4- Paul Robeson (15-0)- Four more road games for this without a home gym Robeson team this past week meant four more wins as they drove past Midwood 51-36, Lafayette 56-38, and Telecommunication in the final league game of the week with ease 86-46. Six Eagles made it to double digits scoring in the Telecommunication win led by the 17 of Jamel Johnson. A non-league game against Thurgood Marshall of the Manhattan AA meant a huge statement win with Kentrell Evans scoring 16 and grabbing 13 rebounds in a 64-53 win on Saturday. With that huge win under the Eagles belts they will look to keep it going when on Wednesday they go to William Grady before going to Uncommon Charter on Friday to end the week.
5- KIPP NYC College Prep (9-0)- Right now if you look at the A Division teams in the Bronx PSAL the cram of the crop look to be KIPP who came back from a long break this past week to roll past Bronx United, Taft, and Christopher Columbus. Zahir Caldwell led the Bulldogs in scoring in each of KIPP's three games as they look to keep things going this week in a big way. Coming up over the next seven days for KIPP will be two home games to start with Morris coming in on Wednesday and then DeWitt Clinton coming for a big one on Friday. Saturday will see the week end as the Bulldogs go on the road for a date with Roosevelt Educational Campus.
6- Fordham Prep (10-3)- There may be no team with more upside in the CHSAA A Division than the Rams as they have Omari Ward and Nathan Boateng, a dynamic duo that most just don't have the ability to keep up with. This past week saw Fordham Prep go on the road twice and dominate to the tune of a 68-34 win over McClancy, and a 58-30 win over St. Edmund Prep. That was good but a true test will come on Monday when the Rams go to Staten Island to take on our #2 Farrell squad, then its a Wednesday road battle with LaSalle before coming home on Friday to face off with Salesian before a VERY tough Saturday non-league test with Fordham Prep going out to Long Island Lutheran.
7- DeWitt Clinton (13-0)- Starting out the week with a pair of easy wins over Longwood Prep 69-50 and Alfred E. Smith 113-31, things were looking good for the Governors. They ended up running into trouble on Friday on the road at Walton though as George Dicent scored 17, including a bucket with 6 seconds to go to give Clinton the 56-54 victory to stay perfect on the year. It's a one game week but its a big game of the year type in the Bronx A Division with the Governors going to KIPP NYC College Prep for a marquee showdown on Friday afternoon.
8- Lehman (9-1)- Another Bronx A team in the PSAL with big aspirations are the Lions whose only loss on the season to date was a loss in mid-December at DeWitt Clinton. This past week saw Lehman blow past Alfred E. Smith 100-33 and Bronx United 69-3 as Jalen Elfe had 27 and 26 points in the pair of games respectively to lead Lehman. Wednesday will see the Lions hit the court again when they host an underrated Walton team, and then it will be a Friday evening battle with Evander Childs on the road in an intriguing game to watch.
9- St. Joseph by the Sea (7-4)- One of the more difficult teams to really get a feel on this season are the Vikings as they lost a questionable one at St. Edmund Prep 57-54, but then came back with a tremendous win on the road at Nazareth 54-51 as Danny Marinaccio had 18 points to lead Sea to what is a true marquee victory. Monday will see St. Joseph by the Sea get back to action at home when they host All Hallows, then it will be an intriguing Thursday home non-league battle with one of Long Island's best in Deer Park, before finishing out the three game week on Saturday with another home contest, this time against Cardinal Spellman.
10- Nazareth (6-2)- After falling on Wednesday to Nazareth at home 54-41, the Kingsmen rebounded in a solid way when they went to the Bronx on Saturday and took a 64-52 league victory over Cardinal Spellman. Tristan Rogers had 14 to lead Nazareth to the win that got them back on track as they look to again establish themselves as a team to beat in the CHSAA. A pair of games await the Kingsmen this week with a road date on Wednesday at All Hallows first up, followed by a home game on Saturday afternoon against Msgr. McClancy.
11- Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (9-0)- A blowout 90-48 win over Norman Thomas started the week for Bayard Rustin, but thing got much harder in their second game of a two game week when Eleanor Roosevelt gave the Titans all they could handle. It took a 23 point Eugene Benn performance to help Rustin stave off the upset attempt as the Titans held on for a 62-58 win. Three road games are coming up on the week for Bayard Rustin when on Tuesday they go to East Harlem Pride, then it's the Thursday big one with the Titans going to our #3 Murry Bergtraum, with a Saturday clash to close out the week at Hunter College High School.
