2017-18 New York City boys basketball (through Feb. 25)
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 (21-5)- The Royals took down Archbishop Molloy for a third
time this season to win the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocese Championship on Friday
56-54. The victory gives Christ the King the Brooklyn/Queens No. 1 seed heading
into the CHSAA Class AA City Playoffs where they will be off until Sunday the
fourth where they will more than likely play St. Peter's in one of the more in-
triguing and marquee quarterfinal matchups.
2) Cardozo (23-3)- Going into the PSAL Class AA Playoffs this week as the No. 3
seed the Judges will play on Thursday against the winner of a game between Thur-
good Marshall Academy and McKee/Staten Island Tech in the Round of 16. They are
among the favorites to win the PSAL title this season, but before the playoffs get
underway for Cardozo they will have a non-league matchup on Monday against Class A
school Evander Childs as a tune-up before the main play gets going.
3) South Shore (16-8)- After winning the Brooklyn Borough Championship the Vik-
ings as the No. 1 seed in the PSAL Class AA Playoffs. They struggled at the mid-
season point but have really come on late to be among the favorites to be crowned
champions. On Thursday their run to a title gets underway in the Round of 16 when
they host the winner of game between Springfield Gardens and Manhattan Center.
4) Cardinal Hayes (20-7)- Heading into the CHSAA Archdiocese of New York Play-
offs as the No. 1 seed, the Cardinals were able to easily get by Msgr. Scanlan
this past week, but they then struggled to a 52-51 win over St. Peter's in the semi-
finals before losing 78-62 to Stepinac for the title. It was not the way Cardinal
Hayes wanted to head into the CHSAA Class AA City Playoffs but they will have an
opening round bye before playing again next Sunday in the quarterfinals against
either Bishop Loughlin or Mount St. Michael.
5) Eagle Academy (23-4)- Winners of 11 in a row heading into the PSAL Class AA
City Playoffs, the Eagles felt slighted as they were given the #7 seed after win-
ning the Bronx Borough Championship in Double OT over Wings Academy but that
should just provide them more motivation to prove those who did the seedings in
the PSAL wrong. After an opening round bye Eagle Academy will host either WHEELS
or Beach Channel in the Round of 16 this coming Thursday.
6) Boys and Girls (18-8)- Finishing runners-up in the PSAL Brooklyn Borough
Championship the Kangaroos were awarded the #6 seed in the PSAL Class AA City
Playoffs. That seed give them an opening round bye before entering the tournament
in the Round of 16 on Thursday when they will square off against either James
Monroe or Queens H.S. of Teaching for the right to move to this coming weekend's
7) Thomas Jefferson (19-7)- There were questions about the seed that the Orange
Wave would receive in the PSAL Class AA City Playoffs after losing to Boys and
Girls in the Brooklyn Borough semifinals. The PSAL gave them the No. 2 seed though
rewarding them for being the Brooklyn AA regular season champions and that gives
Jefferson an opening round bye next taking the court on Thursday against either
Francis Lewis or Wadleigh in the Round of 16.
8) Archbishop Molloy (14-12)- One of the toughest teams to judge this season, the
Stanners were able to hold off a game Bishop Loughlin team in the CHSAA Brooklyn/
Queens Diocese semifinals on Wednesday 63-58 meaning they got their 3rd chance at
Christ the King for the Diocese title on Friday. Molloy had their moments against
the Royals but would fall 56-54 in another close loss for the Stanners that could've
gone either way. Off now until next Sunday and the CHSAA Class AA City Playoffs,
Molloy will more than likely face Iona Prep in a marquee quarterfinal matchup.
9) H.S. for Construction (22-5)- Runners-up to Cardozo in the PSAL Queens Borough
title game, the Red Hawks are the No. 8 seed in the PSAL Class AA City Playoffs.
They will have an opening round game on Tuesday against fellow Queens AA school
Martin Van Buren before a likely matchup with Paul Robeson of the Brooklyn AA at
home on Thursday in what should be a very competitive Round of 16 contest.
10) Brooklyn Collegiate (16-10)- A team that no one wants to play in the PSAL
Class AA City Playoffs, Brooklyn Collegiate are the No. 13 seed heading into the
postseason and will open up with JFK on Tuesday at home in the opening round. If
they win on Tuesday they will come back to the court on Thursday when the Lions
go to Staten Island to take on Curtis in the Round of 16 with the winner going
into next weekend's quarterfinals.
11) Paul Robeson (16-10)- Another Brooklyn AA team, the Eagles are the No. 9
seed going into the PSAL Class AA City Playoffs. They have the size inside and
excellent guard play to give anyone problems as they showed through the regular
season. Campus Magnet will be first up for Robeson on Tuesday in an opening round
before a strong and competitive Round of 16 matchup with H.S. for Construction
awaits in the Round of 16.
