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2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Dec. 9)
   The weekly look at the New York City metro area's PSAL, CHSAA and AIS schools for the New York State Sportswriters Association is compiled by Mike Libert:

Class AA:

1) Archbishop Molloy (1-0)
  Led by 3 high major recruits in Cole Anthony, Moses Brown, and Khalid Moore, 
the Stanners got off to a 1-0 start with a 31 point win over NSCHSAA favorite 
St. Anthony's.

2) Cardinal Hayes (4-1)
  Strong showing with a 20 point win over Christ the King to start the season. 
Suffered first loss on Saturday in the Gonzaga DC Classic semifinals to Phila-
delphia power Roman Catholic.

3) South Shore (3-1)
  A blowout win over Brooklyn Collegiate and a road victory against Boys and 
Girls highlight the early season for the Vikings who lost their first game on 
Saturday in Philadelphia to PA power Archbishop Wood.

4) Christ the King (1-2)
  Two losses to two of NY's best in Cardinal Hayes and Iona Prep, both on the 
road. A win over a top team on the road though in Jefferson in what are 3 very 
tough games to start the new year.

5) Thomas Jefferson (6-1)
  Wins over St. Raymond, Curtis, Brooklyn Collegiate, and Boys and Girls high-
light the season to date so far with young freshman Jaquan Carlos leading the 
way. Lone blip was a home loss last weekend to Christ the King.

6) Bishop Loughlin (3-1)
  Went 2-0 at a holiday tournament in Georgia beating one of Virginia's best
in The Miller School with former NY product Aundre Hyatt. Lost 1st game of 
the season 75-74 to Maryland power Bishop McNamara on the road on Friday.

7) St. Raymond (1-1)
  Tough start to the year going to Jefferson and losing on the road but re-
sponded on Friday night with a come from behind 2 point home win over one of 
NY's best in Stepinac.

8) Curtis (5-1)
  Got the four-point win in a Staten Island rivalry game over St. Peter's to 
highlight their wins, and went out to California and beat a team from Oakland
on Saturday. One loss is an OT loss on the road to a good Jefferson team.

9) Cardozo (2-0)
  A much improved Cardozo team adds Christ the King transfer Jaylen Davis and 
have looked strong in 2 easy league wins over Van Buren and Springfield Gardens 
so far this season.

10) Abraham Lincoln (2-1)
  Were off to a good start with wins over Eagle Academy II and Robeson at home, 
but a loss in their first road game on Thursday to Brooklyn Collegiate leaves 
questions about the Railsplitters who aren't as deep and talented as in the past.

11) Boys and Girls (3-2)
  Have looked extremely strong so far with 3 solid wins and the only two losses 
coming on a one-point home loss in OT to South Shore and a seven-point road loss 
at Jefferson.

12) Eagle Academy (6-0)
  It's been a fairly easy slate so far but Eagle (Bronx) has made quick work of 
the opposition including a road win at WHEELS. Test should come this Thursday on 
the road against Wings.

13) Wings Academy (2-1)
  Wings lost their first league game since 2010 to James Monroe in a low scoring 
affair but have responded nicely including a win on Saturday against Brooklyn 

14) Brooklyn Collegiate (2-3)
  An up and down start as they lost to Jefferson by seven to start league play
but responded by beating Lincoln at home on Thursday, though a loss on Saturday
to Wings Academy has them as one of NY's more streaky teams early.

15) Thurgood Marshall Academy (3-0)
  A win over Manhattan Center opened the year and got a nice win on the road over 
WHEELS this week as they look to be the Manhattan AA favorite.

Honorable Mention:
  H.S. of Construction (4-0), St. Peter's (2-2), Wadleigh (3-1), Paul Robeson 
(3-4), Manhattan Center (4-2).



