To quote former Island Trees HS graduate, Eddie Money, “I’ve got two tickets to paradise.”
Only in this case, “paradise” is Glens Falls, NY.
Four of the best boys basketball teams from Class AA and A will have the opportunity to earn a trip to Glens Falls as MSGVarsity.com Livecast presents the Class AA and A Long Island Championships from Hofstra University.
The action is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Class AA title game featuring Baldwin taking on William Floyd HS.
Suffolk Class AA champion William Floyd is led by one of the most dominant scorers on Long Island in Anthony White. The star senior is averaging 20.2 points per game for the Colonials, and has scored at least 20 points or more in seven of his last nine games played.
The Colonials won the Suffolk Class AA title with a 53-45 win over a very tough Central Islip team for the county crown. White had a dominating effort, scoring 15 points and pulling down 23 rebounds to give Floyd its first county championship since 1997.
Baldwin has been on a roll throughout the entire winter and could be easily undefeated this season if not for an early season one-point loss to Roslyn.
The Bruins capped off its Nassau postseason schedule with a 55-50 win over previously undefeated Uniondale for the county title. Brandon Williams had 18 points, Kirk Staine chipped in 11 and Mykeil Tzul added 10 points in the victory. Williams has averaged just over 16 points per game throughout the postseason.
In the second-half of our doubleheader, the Class A championship will be contested as Harborfields takes on South Side with a tentative tip time for 3:30 p.m.
Harborfields has been regarded as one of the most dangerous teams on Long Island all season long. Consistently ranked in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 20, the Tornadoes sport one of the most complete players on the Island in Lucas Woodhouse.
Woodhouse has led Harborfields to all kinds of awards this year, including the Suffolk County ‘A’ title, the small schools title and the overall championship. The future Longwood University guard led the Tornadoes with 24 points and 11 assists in an 80-58 victory over Class ‘AA’ champion William Floyd for the overall title.
Don’t forget about other scoring threats like David Ba, John Patron and Justin Ringen. Ringen leads the team with an average of 19.6 points per game – a majority of those coming from the creative passing of Woodhouse.
The Tornadoes opponent, the Cyclones of South Side have been consistently ranked in the MSG Varsity Long Island power rankings in the top 10 boys basketball teams. The Cyclones enter the Long Island Championship with just two losses on the season, the first coming at the hands of Holy Trinity, the other coming against Nassau finalist Jericho.
Ryan Spadaford led all South Side players in the Nassau County finals against the aforementioned Jericho Jayhawks, with 13 points in a 64-51 win at Hofstra University. The Cyclones will look to continue to repeat that same Hofstra magic Saturday afternoon for a chance to go to Glens Falls.
Be sure to join MSGVarsity.com live starting at 12:30 p.m. to find out which teams will be heading upstate only on Gametime Livecast.