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2017-18 New York City boys basketball (trough Jan. 21)
   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 (11-4)- Without question it was one of the wackiest weeks 
in recent memory in New York City as 12 of the 15 teams from last week's Top 
15 there was going to be a solid amount of movement and they fact the Royals 
only had one game, a 63-48 victory over Mount St. Michael on the road, played 
to their advantage as they now find themselves in the top spot once again. This 
week it will be a pair of games for Christ the King as on Sunday they will host 
Xaverian, before going on the road on Friday night to take on Holy Cross.

  2) Abraham Lincoln (16-3)- In what was one of the crazier weeks in Class AA in 
some time, the Railsplitters manage to stay in the No. 2 spot even though they 
fell on Tuesday to Brooklyn Collegiate 62-59. It's the second time Lincoln has 
fallen to Brooklyn Collegiate, the only team in NYC to have defeated them this 
season. They have looked dominant against most but the Lions just seem to have 
their number. The Railsplitters did knock off both Msgr. Scanlan and George 
Westinghouse to go 2-1 this week, though this coming week, like many others in 
the PSAL due to midterms, they will be out of action until the 28th.

  3) Thomas Jefferson (16-5)- Another team who at times this week looked near 
unbeatable, until they were beaten. Jefferson blew out Cardozo 78-55 in convin-
cing fashion this past Sunday at the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase going up by as 
many as 32 in the game, but then on Thursday lost to South Shore 85-73. Going 
on the road in the PSAL though is never easy, especially in Brooklyn as was 
proven time and time again this week it seemed. Like Lincoln in front of them, 
Jefferson due to midterms will be off this week with their next game scheduled 
for the 30th against Westinghouse.

  4) Cardinal Hayes (11-5)- Playing quite possibly the two teams who will be 
their main competition for a CHSAA title this season the Cardinals fell both 
times losing at home on Monday to Iona Prep 64-56, and then traveling to Step-
inac on Friday where they again fell in a heartbreaker 75-71. Things won't get 
much easier this week for Hayes as on Tuesday they host St. Raymond, and then 
it's two games at the SNY Invitational where they will open with Hudson Cath-
olic (NJ) on Friday before a date with either Archbishop Molloy or Long Island 
Lutheran on Saturday. 

  5) South Shore (10-5)- With so many teams falling this past week the team that 
makes one of the biggest jumps is the Vikings as on paper they have a ton of 
talent, but this week they seemed to finally put it all together. They blasted 
Eagle Academy 78-47 at the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase on Sunday and they downed 
Thomas Jefferson 85-73 on Thursday proving that when they are playing together 
and everything is clicking, they are as tough to beat as anyone in the PSAL. 
Sunday at the Empire Invitational at Adelphi University will see South Shore 
look to make another statement when they face off with Long Island Lutheran in 
what will be the Vikings only game of the week.

  6) Cardozo (16-1)- Going into the game on Sunday with Thomas Jefferson unbeaten 
and with a ton of confidence, the Judges struggled from start to finish in what 
was a 78-55 defeat to the Orange Wave. Cardozo did show resolve though on Friday 
when against H.S for Construction as they fell behind by 23 points at the half 
only to rally back and win 80-77 in regulation in a stunning comeback for the 
Judges. They then comfortably knocked off WHEELS 81-61 on Saturday to finish out 
the week. A home game on Friday against Campus Magnet will be the Judges lone 
game over the next seven day. 

  7) Curtis (18-4)- Making quick work of Wings Academy by an 80-61 final at the 
MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase on Sunday, Curtis showed and proved once again that 
they can compete with nearly anyone in the PSAL this season. They moved back to 
local Staten Island play during the week in wins over McKee/Staten Island Tech, 
Susan Wagner and Port Richmond, but the Warriors closed the week on Saturday 
with a tough 72-56 loss that saw them in the game within single digits until 
late in the 3rd quarter before the Crusaders pulled away. This week will see 
Curtis off as they will not hit the hardwood again until a matchup with Totten-
ville on the 29th.

