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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022: Weekly New York City boys basketball update

   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. Francis Prep (13-1)- The Terriers ascend to the top spot after the loss on Friday night by Cardinal Hayes. While St. Francis Prep may not get the kind of national recognition that Hayes or even Archbishop Stepinac gets, they are definitely in the conversation with those teams as proven by their blowout wins this past week against St. Raymond, Xaverian, and Holy Cross, winning all three by at least 18 points, with Latiek Briscoe going off for 30 points in the Battle of the Boulevard game against Holy Cross on Sunday, a 76-60 win for the Terriers. This week here will begin with St. Francis Prep going to Iona Prep on Tuesday, then it will be a home date on Friday with Archbishop Molloy, before what may be the game of the year on Sunday at home when the Terriers host Cardinal Hayes in a massive showdown.

2- Cardinal Hayes (16-1)- Friday night had everything you would want to offer as before the snowstorm hit the Cardinals went to White Plains to square of with Archbishop Stepinac in a game with major rankings implications both locally and nationally. It was a two possession game either way for pretty much all of the first three quarters before things started to go Stepinac's way in what would be a 67-56 loss for Hayes, their first of the season. Hayes did rebound quickly coming back on Sunday afternoon and dominating Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn 102-74 as Ian Jackson led the offensive barrage for the Cardinals. It's just a one game week here for Cardinal Hayes but it's a massive one as the Cardinals will head to Queens on Sunday to take on St. Francis Prep in a battle for #1.

3- South Shore (17-2)- Tuesday saw a big battle for the Vikings as they took on Eagle Academy II with the Eagles playing some of their best basketball of the season coming in. It still proved to be no problem for South Shore as Kyrone Alexander led four players in double figures for he Vikings as they ended up coasting to a 75-50 victory. That was one of two big wins for South Shore on the week as on Sunday the cruised past James Monroe as well in the Ryan Preston Memorial Classic. Looking pretty close to unbeatable against PSAL competition, South Shore will look to keep it going this week when they go to Eagle II on Thursday for a rematch in a game that could see South Shore possibly challenged for once against a PSAL team.

4- Thomas Jefferson (11-8)- With Anthony Isaac again coming up huge with 28 points and 16 rebounds it was Jefferson who found a way when they agin went to Staten Island, this time at Curtis, and found a way to get an 81-79 victory over the Warriors. Since a scuffle in the third quarter against Boys & Girls on the road that caused a double forfeit on January 6th, the Orange Wave are 6-0 and have been playing some great basketball that they will hope continue the rest of the way. Tuesday here will see Jefferson go to Canarsie before they go on the road again on Thursday to face off with Brooklyn Collegiate in what will close out Brooklyn AA regular season play for the Orange Wave.

5- Susan Wagner (20-1)- Getting 18 points from Adrian Kopec and 17 from Xavier Barrow allowed the Falcons to easily cruise past Tottenville on Friday 96-52. It was a solid win for Wagner, but their bigger win came on Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Preston Memorial Classic against John Bowne. Bowne had been winners of 5 in a row and were looking strong coming in, it the Falcons defense really were on their game as they may not have had the best offensive performance, but the defense carried the way to a 46-38 win to solidify themselves again as a PSAL title contender. Susan Wagner's last PSAL regular season game will come on Friday night when they host New Dorp to close out things before playoff time.

6- Eagle Academy II (12-4)- Is Eagle II ready for the big time is the question that still has to be presented as they seem to do everything right against lesser levels of competition in the Brooklyn AA, but they struggled to a 75-50 loss to South Shore this past week to go along with their loss two week ago to Thomas Jefferson. Eagle has the talent as displayed this past week when they got a double-double from Jaquel Morris in the win over the Railsplitters, but it's putting everything together in the big moment that will define if the Eagles are ready to compete for a AA City Championship. Two games wait Eagle II this week, both of which will be at home, when they host Brooklyn Collegiate on Tuesday and then South Shore in a big one on Thursday.


