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed to be a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, a neighbor spoke out, saying he had no idea what was being plotted, just downstairs. Read more: Queens Courier

Tigers sweep Yankees in ALCS to reach World Series

Prince Fielder waved his arms frantically, gleefully calling off his teammates while the crowd at Comerica Park roared. From the moment the big first baseman signed his massive contract in January, an entire city had been waiting for a chance to celebrate like this. After another dazzling effort by Detroit’s starting pitchers and another soaring home run by Miguel Cabrera, Fielder caught the final out to send the Tigers to the World Series — with a sweep of the New York Yankees, no less. Read more: ESPN

Nassau officer killed on LIE while responding to collision

A Nassau County cop who responded to an accident on the Long Island Expressway was killed early today when he was struck by another vehicle passing the scene of the crash, sources said. Officer Joseph P. Olivieri, 43, was struck at 4:43 a.m. on the eastbound roadway near exit 35 in North Hills. Read more: NY Post

Comedic relief: Obama, Romney bring on the jokes at annual dinner

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were within arm’s length for the second time this week, as they shared the stage at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner Thursday and delivered feisty quips at each other’s expense. Read more: CNN

Queens man put on “No-Fly List” stranded in Austria

A 26-year-old Queens man was returning home from a trip to Austria when he was stopped at the airport and told by airline agents that the Department of Homeland Security had prohibited his travel. For over two weeks Samir Suljovic, of Oakland Gardens, has remained stranded in Austria, where he was on vacation visiting friends and family. Read more: NBC New York

Queens judge denies perv’s request to lower jail sentence to spend Christmas with family

A Queens judge slammed a pervert’s request to lower his jail sentence to be with his four children for Christmas. Oross, 45 of East Islip, LI, plead guilty in September to having repeated sexual encounters with a 14-year-old student in a Susan B. Anthony IS 238 classroom and in his car, more than a dozen times in 2009. Read more: NY Post


Yankees eliminated from the playoffs

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

The Bronx Bombers were bounced from the playoffs last night, ending their season and crushing their hopes for a 28th title.

The Yankees were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 3-2– the same score by which the Tigers won the series.

After giving up back-to-back homeruns in the first inning, Yankees starter Ivan Nova was forced to leave after the second due to tightness in his right forearm.

The Yankees squandered numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, always seeming one hit away from gaining the advantage. They stranded 11 men on base, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and 0-for-4 with the bases loaded.

Thursday’s loss marks the end to a season in which the Yankees led the American League with 97 wins, causing many fans to have World Series aspirations.

After licking their wounds, the team’s priority this offseason will be CC Sabathia, who can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Yankees will also look to bolster their pitching and add youthful position players to combat the rising ages of players like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

Game in his Veins

| smosco@queenscourier.com


Kids will bring anything into school for show and tell. Sometimes, it’s not even an item they’re proud of, but rather, the first thing they saw when they remembered it was show and tell day. Of course, some kids do bring an item that remains a source of pride – and at least one kid brings in the picture of what he hopes will be his future.

Keith Miller is a rising star on the Lutheran School of Flushing & Bayside (LSFB) basketball team, the Tigers. On his show and tell day, he brought in a picture of his father dunking at Madison Square Garden. The senior Keith tried out for the New York Knicks – a fact that leaves the junior Keith with a passion for the hardwood game.

“I love basketball, it makes me feel free,” said Miller, a towering 12-year-old eighth grader who stands at almost 5 feet 11 inches. “When I’m on the court, nothing else matters. I have tunnel vision.”

The power forward is back on the Tigers after a year at a different school. He returned to LSFB to rediscover old friendships and to dominate in his favorite sport. Once practice begins in mid-October, Miller figures to be on the court after school at least twice per week as he gears up for the start of the season in January.

By far the tallest player on the team, Miller’s main objective is to grab as many rebounds as possible and raise his team’s odds of second-chance points. It’s an important role on any basketball team, and one that Miller’s coach, Nicholas Singh, knows will improve the Tigers’ shot at victory.

“When he transferred schools, we missed him bad,” Singh said, referring to the year his Tigers played without Miller. “He has a real passion for the game – it runs in his family.”

But even with a passion for basketball running through his veins, Miller still knows that his game could use a few improvements. For starters, he wants to inject more aggression into his game and play a lot more “in your face” basketball, which will keep the opposition from getting to the hoop.

“When you’re aggressive, it stops the other team from getting easy shots,” he said. “Obviously, that’s the key to winning.”

Singh believes that aggression combined with towering stature will elevate Miller’s game to a level of pure dominance. He’s going to play some games at center this year, the coach said, adding that his size gives him more responsibility than other players.

“He hit a major growth spurt. He’s much taller than most other kids his age, so we are going to rely heavily on him for scoring and rebounds,” the coach said. “If we make the playoffs, that means he’s had a good year.”

Miller is looking to have a good year off the court as well. While playing sports gets his mind off school work, when he’s in the classroom Miller is all business. His average is in the 80s and his favorite subjects include science and social studies.

“I really like social studies because knowing about the past and your ancestors helps us grow in knowledge,” he said. “It’s important to know what they went through – it helps you appreciate what you have.”

And what Miller has, besides classroom smarts, is a strong lineage. Not only is his dad an avid player, his sister Felicia won a championship with LSFB – so obviously this is a family that has been up and down the court.

But you don’t have a family of winners without someone putting the emphasis on schoolwork. Miller’s mom Victoria instilled in him the importance of finishing all of his schoolwork before he steps onto the court.

Once that work is completed, Miller is free to play ball, a fact that Singh knows might get his team back where it belongs.

“Our goal as always is to make the playoffs,” Singh said. “Some of the schools from the Bronx and other places might not take us seriously because we play in the suburbs. But that’s fine. We’ve never been classified as a basketball school, but with players like Keith, things have changed.”