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2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Dec. 16)
   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 (2-0)
  Another flawless week for the Stanners as they easily handled fellow CHSAA 
Queens foes Holy Cross. Now the meat of the schedule begins as the Stanners 
head off this week for a challenge at the prestigious City of Palms Classic 
in Florida where they will face off with some of the best in the country. 

2) Cardinal Hayes (5-2)
  Fell on the road on Friday to Chaminade by 3 in a game that saw the Card-
inals play shorthanded because of a fair amount of injuries. Still among the 
best in NYC when at full strength, Hayes has a marquee matchup with Arch-
bishop Stepinac this coming Friday, with even more big games coming up for 
the Cardinals before the end of 2017.

3) Christ the King (2-2)
  Only game of the week was a 30 point win over an overmatched Msgr. Scanlan 
team in league play. The Royals will be tested on Monday in a road matchup 
with Long Island Lutheran in what will be one game of a four game week for 
Christ the King, including three games in three days Sunday, Monday, and 

4) Thomas Jefferson (8-2)
  The young Orange Wave knocked off South Shore in league play on Tuesday 
really showing that they can compete and thrive against top flight competition. 
They have gone 1-1 so far at the Kreul Classic in Florida and have two more 
non-league clashes this upcoming week.

5) St. Raymond (4-1)
  Two league wins over All Hallows and Xaverian this week were impressive 
enough, but a 20 point win over Wings Academy out of league on Saturday cement-
ed the Ravens as a team to reckon with. Two road games this week against Iona 
Prep and Christ the King will tell up even more about St. Ray's potential.

6) Curtis (6-1)
  Only one game this past week which was a 38 point win over Tottenville, and 
while they have two more Staten Island dates this week, a test against an im-
proving Paul Robeson team awaits this coming Saturday in a game that could be 
among the Warriors last real challenges during the regular season.

7) Cardozo (5-0)
  Running through the PSAL Queens AA with ease are the Judges as they are win-
ning by an average of nearly 30 points per game. The have been dominant both 
home and on the road and they will look to keep up the outstanding league play 
with two more contests against Queens competition this week.

8) Abraham Lincoln (4-1)
  Both Boys and Girls and George Westinghouse couldn't handle the intense de-
fensive pressure that the Railsplitters brought to the table this week as Lincoln
are getting contributions from the entire roster with a game against South Shore 
coming up on Tuesday.

9) Bishop Loughlin (4-2)
  Going on the road has never been easy, a lesson that the Lions learned this 
week when they slipped up at Mount St. Michael. It was a tough loss for Lough-
lin but they did respond well with a solid road win at All Hallows to right 
the ship. A matchup with South Shore is coming on Friday before a trip to 
Philadelphia on Saturday.

10) Thurgood Marshall Academy (5-0)
  While they are flying under the radar so far early this season it's clear to 
see that the Panthers are the class of the PSAL Manhattan AA right now. They 
are unbeaten with 3 of their wins coming on the road. They will go on the road 
again this week when they see rivals Wadleigh on Tuesday.

11) H.S for Construction (8-0)
  Another undefeated team who isn't getting a lot of respect right now, the 
Red Hawks went to Long Island on Saturday and knocked off perennial powers 
Baldwin. They are getting great play from their backcourt and will look to 
keep that up with two home league games things week.

12) Paul Robeson (5-4)
  Not the prettiest record but all four of the Eagles losses come to teams 
ahead of their in the rankings, plus they have beaten both South Shore and 
Brooklyn Collegiate this week to solidify themselves as a team who can compete 
with anyone. A tough non-league test with Curtis awaits Robeson this coming 

13) South Shore (3-3)
  After starting the season 3-0 the Vikings have come down to earth losing 3 in 
a row now with losses this past week to both Thomas Jefferson and Paul Robeson. 
Both came on the road though the Robeson loss by 15 is concerning. They will 
hope to rebound this week but dates with Lincoln and Bishop Loughlin will make 
it tough.

