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2017-18 New York City boys basketball (through Feb. 11)
   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 (18-4)- The Royals maintain their perch atop the Class AA 
rankings this week after easily knocking off Bishop Loughlin and Holy Cross at 
home, before then going on the road on Friday night to down Archbishop Molloy 
on a buzzer beater 61-58. Christ the King assured themselves already of the top 
seed in the upcoming CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocese playoffs, but a non-league 
out of state test will be coming on Sunday when the Royals square off with the 
No. 1 team in the country in Montverde Academy (FL) at the Metro Classic in New 

  2) Cardinal Hayes (17-6)- It wasn't easy this past week but the Cardinals 
managed to keep the winning ways going by going on the road for a pair of wins. 
They first went to All Hallows on Tuesday and pulled away late for a 72-62 vic-
tory, and then on Friday it was a buzzer beating drive that allowed Hayes to 
pull out a hard fought 65-64 win over St. Raymond. This Tuesday will be the 
decider for who gets the #1 seed in the upcoming CHSAA Archdiocese of New York 
playoffs as Cardinal Hayes will travel to Iona Prep with the winner getting the 
coveted top spot for the start of next Sunday's playoffs.

  3) Cardozo (21-1)- Clearly the top team in the PSAL Queens AA, the Judges 
took down Campus Magnet in their lone game from this past week as they easily 
downed their former major rivals. The brackets for the PSAL Borough Playoffs 
came out on Saturday and as the top seed Cardozo will square off in the quar-
terfinals on Tuesday against the winner of a game Monday between a pair of 
Class A teams Flushing and Hillcrest before getting a Thursday semifinal berth 
against either Springfield Gardens of Far Rockaway in their path to the borough 
title game.

  4) Curtis (21-4)- Having been idle this past week because they were a top 4 
seed in the SIHSL Tournament, the Warriors finally get back to work on Sunday 
when they take on Tottenville in the quarterfinals of the Staten Island play-
offs, and while Curtis is the clear favorites to take home the title they can 
expect a tough challenge from the likes of St. Peter's, Susan Wagner, and 
McKee/Staten Island Tech if they want to bring home the championship before 
entering the PSAL City Playoffs in 3 weeks time.

  5) South Shore (13-7)- It was a home and home matchup with Eagle Academy II 
this past week as the Vikings finished up the regular season with a pair of 
games against the last place team in the Brooklyn AA. They easily got past 
Eagle II scoring 102 and 94 points in the two games to win each in comfortable 
fashion. With the wins South Shore garnered the #2 seed in the Brooklyn Borough 
playoffs this week but should get a tough test in the quarterfinals in the No. 
7 seed Brooklyn Collegiate. Even with a win there things won't get easier in 
the semifinals where they could see the No. 3 seed in a tough Abraham Lincoln 

  6) Thomas Jefferson (18-6)- In a game that for all intensive purposes decided 
the No. 1 seed in the Brooklyn Borough playoffs, the Orange Wave fought back a 
late rally from Abraham Lincoln to come away with a 61-59 victory on the road to 
secure the top spot. What the win does is it allows Jefferson to next face off 
with the winner of a game between two ranked Class A teams in Transit Tech and 
James Madison on Tuesday in the quarterfinals before getting either Boys and 
Girls or Brooklyn Law and Tech in the semifinals in what should be a very in-
triguing week in the borough of Brooklyn.

  7) Boys and Girls (16-7)- While they only had one game this past week it was 
a big one for the Kangaroos as they stopped Brooklyn Collegiate's winning 
streak at 9 and took down the Lions convincingly 75-58. It was a statement mak-
ing win more than anything else as they victory proves that Boys and Girls can 
compete against the very best in Brooklyn. The win slid the Kangaroos into the 
No. 4 seed in the Brooklyn Borough playoffs where they will next host our top 
team in Class A in Brooklyn Law and Tech in the quarterfinals on Tuesday before 
possibly getting Thomas Jefferson in the semifinals. 

  8) Brooklyn Collegiate (15-9)- It's been an absolutely crazy year so far for 
the Lions who have knocked off Abraham Lincoln twice, and taken Long Island 
Lutheran to their closest game in some time on Wednesday when they fell 59-51, 
but then it was a blowout loss to Boys and Girls 75-58 that saw Brooklyn Col-
legiate finish the regular season at 7-7 in league. That league record meant 
that the Lions would slip to the #7 seed in the Brooklyn Borough playoffs and 
have to play an outbracket game on Monday against Dr. Susan McKinney. A win 
there gets them a date 24 hours later on Tuesday against South Shore in the 
quarterfinals meaning it will take a major effort for the Lions to make a deep 
run to the title game this week.