12) St. Peter's (20-6)- Going on the road in the CHSAA Archdiocese of New York
quarterfinals the Eagles led from start to finish to down St. Raymond 62-52 to
move to the semifinals to take on Cardinal Hayes. St. Peter's led nearly the en-
tire way against the Cardinals too before 3 late FT's gave Hayes a 52-51 win that
ended the Eagles road to the Archdiocese title. The CHSAA Class AA City Playoffs
are next as the St. Peter's will get the winner of Sunday's game between St. Fran-
cis Prep and Msgr. Scanlan on Thursday in the Second Round before a possible quar-
terfinal game on Sunday against Christ the King.
13) Curtis (23-5)- After falling 73-42 early last week in the SIHSL Tournament
title game to St. Peter's, the Warriors have had a lot of time to stew and sit on
how that game played out. The good news for Curtis was the PSAL didn't punish them
for that loss and gave them the No. 4 seed in the PSAL Class AA City Playoffs where
they will start with a bye before getting the winner of a game between Brooklyn
Collegiate and JFK on Thursday afternoon at home.
14) Abraham Lincoln (18-7)- Having lost their last four games and losing three of
their top players to ineligibility the Railsplitters were the great unknown as no
one really knew how the PSAL would seed them going into the Class AA City Playoffs.
They received the No. 5 seed meaning they were rewarded for how they played early in
the season with a full roster, and not who they are as a team now. Lincoln received
an opening round bye and will take the court again on Thursday when they will more
than likely square off with Wings Academy in a Round of 16 matchup.
15) St. Raymond (12-12)- At 12-12 the Ravens are not playing their best basketball
of the season at this point after losing in the CHSAA Archdiocese of New York quar-
terfinals to St. Peter's, 62-52. It was a disappointing result that will now put St.
Ray's into a matchup with Holy Cross in the CHSAA Class AA City Playoffs on Wednesday
in a game to be played at St. Francis Prep.
Honorable Mention: Wings Academy (14-8), WHEELS (14-13), McKee/Staten Island Tech
(15-7), Thurgood Marshall Academy (16-7), James Monroe (16-10).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (22-3)- Heading into the PSAL Class A City Playoffs
the Jets are the No. 1 seedand the overwhelming favorite to take home the school's
first title. Their road will start on Friday when they play either Thomas Edison
or a very tough Harry Van Arsdale team that would've been seeded considerably
higher had they not had to forfeit 4 games earlier this season.
2) Lehman (22-4)- Coming into the PSAL Class A City Playoffs as the No. 5 seed,
the Lions will have a first round bye before getting their run to a title started
on Thursday when they square off against either East Harlem Pride or Port Rich-
mond. If they get through that a Round of 16 game against Susan McKinney could
await on a date to be announced next week.
3) James Madison (20-5)- The No. 7 seed for the PSAL Class A City Playoffs, the
Golden Knights will get an opening round bye as well. Thursday is when Madison
will take the court again against the winner of a game between Grand St. Campus
and Grover Cleveland. A win there would set them up with a Round of 16 game
against Evander Childs in the deep Class A field this season.
4) Roosevelt Educational Campus (20-4)- Landing the No. 6 seed in the PSAL Class
A City Playoffs the Bears are another legitimate contender to make a very deep run
in the tournament this season. There route to a title will open up on Friday
against either Percy E. Sutton or John Adams before a possible game with Seward
Park in the Round of 16.
5) Beacon (25-1)- Running off 25 straight wins to start the season, the Blue
Demons lost to Wadleigh in the Manhattan Borough quarterfinals to spoil their
unbeaten run, but a new season starts now. Beacon landed the No. 2 overall seed
in the PSAL Class A City Playoffs and will get started again on Friday when they
host either New Dorp or Murry Bergtraum before a possible Round of 16 game
against Frederick Douglass Academy next week.
6) Nazareth (19-5)- As the lone CHSAA team in the Class A New York City Top
10 the Kingsmen got their CHSAA Class A title run started with a 59-43 victory
over Cardinal Spellman in the quarterfinals. They now advance to the semifinals
which will be played on Tuesday against St. Joseph by the Sea, and a win there
will put them in the championship game on Friday at Fordham University against
either Fordham Prep or Msgr. Farrell.
7) Transit Tech (18-5)- Awarded the #8 seed by the PSAL in the City A City
Playoffs the Express are on the same side of the bracket as Brooklyn Law and
Tech in what could be a very exciting and intriguing quarterfinal showdown,
but first Transit needs to get there. They will open on Friday in the second
round against either Hillcrest of H.S for Environmental Studies before a Round
of 16 matchup with Flushing to get things going.
8) Grady (20-3)- If there is a team that the PSAL may have mis-seeded most in
the Class A Playoffs it has to be the Falcons. Winners of 18 of their last 19
games, Grady was given the #14 seed and will get a very tough second round date
with Bedford Academy on Friday after a first round bye. The Round of 16 if they
move on won't be any easier as they would get Far Rockaway in what looks to be a
very difficult path to success for the Falcons this season.
9) Susan Wagner (18-8)- On the back of a strong SIHSL Tournament which saw Wag-
ner lose in the semifinals to St. Peter's by just 3, the Falcons were given the
No. 4 seed in the PSAL Class A City Playoffs. They have a number of high profile
non-league wins this year and should be one of the more dangerous teams as they
will get started on Friday with either Morris or Fort Hamilton, while a Round of
16 date with a solid Telecommunication team could be in the cards.
