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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:

Class AA:

  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 
AA matchup.

  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).



Class A: 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 Bay. 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).

Class B: 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 the week. 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 builder. 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)

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