5- Murry Bergtraum (17-2)- With Cristian Davis nearly securing a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists, Bergtraum closed out a perfect league schedule after a 106-36 win on Friday evening over East Harlem Pride. Overall the Blazers had four players with double-doubles on the night to move to 15-0 in the league. Saturday did see Bergtraum fall in non-league play to Dwight School, but even with that loss there are many who could see Bergtraum is the favorite heading into the PSAL Manhattan Borough Playoff that will start up next week.
6- Lehman (16-1)- When you take on Bronx Science things are never going t be easy. They are a tough and hard nosed team which is something Lehman found out this past Friday when they went on the road to challenge the Wolverines. It wasn't pretty but the Lions got 10 points and 8 rebounds from Angel Arce to squeak out a 48-41 victory. That ended Lehman's regular season so it's playoff time now with a likely appearance in next week PSAL Bronx Borough Playoffs where the Lions will get the chance to challenge themselves against some top quality AA Division teams before the City Playoffs get going in three weeks time.
7- St. Joseph by the Sea (11-4)- There were two games this past week that solidified the Vikings place as one of the best in the CHSAA Class A Division this season. First it was Sea grinding one out as Danny Marinaccio had 15 points to help the Vikings to a 56-49 win over their rivals from Msgr. Farrell. That was a great start to the week, but Saturday then saw an even more dominating performance when Sea got a near flawless effort from the entire team in what was a 64-36 victory over a previously ranked LaSalle Academy team. This week here will see more challenges as Monday will see St. Joseph's hosting Suffolk County power Deer Park in an intriguing battle, with that to be followed up by two more home games on Wednesday and Thursday against Cardinal Spellman and fellow Staten Island power St. Peter's.
8- Brooklyn High School for Law & Technology (21-5)- With Gregory Ricketts proving himself to be one of the best true floor generals in the PSAL, and D'Mair Williams solidifying himself as a solid pure scorer it's no surprise that the Jets are looking to be one of the best the A Division has to offer once again this season. Ricketts had 15 assists while Williams had 26 points in what was a 72-70 win over Bedford Academy for the Jets as they closed the season with a 17-1 league mark, with the lone loss being a 5 point defeat back in December to our #1 Transit Tech. The Brooklyn Borough Playoffs are up next starting next week with that being a chance for Law & Tech to open eyes once again throughout New York City.
9- Beacon (19-3)- Seemingly always getting the job done when it's needed, Beacon had a huge Manhattan A3 league game this past Monday against Louis Brandeis. It was a game that would determined the league regular season winner, and with Robert Sec going for 18 point it was the Blue Demons securing the 65-53 victory. They would also go on to beat Environmental Studies this week as well as Beacon closed out the season strong, with a berth in next week PSAL Manhattan Borough Playoffs starting next week a very high probability.
10- Msgr. Farrell (14-5)- It was something of a rare down week for the Lions who saw themselves lose back to back games to St. Joseph by the Sea and St. Anthony's out of Long Island. The defense was still there in both games, but the offense has been a bit suspect in the defeats. Sunday did see Farrell get back to their winning ways with a 61-41 win on the road over Cardinal Spellman as Matt Hanley had 16 points and 10 rebound in that victory. Two non-league games are coming up here this week for Msgr. Farrell when on Thursday they go to Red Bank Catholic in New Jersey before coming home on Sunday for a pre-Super Bowl Showdown against Holy Trinity.
11- Louis Brandeis (17-4)- We just talked about what Beacon did as they were able to knock of Brandeis 65-53 last Monday to clinch the Manhattan A3 regular season title. It was not the way the Bulldogs wanted that game to go with star scorer Dylan Crooke being limited to just 17 points in the defeat. To Brandeis' credit they did rally back the rest of the week with a pair of wins over Percy E. Sutton and Frederick Douglass to regain a good amount of momentum heading into what will surely be an appearance in next weeks PSAL Manhattan Borough Playoffs.
