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2018-19 New York City boys basketball (through Jan. 26)
   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) St. Raymond (16-4)- Further taking grip of the top spot in the NYC rankings 
are the Ravens who had close, yet impressive wins in their three games this 
past week. They downed Msgr. Scanlan 73-69 last Sunday in a game that saw St. 
Ray's trail most of the way but found a way to win late. Next was one of the 
WCAC's best in Bishop O'Connell from Virginia on Monday at the Big Apple Invi-
tational in a game that saw Luis Kortright '20 named Game MVP as the Ravens 
took a 75-68 victory. Friday then saw a trip to Iona Prep, and with Gary Grant 
'20 scoring a career high 41 points it was St. Raymond leaving with a 70-66 
win. It's just one game coming up this week for the Ravens who will hit the 
road again on Friday to take on a very improved Mount St. Michael team.

2) Bishop Loughlin (17-1)- Two road games and two wins for the Lions who had a 
tricky trip to St. Francis Prep on Tuesday in a game that saw neither team ever 
lead by more than 5 points throughout, but with Julian Champagnie '19 leading 
all scorers with 32 points he helped Loughlin come away with a 68-64 win. A big 
rivalry game on the road at Xaverian came next on Friday and from the start 
this one was all Lions as Justin Champagnie '19 had 26 points and 13 rebounds 
as Bishop Loughlin controlled throughout in what would be a 72-54 victory. Next 
for the Lions will be a Sunday road game at Archbishop Molloy before a big 
battle in Queens on Friday night against Christ the King in a must see showdown.

3) South Shore (19-3)- Showing a lot of resilience, the Vikings fell behind by 
double digits early in the third quarter but responded with a major comeback as 
led by the 21 points of Kadary Richmond '19 and the 16 points and 14 rebounds 
of Isaiah Richards '19, South Shore came away with a 61-58 victory on Monday 
against Cardinal Hayes in the South Shore MLK Classic. That was the first of two 
wins this week as the Vikings downed Boys & Girls 57-47 on Friday in a game that 
saw South Shore get off to a slowish start, but came on late for the victory. 
It's a one game slate for the Vikings this week as on Tuesday they will go on 
the road to face off with Abraham Lincoln.

4) Cardinal Hayes (15-4)- It was the Game of the Week as the Cardinals went to 
South Shore to play the Vikings in the South Shore MLK Classic last Monday. 
Seemingly in firm control, Cardinal Hayes were up by as many as 14 in the second 
half before a fourth quarter rally allowed the Vikings to pull out a 61-58 win 
over the Cardinals who were paced by Jaylen Murray '20 and his 26 points. Rally-
ing back from the loss though, Hayes were able to go to White Plains on Friday 
and down Archbishop Stepinac 63-49 in a game that had Joe Toussaint '19 score 19 
points. Sunday will see the Cardinals go to Staten Island to take on St. Peter's 
is a tricky league contest, then it will be a Tuesday road test at St. Francis 
Prep before a Saturday evening non-league matchup against Class A power Nazareth.

5) Thomas Jefferson (17-5)- In another one of the offensive displays that the 
Orange Wave have put together this season, Kareem Welch '19 had 34 points and 
15 rebounds while Kevin Tabb '20 added 17 points as Jefferson took down George 
Westinghouse on Friday 104-63 in a blowout win that saw them score 59 first half 
points to run away for the easy victory. Going on the road in their only game 
this coming week, Thomas Jefferson will head out to take on Boys & Girls in a 
game that the Orange Wave will need to keep their hopes of a Brooklyn AA title 

6) Christ the King (10-7)- Without playing last week the Royals move up a couple 
spots and look to try and get back on track even though they will still be with-
out Moussa Cisse '21 and Quaran McPherson '20 for the foreseeable future because 
of injuries. They still have a good amount of talent though it's unproven talent 
besides Ryan Myers '20 who has stepped up his productivity in the past couple 
weeks. A big Sunday trip to Xaverian awaits Christ the King as they look to get 
revenge on an early season loss to the Clippers, and then it will be home games 
against Holy Cross and Bishop Loughlin on Tuesday and Friday respectively in what 
will be a busy three game week ahead.

