SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and all things New York sports, today announced the return of the 2016 SNY Invitational, the tri-state area's elite high school basketball tournament. The two-day tournament will tip off Friday, January 29th at 6 p.m. with a matchup of two first-time participants in the event as Christ the King High School from Middle Village takes on Long Island's Brentwood High School. At 8 p.m., returning champion Benjamin N. Cardozo High School will face Westchester power Mount Vernon High School. The championship game will be played on Saturday, January 30th at 4 p.m., immediately following the 2 p.m. consolation game. The tournament will be held at City College of New York in the Nat Holman Gymnasium. For ticket information, visit SNYInvitational.com.
As part of the event, SNY will make donations totaling more than $20,000 in funds to the participating high schools. Since the tournament's inception in 2008, SNY has helped make contributions surpassing $325,000 in scholarships and funds to participating schools and tri-state area students. The Invitational serves as part of the network's year-round community outreach initiative known as SNY Play Ball. Through the program, SNY has reached over 70,000 youth players in 170 local communities in the New York metropolitan area - including New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania (Pike County) - through various programs comprising of donations, clinics, game experiences and volunteer work. The program culminates with multiple "Play Ball Weeks" throughout the year, where SNY and SNY.TV will honor and highlight individuals and selected youth leagues on a daily basis. The first Play Ball Week of 2016 begins Sunday, January 24th and ends on the final day of the tournament, Saturday, January 30th.
SNY will broadcast all the on-court action with Scott Braun serving as play-by-play announcer and Mike Quick, the area's most trusted voice for high school sports, as game analyst. SNY's Michelle Yu will host the network's on-site tournament coverage while Adam Zagoria, SNY.tv's high school basketball insider, will contribute key insights and Alexa Datt will serve as the sideline reporter. Leading into the tournament, SNY will also provide additional exposure to the schools and their students by producing human interest pieces about the individual schools and their teams in the network's flagship nightly sports news program, GEICO SportsNite.
"Brentwood is honored to be selected as a participant in this year's SNY Invitational," said Brentwood head coach Anthony Jimenez. "We have watched as fans over the past several years of the tournament and are now excited to see how we compete against these tremendous programs on the big stage."
"We are thrilled to have the chance to participate in the area's pre-eminent basketball tournament," said Joe Arbitello, Christ the King head coach. "Aside from the tournament itself, the commitment SNY has made to us will be a great benefit to our school and our students."
"We look forward to the opportunity to defend our title this year," said Ron Naclerio, head coach of Benjamin N. Cardozo. "The competitive landscape at the SNYI is truly unlike any other in the area and we are grateful to once again be a part of it."
"Mount Vernon would like to thank SNY for including us and for all its hard work in running a great tournament," said Mount Vernon head coach Bob Cimmino. "It is good to be back again following a five-year hiatus, and we hope for a successful tournament."
Due to the positive effect that the SNY Invitational has had on the community, the tournament continues to draw the support of the tri-state area's most prominent corporate sponsors, including:
- New York Mets
- Fidelis Care
- New York Daily News
- New York's 529 College Savings Programs
- Time Warner Cable
- New York Jets
SNY Invitational TV and Match-Up Schedule: Friday, Jan. 29
- Game 1: Friday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m.: Christ the King vs. Brentwood
- Game 2: Friday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m.: Cardozo vs. Mount Vernon
- Game 1: Saturday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.: Consolation Game (TBD)
- Game 2: Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.: Championship Game (TBD)