done which is exactly what you can say happened for the Bulldogs as Damir Brooks '20 had 19 points, including two big buckets down the stretch, to lead KIPP to a 58-57 hard fought win at the home of the Brooklyn Nets. As tough a way to start 2020 as possible, the Bulldogs will get back into league play three times this week when they play Taft, Adlai Stevenson, and Evander Childs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then it will be two more non-leagues on Saturday and Sunday against our #1 Class A team in Banneker and Francis Lewis of the PSAL Queens AA to really test KIPP this week.
3) Bedford Academy (13-2)- As high scoring and potent an offense as you will find, the Panthers came into 2020 with a big time performance against Boerum Hill on Friday as Ethan Edwards '20 had 27 points to pace a 102-70 win for Bedford. Three other Panthers players made it to the double figures mark including Jordan Newsome '21 who had 18 points and 11 rebounds. It will be a busy week coming up for Bedford Academy as well as on Wednesday they will go to Brooklyn Law & Tech before hosting Millennium on Friday. Saturday will then see the Panthers play in The Post Invitational will a non-league matchup against Mekeel Christian Academy out of Section 2.
4) St. Edmund Prep (7-3)- Hosting what many considered to be the best team in the CHSAA Class A Division on Friday in Msgr. Farrell, the Eagles put the rest of the league on notice as Shemar Latty '20 had 24 points to lead all scorers in helping St. Edmund to a 67-66 home OT victory over the Lions. It was as strong a second half effort as the Eagles could've hoped for as they rallied from a halftime deficit to come back and come away with the victory. A couple more home league contests are up next this week with Xavier coming to Brooklyn on Tuesday in a battle of ranked teams before a Friday contest where the Eagles will host Msgr. McClancy.
5) Msgr. Farrell (9-2)- Coming home after winning the KSA Holiday Tournament in Florida where they defeated another New York team in New Rochelle for the championship, it was the Lions going to Brooklyn on Friday to take on St. Edmund Prep in a marquee battle of top Class A schools. Farrell behind the 22 points of Justin Zieris '20 looked to be in control early on but the Eagles regained the lead late and were able to shock Farrell 67-66 in OT to hand them their first league loss of the year. It was a disappointing result for Farrell who will now look to regroup this week when they face off against Msgr. McClancy, then it's a pair of road games to close things out with a trip to Nazareth set for Friday, and then it's to the Bronx to take on Fordham Prep on Sunday.
6) Murry Bergtraum (10-2)- Going up to Albany to take on Class A power Albany Academy was not any easy task, and while Bergtraum made it look semi-close late it was really all Cadets as Dior Davis '21 did all he could for the Blazers but the hosts proved to be far too tough in a 94-73 loss for Murry Bergtraum. Against PSAL Manhattan A competition it's been the Blazers making things look easy which is why league games this week against East Harlem Pride and Washington Irving shouldn't prove to be much of an issue, though Saturday's contest with Rome Free Academy out of Section 3 in The Post Invitational definitely looks to be a game to watch.
7) Beacon (14-1)- In the Blue Demons first game of 2020 they played host to Percy Sutton in league play on Friday. It was a tougher game than many probably expected with Beacon leading throughout just by single digits but when push came to shove it was Samuel Pohlman '21 coming up biggest as 11 of his 18 points came in the second half to help the Blue Demons to a 61-56 victory. It may not have been pretty but Beacon once again got the job done with league games this week against Harlem Village Academy and Fiorello LaGuardia, with non-league games mixed in on Wednesday at Fort Hamilton, and then on Saturday at The Post Invitational against top NYC Class B team Achievement First.
8) Graphics Campus (13-1)- Coming into the New Year in style, Graphics Campus hosted Harlem Village Academy on Friday and made easy work of them with the 49ers rolling to an 84-52 victory as Damani Claxton '20 had 23 points and 11 assists in a great individual performance to pace Graphics. With their only loss coming back in November to our #7 Beacon team the 49ers will look to stay perfect this week against H.S. for Environmental Studies in a league game on Friday, but before and after will be non-league contest with one at home against Walton from the Bronx coming on Wednesday, and then it will be a date with Midwood on Saturday at the PSAL A Division Showcase.
9) Erasmus Hall (10-2)- Over the past seven days the Dutchmen have been off preparing for what will be a busy and tough start to the 2020 campaign. They closed out 2019 strong though with a Class AA victory over Samuel Gompers at the Queens Jam Christmas Classic and led by Cosby Napolean '22 it will be a solid three game slate to open this year with a pair of league games on the road set for Wednesday and Friday against Dr. Susan McKinney and Harry Van Arsdale before a matchup with another Class AA opponent in H.S. for Construction on Sunday at the loaded field of The Post Invitational.
10) Xavier (7-2)- Entering the rankings this week are the Knights who went out to Arizona over the holiday's and came back winners of the Cactus Jam Holiday Classic. They got three impressive wins over teams from Arizona, Washington, Pennsylvania en route to the title. Blair Thompson '21 was named Tournament MVP as the junior averaged over 18 points per game over the tournament to lead Xavier to the championship. It's back to the grind of league play now for the Knights who this week will have a pair of tough road games against St. Edmund Prep on Tuesday before going to their Manhattan rivals from LaSalle on Friday to finish out a two game week.
1) Uncommon Charter (12-0)- For the first time this season the Ahzariah Douglas '20 led Sabers take their place at the #1 spot in this week's Class B rankings. As complete a team as you will find, Uncommon are just continuing to build off of what was a great season a year ago as they are pushing themselves into the category of clear favorites in the PSAL B Division this season. It's more than just Douglas that's carrying the Sabers this season, and while they have been off now for a couple of weeks the action will get underway again on Tuesday with a road game at Spring Creek Campus. Another road game will follow that on Thursday at Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance before a tough non-league game at The Post Invitational awaits on Saturday against a Class AA power from the Capital Region in Green Tech.