14) Wings Academy (4-2)
  While Wings has righted the ship in the PSAL Bronx AA they couldn't get the 
job done against St. Raymond in the non-league this past Saturday losing by 20. 
It was closer than the final score says though with it being a single digit game 
going to the 4th quarter. Another big test against Thomas Jefferson comes on 

15) Brooklyn Collegiate (4-4)
  Another PSAL Brooklyn AA team that is better than the record says as all of 
the Lions losses are against teams ranked higher than them. They are finally 
healthy now and took down Eagle Academy on Saturday in a date non-league clash. 
A top Class B team is a matchup for them on Saturday when they take on Poly Prep 
in the non-league.

  Honorable Mention: Boys and Girls (4-3), Mount St. Michael (4-2), James Monroe 
(7-3), St. Peter's (4-2), Eagle Academy (6-2).



Class A 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (6-0) Teams in the Brooklyn A just can't hang with the class of the PSAL as they again outclassed another league opponent. They won't have many chances against top flight competition but this coming Saturday against Brooklyn AA team Boys and Girls should be among the last teams that can challenge them during the regular season. 2) Transit Tech (7-0) Picking up two more wins in the Brooklyn A4, including a road win over Grand Street Campus, shows that the Express are a team that can get the job done wherever they play. They have two home games this week against John Jay and Harry Van Arsdale to finish out 2017 league play. 3) Nazareth (3-1) It's been a very impressive run so far this season for the Kingsmen as they went to Long Island on Saturday and took down a very good Center Moriches team in Nazareth's only game of the week. Another test comes on Tuesday when they host Msgr. Farrell in what could be a CHSAA Class A City Championship Game pre- view. 4) Lehman Campus (9-0) If you didn't believe in Lehman before this week then you surely should now after going on the road to down a solid Morris team, before blowing out a KIPP NYC College Prep squad on Friday. Just two more league games before the end of 2017 as they will look to head into 2018 with an unbeaten record. 5) Seward Park (7-0) Another team that is looking to remain unbeaten in 2017, the Bears won both their games this past week by 30+ points and have one of the better defensive teams in Class A. A road game at Murry Bergtraum could be a challenge, while Eleanor Roosevelt is Seward Park's second and last game of the week. 6) Roosevelt Educational Campus (5-1) While the Bears only won their two games by a combined three points this week you can say it's sometimes pulling out the tough games that defines a team. They showed character to rally back in both games and should become even better from them. Roosevelt will have three games this week highlighted by a tough matchup with Evander Childs on Friday. 7) Beacon (7-0) Going on the road and beating a solid H.S. for Environmental Studies team by 40 says a lot about just the type of team that the Blue Demons have this season. They are getting out to quick leads and putting teams away early in impressive fashion. Two tough games await though this week with MLK Jr. and Louis Brandeis both on the docket, and both being played on the road. 8) Msgr. Farrell (4-4) It's easy to look at the Lions record and wonder just how good they defending CHSAA Class A champions are this season. Three of their losses though are to Cur- tis, Cardinal Hayes, and St. Peter's showing the strength of schedule they have played. They took down both Kennedy Catholic and St. Edmund Prep this week and will look to make a bigger statement against both Nazareth and Msgr. McClancy this coming week. 9) Evander Childs (4-2) Having only lost to Lehman by seven earlier this season on the road proved that the Tigers are among the PSAL Class A's best, and when you add in a road win over KIPP, and a 62 point thrashing of Alfred E. Smith, all signs point to Evander Childs being a team to watch moving forward. A game to watch will come on Friday when Evander Childs plays host to our #6 Roosevelt Educational Campus team. 10) Fordham Prep (3-2) An up and down start to the season for the Rams continued this week as they beat a top team from Australia, and then downed the defending NYSAIS Class B champs in The Dwight School, but a tough defeat to Salesian made them slip to the 10th spot here this week. Three home games with Portledge, Xavier, and Georgetown Prep from Washington D.C. await Fordham Prep over the next seven days. Honorable Mention: Bedford Academy (3-2), Martin Luther King Jr. (6-1), Msgr. McClancy (6-1), St. Joseph by the Sea (4-4), Frederick Douglass Academy (4-0).

