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:
1) St. Raymond (20-4)- The CHSAA Archdiocese of New York playoffs are underway and the Ravens didn't have to play in the quarterfinals as they earned the #1 seed and advanced with a bye into Tuesday's semifinal round. There they will face off with Msgr. Scanlan, a team they defeated comfortably last week to finish out the regular season but a team that roughly three weeks ago they lost to as well. A win on Tuesday though would put St. Ray's into the Archdiocese title game to be played on Saturday.
2) South Shore (19-8)- Finally this week the Vikings will get back into action as after winning the PSAL Brooklyn Borough Championship it will be two weeks off before South Shore, the #1 seed in the PSAL City Playoffs takes to the floor again. That time will come on Friday though when the Vikings take on either Harry Truman or Queens H.S. of Teaching in the Round of 16 as they look to advance and secure themselves a berth into the quarterfinals.
3) Cardinal Hayes (17-8)- As the season has progressed the youth of the Cardinals have started to come of age, and with the veterans shining bright as well it is no shock to see them having risen to among the best of the best in New York. Hayes easily ran past St. Peter's 58-41 in the CHSAA Archdiocese of New York quarterfinals on Sunday and will look to keep that momentum going on Tuesday with a semifinal matchup against Archbishop Stepinac before a possible Saturday title game date.
4) John Bowne (23-4)- Having been limited by injuries the Wildcats went into this past weekend's LuHi Invitational shorthanded, but they did hang close for three quarters against Albany Academy before falling in their opener 78-60. Bowne did rally in the consolation game by defeating Lehman 54-52 in game that saw three Wildcat players unable to play. They will hope to get heathy quickly this week as a PSAL City Playoff matchup against either Curtis or Abraham Lincoln awaits on Friday for the #4 seed.
5) Wings Academy (17-7)- The champions of the PSAL Bronx Borough Championships, Wings are the #7 seed in the PSAL City Playoffs, a seed lower than many would've thought or anticipated but still you have to look at their positioning and be confident in a solid playoff run if things break there way. They have been playing much better basketball over the past month and Wings will look to keep that going on Thursday when they take on Brooklyn Collegiate in an intriguing PSAL Round of 16 battle with Wings looking for another quarterfinal appearance.
6) St. Francis Prep (16-8)- For the first time in what could possibly be decades the Terriers are the #1 seed in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan playoffs. They fell in their final regular season game on the road this past Tuesday to Cardinal Hayes in a close one 72-65 but have proven nearly all season long they are team with young talent and a good amount of depth to make a deep postseason run. Wednesday will get their playoff stretch going as they will meet in the diocese semifinals against either Holy Cross or Archbishop Molloy before a possible title game contest on Friday.
7) Benjamin Cardozo (24-1)- Undefeated for 24 straight to start the season the Judges took a bad loss in the PSAL Queens Borough Playoffs losing at home in the quarterfinals to H.S. for Construction by 16. They still earned the #2 seed in the PSAL City Playoffs but to many Cardozo are the most vulnerable among the top seeds entering the win or go home postseason stretch. They will open things up on Friday by playing host to either Canarsie of James Monroe in the Round of 16 in a game that the Judges hope will get them back on the right track.
8) WHEELS (18-9)- As the #3 seed in the PSAL City Playoffs and coming off of a Manhattan Borough Championship the expectations are now extremely high for the Wolves who are as good on the perimeter and from the outside as maybe any team entering the postseason. They have confidence on their side as well which should bode well for the Washington Heights school as they begin their trek on Friday will a home game in the Round of 16 against either Susan Wagner or H.S. for Construction.
9) Christ the King (14-9)- Earlier in the season the Royals were looked at as a team on the decline as they lost their first two league games of the season with things not really improving until later on in January. Things have now started to click for Christ the King though as even though they enter the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Playoffs as the #3 seed they are as dangerous as anyone and a team no one will want to face. Monday will see them take on Bishop Loughlin in the diocese quarterfinals before possible dates on Wednesday and Friday in their run to another Diocesan title.
10) Msgr. Scanlan (14-11)- Since the Crusaders have gotten healthy it's been as if they are a new team now full of confidence and playing at a much higher level than at any other part in the season. That has allowed them to win 6 of their last 7 and take down Iona Prep on Sunday in the CHSAA Archdiocese of New York quarterfinals as Scanlan broke open a tight game late to knock off the Gaels 70-62. That will Msgr. Scanlan into Tuesday's semifinals against #1 St. Raymond, and with an upset there it would be a Saturday title game date for the upstart Crusaders.
11) Boys & Girls (18-7)- One of the more fun and exciting teams to watch in the PSAL in a game in game out basis, the Kangaroos are a team that likes to play fast and push the pace making them one of the more tougher teams to go up against as demonstrated by winning the PSAL Brooklyn AA regular season title. They lost in the Brooklyn Borough semifinals though and would get the #6 seed in the PSAL City Playoffs as they will get going on Friday with a Round of 16 matchup against either Manhattan Center or Springfield Gardens.
12) Eagle Academy (18-9)- Starting out the PSAL Bronx Borough Championship's as the #1 seed, Eagle looked poised to lift that title once again this season but would be stymied by their rivals from Wings Academy in what would be a 49-40 loss which would hurt their chances of a top PSAL City Playoffs seed, with the Eagles ultimately landing in the #8 spot. That will mean Eagle Academy will play at home in the Round of 16 against Staten Island power McKee/Staten Island Tech with a win giving them possibly the #1 overall seed South Shore in the quarterfinals.
13) Thurgood Marshall Academy (17-8)- Much like Eagle Academy had the chance to be among the top 3-4 seeds in the PSAL City Playoffs with a Borough Championship, Thurgood Marshall had a very similar situation as they only had WHEELS in their way. The Panthers defeated WHEELS during the regular season two times but faltered in the Manhattan Championship Game which would push them down to the #5 seed in the City Playoffs with a likely Round of 16 matchup against Brooklyn AA power Thomas Jefferson to come on Friday evening in Harlem.
14) Brooklyn Collegiate (16-10)- If you can just judge Brooklyn Collegiate by the times they had their full lineup together then the Lions lost just 2 games all year against New York City competition. They are among the elite of the five boroughs for sure, but they fell just too much with one or two key pieces out of the lineup which hurt them with their PSAL City Playoffs seed as well as Brooklyn Collegiate are the #10 seed and will have to go on the road on Thursday to Wings Academy in the Round of 16 in one of the more eagerly anticipated contests of the week.
15) Xaverian (17-7)- After looking as if they were the clear best team in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens side for much of the year, a late season slide sent the Clippers out of the top spot as they are the #2 seed entering the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Playoffs. Even though Xaverian didn't earn the #1 seed they still as the #2 will get an opening round bye straight into Wednesday's quarterfinals where they will more than likely see Christ the King, with the winner of that going to play for the championship come Friday night.
1) Benjamin Banneker (25-2)- The overwhelming favorite in the PSAL City Playoffs in Class A coming off of their run to the Brooklyn Borough Championship game where they knocked off both Thomas Jefferson and Boys & Girls during their run, the Warriors will have the target on their backs from here on out as they are the #1 seed and will get their quest toward a title going this Friday when Banneker plays host to either Bronx United or Port Richmond in the Round of 32.
2) Murry Bergtraum (21-5)- Much like Banneker, another team with a ton of expectations as the PSAL City Playoffs get rolling this week are the Blazers as they are one of the higher scoring teams in the league going over 100 points 7 times this season. They made it to the Manhattan Borough Semifinals where they led most of the way against eventual