2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Jan. 7)
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) Christ the King (7-2)- Playing in the Shooting Stars Showcase out on Long
Island on Saturday afternoon the Royals were able to win a shootout over St.
Joseph's of New Jersey 81-73. It was a game that showed that it isn't just the
frontline of Christ the King that can hurt you, the perimeter play can be
tough for defenses as well. On Sunday the Royals will host The Apparel Chal-
lenge in Middle Village where they will take on Long Island power Chaminade
before hosting St. Francis Prep on Tuesday, and then traveling to Missouri to
take part in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions starting on Thursday.
2) Archbishop Molloy (5-3)- Another team who played in the Shooting Stars
Showcase at St. Anthony's on Long Island on Saturday, the Stanners were too big
inside and too potent from the outside for Amityville as Molloy steamrolled the
previously unbeaten Suffolk County school 93-66. It was a thoroughly dominating
performance for the Stanners and now they will look to keep that play up when
they take on Thomas Jefferson on Sunday at the Apparel Challenge to be played
at Christ the King, and then it will be a road game at Bishop Loughlin on Tues-
day before a home game against St. Francis Prep on Friday closes out the week.
3) Cardinal Hayes (8-3)- In the Cardinals lone game of the week they were
able to make quick work of All Hallows on Wednesday, taking down the Gaels at
home 81-48. It was a good comeback for Hayes as they got right back to the
winning ways after a loss to Molloy just before the new year. Just like many of
the teams in New York City this week, the Cardinals will be busy over the next
seven days as on Sunday they will travel to Msgr. Scanlan before hitting the
road again on Friday to play Xaverian. Saturday will finish the week for Hayes
as they will look to close it out strong against St. Francis Prep in what will
be a three game week.
4) Thomas Jefferson (11-3)- It was another blowout win in the Brooklyn AA for
the Orange Wave on Saturday as they made quick work of George Westinghouse on
the road 71-40. Getting a great defensive effort to go along with their usual
excellent offensive it was a complete performance by Jefferson, and they will
look to continue that solid two way play this week as on Tuesday they will hit
the road to take on Brooklyn Collegiate, then it's another road date with Eagle
Academy II on Thursday, before maybe the game of the year in the PSAL on Satur-
day when the Orange Wave plays host to Abraham Lincoln.
5) Abraham Lincoln (11-2)- More travel meant more great results for the Rail-
splitters as they went to Louisiana to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl National
Prep Classic this week. They won their first two games over Hannan and Sophie
Wright of Louisiana before playing nationally ranked Riverside of Louisiana in
the semifinals. They game went to OT before Lincoln fell 75-70 in a matchup that
showed the Railsplitters could hang with anyone. They won the third place game
over Osceola of Florida in 2 OT's 93-92 on a buzzer beater to punctuate a great
four days just outside of New Orleans. It's back to Brooklyn AA league play now
for Lincoln as they will stay on the road all week in going to Eagle Academy II
on Tuesday, Paul Robeson on Thursday, and the big one at Thomas Jefferson on
6) Cardozo (9-0)- While the Judges had two games postponed because of the
snow this week they made another statement on Saturday when playing in the PSAL
Steve Simms Mid-Winter Showcase they were able to hold on to defeat Curtis 75-
72. It wasn't always pretty as Cardozo had a 20 point lead at the half before a
sloppy finish nearly saw them give the lead away but they did just enough to
come away with the win. The Judges will stay out of league on Sunday when they
go to Adelphi University to take on Copiague at the Gary Charles Hoops Classic
before coming back to league play during the week when they host Francis Lewis
on Tuesday and the travel to take on H.S. for Construction on Thursday in a
battle for 1st in the Queens AA.
7) Curtis (12-2)- Things started out great for the Warriors this week when
they went on the road on Wednesday and downed Port Richmond 72-52. A home date
with McKee/Staten Island Tech on Friday proved to be tougher as Curtis trailed
heading to the fourth quarter before rallying back to take a 68-63 victory.
