Iona Looks to 2018-2019

Tim Cluess is now looking ahead to the 2018-2019 season after his 15th-seeded Iona College men’s basketball team suffered an 89-67 opening-round loss to second seed Duke at the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

The Gaels had nine underclassman on the 2017-2018 roster, including three starters from Thursday’s loss.

“I do think our core is good and I think we have some players that are in our program sitting out this year that are really going to help us as well,” said Cluess, who coached Iona to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament, in the postgame press conference. “We have to do a good job recruiting right now to finish off our team for next year, but I think we have a shot to be very good again.”

Iona and Duke were tied at 19 before Duke pulled away in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Roland Griffin led Iona (20-14 overall) with 21 points and five rebounds, and TK Edogi added 11 points. Zach Lewis and Rickey McGill each scored 10 points.




Iona Meeting Duke

The Iona College men’s basketball is facing Duke in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

WCBS-2 is scheduled to televise the game.

Iona and Duke are meeting for the first time in the history of the two programs.

Iona is 0-11 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and 9-26 all-time against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Gaels (20-13) earned an automatic bid to the NCAAs by beating Fairfield in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference final in Albany on March 5. Duke (26-7) received an at-large bid after losing in the ACC semifinals to the University of North Carolina.

Click here to read more about Iona’s win over Fairfield.


Marist, Fordham in WNIT

The Marist College and Fordham University women’s basketball teams will be competing in the WNIT this week.

Marist (20-13 overall) is playing at St. John’s on Thursday night. The Red Foxes last played in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference final, losing to Quinnipiac, 67-58. The Marist-St. John’s winner will play the Penn-Albany winner in the second round.

Fordham (22-9) is hosting Harvard on Friday night. The Rams suffered a 52-49 loss to St. Joseph’s in the Atlantic-10 quarterfinals on March 2. The Fordham-Harvard winner will oppose the Drexel-Robert Morris winner in the second round.

Championship Schedule Set

The CYO boys and girls championship games are scheduled for Saturday at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx.

Here is the complete schedule as listed by CYO New York on

ALL GAMES PLAYED AT Mount St Michael Academy, Bronx, NY
Downstate Champion Upstate Champion
Start Time Division Home vs Visitor
9:00a 4th Grade Boys (Bantam) Sacred Heart (SI) vs St Catharine Red (R)
10:10a 4th Grade Girls (Gidgets) St. John-Mahopac (W/P) vs St Paul Gold (R)
11:20a 5th Grade Boys (Small Fry) Sacred Heart 5A (SI) vs St Gregory Red (R)
12:30p 5th Grade Girls (Cadettes) St. Columbanus (W/P) vs St Gregory Red (R)
1:40p 6th Grade Boys (Tyro) St. Teresa 6A (SI) vs St Paul Gold (R)
2:50p 6th Grade Girls (Debs) Sacred Heart G 6A (SI) vs St Martin de Porres (D)
4:00p 7th Grade Boys (JV Boys) St. Clare (SI) vs OLSH Blue (R)
5:10p 7th Grade Girls (JV Girls) St. Teresa G 7A (SI) vs St. Stephen (O)
6:20p 8th Grade Boys (Varsity Boys) Santa Maria (BX) vs St Catharine Red (R)
7:30p 8th Grade Girls (Varsity Girls) OLPH Ard/St Matthew (W/P) vs St Gregory Red(R)



Aquinas Wins State Championship

Aquinas High School in the Bronx won a second consecutive CHSAA B championship with a 69-43 victory over St. Dominic at Fordham University on March 11.

Kira Villegas scored 24 points to lead the Lady Bears (24-0). Lauren Malcolm and Ronella Kennedy had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Aquinas will compete in the state federation tournament at Glens Falls on March 23-25.


Regis Claims State Crown

The Regis High School boys basketball won the CHSAA B championship with a 64-59 overtime victory over Niagara Catholic at Villa Maria College in Buffalo.

Joe Manfredi scored 23 points for the Owls. Liam Gallagher and William Eastwick each had 11 points.

Regis will play the state public high school champion in the semifinals of the state federation tournament in Glens Falls on March 23.