7) Brooklyn Collegiate (12-6)- Playing at the South Shore MLK Classic on Sunday 
evening the Lions took on Wings Academy in what many anticipated would be one of 
the games of the weekend but it was ultimately all Brooklyn Collegiate as Glen 
Anderson '19 had 19 points as the Lions made easy work of Wings 72-49. After 
that it was back to league play on Friday as Brooklyn Collegiate squared off 
worth Abraham Lincoln. It wasn't easy as they game went to OT, but with 11 
points and 14 rebounds coming from big man Erlyn Ramirez '19 the Lions were able 
to pull out a 75-72 win to move up the rankings this week. On Sunday, Brooklyn 
Collegiate will head to Msgr. Scanlan to play in the Crusaders Invitational, and 
then on Tuesday its a road game at Eagle Academy II in their final game of a 
two-game week.

8) Msgr. Scanlan (8-8)- When you look at the Crusaders record you may not think 
they are as good of a team as they are, but holding wins over Mount St. Michael, 
Christ the King and Xaverian so far this season, while also losing to Cardinal 
Hayes and St. Raymond's in close contests, it shows just how truly competitive 
Scanlan is with 4 of their 8 losses coming out of league against national com-
petition. Matt Mayers '19 has become one of the more productive players in the 
CHSAA this season and the Crusaders will look to keep proving those who doubt 
them wrong when on Sunday they host Brooklyn Collegiate as apart of their Cru-
saders Invitational, before a Tuesday home game with Mount. St. Michael rounds 
out Msgr. Scanlan's week.

9) Xaverian (14-4)- An up and down week any way you look at it, Xaverian nearly 
fell at home last Sunday when they needed a late rally to down St. Francis Prep 
60-58 in a game that saw lead guard Nick Folk '20 score 16 points, including 
the game winner late. Bishop Loughlin followed that one on Friday, and it was a 
rough start for the Clippers who fell behind by 13 points after one quarter and 
never were able to get back on track in what ended up as a 72-54 defeat. Hoping 
to rebound from that last loss will see Xaverian play host to Christ the King 
on Sunday in a big B/Q battle, and then it will be a road tilt up in New Ro-
chelle on Tuesday as the Clippers will take on Iona Prep.

10) Mount St. Michael (12-7)- After what could only be described as a disappoint-
ing start to the season 2019 has been very good for the Mountaineers as this week 
they defeated both Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep to run their winning 
streak to 7 games. Mount led from start to finish in a 72-63 win over the Stan-
ners in a game that saw Mike Green '19 lead with 21 points, and then it was a 
tighter game on the road against the Terriers but the Mountaineers were more than 
up to the task as they took a 64-61 victory. Looking to keep their impressive 
play going, Mount St. Michael will go on the road to take on Msgr. Scanlan on 
Tuesday, and then it's a major statement level game on Friday when the Moun-
taineers play host to our #1 ranked St. Raymond.

11) Thurgood Marshall Academy (15-4)- One of the teams that has really shot up 
late and come on and made sure to put themselves in the conversation for best 
teams in NYC, the Panthers went on the road on Friday to take on Wings Academy 
and cruised to a 74-54 win that saw George Varmah '19 had a 22-point, 10-re
bound performance for Thurgood Marshall. They then backed that win up on Satur-
day as TMA defeated Curtis at the Brown vs. Board of Education Showcase 75-71 
as the Panthers led nearly the entire way with Jaylen Denny '19 scoring a team 
high 21 points in the victory for Thurgood Marshall. In what will be TMA's only 
game this coming week the Panthers will host Gompers on Friday looking for 
seven league wins in a row.

