Former St. Raymond Star Dies Tragically in Harlem Shooting

Please keep Darius Lee, his family and the St. Raymond High School community in your prayers.

The graduate of St. Raymond High School in the Bronx was killed in Harlem early Monday morning, the victim of a mass shooting that left eight others wounded.

“We are heartbroken and devastated to learn of the senseless passing of Darius Lee, class of 2018,” the school released in a statement on its Facebook page. “Our prayers and condolences go out to his family at this time, and we pray for his eternal rest with our Lord.

“Aside from being a tremendous basketball star, he was a phenomenal human being, and a young man living such a positive life, succeeding in school, on the court, and in life. These senseless acts of violence need to stop…such a tragedy.”

Lee just completed his fourth season of collegiate basketball, and his second at Houston Baptist University where he averaged a team-high 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He also had team-highs of 86 assists and 65 steals, and shot 54 percent from the floor.

Lee finished with season-highs of 52 points and 18 rebounds against McNeese State on March 5. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward was 16 for 30 from the field and 20 for 27 from the free-throw line.

In two seasons at Houston Baptist, Lee scored 674 points.

“We are devastated. Darius was a remarkable young man who loved the Lord, his mom, his family, his teammates, his friends and his entire HBU family,” Houston Baptist men’s basketball coach James Sears Bryant said in a statement from the school.
 
“We are in shock and cannot wrap our heads around this news. My heart breaks for his mom, his sister and his entire family, and for our basketball team. The only thing we find comfort in right now is knowing where Darius is. He is in the arms of Jesus… we know that as fact. And we will see him again some day.”

Prior to Houston Baptist, Lee played two seasons at Sullivan County Community College where he was a first-team All-American as a sophomore after averaging 18.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Sullivan finished the season ranked second in the nation with a 28-2 record.

Lee averaged 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a freshman.

At St. Raymond, Lee was a two-year starter, averaging 21 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior and 15 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a junior.

CHSAA Playoffs

Boys Basketball Playoffs

AA Division

First Round

Holy Cross 71, St. Peter’s 70

Second Round

Christ the King 66, Mount St. Michael 59

Molloy 71, Iona Prep 61

St. Raymond 67, Xaverian 59

Holy Cross 72, Msgr. Scanlan 66

Quarterfinals

St. Francis Prep 66, Molloy 50

Stepinac 86, St. Raymond 51

Cardinal Hayes 70, Christ the King 47

Bishop Loughlin 77, Holy Cross 61

Semifinals

Stepinac 73, Bishop Loughlin 57

Cardinal Hayes 73, St. Francis Prep 62

Final

Friday, March 11

MY No.2 Cardinal Hayes vs. No. 1 Stepinac, at Hofstra University, 8 p.m.

A Division

First Round

St. Edmund 58, Cardinal Spellman 50

All Hallows 49, Xavier 38

McClancy 58, LaSalle 52

Quarterfinals 

Nazareth 45, McClancy 39

Msgr. Farrell 42, St. Edmund 39

Fordham Prep 73, All Hallows 36

St. Joseph by-the-Sea 83, Salesian 59

Semifinals

Tuesday, March 1

at Molloy

Nazareth 52, Msgr. Farrell 47

Fordham prep 66, St Joseph 55

Final

Fordham Prep 42, Nazareth 38

B Division

First Round

Kennedy Catholic 78, Moore Catholic 61

Cristo Rey Brooklyn 46, Sacred Heart 39

St. John’s Prep 60, Regis 50

Semifinals

St. John’s Prep 66, Cristo Rey Brooklyn 60

Cathedral Prep 63, Kennedy Catholic 60

Final

Cathedral Prep 77, St. John’s Prep 64

PHOTO BY MARY DIBIASE BLAICH

Archdiocesan Tournament Continues Tonight

Top seed Cardinal Hayes and second seed Archbishop Stepinac will be in action tonight during the semifinal round of the Archdiocesan High School Boys Basketball Tournament at Christ the King High School in Queens.

Stepinac will meet rival and sixth seed Iona Prep at 6 p.m. with Cardinal Hayes and fifth seed Msgr. Scanlan to follow at 7:30.

Stepinac, winners of 10 consecutive games, swept the regular-season meetings with Iona Prep, including a 76-44 win on Feb. 12. Cardinal Hayes won both regular-season meetings against Msgr. Scanlan, which includes a 79-59 win on Feb. 13.

The semifinal winners will play Saturday at Christ the King. 

First-round results at Stepinac: No. 5 Msgr. Scanlan 55, No. 4 Mount St. Michael 50; No. 6 Iona Prep 63, No. 3 St. Raymond 60; No. 2 Stepinac 73, No. 7 St. Peter’s 54.

