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Xplosion 14's take New York Elite
   [06/28/2010 - 04:02 PM]

The last weekend in June found the Xplosion 14's on Long Island at the Schools Out Jam of the New York Elite. The Xplosion spoiled the home teams' tournament beating the Elites 14'a and losing by 2 to their 15's.

Jill Conroy led the way for the Xplosion against the Elite 15's scoring 18 while causing the New York guards to repeatedly turn the ball over. In the afternoon contest the Explosion destroyed the Long Island Lightining 59-27. Jill Conroy again led the way with 15 while Desitny Marino added 13 and Taylor Butigian added 9.

On Sunday the Lighting team did not show so the Xpolsion played the NYC Heat 16's. The young Xplosion team show their inexperience falling 40 to 28. In the last game of the weekend the Xpolsion trailed the Elite 14's by 12 points with 4 minutes in the first half. Alyssa Olson and Jackie Kennedy combined to spark the team on a 14 -2 run to finish the half with a 20-18 lead. In the second half Taylor Butigian, Destiny Marino, and Jill Conroy combined for 1

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Xplosion of success
   [11/23/2009 - 12:38 PM]

Seven seniors from the Queens-based AAU program head to Division I and II schools

Last Updated: 7:40 AM, November 23, 2009

Posted: 11:36 PM, November 22, 2009

Kelly Robinson still remembers being 9 years old and walking into PS 133 in Bellerose for the first time to practice with Dom Cecala’s AAU team. The now Francis Lewis senior guard came down to play on the recommendation of a family friend in search of teams with girls her own age and skill level.

“I just remember that I didn’t talk to anybody,” Robinson said. “I just went to the side and practiced.”

Cecala saw more than just quiet youth.

“That kid opened up my eyes like you could never believe,” he said. “At 9 years old that kid saw the floor better than most kids I saw out there. … She put so much effort into how

The Magnificent Seven!

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Xpolsion U14's Sweep on Long Island
   [06/14/2010 - 04:04 PM]

The Xplosion 14's had a great weekend of basketball. Defeating the Shooting Stars, Silver Bullets and  2 Long Island Lightining teams for a sweep of the Metro Showdown presented by Hoop Mountain. Friday night the Xplosion blew out the Shooting Stars 59-19 as Taylor Butigian led the way with 11 points and Samantha Doka added 10. Saturday morning they defeated the Lightinging 48-27 behind Taylor Butigian and Jackie Kennedy's combining for 25 points. Next up were the Silver Bullets with Jackie Kennedy leading the team with 6 points and a 48-23 victory.

On Sunday afternoon the final game of the tournament was played on the main court against the Long Island Lightining Slater team. The Xplosion lead early but fell behind before the half. The Lightining held the lead 24-21 at half. The team was a perfect 5 for 5 from the free throw line down the stretch and tied the score with under a minute to play. Taylor Butigian

The Xplosion Pyramid of Success

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Xplosion forward bound for Binghamton
   [09/25/2009 - 12:32 PM]

September 03, 2009 ι By Marc Raimondi

Kyra Aloizos had plenty of time. The senior on the Archbishop Molloy girls’ basketball team could have waited on choosing a school until the NCAA live period in the fall or even after the school season, where she was sure to draw some more interest.

Molloy senior forward Kyra Aloizos committed to Binghamton this week.

But waiting never occurred to the 6-foot-1 forward. Aloizos verbally committed to Binghamton University on Wednesday during a visit to the upstate New York school. She had been there last week and her second trip to the sprawling campus sealed the deal.


“I just felt really comfortable with Binghamton,” Aloizos said. “I really like it there.”

Sometimes it’s best to wait, but Aloizos went with her gut. Her skills – strength, size, excellent footwork and one of the best outside touches for a big girl in New York City &n

Xplosion forward Kyra Aloizos committed to Binghamton this week.

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Xplosion point guard Kelly Robinson chooses UMass
   [08/04/2009 - 12:31 PM]

The second time was the charm.

Francis Lewis rising senior point guard Kelly Robinson knew all along that the University of Massachusetts would be a good fit for her. Her family’s trip to Amherst on Sunday, Robinson's second time seeing the school, confirmed it.

“It’s just the atmosphere,” she said. “It’s one of those places that, when you see it, you just know you want to go there.”

So, the 5-foot-6 pure point didn’t want to wait any longer. Robinson committed to UMass on Sunday, spurning schools like Marshall, LaSalle and Sacred Heart. The decision comes before her senior season at Lewis and timing was also a factor.

“It’s a relief,” Robinson said. “Now I know where I’m going. I can focus on getting there.”

Robinson transferred t

Xplosion guard Kelly Robinson committed to UMass on Sunday. Photo by Doreen Aloizos

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