12) St. Peter's (14-5)- It's now 6 wins in a row for the Eagles who this week 
defeated Holy Trinity in the non-league 66-48 as Chris Clancy '19 scored 26 
points from his point guard spot to lead the way in the victory, and then in 
Staten Island play on Friday it was St. Peter's going on the road and defeat-
ing Tottenville 78-48 as four Eagles were in double figures scoring led by 
Jamal Achille '19 who had 22 points. Sunday will see St. Peter's play their 
final league game of the season when they play host to Cardinal Hayes in a 
game that would send ripples through the CHSAA with a win, and then Saturday 
it's a non-league trip out to Long Island to take on Chaminade in the Eagles 
final game before the SIHSL playoffs.

13) Curtis (17-6)- Locking up the top seed this past week from the PSAL Staten 
Island Division for the upcoming SIHSL playoffs, the Warriors achieved a couple 
of big things over the past seven days as on Monday they played in the South 
Shore MLK Classic and demolished Cardozo 82-57 in a game that saw Darnell Askew 
'19 put up a career high 50 points, and then Askew backed that up on Friday in 
a Curtis win over CSI/McCown by scoring his 1,000th career point. Saturday did 
see the Warriors fall to Thurgood Marshall Academy 75-71 in the Brown vs. Board 
of Education Showcase. Just one game before the SIHSL postseason as this week 
will see Curtis go to St. Joseph by the Sea on Thursday.

14) McKee/Staten Island Tech (14-7)- With Curtis taking the first Class AA berth 
into the PSAL playoffs from Staten Island it's McKee/SIT who will be the other 
Staten Island representative in Class AA as in a winner take all game on Friday 
night the Seagulls got a last second winner from Kalique Mitchell '19 to down 
New Dorp, 52-51. It was a fantastic end to a fantastic regular season for MSIT 
as they are now done with their regular season and will await the upcoming 
SIHSL playoffs where they will be a top 4 seed before coming back to the PSAL 
AA playoffs that begin in a months time.

15) Cardozo (16-2)- A game that the Judges will like to forget is their 82-57 
loss to Curtis at the South Shore MLK Classic last Monday as the Judges had one 
of their worst defensive outings of the season and never were in it from start 
to finish. Friday did see Cardozo come back as Donte Howell '19 connected on a 
runner at the buzzer as he had 17 points to help the Judges to a 72-70 win over 
Springfield Gardens. Errol White '20 had a game high 19 points and 13 rebounds 
in the win for Cardozo who will next play on Tuesday at home against Francis 
Lewis in a battle for first place in the Queens AA, before a road game on 
Thursday against John Bowne finishes their week.



