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On This Day In History | 2009

December 12, 2017
Wrestling 2010

The 2010 wrestling squad

On this day 8 years ago, the wrestling squad turned back Long Island Lutheran, 42-35.

The Bears fell behind 18-35, with an Austin Hulse pin (125-pound/ 1:42) the only bright spot early, but they fought back thanks to two forfeits and two pins from Neil Hendricks and Alex von Strandtmann. Hendricks won the 160-pound class with a pin in 1:44 while von Strandtmann took the 171-pound class with a pin in 1:10.

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Bears Pound Knights to Stay Undefeated

December 11, 2017
B Basketball 2017

Narain in action last season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the boys’ basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season in a 79-31 thrashing of Smithtown Christian, the Bears’ 21st consecutive victory in the Holy War series dating back to 1999.

The last match-up between the Bears and Knights came in 2015, a 52-50 senior night thriller. Today’s game held no such drama as the Blue & White built an 8-0 lead in a blink off of four quick layups from Jai Narain, James Toney (2), and Seamus Scanlon. An Owen Sobel fast break layup pushed the lead to 14-4, but a 7-2 run by the Knights pulled them back within seven. Toney closed the quarter with a bucket, giving him 8 points in the 19-10 opening frame.

Toney scored 8 of their Bears’ first 10 points in the second quarter, but the Knights continued to maintain contact with their hustle and tenacity. After Smithtown fell behind by 17 a 7-2 run clipped the Bear lead back to 12, but the Brook closed the half on a 13-4 spurt, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers from Andy D’Alessio and Antonio Rizzo, that gave the Bears a 42-21 lead at the break.

The Bears’ comfortable lead turned into a blowout in a dominant 25-0 third quarter, powered by a suffocating defense that forced 8 of the Bears’ 20 steals on the game. An unbroken flurry of steals and layups went unanswered during what became a 31-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. The Knights did not score their first points of the second half until 4:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. The second team played most of the second half led by D’Alessio and Jerry Li.

Toney was once again the high scorer for the Bears, netting 22 despite playing in just two-thirds of the game. Sobel (12), D’Alessio (9), Scanlon (8), Narain (8), Li (6), Emil Vaughn (4), Rizzo (4), Rex Eshirow (2), Josh Aduba (2), and Sam Hou (2) rounded out a potent scoring attack.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday at Greenport in a rematch of last year’s County Championship, which the Bears took 49-35 for their 5th straight title.

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Bears Win Portledge Tournament

December 11, 2017
B Basketball 2017

Toney in action last season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Sunday morning the boys’ basketball squad topped host Portledge, 67-60, to claim the title in the Panthers’ Tip-Off Tournament. James Toney led the way with a career high 30 points to spur the Bears to a 4-0 start.

Despite the 9:00am start time, the Brook got out of the gates quickly, outscoring Portledge 18-14 in the opening frame behind 7 points from Toney and baskets from Seamus Scanlon, Jai Narain, Owen Sobel and Jerry Li. Scanlon and Emil Vaughn knocked down 3-pointers in the second frame and Toney added another 8 points as the Bears took a 35-24 lead into the break.

The Panther offense began to click in the third quarter as they poured in 23 points to outscore the Bears by 12 and carry a 1-point edge into the final frame. The Bears showed resilience down the stretch, making clutch shots and getting key defensive stops to pull out the win. Narain scored 7 points in the quarter to lead the way.

Toney’s career night was supported by a balanced scoring attack of Seamus Scanlon (11), Narain (9), Vaughn (7), Sobel (4), Colin Scanlon (3), Li (2), and Antonio Rizzo (1).

This was the Bears’ first match-up with the Panthers since the 1991-92 season, a 60-50 victory. Coach Mike Hickey’s teams are 4-0 vs. Portledge over his 29 years as head coach. With the victory the Bears also remain undefeated against Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA) competition this year adding to the victories in boys’ and girls’ cross country, girls’ volleyball, girls’ tennis, and boys’ soccer.

The Bears are back in action this afternoon in a home match-up with Smithtown Christian at 4:30pm.