7- Curtis (16-3)- It was something of an up and down week for the Warriors who got 32 points from Qadir Martin on Friday, but still fell in a heartbreaker at home to Brooklyn AA power Thomas Jefferson 81-79. The good thing for Curtis was they didn't have to sit on that one for too long as the Warriors played again on Sunday at the Ryan Preston Memorial Classic where they would defeat Forest Hills 49-45 in a defensive, hard fought contest with Curtis gritting out a tough one. A pair of league contests to close out the season are up next with Curtis hosting Tottenville on Thursday and CSI/McCown on Friday, before hitting the road on Sunday for a tough and tricky non-league matchup against Wings Academy.

8- St. Raymond (10-6)- When you have four games in a week and go 3-1 you have to consider that a very strong week. That's the situation the Ravens are in as they went on the road and defeated Xaverian, Iona Prep, and Archbishop Molloy, all in games that were decided by single digits with St. Ray's, behind Isaiah Philbert, finding ways to pull wins out in all three. The loss was a 66-43 defeat at home against St. Francis Prep in a game that saw the Ravens struggle early, and never really allowed them to get back into things. Three more road games await this week with it starting off on Tuesday at Mount St. Michael, then on Friday it's a big trip to Archbishop Stepinac, before closing the week on Sunday going to Msgr. Scanlan.

9- Eagle Academy (13-6)- As big of a win as you could have if you are Eagle, they went on the road on Sunday and took down their archrivals from Wings Academy 58-49. Jaden Zimmerman had 18 points to lead Eagle in the win as they are now pushed into the conversation of teams who could make a lot of noise moving forward here in February. Coming off that win it's two games to close out the Bronx AA league campaign as Eagle Academy first will host Adlai Stevenson on Wednesday before taking on Wings again, this time on Thursday with the winner claiming the Bronx AA regular season crown.

10- Campus Magnet (14-3)- Since opening up the season 1-3 it's been quite the remarkable turnaround for the Bulldogs who have reeled off 11 straight and are now firmly in the mix of best teams in the PSAL for the first time in a dozen years. On Sunday Campus Magnet played at Barclays Center in a league matchup with August Martin, and it was no contest from the start as Leverson Tulien once again was a major force inside with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-45 win for the Bulldogs. Monday here will have Campus Magnet go out of league for a road game at WHEELS, before coming back to league play to close out the regular season at home on Thursday for August Martin again, before going to Francis Lewis on Friday to finish things out.

11- Wings Academy (17-3)- After dominating Manhattan Center on Friday 88-48 behind the dominating interior play of Mohamed Kante, it was the big matchup with Wings taking on Eagle Academy on Sunday afternoon. Always a good one between these two rivals, Wings couldn't get much going from the perimeter as the Eagle defense stifled them in what would be a 58-49 loss for the longtime Bronx AA power. Two games await this week to finish the regular season as Wings will go to Eagle Academy on Thursday in part two of their battle for the Bronx AA league title and then on Sunday it will be a home non-league matchup with a very good Curtis squad.

12- Msgr. Scanlan (11-5)- It was something of a statement game for the Crusaders on Friday night when they played host to Christ the King. Most expected a tough back and forth affair but this one proved to be all Scanlan from the start as Nasir Rodriguez had 19 points, one of three Crusaders who a made it to double figures as they ultimately would cruise past the Royals, 80-64. That result has near everyone talking with the Crusaders hoping to back up that result this week when they host another major local power in Stepinac on Tuesday. After that it is a Thursday road date at Mount St. Michael, before coming back home on Sunday to face off with St. Raymond.

13- Francis Lewis (12-5)- One of the biggest weeks of the year for the Patriots who now have themselves right in the mix again for at the very least best in Queens. On Monday of this past week Francis Lewis went to Brooklyn and knocked off Brooklyn Collegiate in a thriller 62-61. It was a really big statement for the Patriots who had been languishing a bit, but that win seems to have propelled them as they would the next day knock off Forest Hills on the road 50-32. It's a nice time to be playing some strong basketball as the regular season will finish this week for the Patriots when they go to Queens H.S. of Teaching on Thursday before hosting Campus Magnet to close out the week.

