The Hoops Queens Winter Ball is an elite basketball showcase ran by Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows (Queens), NY. This tournament is so popular that it has attracted several of the top teams from New Jersey.
The schedule for this year is as follows:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. Mary Louis (NY) – Monsignor Scanlan (NY)
12:30 a.m. Francis Lewis (NY) – Cicero (NY)
2:00 p.m. Roland Park (MD) – Saint John Vianney (NJ)
- Saint John Vianney is known in New Jersey as a basketball powerhouse. The players are great at moving without the ball, squaring up for shots, using their dribble to gain an advantage, and making smart passes. They are no stranger to state championships and the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.
3:30 p.m. South Shore (NY) – Immaculate Conception (NJ)
- Immaculate Conception (Lodi) made an Elite 8 appearance in the Bergen County Tournament last year and made it to the State Sectional Championship game. This year they return all three of their all-county players, including one of Lousiville’s top recruits, Samantha Fuehring.
5:00 p.m. Grand Street (NY) – Archbishop Molloy (NY)
6:30 p.m. Bishop Loughlin – Shabazz (NJ)
- Malcolm X Shabazz High School won the Tournament of Champions in both 2014 and 2013. Shabazz is always a team of strength, velocity, speed, and artistic scoring. The team may look to bring different elements this year. Their coach, Vanessa Watson, retired and they graduated some of their strongest players, including Zaire O’Neil (who now plays at Georgia Tech).
Sunday, December 21, 2014
9:30 a.m. Truman (NY) – St. Francis Prep (NY)
11:00 a.m. Cicero (NY) – North Shore (NY)
12:30 p.m. Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ) – Francis Lewis (NY)
- Immaculate Heart Academy (IHA) made it to Final Four of the Bergen County Tournament and won the NJSIAA State Tournament. They are known for showing the most patience on offense and taking the smartest shot every time down. They are highly skilled in shooting.
2:00 p.m. Medgar Evers (NY) – Mary Louis (NY)
3:30 p.m. East Orange Campus (NJ) – St. Anthony’s (NY)
- East Orange is great at pressing and providing ball pressure. They know how to use fakes to get to the basket and can hit outside shots if players drop off of them.
5:00 p.m. Archbishop Molloy (NY) – Long Island Lutheran (NY)
6:30 p.m. Baldwin (NY) – Bishop Loughlin (NY)