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For about two decades, SIHSL games were televised on the now defunct Staten Island and Time Warner Cable, but those broadcasts originally ended when the PSAL decided to enforce a policy that required a $750 fee to air league games for the 2010 11 season. Local cable refused and a year later, any chance of resuming broadcasts were eliminated when the former MSG Varsity, which already owned exclusive rights to CHSAA games, added the PSAL as well.
SIHSL president and Susan Wagner varsity coach Joe Coscia said he hopes the new live streaming feature will give Staten Island basketball fans and beyond a taste of the past when tourney games were regularly broadcasted on local cable. In fact, Coscia said the loop is planning to bring back former color analyst Joe Nugent, as well as former play by play announcers Peter Mulroy and Nick Legakis for the broadcasts.
“(The possibility of live streaming) came up in the last three weeks, but we weren’t sure if we’d be able to take care of the logistics,” said Coscia. “But we tested it out on Friday and now know it works.
“We think we can bring back something that we lost (from when we were regularly on cable). We’re very excited about it, to say the least.”
According to SW statistician Mike Giovinazzo, who will broadcast the games through Joey G’s Memories Videos, the fee for a day pass to the live stream is $7.99.
“This is an exciting time for the league . a crazy two weeks of fun and nerve wracking moments,” said SIHSL vice president and St. Peter’s varsity coach Charlie Driscoll, who is hoping to guide the Eagles to their fourth title in the last five years. “To me, it’s like the Staten Island version of the ACC Tournament with the CHSAA and PSAL league playoffs right around the corner.
“Big crowds on a college court . it’s unique and special for the community.”
Between the varsity and JV tourneys, Coscia said they’ll be games going on almost every day.
“There’s not many days off this year,” he said. “I think Wednesday (Feb. 14) might be the only day off and, win or lose, these games definitely get the Island teams ready for their league playoffs.”
As far as the match ups for Friday’s play in games,
there will be two contests apiece at both New Dorp and Monsignor Farrell. St. Joseph by the Sea, as the third place finisher in the North division, was supposed to host two games, but the Vikings’ Huguenot gym was unavailable, thus giving No. 4 Farrell the opportunity to host.
In the two games at Farrell, the Vikings will square off against CSI/McCown (No. 6 South) at 4:30 while the Lions will meet Moore Catholic (No. 5 South) at 6.
At New Dorp, Tottenville (No. 4 South) will take on Port Richmond (No. 5 North) at 5 while the Central Cougars (No. 3 South) entertains Petrides (No. 6 North) at 6:30.
In Sunday’s quarterfinals at the College of Staten Island’s Sports and Recreation Center, Susan Wagner (No. Peter’s (No. 1 South) will face the Farrell Moore winner at 2:30 while Curtis (No. 1 North) meets the Tottenville Port Richmond victor at 4:15.
CSI will also host the semis (4:45 and 6:45 on Feb. on Feb. 15).
The junior varsity tourney’s play in games will take place Thursday at Susan Wagner and McKee/Staten Island Tech.
At Wagner, Sea and Moore will square off at 5:30 while the host Falcons and CSIM meet at 7. At MSIT, Tottenville and Port Richmond will go to battle at 5:30 while the Seagulls entertain Petrides at 7.
The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, meanwhile, will both be hosted by Port Richmond HS.
In the quarters (Feb. 10), Farrell will take on the Tottenville Port Richmond winner at 10:30; Curtis will meet the MSIT Petrides victor at 12:15; St. Peter’s will face the Wagner CSIM winner at 2 while New Dorp goes to battle against the Moore Sea winner at 3:45.
Coscia once again praised SIHSL liaison John Iasparro for his overall contributions, as well as Curtis alum and McKee HS career counselor Nigel Wyatte, who said a few words to the players at Jimmy Max.
The entry fee is $5 per person for the varsity and JV play in games, as well as the JV quarters and semis. The entry fee is $10 for the varsity quarterfinal, semis and championship games, as well as the JV final.