14- Christ the King (10-6)- Not the week that the Royals wanted as they went to Msgr. Scanlan on Friday and fell 80-64. Sunday then saw another defeated for Christ the King as this time they went to Brooklyn and lost to Xaverian for the second time this season 70-66. Brandon Williams was a bright spot this past week, as he has been for much of the season to date with Christ the King hoping these two performances were just bumps in the road and not a precursor to the rest of the season. Three games come up here this week for Christ the King as they will first host Holy Cross in what should be an easy one on Tuesday before going to Bishop Loughlin on Friday, and then hosting Nazareth in a non-league contest on Saturday afternoon in Middle Village.

15- Mount St. Michael (8-5)- Falling to one of the best in NYC isn't something to be too ashamed off as they would fall on Tuesday to Cardinal Hayes 72-51 in a game that had Noah Best score 18 to lead the Mountaineers. Mount St. Michael did respond with a solid non-league home win on Thursday over Dwight School 55-43 in a game that was tight and competitive throughout, but a game that the Mountaineers led from nearly start to finish. Coming up here it will be Mount hosting four games in what will be a busy week starting off with Iona Prep on Monday. After that 24 hours later it will be the Mountaineers hosting St. Raymond on Tuesday, followed by Scanlan and St. Peter's coming in for league matchups on Thursday and Saturday to end the week.

16- Brooklyn Collegiate (10-6)- The mindset for the Lions has to be it can only get better from here as Brooklyn Collegiate lost at home to Francis Lewis in a non-league matchup on Monday, and then fell 57-39 to Boys & Girls on Thursday in a game that saw Zaquan Jones as a big bright spot with 16 points and 19 rebounds for the Lions. A very busy week awaits Brooklyn Collegiate as on Tuesday they will go to Eagle Academy II, and then it will be Thomas Jefferson coming to them on Thursday. Friday will see August Martin coming to Brooklyn for a home non-league game before the Lions play Chester of Pennsylvania on Saturday at the Battle at the Bay Invitational down in Atlantic City, NJ.


Archbishop Molloy (6-8)

Canarsie (7-10)

James Monroe (10-6)

John Bowne (13-7)

Xaverian (8-9)

Class A

1- Transit Tech (22-1)- Starting the week with an offensive barrage that led to a 136-74 win over MLK Jr. it was a trip to the Barclays Center and a non-league date on Sunday with Thomas Edison out of Queens. This one proved to be the David Ellington show as he poured in 29 points including draining six threes in what was an 83-59 win for the Express who continue to roll along looking like the dominant team in the PSAL this season in the A Division. There is just one more league game before playoff time begins and that one will take place on Thursday when Transit Tech hits the road to face off with Boerum Hill.

2- Murry Bergtraum (16-1)- For the first time this season in league play the Blazers were tested as they only led by three at the half on Friday when they traveled to Stuyvesant. Cristian Davis would score 16 of his game high 24 points in the second half though as Bergtraum held on for a 78-66 win to keep them perfect in PSAL Class A league play. Thursday will see regular season league play end for the Blazers when they play host to East Harlem Pride as Bergtraum looks to cap off a fantastic league play season.

3- Paul Robeson (18-0)- The road warriors of Robeson made quick work of their one opponent this past week as Anthony Williams had 24 points in what was an easy 82-38 win over Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is a pretty improbable run for the Eagles who haven't played a home game all season long because of issues with the Robeson home gym. To be 18-0 with every game being away from home fans and the home crowd advantage is super impressive. The Eagles will hope that continues to hold up this week as Paul Robeson will go to Frank Macchiarola on Friday in their only game of the week, and final game of the regular season.

4- Fordham Prep (14-4)- Having won a number of big games already this season, the Rams came up big once again on Sunday afternoon as they were able to hold off a late charge and defeat LaSalle Academy 65-60. Tom Whelan was the high man with 23 points for Fordham Prep who now have an impressive overall resume and should go into the playoffs in a few weeks as the favorites in Class A. There will be three games on the docket this week for the Rams who will go to Nazareth on Tuesday before then coming home for games on Thursday and Friday where Fordham Prep will respectively host St. Edmund Prep and Regis.