Class A 1) Brooklyn Law and Tech (17-3)- Without question the Jets solidified them- selves as the team to beat in the PSAL Class A this season as they capped off a 3-0 week on Saturday afternoon with a 60-48 victory over Lehman at the PSAL Class A Showcase in the Bronx. Joseph Pena '19 and Davonta Cook '19 paced Law and Tech to the win in a week that also saw them down The Dwight School at the South Shore MLK Classic on Sunday, along with James Madison on Friday in a league contest. Wednesday will see Brooklyn Law and Tech play host to Lafay- ette in a Brooklyn A6 league matchup that will be the only game of the week for the Jets. 2) Nazareth (13-4)- In their two games this past week the Kingsmen showed just how dangerous and potent an offensive team they could be, defeating University of New Jersey on Monday at the South Shore MLK Classic, 101-61, and then just as easily defeating Kennedy Catholic on the road in league play on Friday 93- 41. T.J. Morris '21 had 18 points in both games to lead Nazareth, but the re- turn of Tymell Stevenson '21 inside has given the Kingsmen a real two way force down low for the stretch run as he had a pair of double-doubles this week. Sun- day will see a stiff non-league test for Nazareth as they take on St. Bene- dict's in New Jersey at the Hand 2 Heart Invitational, then will go to Xavier in league on Wednesday, before another league road test on Friday at Msgr. McClancy, and then a AA non-league matchup on Saturday with Cardinal Hayes. 3) Fordham Prep (15-4)- The winning streak for the Rams is now up to 11 in a row as they were able to win a pair of home games this week over St. Joseph by the Sea and Adlai Stevenson, with the league matchup against Sea coming down to the wire as Matt Filipowski '21 had 15 points and 8 rebounds in a 52-49 vic- tory. Saturday saw Fordham Prep take on Collegiate School at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Fieldston, and with Avni Mustafaj '19 tallying 17 points the Rams capped off a perfect week with a 53-45 win. Looking to stay on the winning track Fordham Prep will have a tough road matchup on Tuesday against All Hallows before a pair of home games on Thursday and Saturday close out the week against Truman and Regis respectively. 4) Msgr. Farrell (14-3)- Having been idle for this past week the Lions will be busy in the week ahead with three games starting off with a big one on Sunday when Msgr. Farrell comes to the Bronx to take on All Hallows in a game with a ton implications on the CHSAA Class A playoff picture. Tuesday will then see the Lions host St. Edmund's Prep before a road game on Friday with one of their major Staten Island rivals in St. Joseph by the Sea. Led this season so far by Anthony Clemenza '19 and Matt Birnbach '20, it's a big next seven days for Msgr. Farrell who will be trying to cement themselves as a team to beat in the upcoming SIHSL and CHSAA playoffs. 5) All Hallows (12-6)- It was a quiet week for the Gaels who didn't take the court over the past seven days, which might be a good thing. They had played a lot of basketball early in 2019 and had lost 2 of their last 3 before this stretch without any games as they look to use this little break as a chance to get a second wind for the closing run of the season. Led by Nick Johnson '19 All Hallows will look to get going again on Sunday with a big home tilt against Msgr. Farrell, then on Tuesday they play host to Fordham Prep, with both games having major playoff seeding implications before a slightly easier game to close the week on Friday when the Gaels head up north to take on Kennedy Catholic. 