Class B 1) LaSalle Academy (5-0) Can anyone stop the Cardinals is the question as they have beaten 2 CHSAA Class A schools, and last season's PSAL Class B finalist. It's been a fantastic start that was highlighted by a 22 point win over South Bronx Prep, and a 21- point win over Xavier this week. The Cardinals will have two more league games before a non-league date with PSAL Class A power Bedford Academy on Saturday. 2) Maspeth (8-0) Having won games in league play by 80 and 60 so far in league play this season it truly seems that once again that Maspeth will be among the class in Class B in the PSAL. Energy Tech and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts were no match for them this past week, though Newcomers should be Maspeth's toughest test to date when they square off on Wednesday. 3) Fannie Lou Hamer (7-2) Losing by 10 to Briarcliff on the road in nothing to cry about as the Panthers proved they could go outside of New York City and hold their own, even leading for a period of time in the 3rd quarter. Fannie Lou cruised against two other league opponents last week and will look to keep that up against both Albert Tuitt and Academy for Language and Technology this week. 4) Medgar Evers College Prep (6-1) You give credit for Class B teams for stepping up to the challenge, and while Medgar Evers has rolled through PSAL competition so far this season, they went on the road to Massachusetts on Saturday and fell by just 4 to Burke School (MA). They will next face Cathedral of Massachusetts on Sunday in another tough matchup before coming home to play Juan Morel Campos Secondary School on Monday. 5) BCAM (6-1) Facing both Summit Academy and Adams Street Academy on the road this past week proved to be no problem as the Lions came away with two wins to stay unbeaten in league play. They are gaining more and more confidence and look to keep up the stellar play this week against both East New York Family Academy and Teachers Prep. 6) Jane Addams (7-0) Maybe the team that opened the most eyes over the past seven days, Jane Addams won their last three games by an average of 31 points and then took down South Bronx Prep on the road by 5. It really stamped the Jaguars as one of the best in Class B as they will look to finish off 2017 strong with one more game this week against Comprehensive Model School on Tuesday. 7) Poly Prep (4-0) It's been a bit of a wacky start to the year in NYSAIS as the best private schools in New York City all seem to be beating up on each other. Poly Prep is the lone unbeaten still this season beat both Trinity and Hackley at home this past week. If they want to stay undefeated though they will need to bring their best as this week will see them go to Fieldston on Tuesday before playing top Class AA team Paul Robeson on Saturday. 8) Riverdale (3-1) One of the best wins in recent memory for the Falcons saw them knock off Field- ston on the road this past week by 17 showing that they are going to be a con- tender for the NYSAIS title this season. They will get two more opportunities to show the talent they have this week when they go to Packer on Monday, before finishing out the week at home on Wednesday against Dalton. 9) Community Health Academy of the Heights (8-1) It was a one game week for Community Health Academy of the Heights as they took a 46 point victory over Esperanza Prep Academy. It's been a busy start to the season with five games before the start of December so it shouldn't be a surprise that the schedule stays a little light this week with another one-game outing, this time against H.S. for Math, Science, and Engineering as Community Health's final game in 2017. 10) Fieldston School (5-1) The highest ranked NYSAIS team last week tumbles this week off a 17-point home loss to Riverdale. It was a stumble but good teams show that they can recover quickly, and 48 hours later the Eagles responded with a 5 point road win at Collegiate School to get back on the winning track. They will look to stay with the winning ways when they host Poly Prep on Tuesday in Fieldston's only game of the week. Honorable Mention: Dalton School (4-1), Moore Catholic (4-2). Morrisania Edu- cational Campus (5-1), Achievement First Brooklyn High School (6-0), South Bronx Prep (5-4).

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