5- Msgr. Farrell (13-3)- Putting in another strong week were the Lions who wee able to knock off Xavier on the road, and then Nazareth at home, with P.J. Scalisi leading the charge for Farrell whose defensive excellence continues to be the driving force behind their success this season. It will be a busy week here for Farrell who will head to New Jersey on Monday to take on Christian Brothers Academy before going to St. Joseph by the Sea on Wednesday in a massive game for CHSAA standings purposes. Saturday will then have the Lions heading out to Long Island to take on St. Anthony's before coming back to league play on Sunday as Msgr. Farrell will again be on the road this time at Cardinal Spellman.


6- DeWitt Clinton (15-0)- In the Governors lone game of the week they were able to make quick and short work of Roosevelt Educational Campus 58-39 as Clinton jumped on top by double digits early and never looked back behind the 18 points of Jomauri Pena. Two more games in regular season play are left for the Governors who will look to stay perfect on the season when they go on the road to take on Bronx United on Wednesday before then coming home to finish pre-playoff play on Friday at home against Evander Childs.

7- Lehman (13-1)- Continuing to just get the job done are the Lions who went on the road this past Friday and were able to convincingly down Morris 67-53 behind the 17 points a piece from Jalen Elfe and Elijah Flores. As a team that makes shots when they need to as well as playing solid and strong defense, Lehman is a team that continues to be a problem for anyone in their path. There is just one game left in regular season play for Lehman as it will come on Friday when the Lions go on the road to matchup with Bronx H.S. of Science.

8- St. Joseph by the Sea (8-4)- It's been over two weeks now since Christian Greeley and the rest of the Vikings have taken to the court and they are certainly itching to get going again as they look to prove themselves as not just among Staten Island's best, but among the best in Class A overall this season in New York City. It will be a challenging week as Wednesday will see things get underway with Sea playing host to Msgr. Farrell in a major showdown. Thursday will then have the Vikings going to Moore Catholic in another All-Staten Island battle before Sea returns home on Saturday to more than likely get another stiff challenge from LaSalle Academy.

9- KIPP NYC College Prep (10-2)- This ranking does not take into affect KIPP's 80-72 loss on Friday as that result was not available to us before our deadline time. That result would've slipped the Bulldogs considerably as it seems every time they stop up to face a better level of competition they haven't been able to come through. KIPP will hope that changes come playoff time but for now they will try to close out their regular season strong when they get back on the floor at some point this week to make up a postponed game or two that is remaining on the Bulldogs schedule.

10- Louis Brandeis (15-3)- The amazing season of Dylan Crooke continued this past week as he absolutely has had one of the best individual seasons so far in the PSAL. On Monday it was Brandeis hosting MLK Jr. and Crooke would pour in 39 points while grabbing 18 rebounds in the 77-56 win for the Bulldogs. Having already stamped themselves as one of Manhattan's best this season, Brandeis will look to keep proving what they can do when this week they go to Beacon for a big game on Monday, followed by a road date at Percy E. Sutton on Wednesday, before hosting Frederick Douglass Academy to end the week and regular season on Friday.

11- Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology (18-4)- In wins over Boerum Hill and Wingate it was D'Mair Williams who led Law & Tech, while in the Jets 76-51 victory over Bushwick Campus it was Keysaun Murray who led with a season high 18 points as the winning streak for Brooklyn Law & Tech is now up to 12 as the Brooklyn A power looks to be rounding into fine form. Two more home league games are coming up this week to finish out the regular season with Benjamin Banneker coming in on Tuesday before the Jets host Bedford Academy on Wednesday to finish the week.

12- Beacon (14-3)- Off since their 67-44 win over West 50th Street on January 21st in a game that saw Kai Ennis lead a balanced offensive attack with 12 points, the Blue Demons are still considered a team that no one should want to see. They gave our #1 Transit Tech fits in what ended up being a 5 point loss, while being the only team this year to defeat our #1 in Class B in Community Health. Getting back to action this week and looking to make more statements as to how god they truly are, Beacon will host Louis Brandeis on Monday before hosting H.S. for Environmental Studies on Wednesday to end the regular season.

