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2018-19 New York City boys basketball (through Jan. 5)
   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) Bishop Loughlin (11-0)- As perfect as a week as any team could have, the Lions 
went down to New Orleans to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic and will 
be coming home with the title defeating three of Louisiana's best in Walker, 
Madison Prep, and Dunham, plus a good Lakewood Ranch team from Florida, en route 
to the championship. Justin Champagnie '19 averaged just over 20 points per game 
throughout the Lions run to be named Tournament MVP as the wins down south pushes 
Bishop Loughlin to 11-0 and puts them in the top spot of the rankings for now. 
The Lions will next take the court back in NYC on Tuesday when they host Mount 
St. Michael before a tough game to conclude the week comes on Friday night when 
Loughlin plays host to a talented and improved Msgr. Scanlan squad.

2) Thomas Jefferson (12-3)- Coming back from a great showing out in Arizona where 
they went unbeaten, the Orange Wave played host to South Shore on Thursday evening 
in Brooklyn. It was a game to remember in a solid out Jefferson gym as Jaquan 
Carlos '21 had 25 points to help the Orange Wave to an 80-79 win. It was a nip and 
tuck battle for most of the way in a game that also saw Kareem Welch '19 put up a 
double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds in the victory. Sunday will see a 
marquee non-league matchup as Thomas Jefferson goes to Christ the King in the 
nightcap of the Apparel Challenge before league games on Tuesday and Thursday 
against Robeson and Eagle Academy II, both on the road, close out the week.

3) South Shore (12-2)- It was a game that could've gone either way as Femi Odukale 
'19 hit a three at the end of the third quarter to tie things up going into the 
fourth where the lead would then get traded back and forth on a number of 
occasions. In the end thought South Shore fell just short in what would be an 80-
79 defeat to Thomas Jefferson on Thursday in one of the games of the year to date. 
Kadary Richmond '19 had a game high 27 points for the Vikings who will be on the 
court again on Sunday at the Apparel Challenge in Queens against Long Island power 
Chaminade before two league games finish off their week against Eagle Academy II 
on Tuesday, and a big one on the road at Brooklyn Collegiate on Thursday conclude 
a busy upcoming week.

4) Brooklyn Collegiate (8-4)- Getting back into league play for the first time 
after the holidays saw the Lions take on George Westinghouse on the road this 
past Thursday. It was a good opportunity for them to get a fairly easy win as 
Amahrie Simpkins '20 had one of his best performances of the season in scoring 19 
points, while senior leader Glen Anderson '19 would add 17 in a 69-50 victory for 
Brooklyn Collegiate. It will be a two league game week for the Lions over the 
next seven days as on Tuesday they will go on the road to play Boys & Girls before 
one of the biggest games of their season on Thursday when Brooklyn Collegiate 
hosts South Shore in a game that will give the Lions the chance to show that they 
are among the best in NYC.

5) St. Raymond (7-4)- Going up against their biggest rivals in Cardinal Hayes at 
home on Friday afternoon the Ravens made a statement for the rest of the CHSAA to 
take notice of as they were able to grab a 64-63 overtime victory over the Card-
inals. A three pointer at the end of regulation by Hayes forced this one into the 
extra session, and though it looked as if momentum was all on their oppositions 
side Gary Grant '20 came up with a pair of big buckets late in his 20 point effort 
to help St. Ray's to the victory that is now their 7th in their past 8 games. A 
home game against St. Peter's is next up for the Ravens on Sunday afternoon before 
a non-league game against The Knox School on Tuesday, and then another major 
league clash ends the week when the Ravens play host to Stepinac.

6) Cardinal Hayes (8-2)- Having been off since prior to Christmas when they lost 
in 3 OT's to Christ the King, it was another heartbreaking OT loss for the Card-
inals on Friday evening, losing to St. Raymond's 64-63. Joe Toussaint '19 hit a 
three ball at the buzzer for Cardinal Hayes to send the game into the extra ses-
sion, but even with momentum on their side it wasn't enough as the Ravens did just 
enough to squeak out the victory. It was the Cardinals only game of the week 
though things pick up over the next seven days when on Sunday they will face off 
with Class A power Brooklyn Law and Tech at the Apparel Challenge in Queens, then 
it's a home league date on Tuesday with Msgr. Scanlan before going to Iona Prep on 
Friday night in what will be a strong testing week for Cardinal Hayes.

