2017-18 New York City boys basketball (through Feb. 4)
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 (15-4)- Starting off the week last Sunday with a comfort-
able 68-57 victory at home over Bishop Loughlin, the Royals then next took the
court on Friday in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPNU against
Archbishop Molloy. It was a back and forth tussle throughout that saw the lead
change hands numerous times, but it was the long range shooting of Christ the
King that helped them push in front and hold on late for a 64-61 win. The win
puts the Royals in first place by themselves in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens
Diocese with just two more weeks of games left to play. Christ the King this
week will now host Bishop Loughlin and Holy Cross on Sunday and Monday respect-
ively before going on the road on Friday in the return matchup at Molloy.
2) Cardinal Hayes (15-6)- Closing the regular season strong once again are
the Cardinals as on Tuesday they made quick work of Mount St. Michael at home
83-63 in a game that saw 5 Cardinal Hayes players finish in double figures, and
then on Friday it was a closer contest but a win for the Cardinals nonetheless
as they dispatched of Bishop Loughlin 76-68. It's all road games from here on
out for Cardinal Hayes to close out the regular season as on Tuesday they will
head to the Gauchos Gym to take on All Hallows, and then it will be a trip on
the road to St. Raymond in a two game week against two Bronx rivals.
3) Cardozo (20-1)- While other teams around them are losing down the stretch,
the Judges just keep doing what they do cruising to win after win as they look
to be closing in on a the top seed in the PSAL Queens Borough Playoffs. Tuesday
saw Cardozo head on the road to take on John Bowne, a place they lost badly last
season, but this time around it was smooth sailing as the Judges would take a
73-54 victory. Next on Thursday was a dominating 91-43 win over Queens H.S. of
Teaching, and then on Saturday at the Cardozo Classic that the Judges host it
was a start to finish performance as the Judges took down JFK from the Bronx 71-
54. A pair of road games will close the regular season for Cardozo when they go
to Campus Magnet on Tuesday and then it's a date at Francis Lewis on Thursday.
4) Curtis (21-4)- Three games against local Staten Island competition meant
three easy wins for the Warriors as they took down Tottenville on Monday 69-35,
made easy work of Petrides on Wednesday 93-61, before closing out the week on
Friday with a dismantling of CSI/McCown 109-53. With the regular season offici-
ally done for the Warriors they will now enter into the SIHSL playoffs as the
No. 1 seed, not taking the court again next until Sunday the 11th when the
quarterfinals get underway where Curtis will then take on the winner of an open-
ing round matchup between Tottenville and Port Richmond in a game that will take
place at the College of Staten Island.
5) Brooklyn Collegiate (15-7)- After a slow start to the season there may be
no hotter team in New York City right now than the Lions. They knocked off Lin-
coln twice in league play when the Railsplitters had their full allotment of
players, and have now put themselves in the conversation for teams who will be
among the most dangerous in the PSAL come playoff time. Brooklyn Collegiate got
a solid 69-66 win over Thurgood Marshall Academy at the Crusaders Invitational
on Sunday, and followed that up with a pair of league wins over Eagle Academy
II and Westinghouse to finish off an undefeated week. The Lions will look to
close out the league schedule strong with a road game at Boys and Girls on Tues-
day before then going to Long Island for a non-league matchup on Wednesday to
challenge one of the state's best in Long Island Lutheran.
6) South Shore (11-7)- You still don't know which Vikings team you are going
to get depending on the day it is as was proven again this past week. On Tues-
day South Shore hosted Paul Robeson, but for the second time this season fell
to the Eagles 57-50. It was a disappointing loss for the Vikings heading into
Thursday's home game with Lincoln, but they came out fired up and ready for the
big Brooklyn AA matchup, easily handling the undermanned Railsplitters 87-54.
It was a statement making win to say the least as now South Shore will look to
end league play with another win when they square off on the road with Eagle
Academy II on Tuesday, before getting Lincoln Academy (GA) on Saturday in a
non-league contest at the Primetime Shootout.