13- Evander Childs (7-2)- Like we mentioned when we talked about KIPP NYC College Prep, the result for Evander Childs game against KIPP wasn't available to us before our deadline so you could have almost switched these two and it would've been the right order based off of the Tigers 80-72 victory on Friday. Ricardo Dixon had a monster performance for Childs as he had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the win that propels the Tigers up near the top of the Bronx A Division now. Just one game left on the schedule in the regular season but it's a huge one with Evander Childs looking to grab another big victory when on Friday they head to DeWitt Clinton looking to spoil the Governors perfect season.

14- Nazareth (8-4)- Far from the week that the Kingsmen were wanting, they first played host to St. Peter's from Staten Island on Wednesday in a game that Nazareth led going to the fourth, but faulted down the stretch with the young Kingsmen taking a 57-55 loss. Sunday against another Staten Island team in Msgr. Farrell ended up being much tougher with Nazareth falling behind by double digits fairly quickly and never really finding a way to rally in what ended up a 58-36 loss. Heading down the stretch of the regular season, the Kingsmen will look to come back strong this week when they host Fordham Prep in another big test on Tuesday. It will be three games in three days after that when Nazareth goes to Xavier on Friday, Christ the King on Saturday, before hosting St. Edmund Prep on Sunday in a very busy and important week for the CHSAA Brooklyn school.

15- William Grady (9-3)- No games this past week for Tyee Clayton and the rest of the Falcons who will look to come back from this break strong and continue to show themselves to be a team who can make noise moving forward come PSAL playoff time. There will be three games to finish out the regular season this week for Grady as they will go to Franklin D. Roosevelt on Wednesday before hosting James Madison on Friday. A non-league road game on Saturday at McKee/Staten Island Tech will be anther great test for the Falcons before playoff time gets underway.

16- LaSalle Academy (9-5)- It was another mixed bag of a week for the Cardinals who started things out with a 42-37 win over St. Edmund Prep at home on Friday behind the excellent leadership and defense from Carlos Lorenzo. Sunday then saw LaSalle fall to Fordham Prep on the road 65-60 in a game that the Cardinals were competitive in from start to finish. Consistency is key right now for LaSalle Academy who will look to bring more of that to the table this coming week here when they go to Xavier on Wednesday, then host Msgr. McClancy on Friday, before going back on the road for a big one on Saturday against a very good St. Joseph by the Sea team to close out a three game week.


A. Philip Randolph (13-3)

Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (10-3)

Epic H.S. South (14-3)

Graphics Campus (17-2)

Seward Park (13-5)

Class B

1- Community Health Academy of the Heights (21-1)- Getting two non-league wins over a previously undefeated Lab Museum United team and BCAM continues to cement Community Health's spot among the very best there is in Class B in New York State. In the Phoenix's only league game of the week they were able to get 30 points from Adrian Mejia as CHAH was able to steamroll H.S. for Math, Science, and Engineering 82-60. As we wind down the regular season here the Phoenix have just one more game left before the playoffs with it coming on Wednesday when Community Health will hit the road to take on Gregorio Luperon H.S. for Science and Math.

2- Poly Prep (11-0)- It was a true balanced team effort this past week for the Blue Devils who remained perfect on the season after defeating Collegiate 39-37 and Riverdale 66-57 with star freshman Jayden Forsythe helping lead the way for Poly Prep. A busy and difficult week of games await this young Blue Devils team as on Monday they will head on the road to the Bronx to meet up with Fieldston. Wednesday will then see a big home battle with our #4 Dwight School team followed up by a home Friday game against Fieldston again. The four game week will then close out on Saturday with another road game in the Bronx, this time with Riverdale.

3- Maspeth (14-1)- Taking on Academy of American Studies on the road has in recent years been a tricky preposition. This seasons Argonauts team though made this trip on Wednesday of this past week look very easy as Sean Lopez had a game high 25 points to lead Maspeth to a 76-56 victory. That wasn't the Argonauts only game of the week either as they took down Newcomers with ease as well 59-34. A rematch with Newcomers is next up for Maspeth with this one coming on the road on Friday in the Argonauts only game of this week.