7) Xaverian (12-2)- With what is on paper a very young team the Clippers are put-
ting together a fantastic season to date behind the play of a pair of talented 
floor generals in Shawn Fulcher '21 and Nick Folk '20. Fulcher was named MVP of 
the Msgr. King Tournament last Sunday as he had 22 points in a 83-63 title game 
victory over McKee/Staten Island Tech. CHSAA league play was next as Xaverian went 
to the Bronx to take on Mt. St. Michael, and while the Clippers didn't play their 
best game they found a way to pull it out in what was a 65-64 OT win that has 
Xaverian among the best in the city right now. A home game is next on Sunday when 
the Clippers host Msgr. Scanlan in what will be a very tough test, and then it's a 
road game at Archbishop Molloy on Tuesday in a game that will end the week for 
Xaverian.

8) Christ the King (5-5)- Finishing out their run at the Beach Ball Classic this 
past Monday the Royals made quick work of the host team Myrtle Beach of South Car-
olina 80-65 as Ryan Myers '20 had 18 points in the winning effort that allowed 
Christ the King to leave on a positive note. That was the Royals only game of the 
week but things pick up in a big way starting on Sunday when they take on Thomas 
Jefferson in the Christ the King Apparel Challenge. After that it will Iona Prep 
coming to Middle Village on Tuesday for a league matchup before a home game with 
Archbishop Molloy on Friday night closes the week out for the Royals who will look 
to get things going and put themselves once again in the mix of the best in the 
five boroughs.

9) Msgr. Scanlan (5-5)- A quiet week for the Crusaders who haven't played since 
coming back from North Carolina over the Christmas break, but with Matt Mayers 
'19 really beginning to come around and be one of the CHSAA's best, and a talented 
backcourt led by Joe Munden '20 it's time to take this Scanlan group extremely 
seriously. A lot will be learned about the Crusaders this week though as its a 
three game week for them with tough game after tough game coming up. Sunday will 
see them head to Brooklyn for a big one against Xaverian, then it's another road 
test on Tuesday with Cardinal Hayes, before staying on the road on Friday for a 
date at Bishop Loughlin in a seven day stretch where each game will be an enormous 
test.

10) Wings Academy (8-3)- Having James Monroe on the road on the schedule this past 
week, that game was postponed until later on in February meaning it was a week free 
of games for Wings who still are among the best in the PSAL this season even after 
the loss of guard Jose Cuello '20 to transfer. Tommy Thomas '19 has been the major 
catalyst for the success of Wings Academy so far this season and it's his inside/
outside game that will dictate just how far the Bronx AA power will go this year. 
Two league games will start the week for Wings as on Tuesday they host Harry Tru-
man, and then it will be a road game on Friday against Mott Haven. The week will 
close out on Saturday with a game at the Empire Invitational where it will be a 
true road game with Wings taking on a young but strong CHSAA power in Iona Prep.

 

