2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Jan. 14)
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 (11-3)- The Cardinals climb up to the top spot after a 3-0
week where they took down each of their opponents by double digits. Having
downed Msgr. Scanlan and Xaverian during the week on the road, Hayes came home
on Saturday to defeat St. Francis Prep to maintain an unbeaten week. The coming
week will present a bit tougher of a challenge for the Cardinals as they will
host Iona Prep on Monday afternoon before going on the road to take on Stepinac
2) Abraham Lincoln (14-2)- Three road games meant three wins for the Rail-
splitters this past week as they stamped themselves as the favorites right now
in the PSAL. They went to Eagle Academy II and Paul Robeson during the week and
took double digit victories, but the big game came on Saturday as Lincoln went
to Thomas Jefferson and pulled out a hard fought 82-76 win in what was a game of
the year candidate. Lincoln now will host their MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase on
Sunday where they will play Msgr. Scanlan, and then it's home games on Tuesday
and Thursday in league play with Brooklyn Collegiate and George Westinghouse.
3) Cardozo (12-0)- Still the lone unbeaten in the Class AA rankings, the Judges
went on the road to H.S. for Construction this past Thursday and easily took down
their Queens rivals 77-58 to take full control of the Queens AA in the PSAL. Car-
dozo will also be playing in the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase on Sunday at Lincoln
H.S. in what is a game of the week matchup against our #4 Thomas Jefferson team.
After that will be three of league games with Springfield Gardens coming to them
on Tuesday before a road matchup against Bayside awaits on Thursday, and then
it's back home on Friday for a rematch with H.S. for Construction.
4) Thomas Jefferson (14-4)- The Orange Wave was looking pretty close to un-
touchable in the Brooklyn AA this season as this past week they made quick work
of Brooklyn Collegiate and Eagle Academy II on the road, but then a home date
with Abraham Lincoln on Saturday would trip them up as even after being up by
two at the half, Jefferson couldn't hang on in an 82-76 defeat. Coming back less
than 24 hours from that loss will have Jefferson take on Cardozo in a major PSAL
showdown at the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase at Lincoln H.S. on Sunday before two
more road games come during the week against Robeson and South Shore.
5) Christ the King (10-4)- Going to Missouri to play the Bass Pro Tournament of
Champions proved to be extremely challenging as they played three teams from the
state of Missouri and came back to New York 1-2. They fell to both Webster Groves
(MO) and Ozark (MO) before defeating Glendale (MO) on Saturday. Before they left
the Royals were able to down St. Francis Prep in CHSAA play, and this coming week
it's just one game in what should be a tricky road league date with an improving
Mount St. Michael.
6) Archbishop Molloy (7-4)- While the Stanners easily defeated both Bishop Lough-
lin and St. Francis Prep in league play winning both games by over 20 points, last
Sunday really stung as Molloy fell to Thomas Jefferson at the Apparel Challenge
74-45. It was a shocking result, not that the Stanners lost but by how much they
lost. Molloy will be challenged this Sunday when they head to Massachusetts to play
in the HoopHall Classic against DeMatha of Maryland. After that it's a return to
league play as they will get Xaverian at home on Tuesday before going to Holy Cross
7) Boys and Girls (12-3)- The surprise team of the PSAL this season, Boys and
Girls continue to impress as they were able to go to Paul Robeson on Tuesday and
rally back for a 66-61 OT victory. A 30 point blowout win over Westinghouse then
came on Thursday, and then it was the Kangaroos on Saturday going down to Wash-
ington D.C. where they knocked off Henry Wise (DC) in 2 OT's, 82-75. Unbeaten now
since December 14th, Boys and Girls will look to keep that streak going when they
host Queens H.S of Teaching on Sunday in a non-league game, and then it's a road
game with South Shore and a home matchup with Eagle Academy II to finish things
out this week.
