Credt: Hoophall Classic
Credt: Hoophall Classic

When Archbishop Molloy coach Mike McCleary first heard about the field for the 2018 SNY Invitational, he knew his team was going to face a tough road.

"It's an incredibly difficult tournament," McCleary told SNY.tv. "When we first met, they hadn't done the matchups and they said to me, 'Who would you prefer playing?' I said, 'That's like asking, 'Do you want to die by lethal injection or firing squad?'

"There are very, very talented teams in this tournament. You'd be lucky to come out with a win, and certainly lucky to win the championship."

The two-day tournament kicks off live on SNY on Friday at 6 p.m. ET as the NY State Sportswriters Association's No. 10 ranked Archbishop Molloy Stanners take on the No. 5 ranked Long Island Lutheran Crusaders. The Friday evening semifinal concludes as Jersey City's Hudson Catholic Hawks, ranked No. 2 in New Jersey by NJ.com, face off against New York's No. 2 ranked Cardinal Hayes Cardinals. SNY's championship coverage begins Saturday, January 27 at 2 p.m. ET.

"I've been following the tournament for the 10 years and I would say this is probably hands down the deepest, most talented field SNY's put together," LuHi coach John Buck said.

Since the tournament's inception in 2008, 68 tournament participants have gone on to play Division 1 basketball at schools such as UConn, Kentucky, UCLA and Georgetown. Two former players -- Lance Stephenson and Kyle Anderson -- were named McDonald's All-Americans and are now in the NBA.

This year's event features a record three McDonald's All-Americans in Moses Brown of Molloy, who on Monday verbally committed to UCLA, Louis King (Oregon) and Jahvon Quinerly (uncommitted) of Hudson Catholic.

The 7-foot-2 Brown chose UCLA over Maryland and Florida State, and will sign his National Letter of Intent this spring.

"UCLA is a really good school, I love their campus," he said at the prestigious HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., earlier this month. "And I like the conference that they're in."

Hudson Catholic has two McDonald's All-Americans of its own. King went off for 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists as Hudson Catholic cruised to a 71-58 decision over Kentucky-bound Immanuel Quickley and John Carroll (Md.) at the Hoophall Classic.

"Louis was tremendous," Hudson Catholic coach Nick Mariniello said. "When he's engaged, he's as good as anyone in the country. I thought he defended well, I thought he shot the ball well, I thought he drove the ball well.

King's performance came in front of his future coach, Oregon's Dana Altman.

"Lou's got a lot of upside," Altman said. "He can put the ball on the floor, he's got a good shooting touch. I think as he gets stronger, he's going to really be a good rebounder. He's got good instincts going after the ball. I love his willingness to pass. I think he's a really good passer. I loved the way he moved the ball.

"I think Nick does a great job with him. He's a great basketball player. He's going to step right in and play a lot of basketball for us, I'm quite sure about that."

The 6-2 Quinerly has kept a low profile on his recruitment since decommitting from Arizona, but coaches from Rutgers, Villanova and Oregon watched him at the Hoophall. In addition to the McDonald's All-Americans, the tournament features plenty of other talent.

"I think beyond those three [McDonald's All-Americans], there are many, many more really capable players," said LuHi coach John Buck, whose team will counter with point guard Tyson Etienne and forwards Frankie Policelli and Weber State-bound Donatas Kupsas. "That's what makes this so exciting." Molloy should benefit from the return of junior point guard Cole Anthony, the No. 5-ranked prospect in the Class of 2019 according to ESPN.com and the son of former Knicks point guard Greg Anthony. Cole has been out with a bone bruise in his foot.

"In high school, any time you have a really strong point guard and a center, I think that's your starting points, your building ground, and I think they have two of the best in the country," Buck said of the Molloy duo. "And they have Khalid Moore [Georgia Tech] and other capable players around them, so they're really, really talented and we'll have to play a solid game to come out with a win." McCleary feels the same way on the other side.

"I think [LuHi] is a little deeper than we are," he said. "I think our 'Big Three' guys are good and able to play with them but after that we kind of slip a little bit. So we need those guys to step up and play big for us if we're going to do well in the tournament."

Of a potential chance at the title, McCleary added: "It would be great for us. Frankly this season has been we get a win, then we get a loss. The schedule has been so tough for us playing this national schedule. So it would be nice to build a little momentum as we come to the end of the season and the playoffs."


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GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:00:44
After beating two of the top five teams in the nation, St. John's will try to keep rolling against Marquette.

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GEICO SportsNite: Chris Mullin 00:02:38
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin joins GEICO SportsNite by phone to discuss the team's incredible upset of top-ranked Villanova.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) St. John's took down another of the nation's elite, and stunned No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday night for its second win over a top-five team this week - and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) to its first conference win of the season and easily their best week since Chris Mullin was in uniform, not the coach.

Mullin played for St. John's when it beat No. 1 Georgetown 66-65 on Jan. 26, 1985. And he was on the sideline exhorting his players in the final minutes of this shocker. >> Read more

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LI Lutheran tops Cardinal Hayes in the SNY Invitational championship game, 76-57.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was all Hudson Catholic all game and it started early. 

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Long Island Lutheran advances 00:01:52
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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:33
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GEICO SportsNite: Scott on WFAN 00:06:45
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GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:31
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Kevin Willard breaks down Myles Powell's pivotal play in the second half, as the Pirates defeat No. 22-ranked Texas Tech, 89-79.

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Harlem Lacrosse is a non-profit organization that aims to give at-risk youth a chance at a better life through the sport of lacrosse.

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The program is solely supported by private funds and charity donations from businesses and individuals.

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Baker, 48, will be charged with cleaning up the historic program and getting it back on track following the scandal. His top assistant will be former Eastside star Tony Murphy Jr.

"It's my goal to rebuild a program the city of Paterson can be proud of," Baker said. "Through consistent hard work, my staff and I hope to repair the community's trust in our basketball program. We want our players and their parents to know we will do right by them. I know high school sports is important in Paterson. But before we get into X's and O's, we have to build character and teach our student athletes about winning the every day challeges of life. We want to get back to the principles this program was built on and that's winning the right way."

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New York Excelsior, or "NYXL", will be one of the 12 franchises to participate in the inaugural season of Activision Blizzard's Overwatch League. It is also New York City's first esports franchise.

"It is an amazing opportunity to have NYXL be part of a brand new professional league and representing the city of New York," Jeff Wilpon, Co-Founder and Parnter of Sterling.VC said. "We've put together a strong team and look forward to competing at the highest level."

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WFAN radio personality Craig Carton has resigned from his position at the station, according to a press release from his publicist.


For 10 years I've had the great privilege of showing up to work every day at my dream job. I have nothing but love and respect for my co-host, the show and the entire CBS Radio family and I've always tried to represent them in the best possible light.

Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build. With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted. I am sad to see this chapter of my life close but know that it will allow me to focus on my family, my well-being and clearing my name, while giving the show the best opportunity to succeed without further disruption.

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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:01:29
SNY's Taylor Rooks reports from the U.S Open, where Maria Sharapova was eliminated by Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round.

 

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Sharapova continues US Open run 00:01:06
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GEICO SportsNite: U.S. Open 00:01:36
At the AKTIV celebrity pro-am, retired professional tennis player James Blake talks with Michelle Yu about the U.S. Open in New York.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Rocket League 00:00:32
Catch all the action Sunday, August 6 when the Rocket League Northeast Regionals air right here on SNY

The Universal Open's Northeast Regional will take place on August 6th from SNY's downtown studios.

Coverage begins at 5pm Streaming Live on the NBC Sports App before switching to SNY at 8pm.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rocket League 00:02:10
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