	
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Class A 1) Seward Park (12-0)- Remaining in the top spot for a second straight week are the Bears who in their only game of the week, and first game of 2019, were able to easily take care of business against Norman Thomas 86-64. It was a balanced scoring attack for Seward Park as Julian Camacho '19 had 20 points in the win, while Alphanso Creary '20 added 16 for the Bears who continue to show themselves as a team worthy of being named among the best in New York City. Another one game week is ahead for Seward Park as they will go on the road on Thursday looking to stay perfect on the year when they take on Stuyvesant. 2) Msgr. Farrell (10-1)- For the teams on Staten Island it's never easy to leave their borough and go on the road and pick up the win, and it's even tougher to go to Xavier on a Friday night in January, but behind the play of Anthony Cle- menza '19 who had 17 points the Lions were able to go to Manhattan and pick up the 53-40 victory. Defensively it was Msgr. Farrell really making a major state- ment on Friday and they will look to keep that kind of play going this week when they go to the Bronx on Sunday to take on Cardinal Spellman before two home games to finish out the week, Tuesday against Port Richmond, and a big one on Friday night against Class AA power St. Peter's. 3) All Hallows (9-3)- It was far from easy for the Gaels on Saturday when they played host to a now healthy St. Edmund Prep team, but when you have Nick John- son '19 on your side good things usually happen as he scored 19 points, including 9 in the fourth quarter alone to help All Hallows hold on and take a 54-50 home victory. The only game that the Gaels played this past week, it will be three games coming up over the next seven days for All Hallows starting out on Tuesday when they go on the road to face a tough Fordham Prep team. Thursday will then see the Gaels host Xavier before going to play McKee/Staten Island Tech in the Crump Classic on Saturday afternoon at Wadleigh in Manhattan. 4) Brooklyn Law and Tech (11-1)- In their first game of 2019 the Jets went on the road to take on a talented Erasmus Hall team on Friday evening, and with Joseph Pena '19 coming alive for 24 points it was Law and Tech coming away with the 77- 58 victory. Davonta Cook '19 had another double-double for the Jets with 19 points and 12 assists leading the offense for Brooklyn Law and Tech who are still among the favorites in the PSAL this season. Sunday will see a massive challenge as the Jets will play in the Apparel Challenge at Christ the King in Queens where they will take on CHSAA AA power Cardinal Hayes before a Friday road league matchup with Tilden finishes out what should be a tough and challenging week ahead. 5) Canarsie (10-2)- Getting a strong pair of games from guard Khadafi Julio '19 allowed the Chiefs to finish out a 2-0 week and maintain their spot in the Class A rankings, and keep themselves among the top contenders in the PSAL. A Friday home game with perennial power Bedford Academy looked to be a tough one on paper but with Julio scoring 24 points it proved to be all Canarsie as they took an early lead and ran away to an 81-45 win. Saturday then saw the Chiefs host Grady in a non-league matchup that saw Julio again control things in what was a 54-43 victory for Canarsie. Next up for the Chiefs will be a Wednesday road game against Midwood, and then it will be a home game on Friday with Boerum Hill as Canarsie looks to stay unbeaten in league. 6) Nazareth (8-4)- For the first time in over two weeks it back to league play for the Kingsmen on Thursday when they went on the road to take on St. Edmund Prep. Playing shorthanded as well Nazareth still found a way to get the job done as Dontae Prescott '21 had 20 points in what would be a 69-59 win for the Kingsmen. Saturday was then a non-league home matchup with Abraham Lincoln, the longtime PSAL power as current Nazareth coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton took on his former team in a classic back and forth duel, but T.J. Morris '21 had 19 points to help the Kingsmen hold off the Railsplitters for a 70-68 victory. Sunday will see Nazareth go on the road to take on LaSalle Academy in CHSAA league action, and the league play will continue on Wednesday when the Kings- men host St. Joseph by the Sea from Staten Island. 7) Transit Tech (14-1)- Opening up the new year on Thursday saw the Express take on what proved to be an overmatched Sunset Park team on the road. From the start though it was all Transit Tech as Jeremy Moranta '20 is making quite the name for himself as the forward had 22 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-46 win for the Express in their only game of the week. Up ahead it will be another one game week here for Transit Tech as the Express will once again go on the road, this time on Friday night for a league matchup with Fort Hamilton in a game that again should see Transit be heavy favorites going in. 8) Adlai Stevenson (8-2)- We haven't been able to find a result for the Am- bassadors game from this past Friday against Longwood Prep as it has not been reported to the PSAL as of our deadline, and multiple attempts by us to get the result have been unsuccessful. They played a team in Longwood Prep that had Stevenson as heavy favorites and given that we will keep the Ambassadors in our Top Ten this week. Led by Jayden Davis '19 who is having a fantastic season to date for Adlai Stevenson it will be a two game week here for the Am- bassadors as they will step out of league on Tuesday to take on top Class B program South Bronx Prep at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and then on Fri- day they will go on the road again in what should be a tougher matchup as they will take on the PSAL Class A champions from a couple years back in Walton. 