8) Curtis (14-3)- Going up against Staten Island competition has proved to be
fairly easy for the Warriors, the issue is when they step out of league things
have yet to go there way. Curtis dispatched of New Dorp in their lone league
game this week, but then on Saturday the Warriors took on Providence Day of North
Carolina at the Big Apple Invitational in Manhattan. After hanging tough for a
half Curtis eventually wilted and fell to their national opposition 83-66. Stay-
ing extremely busy, Curtis this coming week will have Wings Academy at the MLK
Jr. Basketball Showcase at Lincoln H.S. on Sunday, then will go to McKee/Staten
Island Tech on Monday, host Susan Wagner and Port Richmond on Wednesday and Fri-
day respectively, before finishing the week out on Saturday with a road game at
the always tough Long Island Lutheran.
9) St. Peter's (9-3)- It was suppose to be a one game week for the Eagles as
they had a scheduled contest with Msgr. Farrell for this past Friday. Poor
floor conditions though postponed the game to this Sunday so instead of a two-
game week, it will be three games ahead for St. Peter's. Farrell is first up
on Sunday, then it's a tough non-league game on the road at Holy Trinity, and
to close things out it will be another tough Staten Island rivalry game as the
Eagles will travel to take on St. Joseph by the Sea.
10) South Shore (7-5)- Late December was without question a rough patch for
the Vikings as they fell below .500 for the first time this season, but since
dropping to 4-5 it's been nothing but smooth sailing as South Shore keeps prov-
ing just how talented a team they can be. They won two road games at Brooklyn
Collegiate and George Westinghouse this week, and then on Saturday took down
one of Maryland's best in Eleanor Roosevelt at the Big Apple Invitational in
Manhattan. Unbeaten in 2018, South Shore will draw Eagle Academy at the MLK Jr.
Basketball Showcase at Lincoln on Sunday before getting back into league play
with home games against Boys and Girls and Thomas Jefferson awaiting the Vik-
ings this week.
11) Eagle Academy (12-3)- Some thought it may never come but for the first
time in schools history Eagle Academy knocked off Wings Academy, going on the
road to do it this past Thursday with Eagle taking a 58-57 victory. It was a
statement making win for Eagle Academy who are trying to solidify themselves as
they ones to beat in the Bronx AA this season, and that win could only help
their cause. This week will see Eagle take on South Shore at the MLK Jr. Basket-
ball Showcase at Lincoln H.S. on Sunday before getting league games with James
Monroe and Manhattan Center to close out their three game week.
12) St. Raymond (5-5)- After starting out the season 4-1 the Ravens are now
1-4 in their last five games as they struggle to stay at the .500 mark and com-
pete against the best of the best in the CHSAA. They got a solid non-league win
last Sunday over a strong Half Hollow Hills East team from Long Island but then
on Tuesday they fell at home to Mount St. Michael by 13. It's been an up and
down season to date but St. Ray's looks to straighten things out this week.
They host Holy Cross on Sunday, then play Lawrence Woodmere Academy on Monday
in a non-league clash at the Big Apple Invitational, and close things out on
Friday against Bishop Loughlin.
13) Wings Academy (7-4)- It was a total mixed bag week for Wings as they took
down Gompers 96-60, and also defeated Mott Haven 100-56, but it's the 58-57 loss
at home to Eagle Academy that continues to show that the perennial Bronx AA
power is still a work in progress this season. They have the talent to make
things happen but can they put it all together? They will look to get started on
that at Lincoln H.S. on Sunday when Wings takes on Curtis as apart of the MLK Jr.
Basketball Showcase before they have league games on Tuesday and Friday against
JFK and WHEELS respectively.
14) Paul Robeson (9-7)- Even though it was a two loss week for the Eagles when
you put things in perspective those two losses showed that while Robeson may not
be on the upper echelon of teams in NYC this season, they are a team that can
play and hang with anyone. They fell on Tuesday in OT to Boys and Girls by 5, and
then lost to Lincoln by 14 in a game that was in single digits until early in the
fourth quarter. It's been nothing but solid play for the Eagles, and they will
look to finally get over the top this week when they host Thomas Jefferson on
Tuesday, and then go to Brooklyn Collegiate on Friday.