7) Abraham Lincoln (18-4)- Playing without three key players who have been
ruled ineligible by the PSAL until its investigation is completed, the Rail-
splitters went out and were able to knock off The Knox School of Long Island
at the Crusaders Invitational in the Bronx on Sunday 79-67, and that was
followed up by a solid 50-44 victory over Boys and Girls in league play on
Tuesday. Things didn't end well this week though as a trip to South Shore re-
sulted in a 87-54 blowout loss that has to put questions into how Lincoln will
finish out the season. The coming week will see the Railsplliters host Thomas
Jefferson on Tuesday in a game to determine the PSAL Brooklyn AA regular season
champion, before then taking on Rock Creek Christian (MD) on Saturday at the
8) Thomas Jefferson (17-6)- With Lincoln dealing with the instability that
they are now it looked as if the PSAL Brooklyn AA was Jefferson's for the tak-
ing. The Orange Wave would struggle though on Tuesday in knocking off Westing-
house at home 66-62, and it was a 62-55 road loss to Boys and Girls on Thursday
setting Thomas Jefferson back in league play for the first time since the loss
at home to the Railsplitters at the beginning of January. There is just one reg-
ular season game left on the schedule for the Orange Wave but it's a big one as
it will be a marquee showdown at Lincoln on Tuesday where the winner will be
crowned regular season PSAL Brooklyn AA champions.
9) Archbishop Molloy (11-9)- We are still waiting to see the best of the Stan-
ners as they talent on the floor hasn't yet translated into great and consistent
play. They struggled this past Tuesday against Msgr. Scanlan needing to hold on
late for a 68-65 victory over the Crusaders, and then playing on national TV on
the road against Christ the King it was a strong effort where Molloy played up
to the competition level but ultimately fell just short late in what would be a
64-61 loss. The week ahead won't see things get any easier for the Stanners as
on Tuesday they will head north to take on Stepinac in what should be a very
tough matchup, and then it's the rematch with Christ the King on Friday in what
should be another must see attraction.
10) Boys and Girls (15-7)- Matching up with a Lincoln team on Tuesday that were
missing key pieces to their lineup, the Kangaroos still couldn't close out the
game late blowing a 4th quarter lead and falling to the Railsplitters 50-44. It
was a game that got away from them, but coming back just 2 days later Boys and
Girls got the statement win they wanted as they took down Thomas Jefferson 62-55.
They finally proved to themselves and New York City as a whole that they could
knock off one of Brooklyn's best, giving them confidence as we head into the final
week of the regular season. The regular season will end on Tuesday for the Kanga-
roos when they host another dangerous Brooklyn AA opponent in Brooklyn Collegiate.
11) Eagle Academy (17-4)- Eagle Academy beating Wings Academy had never happened
before this year in school history, but this season to date they have done it twice
as in the return matchup between the two schools this past Tuesday it was the
Eagles that pulled out a hard fought 55-52 battle between two of the best in the
Bronx. Eagle backed that up on Friday when they went on the road and knocked off a
tough Wadleigh team 71-63, and to close out an unbeaten week the Eagles went to
Queens to play in the Cardozo Classic on Saturday and came home with an 81-46 vic-
tory over Queens H.S. of Teaching. Looking to solidify the top seed in the Bronx
Borough Playoffs, Eagle this week will go to JFK before finishing the regular sea-
son against Thurgood Marshall Academy at home on Friday.
12) H.S. for Construction (18-4)- The Red Hawks went 4 for 4 this past week as
they came back from the PSAL break and took down 3 league opponents in Queens H.S.
of Teaching, Martin Van Buren, and Springfield Gardens, with the game vs. Spring-
field being on the road in a tough environment but they still got the job done.
Saturday saw Construction take on W.H.E.E.L.S. in the Cardozo Classic but again it
was all Red Hawks as the Queens AA school easily took a 68-50 win. Looking as if
they are the clear #2 seed in the Queens Borough Playoffs, Construction will fin-
ish the regular season this week when they host both Springfield Gardens and John
13) St. Raymond (9-9)- Yes the Ravens may only be .500 but they are still the
most dangerous .500 team that you will find. They fell to Long Island Lutheran
79-49 in a game that was within single digits midway through the 3rd quarter be-
fore the game got away from them, but the other two games St. Ray's played show-
ed the type of team they can be. They went to Staten Island and knocked off St.
Peter's in a thriller 57-56, and then went on the road to Msgr. Scanlan and
coasted to a 93-63 victory. Looking to finish out the regular season strong, St.
Raymond this week will go to Iona Prep on Tuesday before hosting a major rivalry
game against Cardinal Hayes on Friday.
14) James Monroe (14-8)- It wasn't easy but the Eagles went on the road to open
up this past week and were able to get a 61-54 victory over Harry Truman. Monroe
got back to the easy victory way when went to Mott Haven and easily downed them
76-46. Saturday then saw a non-league clash with Class B school South Bronx Prep,
and while it was 51 all with just under 3 minutes to go, the Eagles finished out
the game on a 7-0 run to take a 58-51 win. The win this week put James Monroe in a
good spot for a top Bronx Borough Playoff seed, they just need to finish out the
season strong when they square off with Gompers on Tuesday, Wings Academy on Wed-
nesday, and then Wadleigh on the road on Friday.
