2017-18 New York City boys basketball (through Jan. 28)
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 (13-4)- The Royals took on two CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens foes
this past week and easily downed both by double digits to remain in the top
spot. They first took care of Xaverian at home 79-41 before going on the road
on Friday to defeat Holy Cross 68-55. Upcoming this week Christ the King will
host Bishop Loughlin on Sunday before playing a nationally televised game on
Friday at home against Archbishop Molloy.
2) Abraham Lincoln (16-3)- Due to the PSAL's yearly late-January break the
Railsplitters didn't take to the court this past week so the question still
remains as to what Lincoln will look like and just how many players will be
ruled ineligible as the rumors of late have stated. We will find out in Sunday
when the Railsplitters play The Knox School at the Crusaders Invitational in
the Bronx before they get back to league play against Boys and Girls and South
Shore later on this week.
3) Thomas Jefferson (16-5)- Another team that was off over the past seven
days, the Orange Wave have proven to be a major force in the PSAL this season
and a team that will a good close to the regular season can make a claim to
the No. 1 spot in our rankings. This week will be the start of the final two
weeks before playoff time and Jefferson will look to make noise by going up
against Westinghouse on Tuesday and Boys and Girls on Thursday.
4) Cardinal Hayes (13-6)- In what is always a tough rivalry game, the Card-
inals opening this past week with a solid 79-76 victory over St. Raymond before
going into even tougher waters by competing in the SNY Invitational. Surprising
some, Hayes was able to knock off one of New Jersey's best in Hudson Catholic
57-55 in the opening game before falling to Long Island Lutheran for the title
76-57. This week the Cardinals will look to rally when they host both Mount St.
Michael and Bishop Loughlin.
5) Cardozo (17-1)- While most PSAL teams were off this past week Cardozo got
into action on Friday in what was a makeup game from a snow out earlier in the
season. They took on Campus Magnet and made quick work of their old rivals in
what was a 105-75 victory over the Bulldogs. The week ahead will be busy for
Cardozo as they will have three games, first seeing John Bowne and Queens H.S
of Teaching in league play before getting JFK of the Bronx on Sunday in the
annual Cardozo Classic.
6) Curtis (18-4)- One of Staten Island's best was off this week but there is
plenty to be excited about for the Warriors as they have made their claim to be
a sure fire contender for the overall PSAL City Title this season. The regular
season for Curtis actually ends this week with three games against Tottenville,
Petrides, and CSI/McCown as the Staten Island playoffs get underway a week from
Tuesday in what could be the first of more than one title this season for the
7) St. Peter's (14-3)- Speaking of impressive teams from Staten Island, the
Eagles continue to soar as they are proving to be not just among the best on
Staten Island, but in New York City overall. They proved just the type of team
they are with a come from behind 57-51 victory over CHSAA power Stepinac on
Tuesday, and then easily took down New Dorp on the road 61-41. The Eagles will
be busy this week as they will square off with St. Raymond on Sunday, CSI/McCown
on Tuesday, Moore Catholic on Friday, and then Mount St. Michael on Saturday to
close out the regular season.
8) Brooklyn Collegiate (12-7)- If you look back to mid-December there was very
little thought that the Lions could be in this position. They were a middling
team with potential, but that potential is finally coming to the forefront as
Brooklyn Collegiate looks to be among the best in the PSAL Brooklyn AA. They have
two wins this season over Lincoln and just knocked off Boys and Girls on Saturday
84-83 to make it 6 wins in a row. This week will see the Lions take on Thurgood
Marshall Academy at the Crusaders Invitational on Sunday before getting Eagle
Academy II and Westinghouse during the week in league play.
9) Archbishop Molloy (10-8)- Looking at the individual talent on the Stanners
there is no question that they are among the very best in New York City, but
with two losses at the SNY Invitational this past weekend, along with question-
able losses over the past couple of weeks, Molloy is now struggling just to stay
in the Top 10. Two road games await this week as the Stanners get Msgr. Scanlan
on Tuesday before a nationally televised matchup with our No. 1 Christ the King
on the road comes on Friday.
