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2018-19 New York City boys basketball (Final)
   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) Cardinal Hayes (4-0)- It's been a fantastic start to the new season for the 
Cardinals, who look to be the early favorite in the CHSAA. They have a deep 
backcourt led by Iowa commit Joe Toussaint and junior guard Jaylen Murray, but 
also have more size than any Cardinal Hayes team in recent memory. They already 
hold wins over defending CHSAA and Federation champ Archbishop Stepinac and 
Long Island power Chaminade, with the week ahead seeing them take on Mount St. 
Michael and Iona Prep in a pair of league matchups.

2) South Shore (4-1)- Having lost their opening game of the year to a nationally 
ranked opponent from Georgia when the Vikings went down to the Peach State just 
after Thanksgiving, South Shore has been making quick work of PSAL opposition. 
They defeated one of their main competitors in the Brooklyn AA this season in 
Brooklyn Collegiate by 15 points this past Tuesday. The tough games just keep on 
coming though as the Vikings get Christ the King in a non-league date on Sunday 
followed by George Westinghouse and Boys and Girls in league play during the week.

3) Christ the King (1-0)- In the Royals' season opener they were able to go on the 
road on Friday and handily defeat Holy Cross 83-59 in a game that saw a lot of the 
young guards make statements. led by the 21 points of sophomore Sterling Jones. 
The schedule picks up in a major way this week though as they get South Shore of 
the PSAL on Sunday at the Barclays Center in a non-league date, and then it's a 
trip to defending CHSAA and Federation champions Archbishop Stepinac on Friday 
night in a game that should be a good barometer for the Royals' chances in the 
league this season.

4) Brooklyn Collegiate (3-1)- Coming off a 61-46 defeat to South Shore on Tuesday, 
the Lions really opened a lot of eyes around New York City on Thursday when they 
went on the road and knocked off Thomas Jefferson 86-85 in a game that saw guard 
Majesty Johnson lead the way with 20 points, while three other players added 
double-doubles. On Saturday evening they followed that up with a blowout non-
league win over Eagle Academy from the Bronx by 22. Next up will be Boys and Girls, 
Robeson, and Abraham Lincoln on the docket for the week ahead.

5) Wings Academy (4-0)- A perfect start to the season for the Wings as the Bronx AA 
power that fell just short of another borough title a year ago looks primed to get 
back to the top this time around. They have four league wins to open the year with 
big man Marquel Jackson averaging a double-double. A test on Tuesday awaits as 
Wings hosts Eagle Academy in a battle of the best in the Bronx this season. Also, a 
non-league clash with St. Raymond's of the CHSAA is coming up Saturday to close out 
the week.

6) Thomas Jefferson (2-2)- It is nothing short of a tremendous start to the new sea-
son for Kareem Welch as the senior forward already has a 50-point/21-rebound perform-
ance in a win over Eagle Academy II. Though they have lost their last two games to 
New York powers Brooklyn Collegiate and Long Island Lutheran by a combined four 
points, it shows that the Orange Wave can compete with anyone. It's just a matter of 
time until they get over the hump in the close ones and show they are among NYC's 
best once again.

7) Bishop Loughlin (1-0)- Opening up the season just over a week ago now, the Lions 
went up to the Bronx to take on perennial power St. Raymond's. Loughlin was short-
handed, playing without a pair of usual starters, but it didn't matter as the length 
and athleticism of the Lions won out. With Jaheim Young in the backcourt, Loughlin 
pulled out a hard-fought 62-59 victory to get the season off on the right foot. 
Things should only get harder as Archbishop Stepinac comes to Brooklyn on Sunday in 
the Lions' home opener. Also ahead are games vs. St. Francis Prep and Holy Cross.