  9) Abraham Lincoln (18-6)- Missing key pieces and still looking to find their 
cohesiveness the Railsplitters first fell on Tuesday to Thomas Jefferson 61-59 
in a game that could've gone either way. They then went out of league on Satur-
day to play in the Primetime Shootout in New Jersey where Lincoln lost to Rock 
Creek Christian (MD) 66-49. If the Railsplitters want to make a Brooklyn Borough 
playoff run they will need to figure out a rhythm very soon as they get Paul 
Robeson in a No. 3 vs. No. 6 battle on Tuesday before possibly having to go on 
the road in the semifinals to take on an strong and improving South Shore squad.

  10) Eagle Academy (20-4)- The top seed in the Bronx Borough playoffs, Eagle 
Academy solidified that spot this past week when they Gompers and Thurgood Mar-
shall Academy, each by double digits to finish league play 14-1, the best mark 
in Eagle Academy history. The Eagles as the No. 1 seed will get a date with 
either Class A school Evander Childs or Class B power South Bronx Prep in the 
quarterfinals on Tuesday, with a semifinal appearance against either Roosevelt 
Educational Campus or Lehman, each Class A schools, awaiting them if they get 
there in the semifinals on Thursday.

  11) Archbishop Molloy (11-11)- When you think about the amount of talent the 
Stanners have it's truly amazing to think they are .500 overall heading into 
this week. They went 0-2 over the past seven days when they lost on the road at 
Stepianc 89-76 before coming home and losing on a buzzer beater to our NYC No. 1 
team Christ the King 61-58 in a game that saw Molloy fight back from a major 
deficit just to lose at the end. It's been an up and down year for the Stanners 
but with a pair of league games against St. Francis Prep and Xaverian this week 
before the playoffs begin you can expect to see them take some momentum before 
what Molloy hopes in a deep postseason run.

  12) H.S for Construction (20-4)- Defeating Springfield Gardens and John Bowne 
to close out league play this past week, the Red Hawks secured the No. 2 seed 
in the Queens Borough playoffs with their two wins. Construction has been a con-
sistent force all season long with their four losses in total coming to Boys and 
Girls, Brooklyn Collegiate, and two to Cardozo. They have been in every game 
they have played losing just two of the four by double digits making them a team 
to watch going forward. Either John Bowne or The Metropolitan Campus await in the 
quarterfinals, while in the semifinals it will be Francis Lewis or Class B power 

  13) Paul Robeson (15-9)- Finishing out the regular season with a dominating 
road victory at George Westinghouse, the Eagles enter the Brooklyn Borough play-
offs as the #6 seed and will go on the road to take on Abraham Lincoln in the 
quarterfinals on Tuesday. It's not the same Railsplitters team that Robeson has 
fallen to twice so far this season so they have a chance to move on where they 
would more than likely see South Shore on Thursday if they advance to the semi-
finals in another game that would take place on the road.

  14) St. Raymond (9-11)- With a record like 9-11 you wouldn't necessarily think 
that the Ravens are a team who can make noise in the CHSAA playoffs but when you 
analyze it more you see that St. Ray's are a team that is very capable. In their 
two losses this past week they would fall by a combined 3 points to Iona Prep and 
Cardinal Hayes, two of the better teams in New York State overall, while seven of 
their 11 losses have come by 7 of less points proving they are in nearly every 
game they play. This could be a momentum shifting week for St. Raymond as well as 
to finish out the regular season the Ravens will host Msgr. Scanlan on Sunday be-
fore going to Mount St. Michael and Poly Prep to close things out on Tuesday and 

  15) James Monroe (16-9)- The #2 seed in the Bronx Borough playoffs, the Eagles 
knocked off Wings Academy earlier this past week for a second time this season, 
the first time Monroe has ever defeated Wings twice in a season. They locked up 
the two seed and then promptly lost to Wadleigh to finish out the regular season. 
In the boroughs Monroe will first see either Morris or JFK in the quarterfinals 
before a tricky semifinal could await in either Wings Academy or Class B power 
Fannie Lou Hamer for the right to advance to Saturday's title game day.

  Honorable Mention: Wings Academy (12-7), St. Peter's (16-5), Thurgood Marshall 
Academy (14-6), McKee/Staten Island Tech (14-6), Francis Lewis (15-6).