15) Paul Robeson (14-9)- Before South Shore pulled off their impressive win
over Lincoln, Robeson shocked the Brooklyn AA with a 57-50 road victory against
the Vikings on Tuesday. It was a momentum lifter type of win for the Eagles who
followed that will up by beating both Eagle Academy II and George Westinghouse
in convincing fashion to secure their place back into the Top 15 in Class AA.
They have some real good wins on the resume but Robeson also has some head-
scratchers so it will be important for them to close the season strong this
week when they take on Westinghouse again on Tuesday if they want a Brooklyn
Borough Playoff spot.
Honorable Mention: Wings Academy (10-6), St. Peter's (16-5), Thurgood Marshall
Academy (13-5), McKee/Staten Island Tech (14-6), Mount St. Michael (10-11).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (20-2)- What is there to say about the clear best
team in New York City in Class A. They are bringing up their level of play as
we now cross into February and look primed for another major postseason run.
Beating Automotive and Bushwick 104-44 and 82-39 respectively meant quick work
of overmatched competition on Monday and Tuesday of this past week, but Thurs-
day's road game at Transit Tech was one that we have had circled for a while.
The Jets were able to go on the road and handle their business though taking
home a 75-63 victory to ensure themselves on a Brooklyn Borough Playoff spot.
This week will see Brooklyn Law and Tech squaring off with Millennium and Pros-
pect Heights Campus as they look to finish off an unbeaten Brooklyn A regular
2) Beacon (24-0)- It wasn't the easiest week but Beacon kept their unbeaten
streak going when they took down a game H.S of Environmental Studies 48-40 on
Tuesday in a game that saw the Blue Demons tested unlike most games they have
played in this season. They got back to their dominant ways on Friday when Bea-
con easily defeated Fiorello LaGuardia on the road 58-23 once again demonstrat-
ing how strong a defensive team the Blue Demons are. To finish off the regular
season Beacon will take on MLK Jr on Wednesday in an attempt to close out a
special undefeated year.
3) William Grady (18-2)- Clicking on all cylinders as we hit February, the
Falcons were able to go on the road and take down a tough John Dewey team in
convincing fashion 66-49 to start the week off strong on Monday. Tilden proved
to be no problem as Grady was able to take an 83-43 victory on Wednesday, and
then it was another tough one at home this time against Erasmus Hall. It was a
nip and tuck contest throughout but the Falcons clamped down defensively and
came away undefeated on the week after a 64-57 win over the Dutchmen. The final
week of the regular season will see Grady host Frank Macchiarola and James Mad-
ison in a pair of league matchups, while going on the road for one as well when
the Falcons make the trip to take on Midwood.
4) Roosevelt Educational Campus (17-3)- After falling in a tough one out at
the Nassau Coliseum against one of Suffolk's top Class AA teams in Bellport 57-
53 on Sunday, the Bears came back and got three road victories over league oppon-
ents when they took down KIPP College Prep and Walton to secure the Bronx A Cen-
tral regular season title. That doesn't mean they can rest on their laurels as
if Roosevelt Educational wants a chance to take on the big boys in the Bronx
Borough Championships they will need to get the final two league wins this coming
week when they host both Grace Dodge and Bronx H.S. of Science on Monday and Wed-
5) James Madison (17-4)- Hosting a tough Midwood team on Monday saw the Golden
Knights get everything they could handle, but a strong 4th quarter showing saw
Madison come back late for a the 62-55 win. Learning from their outing on Monday,
the Golden Knights came out flying on Friday as they went to Lafayette and cruis-
ed from the start in dominating to a 73-41 victory. In the final week of the reg-
ular season James Madison will look to finish strong when they host a tough John
Dewey team on Wednesday before going to our No. 3 Grady team to close it out in a
no doubt game of the week contest.
6) Lehman (20-3)- Another team with hopes of making the Bronx Borough Champion-
ships, Lehman took care of business this week when they took down Alfred E. Smith
with ease on the road 83-61, and then it was a trickier team at home on Friday
when the Lions matched up with an improving Holcombe Rucker team. It was tight
throughout but with senior leadership on their side Lehman pulled out a hard
fought 67-58 win. Just one game this week to close out the regular season as the
Lions will look to get revenge on Monday when they take on Adlai Stevenson at
home, a team that knocked them off earlier this season in January.
