Leading off today:
Abraham Lincoln took control of first place in the PSAL Brooklyn ‘AA’ division on Thursday with a 73-62 boys basketball win over South Shore.
South Shore began the week ranked No. 11 and Lincoln was No. 12 in Class AA according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. (Full rankings)
Elijah Davis, a transfer from St. Patrick, registered a team-high 20 points, and Lincoln junior Isaiah Whitehead finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and one pointed remark aimed at South Shore standout Terrence Samuel, who has committed to continuing his career in the Big East next season but was limited to one point.
“I never thought he was that good for our team to really worry about him,” Whitehead told the New York Daily News. “I just don’t think that he’s that good. I know what everyone says, he’s going to UConn and all that, but I just don’t believe it.”
Samuel attributed the comments to on-court rivalries, both personal and between the teams.
“We don’t like each other,” Samuel said of Whitehead. “It’s something that started this summer with the competition and playing against each other. But we just don’t get along.”
Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton lauded Samuel. “He’s a great player,” Morton said. "Maybe he’s not playing up to his potential right now but he’s very talented.”
Some free advice: Hey, Isaiah Whitehead, you're very young and very talented. You'll have your choice of colleges during the November signing period and you may very well reach the NBA a few years down the road.
For the moment, however, you're just a week removed from an 0-for-11 game with five turnovers during a loss in a Binghamton holiday tournament.
Put a sock in it, son.
Fairport still perfect: Fairport, ranked fourth in Class AA, confirmed its status as the top boys basketball team in Section 5 by rolling past No. 13 Bishop Kearney 59-45 to improve to 8-0.
Fairport made eight 3-pointers, six in the first half, and built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter against the Kings (2-3), who continue to play without 6-foot-10 Syracuse recruit Chinonso Obokoh (foot injury).
“We haven’t really shot it well this season,” Fairport coach Scott Fitch told the Democrat and Chronicle. “I don’t think we killed it, there were some stretches that made it look like it was more than it was."
Fairport senior guard Brian Sortino led all scorers with