10) South Shore (10-6)- After building up a lot of momentum and confidence the
bubble burst last Sunday as the Vikings took on Long Island Lutheran at the Em-
pire Invitational, a game that many thought would be a game that South Shore made
their names. It didn't happen though as the Vikings fell 87-37 in a game they
would like to forget. South Shore do get a chance to redeem themselves this week
when they face two of the Brooklyn AA's best at home in Robeson and Lincoln on
Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
11) Boys and Girls (14-6)- While they led for nearly the entire game, the Kanga-
roos couldn't hold on in the closing couple of minutes causing them to lose on
the road at Brooklyn Collegiate on Saturday 84-83 in a game they will remember
for some time. It's going to be as tough a week coming up for Boys and Girls as
any team could hope for or want as the Kangaroos will get the best of the best in
the Brooklyn AA when they visit Lincoln on Tuesday, and then host Thomas Jeffer-
son on Thursday in a pair of proving ground opportunities.
12) Eagle Academy (14-4)- Coming into this season Eagle Academy had never beaten
their rivals in Wings Academy, but for the first time they have achieved that when
they downed Wings on the road just 2 weeks ago. Now the goal in to win the
school's first ever Bronx Borough Championship, something that is feasible for a
talented Eagle team. The road starts this week as the rematch against Wings comes
at home on Tuesday, and then it will be a road date on Friday with an always tough
Wadleigh team as Eagle Academy looks to keep their pedal on the gas during in this
13) H.S. for Construction (14-4)- Going to Harlem on Saturday afternoon to play
in the Brown vs. Board of Ed Showcase at Thurgood Marshall Academy, the Red Hawks
rallied from a pair of tough losses the week before to upend a solid Msgr. Scanlan
team 83-73. It was among Construction's first ever wins against a CHSAA foe, and
with the confidence for the Red Hawks now back they will look to maintain their
hold second place in the Queens AA this week when they battle Queens H.S. of
Teaching and Van Buren in league play before playing in the Cardozo Classic on
Saturday against W.H.E.E.L.S.
14) St. Raymond (7-8)- Even though they are now officially under .500 you still
cannot underestimate the talent and the ability of this Ravens team. They showed
that just this past week by losing to Cardinal Hayes and Stepinac by a combined
six points with both games coming on the road. It shows that on any given day St.
Ray's can compete with anyone making them a dangerous opponent come playoff time.
First things first though, the Ravens will look to right the ship this week though
it won't be easy as they will see St. Peter's, Long Island Lutheran, Msgr.
Scanlan, and All Hallows over the next seven day.
15) James Monroe (11-8)- Making a trip up to Albany this past Friday, the Eagles
may have surprised some by taking down a Section 2 power in Green Tech 77-66. It
was a comfortable win for the Bronx AA school who has shown flashes of brilliance
throughout the season as they look to make a run at a Bronx Borough Title. Two
league foes are coming up this week with Harry Truman and Mott Haven both on the
schedule on the road before Monroe steps out of league again to face off with a
tough PSAL B power in South Bronx Prep.
Honorable Mention: Paul Robeson (11-9), W.H.E.E.L.S. (10-8), Thurgood Marshall
Academy (12-3), Holy Cross (9-9), Wings Academy (8-5).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (17-2)- Coming off a long layoff this past Friday the
Jets weren't at their best but still were able to take down a solid Brooklyn
Tech team 66-55. The win keeps Brooklyn Law and Tech at the top spot in the Class
A rankings as they look to be clicking on all cylinders once again and among the
toughest teams in beat in Class A overall in the state. Automotive and Bushwick
open the week up for the Jets on Monday and Tuesday, but it's a marquee matchup
with Transit Tech on Thursday that could be Law and Tech's last real test of the
2) Beacon (22-0)- Staying undefeated on the season, Beacon went to play in the
PSAL Class A Division Showcase on Saturday and make quick work of Brooklyn Tech
59-32. It was a win made even more impressive by the fact that our #1 Brooklyn
Law and Tech team only beat Brooklyn Tech by 11 on Friday meaning the gap between
No. 1 and No. 2 is shrinking with the Blue Demons a team that is looking truly on
a special path this season. Two more games this week in Beacons attempt at an un-
beaten regular season when they host H.S of Environmental Studies on Wednesday
before going to Fiorello LaGuardia on Friday.
3) William Grady (15-2)- It's been since mid-December that the Falcons have won
a game by less than 11 points showing off the impressive streak that Grady is on
in their march to a deep PSAL playoff run. The Falcons were off this past week due
to the PSAL's late-Janaury annual break but they will come back on Monday and be
immediately tested with a tough road game at John Dewey, and then it will be two
more games after that against PSAL Brooklyn A3 competition in Tilden and Erasmus
Hall to finish the week.
