2017-18 New York City boys basketball (through March 18)
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) South Shore (20-8)- For the first time in school history the Vikings climbed
to the top of the mountain by defeating Cardozo in the PSAL Class AA city
championship on Saturday afternoon from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was
a dominating start for South Shore who led by as many as 28 points before coast-
ing home to the title. The Vikings will now by the PSAL's Class AA representa-
tive in this coming weekends NYS Federation Tournament of Champions in Glens
Falls where they will take on NYSPHSAA winner Liverpool in the semifinals on
2) Christ the King (23-6)- Having fallen just over a week ago now in the CHSAA
Class AA Intersectional Championship Game to Stepinac, the Royals season ended
in disappointment. As we will profile a bit next week though the future certainly
looks bright for what should be an even more dangerous and explosive Christ the
King come next season.
3) Cardozo (26-4)- Coming into the PSAL Class AA City Championship Game full of
confidence on Saturday afternoon, things went south early for the Judges as they
quickly fell behind a more athletic and talented South Shore team. The deficit
for Cardozo went up to as big as 28 points before a late rally made it a more
respectable 78-66 defeat for the Judges.
4) Cardinal Hayes (21-8)- Losing to Christ the King in the CHSAA Class AA Inter-
sectional Semifinals just about 10 days ago now, the Cardinals didn't get to re-
peat as CHSAA champions but even without much size they managed to once again
make a deep playoff run and prove themselves as among the best of the best in
New York City.
5) Thomas Jefferson (21-8)- While the Orange Wave handily defeated Cardozo ear-
lier this season in a non-league contest things didn't go so smoothly the second
time around last weekend in the PSAL Class AA City Semifinals. Jefferson strug-
gled against a strong Judges defense in what would be a shocking loss to end the
Orange Wave's season two wins short of their goal of a title.
6) Archbishop Molloy (15-13)- It's still a struggle to figure out if the Stanners'
season was a success or not. They made it to the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional
semifinals before losing a tight contest to eventual champions Stepinac, but with
a McDonald's All-American and loads of other talent they fact that Molloy didn't
at least get back to the title game has to be considered somewhat of a disappoint-
7) Curtis (25-6)- Dominating the field of teams in the PSAL on Staten Island this
season, the Warriors made it all the way to the PSAL Class AA City Semifinals as
they proved that they were not just among Staten Island's best, but among the best
in New York City overall. They lost to the eventual PSAL champion in South Shore
in the semifinals in a season that will go down as one of the best in Curtis
8) Boys and Girls (19-9)- For years now the question has been asked what has hap-
pened to the Kangaroos. They had been a power in Brooklyn and the PSAL overall,
but over the past 5 years that changed. Boys and Girls weren't considered among
the best of the best until this season when things began to click for the Kanga-
roos once again. They fell in the PSAL Class AA City Quarterfinals but have a lot
to be proud of in this comeback season.
9) St. Peter's (20-7)- Another team based out in Staten Island, the Eagles showed
time and time again worthy of being among New York's best. They knocked off the
likes of Stepinac, Curtis, and St. Raymond this season to show that against the
area's better teams they could more than hold their own. The future looks bright
as well so expect to hear a lot more from St. Peter's in the years to come.
10) Eagle Academy (24-5)- The PSAL Bronx Borough Champions for the first time
ever, Eagle Academy took a major step up from what they have been before as a
basketball program. They knocked off rivals Wings Academy three times this sea-
son and should continue to take that momentum and build upon in when the season
starts again come November.
11) Paul Robeson (18-11)- One of the more difficult teams to analyze all season
long, the Eagles had some incredibly impressive moments like knocking off the PSAL
champions in South Shore twice during the regular season. They also took down Abra-
ham Lincoln in the PSAL Brooklyn Borough Playoffs showing they could be a force
this year, and for what could be years to come.
12) Abraham Lincoln (19-8)- With their full roster the Railsplitters looked as if
they were going to be a PSAL Class AA City Championship contender. Lincoln though
had three key players ruled ineligible late in the season which basically cost
them any real shot at going for back to back PSAL titles and making history in
New York City once again.
13) H.S. for Construction (23-6)- The clear second best team in the Queens AA all
season long, the Red Hawks could never get over the hump this season against the
best in New York City. When the competition got tougher Construction never were
able to get over the top as evidenced by a PSAL Class AA Round of 16 loss to Paul
Robeson at home in what was a heartbreaking way for the Red Hawks to end their
14) Brooklyn Collegiate (17-11)- Much in the same vein as there Brooklyn AA coun-
terparts in Paul Robeson, the Lions were an enigma for a lot of this season as
they have some of the best wins in New York City, but also have some of the big-
gest head scratching losses as well. If they can find consistency next season it
wouldn't be a shock to see Brooklyn Collegiate take a step up and be among the
15) McKee/Staten Island Tech (16-8)- When the Seagulls downed Thurgood Marshall
Academy on the road in the opening round of the PSAL Class AA City Playoffs it
was a sign that McKee was a team to reckon with. Going on the road again to Car-
dozo in the Round of 16 was an even tougher challenge but the Seagulls hung
tough only losing 75-74 in OT to end their season, but end it with people under-
standing they will be a team to watch come next year.
