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Brooklyn Friends senior Finn Stubbs joins 1,000-point club

The Blue Pride is now within one win of an ISAL title.

February 14, 2020 By John Torenli, Sports Editor

The Brooklyn Friends boys’ basketball team has steamrolled through the Independent School Athletic League schedule with a perfect 13-0 record behind the scoring prowess of senior Finn Stubbs.

They just have one more hill to climb to have a chance to vie for the team’s first state championship since 2003.

Stubbs scored 22 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked six shots Tuesday afternoon at the Pearl Street school to reach the coveted 1,000-point mark for his career at Friends, leading the Blue Pride to a 74-55 rout of visiting Churchill and moving them within one win of the ISAL Championship.

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“Scoring 1,000 has been a goal of mine since I joined the varsity team my sophomore year, and to accomplish it in front of the home fans in a crucial playoff game was the best way to fulfill this goal,” said Stubbs as BFS prepared for Thursday afternoon’s title game vs. York Prep in Manhattan.

“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates and coaches these past three years,” added Stubbs. “I am honored to join the 1,000-point club at BFS.”

Winners of 10 in a row overall, the Blue Pride (19-4 overall) can earn consideration for the New York State Association of Independent Schools Championships with a win over York.

This spirited postseason run comes 17 years after BFS made history by grabbing a Class C State Championship under the guidance of former long-time coach Vladimir Malukoff.

Current Friends coach Will Modeste helmed his last home game Tuesday afternoon and can end a 15-year run at Friends by grabbing an ISAL crown and perhaps even putting his team in position to make another Cinderella-like appearance at states.


“We are truly grateful for all of Coach Modeste’s efforts over the years,” said Friends Athletic Director David Gardella.

“He has coached so many BFS student athletes and impacted them in positive ways during their athletic experiences.”


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