12- Evander Childs (6-1)- Here is our weekly team that we struggle with. Evander Childs had two games on the schedule this past week against Christopher Columbus on Monday and Morris on Friday. Neither game looks to have been postponed or cancelled per the PSAL website but no score or stats have been posted. Please PSAL coaches, if you want your team to get the attention they deserve post your information. Hopefully coach Dave Fonfa can do that this week when the Tigers host Longwood Prep on Wednesday and Lehman on Friday in a massive game for ranking purposes.
13- LaSalle Academy (6-3)- Going into Tuesday's game with Msgr. Farrell with a lot of hope, LaSalle went down early and never recovered in a 60-42 loss that Carlos Lorenzo and the rest of the Cardinals would like to forget. They rallied back on Friday with a solid win when they knocked off fellow CHSAA Manhattan school Xavier, 69-53 in a game that saw LaSalle pull away late for the victory. Another important and tough game will start of the Cardinal's week here when on Wednesday they host Fordham Prep. After that it's a Friday game at home for All Hallows before going to the Bronx on Saturday to take on Cardinal Spellman.
14- Louis Brandeis (12-3)- A pair of solid wins came in for Brandeis this week when the easily tripped up George Washington 85-57 and Wadleigh 66-40. Dylan Crooke put together a stellar week with a 41 point, 16 rebound performance against Washington and then it was 27 points and 11 rebounds against Wadleigh in the two wins. Crooke and the rest of the Bulldogs will look to keep that kind of play going when on Friday they go on the road to A. Philip Randolph in a big game, before a Saturday morning contest with Harlem Village Academy on the road finishes out the week.
15- Brooklyn H.S. for Law and Technology (10-4)- Dominating blowout league wins over John Jay and Grand Street Campus got the week going in a solid way for the Jets as Siyani Arthur had a 34 point outing in the in over John Jay to push himself into the conversation of top performers in the PSAL A Division this season. The week on Saturday finished out with a 70-62 loss at the South Shore MLK Jr. Classic against Poly Prep to leave a bit of a bad taste in Law & Tech's mouths so expect a big week of efforts over the coming week ahead. Tuesday the Jets will play host to George Westinghouse, then it will be a road game on Thursday at A-Tech before a road game at Bedford Academy on Friday night closes out a big week.
16- William Grady (9-2)- Getting back to be offensive outputs this week saw Grady get a pair of wins over Tilden 90-35 and Lafayette 83-62. Mosi Clayton had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assist in the in over Tilden, with the sophomore following that up with a 27 point performance in the win over Lafayette. Clayton and the Falcons will look to keep this type of play going when on Wednesday they host Paul Robeson in one of the bigger games of the week, and then on Friday it will be a trip to Sunset Park before playing in the Staten Island vs. NYC event run by NYC Prospects with Grady there taking on Tottenville.
A. Philip Randolph (11-2)
Epic H.S. South (9-2)
Graphics Campus (13-1)
St. Edmund Prep (5-3)
1- Community Health Academy of the Heights (16-1)- After winning 103-50 and 104-50 in their first two games of the week, Community Health found themselves in a real battle when they took on Democracy Prep on Friday night. It came down to the wire but behind the 25 points and 9 rebounds from John Harrington it was the Phoenix who snuck away with an 85-84 win. Every good team has one of two games like that which truly defines them and now with a win like that under their belts CHAH will look to keep things going and retain their top spot in the NYC Class B rankings this week when they face off with Fannie Lou Hamer at home on Thursday in a big Class B non-league battle. That will be followed up by H.S. for Math, Science, and Engineering on Friday and and Gregorio Luperon H.S. for Science and Math on Saturday, both at home as well in this three game week.
2- Poly Prep (7-0)- Getting a win over Trinity School on the road 63-50 to open the week on Wednesday was a great showing from the Blue Devils, but following that up on Saturday at the South Shore MLK Jr. Classic with a 70-62 win over perennial Class A power in the PSAL in Brooklyn Law and Tech was an enormous statement making win for a young Poly Prep team. Bigger and better things look to be ahead for this talented group as coming up over the next seven days will see the Blue Devils host Dalton on Wednesday before going to Hackley to close out a two game week on Friday.