2) Brooklyn College Academy (12-1)- We mentioned here last week that a road game against Adams Street Academy was going to tell us a lot about just how good this season's Bobcats team was. They passed that tough test with flying colors proving that BCA is no doubt for real this season as Deon McLaughlin '20 continues to show he is among Class B's best talents with a 31 point, 10 rebound game in the Bobcats 71-59 win over Adams. Wednesday will see another very tough contest though for Brooklyn College Academy as they will host our #4 Summit Academy team before finishing the week out on Friday on the road against Clara Barton.
3) Poly Prep (5-2)- After giving Brooklyn Collegiate all they could handle in an OT loss a couple weeks back, the Blue Devils got another chance to prove themselves against a big time Class AA opponent this past Saturday at the Real Scout Jamboree when they took on John Bowne. This time it was all Bowne though as the AA team got out in front quickly and never gave Poly Prep a chance to get back in the game as even with Max Ragusa '22 scoring 19 points it was the Wildcats who knocked off the Blue Devils 70-51. It's back to Class B competition now this week as on Wednesday it will be Poly going on the road to face CHSAA foe Regis before a big home date on Friday night against their big Ivy League rivals in Riverdale.
4) Summit Academy (13-4)- Friday saw Summit return to action as the 2020 part of their season got underway with a home game against East New York Family Academy. Jordan Council '20 put up a season high 30 points though, with Donte Howard '20 adding 22 points of his own as the Eagles won a high scoring 87-71 affair over ENY. An extremely potent offense, Summit will look to keep that play going when on Wednesday they hit the road for quite possibly their biggest game of the season when they take on our #2 Brooklyn College Academy team in a game with major playoff implications out of the PSAL Brooklyn B West Division.
5) South Bronx Prep (11-2)- While most teams are getting into the meat of their league play slate starting this week, the Cougars are a bit of a different case as they will still wait until the 15th to take the court again meaning almost a month between PSAL Bronx B3 league contests. It's a bit of a quirk in the scheduling this season for the Steven Turner '21 led team that still has some big matchups to come this season against the likes of Jane Addams, Lehman, and Class AA Bronx school James Monroe, a team that South Bronx Prep defeated during the regular season a year ago.
6) Dalton (8-1)- The last time anyone saw the Tigers on the hardwood it was just before Christmas when they were defeating both Berkeley Carroll and Rye Country Day to win the Rye Country Day Holiday Tournament. It was a great way to go into the break but now it's time to get back to business for one of the team's expected to compete for the Ivy League and NYSAIS Class B titles this season. Friends Seminary on the road is first up on Monday for Dalton, with three more awaiting after that on Wednesday against Collegiate, Friday at home against Dwight, and then a Saturday afternoon meeting with Trinity in a busy four game week for the Tigers.
7) Achievement First (9-3)- After what had to be considered something of a slow start to the year, Achievement has turned things up with a great finish to 2019 as they made quick work of their last three league opponents in winning by an averaging of 42 points in the final three games of the year. Nyah Sam '20 has been Achievement First's go to player all season long and the start of their 2020 schedule should be no different as this week it will be 4 big games for Sam and his team with Teachers Prep up first at home on Tuesday, then it's two more home games with Prospect Heights out of league on Wednesday before another league date on Thursday with Science Skills Center, and then on Saturday to finish the week it will be a game at The Post Invitational against Class A power Beacon to surely test this Achievement First team.
8) Academy of American Studies (9-2)- We welcome the Eagles into the rankings for the first time this season as they put together a statement road victory just before 2019 ended as American Studies went on the road and knocked off Maspeth 47-40 behind the 20 points and 13 rebounds of senior big man Amit Singh '20. It was a win that puts the Eagles in firm possession of first place in the PSAL Queens B West, and with games to come this Tuesday on the road at Baccalaureate School for Global Education, and on Thursday at home against Academy for Careers in Television and Film, it's just a couple more opportunities for the Eagles to flex their muscles the favorites in their division.
9) Riverdale (8-1)- Heading down to the Sunshine State for the Rock Holiday Classic this past weekend, the Falcons proved to be the best of the best by defeating Orangewood Christian of Florida 67-57 in the quarterfinals, then it was a 53-47 win over St. John Paul II of Florida in the semifinals, before getting a thrilling OT victory over Madison Southern of Kentucky for the championship. Sam Klores '20 was named Tournament MVP while Reid Slott '20 was named to the All-Tournament Team as well. The trip to Florida and the tournament title has to give Riverdale a ton of confidence coming back to New York where they will get back going on Friday with a massive road Ivy League contest against a strong Poly Prep team in one of the sure fire Game's of the Week.
10) Maspeth (9-3)- Losing just before Christmas to Academy of American Studies in Queens B West league play was not the result that the Argonauts wanted but if anything maybe it was a bit of a wake up call for Maximillan Egner '20 and his Maspeth team as last Monday they played host out of league to longtime Class B power Fannie Lou Hamer, and from start to finish it was all Egner as the senior had 29 points to nearly outscore Fannie Lou by himself in an impressive 53-30 win for the Argonauts. That victory will give Maspeth confidence as it's back to league play for them with a road game on Tuesday at Academy for Careers in Television and Film getting their 2020 run started before a Thursday home date with Frank Sinatra School of the Arts ends a two game week for the Argonauts.