Queens basketball roundup


Cardozo High School Judges begin title defense with two wins and big games from Walker

The Judges lost four starters from last year’s title team, but one of the newcomers Cardozo coach Ron Naclerio is counting on came up big in the season opening 84-40 win at Edison on Dec. 2. Molloy transfer student Aaron Walker had 24 points in the win, while guard Tareq Coburn added 21 and forward Armando Dunn had 12 rebounds. The Judges improved to 2-0 with a 97-48 win over Campus Magnet on Dec. 8 as Walker had 26 points and Ray Salnave added 19. Cardozo visited Van Buren on Dec. 9, and will host Flushing on Dec. 11 before traveling to the Queens High School of Teaching on Dec. 15.

Christ the King makes trip to Chicago a success

The two-time defending Federation champions headed to Chicago over the weekend and opened the season with an 87-56 win over St. Rita’s. Junior guard Rawle Alkins had a big day with 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting, while Tyrone Cohen added 22. The Royals opened league play Dec. 9 at St. Francis Prep and will visit Brooklyn’s Xaverian on Dec. 14.

Wright-Foreman sets good foundation for High School of Construction

Guard Justin Wright-Foreman recently committed to Hofstra, where he began his senior season nicely by scoring a combined 95 points in victories over Campus Magnet, Edison and Beach Channel high schools. Wright-Foreman and the rest of the Redhawks visited Flushing on Dec. 9 and will face Van Buren on Dec. 11.

Magnet starts anew after legendary coach retires

Chuck Granby ended a 45-year coaching career, and the job at Humanities and the Arts Magnet High School was turned over to Jonathan Cooper. So far the Bulldogs are 1-2. They opened the season with an 80-68 loss to High School of Construction and won at Bayside before falling at Cardozo on Dec. 8. Jamel Kearney had 26 points in the season opener. Next up for Magnet is a visit from Beach Channel on Dec. 9, a trip to Queens High School of Teaching on Dec. 11 and a home game against Van Buren on Dec. 15.

Strong start by Ortiz boosts Forest Hills

Johnny Ortiz is averaging 25 points and Forest Hills is off to a 3-0 start after wins over Bryant on Dec. 2, Aviation on Dec. 4 and Queens Vocational on Dec. 8. The Rangers visited Cleveland on Dec. 9 and will visit Newtown on Dec. 15.

St. John’s ends drought in Syracuse

The Red Storm had not won in Syracuse since Jan 27, 1999. But on Dec. 6 they ended a nine-game losing streak in Syracuse with a 69-57 victory that earned them the No. 24 slot in this week’s AP poll. D’Angelo Harrison scored 24 points and the senior was named Big East Player of the Week. The 6-1 Red Storm hosted FDU on Dec. 10 and will face Fordham on Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden.

St. John’s women’s team remains unbeaten

The St. John’s women are 7-0 after Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant combined for 42 points in a 55-52 victory at South Florida on Dec. 7. The Red Storm are 7-0 for the fifth time since 2004-05 and have home games with Central Florida on Dec. 11 and NJIT on Dec. 14.

Queens A Boys West Roundup:

Forest Hills opened the season with close wins over Bryant and Aviation high schools on Dec. 2 and 4. In the win over Bryant, Johnny Ortiz scored 37 points. Ortiz also scored in the Rangers’ win over Queens Vocational on Dec. 8. Forest Hills continues its season by visiting Grover Cleveland on Dec. 9 and Newtown on Dec. 15. Jaheam Cornwall totaled 52 points for Francis Lewis in wins over Cleveland and Aviation. The Patriots faced Newtown on Dec. 8 and visited Queens Vocational on Dec 9 and Bryant on Dec. 11. John Bowne, which went undefeated last season, opened the season with a 53-36 win over Cleveland on Dec. 2 and a victory over Aviation on Dec. 8. The Wildcats visited Bryant on Dec. 9, and they will host Queens Vocational on Dec. 11 and visit Long Island City on Dec. 15. Long Island City opened by getting big games from Semir Munovic, who scored 22 in a 65-44 win over Newtown on Dec. 2 and 28 from William Sanchez in a 63-59 win over Bryant.

Queens A East

Far Rockaway has begun with two straight wins after getting a 69-33 win over Pathways on Dec. 1 and a 46-35 victory over Franklin K. Lane on Dec. 3. The Sea Horses hosted Jamaica on Dec. 10, will visit Hillcrest on Dec. 10, will visit Hillcrest on Dec. 12 and will host Richmond Hill on Dec. 17. John Adams also is 2-0 after getting a combined 50 from junior Keishawn Pierre in a 77-57 win over Richmond Hill on Dec. 1 and an 84-64 victory at Jamaica on Dec. 3. The Spartans visited Lane on Dec 10 and will host Springfield Gardens on Dec. 12 and Pathways on Dec. 15. Springfield Gardens has won the last three division championships and began the season with a 65-41 victory over Jamaica on Dec. 1 and a 74-44 victory over Pathways on Dec. 3. The Golden Eagles visited Richmond Hill on Dec. 10, will visit Adams on Dec. 12 and will host Lane on Dec. 15.