H.S. hoops: Apparel Challenge, LuHi Invitational
by Bryan Fonseca
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MOUSSE CISSE, KOFI COCKBURN AND THE REST OF THE ROYALS SQUAD HOSTED THE APPAREL CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND. (Photo: Jeffrey Armstrong)
MOUSSE CISSE, KOFI COCKBURN AND THE REST OF THE ROYALS SQUAD HOSTED THE APPAREL CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND. (Photo: Jeffrey Armstrong)
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Long Island Lutheran in Glen Head hosted the LuHi Invitational on Saturday.

Perennial New York State power Long Island Lutheran High School opened and closed the event with their highly regarded boys and girls programs, with games featuring the boys’ teams from Thomas Edison High School of Queens and South Shore High School of Brooklyn sandwiched in between.

In the duel between the two PSAL schools, Thomas Edison came up short in a battle against Bronx-based Eagle Academy, while a very talented South Shore squad nearly knocked off St. Mary’s of New Jersey.

LuHi’s boys team wrapped up the event by blowing out Sacred Heart High School of Connecticut, led by Donatas Kupsas, a standout of the Queens-based AAU program New York Jayhawks.

Meanwhile, Christ the King High School hosted a bevy of talented players and teams at the fourth annual Apparel Challenge.

The day began with perhaps the two best girls’ teams in New York City, the Christ the King Royals and South Shore Vikings, squaring off. King knocked off the defending State Federation Champions by 14 points in a low-scoring matinee.

In the first of four straight showdowns between boys’ teams, Bishop Loughlin fell to Boys and Girls High School in an all-Brooklyn affair. Thomas Jefferson and Archbishop Molloy battled next, where the latter program was minus five-star junior guard Cole Anthony, who was out with a heel injury.

Anthony’s absence was felt, as Molloy was blown away, 74-45, despite a game-best 24 points from highly touted 7-foot-1 senior Moses Brown.

LuHi’s boys in their second straight day of competition survived a resilient challenge from Archbishop Stepinac, winning by seven, led by LuHi guard and New York Jayhawk standout Frankie Policelli.

Christ the King’s boys team capped off the day by crushing Chaminade, 74-52.

Results - LuHiInvitational Girls

Franklin High School 36

Long Island Lutheran 48

MVP: Celeste Taylor, 21 points

Boys

Eagle Academy 86

Thomas Edison 48

MVP: Michael Cordero, 23 points

St. Mary’s 55

South Shore 48

MVP: Jay’von Jackson, 23 points

South Shore: Femi Odukale, 23 points

Sacred Heart 53

Long Island Lutheran 74

MVP: Donatas Kupsas, 23 points

Results - Apparel Challenge Girls

South Shore 37

Christ the King: 51

Boys

Bishop Loughlin 48

Boys and Girls 62

B&G: Richard Martelly, 23 points

Thomas Jefferson 74

Archbishop Molloy 45

Jefferson: Marcus Burnett, 22 points; Jaquan Carlos, 19 points

Molloy: Moses Brown, 24 points

Archbishop Stepinac 72

Long Island Lutheran 79

LuHi: Frankie Policelli, 26 points

Chaminade 52

Christ the King 74

CTK: Quaran McPherson, 16 points; Kofi Cockburn, 15 points, 11 rebounds; Moussa Cisse, 11 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocks
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