  8) Archbishop Molloy (8-6)- Still without the services of star guard Cole 
Anthony because of a foot injury, the Stanners are limping around as a team as 
they fell twice this week. Going up to Massachusetts and losing to DeMatha (MD) 
at the HoopHall Classic is one thing, but on Friday night the Stanners lost to 
Holy Cross 63-61 in a result that gave Molloy their second league loss of the 
season. Sunday will see Molloy try to rebound against Bishop Loughlin, then it's 
Iona Prep coming to them in a big CHSAA showdown on Tuesday, and to close out 
the week the Stanners will play in the SNY Invitational on Friday and Saturday 
first going up against Long Island Lutheran, and then getting either Cardinal 
Hayes or Hudson Catholic (NJ). 

  9) St. Peter's (12-3)- One of the rare teams that went unbeaten last week, the 
Eagles first knocked off rivals Msgr. Farrell at home in OT 58-51, that was then 
followed up by a 9 point win on the road in the non-league at Holy Trinity, and to 
close out the week it was another OT win, this time at St. Joseph by the Sea. St. 
Peter's are finding ways to win and that's the most important thing this time of 
the season though the schedule does get much harder this week as on Tuesday they 
will host Stepinac before going on the road on Friday to square off with New Dorp 
in an All-Staten Island contest.

  10) Brooklyn Collegiate (10-7)- Going from being a fringe team on the honorable 
mention all the way to the #10 spot is impressive but what Brooklyn Collegiate 
did this week was the definition of impressive. They opened up with their second 
victory over Abraham Lincoln of the season going on the road to take a 62-59 win, 
then took down a solid Robeson team at home by 8, and they closed it out on Friday 
and Saturday with a pair of really strong non-league wins over Lincoln Academy 
(GA) and Lawrence Woodmere. A week like this can really change the fortunes of a 
team, and Brooklyn Collegiate will look to keep the momentum going on Sunday when 
they play in the Empire Invitational at Adelphi University against NSCHSAA power 
St. Anthony's, and then it will be a Saturday league date at home against Boys
and Girls.

  11) Boys and Girls (14-5)- Losses to both Queens H.S of Teaching in a shocking 
double OT performance and South Shore pushed the Kangaroos out of the Top 10 and 
down to #11 this week as they consistency just isn't where you want it to be at 
this point in the season. It's a veteran team that Boys and Girls has and while 
they did knock off Eagle Academy II and H.S. for Construction this past week there 
just needs to be more consistent play especially as the difficultly of the 
schedule is once again about to pick up. It will just be a one game week for the 
Kangaroos this week but it will be a tough road game at Brooklyn Collegiate on 
Saturday that will be awaiting Boys and Girls in what should be one of the marquee 
matchups of the week.

  12) Eagle Academy (14-4)- The week started out less than stellar for Eagle 
Academy as they fell to South Shore 78-47 at the MLK Jr. Basketball Showcase, 
but they rallied from that defeat to go on the road to take down James Monroe in 
a low scoring, defensively 39-38 contest. The frontrunners in the PSAL Bronx AA 
also were able to make quick work of Manhattan Center 71-49 in what will be the 
Eagles final game until the 30th of the month when they host Wings Academy in 
what will surely be the game to determine who will be the regular season cham-
pion in the Bronx.

  13) St. Raymond (7-6)- League wins over both Holy Cross and Bishop Loughlin 
this past week allow the Ravens to once again get over the .500 mark as this 
young and inexperienced seems to be figuring out how to win the close games now 
as we stride toward February. They did fall a spot based off of a non-league 
loss to Lawrence Woodmere Academy on Monday, but in league they are starting to 
really turn a corner it now seems. Two tough games away this week though as the 
Ravens will go on the road for games against both Cardinal Hayes and Stepinac in 
the always brutal CHSAA.

  14) H.S for Construction (13-4)- Almost isn't ever good enough but the Red 
Hawks showed just the kind of ability they have this past Friday when they went 
up by 23 on the road against Cardozo at the half. They couldn't hang on though as 
the pressure got to the guard as the game slowly slipped away in what ultimately 
was an 80-77 loss that will haunt Construction for some time. They also fell to 
Boys and Girls on Saturday, though they did pick up a pair of wins over Bayside 
and Beach Challenge during the week as well in league play. The only game this 
coming week for the Red Hawks will see them go to the Brown vs. Board of Ed Show-
case at Thurgood Marshall Academy where they will go up against Msgr. Scanlan of 
the CHSAA.