4) Roosevelt Educational Campus (15-2)- Playing on Saturday at the PSAL Class
A Division Showcase, the Bears came up big late in what ended up being a 58-51
victory over a strong and talented James Madison team. It was a statement win for
the Bronx A Central power who will look to step out of league and make another
statement when they play at the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday against undefeated
Suffolk Class AA power Bellport. After that it will be all league action for
Roosevelt Educational when they take on a talented KIPP NYC College Prep team on
Monday, before closing out the week with matchups against Walton and Alfred E.
Smith on Wednesday and Friday.
5) Nazareth (12-4)- Having knocked off Kennedy Catholic in convincing fashion
62-26 last Sunday in the Kingsmen's lone game of the week, Nazareth maintained
their spot as the top CHSAA team in Class A, though that will be challenged this
week with what should be a grueling 4 game slate. A road trip to Staten Island to
take on St. Joseph by the Sea will be first up on Sunday, then it will be a home
game against a young Fordham Prep team, Friday could be the biggest game in the
CHSAA A Division of the year when Nazareth goes to our #6 McClancy team, before
then hitting the court one last time on Saturday to play McClancy again for the
second time in less than 24 hours.
6) Msgr. McClancy (13-5)- Since beating one of Class B's best in Maspeth just
before the end of 2017, the Crusaders have won 5 of 6 to move all the way up to
the No. 6 spot in the New York City Class A rankings. This past week it was two
blowout wins on the road over Kennedy Catholic and Salesian as McClancy looks to
be hitting their stride as we head toward the final weeks of the regular season.
A road game at Xavier is next up for the Crusaders on Tuesday, and then it will
be two contests in a 24 hour time span against our No. 5 Nazareth team on Friday
and Saturday in what will be two big games to watch.
7) Transit Tech (13-3)- Going on the road on Friday to beat Boerum Hill 86-40
was an excellent start to the week for the Express before they went to the Brown
vs. Board of Ed Showcase on Saturday to square off with a strong PSAL Manhattan
Class AA team in Thurgood Marshall Academy in a true road game. From start to
finish Transit Tech held their own only to fall late 71-69. It wasn't a bad loss
at all and a game that the Express can learn from when they play Wingate and our
No. 1 Class A team in Brooklyn Law and Tech in league play this week. To finish
out a busy week will be a non-league game against Hillcrest at the Cardozo
Classic in Queens on Saturday.
8) James Madison (15-4)- Another PSAL team that took part in the PSAL A Div-
ision Showcase on Saturday, Madison was tied with 3 minutes to go against Roose-
velt Educational Campus but didn't make another field goal down the stretch in
what would be a 58-51 defeat. The Golden Knights came out of the game as a team
to watch the rest of the way in the PSAL as this week they get two league Brook-
lyn A1 games when they take on Midwood at home on Monday before getting a road
game at Lafayette on Friday.
9) Lehman (18-3)- Getting the chance to prove what they can do against another
top quality team from the PSAL, the Lions were able to take down Frederick Doug-
lass Academy at the PSAL A Division Showcase on Saturday 53-44. Lehman were im-
pressively solid defensively and got just enough offensive in the 4th quarter to
pull out the win and get another strong win over the perennial PSAL Class A power.
It will be two games this week for the Lions as on Monday they will visit Alfred
E. Smith, and then to finish out the week it will be a home contest on Friday
with Holcombe Rucker.
10) Seward Park (16-2)- After struggling earlier this season to knock off Bay-
ard Rustin, the Bears had a much easier time with the Titans on Thursday in what
was a 65-53 league win. It was then a trip to play in the PSAL A Division Show-
case for Seward Park on Saturday where they got out to a quick start and never
looked back in a 56-46 victory over Telecommunication. Road tests are coming
this week for the Bears as they will travel on Tuesday to face off with Stuy-
vesant before ending the week by taking on Murry Bergtraum on Friday.
Honorable Mention: Fordham Prep (11-7), Bedford Academy (13-6), Far Rockaway
(14-0), Susan Wagner (11-7), Evander Childs (12-4).
1) LaSalle Academy (12-2)- It was one of the games of the season in Class B
in New York City on Saturday as LaSalle took on Fannie Lou Hamer at the Brown
vs. Board of Ed Showcase in Harlem. The matchup lived up to the hype as the
Cardinals squeaked out a 62-61 hard fought victory to maintain their top spot
for another week. Three home league games now await LaSalle as they look to
stay here when they host Cristo Rey, Salesian, and Regis as we now turn the
calendar to February.
2) Maspeth (19-1)- If LaSalle's win over Fannie Lou wasn't the game of the
week then maybe Maspeth's 65-59 home victory on Tuesday over Community Health
Academy of the Heights gets that nod. It was a fantastic week of action across
the board in Class B but that win for Maspeth should solidify them as the team
to beat in the PSAL as we head down the final two weeks of the regular season.