Class A 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (22-2)- The Jets just keep on flying as they made quick work of both Millennium and Prospect Heights in league play to finish the regular season on a high note. They nabbed the No. 5 seed in the Brooklyn Bor- ough playoffs off of an undefeated 18-0 league play record in the Brooklyn A6 and will see Boys and Girls on Tuesday in the quarterfinals, a rematch of a game from just before Christmas that saw the Kangaroos win at the buzzer to give Law and Tech one of their two losses on the season. 2) Beacon (25-0)- Taking down MLK Jr. to close out their first undefeated regular season ever, the Blue Demons were rewarded with the #3 seed in the Manhattan Borough playoffs. They were the only Class A school to get a three seed showing just how the PSAL valued their season, and with the No. 3 Beacon will next take on Class AA perennial power in Wadleigh in an intriguing 3/6 matchup with the A school hosting. A win there would put the Blue Demons in the semifinals will a road game at WHEELS deciding if they get to win 27 and a berth in the borough title game. 3) Roosevelt Educational Campus (20-3)- Another Class A team who will be play- ing in the Bronx Borough playoffs this week, Roosevelt Educational finished out the regular season with three wins this past week to get to 20 wins for the first time in school history. It was an impressive feat without question but the Bears will look to make even more history on Tuesday when they face off with fellow Class A school, and out No. 5 ranked Class A team Lehman in the quarterfinals. It was be a fantastic matchup that will have the winner advancing to the semi- finals on Thursday to more than likely play top tanked Bronx school Eagle Academy. 4) James Madison (19-4)- In what could be looked at as a game that determined who would make the Brooklyn Borough playoffs, Madison went on the road and ended Grady's 18-game winning streak on Thursday by taking an 81-73 victory. It was a major victory for the Golden Knights as it helped land them the No. 8 seed in the boroughs meaning they will play Transit Tech in the outbracket on Monday with the winner getting the right to go and play Brooklyn top seed Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday in a game that will be played with house money before the Class A PSAL City Playoffs. 5) Lehman (21-3)- Getting revenge on Adlai Stevenson after falling to them ear- lier in the season, the Lions were rewarded with the No. 4 seed in the Bronx Bor- ough playoffs and a home game on Tuesday against Roosevelt Educational Campus. It's a rematch of a game from earlier in December that was won by Lehman, though this one could go either way in what should be an excellent quarterfinal game, with the winner getting Bronx top dogs Eagle Academy in the semifinals on Thursday. 6) William Grady (20-3)- It all boiled down to Thursday's game at home against James Madison. The winner was going to make the Brooklyn Borough playoffs, while the loser was going to be on the outside looking in. It was a back and forth contest nearly from the start but Madison was able to pull away late and shock the Falcons 81-73 meaning Grady now will be forced to sit on the sidelines and watch the boroughs be played without them as Grady won't take the court again until the Class A PSAL City Playoffs begin in just over two weeks time. 7) Transit Tech (18-4)- Hitting the road and knocking off John Jay and Brook- lyn Tech was a great way for the Express to close out a great regular season. They were in each of their 4 losses this season are seemingly peaking as we hit the playoffs here, with Transit Tech the #9 seed in the Brooklyn Borough play- offs. That puts them in a Monday outbracket game against James Madison in a matchup of ranked Class A powers. If Transit does win they will come back 24 hours later and take on top seeded Thomas Jefferson in a game that will see the Express play with no pressure as they would go out and just try and impress against one of NYC's best. 8) Nazareth (16-5)- After a bit of a struggle in the middle part of January things are certainly looking up again for the Kingsmen who went on the road this past week and got two nice wins over Cardinal Spellman and St. Edmund Prep to really right the ship and solidify themselves as the clear favorites in Class A in the CHSAA this season. Unlike all the teams in the PSAL, Nazareth and the rest of the CHSAA still have one more week of league action to go as the Kings- men will look to finish the regular season strong when they host Kennedy Catholic on Sunday and Xavier on Tuesday. 9) Seward Park (20-2)- Taking down East Harlem Pride to finish out the regular season was the perfect ending for Seward Park as it allowed them to get revenge on their lone league loss of the year, righting what they considered to be a wrong and helping them snag the No. 5 seed in the Manhattan Borough playoffs. The five seed allows the Bears to take on No. 4 Manhattan Center in a AA vs. A matchup on Tuesday with the winner moving on to play on Thursday in the semi- finals against the top seed in Manhattan, Thurgood Marshall Academy. 10) Susan McKinney (18-6)- Everything really began to turn around for the Kings when they finished January with a road win at Bedford Academy. That really pro- pelled McKinney as they took confidence with them the rest of the way as they finished league play with 6 straight wins, which helped them get the 10th and final seed in the Brooklyn Borough playoffs. As the #10 seed Susan McKinney will go on the road in an outbracket game on Monday to face off with highly ranked Class AA school Brooklyn Collegiate so it won't be easy though just getting to this point after a tough start to the season could be considered a win for the newly ranked in Class A Kings. Honorable Mention: Far Rockaway (18-1), Fordham Prep (14-8), Susan Wagner (17-7), Bayard Rustin (14-3), Msgr. McClancy (14-8).