15) H.S. for Construction (11-2)- Having gone on the road on Tuesday and taken
an eight-point victory over John Bowne, the Red Hawks were set up for a battle
of unbeatens in the Queens AA on Thursday when they took on Cardozo. From the
start though the Judges took control and didn't look back in what was a 77-58
defeat for Construction. It was a disappointing defeat, but a defeat they can
nonetheless learn from and come back from even stronger. Trips to Bayside and
Beach Channel start this coming week for the Red Hawks, but it's Friday's road
game at Cardozo that once again gives Construction a chance to show that they
are also a force this season in Queens.
Honorable Mention: WHEELS (8-6), Thurgood Marshall Academy (10-2), Brooklyn
Collegiate (6-7), Mount St. Michael (7-6), McKee/Staten Island Tech (9-6).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (12-2)- It's been a few weeks but the Jets are back
in the top spot of the Class A NYC rankings this week. They are once again making
quick work of league foes, with it being Boerum Hill and John Jay this past week
that Brooklyn Law and Tech dispatched of, and while this coming week will be
tougher it will only provide the Jets a chance to nail down and solidify them-
selves as the best in the PSAL. On Sunday at the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase at
Lincoln H.S., the Jets will take on Brooklyn AA school Eagle Academy II, and then
it will be back to league play with an important game against Bedford Academy com-
ing on Tuesday, before Wingate and Banneker come calling on Thursday and Friday
to finish the week.
2) Roosevelt Educational Campus (14-1)- Taft proved to be easy work for Roose-
velt on Monday as they quickly ran away with a 72-33 win on the road, but then
Morris on Friday showed to be much tougher. It was a high scoring back and forth
game that the Bears ultimately pulled away in 94-84 in a game that could've gone
either way. Saturday then saw Roosevelt play in the LaGuardia MLK Classic in Man-
hattan where they defeated Eagle Academy III of the B Division 59-39. Sunday will
see the Bears take part in another MLK Showcase game when they play KIPP DuBious
of Pennsylvania before another non-league game on Thursday when they will take
on Bronx AA schools Samuel Gompers.
3) Beacon (19-0)- After talking to the Beacon head coach this week we found out
we were actually missing a few non-league games of theirs and the Blue Demons are
an even more impressive 19-0 now of the season. They have a pair of wins over
Queens AA schools, and this past week made easy work of one of the Class A tradi-
tional powers in Frederick Douglass Academy by knocking them off 67-40. It's truly
been a season to remember so far for Beacon, and they will now look to get win No.
20 on the year this week when they host Graphics Campus on Wednesday, before then
going on the road on Friday to face off with West 50th Street Campus.
4) Nazareth (9-3)- In one of the more surprising results of the season so far
Nazareth fell on Tuesday to an under .500 Xavier team causing the Kingsmen to slip
from their previous top spot in the Class A NYC rankings. They did rally back on
Thursday though with a come from behind win over St. Edmund Prep to get back on
the winning track. The Juggler Classic up in Utica awaits on Sunday and Monday
where they will open with PSAL Brooklyn power Telecommunication before getting the
winner of Notre Dame and Lansingburgh on Monday. They will come back home and get
back to league play on Tuesday with Cardinal Spellman, and then close the week on
Friday with a return game with St. Edmund Prep.
5) William Grady (12-2)- Monday was the lone time the Falcons hit the hardwood
this week and it was another strong and complete performance from Grady as they
went to Lafayette and took home an 84-39 victory. Undefeated now since Dec. 1,
the Falcons will next play on Sunday in the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase at Lin-
coln H.S. where they will square off with The Dwight School. Friday will then be
back to league action when Grady takes on Canarsie before once again stepping
into the non-league on Saturday to host New Dorp from out on Staten Island.
6) Bedford Academy (11-4)- Playing three games in three days this week saw
Bedford come through with flying colors as they first went on the road and took
down a ranked Transit Tech team 76-73 in what was a game that came down to the
wire. Bushwick and Millennium both proved to be a bit easier, but it was a rough
stretch that saw the Panthers come through unscathed. A road test against our No.