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On This Day In History | 2007

December 11, 2017

On this day 10 years ago, the girls’ basketball team won a double-overtime thriller at Sayville.

Allegra Istrati knocked down a jumper with 15 seconds left in the second extra period to give the Bears the 47-46 non-league win. Danielle Spiliotis led the way for the Brook with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks while Sadie Singer added 10 points and 6 assists.

The Bears would go on to win a third consecutive County Championship that season.

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On This Day In History | 1986

December 10, 2017
B Basketball 1987 Alioth

Alioth in 1986-87

On this day 31 years ago, Doug Alioth scored 38 points to lift the Shrikes to a 54-44 victory over LaSalle Military Academy.

Both teams started the game hot in a 15-15 first quarter, but the Brook took control in the second as Alioth poured in 13 of the Shrikes’ 16 points to take a 7-point lead into the half. They would never relinquish the lead on the way to the league win. The junior forward added 15 rebounds to complete the double-double. William Cooper was the second-leading scorer for the Blue and White with 6 points.

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Kelly & Malone Turn Back Galway

December 10, 2017
Malone

The 2017 Malone squad (Kelly – 1st row, 3rd from right)

Yesterday afternoon the Malone Rugby Club improved to 9-1 in their final match before the Christmas holiday with a 31-17 victory over the Galway Corinthians. The win kept the Red Sox on top of Division 2A in the Ulster Bank League.

Galway grabbed a 7-0 lead early, but Malone outscored their hosts 21-3 over the rest of the half, thanks in part to a try from scrum half Shane Kelly ’11.

Kelly and the Red Sox are back in action on December 30th vs. Ballynahinch.

Malone have one of the best attacking backlines in Ulster club rugby. Shane Kelly and Connor Spence have been consistent in their performances at scrum half and along with Callum Smith have one of the most intelligent out halves in Ulster club rugby to play alongside.

~ Malone-RFC.com

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Etienne US #2 After 1st College Meet

December 10, 2017
Etienne Indiana

Etienne started his college career with a bang

Yesterday evening Jyles Etienne ’17 began his college high jumping career in sensational fashion, setting a new personal best of 7′ 3″ that broke the Hoosier Open meet record and placed him at #2 in America on the early season rankings.

It also left him tied for 4th on Indiana University’s all-time indoor list with Bob Berry (1979). The only jumpers ahead of him on the list are Derek Drouin (7′ 8.5″ – Olympic Gold Medalist), Ron Jones (7′ 4.5″ – 2x Big Ten Champion), and Darius King (7′ 3.5″ – Big Ten Champion, NCAA runner-up).

7′ 3″ was also the 12th highest jump in America during the entire 2016-17 indoor season and would have been 5th place at the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships, yet Jyles eclipsed that height in his first college event.

His ceiling as a high jumper remains thrillingly indefinable. Any record or accomplishment could be within his grasp over the next four years as this incredible athlete, who only began jumping when he arrived at Stony Brook as a sophomore, continues to reach new plateaus.

Though we don’t know where he will land, we do know it’s going to be a thrill to watch.

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College High Jump Rankings – Top 10

1. Brenton Foster (Manhattan) – SO – 7′ 4.25″

2. Jyles Etienne (Indiana) – FR – 7′ 3″

3. Jerin Allen (Louisville) – SR – 7′ 2.5″

3. Javen Reeves (Louisville) – SR – 7′ 2.5″

5. Daniel Armstrong (Marquette) – SO – 7′ 1.5″

6. Jalen Ford (Iowa State) – SR – 7′ 0.5″

6. Bobby Harris (North Florida) – SR – 7′ 0.5″

6. Isaiah Kyle (Wingate) – JR – 7′ 0.5″

6. Jacob Milton (Norfolk State) – SO – 7′ 0.5″

6. Rahman Minor (Purdue) – FR – 7′ 0.5″

6. Myles Pringle (Ashland) – JR – 7′ 0.5″

6. Matt Quist (Montana) – SR – 7′ 0.5

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