  15) W.H.E.E.L.S. (10-7)- New to the rankings for the first time this season, 
WHEELS enters on the back of a 55-54 road victory on Friday over Wings Academy. 
They were able to take down Thurgood Marshall Academy by a 69-68 score the pre-
vious week so when they play top contenders from both Bronx and Manhattan they 
have risen to the challenge and brought their best in close contests. The Wolves 
did fall on Saturday in a non-league contest 81-61 to Cardozo but WHEELS was with-
out two starters in what was a tough result 24 hours after a big win over the de-
fending Bronx AA champs. IN what will be WHEELS only game of the week they will go 
to Uniondale to take on one of Long Island's best in an intriguing non-league 
clash on Thursday.

  Honorable Mention: Thurgood Marshall (11-3), Paul Robeson (9-9), James Monroe 
(10-8), Holy Cross (7-8), Wings Academy (8-5).



Class A 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (16-2)- Talent wise without question the Jets are the clear top team in Class A not just in New York City, but quite possibly in the state overall. They didn't exactly play like it at times towards the end of December but they look to be putting it all together now as we head toward Feb- ruary and the playoff stretch. Beating Bedford Academy by 33, Wingate by 37, and Benjamind Banneker by 61 showed just how dominant Law and Tech can be as they look to be turning the intensity up. Only one game this week of the Jets as on Friday they will host a solid Brooklyn Tech team as Law and Tech looks to remain undefeated in PSAL play. 2) Beacon (21-0)- Speaking of unbeaten in PSAL play, the Blue Demons are the first team in New York City this season to eclipse the 20 win mark as they did that by blowing Graphics Campus 63-40 and West 50th Street Campus 58-31. They are playing exquisite defense, and are also turning up the offensive skills when they need to as well as Beacon looks to be a team who can challenge for an unde- feated record deep into February if they can get by a tough Harry Van Arsdale team on Thursday in what will be the Blue Demons only game of the week. 3) William Grady (15-2)- Really clicking on all cylinders at this part of the season the Falcons disposed quickly of both. Lafayette and Canarsie winning each of their league games this week by 35+ points showing their dominance in the Brooklyn A3 Division. They also stepped out of league on Saturday and knocked off a solid New Dorp team from Staten Island 60-49 as after losing their first two games of the season Grady has now reeled off an impressive 15 in a row. No games this upcoming week for the Falcons with the next time they are due to take the court coming on the 29th when they will go on the road to take on a solid John Dewey team. 4) Roosevelt Educational Campus (14-2)- In what was the only game of the week for Roosevelt they went on the road to Long Island to take on current Suffolk County power The Knox School. Offensively the Bears were just fine but down the stretch they couldn't get the stops they needed in what was an 87-84 loss. It was a disappointing defeat for Roosevelt but they showed the ability to go on the road and compete against non-league opposition. No action this week for the Bears but the next time they take the court it will be on Sunday the 28th at Nassau Coliseum against one of Long Island's best this season in Bellport. 