1 Brooklyn Law and Tech team comes on Tuesday in what will be the 3rd matchup
between the school's this season, and then on Friday and Saturday it will be
games with Grand Street Campus and Brooklyn Tech to finish out the week for Bed-
7) Evander Childs (10-3)- Going 3-0 this past week helps the Tigers get back
into the rankings this week as they were able to make quick work of both Adlai
Stevenson and Bronx Science, but it was their 69-59 win over Lehman that stood
out as a notable win that shows that Evander Childs are the real deal in the
Bronx A this season. Showing they are also among the best in Class A in the PSAL
so far, Evander Childs will look to keep up the strong play this week when they
play Harry Van Arsdale in the Clinton MLK Showcase on Monday before then getting
Alfred E. Smith and DeWitt Clinton in league contests late on this week.
8) Transit Tech (10-2)- It was the second loss of the season this week for the
Express as Transit would fall in a tough one to Bedford Academy on Thursday, 76-
73. It was a game they were leading by 7 going into the 4th quarter, but the lead
would slip away as the Express would fall to defeat. Coming back on Saturday at
the James Monroe MLK Showcase, Transit would finish off DeWitt Clinton 60-46 to
get back on the winning side of things. Coming up this week it will be games on
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for the Express as they will get Prospect
Heights, Automotive, and Millennium respectively as Transit Tech looks to again
prove themselves among the best in Brooklyn.
9) Lehman (14-2)- Picking up their second loss of the season this past week when
they fell to Evander Childs on the road 69-59, the Lions roared back on Friday
with a 71-62 victory on the road against DeWitt Clinton. It brought back momentum
to the side of Lehman as over the next week they will stay at home for a pair of
league opponents with a tough Morris team coming in on Wednesday, and then it will
be Grace Dodge to close out the week for Lehman on Friday as the Lions look to
right the ship and get back to being among the best in the PSAL Class A this
10) Telecommunication (14-5)- Entering the rankings for the first time this
season are the Yellow Jackets of Telecommunication as they have racked up a
number of impressive wins this season. They knocked off one of Long Island's
traditional powers in Westbury in late December, and then last Saturday it was
a 60-57 victory for Telecommunication over CHSAA AA schools Xaverian in one of
the biggest wins in schools history. The Yellow Jackets also picked up home
league wins this past week over New Utrecht and Tilden. This coming week will
see Telecommunication go up to Utica to play in the Juggler Classic where on
Sunday they will take on our #4 ranked Nazareth team before getting either
Notre Dame or Lansingburgh on Monday. A road game with FDR will then come up
on Wednesday in what will be the Yellow Jackets lone league game of the week.
Honorable Mention: St. Joseph by the Sea (11-5), Seward Park (12-2), Msgr.
McClancy (10-5), St. Edmund Prep (9-5), James Madison (12-3)
1) LaSalle Academy (8-2)- Maintaining their position as the top team in Class
B in New York City, the Cardinals only had one game this week in what was a 54-51
victory over Moore Catholic. They remain unbeaten against CHSAA competition and
will look to stay that way this week when LaSalle has three games. The Cardinals
will host Cristo Rey and Sacred Heart on Tuesday and Friday, and then in between
those two games it will be a road test on Thursday in Queens against St. John's
2) Maspeth (14-1)- Winning a pair of league games over Renaissance and Bacca-
laureate School for Global Education this past week by a combined 116 points
showed that the Queens B is no match for what Maspeth has to offer. They got a
tougher challenge on Saturday at the LaGuardia MLK Classic in Manhattan when
Maspeth took on Jane Addams, but again it was a double digit win for the Queens
power as they would take a 59-48 victory. With their only loss on the season com-
ing to Msgr. McClancy of the A Division on the road, Maspeth will look to con-
tinue its dominating play of solid Class B competition when they take on Academy
for Careers in Television and Film and Energy Tech on Wednesday and Friday
3) Fannie Lou Hamer (15-2)- The week started out with an 87-27 victory over
H.S. of Info and Network Technology for the Panthers, and then it was a forfeit
win over Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professionals. It
was a simple week up until Saturday when Fannie Lou faced off with South Bronx
Prep at the James Monroe MLK Classic. It was a barnburner that went back and
forth from start to finish, with it taking a buzzer beating runner in the lane
to help the Panthers fend off South Bronx Prep in dramatic fashion 63-62. The
week ahead will have Fannie Lou Hamer starting off at home on Wednesday to take
on Explorations Academy, and then it's a road date with The Annex Campus on Fri-
day as the Panthers finish out their week.
