Leading off today:
You know all those great mid-week notes I didn't have time or space for in Friday's blog
? Well this morning ain't looking so good either, and here's why:
2K times two: The list of New York players with 2,000 career points grew by two on Friday thanks to performances 350 or so miles apart.
Dominick Welch stands at 2,010 for his career after scoring 29 points during Cheektowaga's 69-43 win over Lake Shore. Welch also finished with 14 rebounds and four steals.
Meanwhile, senior guard Deondre Bourne of Leman Manhattan Prep in the AIS had 38 points and 14 rebounds en route to the 2K milestone while helping beat Arizona's Rancho Solano Prep 78-70 in double overtime.
The full list of previous 2,000-point scorers in boys basketball can be found here.
CHSAA nail-biter: Even the seemingly mundane CHSAA contests this season have been producing thrillers. The latest Friday when a not-much-better-than-.500 St. Raymond's rallied to an 85-84 win over visiting Bishop Loughlin, the state's sixth-ranked Class AA squad.
Isaiah Washington and Omar Silverio each scored 29 points before a sold-out crowd that included NBA star Carmelo Anthony and New York Knicks teammate Brandon Jennings. Junior guard Markquis Nowell scored 33 for Loughlin.
Silverio connected on seven 3-pointers in the game. Washington posted 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter for the Ravens, who overcame a 13-point first-half deficit.
The game started more than an hour late due to a delay in the freshman game lid-lifter and was stopped for more than half an hour while St. Ray's guard Dallas Watson was attended to after hitting the floor hard during a second-quarter drive. He was taken by stretcher to a local hospital, where he was examined for a possible broken wrist.
Players and coaches from both teams gathered at center court for a prayer after Watson was assisted from the court.
"The win was for Dallas to be honest. He always pushes us in practice," Silverio told News 12 Varsity. "He tries to keep everybody up so today we came into the locker room and saying that we needed to do it for him and that's what we did in the third quarter."
St. Ray's, heating up with five straight wins after a 3-5 start, edged Loughlin 74-72 in a tournament game last month in Florida.
"We've been battle tested," Ravens coach Jorge Lopez said.
• In other CHSAA action, No. 23 Archbishop Stepinac edged No. 16 Iona Prep 58-52 in the completion of the game suspended last week by a leaky gymnasium roof.
More boys basketball: Tom Blackford's 500th coaching win will have to wait. Jeff Marsh scored six of this 14 points in overtime as Canastota edged Hamilton in overtime 61-58.
• South Bronx Prep, which plays in the PSAL's 'B' division, has reached 100 points in a game eight times this season and five times in a row (110, 129, 121, 123, 120) heading into what should be a tough rematch Tuesday with Jane Addams Campus.
- Senior Tilquan Rusker is averaging nearly a triple-double at 38.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.7 assists.
Speaking of scoring: UConn recruit Andra Espinoza-Hunter has gone off for 51, 52 and 53 points in her last three outings. The 53 came Friday as Ossining downed North Rockland 83-63.
Hunter has gone for 40 or better eight times this season and is averaging 43.5 a game.
Indoor track: Rush-Henrietta senior Sammy Watson broke the state record in the somewhat obscure (for New York, anyway) girls 500 meters on the opening day of the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University.
Watson finished in 1:11.75 to break the mark of 2016 Olympian Natasha Hastings, who clocked 1:12 flat for A.P. Randolph in 2004. The legendary Diane Dixon held the state mark for 22 years before Hastings broke it.