23 points to pace all scorers as Farrell knocked off Sea 70-53. It was a slower week last week but these next seven days will see the Lions playing host to a very good Xavier team on Monday before a road date in another Staten Island clash on Friday with AA school St. Peter's.
3) Xavier (11-2)- Winners now of 9 in a row are the Knights who won a pair of games this week over All Hallows at home 65-46 on Tuesday and then it was a 61-50 road victory over Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Blair Thompson '21 has asserted himself as one of the top talents in Class A this season with another season to go as Xavier will look to keep their winning run going on Monday in one of the top Class A matchup's of the year against Msgr. Farrell on the road. Friday will see Xavier go to Regis in a big Manhattan rivalry game before a game on Saturday against Dalton finishes out a busy week of action.
4) Murry Bergtraum (15-2)- While their big game with Seward Park was postponed for now it was still a two win week with Dior Davis '21 securing triple doubles in both games as the Blazers took down Eleanor Roosevelt and Stuyvesant 101-65 and 89-53 respectively. A road contest will be next up for Bergtraum as they will go up against Bayard Rustin in a game that could be one of the last true tests of the regular season for a Blazers team with a lot of postseason aspirations.
5) Beacon (21-1)- The first team to the 20 win plateau this season in New York City are the Blue Demons who were able to win their big Manhattan A Northwest matchup on Tuesday against Graphics Campus 66-61 as Fauzi Cismesjia-Ulmer '20 had 18 points to pace Beacon. A blowout win in league over Environmental Studies followed that on Friday, and a non-league victory over Lehman by 3 enabled the Blue Demons to continue pushing their way up the Class A rankings. Just one game on the slate this week for Beacon when on Saturday they play host to Class B power Fannie Lou Hamer in another non-league clash.
6) Bedford Academy (16-3)- In the lone game of last week for Bedford it was a convincing and easy performance with Carson Small '20 securing another double-double for the Panthers as he had 12 points and 15 rebounds Ina 94-49 victory for Bedford. 6 Panthers were in double figures scoring in the win with Bedford now going into a two game week with a road game at Telecommunication up first on Friday before a home date with their big Brooklyn A6 rivals in Brooklyn Law & Tech coming up on Saturday afternoon.
7) St. Edmund Prep (10-4)- After losing three of four games the Eagles responded with a very strong couple of games last week as they would defeat a pair of Staten Island foes, knocking off St. Joseph by the Sea 73-36 at home on Tuesday before easily taking down Moore Catholic on Friday 80-55. Both wins were led by the play of Shemar Latty '20 who had 24 and 22 points in the two St. Edmund games. Tuesday will be the Eagles next game action when they host Fordham Prep before another home game on Sunday against Msgr. McClancy finishes the week.
8) Graphics Campus (18-2)- Having lost earlier this season to Beacon it was the 49ers chance for revenge this past Tuesday when they went to play the Blue Demons. It was a very similar performance from the first time around with Graphics hanging around most of the way but were never able to overcome an early deficit in a 66-61 loss. They did rebound well after that with double digit wins over West 50th Street and Frederick Douglass Academy and still looking to be a force the rest of the way though they will be off this coming week due to regents exams.
9) KIPP NYC College Prep (17-3)- Going out of league last weekend to lose to our #1 Banneker team, KIPP rebounded nicely on Monday and Wednesday as they knocked off both Morris and Grace Dodge in league play with Damir Brooks '20 scoring 18 points in both wins to lead the way for the Bulldogs. Friday will be the lone time this week when KIPP NYC College Prep hits the hardwood when they go on the road in Bronx A Central play to take on Alfred E. Smith.
10) Transit Tech (17-3)- Entering the Top Ten in Class A for the first time this season are the Express who are being led this season by one of NYC's top scorers in Jeremy Moranta '20. Getting wins this week over Frank Macchiarola, Lafayette, and Wingate helped propel Transit to the victory as Moranta's big game of the week came against Wingate on Friday where he scored a season high 46 points. There are no games this coming week for Transit who will look to continue their strong push toward the playoffs.
1) Uncommon Charter (16-2)- Defeating Teachers Prep and All City Leadership this week by a combined 68 points, Uncommon got 26 and 21 points in the two games from Ahzariah Douglas '20. They did go to New Jersey on Friday to play one of the Garden State's best teams in an unbeaten Watchung Hills where the Sabers lost for just the second time on the season, but playing such a strong level of competition means they stay in the top spot this week.