A pair of road league games are coming up this week as Maspeth will first take
on Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on Wednesday before getting Newcomers to
close things out on Friday.
3) Community Health Academy of the Heights (17-3)- When teams go 1-2 you
rarely seem them move up a spot in the rankings but what Community Health did
made them more than deserving. They fell on the road to Maspeth by 6 on Tues-
day in a game that was tied late in the 3rd quarter. Then it was the yearly
trip to Syracuse where Community Health first knocked off Christian Brothers
Academy 60-56 in a big win over a AA school, and then on Saturday it was a
tight 78-75 loss to the defending NYSPHSAA Class B champions in Westhill. It
was impressive to see them lead NYC and thrive and they will now look to keep
it up this week when they battle School of the Future and Baruch College
Campus at home on Wednesday and Friday in league PSAL play.
4) Fannie Lou Hamer (18-3)- The top 4 teams in Class B in New York City have
seemingly cleared themselves from the pack this season as the Panthers nearly
knocked off our No. 1 team on Saturday falling just short in the closing seconds
in a 62-61 loss to LaSalle Academy at the Brown vs. Board of Ed Showcase hosted
by Thurgood Marshall Academy. The loss doesn't damper all Fannie Lou has accomp-
lished so far this season, and they will look to keep it up this week back in
league play when they square off with Archimedes/Maleska Campus and Hyde Leader-
ship Charter School.
5) BCAM (12-3)- Taking this past week off, BCAM have put themselves in a pos-
ition to be there come the end of the season for a chance to take home the PSAL
Class B title as they have dominated play in the Brooklyn B West this season and
should be among the top seeds come city playoff time. Getting back to work this
week, the Lions will get things going on Tuesday by hosting Urban Dove Team
Charter School before hitting the road to face off with Brooklyn School for
Collaborative Studies in what will be a two game week.
6) Medgar Evers College Prep (11-4)- Another team that was off over the past
seven days due to the PSAL's late-January week off, Medger Evers has just one
loss this season to New York State competition and should be there at the end
as the leaders in the Brooklyn B South Division in the PSAL. Monday should be
among their biggest tests of the season though as the Cougars go on the road to
square off against one of our honorable mention teams in Brooklyn College Acad-
emy. The week will they end on Wednesday when Medgar Evers again takes the road
to play Brooklyn Studio Secondary School.
7) Eagle Academy III (11-2)- The third and final PSAL B team to have had the
week off, Eagle is the true class of the Queens B West II league, and the second
best PSAL B squad in the borough behind Maspeth this season. They don't get Mas-
peth during the regular season though with a playoff date the best we can hope
for. This week will see three road games on the schedule for the Eagles as Robert
Goddard starts the week off on Tuesday, then it's The Scholars Academy next up on
Thursday, before a Saturday morning game against East-West School of Inter-
national Studies finishes the week.
8) Dalton (11-2)- As the NYSAIS teams continue to beat each other up this season
the class of the league has officially gone back to the Tigers this week as they
made quick work of Collegiate on the road 55-39 to take command of first place of
their division. A non-league clash with CHSAA A Division school Xavier is upcoming
on Sunday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Fieldson, and then it will be league
dates at home with two tough opponents in Poly Prep and Trinity to once again test
just how talented Dalton is this season.
9) Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice (12-1)- Getting an extremely tal-
ented Morrisania team at home on Saturday, the Jaguars now make their debut in the
Class B Top Ten off of their 61-52 victory. It was a marquee win for Law, Govern-
ment & Justice who have clinched the top spot in the Bronx B2 Division. They are
averaging over 74 points per game so far this season and will look to maintain
their spot when they take on Bronx Leadership Academy, Comprehensive Model School,
and Bronx Early College Academy in league play over the next seven days.
10) Morrisania Educational Campus (13-2)- In the same Bronx B4 league with Fannie
Lou Hamer, Morrisania have been playing second fiddle to the Panther for years now.
Even after the Knights 61-52 loss to Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice on
Saturday in non-league action, Morrisania still look to have a chance to catch
Fannie Lou, and while they will get the Panthers on the 9th, this week will see a
pair of games on the schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday when they take on H.S. of
Info and Technology and Explorations Academy respectively.
Honorable Mention: South Bronx Prep (12-7), Brooklyn College Academy (11-1), Field-
ston (10-5), Staten Island Academy (14-3), Lab Museum United (15-3).