6) Xavier (14-4)- Beginning the week with a convincing 88-45 victory over Ken- nedy Catholic on Monday, Friday brought us to one of the biggest and best rival- ries in New York City as the Knights played host to Regis. Even though it's a Class A vs. Class B matchup it's always a tight and close game when the two fierce rivals meet, with this year's contest being no different as it was Joseph McGrane '20 with 19 points as Xavier pulled out a 58-49 victory. Coming back 24 hours later the Knights were able to take a 50-45 win in OT over Poly Prep as McGrane again paced the way with 16 points. It's a home week ahead for Xavier as on Monday they will welcome in Msgr. McClancy, then it's a big Wednes- day showdown with league favorites Nazareth, before a date on Friday with Card- inal Spellman finishes out a busy week for the Knights. 7) New Dorp (14-4)- A team that teetered on the AA/A line all year as the top two finishers in the PSAL Staten Island Division go to Class AA, the Central Cougars took on McKee/Staten Island Tech on the road on Friday in a winner goes AA, loser goes A game. New Dorp looked like they had a chance to win down one in the closing seconds but a late no called on a drive by Latrell Thompson '19 ended the game with the Central Cougars on the wrong side of a 52-51 contest, pushing them into the top Class A spot out of Staten Island, but a team that holds wins over Curtis and MSIT, the two Class AA representatives, this season. A home game with Tottenville closes out New Dorp's regular season at home on Wednesday before the SIHSL playoffs begin. 8) Beacon (15-1)- With just one loss on the schedule earlier this month against FDA when the Blue Demons were missing a pair of starters, Beacon looks to once again be the real deal as on Saturday in Queens they were able to knock off Canarsie in the PSAL Class A Showcase, 64-58. Great outside shooter from both Michael O'Brien '20 and Samuel Pohlman '21, who had 21 and 20 points respect- ively for the Blue Demons, helped Beacon withstand a late charge and come away with the victory. A three game week awaits the Blue Demons now as on Wednesday they will go on the road to Graphics Campus followed by a pair of home games after that, on Friday against West 50th Street, and then a non-league on Satur- day against Susan Wagner. 9) Lehman (20-2)- The week began in strong fashion as the Lions got 20 points from Mekhi Purser '20 as Lehman took down Seward Park in a non-league contest at home on Monday, 61-54. That win bolstered their case as one of the best in the PSAL this season, though after a forfeit win on Friday against Longwood Prep the Lions were taken down by what many, including us, consider to be the best in Class A this season in Brooklyn Law and Tech 60-48 at the PSAL Class A Showcase in the Bronx. It was a tough loss but a loss that should help Lehman with motivation the rest of the way. The first NYC team to 20 wins, Lehman has just one game this week when on Monday they go on the road to take on a strong and talented Evander Childs. 10) Canarsie (15-3)- With as good of a backcourt duo in Khadafi Julio '19 and A'Mag Tate '20 leading the way the Chiefs looked like they were well on their way to being near the top of the PSAL this season. They defeated Millennium on the road on Friday afternoon 66-55 in league play and looked ready to take on Beacon at the PSAL Class A Showcase on Saturday in Queens. It didn't turn out the way Canarsie wanted though as even though they rallied back in the fourth to take a lead, the perimeter defense didn't hold up and the Chiefs fell 64-58 in a disappointing defeat. It's time now for Canarsie to show what they are made of in what will be a very busy week ahead as on Monday they travel to Til- den, then on Wednesday go on the road to a very good Transit Tech team. Friday will next have the Chiefs host Bushwick before a Saturday non-league date against top PSAL Class B school Achievement First ends the week.