12- McKee/Staten Island Tech (15-8)- Every year the top two finishers in the PSAL Staten Island Division head up to the AA playoffs, with the 3rd place team getting put into Class A which is why the Seagulls make their first appearance of the season here. McKee is a high quality team led by Masiah Gilyard and will be one of the top teams to reckon with come City Playoff time. MSIT has wins this season over the likes of AA teams Abraham Lincoln, Boys & Girls, and WHEELS, and with a few weeks to prepare you can expect big things ahead for the newest ranked Class A squad.
13- Evander Childs (11-5)- Things started out great for Evander as paced by the 27 points and 17 rebounds of Ricardo Dixon it was the Tigers grabbing a 79-75 road win over KIPP NYC College Prep to set themselves up for an even bigger showdown against Clinton on Friday. It wasn't meant to be a 2 for 2 week though for the Tigers as Clinton jumped out early while doing a good job containing Dixon inside in what would be a 77-50 loss for Childs in their final game of the regular season. There is still a strong chance the Tigers are included in the PSAL Bronx Borough Playoffs field to begin next week which will give them another chance to prepare for the big show, the upcoming PSAL City Playoffs.
14- Nazareth (10-6)- Yes, the Kingsmen did have a pair of losses this week coming to one of the A Division's best in Fordham Prep and to longtime AA power Christ the King on the road. Neither of those losses are ones to hold your heads down about and the real tests were the other two games on the docket which Nazareth handled with ease. They went to Xavier and took car of business 62-43 on Friday, and then on Sunday easily dispatched of St. Edmund's 57-44. They are young and still coming together but Nazareth has all the makings of a team that will be an incredibly tough out come playoff time. Until then this coming week will have the Kingsmen going to Salesian on Wednesday before coming home to play All Hallows on Thursday and Cardinal Spellman on Saturday in what is a three game week ahead.
15- KIPP NYC College Prep (10-3)- It's been a weird and wacky year for KIPP who got off to a 7-0 start, but have seen things turn the other way as of late with losses coming in the past two weeks to Evander Childs and DeWitt Clinton, both of which came at home. With cancellations as well the Bulldogs haven't actually won a game since January 19th when they knocked off Morris. Zahir Caldwell is still playing some excellent basketball but there is doubt as to if KIPP will make it into the PSAL Bronx Borough Playoffs field, and if they don't it will mean a long time between games for a team who still has a ton of potential to watch for.
16- William Grady (13-4)- Finishing out their regular season was an up and down proposition for the Falcons who on Friday took a solid 89-59 win over and overmatched James Madison team with Tyee Clayton scoring 21 points to lead 4 Grady players in double figures in the victory. 24 hours later though the Falcons went to Staten Island and fell to McKee/Staten Island Tech 64-51. Certainly that isn't how Grady wanted to finish the regular season but with Clayton and a number of other solid weapons to watch out for this is a dangerous team to watch for come City Playoff time.
A. Philip Randolph (15-4)
Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (12-3)
Graphics Campus (18-3)
LaSalle Academy (10-7)
1- Community Health Academy of the Heights (22-1)- The regular season ended up with another strong effort from the Phoenix as Sayvior Carroll had 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a fantastic all around effort to help his team to the 66-52 win over Gregorio Luperon. It was about as good of a regular season as Community Health could've ever imagined before the season began, and now with a possibly chance to play and make some damage in the PSAL Manhattan Borough Playoffs here to come, the playoff run may make this season just that much more memorable.
2- Dwight School (15-3)- First it was as good a NYSAIS win as you could have in a 57-51 road win for Dwight over Poly Prep. Richard Nweke was unstoppable to the tune of 32 points and 23 rebounds in that win, which wasn't even the Lions best win of the week. That came Saturday when Dwight hosted Class A power Murry Bergtraum with Nweke again asserting his dominance with 30 points and 25 rebounds in a victory over the Blazers. Dwight seems to be only getting better and better as a group overall as well with games this coming week against Staten Island Academy on the road on Monday, a home date with Packer on Wednesday, and then a big home game with another Class A power in Albany Academy on Saturday.
3- Maspeth (15-1)- With Jonathan Encalada scoring 26 points, a season high, it was the Argonauts finishing league play with an easy 78-47 victory over Newcomers on the road this past Friday. For the most part Maspeth made quick work of just about everyone put in front of them this season which is why the two non-league games on the docket for this coming week are so intriguing. First up on Monday afternoon will be a home date with a fellow ranked foe in Lab Museum United, and then on Thursday it will be Cambria Heights Academy who make the trip in for what should be another sneaky good under the radar matchup.