8) St. Peter's (3-0)- Playing on the night before Thanksgiving against tradional for
Curtis meant a packed house at the College of Staten Island. Jamal Achille would come 
out and take the game over in the second half for the Eagles as they pulled away late 
for a 64-55 victory. With wins after that over McKee/Staten Island Tech and Monsignor
Farrell, St. Peter's has wins against three of the toughest Staten Island opponents 
they will face. A home game with Monsignor Scanlan is on Sunday, and then the Eagles 
get New Dorp and St. Joseph by the Sea in two more Island matchups.

9) Xaverian (4-0)- Starting the season down in Maryland playing in the Good Counsel 
Xaverian Classic, the Clippers defeated Indian Creek, St. Mary's Ryken, and KIPP, 
all three from the Washington, D.C., area to bring the trophy back to Brooklyn. It 
was a good start to the season, giving Xaverian momentum heading into league play, 
which starts up on Sunday with a home game against St. Raymond's and continues on 
Tuesday and Friday against Holy Cross and St. Francis Prep in a pair of Brooklyn/
Queens clashes.

10) Msgr. Scanlan (1-2)- Another team that left the NYC area to begin its season, 
the Crusaders went to Texas and lost to Guyer (TX), before going to the Windy City 
and losing to Hillcrest (IL). It was two tough losses but it was two losses that may 
have prepared them for their CHSAA opener as Scanlan went on the road on Friday and 
knocked off Stepinac 86-78 behind the 32 points of Kobe Brea. That result opened the 
eyes of many about the potential of the Crusaders this season. They will look to 
keep up their fine play when they go on the road to take on St. Peter's on Sunday in 
what will be Scanlan's only game of the week.