5) Nazareth (11-4)- Going up to play in the Juggler Classic in Utica, NY this past Sunday and Monday saw Nazareth make quick work of Telecommunication of the PSAL in NYC before falling 66-62 to the host team of Notre Dame. It was a tough loss for the Kingsmen who were leading at the half but they came back home on Tuesday and got back on the winning track with a 65-53 league win over Cardinal Spellman. It's only a one game week ahead for Nazareth as they will head north of Sunday to take on Kennedy Catholic in league play and look to take firm control of the of the CHSAA A Division. 6) Transit Tech (13-2)- Three games meant three wins for the Express this past week as they made quick work of Prospect Heights, Automotive, and Millennium, each game by 25+ points. It was a strong week as Transit Tech looks to be among the cream of the crop in the PSAL A Division this season, though this coming Sat- urday they will look to challenge themselves against AA competition when they go to the Brown vs. Board of Ed Showcase and take on the host school Thurgood Mar- shall Academy in what will show a lot about just how good and talented this Ex- press team is. 7) James Madison (14-3)- Coming into the rankings for the first time this season, the Golden Knights are an unbeaten 12-0 in league play this season to assert their dominance, especially after a major 79-67 victory on the road at Erasmus Hall this past Wednesday. They followed that up with a win at home over Frank Macchiarola Educational Complex to remain unblemished in Brooklyn A1 this season. Madison's only game this week will come on Friday when they hit the road to take on what looks to be an overmatched Tilden team. 8) Susan Wagner (10-6)- Sometimes you forget just how deep that Staten Island is but the Falcons proved that they are a clear contender in Class A this season after taking down Lehman 66-60 in a non-league date this past Sunday. Wagner has proved to be competitive with AA power Curtis as in the two games they played with the Warriors the Falcons were within single digits late in both before fall- ing, and they also have an OT loss on the resume against another AA team in James Monroe. Another proving ground game will come this coming Friday when Wagner goes on the road to take on McKee/Staten Island Tech in one of two games this week for the Falcons with the other coming on Sunday against Queens A school August Martin. 9) Msgr. McClancy (11-5)- After a rough patch at the end of 2017 it looks as if the Crusaders are back in business as a team to watch for in the playoffs in the CHSAA. McClancy only had one game this past week but it was a statement making 69- 42 victory on the road at previous ranked St. Edmund Prep. They controlled the game from start to finish and look to be peaked at just the right time as we soon head into February. This coming week will see two more road games for the Crusad- ers as on Tuesday they will go to Kennedy Catholic before closing out the week on Saturday with a road matchup at Salesian. 10) Lehman (16-3)- Holding onto a spot in the Top Ten, but just barely. Lehman looked to be among the best in Class A overall as we turned the page on 2017 but over the past few weeks the Lions have looked more vulnerable having recently lost to Evander Childs, and then this past Sunday losing to Susan Wagner 66-60. They rebounded with victories during the week over Morris and Grace Dodge to stay at No. 10, and with two games this week they will look to really right the ship as they go to Walton on Friday in league play before going out of league on Saturday to take on Frederick Douglass Academy. Honorable Mention: Seward Park (14-2), Bedford Academy (11-6), Fordham Prep (10-6), Evander Childs (12-4), Far Rockaway (13-0).