Class B 1) LaSalle Academy (16-2)- Going on the road on Saturday to play Sacred Heart the second-place team in the CHSAA Class B, the Cardinals dug deep and pulled out an 80-76 victory that showed why both of these teams will more than likely square off one more time come early March for the league title. LaSalle has been coasting in 2018 as they haven't been challenged much until Saturday, though a tough game like this could just make them that much tougher going for- ward. To finish out the regular season LaSalle this week will get Salesian and St. John's Prep at home before going to Regis to finish it out on Friday after- noon. 2) Maspeth (24-1)- As one of just 3 Class B teams to make the borough play- offs, Maspeth finished the Queens B West season undefeated which in turn earned them the No. 6 seed in the Queens Borough playoffs where they will see Class AA school Francis Lewis on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. It's certainly a winnable game for Maspeth who would get H.S. for Construction if they do pull off the shocker and move on, which isn't out of the question for a team that has now won 13 games in a row. 3) Fannie Lou Hamer (22-3)- Along with Class B bubble team South Bronx Prep, Fannie Lou Hamer is one of two teams from Class B to make the Bronx Borough playoffs. The Panthers though like Maspeth don't have to play an outbracket game as they will be going straight to the quarterfinals to take on perennial power Wings Academy in a game that could be considered a toss up with how Fan- nie Lou is playing heading into the playoffs here. Regardless of how the bor- oughs turn out for the Panthers expect them to be a top seed come the PSAL Class B City Playoffs which begin in two weeks. 4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (21-3)- After closing out the sea- son with just three losses overall, one to Maspeth, one to Westhill of the Sec- tion 3 region, and one to John Dewey, you could make a case that Community Health was snubbed of a Manhattan Borough playoff appearance. They were one of the first teams left out and will have to hang their head on being the only undefeated team in league play to not make the borough field. CHAH will now have a couple weeks off before the start of the Class B PSAL City Playoffs get underway. 5) BCAM (16-3)- In what could only be considered BCAM's best performance of the regular season, the Lions took apart of a good Adams Street Academy team to close out the regular season on Thursday 84-62. They jumped out to a quick double digit lead and never looked back in a great two way performance. With such impressive depth in Brooklyn in Class AA and A the Lions didn't get a bid into the borough playoffs for this week so they will next hit the court in a couple weeks time when the PSAL playoffs for Class B get going. 6) Medgar Evers College Prep (15-4)- Another team in Class B that finished the regular season on a high note with a strong road victory, the Cougars were able to knock off Leon Goldstein 57-50 to close out one of the best regular seasons in recent memory for Medgar Evers. The Cougars now will take the next couple weeks off and get back in the gym looking to sure some things up before the Class B playoffs begin in a couple weeks where Medgar Evers will surely be a top 5-10 seed. 7) Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice (18-1)- After losing 3 games in league play a year ago, the Jaguars bettered that this year with just one loss after what could only be considered a phenomenal regular season. Defeating Bath- gate on the road and then knocking off Frederick Douglass Academy III to finish the regular year, Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice has been playing as good as anyone in 2018 in the PSAL and will surely be a very high seed in the Class B PSAL playoffs when they begin in a couple of weeks. 8) Dalton (15-3)- In a game featuring two of the top teams in NYSAIS this sea- son, the Tigers were able to hold on and take down Fieldston on Friday 54-49 in a hard fought defense first contest. That was Dalton's second win of the week as on Wednesday they dominated Hackley 74-32 to take a commanding lead for the No. 1 seed in the Ivy League playoffs. There is still one more week of the regular sea- son though for the Tigers as they will finish league play with a home game on Mon- day with Riverdale, a road game on Wednesday with Horace Mann, and then two games at the Collegiate Invitational on Thursday and Friday. 9) Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy (16-2)- Blowing out Marie Curie School to open up the week, the Tigers closed out the regular season by going on the road and downing Albert Tuitt 73-64 in a game that saw Riverdale/Kingsbridge trail at the half, only to use a strong 3rd quarter to take the lead and pull away for the win. A solid and balanced team up and down the roster, the Tigers will be a no doubt team to watch in the PSAL Class B Playoffs when play gets underway come Feb. 27. 10) Morrisania Educational Campus (17-3)- With a chance to make a statement at home to finish out the regular season the Knights fell flat in what was a 67-37 loss to Class B power Fannie Lou Hamer. It was disappointing because Morrisania was riding high having won 13 of their past 14 before the loss to the Panthers, but having only lost to Fannie Lou and Bronx School for Law, Government, & Jus- tice this season, that proves that the Knights will be a tough out in the Class B PSAL City Playoffs while they start in just two weeks time. Honorable Mention: Regis (15-6), Fieldston (13-7), Jane Addams (17-5), Staten Island Academy (17-5), South Bronx Prep (15-9).

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