2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Dec. 23)
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:
1) Cardinal Hayes (7-2)- Moving to the top spot the Cardinals knocked off Mount
St. Michael on the road and Stepinac at home this week, and when you add those
wins to the wins earlier this season against Christ the King and at the Gonzaga
DC Classic it's easy to see why the defending CHSAA champions now move up to the
No. 1 spot.
2) Archbishop Molloy (3-2)- Going down to the City of Palms Classic in Florida
was going to test the Stanners for the first time this season, and while they
performed admirably they were only able to go 1-2 against some of the nations
best. They will have a chance to climb back to #1 next week as they will face off
with Cardinal Hayes on Friday night in Queens.
3) Christ the King (6-2)- It may have taken some time but the Royals seem to be
clicking on all cylinders now as they rolled to 4 wins this week, with a pair
coming against Long Island Lutheran on the road and St. Raymond at home. Everything
seems to be coming together for the Royals as we approach 2018.
4) Thomas Jefferson (10-3)- Having won their final game down at the Kreul Classic
last Sunday, the Orange Wave came back to New York and found another out of area
team waiting when they challenged Martin Luther King of Pennsylvania. They fell by
four in that one but responded on Saturday with a win over PSAL Bronx power Wings
5) Curtis (10-1)- With three wins to open the week against overmatched Staten Is-
land competition the question with the Warriors is always going to be how good are
they. They proved how good they are on Saturday with an 8 point win over Paul
Robeson in a non-league clash with their only loss still an OT defeat at Thomas
6) Cardozo (7-0)- Another team whose major question mark is still the fact they
haven't faced top flight competition, the Judges just keep racking up wins as they
scored over 90 points in each of their two wins this week against Queens AA teams.
Next week will see Cardozo face an improved James Monroe team in a non-league clash.
7) Abraham Lincoln (5-1)- Defeated South Shore by 31 this past Tuesday really
opened eyes to how dominant the Railsplitters can be. The loss to Brooklyn Colleg-
iate three weeks ago is the lone blemish on their record, and while they have done
well against NYC competition so far, a trip to North Carolina this week for the
Hoodie's House of Hoops Classic will tell us just how good they are against some
of the nation's best.
8) St. Raymond (4-3)- After winning four straight the Ravens have now lost two in
a row as they have begun to play better competition. A tough loss at home to Iona
Prep opened the week, and then St. Ray's proved to be overmatched by a bigger Christ
the King team. The Ravens are off until the New Year now as they look to regroup at
the start of 2018.
9) Thurgood Marshall Academy (7-0)- Getting a win over a talented Class B Lawrence
Woodmere Academy opened the week for an underrated Panthers team, and they close it
with a win over Wadleigh on the road, a venue they haven't won at in 6 years. It's
been a great start to the season and Thurgood Marshall will look to keep that up in
the new year.
10) H.S. for Construction (10-0)- Much like Thurgood Marshall, the Red Hawks of
H.S. for Construction are proving to be a team that are among the best in the PSAL.
They got two more wins this past week over Martin Van Buren and Queens H.S. of
Teaching as that finished up Construction's 2017 portion of the 2017-2018 schedule.
11) South Shore (4-4)- A loss to Abraham Lincoln made it four straight losses for
the Vikings as they looked to be spiraling in a tailspin, but a dominating 16 point
win over Bishop Loughlin on Friday got the ship back on track. Two transfers from
Christ the King should bolster South Shore even more come the start of 2018 as they
look to make noise in the Brooklyn AA.
12) St. Peter's (6-2)- The Eagles only two losses this season are to Curtis and
Iona Prep by 4 and 11 pointers respectively showing they can compete with the elite
in New York City. St. Peter's have easily handled the rest of their Staten Island
competition and defeated a Class A power in Chaminade on Saturday to show just what
they are capable of.
13) Boys and Girls (5-3)- With all three of their losses coming to teams ahead of
them in the New York City rankings, Boys and Girls has shown that they are a solid
team this season beating those they are suppose to. Saturday though they were able
to get a come from behind victory over one of Class A's very best in Brooklyn Law
and Tech as they look to be gaining momentum heading into 2018.
14) Bishop Loughlin (4-4)- Losing to a PSAL Brooklyn AA power is never a bad thing,
but when you lose by 16 in a game you were never really close in its definitely dis-
appointing as was the case for Bishop Loughlin on Friday in a defeat to South Shore.
