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Shooting Stars Showcase 2019 – High School Showcase to Jump Off the New Year!

It’s going down Tomorrow Saturday Jan. 5th, 2019!

You don’t want to miss this Lineup featuring some of the NYC

& Long Island’s top area teams!

Malverne vs. Bellmore JFK – 12/4/17 Game Recap

An early holiday season gift ? was offered to local hoopheads on a Monday night in Malverne!

Two of Nassau’s legendary coaches, Daryl Lopez of  Malverne and Rory Bloch of BJFK began the evening quietly, seemingly accepting of miscues from their players and not giving any suggestions to the men with whistles. In fact , Coach Lopez, customary towel in hand, sat politely at the end of the bench as a casual observer.

Haha,,,, yea right …… not for long ?

Despite turning the opening tap into an easy opening bucket, the home team Mules were a bit off balance in the first quarter,,,, their aggressive “ in the passing lane defense “ beautifully compromised by Coach Bloch’s insistence on hard back cuts & visionary ball movement.

The Cougars led 22-20 after the first period and pushed up to a 34-27 lead midway through the second. Marco Travaglione (18) and Steven Carlson (22) were a revelation to the Monday night crowd. What nice ? players.

It seemed an odd sight to witness the Malverne Mules in a 2-3 zone in the second half ….. but, credit Lopez for strategizing on the fly. His packed lane stopped the back door layups of JFK. And the Cougars seem to be shy beyond the arc.

Malverne guard, Michael James ( 15pts./8 rbs.) became a force late in this game as the Mules surged back to a tie at 53 ALL with 2:30 remaining. He and his crew were bolstered by a wildly supportive crowd ??

The last two minutes were a deliciously frenzied 6 on 6 ‼️ ( yes, at that point both coaches were on the court, “guiding” the action )

The Mules’ Donovan Ishmael sank the decisive bucket and free throw to give Malverne the 58-55 Win. ?

Malverne 58 – Bellmore JFK 55


Mike Clark…from iLuvBBall to High School BBall Coach!

We at iLuvBBall would like to congratulate our former web designer  Michael A. Clark on his new position as assistant coach for the Long Island Lutheran Basketball team.

That being said, it is with great regret that we announce that Mike will no longer be part of

Check out the announcement on Michael social media feed

“After yrs helping players reach the next level, why not take a shot at doing the same for myself in coaching?! Greatful to God and #LuHi for the opportunity!”

See Coach Mike below with his godson Justin Wright-Foreman budding college star of Hofstra mens basketball.

We would like to thank Mike for his many years of service to the basketball community  and the best of luck in all his future endeavors. is an NCAA certified recruiting service.

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