Class A: 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (5-0) Would be a contender in Class AA if they had moved up. Blew out WHEELS by 22, beat a strong KIPP Academy team by 21, and then beat Bedford Academy on Friday by 40. Have a big AA game with Boys and Girls on Dec. 23. 2) Transit Tech (5-0) It's been a great start to the season for Transit who have run through league competition so far this season, plus have a 22 point win over Class AA Harry Truman on their resume. 3) Nazareth (2-1) If a 15-point win on the road at Fordham Prep isn't convincing enough, Naz- areth went to Buffalo this weekend and beat Aquinas Institute of Rochester by 21 before falling to Canisius by 15, though they were up by one at the half showing how talented they are. 4) Lehman Campus (7-0) Have been a dominant team so far with an average win margin of 25 points, but most impressive was a 6 point win road win over Roosevelt Educational Cam- pus on Friday, a team that beat Manhattan AA team Manhattan Center. 5) Seward Park (5-0) It may be against a Class B team but they beat one of Class B's best in South Bronx Prep by seven to open the year, and has a good league win against a solid Bayard Rustin team on the road. 6) Roosevelt Educational Campus (3-1) It's always impressive when an A schools in New York City can beat a AA school but beating a AA schools that is good make it all the better so Roosevelt's five- point win on a neutral court over Manhattan Center is strong. Tough loss on Friday at home to Lehman though sets them back a bit. 7) Beacon (5-0) An undefeated start to the season for a good looking Beacon team that includes a three-point win over Queens AA school Campus Magnet. Have won all their league games by double digits as well. 8) Fordham Prep (1-1) A top team in the CHSAA in Class A, Fordham dropped a home decision by 15 to Naz- areth, but also have a solid win over a good Sacred Heart team by double digits on their resume in the Rams two games. 9) Xavier (2-0) Good beginning to the season for Xavier who have two non-league wins to open the campaign beating Murry Bergtraum first, and then knocking off Nassau Class A school Rockville Centre South Side on the road on Saturday. 10) John Dewey (6-0) Another team with an undefeated start to the year, John Dewey's top win comes against Class B power Community Academy of the Heights by 10 while mowing down league opponents by a double digit average. Honorable Mention: Evander Childs (3-2), St. Joseph by the Sea (4-2), Msgr. Farrell (2-4), Bedford Academy (3-2), St. Edmund's Prep (5-0).

Class B: 1) LaSalle Academy (3-0) Even after losing the Class B Player of the Year to transfer LaSalle has domin- ated in beating Kellenberg by 31 and Msgr. McClancy on the road by 36 to go unbeaten to start the year. 2) Fannie Lou Hamer (5-1) As usual Fannie Lou has wiped out league competition by an average of 40 points per game. Only loss has been to Class A Bedford Academy by four in the season opener while they beat John Jay of Section 1 on Thursday and get Briarcliff on Sunday. 3) Maspeth (6-0) Have made quick work of Queens B league competition while also beating Class A schools West 50th Street Campus by 17 and Aviation by 24 to show they are among the best once again in Class B overall. 4) South Bronx Prep (4-2) They will be ranked higher as the season goes on as South Bronx Prep's two losses so far have been to Class AA school H.S of Construction by 10 and to Class A school Seward Park by 7. Rolled through their league and look to have a player of the year contender in Ali Sumerah. 5) Fieldston School (4-0) Went to Packer and won by double digits giving Fieldston a good road win early. They won their Tip-Off Classic, while also downing another NYSAIS favorite this season in Dalton on Friday by two. 6) Medgar Evers College Prep (4-0) It's been a strong start for Medgar Evers who have 2 wins in league play along with two in the non-league headlined by a win over fellow Class B ranked team BCAM in a 90-86 win that showed off their offensive firepower. 7) Dalton School (3-1) Hosted their Dalton Invitational and won it handily again this season while also beating Friends Seminary. They fell on the road to Fieldston by 2 on Friday but they showed in the loss they will be among the top teams in NYSAIS this season. 8) BCAM (4-1) Fell to Medgar Evers by four in a game that went back and forth and could've gone either way late. Cruised in league play and are among the top contenders in the Brooklyn B this season to make a run at the favorites in the PSAL B Div- ision as a whole 9) Poly Prep (2-0) Have a home win on their record against Fort Hamilton, while also beating a much improved Staten Island Academy team in OT on the road. Have three games this week, each of which should be a test to show how good and deep Poly Prep is this season. 10) Community Health Academy of the Heights (7-1) Only have one loss on the resume so far this season coming to ranked Class A team John Dewey by 10, and have a win over a Class A school in Flushing, one of the tops in Queens A this season. Honorable Mention: Moore Catholic (3-2), Staten Island Academy (3-1), Dwight School (3-1), Leon Goldstein H.S of Science (4-2), Achievement First Brooklyn High School (5-0).

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