Honorable Mention: St. Raymond (13-13), WHEELS (15-14), Wings Academy (15-9),
James Monroe (17-11), Wadleigh (14-11).
1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (27-3)- After having the feel of tremendous disappoint-
ment in losing in the PSAL Class A City Championship one year ago, it was all
jubilation and happiness this season as the Jets took down Erasmus Hall in the
semifinals easily 75-46 before then downing Roosevelt Educational Campus for the
title on Sunday in dominating style 83-57. The win sends Brooklyn Law and Tech
to the NYS Federation Tournament of Champions this weekend where they will meet
Albany Academy in the semifinals on Saturday in what should be a fantastic
2) Roosevelt Educational Campus (24-5)- Earlier this season when the Bears took
on James Madison in a non-league game they were able to hold on for a tough 58-
51 victory. This time when the two squared off in the PSAL Class A City semi-
finals though it was all Roosevelt Educational as the Bronx school dominated
from the start in an 87-61 win. Sunday though in the title game the Bears just
ran out of gas as they would fall 83-57 to an ultra talented Brooklyn Law and
Tech team which ended what was a phenomenal season for a solid Roosevelt team.
3) James Madison (23-6)- A fantastic season came to a close on Wednesday when
the Golden Knights fell to Roosevelt Educational Campus in the PSAL Class A City
semifinals 87-61. It was a disappointing loss as Madison weren't able to get any-
thing going at any part in the contest, though it has to be considered a very
successful season for a school who has primarily been known for their impressive
girls basketball program until now.
4) Erasmus Hall (20-7)- All good things must come to an end meaning the Dutch-
men's spectacular run as the #21 seed in the PSAL Class A City Playoffs came to
a close on Wednesday when they fell to eventual champion Brooklyn Law and Tech
in the semifinals 75-46. No one expected Erasmus to get as far as they did, and
the Cinderella slipper fit them well, but going against a high quality Jets team
proved at the end to just be a bit too much ending their season.
5) Nazareth (21-6)- As the regular season CHSAA Class A City Champions it can
only be looked at as an incredible year for the Kingsmen whose season ended at
the hands of The Park School in the CHSAA Class A State Championship Game last
weekend in Buffalo. Nazareth has been a bit down over the past 2-3 years but
this season showed that the Kingsmen are back and not going anywhere anytime
6) Lehman (23-5)- Considered for much of the regular season to be the class of
the PSAL Bronx A Division, the Lions were one of the higher seeded teams shocked
in the postseason by Erasmus Hall during the Dutchmen's run to the PSAL Class A
City semifinals. Without question it wasn't the way Lehman wanted to see their
season end but with one of their best seasons in recent memory the Lions will
take a lot of positive moments from what was a very solid year.
7) Transit Tech (20-6)- Usually here we talk about the team and their accomplish-
ments on the court but instead now we want to express our condolences to the fam-
ily of Mike Perazzo, the 16 year head of coach of the Express who passed away
suddenly from a heart attack on Saturday evening just one week after Transit Tech
lost in the PSAL Class A City Quarterfinals. A great coach and even better person,
Perazzo will be missed by all in the New York City high school basketball commun-
8) Evander Childs (18-8)- In what was without a doubt one of the more compelling
PSAL Class A round of 16 matchups, Evander Childs took on James Madison on the
road over two weeks ago now, a game the Tigers would lose 85-77 to finish their
season. Another team who had higher aspirations, Evander Childs should return
strong looking to make an even deeper run come near season.
9) Fordham Prep (18-9)- A strong start to the season and a strong end to the sea-
son with a middle that the Rams probably want to forget it how you have to look
at Fordham Prep's year. They rallied after a tough January to make it all the way
to the CHSAA Class A Championship Game where they would fall to Nazareth after
leading the Kingsmen by 3 at halftime in what would be the seniors final game in
a Rams uniform.
10) Susan Wagner (20-9)- Finishing the regular season as the No. 3 team in the
PSAL Staten Island Division meant the Falcons were pushed down to Class A for
the PSAL Playoffs. They were given a fairly high seed and looked primed for a
major run, but they were another Erasmus Hall casualty as they were knocked off
in surprising fashion in the PSAL Class A City Quarterfinals to put a halt to
Wagner's postseason run.
