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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:

Class AA

  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 
stretch run.

  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).



Class A 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 regular season. 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).

Class B 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).

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