They had a chance to rebound quickly but fell again on Saturday to Girard College of
Pennsylvania. Two tough games in the Slam Dunk to the Beach in Delaware this coming
week will also be a strong test for a young Lions team.
15) Wings Academy (5-3)- Hanging on by a thread, Wings has taken care of business
against the teams they should but have come up just short in their three losses, with
the latest defeat coming in a 6 point loss on Saturday against Thomas Jefferson. They
are playing hard and will continue to be tested both in and out of league as we turn
the page to 2018.
Honorable Mention: James Monroe (8-3), Paul Robeson (6-5), Brooklyn Collegiate (5-5),
Eagle Academy (8-2), George Westinghouse (5-4).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (6-1)- When you lose it's not always easy to stay in the
No. 1 spot but you look at the kind of loss that the Jets took, a one point loss to
a ranked Class AA team, it's not one to be too critical of. They led for most of the
game only to fall at the buzzer in a heartbreaker, but will get the chance to possi-
bly play our #2 team in Nazareth in a holiday tournament this coming week in a major
Class A showdown.
2) Nazareth (4-1)- It's impressive win after impressive win for the Kingsmen as
this past week it was a victory over the defending CHSAA Class A champions in Msgr.
Farrell. With Nazareth's only loss coming on the road to Canisius, the Kingsmen will
look to finish strong with games against possibly Holy Trinity and Brooklyn Law and
Tech upcoming at the St. Thomas Aquinas Christmas Classic.
3) Lehman Campus (11-0)- After winning a PSAL title on the gridiron, Lehman looks
poised to make a run now on the hardwood as they go into 2018 unbeaten in basketball
as well after a pair of wins over Alfred E. Smith and Taft this past week. The Lions
look to be the clear favorites in the Bronx A this season, though they will have some
tests early on in January.
4) Seward Park (9-0)- Another unbeaten, Seward Park beat both Murry Bergtraum and
Eleanor Roosevelt this past week to close out league play in 2017. They are getting
good efforts all around and should be among the favorites come March in Class A in
the PSAL. Two excellent non-league games await the Bears this week as they will take
on John Dewey and Erasmus Hall as they look to stay undefeated going into 2018.
5) Roosevelt Educational Campus (9-1)- With the Beats only loss of the season coming
in a close game to Lehman you know that Roosevelt Educational is among the class in
Class A, and they proved that again this week as they easily downed Evander Childs by
22. It was yet another impressive performance by the Bears, and they will look to keep
it up when they take on Canarsie this week in a non-league contest in Queens.
6) Beacon (9-0)- Coming off a 4-11 season in league play a year ago the Blue Demons
are one of 2017-2018's biggest surprise stories. They have a Class AA win over Campus
Magnet, and just this past week beat both Martin Luther King Jr. and Louis Brandeis on
the road to solidify themselves as a top flight Class A team this year, and a team to
reckon with going forward the rest of the way.
7) Bedford Academy (5-2)- It was a slow start to the season for Bedford but they
picked it up this weekend as the Panthers ended LaSalle Academy's 24 game winning
streak with a 3 point win in a non-league contest on Saturday. They have won their
three league contests this season by an average of 28 points and look ready to be a
force as league play picks up going into January.
8) Msgr. Farrell (5-5)- Don't be fooled by the record, the Lions are still among the
best in Class A in the CHSAA this season as three of Farrell's five losses have come
to AA competition, with another loss coming this past week by 4 on the road to Nazar-
eth. It's been a grueling early season schedule that will just continue to get tougher
this week as they head to Orlando, Florida to play in a tournament down in Disney.
9) Transit Tech (8-1)- After looking like one of the top teams in Class A for much
of the start of the season the Express stalled this week with a disappointing nine-
point loss at home to Harry Van Arsdale. They have played a fairly strong non-league
schedule but with league play getting tougher and tougher the rest of the way, Tran-
sit Tech will need to step it up to start in the top 10 going forward.