4- NEST+M (15-0)- Thursday was a game against Bard H.S. Early College with the winner claiming the Manhattan B3 regular season crown. Unlike the first contest that went to NEST+M in close one, this was all Eagles from the start as Andrew Basnet had 21 points to lead all scorers in what would be a 74-57 win for NEST+M as they finished off a perfect regular season. What happens from here is still unknown. It would be great to see NEST+M get a chance to suit up and play in the PSAL Manhattan Borough Playoffs which start next week, but if they don't you can be sure that they will be a force to be reckoned with come PSAL Class B City Playoff time.
5- Poly Prep (13-1)- For the first time this season Poly Prep took a loss as they fell on Wednesday at home to Dwight Schoo 57-51. That isn't to say the Blue Devils didn't have chances as they led by 5 at the half but struggled to contain the size inside of Dwight as the game wore on. Poly did grab a pair of road victories at Fieldston and at Riverdale this past week to keep them solidly as a top five team in Class B heading into this coming week where more challenges will come. Wednesday will be the first of the week when the Blue Devils host Hackley before a home date with Trinity on Friday finishes out the two game week.
6- The Scholars Academy (21-1)- A close game to finish out the regular season on Wednesday against Pathways was blown wide open as Scholars outscored their opponents 33-11 in the third quarter to run away with a 72-44 victory with Michael Bowman scoring 26 points to lead all scorers in the win. That was the end of the regular season for the Seawolves who are hoping for a berth in the PSAL Queens Borough Playoffs. If that doesn't come it will be around three weeks off for Scholars who will surely be one of the favorite in the PSAL Class B City Playoffs.
7- Lab Museum United (16-1)- Finishing out league play with two games last week against Julia Richman meant two wins for the Gators as they won on Monday 65-48, and then again on Thursday 57-45. Bodee Bacal had 20 points and 20 rebounds in Lab's first win on Monday, and then he would add 14 points and 18 rebounds in the second contest as Bacal completely had his way. Two non-league games are coming up this week for the Gators as they will head to Queens on Monday to face off with our #3 Maspeth team, and then it's a Wednesday home date with Institute for Collaborative Education.
8- Achievement First (9-1)- It's tough to get a real read on Achievement First as they haven't posted any non-league games and even league games are entered sporadically. Their game from this past Friday against School for Classics is still not posted as of this Monday deadline, though Wednesday's 88-59 win over Teachers Prep is entered as Achievement put together a mighty fine performance there as Jeury Torres led five Achievement players in double figures scoring with 17 points. It's highly unlikely Achievement will make the PSAL Brooklyn Borough Playoffs so expect to see them back in three weeks as a very high seed come City Playoff time.
9- Fannie Lou Hamer (18-3)- When you have one of the best coaches in the game in Marc Skelton you have to know that tactics and adjustments will be made each game out. After losing the prior week here to South Bronx Prep it's no surprise that on the road it was Skelton and his Fannie Lou squad that made all the right adjustments in what ended up on Friday as a 55-47 win for the Panthers. Amir Hughes, who is just a sophomore, had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Fannie Lou in the victory. Next up here will be a Saturday morning non-league clash against Class AA school JFK as the Panthers wait to see just where they will be placed in the PSAL City Playoffs in Class B.
10- Trinity School (12-2)- In what was something of a shock, Trinity fell on the road this past Friday in their only game of the week to Dalton 50-47. Nothing went right for the Tigers who fell behind by double digits in the firs t half, only to see a late rally fall short in the loss. Still with a solid 12-2 record on the year, Trinity will look to regroup here this week when they get things back underway on Wednesday when the Tigers host Horace Mann before hitting the road again on Friday to close out an important two game week at our #5 Poly Prep.
Bard H.S. Early College (16-2)
Baruch College Campus (15-2)
Comprehensive Model School (15-0)
Packer Collegiate (10-5)
Summit Academy (12-5)