2) Summit Academy (16-4)- Continuing on their track to the top of Class B, the Eagles took down Brooklyn Collaborative on Monday 102-55 as Jeremiah Hewitt '20 had a career night with 32 points and 22 rebounds for Summit. Wednesday saw another easy win over BCAM to close out the week as the Eagles soar to near the top of the rankings as they are now winners of 9 in a row, and 11 of their last 12. With regents this week Summit will be off, coming back again next on the 29th.
3) Poly Prep (10-3)- Starting the week off on the wrong note were the Blue Devils who went to Manhattan on Monday and fell 62-60 on Monday. We didn't penalize Poly Prep too much though because they responded with a road win over Horace Mann as Max Ragusa '22 scored the game winner for the Blue Devils, and then on Saturday at the South Shore MLK Showcase it was Poly getting 18 points from Nasir Muhammed '23 to help them to a come from behind 58-56 victory over St. Mary's of Long Island. Wednesday will next year see the Blue Devils taking on Fieldston at home before a contest against Riverdale on Saturday, and a date at the Msgr. Scanlan Classic on Sunday.
4) Academy of American Studies (13-1)- Even though last week we had American Studies for two losses we were advised it was just one on the season to date for the Eagles. It was a comfortable pair of victories this past week for them as American Studies easily downed Energy Tech on Tuesday 84-53 before blowing past Renaissance on Thursday 65-36. Amit Singh '20 had double-doubles in each game for the Eagles with a 29 points, 17 rebound effort coming in the Thursday win. American Studies will be off this coming week, facing off next with Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on the 28th.
5) Riverdale (11-2)- Taking on Trinity, Hackley, and Regis this week meant three challenges, but it also meant three wins as Reid Slott '20 led the Falcons in scoring in two of the three games this week to help push Riverdale to the #5 spot in our Class B Top Ten. Upcoming this week for the Falcons will be a tricky Wednesday home contest against Collegiate School, then it's a Friday home game against Fieldston, before one of the bigger Class B games of the season against Poly Prep at home on Saturday night.
6) Maspeth (14-3)- The rivals to Academy of American Studies in the PSAL Queens B West Division, the Argonauts won't face the Eagles again until early-February and are in cruise control it seems until then with two blowout league wins over Baccalaureate School for Global Education and Newcomers in league play, but then it was a 20 point game for Maximllian Egner '20 on Saturday in a close call against Pace in the non-league with Maspeth holding on for a 38-36 win. Thursday will see Maspeth stay in the non-league when they host Community Health Academy of the Heights.
7) Brooklyn College Academy (15-3)- Losing to Medgar Evers was a bad way to start the week for the Bobcats, but with a couple of tough games to come after that BCA responded extremely well with a 63-60 victory over East New York Family Academy in a game that saw Deon McLaughlin '20 score 31 in the win, and then it was a 60-56 non-league win against South Bronx Prep in the James Monroe MLK Showcase on Saturday. A road game against CHSAA A Division school Nazareth is coming up on Thursday in the Bobcats lone game of this week.
8) Achievement First (14-4)- After taking down William Maxwell with ease on Tuesday 91-32 it was a much tougher end to the week for Achievement First when they went to Juan Morel Campos on Thursday. They were trailing by 6 at the half but rallied down the stretch as Emmanuel Smith '20 had 21 points and 16 rebounds to help Achievement come back for a 73-68 win. No games this coming week for the Brooklyn B East team who will next play on the 28th against a goo Spring Creek Campus team.
9) South Bronx Prep (14-3)- With do it all guard Steven Turner '21 leading the way for the Cougars they good a pair of strong offensive outings overall in a 91-67 win over Bronx Early College Academy, and then it was a 78-68 road win at Jane Addams with Turner going with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the winning performance. It's one game coming up for South Bronx Prep this week when on Saturday they go to Queens to play in the Gotham Hoops Classic against a Long Island Class B power in Center Moriches.
10) Fannie Lou Hamer (17-2)- Congratulations are in order for Panthers coach Marc Skelton who on Thursday won his 300th career game in Fannie Lou's 92-52 win over Hyde Leadership with senior Anthony Rose '20 going for 28 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Now winners of 6 in a row, the Panthers will look to keep the good play going in the non-league this week when they play their only game on the road on Saturday against a Beacon team that are among the best in Class A this season.