In a metropolis recognized for its basketball prowess and numerous weekend tournaments all through the season, the SNY Invitational has managed to carve out a particular place in New York Metropolis hoops lore.
Beginning in 2008 with a victory by conventional PSAL energy Abraham Lincoln, the Invitational’s listing of winners contains a few of the elite groups not solely within the Large Apple but additionally the tri-state space and all the nation: Together with the Railsplitters, Christ the King, Cardozo, Mount Vernon, St. Anthony and Loughlin have all gained the SNY trophy. In 2010, it was Rice, a Manhattan powerhouse program that’s not round however produced a few of the biggest CHSAA groups within the metropolis’s historical past.
In anticipation of tonight’s tipoff of the 10th SNY Invitational, here’s a year-by-year look again at every SNY championship:
Earlier than he made it to the NBA, Lance Stephenson took his place amongst Lincoln legends like Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair by main the Railsplitters to the first-ever SNY Invitational title.
With then-Mets GM Omar Minaya sitting courtside a day after finishing a deal to deliver Johan Santana to Queens, Stephenson poured in 28 factors and grabbed 13 rebounds in Lincoln’s 86-55 win over PSAL powerhouse Cardozo. He was named MVP of the match and has since performed for six groups in six seasons within the NBA.
Through the years, Mount Vernon had usually struggled to earn the respect that almost all of its Large Apple brethren acquired. However the Knights took issues into their very own palms this time, successful the match with a convincing 70-54 victory over CHSAA contender St. Raymond sooner or later after knocking off PSAL heavyweight Jefferson within the SNY semis.
Mount Vernon used its spectacular dimension to outrebound the Ravens 27-15 on the offensive glass, taking the trophy again to the outskirts of town.
“I believe this says that we’re up close to the highest, however there’s lots of good groups within the space,” coach Bob Cimmino stated. “There’s Lincoln, Rice and Jefferson, however we could be aggressive with anybody within the space.”
Holding a 19-point lead with 2:15 left within the third quarter, Cardozo was destined to win its first SNY Invitational championship. The one factor that stood in its method was a pesky and gifted Rice crew that had gotten used to hard-fought battles within the CHSAA.
Publicity to that form of adversity actually got here in helpful for Rice — a now-defunct college that may go down as one of many biggest in CHSAA basketball historical past.
Capping a comeback from that double-digit deficit with a 63-58 extra time win actually goes down as one of many Raiders’ most spectacular over time. Doing it towards one of many PSAL’s finest groups, and within the remaining of the SNY Invitational, actually helps.
St. Anthony of Jersey Metropolis was the No. 2 crew within the nation on the time however the Boys & Women Kangaroos had them on the ropes. Up by eight heading into the fourth quarter, the ’Roos had been on the verge of pulling off what would have been the most important upset in SNY Invitational historical past.
However coach Bob Hurley’s crew wasn’t ranked that top for nothing, and St. Anthony got here charging again with a giant fourth quarter during which they held Boys & Women to simply three factors over the ultimate eight minutes on its strategy to a 43-38 win.
“We simply gave them the sport,” Boys & Women’ Rutgers-bound guard Mike Taylor stated.
“They’re the No. 2 crew within the nation,” stated Kangaroos’ coach Ruth Lovelace, whose Kangaroos had been ranked 22nd within the nation coming into the sport. “It could (have been) an important win for this system.”
As an alternative, it was the Friars who put their title into the SNY historical past books.
Following an surprising one-year hiatus on account of an argument involving NCAA guidelines, the SNY Invitational tipped off once more with a doozy of a title recreation matchup.
Although neither St. Anthony nor Lengthy Island Lutheran performs throughout the 5 boroughs, they’d each earned the respect of the NYC basketball group with championship-caliber play yr after yr. And the Friars turned the Invitational’s first-ever repeat champ, beating LuHi, 52-45. Hallice Cooke, a 6-Three capturing guard, earned MVP honors after scoring 22 factors within the remaining, together with six Three-pointers.
The title recreation win was the 81st consecutive victory for St. Anthony, a program not in existence after the varsity shuttered its doorways final spring.
It’s not simple standing out within the CHSAA, maybe essentially the most aggressive league within the nation. However Bishop Loughlin made a reputation for itself with a decisive 69-55 win over two-time defending champ St. Anthony.
Khadeen Carrington, the Seton Corridor-bound star for the Lions, carried his crew to the title with 20 factors and 10 rebounds and took dwelling the Invitational’s MVP award.
“It’s a giant plus in my profession,” Carrington stated. “We performed an important, legendary coach (in Bob Hurley). Now we all know the place we’re at and what we will do.”
Loughlin closed the sport with an amazing 26-2 run.
Cardozo vs. Wings would have been an important PSAL metropolis championship recreation matchup, and simply lower than two months later, it was. However on this afternoon, the SNY title was up for grabs, and the Judges had been those who grabbed it.
After a tough first half, Cardozo lastly made a recreation of it within the third quarter and into the fourth earlier than closing out Wings with a 12-Zero run that capped a 50-47 victory.
“I don’t know the way the hell we gained that recreation,” Cardozo’s emotional coach Ron Naclerio stated.
Three straight Three-pointers within the remaining minutes helped, together with one by Monmouth-bound guard Ray Salnave, who scored six of his 9 factors within the remaining 1:46 to earn MVP honors.
Wings acquired revenge in March, beating Cardozo at Madison Sq. Backyard within the PSAL metropolis title recreation.
At this level, Cardozo had lengthy established itself as a metropolis powerhouse, however a victory over CHSAA counterpart and Queens rival Christ the King helped.
The 66-63 win gave the Judges their second straight SNY crown.
The Judges had been led by Invitational MVP Aaron Walker, who had 20 factors and eight rebounds and hit two clutch free throws to seal the victory. Tareq Coburn had 21 factors, together with Cardozo’s first eight factors to begin the third quarter.
This Invitational nail-bitter was gained by Christ the King when 6-11 middle Kofi Cockburn grabbed a rebound, put it in to tie the rating after which drained a foul shot to provide the Royals a 67-66 victory over CHSAA rival St. Raymond.
Cockburn capped his afternoon by grabbing the SNY’s MVP honors after a title recreation efficiency during which he scored 20 factors and grabbed 15 boards. “I couldn’t be extra pleased with my guys,” Christ the King head Joe Arbitello stated.