Saturday though saw Curtis fall behind again, but against Cardozo the 20-point
deficit proved to be too much as they comeback fell just short in a 75-72 loss.
Having lost to Cardozo and Jefferson by a combined seven points this season,
the Warriors are showing they are a team to reckon with going forward. Another
out of league clash awaits on Sunday when Curtis goes to Xaverian before then
hosting New Dorp on Friday, but then it's another non-league matchup this time
at the Big Apple Invitational on Saturday vs. Providence Day of North Carolina.
8) Boys and Girls (8-3)- It was an off week for the Kangaroos who are coming
off a PCSST Holiday Classic championship. They were able to easily take down
three foes from New Jersey two weeks ago but now it's back to business as on
Sunday the Kangaroos will play in the Apparel Challenge against Bishop Loughlin.
A road league game with Paul Robeson then awaits on Tuesday before a home match-
up with George Westinghouse comes on Thursday. Boys and Girls will then head to
Washington, D.C. for the holiday weekend when they will play Henry Wise (D.C.)
on Saturday at the MLK East Coast Jam Fest.
9) St. Peter's (9-3)- Going on the road to take on All Hallows is never easy
as Archbishop Molloy learned a few weeks back, but the Eagles showed they
aren't afraid to travel as they looked good on Saturday in a 95-80 victory over
the Gaels. They are the sleeper right now in the CHSAA having won eight of their
last nine and they will look to stay on the winning track this week with a home
game against Msgr. Farrell on Friday in what will be St. Peter's lone game over
the next seven days.
10) Thurgood Marshall Academy (10-1)- With the Panthers lone loss coming in a
championship game appearance against Churchland of Virginia, Thurgood Marshall
remains unbeaten against local New York competition as they made quick work of
Harry Truman on Friday taking them down 75-40. The PSAL Steve Simms Mid-Winter
Showcase gave the Panthers another chance to get a quality win, something they
were able to get when they downed Springfield Gardens in Queens on Saturday 64-
59. It's a one game week for TMA this week but it will be a big one when the
Panthers play host to WHEELS on Tuesday in what is surely a marquee Manhattan
11) St. Raymond (4-4)- Having not won since Dec. 16, the Ravens are officially
in a slump. They have the talent but are just not executing the way they would
like right now. They fell on Saturday at the Shooting Stars Showcase on Long Is-
land to The Knox School 76-75 in a game that was lost at the buzzer. It was a
heartbreaking defeat for St. Ray's who are in desperate need of a win to get
back that much needed winning feeling. The Ravens will look to get it back on
Sunday when they play in the Gary Charles Hoops Classic at Adelphi University
against Half Hollow Hills East, while a home game against Mount St. Michael is
also to be played this week with that matchup coming up on Tuesday.
12) Paul Robeson (9-5)- The PSAL Steve Simms Mid-Winter Showcase was the
place to be on Saturday in New York City with Robeson one of the teams that
made the trek in the cold to Queens as the Eagles took on James Monroe. They
didn't look crisp at all times, but defensively Robeson stepped up big not
allowing Monroe to get anything going to the rim in what was a 44-35 victory
for the Eagles. Having won six of seven now, Robeson will look to keep the
good times rolling this week when on Tuesday they host a tough Boys and Girls
squad, and then it's another very tough test when on Thursday the Eagles
finish the week with Lincoln.
13) Wings Academy (5-3)- Maybe this isn't the prototypical Wings teams of
the past but this is still a very good team capable of a deep playoff run
once they really come together and start playing the way most know they can.
Wings didn't have a game this week but were in the gym working on doing what
they know it will take to get to where they want to be come March. Having
been off since the 23rd of December, Wings will come back to another slow
week as they will only face Gompers on Tuesday in what will be a one game
week for one of the Bronx AA favorites.