Class B 1) LaSalle Academy (11-2)- It was a busy three game week for the Cardinals but they passed with flying colors as they downed Cristo Rey, St. John's Prep, and Sacred Heart to remain unbeaten in the CHSAA play this season. Sacred Heart on Friday proved to be the most challenging game of the week but LaSalle hung tough at home and took a 73-68 victory to stay atop the B rankings. Just one game com- ing up over the next seven days for the Cardinals but it's a big one as they will step out of league on Saturday to take on our #3 Fannie Lou Hamer in the Brown vs. Board of Ed Showcase at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Harlem. 2) Maspeth (17-1)- Taking down Energy Tech in dominant fashion 90-29 opened up an impressive week for Maspeth, but what was even more impressive was a 68-38 vic- tory over Adams Street Academy in the PSAL B Division Showcase on Saturday. It was a performance that saw Maspeth control play from start to finish as they once again proved they are among the best of the best in Class B this season. Two big games are scheduled upcoming this week for Maspeth as on Tuesday they will host our No. 4 Community Health Academy of the Heights in a marquee non-league matchup before then hosting Academy of American Studies on Friday to finish the week out. 3) Fannie Lou Hamer (18-2)- The Panthers blew out both Explorations Academy and The Annex Campus on Wednesday and Friday of this past week, but those wins in lop- sided fashion were expected. Fannie Lou easily going past BCAM in the PSAL B Div- ision Showcase on Saturday 79-48 was more surprising though as it was a pair of the best in the PSAL going against one another but the Panthers proved to be in a different class this season in the blowout victory. It's a one game week for Fannie Lou Hamer as they will be taking on No. 1 LaSalle Academy in the Brown vs. Board of Ed Showcase on Saturday at Thurgood Marshall Academy in a hotly anticipated matchup between two of Class B's best. 4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (16-1)- Rolling in league play once again this week, Community Health dominated Gregorio Luperon on Friday 82-61 as they pretty much locked up the top spot in the Manhattan B North this week with the victory. CHAH then went to the PSAL B Division Showcase and took on Eagle Academy III, and in a hard fought back and forth game pulled out a 54-51 win. Coming up will be among one of the more difficult and challenging seven day stretches you will see any team play as on Tuesday Community Health will travel to take on #2 Maspeth before going up to Syracuse to play a pair of Section 3 powers in Westhill and CBA-Syracuse on Friday and Saturday to finish out the rough three game week. 5) Morrisania Educational Campus (13-1)- Another team that really make their mark at the PSAL B Division Showcase on Saturday, Morrisania opened things up this week with easy wins defeating Metropolitan 80-53 and Archimedes/Maleska Campus 78-64. The Knights then went to the Showcase where they took on Medgar Evers, a team that had not lost to a team from New York so far this season. Morrisania though led from start to finish in a 68-58 victory that pushes them up the rankings up to the #5 spot this week. It was a great win for the Knights who now look to keep things going when on Saturday they again step out of league, going on the road to take on Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. 6) Staten Island Academy (13-2)- Taking down Grace Church, St. Ann's, and CSI/ McCown this week pushes SIA all the way up to No. 6 this week as this is becoming a season to remember for the Tigers who in recent memory have become more known for their girls basketball team. The boys though are making a lot of noise this year and they will look to keep things going when they host Leman Prep on Monday before going on the road on Saturday to take on Berkeley Carroll in a matchup pitt- ing two of the top teams in NYSAIS Class B this season. 7) BCAM (12-3)- While the Lions got a nice road win in league over Cobble Hill School of American Studies 71-68 it was a difficult close to the week as BCAM went to play in the PSAL B Division Showcase playing in a marquee game on Saturday against Fannie Lou Hamer. It looked to be a competitive matchup on paper but the Panthers controlled throughout in what was a 79-48 loss for BCAM pushing them down to the #7 spot this week. Not the result that the Lions were looking for they will get back into the gym this week and look to straighten things out as they are off until the 30th when BCAM squares off with Urban Dove Team Charter School. 8) Medgar Evers College Prep (11-4)- Easily taking down Science Skills Center 75-45 on Wednesday was a good start to the week for the Cougars who were unde- feated against New York schools on the season, but that ended on Saturday at the PSAL B Division Showcase as Medgar Evers fell to Morrisania 68-58. For the first time this season the Cougars fell to PSAL competition, and now they will take the next seven days off as it's a slow week overall in NYC for midterms with Med- gar Evers getting back to action against Brooklyn College Academy in a big Class B showdown on the 29th. 9) Eagle Academy III (11-2)- Playing a schedule in the Queens B that hasn't been the most challenging to date meant that Eagle Academy III's big date at the PSAL B Division Showcase was even bigger for them to prove that they could compete against one of the best from the Bronx in Community Health Academy of the Heights. The Eagles did just that as they were in the game from start to finish though ultimate- ly fell 54-51. Eagle did knock off The Scholars Academy 50-45 in their other game of the week as they showed they are a team who will be in contention for a title come March. No games this coming week for Eagle Academy III with the next time they will hit the floor being the 30th in a game against Robert Goddard. 10) Dalton (10-2)- Once again it was chaos in the NYSAIS as the Tigers lost their only game they played this past week falling to Berkeley Carroll at home on Tuesday 69-67 in OT. It was only Dalton's second loss of the season, and first since Dec. 8 as they still look to be among the best and favorites in the Private School league this season. Just one game this week for the Tigers and it will be a tricky one as they will go on the road to take on an improving and young Collegiate School team that should be a good test for Dalton to get back on track. Honorable Mention: South Bronx Prep (12-6), Brooklyn College Academy (11-1), Trinity (8-3), Berkeley Carroll (9-5) Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice (11-1).

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