10) Seward Park (20-3)- A top team out of Manhattan this season the Bears got a
bit lower seed than they had hoped at No. 11 entering the PSAL Class A City Play-
offs. They will more than likely draw a tough game to start off on Thursday against
Tottenville out of Staten Island, with a win there advancing them to the Round of
16 where they would get an even more difficult test with our No. 4 team Roosevelt
Honorable Mention: Susan McKinney (18-7), Fordham Prep (17-8), Far Rockaway
(18-2), Frederick Douglass Academy (15-9), Evander Childs (16-7)
1) LaSalle Academy (20-2)- Still the clear favorites in Class B in the CHSAA,
the Cardinals are looking for back to back titles and got their road off to a
strong start with a dominating 67-43 victory over Cathedral Prep in the quarter-
finals this past Wednesday. The win puts LaSalle in the CHSAA Class B semifinals
on Sunday against Moore Catholic, with a win there putting them back in the title
game to be played this coming Friday night at Fordham University.
2) Maspeth (25-2)- The No. 1 seed for the upcoming PSAL Class B City Playoffs,
the Argonauts made a major statement in defeating Class AA school Francis Lewis,
and taking H.S. for Construction to the limit in the Queens Borough Playoffs.
Those performances helped them attain the top seed as they will next get either
Arts & Design or Urban Dove Charter this coming Thursday in a Round of 32 game
before possibly getting Brooklyn College Academy in a tough Round of 16 matchup.
3) Fannie Lou Hamer (22-4)- Going into the PSAL Class B City Playoffs as the No.
2 seed, the Panthers are primed for a major run once again this season after win-
ning the the title last year. The road for Fannie Lou starts on Friday against
either Bathgate or Spring Creek Campus, with either Achievement First or York
Early College awaiting after that in what would be the Round of 16.
4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (21-3)- Seemingly going in order
here, Community Health is the No. 3 seed in the PSAL Class B City Playoffs. They
had a strong regular season that saw them have numerous wins over Class A teams,
along with a Class AA win over Christian Brothers Academy out of Section 3.
Cobble Hill or Pathways will be first up on Friday or Community Health, with a
possible Round of 16 game coming up against Adams Street Academy in what should
be a very compelling contest if it happens.
5) BCAM (16-3)- It's tough to understand how the PSAL gave the Lions the No. 8
seed as their body of work says they should be no lower than the 5 spot but BCAM
will make the best of their situation when they get back on the court on Friday
to take on either University Neighborhood or Chelsea in the second round after
opening with a bye. A win there would propel BCAM into the Round of 16 and a
possible date with Queens power Eagle Academy III in what would be a game to
6) Medgar Evers College Prep (15-4)- Heading into their postseason run the Cou-
gars are the #7 seed in the PSAL Class B City Playoffs. That also could be con-
sidered just a little bit low as they lost just 1 game against New York City com-
petition all season long, but with Academy of American Studies to start on Friday,
and then a date most likely with Lab Museum United in the Round of 16, a deep
playoff run certainly looks possible.
7) Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice (19-1)- As one of the hottest
teams heading into the postseason getting the No. 5 seed in the PSAL Class B City
Playoffs was a fair placement by the seeding committee. It gives Law and Govern-
ment an opening round bye before getting wither Leon Goldstein or Health Pro-
fessions on Friday in the Round of 16. Maybe with an easier draw then most, the
Jaguars should be a quarterfinal team by this time next week with the route they
have to go.
8) South Bronx Prep (16-10)- Giving them a lot of credit for playing a non-
league schedule full of Class AA teams, the Cougars were given the No. 4 seed
by the PSAL for the Class B City Playoffs. They don't have a real strong stand-
out win, and fell to Jane Addams in the last week of the regular season, but
strength of schedule clearly played a role here. Bushwick would be the first
opponent in the Round of 32 for South Bronx Prep before a probable matchup with
Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy in the matchup to follow most in the Round of a 16.
9) Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy (16-2)- Speaking of Riverdale/Kingsbridge, the
Tigers are another team that got a far lower seed than they deserved when you look
at their body of work as the PSAL gave them the #13 seed for the Class B City
Playoffs. That means they don't get an opening round bye and will be playing ENY
Family Academy on Tuesday, then will likely get Cambria Heights Academy on Friday
in the Round of 32 before the possible intriguing showdown in the Round of 16
against our No. 8 South Bronx Prep.
10) Collegiate (17-10)- While it wasn't the start to the season that Dutchmen
hoped for, they have been playing some of their best basketball as of late, get-
ting wins in the NYSAIS Class B Tournament over Leman Prep and Poly Prep to ad-
vance to the Championship Game this coming Monday against Long Island power Law-
rence Woodmere Academy in a game that if they win would send Collegiate to the
NYS Federation Tournament of Champions later on in March.
Honorable Mention: Morrisania Educational Campus (17-3), Dwight (18-9), Demo-
cracy Prep (14-4), Eagle Academy III (15-4), Dalton (19-4)