9) Lehman (12-1)- Still rolling are the Lions who are undefeated in PSAL Bronx Class A play this season after they made quick work of DeWitt Clinton in their lone game of the week, 70-41. Going up by double digits midway through the opening quarter, it was big man Bismark Nsiah '20 who had his game of the sea- son putting up 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win for Lehman who will look to keep their perfect league play going this week when they host Christopher Columbus on Monday before going on the road on Friday to face off against Grace Dodge in a two game week for the Lions who continue to show themselves as a team to beat this season. 10) Louis Brandeis (9-1)- The lone newcomer into the Class A rankings this week are the Bulldogs who started out their 2019 with the biggest win in recent school history as on Saturday evening they were able to defeat Class AA school John F. Kennedy 64-62 in the New Year's Jamboree at George Westinghouse in Brooklyn. Down by 1 in the closing seconds Omari Wyands '19 hit a corner three to give Brandeis the win over the longtime Bronx power with Wyands scoring a team high 25 points in the victory. Isaiah Duran '19 added 16 points in the win for the Bulldogs who will get back to league play this week when they go to Fiorello LaGuardia on Monday, before playing Harlem Village Academy on Tuesday in a marquee showdown to be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Class B (We wanted to note that we previously had ranked Evangel Christian, but after further review it has been confirmed that the school is not a full NYSAIS mem- ber meaning they aren't apart of a league recognized by the New York State Fed- eration meaning they are disqualified from being ranked. They will be omitted from the rankings from this point forward.) 1) Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice (12-0)- It was a strong open- ing to 2019 for the Jaguars who rise to the #1 spot in the Class B rankings this week off a victory over Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professionals. In what was a blowout win Law, Government, & Justice got a major performance from Frantz Jean-Pierre '19 as he had 27 points and 21 re- bounds in the win that pushes them to 12-0 on the season. Taking to the road this week the Jaguars will travel to face off against Comprehensive Model School on Wednesday before a game with H.S. of Info and Network Technology finishes things off on Friday. 2) Fannie Lou Hamer (12-2)- Even though they have two losses it's another year where the Panthers are a major threat to win not just a PSAL Class B title, but a second straight Federation championship as well. Getting 33 points and 14 rebounds from Anthony Rose '20 on Thursday helped allow Fannie Lou to easily defeat South Bronx on the road 91-49 as Tyree Morris '19 came back from an in- jury and added 21 points and 7 assists as well for the Panthers. It was the Fannie Lou Hamer's only game of the week, though this upcoming week will see two games on the docket as they will host Health Opportunities Social Justice on Tuesday, and then will go on the road to take on Explorations Academy to close the week out on Thursday. 3) Summit Academy (11-1)- With three wins already this season in the non- league over PSAL Class A opponents, Summit has proven to be a viable conten- der for the Class B crown in the Public School league as they are a fast paced run and gun team that likes to push the tempo and score in high num- bers. Led by Donte Howard '20 and Jordan Council '20, the Eagles aren't just talented but are young as well having a team that can compete for years to come. They didn't have a game this past week but will be busy over the seven days ahead as Summit Academy will host All City Leadership on Wednesday, and then will square off on the road with Cobble Hill School of American Studies on Friday to end their week. 4) Bathgate Educational Complex (9-1)- Coming into 2019 with only one loss to their record, a loss that was a 6 point road defeat at out new #1 team in Law, Government, and Justice, it's safe to say that Bathgate are a team that will continue to make noise going forward the rest of the year. On Friday the Bull- dogs got their new year going when they hosted H.S. of American Studies, con- trolling the game from the second quarter on for a 61-47 victory. Hasan Harris '21 had 16 points to lead Bathgate, wth Elijah Gonzalez '21 adding 15 as well for the winners. For the Bulldogs it is a two game week coming up as on Wed- nesday they will see Bronx Leadership come to them before closing the week out on the road on Friday with a game at Albert Tuitt. 