Honorable Mention: Bedford Academy (20-8), Flushing (24-6), Telecommunication
(19-8), St. Joseph by the Sea (14-11), William Grady (20-5)
1) Fannie Lou Hamer (27-4)- It wasn't an easy start to the PSAL Class B City
playoffs for the Panthers with buzzer beating wins in the Round of 16 and in
the Quarterfinals but the ship got righted as Fannie Lou easily deposed of
Community Health Academy of the Heights in the semifinals and BCAM in the title
game, with each win coming by double digits to help the Panthers win the champ-
ionship for a second consecutive year. Next up will be the NYS Federation Tourn-
ament of Champions this coming weekend where Fannie Lou will take on Lawrence-
Woodmere Academy in what is a very intriguing Class B Semifinal on Saturday.
2) Regis (19-8)- The Champions of Class B in the CHSAA, Regis went up to Buffalo
for the CHSAA Class B State Championship and knocked off a tough Niagara Cath-
olic team to punch their ticket to this coming weekends NYS Federation Tourna-
ment of Champions. The Raiders will be taking a ton of confidence to Glens Falls
with them as they will face off against NYSPHSAA champion Mekeel Christian Acad-
emy in the Class B Semifinals on Saturday morning.
3) BCAM (20-4)- Needing OT to get it done, the Lions were able to knock off
South Bronx Prep on Tuesday 94-89 in a high scoring affair to move onto Sunday's
PSAL Class B Championship Game against the defending champions in Fannie Lou
Hamer. BCAM fell behind early on and never were able to really make a strong push
late in what would be a 61-51 loss to the Panthers ending the Lions season one
win short of what would've been their first ever boys basketball title.
4) Community Health Academy of the Heights (24-4)- Having to take on Fannie Lou
Hamer in a tough PSAL Class B City Semifinal matchup on Tuesday proved to be too
much for Community Health as while it was close for nearly three quarters, the
Manhattan school ran out of gas late in what would be a 70-56 defeat to the
eventual champions to end their season.
5) South Bronx Prep (19-11)- The record doesn't look appealing when you look
at it at the surface. Did deeper though and you see that the Cougars played one
of the hardest Class B schedules of anyone in the state which benefitted them
come playoff time. South Bronx Prep found themselves in Tuesday's PSAL Class B
City semifinals, though they couldn't get the big defensive stops late as the
season ended there with a tough 94-89 loss to BCAM.
6) Maspeth (27-3)- Coming into the PSAL Class B City Playoffs as the No. 1 seed
the Argonauts only had 2 losses on the season, one of which came to a Class AA
team in H.S. for Construction, while the other was to Class A school Monsignor
McClancy. Both were on the road as well which is made Maspeth's 65-59 defeat in
the PSAL Class B City quarterfinals so shocking as much was expected from the
Argonauts though they finished just short of the school's second basketball
7) LaSalle Academy (21-3)- For much of this season LaSalle was our No. 1 team
in Class B. They even were the No. 1 overall team for a stretch this season.
Things don't always end as many predict they will though as in the CHSAA Class
B City Championship Game the Cardinals offense went ice cold and they just
couldn't close out the game like they usually do in what would be a 44-42 defeat
to Regis to end LaSalle's run as CHSAA and Federation champs.
8) Medgar Evers College Prep (17-5)- Heading on the road to take on Fannie Lou
Hamer in the PSAL Class B Round of 16 the Cougars had the Panthers on the ropes
leading the game late before ultimately losing on a heartbreaking buzzer beater
54-52 to send Medgar Evers home for the season. It was a crushing way to fall
for the Cougars though they should take some solace in knowing they gave the
eventual champions their biggest test on their road to the title.
9) Bronx School for Law, Government, & Justice (21-2)- Leading for over 30
minutes of their PSAL Class B City Quarterfinal game against South Bronx Prep,
things were looking up for the Cougars in their attempt to reach the semifinals
for the first time. Experience though wasn't on Law, Government, & Justice's
side as they faltered late in losing a tough 70-68 game to South Bronx Prep in
what proved to be a great battle of two of the Bronx's best.
10) Collegiate (17-11)- When you just look at the regular season the Dutchmen
really didn't have that solid of a season. They struggled against many of the
better teams in the Ivy League this season, but it's the postseason that matters
most and that's where Collegiate played some of their best basketball of the sea-
son. They made it all the way to the NYSAIS Class B Championship Game before fall-
ing to Lawrence Woodmere Academy 51-44 in a game that Collegiate played tough in
and hung around in impressively from start to finish.
Honorable Mention: Jane Addams (19-6), Morrisania Educational Campus (18-4),
Dwight (18-9), Adams Street Academy (18-8), Achievement First Brooklyn High