14) H.S. of Construction (10-1)- It hasn't been the strongest of all sched-
ules so far this season for the Red Hawks and that's why the tumble down after
losing 71-66 to Brooklyn Collegiate on Saturday at the PSAL Steve Simms Mid-
Winter Showcase on Saturday. It was Construction's second time facing off with
Brooklyn Collegiate this season and they are now 1-1 against the Brooklyn AA
school, and while its the Red Hawks first loss they are still a team with a lot
of upside as they look to be a Queens AA force this season. A road game with
John Bowne on Tuesday is next for Construction, but then it's a home matchup
with Cardozo in what should be a true test for the Red Hawks to see just how
good they can be.
15) South Shore (4-5)- Falling below .500 for the first time this season at
the Vikings as they played in the LuHi Invitational on Saturday and fell to St.
Mary's of New Jersey 55-50 in OT. Two of the Vikings losses are to teams out
of state and the other three are to teams ahead of them in the rankings so all
are quality but they need to step up their play if they want to remain in the
15 come this point next week. It won't be easy as South Shore will go to George
Westinghouse on Tuesday and Brooklyn Collegiate on Thursday in a pair of league
contests before squaring off with one of Maryland's best in Eleanor Roosevelt
in the Big Apple Invitational on Saturday.
Honorable Mention: Bishop Loughlin (4-6), Eagle Academy (10-3), Brooklyn
Collegiate (6-5), WHEELS (7-6), James Monroe (8-6).
1) Nazareth (8-2)- Even with a loss this week the Kingsmen stay on top. They
fell on Long Island at St. Anthony's on Wednesday in a game that saw Nazareth
within 4 going to the 4th quarter. It was a strong effort on the road against
another one of Class A's best, with both of the Kingsmen's losses now coming
to top ranked teams in the class. They were able to rally on Saturday with a
home victory over Port Richmond to get back on the winning track and they will
look to stay there with a road game against Xavier on Tuesday before making the
trip to Utica, NY on Saturday where Nazareth will play in the Juggler Classic.
2) Brooklyn Law and Tech (10-2)- It was back to the dominant looking Jets
this week as they won a pair of games over Millennium and Susan McKinney by 111
points showing that when they are on and clicking on all cylinders they are a
team that compete and contend with anyone regardless of classification in New
York City. Law and Tech will next hit the court on Tuesday when the host Boerum
Hill School and Digital Tech before going to John Jay on Thursday in what
should be a comfortable pair of games for a once again peaking Jets team.
3) Roosevelt Educational Campus (11-1)- The Bears started 2018 in style with
an easy 70-44 win at Christopher Columbus. The clear top teams in the PSAL
Bronx A now, Roosevelt has been a pleasant surprise this season and made them-
selves into a title contender with a great backcourt that can shoot from behind
the arc with the best of them. The upcoming week will see the Bears go to Taft
on Monday before hosting Morris on Friday in what should be a solid test for a
team in Roosevelt that is now winners of eight in a row.
4) Beacon (11-0)- The lone unbeaten team left in the New York City Class A
rankings, the Blue Demons kept rolling this past week with double digits home
wins over Harlem Village Academy and Percy E. Sutton Educational Campus. Beacon
have firmly placed themselves among the best in the PSAL and look to keep their
unbeaten season going this week with three games. Road contests against George
Washington and Philip Randolph will open things up on Monday and Wednesday re-
spectively before the Blue Demons finish up the week at home on Friday with a
matchup against perennial Class A power Frederick Douglass Academy.
5) William Grady (11-2)- A 70-36 victory for the Falcons over Franklin D.
Roosevelt solidified Grady's stay in the Top Ten as they and John Dewey are the
clear cream of the crop in the Brooklyn A3 this season. Grady dropped their
league opener of the season and have not lost a league game since in now winn-
ing seven in a row against local Brooklyn teams. A road trip to Lafayette will
be the Falcons lone game of the week as they look to keep on the winning track
and stay among the best in Class A.