3- Maspeth (9-1)- Two easy wins got the week going good for the Argonauts who took down Frank Sinatra 92-23 and Energy Tech 66-38 on Tuesday and Thursday, but Saturday's contest with Renaissance proved to be much trickier than many expected. Sean Lopez would lead all scorers with 15 points as Maspeth was able to clamp down defensively enough to come away with a 50-44 victory. Outside of their loss to Community Health, this was Maspeth's toughest outing of the year to date, though with contests coming up this week against Academy for Careers in Television and Film on Tuesday on the road and Renaissance again, though this time on the road, on Friday, anything can happen if the Argonauts don't bring their best game.
4- Achievement First (5-0)- Led by Ryan Belardo, Achievement First has been idle over the past week meaning they have to be itching and ready to get on the court again. They are another one of the PSAL unbeaten's and would like to continue to be looked upon as among the PSAL's best in Class B this season. Thursday is when Achievement will get back on the floor again when they host Science Skills Center, before coming back again 24 hours later when they again host but this time against William Maxwell.
5- The Scholars Academy (14-0)- As deep and talented a Class B team in the PSAL that you will find, Scholars started the season a bit under the radar but under the radar no more they are. Raphael Tawil leads a talented group overall as this past week saw the Seawolves secure blowout wins over Queens Gateway, Robert Goddard, and Robert F. Kennedy. A deep postseason run should come this season for a Scholars team more than capable of continuing the winning ways this week when they host Epic H.S. North on Wednesday, and then host York Early College Academy on Friday in their pair of games this week.
6- Dwight School (6-2)- When you have a dominating Division 1 bound big man like Dwight has in Richard Nweke just get the ball inside as much as you can which is what the Lions did in their 48-33 win over Friends Seminary on Wednesday. Dwight finished the game on a 12-0 run with Nweke scoring 7 of those final 12 to propel the Lions to the win, a win that was followed up on Friday when Dwight go revenge on their early season loss to Berkeley Carroll, this time blowing out their opponents 47-27. Dwight did fall to Portledge at the South Shore MLK Jr. Classic on Saturday 66-56, but make no mistake about it, they are a legit contender for the NYSAIS title. Wednesday will see Dwight play host to Grace Church coming up this week before a Friday home game with St. Ann's ends the week out.
7- Fannie Lou Hamer (12-1)- Always a contender Class B, the Panthers are again looking like a team to beat after made quick work of both South Bronx and Bronx Early College Academy by scores of 62-32 and 85-54 this past week. Amir Hughes had the game of the week for Fannie Lou by pouring in 30 in their win over South Bronx on Monday, with bigger things expected the rest of the way for the talented and deep Bronx power. This week here will see Fannie Lou go out for four straight days when they to Morrisania Educational Campus on Wednesday, then go to Community Health in one of the marquee matchups of the year on Thursday before hosting Hyde Leadership Charter on Friday. Saturday will end the busy week when they again stay at home to host Bronx Early College Academy.
8- NEST+M (10-0)- After trailing by two on Monday against Bard H.S. Early College, the Eagles rallied as they 20 points and 24 rebounds from Colter Diehm as NEST+M gets ranked for the first time this year after their 61-57 win. They would follow that up nicely with a 59-40 victory over H.S. for Health Professions as Diehm again was the man with just 6 points, but 17 rebounds for the winners. It's a three game week here for the Eagles as Wednesday will see them host Institute for Collaborative Education. After that it's a road game on Thursday at University Neighborhood, before a Saturday afternoon home game against H.S. for Leadership and Public Service closes out the seven days.
9- Berkeley Carroll (3-1)- Earlier in the season it was the Lions securing a huge 60-57 win at home over Dwight School and they looked to replicate that performance this past Friday when they went to Dwight's home gym for the rematch. It wasn't meant to be though as Berkeley Carroll couldn't contain the interior firepower of Dwight, and they couldn't get enough good looks either in what ended up being a 47-27 loss. That was the only game of this past week for the Lions so they will look to get back to their winning ways this week when they host St. Ann's on Tuesday, then it will be a Wednesday road game at Avenues before hosting Grace Church on Friday and Friends Seminary on Saturday in a busy and long four games of action.
10- Trinity School (7-1)- For the first time this season the Tigers fell to defeat when they lost at home to our #2 Poly Prep team 63-50 on Wednesday. Trinity hung tough four three quarters but couldn't come up with the plays needed down the stretch to come away with the win. They did rebound nicely on Friday when they defeated Riverdale 52-40 and it's that kind of play the Tigers will look to continue when they take on Friends Seminary at home on Wednesday before going to Horace Mann on Friday in Trinity's pair of games this week.
Academy of American Studies (8-1)
Bard H.S. Early College (11-1)
Baruch College Campus (11-0)
Lab Museum United (7-0)