4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (14-1)- With their only loss on the
season coming to a Class A school in John Dewey back in November, Community
Health has been rolling ever since. This past week was no different as they down-
ed Columbia Secondary School 61-30, and then dispatched of City College Academy
of the Arts 82-46. It's been smooth sailing for Community Health for nearly two
months now and this week they will look to keep it going when they host Gregorio
Luperon H.S. for Science and Math in what is their only game of the week.
5) BCAM (11-2)- Proving themselves to be among the very best in the PSAL, BCAM
rolled over Maxwell to open up this past week 105-35 in a thoroughly dominating
performance. They then on Wednesday were able to defeat Achievement First Brook-
lyn High School 73-56 to knock off the second place team in the Brookyln B West.
Spring Creek Campus was the next one for BCAM to take down in league play on Fri-
day, and then on Saturday it was a solid win over Christ the King's "B" team 79-
48. Only one game on the docket this coming week for the Lions as on Thursday
they will host Cobble Hill School of American Studies.
6) Dalton (10-1)- With so much parity in the NYSAIS this season the one team
that seems head and shoulders above the rest at this point is the Tigers. Dalton
went on the road this past Monday and dominated a solid Poly Prep team 81-63, and
that was followed by two more double digit victories to finish the week against
Collegiate and Trinity. It's just a one game week ahead for the Tigers as they
will look to keep on winning when they play host to Berkeley Carroll on Tuesday.
7) Medgar Evers College Prep (10-3)- When playing New York competition Medgar
Evers is an incredibly impressive 10-0, it's just that out of state competition
continues to trouble them. On Saturday the Cougars went to Connecticut to take
on New Britain (CT) and from the start it was all New Britain as Medgar Evers fell
to their bigger and more physical opponents 70-35. Playing against a team from the
highest level of basketball in Connecticut, the Cougars continue to show they will
play anyone to help them be as good as they can be come March and playoff time.
It's back to league play this week for Medgar Evers as on Wednesday they will take
on Science Skills Center, before going on the road on Friday to take on Arts and
Media Preparatory Academy.
8) Morrisania Educational Campus (10-1)- There were no games on the schedule
this past week for the Knights as they had one game postponed due to floor con-
ditions, but that just means they will be extra busy this coming week with three
games now scheduled as Morrisania looks to keep pace with the best of the best in
the PSAL B Division. H.S. of Info and Network Technology is first up this week,
and then it will be two more league games against Metropolitan and Archimedes/
Maleska Campus coming on Wednesday and Friday.
9) Eagle Academy III (9-1)- Dominating Class B competition in Queens has been
good for Eagle Academy III so far this season as they have proven game in and
game out to be among a force in the PSAL, but on Saturday the Eagles took a step
up when at the LaGuardia MLK Classic in Manhattan, Eagle Academy III took on our
No. 2 ranked Class A team in Roosevelt Educational Campus. To Eagle's credit they
hung in the game for nearly three quarters before falling 59-39 as even in defeat
they show they are a team that deserves the recognition of being among NYC's top
programs in Class B. Upcoming this week for Eagle Academy III will be a home game
on Tuesday against The Scholars Academy, and then to finish out the week it will
be a road game against H.S. for Law Enforcement and Public Safety on Thursday.
10) Staten Island Academy (10-2)- A three win week gets the Tigers back into the
Top 10 as they look to be among the many contenders in the NYSAIS this season.
They first went to Friends Seminary on Wednesday and picked up a convincing vic-
tory. Home dates then came after that on Thursday and Saturday as Staten Island
Academy took on Grace Church and Berkeley Carroll and got a pair of winners to
get to double digit wins on the year. Upcoming this week will have the Tigers
hosting Saint Ann's on Tuesday, then go to Grace Church on Wednesday, before host-
ing CSI/McCown in a non-league matchup to close the week on Saturday.
Honorable Mention: Adams Street Academy (12-4), South Bronx Prep (9-6), Poly
Prep (7-4), Brooklyn College Academy (9-1), Trinity (6-3)