Leading off today:
Mike Almonacy had 18 points and five assists, and Jamel Allen scored 17 points to go with 13 rebounds as Brentwood stayed on track
in its big for a three-peat by beating Smithtown West 61-49 in the Section 11 boys Class AA basketball semifinals Sunday.
Brentwood, ranked 10th in the state, is two victories away from its third straight Long Island championship and trip to the NYSPHSAA tournament.
Almonacy made back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter to give Brentwood breathing room.
"We've had to do a little more all year," Almonacy told Newsday. "We're the two-time Suffolk champs and we're all-Long Island players. We're captains and there's a lot of weight on our shoulders."
The Indians face No. 23 Half Hollow Hills West on Tuesday for the sectional crown.
"In spots, our defense was good," coach Anthony Jimenez said. "Be we haven't been consistent. To beat Hills West, we'll need clean possessions. We can't turn the ball over. The trip to the Final Four is never easy."
Good news for Farrell: Senior swingman Joe Zieris will be back on the court when Monsignor Farrell opens the CHSAA playoffs Saturday, The Advance reported. Zieris missed the past three-plus games for Farrell, ranked sixth in the state in Class A, due to a knee injury.
Farrell lost two of three games without Zieris, who is averaging 12.0 points a game.
Following up: I mentioned in a recent blog that a girls basketball playoff game in Ohio ended with a final score of 108-1. Over the weekend, the athletic director from the losing school reportedly was fired.
Gates Mills (Ohio) Gilmour Academy defeated Northeast Ohio College Prep in the first-round game. Multiple media reports this weekend said NEO AD Justin Shullick was relieved of his duties.
Administrators released a statement after the game saying the school "is extremely proud of the comraderie and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game."
But a statement later last week revealed other concerns.
"While we cannot discuss any personnel matters, we felt it was necessary to embark upon a different path regarding our athletic department," the statement said. "We are always seeking additional support that will enhance our athletic programming and offer opportunities for our scholars to be successful not only with their academics, but also with their athletic interests."