10) St. Edmund Prep (7-1)- Having only fallen once this season in what was a 15-
point defeat to Farrell, the Eagles are another surprise of the 2017-2018 season as
with wins over the likes of Xavier and Cardinal Spellman they are showing to be a
team who can compete for a CHSAA title. This week will see St. Edmund's play in the
St. Thomas Aquinas Christmas Classic in Brooklyn where they will see top-level
Honorable Mention: Evander Childs (5-3), Fordham Prep (5-3), Erasmus Hall (10-1),
Msgr. McClancy (7-3), Harry Van Arsdale (5-1).
1) LaSalle Academy (6-1)- The Cardinals get the benefit of the doubt and stay at
our No. 1 in Class B because of the level of competition they have played. They led
for most of the game in what ended up being a 3 point loss to Class A's Bedford
Academy on Saturday, and will challenged again this coming week against a Class A
team in Somers, with a possible Class AA matchup awaiting with Pine Bush in the
Slam Dunk Tournament in Westchester.
2) Maspeth (9-0)- A 30-point win over Newcomers highlighted Maspeth's week, a
week that saw them in consideration to take over the #1 spot, but the lack of qual-
ity opposition so far this season ultimately kept them at No. 2. The competition
level will rise this week when Maspeth goes to Long Island to take on a pair of
Class A schools in Kellenberg and South Side.
3) Fannie Lou Hamer (9-2)- Much like LaSalle Academy, Fannie Lou Hamer has also
lost to Bedford Academy this season in close fashion falling in November by four.
The only difference between the two schools is that the Panthers have a second non-
league loss to Briarcliff. Fannie Lou will look to get their 10th win this coming
week when they take on Pathways in the NYIT Holiday Showcase out on Long Island.
4) Medgar Evers College Prep (8-2)- Credit goes to Medgar Evers as they goal is
always to challenge yourself, and while they to a pair of Massachusetts schools in
Burke and Cathedral, they made the effort to go out of town and face high level
competition outside of NYC. They came back and easily downed Bushwick this week in
league play in what was the Cougars final game of 2017.
5) BCAM (7-1)- Going on the road in league play and easily defeating East New
York Family was the highlight of BCAM's week as they still only have a non-league
loss to Medgar Evers in OT as their only blemish on the season to date. One more
test awaits the Lions before the end of 2017 and it will come in the form of a
tough Community Health Academy of the Heights team on Thursday in the BCAM Holiday
6) Jane Addams (8-0)- After a statement making win over South Bronx Prep a week
ago, the Jaguars made quick work this week of Comprehensive Model School on Thurs-
day in what was their only game of the week. With the win over South Bronx Prep,
Jane Addams now look as if they are the team to beat in the Bronx B heading towards
2018 and the remainder of the regular season.
7) Community Health Academy of the Heights (9-1)- Having closed out league play
with a convincing 20 point victory over H.S. for Math, Science, and Engineering on
Wednesday, Community Health once again look at if they are a team with the legs to
make a deep run out of Manhattan this season. A tough date with BCAM awaits on
Thursday as a trip to Brooklyn will finish out Community Health's 2017 schedule.
8) Fieldston (6-1)- While the Eagles were shocked by Riverdale at home last week
they were able to rebound nicely with a 17 point victory over a previously unbeaten
Poly Prep team putting Fieldston back in the mix for the top NYSAIS team in Class B
this season. It's a pretty long break now for the Eagles as they won't hit the court
again until two games up in Albany come the first weekend in January.
9) Dalton (7-1)- Going on the road to Riverdale is never easy but Dalton showed
what they are made of by taking a 74-68 victory in the Bronx. They would then follow
that up 48 hours later and get a seven-point win at Loyola to finish the week unblem-
ished and put themselves back among the best in NYSAIS. The Tigers are also now off
until Jan. 8 when they will next hit the court against Poly Prep.
10) Poly Prep (5-2)- A trip to Fieldston ended Poly Prep's unbeaten start to the
season as they would fall by 17 in a strong NYSAIS matchup. They then fell on Satur-
day in the non-league to Brooklyn Collegiate by 16, but they were within 6 in the
second half and showed to be competitive against the strong PSAL Brooklyn AA team.
Off until January 4th, the Blue Devils will get tested right away again when they
square off then with Long Island Lutheran.
Honorable Mention: Moore Catholic (6-3), Morrisania Educational Campus (8-1), South
Bronx Prep (7-4), Dwight School (5-3), Staten Island Academy (5-2).