Class A 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (6-0)- It's business as usual as the Jets graduated one Division 1 player and a pair of players now of the Division 2 level and look to not be missing a beat. Law and Tech has won three of four league games so far by 50-plus points while also having defeated Class AA James Monroe by 19 at a holiday tourn- ament a couple weeks back. This week will be the most challenging yet for the Jets as they will see two other ranked teams in Canarsie and Bedford Academy, which should tell us a lot about just how good Davonta Cook and the rest of Brooklyn Law are this season. 2) All Hallows (3-0)- A dream start to the season for All Hallows, which for the first time has dropped down into the A Division in the CHSAA. It was a bittersweet and tough decision to make but so far it's paid dividends as the Gaels went to play Class AA St. Raymond's shocked their Bronx rivals 63-56. Having also defeated new league opponents LaSalle Academy and Kennedy Catholic, Nick Johnson has carried his All Hallows team to one of their best starts in recent memory. A big test on the road at Nazareth awaits on Friday in what should be a good one from Brooklyn. 3) Nazareth (2-0)- Dwayne "Tiny" Morton has come over from Abraham Lincoln in the PSAL to take charge of the Kingsmen and added a number of transfers led by T.J. Morris. It has meant that Nazareth isn't just one of the top teams in Class A, but a team that could compete with just about anybody. The Kingsmen have downed both Cardinal Spellman and Fordham Prep to open, with dates this week against St. Ed- mund's Prep on Tuesday and then the big one against All Hallows on Friday in what will be the only regular-season matchup of the year between the CHSAA favorites. 4) Canarsie (4-0)- He may be one of the top recruits in the country on the football side, but Adisa Isaac is off to a tremendous start on the hardwood as well. He has a pair of 30-plus point games, while also grabbing double-digit rebounds in three of the Chiefs' first four games. They haven't really been tested yet with a late scare against Midwood the only game that has been within 30 points, though with Brooklyn Law and Tech on the schedule on Friday evening there will be a lot decided in terms of the best in the Brooklyn A. 5) Seward Park (5-0)- As another team that seems to be making quick work of opponent after opponent, the Bears are making an early-season statement that they are the class of the Manhattan A Division in the PSAL, having won all five of their games so far by at least 21 points. It's been a fairly balanced attack for Seward Park, which returns four starters from last year. Travon Mack has been very difficult for the opposition to contain, averaging over 20 points per game. A road date with Murry Bergtraum highlights a three-game week for the Bears, who will look to keep mowing teams down this week. 6) Msgr. Farrell (2-1)- Starting the season off with a blowout victory over St. Joseph by the Sea, the Lions then took on Curtis and jumped out to the early lead over the PSAL Staten Island power before falling behind. A late rally though, and a pair of clutch shots by Justin Zieris saw the Lions climb back and take the 50-49 victory. A loss to St. Peter's on the road did sting a bit to close the week, but by hanging close and losing just 53-48, Msgr. Farrell is showing to be a team to watch. Playing host to Kennedy Catholic on Tuesday is the Lions' only game of the week. 7) Lehman (4-0)- In the always tough Bronx A it's been Lehman standing out among the very best the past coupe of seasons, and this season looks to be no different. They have already knocked off three playoff teams from a year ago in Roosevelt Educational, Stevenson, and KIPP NYC College Prep to cement themselves as a league favorite. And while they did lose a considerable amount of talent from a year ago, the Lions have Devonte Cheatham back inside leading the way. Three home games are coming up this week but each of the three will be tough, especially Monday's match- up with Evander Childs, which is a battle for first early in the year. 8) Louis Brandeis (6-0)- The second Manhattan A team to make the top 10 so far, Brandeis has gotten off to a perfect start, including a 67-54 victory Saturday out on Long Island against a solid Valley Stream North. In league play, Brandeis has wins over Frederick Douglass Academy and Percy E. Sutton, with both victories coming on the road and led by the efforts of Jahdiel Wilson-Pimental, who is averaging over 25 points per game. With Beacon, Environmental Studies, and MLK Jr. on the schedule this week, though, the tests will be on for what does look to be a talented Bulldogs team. 9) Fordham Prep (1-2)- The Rams are the very definition of an up-and-down team thus far. They opened by going up to Scarsdale and fell in a heartbreaker 50-46. That was followed by a home date with AA rivals Iona Prep, and with 6-foot-9 sophomore Matthew Filipowski leading the way, Fordham Prep shocked the Gaels 67-66. A loss to Nazareth on Friday night by 15 gave the Rams their second early loss, but they have played as difficult a schedule as anyone. And with McClancy and two games at the Tappan Zee tournament upcoming, it's a chance for Fordham Prep to get some good wins in the up- coming days ahead. 10) Bedford Academy (3-0)- Going up against Frank Macchiarola wasn't easy for the Panthers, who too a 16-point lead and held on for a 60-58 win behind the 22 points of Ethan Edwards. But in their other two games against Boerum Hill School & Digital Tech it was nothing but smooth sailing, winning each game by 50-plus points as Bed- ford is off to another unbeaten run in league play. Brooklyn Law and Tech, a constant thorn in the Panthers' side, is next up on Monday before contests with Lafayette and Tilden finish out what will be a busy few days here for a young but very talented Bedford Academy group.