6) Lehman (12-1)- Undefeated and looking to be a dominant team in the PSAL,
the Lions went out on Wednesday and lost to a 1-6 in league Adlai Stevenson
team 56-51 in what could only be considered one of the season's biggest head
scratchers. It was a disappointing result that dropped Lehman from the unbeat-
ens, but they did respond well with a solid 61-47 victory over Bronx Science
on Friday night. It was a win that brought momentum back to Lehman as they
move into what will be a three game week when they take on Christopher Colum-
bus, Evander Childs, and DeWitt Clinton, all on the road in what should be a
challenging next seven days for the Lions.
7) Transit Tech (9-1)- Defensive games may not always be the most enjoyable
to watch but the Express got the job done with past week when they went to
Brooklyn Tech and squeaked out a 38-28 victory. It wasn't a game that will be
on highlight reels but Transit Tech just continues to find ways to win. They
will be severely tested this week as they get Bedford Academy to come to them
on Thursday in what will be a game with a lot of rankings implications, and
then it's a non-league clash with DeWitt Clinton at the James Monroe MLK
Classic on Saturday to finish out the week.
8) John Dewey (10-1)- It was a quiet week for the Dragons who are coming off
a solid close to 2017 when they defeated both Seward Park and Adams Street
Academy in non-league action. The week ahead won't be easy though as John Dewey
will face off with two league opponents with winning records as they get Tele-
communication at home before going on the road to take on a much improved Frank
Macchiarola Educational Complex, the school that used to be known as Sheepshead
9) Bedford Academy (8-4)- Even with the Panthers having 4 losses they are
still proving to be among the top teams in Class A this season. They have a
number of quality wins and this week made quick work of Boerum Hill in a blow-
out road victory before coming back home to defeat previously ranked Harry Van
Arsdale 90-82 in an up and down face paced thriller. That win propelled Bedford
back into the top 10 and while it will be tough they will look to stay here
with games this week against Transit Tech on the road on Thursday, a home date
with Bushwick on Friday, before closing it out on Saturday with another home
game, this time against Millennium.
10) St. Edmund Prep (8-3)- It's been a season to remember so far for St. Ed-
mund as they come back into the Top Ten this week. They were off this past week
because of the weather postponing what was an anticipated game on the road
against Nazareth that will be made up at a later date, but now they will
finally get back to the court on Tuesday when the Eagles travel to Staten Is-
land to take on St. Joseph by the Sea. That will be the start of a two-game week
for St. Edmund Prep as on Saturday they will have another tough contest, this
one coming at home against a strong Fordham Prep team.
Honorable Mention: Seward Park (10-2), Harry Van Arsdale (5-2), Erasmus Hall
(11-2), Fordham Prep (8-4), James Madison (10-3).
1) LaSalle Academy (7-2)- The Cardinals were eagerly anticipating going down
to Miami this past Thursday to try and repeat at Belen Jesuit Holiday Classic
champions, but the weather in New York had different ideas as the snow kept
them in NYC and didn't allow them to travel causing LaSalle to have to drop
out. That meant the Cardinals went without a game this past week and it will be
14 days in between contests for LaSalle though they will finally get back at it
on Wednesday when they host Moore Catholic in what will be their only game of
2) Maspeth (11-1)- Snow stopped Maspeth from taking on Academy of American
Studies this past Thursday in what would've been their toughest league matchup
to date, but now that game will be played later on in the season. That snow out
meant Maspeth didn't have any games this past week, but they will make up for
that this week with a three game slate with matchups against Renaissance Char-
ter, Baccalaureate School for Global Education, and then an intriguing non-
league date with Jane Addams that both teams would like to use as a resume
3) Fannie Lou Hamer (12-2)- In the Bronx B it's been Fannie Lou for years now
but challengers always come through believing they have a shot to knock off the
big bad Panthers. Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy was one of those this season,
but Fannie Lou again displayed their muscle by making quick work of them in
what would be a 70-45 victory. It looks like once again everyone in the Bronx
must go through Fannie Lou and this week it will be H.S. of Info and Network
Technology along with the Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health
who will try to slow down the Panthers.