Class B 1) Summit Academy (14-1)- It was a slow week for the Eagles who because of the PSAL Mid-Winter break had an idle seven day stretch here. They did maintain their top spot in the Class B rankings this week as their body of work is fan- tastic with an undefeated mark against Class B competition. The challenges for Summit will heat up this week as they will have 4 games in the next seven days, leading off on Monday with a road contest at Adams Street Academy in what could be a tricky test. A road game in New Jersey against Sinai Christian Academy then is up on Tuesday for the Eagles, with a game soon after that on Wednesday against Brooklyn Collaborative Studio ending their league slate of games for the season. Friday will see Summit step out of league as they go on the road to take on Achievement First in a strong contest between a pair of ranked teams. 2) Uncommon Charter (15-1)- In a game that has to be looked at as a win that could take a program to the next level, Uncommon was able to dethrone Arch- bishop Molloy of the CHSAA Class AA this past Monday as Joel Paisley '19 had 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 63-56 victory as apart of the Big North Shoot- out. The definition of a statement making win if their ever was one, the Sabers now without question are a team to reckon with the rest of the way as they have the depth, and the talent both inside and outside to make a major run at the PSAL title this season. Monday will see Uncommon go to William Maxwell before a Tuesday game against a strong Spring Creek Campus team 24 hours later closes out what is a two game week. 3) South Bronx Prep (19-2)- Paced by Jordan Agyemang '19 who had 24 points and 11 rebounds, the Cougars were a blue to rally past Grady for a 72-65 victory on Monday at the South Shore MLK Classic. It wasn't an easy one for South Bronx Prep who trailed most of the way in this one, but rallied back with a strong fourth quarter to seal the deal and remain in the #3 spot in this week's Class B rankings. It's a busy and big week ahead for South Bronx Prep as on Tuesday they go to Bronx United, and then will host Health Opportunities for Social Justice on Thursday. Saturday will be the big one though as the Cougars will head on the road to face off with Class AA school James Monroe in a huge test for what looks to be a very good South Bronx Prep team. 4) Fannie Lou Hamer (16-3)- With the Panthers having the past week off they have no doubt been in the gym readying themselves for what is sure to be a tough clos- ing stretch to the regular season as Fannie Lou Hamer fights for playoff position- ing and seeding the rest of the way. Led by Anthony Rose '20 and Frankie Williams '19, Fannie Lou will start this coming week on Tuesday with a road contest at Hyde Leadership. Thursday will then see the Panthers host Metropolitan before a Friday night non-league matchup in New Rochelle where Fannie Lou Hamer will take on CHSAA Class B school Salesian. 5) Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice (15-1)- Off since their dis- appointing 47-36 loss on the 19th at the James Monroe MLK Classic, the Jaguars have no doubt been stewing on what offensively was without question their worst performance of the season. Frantz Jean-Pierre '19 and Kevin Bimpey '19 lead the way for Law, Government, and Justice as they are tough in the paint and will look to lead the way and help get the Jaguars back on track this week when they host Frederick Douglass Academy III on Wednesday, and then it will be another home game on Friday against Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy to close out what is a two- game week. 6) Regis (12-2)- Easily defeating Moore Catholic 62-31 opened the week up for the Raiders, but it was Friday's nights road date against their archrivals from Xavier that was the main attraction of the seven day stretch here for Regis. It was a nip and tuck game most of the way against the Class A school, and even though Joe Manfredi '20 had 18 points it wasn't enough in a 58-49 loss. That sour feeling of defeat didn't last long though as Regis came back on Saturday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Class in the Bronx against one of the best in the NYSAIS this season in Dalton and with 21 from Manfredi took a 70-58 victory to get the Raiders back on the winning track. There are two games ahead this week for Regis who will travel to Sacred Heart on Tuesday, before a Saturday evening showdown against another of Class A's best in Fordham Prep. 7) Bathgate Educational Complex (11-2)- Flying under the radar a bit are the Bulldogs who have been a dominating team in the Bronx B2 so far this season, outside of their early season loss to Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice. A fairly young team that is led by junior Michael Boafo '20, Bathgate will play host this week in a pair of games to Comprehensive Model School on Wednesday and Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions on Friday as the Bulldogs will look to put together another strong week of play leading up to their rematch against Law, Government, and Justice coming up on Feb. 6. 8) Dalton (13-3)- Playing at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Fieldston on Saturday afternoon in their only game of the week the Tigers took on another Class B ranked team in Regis. It was a close game for nearly three quarter before the offense ran dry for Dalton as they would fall 70-58 to the Raiders in a game that saw Mark Engel '20 score 21 for the Tigers in defeat. Based off of their strong season to date as they are the leaders right now of the Ivy League, Dalton remains in the Top Ten but needs to put together a strong week here to stay as on Wednesday they will host a big one against second place River- dale, and then it will be another home game on Frdiay night against their main rivals in Trinity to finish out the week. 9) Achievement First (14-3)- Coming in at 11-2 in league play, Achievement First's only two losses come to our No. 2 Uncommon Charter team by a combined eight points showing that they can compete against some of the very best Class B has to offer. Solid in the non-league as well with 3 wins over Class A com- petition, and a loss to a ranked Class A team in Xavier by just 1 point, it's clear that they are very much deserving of a spot in the Top Ten this week and beyond with a strong resume a solid core of talent led by Jalen Fenton '19. The week ahead here will see Achievement First go on the road on Monday to face off against Teachers Prep before a pair of non-league games finish out the week, a home game on Friday against our No. 1 Summit Academy team, and then a road contest on Saturday against a ranked Class A squad in Canarsie. 10) Riverdale (13-2)- Some good moments and some not so good moments took place over the past seven days for the Falcons who opened up the week with a 57-45 loss on the road at Collegiate. That loss set Riverdale back a bit, though to their credit the Falcons did battle back with wins, on Friday over Fieldston 70-59 in a game that saw Noah Seeherman '20 score 18 to lead all scorers in the victory, and then again on Saturday at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic over Rye Country Day 50-45 in a game that saw Sam Klores '20 pace the team with 14 points in the win. A big one for first place in the Ivy League awaits on Wednesday when Riverdale goes on the road to take on Dalton in the only game of the week for the young and talented Falcons.

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