In other news, the state federation basketball committee announced over the weekend that this year’s federation boys and girls basketball tournaments will be canceled for a third consecutive year. The tournament was scheduled to be at Fordham for a third straight year, the first time the tournament was scheduled to take place in New York City.

Archdiocesan Boys Basketball Tournament Starts Sunday

The seedings and pairings for the 2021-2022 Archdiocesan High School Boys Basketball Tournament have been released with the tournament beginning Sunday at Archbishop Stepinac High School.

The three first-round games on Sunday at Stepinac are: No. 7 St. Peter’s vs. No. 2 Stepinac, 1 p.m.; No. 6 Iona Prep vs. No. 3 St. Raymond, 2:45 p.m.; and No. 5 Msgr. Scanlan vs. No. 4 Mount St. Michael, 4:30 p.m. Cardinal Hayes, the top seed, received a bye.

The semifinals and final will be at Christ the King High School in Queens with the semifinals scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 22 and the final set for Saturday, Feb. 26.

Cardinal Hayes, Stepinac Headline Saturday’s 5 Games at Iona College

Cardinal Hayes and Archbishop Stepinac high school’s boys basketball teams will headline Saturday’s lineup of five games at Iona College in New Rochelle with Catholic schools from New York and New Jersey competing.

The action tips off at 11:30 a.m. with St. Raymond playing Don Bosco Prep, which will be followed by Iona Prep and St. Peter’s Prep at 1:30 p.m. Christ the King and Hudson Catholic play at 3:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Cardinal Hayes, the state’s No. 1 Class AA team in the New York State Sportswriters Association polls that is ranked sixth nationally by Max Preps, meets Bergen Catholic with Stepinac and The Patrick School to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Cardinal Hayes Remains No. 1

Cardinal Hayes High School remains ranked first in the state boys basketball poll released Tuesday by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Cardinal Hayes, which is ranked 10th in Max Preps national poll, is No. 1 in the Class AA poll. Archbishop Stepinac, which is 19th in the Max Preps national poll, and Mount St. Michael Academy are third and seventh, respectively, in the state poll.

Msgr. Farrell is second in the Class A poll.

In the girls basketball polls, The Ursuline School is fourth, followed by Msgr. Scanlan at 15 and Albertus Magnus at 25 in Class AA.

In Class A, St. Joseph by-the-Sea is No. 1.

CHSAA Boys Basketball Starts Next Week; All Games at Stepinac

The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn will be having a shortened spring boys basketball season with games beginning next week.

All games will be played at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains.

Teams will broken up into four divisions — Ray Nash Division, Kevin Pigott Division, Rich Tricario Division and Tom Murray Division. The Catholic schools competing are from New York City and one–Stepinac–from Westchester County.

Only essential game personnel, athletic trainers, school officials and accredited members of the media will be admitted into the gym.Spectators will not be permitted, All games will be streamed on LocalLive.

Basketball was listed as one of the high-risk sports in New York State during the Covid-19 pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced high-risk sports may begin Feb. 1 with final approval from local officials. Long Island and Hudson Valley officials gave their schools the OK to start competing. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Health waited till March to make any announcement.

When an announcement was made, the mayor and the department of health said all high-risk sports competitions held in New York City must be played outdoors.

Click here for the complete basketball schedule.

Kortright, Quinnipiac Fall to Iona

St. Raymond’s graduate Luis Kortright finished with seven points and four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench for Quinnpiac in a 72-48 MAAC tournament first-round loss to Iona in Atlantic City.

Quinnipiac, the eighth seed, finished the season at 9-13 overall. Iona improved to 9-5 overall and plays top seed Siena in the quarterfinals.

Kortright completed the season averaging 10.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He was second on the Bobcats in scoring.

Kortright Helps Quinnipiac

St. Raymond’s graduate Luis Kortright scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench for Quinnipiac in a 65-52 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss to Marist in Poughkeepsie on Monday night.

The freshman guard is averaging 10.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Bobcats (8-11 overall, 6-9 MAAC).

Quinnipiac will host St. Peter’s on Thursday and Friday in Hamden, Conn., before competing in the MAAC tournament.

Kortright on ESPN+ Tonight

St. Raymond’s graduate Luis Kortright and the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team will be playing at Marist in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game being televised by ESPN+ at 6 p.m. Monday.

Kortright finished with 17 points, and game-highs of 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals in Quinnipiac’s 76-67 loss to Marist on Sunday.

The freshman guard is averaging 10.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game off the bench for the Bobcats.

Kortright earned all-CHSAA league honors and first-team all-state honors during the 2019-2020 high school season.