4) Medgar Evers College Prep (9-2)- It was an easy one game week for the Cou-
gars as they easily dispatched of All City Leadership Secondary School 116-60
on Wednesday. Medgar Evers has been flawless against New York competition with
their only two losses this season coming against teams from Massachusetts, and
while the Panthers will see Brooklyn Academy for Global Finance in a league
game on Monday, the week will conclude with another out of state for when Med-
gar Evers travel to Connecticut on Saturday to face off with New Britian (CT).
5) Community Health Academy of the Heights (12-1)- A forfeit victory opened
the week up for Community Health, but perennial Class B power Democracy Prep
looked as if they would be a strong challenge. It wasn't to be though as CHAH
showed to be the better team early in what would be a 73-51 victory for the Man-
hattan B North leaders. Continuing to click on all cylinders Community Health
will see a pair of league games this week vs. Columbia Secondary School and City
College Academy of the Arts as they look to stay among the elite in Class B.
6) BCAM (8-2)- Picking up a victory by forfeit over The School for Classics
was the only result for the Lions this week as their other game that was to be
played on Thursday against Uncommon Charter was snowed out with a makeup date
still TBD. Having their only two losses this season coming to Medgar Evers and
Community Health by four and three points respectively shows that BCAM are on a
level to compete with anyone in Class B and they will look to continue backing
that up this week when they take on William Maxwell, Achievement First, and
Spring Creek in league play before traveling Saturday to take on the Christ the
King "B" team.
7) Dalton (7-1)- NYSAIS in Class B looks to be completely up for grabs this
season with no team taking the bull by the horns and showing themselves as the
clear favorite. Dalton's lone loss this season was a 2 point defeat at Fieldston
and they will look to make a statement this week that they are the class of the
league when they visit Poly Prep on Monday, host Collegiate on Wednesday, before
ending up on the road with Trinity in what should be a very telling week for the
Tigers about just how talented they truly are.
8) Morrisania Educational Campus (10-1)- It took a 4th quarter comeback but
Morrisania was able to pick up a 56-53 victory over Albert Tuitt on the road to
start up 2018 on a good note on Wednesday. The Knights they had a home game with
Academy for Language and Technology on Friday and it turned into a blowout of
epic proportions with Morrisania taking a 106-17 win over their overmatched
opponents. Things won't always be that easy but the Knights will look to keep
things going this week when they take on H.S of Info and Network Technology on
Friday in their only game of the week.
9) Eagle Academy III (7-0)- Going to Townsend Harris and getting a win is
something hardly any Class B teams can do, but on Tuesday the Eagles were able
to pull off that feat by getting the 52-48 victory. It was a major win for
Eagle Academy as they now have a clear path to the Queens B East II title and
gives them a major confidence boost going forward for the rest of the season.
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences is next on the schedule for the Eagles this
Tuesday, then it will be a trip to Cambria Heights Academy on Thursday, before
a non-league game with Epic South finishes off the week on Saturday.
10) Fieldston (6-3)- In one of the more difficult weeks you will see the
Eagles made the trip up to Albany to take on the No. 2-ranked team in Class A
in Albany Academy and the No. 1-ranked team in Class B in Mekeel Christian
Academy. Fieldston would lose both, but they were competitive in both and
weren't overmatched by the elite level of competition. Playing the best should
only help the Eagles the rest of the way as they now come back home this week
for league contests against Dwight School on Monday, Trinity on Wednesday, and
Horace Mann on Friday.
Honorable Mention: Poly Prep (5-3), Staten Island Academy (7-2), Jane Addams
(8-1), South Bronx Prep (8-5), Adams Street Academy (9-4)