7) Transit Tech (15-4)- The week started out strong with a convincing 80-49
victory on the road over Wingate, but then came one of the tougher games of the
season for the Express on Thursday when they hosted our #1 Brooklyn Law and Tech
team. It was a close contest throughout as Transit showed the ability to compete
and hang throughout against the Jets, only to fall late in what would be a 75-63
loss. Transit Tech came back on Saturday at the Cardozo Classic in Queens with a
65-53 win over Hillcrest to get back on the winning track, a track they hope to
stay on this coming week when the Express play John Jay, Brooklyn Tech, and Bush-
wick to finish out the regular season.
8) Nazareth (14-5)- Everything was looking great for the Kingsmen this past week
as they found a way to knock off Fordham Prep in 4 OT's 91-87 in a thriller on
Tuesday, and Nazareth would then follow that up on the road on Friday with a 66-47
victory at previously ranked Msgr. McClancy. 24 hours later the Kingsmen were home
to McClancy, and while Friday night went swimmingly Saturday was anything but as
Nazareth would fall in 2 OT's 65-59 to slip a bit in the Class A Top Ten. It was a
disappointing loss but Nazareth is still in line for the top seed come CHSAA Class
A playoff time, though this week the Kingsmen will look to rebound when they travel
to Cardinal Spellman and St. Edmund Prep on Tuesday and Friday respectively.
9) Seward Park (18-2)- The Bears continued to roll this past week as they went
on the road for a pair of Manhattan A contests and came away with two wins in de-
feating Stuyvesant 75-41 and Murry Bergtraum 77-44. They weren't just wins, they
were convincing wins for Seward Park whose last loss came just over 1 month ago
now. This week will see Seward Park go on the road again on Tuesday to take on
Eleanor Roosevelt before getting a chance at redemption on Thursday when the
Bears play host to East Harlem Pride, the last team to have defeated Seward Park
back on January, 2nd as that will finish up the Bears regular season.
10) Far Rockaway (16-0)- It's been tough to rank the Sea Horses this season be-
cause even while undefeated now at 16-0, they have yet to truly challenge them-
selves. They got a win over New Dorp in the PSAL Class A Division Showcase, and
have taken care of business in the Queens A East this season, but the non-league
has been fairly weak with Far Rockaway having yet to play anyone out of league in
Class AA or A, having only played Class B competition. They did prove worthy of a
spot this week when they made quick work of second place Thomas Edison 73-53, and
this coming week should test them even more. The Sea Horses will travel to Jamaica
on Monday, then go to August Martin on Wednesday, before stepping out of league to
close out the regular season by going on the road to take on Lawrence Woodmere
Honorable Mention: Msgr. McClancy (14-7), Susan Wagner (17-7), Fordham Prep
(12-8), Susan McKinney (14-6), Bedford Academy (15-7)
1) LaSalle Academy (14-2)- The defending Class B CHSAA and Federation Cham-
pions keep on rolling after a pair of blowout victories this past week in their
quest to repeat and come up kings of New York once again. They easily took down
Cristo Rey on Monday 83-49, and then had an easy time in defeating Regis 70-47
in a pair of CHSAA league contests this past week. Coming up over the next
seven days will see the Cardinals hit the road to take on Cathedral Prep on Wed-
nesday, before a big Class B matchup against Sacred Heart that should solidify
LaSalle's place as the team to beat in the CHSAA again this year.
2) Maspeth (21-1)- In the PSAL Queens B there is no one on the level of Mas-
peth as has been proven time and time again this season. They could even be con-
sidered the favorites to take home the PSAL overall title this year as they
routinely have been making quick work of every opponent put in front of them.
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was first up this past week in a game that
Maspeth jumped out quick in what would be a 69-36 victory, and then the same
result happened against Newcomers as Maspeth went up early and cruised to a 66-
31 win. Next up will be a non-league matchup on Tuesday when Maspeth hosts a
solid Democracy Prep squad, before finishing out the regular season with a road
date at Academy of American Studies.
3) Fannie Lou Hamer (20-3)- Going on the road to take on Archimedes/Maleska
Campus proved to be no problem at all as Fannie Lou continued their dominating
play in the Bronx B Division with a 94-45 victory. That was their only game of
the week as a Friday matchup with Hyde Leadership Charter School went to the
Panthers by forfeit. Two road games this week will finish up the regular season
for Fannie Lou Hamer as on Monday they will head out to take on The Metropolitan
High School before a major clash with Morrisania Educational closes out the reg-
ular season in what should be one of Fannie Lou's toughest games of the year.
