Stepinac Preparing for LI Lutheran

Coming off its first CHSAA AA championship since 1960, the Archbishop Stepinac High School boys basketball team is gearing up for its biggest challenge of the season.

The Crusaders meet Long Island Lutheran (NYSAIS) at 6 p.m. Friday in Glens Falls in a state federation boys basketball tournament AA semifinal.

The winner competes against either Liverpool (NYSPHSAA) or South Shore (PSAL) for the state title at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Long Island Lutheran (22-2) is ranked first in the state Class AA poll by the New York State Sportswriters Association and ninth in the nation by USA Today.

Stepinac (25-5) ranks third in the state poll and 96th in the USA Today poll.

“We played them back in January and lost a close game. They are No. 1 in the state and No. 9 in the country for a reason — because they are really good but we will be prepared for the challenge,” Stepinac coach Patrick Massaroni told Catholic Sports Scene.

 

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