Class B 1) South Bronx Prep (4-0)- The cream of the crop early on this season in Class B, the Cougars' lowest point output to date has been their 89 points in their last game against Health Opportunities. They've gone for over 100 points twice so far. Jordan Agyemang will easily be one of the top scorers not just in the PSAL, but in all of New York this year as he has a pair of 40-plus point outings and is one of the top overall playmakers you will see. Up next for South Bronx Prep will be Jane Addams at home on Tuesday before a date with Archimedes/Maleska ends the week on Thursday. 2) Fannie Lou Hamer (5-1)- While the Panthers may have a non-league loss to Lawrence Woodmere Academy on their resume, Fannie Lou has otherwise been as dominant as could be to start the season. They have won their five games by an average of 48 points and have gotten excellent play in the backcourt from Frankie Williams, who is a do-it-all type. Dalton School in next in a non-league contest on Monday, Morrisania is then awaiting Fannie Lou in what should be a more competitive league contest on Tuesday, before another mismatch on paper on Thursday against Bronx United ends their week. 3) Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice (5-0)- Already owning a solid non- league win over Brooklyn College Academy in November, the Jaguars have been rolling past league opponents early on as well as they have dominated against the likes of Frederick Douglas Academy III, Albert Tuitt, and Bronx Leadership. Frantz Jean-Pierre has been a double-double machine and he will look to keep that up this week when Law, Government, and Justice faces off with a trio of opponents led by a home date with a tough Bathgate team. 4) Summit Academy (7-0)- A girls power on the basketball side for some time now, Summit looks to have put together one of the better boys teams this season and has non-league wins over a pair of Class A teams in Taft and Erasmus Hall. They have easily blown past all their league opponents, including a 66-60 victory over Adams Street Academy, which is always among the best in the Brooklyn B Division. Jeremiah Hewitt has paced the Eagles and he and his Summit team will look to keep the good play going this week when they take on Juan Morel Campos Secondary School and EBC/ Bushwick Leaders in a pair of league contests. 5) Dwight School (4-0)- When you are led by a pair of seniors in the backcourt in Dajuan Piper and Barry Evans, you have to feel comfortable about playing against anyone. And the Lions look like a team that can thrive against anyone as shown early on this season with their wins over Collegiate and Staten Island Academy on the road, along with home victories over Packer and Trinity. The Dwight School also has a lot of length inside, which should come into play this week when they host a pair of non-league games against Lawrence Woodmere Academy and The Knox School on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, in what should be two very tough battles. 6) Uncommon Charter (5-0)- One of the top defensive teams in Class B at the start of the season, Uncommon Charter has two games where they haven't given up more than 17 points, an impressive number regardless of the competition level. They are an aggressive team that forces a good number of turnovers, while also getting strong interior play from Doran Williams around the rim. A big league contest is up next as the Sabers will face off with Spring Creek Campus on Tuesday before another tough game against Leon Goldstein comes up on Wednesday to close out what should be a challenging week. 7) Maspeth (6-1)- Even though the Argonauts have a loss to Portledge, a Long Island power with a lot of impressive young talent, Maspeth is comfortably rolling over Queens B PSAL competition, winning all four of their league games by 40-pus points. They have a blowout win over Taft, a Class A school, and are looking strong on both sides of the ball, led by Max Egner who is long and athletic and a true dominating force offensively and defensively. Aviation and John Glenn are non-league foes this week for the Argonauts, with a league contest also coming up midweek against a solid Newcomers team. 8) Dalton (4-0)- Getting the season going in style by winning their own tournament with victories over Grace Church and Packer, the Tigers have continued to step up the level of play since then. They took down Friends Seminary on Wednesday, and then most impressively were able to beat Rye Country Day 82-80 in overtime on Friday. As the regular season champions of the Ivy League, Dalton is once again among the fav- orites to take home the crown again and will look to stay undefeated when they host Fannie Lou Hamer in the non-league on Monday, before matchups in league against Hackley and Horace Mann await to close out a three game week. 9) Bathgate Educational Complex (5-0)- A team that hasn't seen much time in the top 10 as of late, Bathgate is putting together one of its best starts to the season in part because of the play of Jeffrey Agyeman, who has been a versatile weapon. He plays just about every position on the floor and makes a difference anywhere he is put. It's been a strong start but on Wednesday you can expect Bathgate to be tested for the first time when they go to Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice in a matchup of ranked teams before another road game against Info and Network Tech finishes the week out on Friday. 10) Spring Creek Campus (6-0)- Unlike most of the other teams ranked here, Spring Creek hasn't necessarily been blowing teams out but has played a quality schedule with wins over Leon Goldstein and East New York Family a part of their record. Donovan White has been the Ravens' top scorer in each game so far this season, in- cluding in a victory over Class A Frank Macchiarola. Uncommon Charter is next up on Tuesday in a ranked teams battle, before another tough one against Medgar Evers on Thursday finishes the week out for Spring Creek.

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