4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (19-3)- After a solid weekend in
the Syracuse area, Community Health came back home and proved their superiority
over local Manhattan B competition as on Wednesday they dispatched of School of
the Future with ease 76-53, and then on Friday took down Baruch College Campus
in a rout 85-59. Looking to close out the PSAL Manhattan B season unblemished,
Community Health will finish the regular season this week by hosting Julia Rich-
man on Wednesday, and then host H.S. of Fashion Industries on Friday.
5) BCAM (14-3)- In a game that proved to be a bit of a struggle for BCAM, the
Lions needed to come back from a brief 4th quarter deficit to take down Urban
Dove Charter on Tuesday 81-76. It was a tussle and a closer game than most ex-
pected, but BCAM got back to dominating opponents on Thursday when they made
quick work of Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies 102-40. It's that kind
of performance that has people believing the Lions can make a deep PSAL Class B
playoff run this season, though before that can happen they will have two more
tough league regular season games when they host Summit Academy on Tuesday, be-
fore closing it out with Adams Street Academy on Thursday.
6) Medgar Evers College Prep (13-4)- Taking on a tough Brooklyn College Academy
team on the road on Monday saw the best of Medgar Evers come out as they broke up
a close game in the 4th quarter to pull away for an impressive 62-48 victory.
That would soon be followed up with a 77-19 blowout win over Brooklyn Studio
Secondary School as the Cougars stayed undefeated on the week. To finish out the
regular season, Medgar Evers this week will host Clara Barton on Wednesday before
going on the road to take on Leon Goldstein on Friday in their final regular-
season game of the year.
7) Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice (16-1)- Slowly moving up the Top
10, the Jaguars once again took care of business this week by knocking off Bronx
Leadership Academy 72-50 on Tuesday, then on Thursday Law, Governement & Justice
went on the road and took down Comprehensive Model School 64-46 before finishing
out the week with a Saturday morning date with Bronx Early College Academy, a
game the Jaguars controlled from the start in a 60-44 victory. A pair of league
games are next up to finish out the regular season as the Jaguars will travel to
Bathgate on Tuesday before hosting Frederick Douglass Academy III on Thursday.
8) Dalton (13-3)- Playing at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic this past Sunday
saw Dalton fall to CHSAA Class A school Xaverian 75-74 in OT in a game that saw
the Tigers have a chance to win at the buzzer. It was a good test for Dalton as
they rose to the challenge and nearly pulled out the win. Coming back into NYS-
AIS league play this week has seen the Tigers defeat Poly Prep 55-47 and Trinity
58-41, showing that once again Dalton will be a force to watch coming playoff
time. There will be three home games in this upcoming week for the Tigers as on
Monday they will play Hackley, then on Wednesday it will be Riverdale, before a
game of the week contender on Friday when the Tigers get a tough and improving
Fieldston team coming to them.
9) Morrisania Educational Campus (15-2)- Getting a pair of near 30 point vic-
tories this week made things easy for Morrisania as they defeated H.S. of Info
& Network Technology 63-34, and Explorations Academy 61-35. It was a solid week
all around where the Knights were never in danger and coasted to two wins. This
coming week should present Morrisania with a few more challenges as they will
open the week up with Hyde Leadership Charter and The Annex Campus, both of
which will be on the road, before finishing up the regular season with a marquee
Bronx B matchup at home against Fannie Lou Hamer.
10) Fieldston (13-5)- From the looks of it you would have to say that the
Eagles are back on track and a team to watch going forward the rest of the way
as they move back into the Top Ten this week. Fieldston opened the week on Sun-
day with Horace Mann at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic that they hosted, and
while close throughout the Eagles came away with a 61-57 victory. Hackley on
Wednesday proved to be no match as Fieldston dominated to the tune of a 59-30
win. Friday then saw the Eagles go to Horace Mann in a game that this time saw
Fieldston coast to a 64-51 victory to propel them back into this week's rank-
ings. The week ahead for the Eagles will see them host Lawrence Woodmere Acad-
emy on Monday in a non-league matchup before traveling on the road to take on
Poly Prep and Dalton in two big games on Wednesday and Friday.
Honorable Mention: South Bronx Prep (14-8), Eagle Academy III (13-3), Brooklyn
College Academy (12-2), Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy (13-2), Adams Street