4- Dwight School (11-3)- What a tremendously impressive week this was for Dwight, and that's even with a loss. Richard Nweke started the week off dominating in the paint and controlling the game in every facet as the Lions went on the road and defeated PSAL AA school WHEELS 76-60. That was followed up back in league play with a 50-40 win over Grace Church on the road, and then while it was a 55-43 loss on Thursday at CHSAA AA school Mount St. Michael, Dwight was competitive and in the game all the way showing they could hang with another in their way. Monday this week will see Dwight go to Packer for a league battle, and then on Wednesday's it's another tough road contest at our #2 Poly Prep team. Friday will then end the week for the Lions when they come back home to host Friends Seminary.

5- NEST+M (13-0)- With Colter Diehm dominating inside to the tune of 13 points and 13 rebounds per game, the Eagles have taken control of the Manhattan B Division this season. They didn't have any games over the past week here but business is about to pick up in a very big way come Thursday when NEST+M plays host to Bard H.S. Early College in a game where they winner will claim the regular season league title. There is still one game after that though for the Eagles as on Friday they will again be at home, but this time it's East Side Community coming to them to finish out the regular season.

6- Trinity School (12-1)- Proving that they are for real and a legitimate threat for the NYSAIS title this season, Trinity had three what looked to be on paper tricky games this past week, passing each one though with flying colors. The Tigers coasted past Dalton last Monday 56-41, then defeated Fieldston at home 62-4, before going on the road on Friday and defeating Collegiate 48-32. Trinity will hope to see that kind of dominating play continue this week as on Friday the Tigers will play their only game of the week when they go on the road to take on Dalton.

7- The Scholars Academy (19-1)- Dominating opponents left and right, Scholars has just one loss this season which came a couple weeks ago to Dwight School. Since then though it's been total domination again as demonstrated by their 85-60 and 83-66 wins over Townsend Harris and Cambria Heights Academy this past week. The Seawolves also stepped out of league on Friday and easily knocked off Brooklyn A PSAL school Bedford Academy 77-48. Nicholas Tung averaged 22.5 points per game in the three games this past week and he and the rest of the Seawolves will look to close out the regular season strong this week here when they go to Pathways College Prep on Wednesday to close out pre-playoff play.

8- Bard H.S. Early College (15-1)- We welcome in Bard to the rankings this week as Moses Lemon has been a major factor on both ends of the floor this season averaging just under 19 points per game while playing great defense wherever he is asked to play on the floor. The Raptors were due to have one game last week but that got postponed meaning it will be 10 days between games when Bard hits the court again come this Monday when they host The Clinton School. That will be the first of a two game week as to close out the regular season it will be the Raptors on Thursday going on the road to play NEST+M in one of the best games of this week.

9- Lab Museum United (13-1)- Another new school to the rankings, Lab gave Community Health Academy of the Heights a very tough challenge last week before falling 69-58 on the road. On Tuesday the Gators were able to knock off Baruch College Campus for a second time this season, this time on the road 48-43 in a game that saw Argo Dobbie score 15 to lead a huge fourth quarter rally to help Lab Museum to the victory. Upcoming here this week it will be the Gators looking to stay perfect in league play as the regular season winds to a close with Julia Richman coming in on Monday before Lab goes to Richman on Thursday before ending the week out with a road non-league game at The Clinton School.

10- Achievement First (8-1)- In what was one of the more surprising results of the week, Achievement First fell to defeat this past Monday against Jan Morel Campos 59-55 in a loss that no one could have seen coming. Credit to Achievement First though they rallied back with a pair of wins after that defeating Teachers Prep 58-45 and EBC/Bushwick Leaders 61-55 with Jeury Torres scoring 16 and 13 in the two wins respectively to help lead Achievement. Two road games are to come here this week as Achievement First closes out the regular season as first up will be Teachers Prep on Wednesday before finishing things out before the playoffs on Friday against School for Classics.


Baruch College Campus (14-2)

Comprehensive Model School (13-0)

Fannie Lou Hamer (17-3)

South Bronx Prep (13-3)

Summit Academy (10-3)

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