5) South Bronx Prep (12-1)- While it may have looked like the Cougars were clicking on all cylinders they ended up closing out 2018 with a 62-59 loss in the non-league last Sunday against Uncommon Charter on the road in Brooklyn. It was a shock defeat for South Bronx Prep who were averaging over 90 points per game going into the game but struggled to get anything going offensively in the loss. Coming back in their 2019 opener the Cougars got back in their rhythm with a dominating 93-49 league win over Metropolitan on Thursday as Jordan Agyemang '19 led all scorers with 24 points while corralling 12 re- bounds as well. The Cougars will play again on Monday on the road at Morris- ania before trip to the Barclays Center is comes up for South Bronx Prep on Tuesday where they will play ranked Class A school Adlai Stevenson in a Bronx vs. Bronx battle in Brooklyn. The week will continue on Thursday with a league road game at Bronx Early College Academy before going out of league again on Saturday with a game against DeWitt Clinton in Manhattan at the Crump Classic. 6) Riverdale (7-0)- Fielding one of the better backcourts you will see across New York City in Class B with Sam Klores '20 and Noah Seeherman '20, the Fal- cons are poised for big things this season as they are a legitimate contender for the NYSAIS title. Already holding wins over Dalton and Portledge this sea- son, Riverdale will look to keep building on what is an already impressive re- sume as they get their 2019 part of the schedule going this week when on Wed- nesday they go on the road for a tough challenge in Brooklyn against Poly Prep before going to Westchester on Friday evening to take on another tough foe in Hackley in the Falcons two games of the week. 7) Dwight School (7-3)- After showing that they could compete with anyone just before Christmas in a 1-2 performance at the Kreul Classic down in Florida where Dwight were in both of their losses until the very end, competing and thriving against teams in classifications much higher than them from the state's of Florida and Colorado. With good size inside led by stud freshman Richard Nweke '22, and a capable point guard in veteran DaJuan Piper '19, the Lions are ready to prove they are a challenger once again for the NYSAIS title, opening up this week on Monday with a big road showdown at Dalton in a must see affair, then Dwight will stay on the road on Friday to take on Packer before coming home on Saturday for a home date with Grace Church. 8) Dalton (8-2)- Entering 2019 with just a pair of defeats on the season, with one coming on the road at Riverdale and the other coming against a strong Fan- nie Lou Hamer team, and each coming by single digits, it shows the toughness of this year's Tigers group. A number of challenging opponents are again soon to pop up on Dalton's radar as the Ivy League is as balanced this season as its been in recent memory which means each time out will be a true test for the Lions. Off since December 22nd, Dalton will get tested right away this week when on Monday they see a talented and young Dwight School team, and then with road matchups on Friday and Saturday with Fieldston and Trinity things won't get any easier for a Tigers team that does look ready for the task at hand. 9) Uncommon Charter (10-1)- In one of the biggest surprises of the season to date Uncommon Charter was able to clamp down on the South Bronx Prep offens- ive weapons and stifle them holding them over 30 points below their scoring average last Sunday afternoon and defeat our previous #1 ranked Class B team at home 62-59. It was a win that no doubt put the Sabers on the map this year as Caleb Brown '20 had 16 points to lead the way in the victory that propels Uncommon Charter back into the Top Ten. It was their only game of the week as a planned game on the road at Medgar Evers for this past Thursday was post- poned as the Sabers now won't take the court for the first time in 2019 until this Tuesday when they host their main rivals in Achievement First, before then going out of league again on Saturday to play Chelsea Career and Tech- nical Education. 10) Horace Mann (3-1)- One of the tougher decisions of the week was who gets the 10th and final spot in the Class B rankings for New York City. Poly Prep lost on Friday night to Regis, and the Raiders were one of the strong con- tenders to come in for the first time this year at #10, but with the Lions having already defeated Regis earlier this season 68-56 it made the choice fairly easy to put Horace Mann in here. With their only loss coming on the road at Dalton in a 69-61 game it shows that against the best of the best in the Ivy League the Lions can hang, it's a matter of can they keep that up to stay in the Top Ten on a consistent basis. We will find out more about Horace Mann this coming week when they go to Collegiate School on Wednesday, and then stay on the road to take on the aforementioned Poly Prep in Brooklyn to close out the Lions week on Friday evening.


  
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