5- Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology (22-7)- The Jets got double-doubles from both D'Mair Williams and Keysaun Murray as Law & Tech jumped out to a quick 16-2 lead in what would ultimately be a 67-44 win over Frederick Douglass Academy in a PSAL Round of 32 matchup this past Friday. Tuesday will be the next challenge for the Jets as in the Round of 16 they will play host to a solid A. Philip Randolph team with upset thoughts in their minds.
6- Graphics Campus (23-3)- As Manhattan Borough Champions having defeated both Thurgood Marshall Academy and WHEELS along the way, expectations in the Class A Playoffs are high now for the 49ers. They drew a very tough Round of 32 matchup against Evander Childs on Friday and trailed by 12 going into halftime. It was gut check time from that point on and Graphics ended up out scoring Childs 16-4 in the 3rd to tie the game up, and then took the lead for the first time early in the 4th to claim a 57-52 win. Now for the 49ers it will be Bayard Rustin at home on Tuesday in another intriguing Round of 16 battle.
7- Nazareth (17-7)- Leading at the half, and after three quarters, it looked like this would be the year for head coach Gary Ervin and the Kingsmen. The veteran leadership though of Fordham Prep helped a more experienced Rams team fight back and ultimately take down Nazareth in the CHSAA Class A City Championship Game on Friday 42-38. It was a season to remember though for Nazareth, and with four starters due to return it wouldn't be any shock at all to see the Kingsmen raising the trophy come the end of next season.
8- Murry Bergtraum (19-3)- In what one of the more lopsided PSAL Round of 3 contests, the Blazers were able to score the first 10 points of the game as Cristian Davis dominated from the start to lead Murry Bergtraum to a 95-48 win over Walton this past Friday. It was a near flawless start to what Bergtraum hopes is a deep Class A playoff run with the next challenge coming on Tuesday in the Round of 16 when the Blazers play host to Fort Hamilton.
9- St. Joseph by the Sea (18-8)- A team that felt they had a shot at winning the CHSAA Class A title this season, Sea kept things close for three quarters in semifinals against eventual champions Fordham Prep, even tying things up at one point in the third. Things would get away from the Vikings though in the fourth as their chance to claim the title ended with a 66-55 defeat on Tuesday. It was certainly disappointing to fall short for Sea, but they are an up and coming program looking capable of very big things ahead.
10- Lehman (17-2)- The Lions took on Thomas Edison in the Round of 32 in the PSAL City Playoffs in a game that may have been the best of the day on Friday as Lehman needed clutch play from Jalen Elfe down the stretch to ho on a for a 72-71 victory over the Inventors. Elfe would finish with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists in the win that now pushes the Lions into the Round of 16 where they will hit the road on Tuesday and head into Manhattan to take on one of that boroughs best in Beacon.
11- Beacon (21-5)- Speaking of Beacon, the Blue Demons have always had issues once postseason play begins, at least in past seasons that is. This year seems to be going much better as demonstrated by Beacon's strong 62-43 victory over Grand Street Campus to get their postseason run going in the Round of 32. Kai Ennis got things going in a solid way for the Blue Demons who will move on now to the Round of 16 in the PSAL City Playoffs on Tuesday where Beacon will play host to Lehman.
12- Msgr. Farrell (17-7)- Considered earlier in the season by many to be the favorites in the CHSAA A Division, the Lions never seemed to get going as the year progressed. They were solid enough to beat most teams they were expected to beat, but offensively it was Farrell struggling on the offensive end. They met Nazareth in the CHSAA Semifinals this past Tuesday and again it was the offense that never found a rhythm in what would be a 52-47 defeat to bring to an end the Lions season.
13- McKee/Staten Island Tech (17-9)- A Staten Island team in Class A that is still in contention for a title are the Seagulls who got their PSAL Class A run going in the Round of 32 this past Friday with a 73-44 victory over Hunter College High School. Masiah Gilyard was the lone MSIT player in double figures scoring, but he ended up with a massive 33 point performance to lead the way for Tech who are now up in the Round of 16 on Tuesday when they look to continue their strong play against William Grady at home with a quarterfinal appearance on the line for the winner.
14- KIPP NYC College Prep (13-4)- Put as a #20 seed by the PSAL, the Bulldogs went on the road to Louis Brandeis this past Friday and led from start to finish in what would be a 76-66 win for KIPP, their most impressive of the season at the biggest time of the year. Mohamed Soumahoro had 18 points to lead KIPP who will now move on to the Round of 16 as the Bulldogs look to keep surprising the A Division with another road game against DeWitt Clinton to come on Tuesday.
15- William Grady (14-4)- When you talk about PSAL teams that are being a bit underappreciated now it seems the Falcons are atop the list. No one is really looking at head coach Karl Sanders and his Grady squad, but they should, especially after their very impressive 67-55 Round of 32 win over Bayside on Friday. Mosi Clayton had 19 points to lead Grady who continue to get a nice balanced attack all around from their deep and talented group who will next be facing off with McKee/Staten Island Tech on the road on Tuesday in the Round of 16 in the PSAL City Playoffs.
16- A. Philip Randolph (18-5)- A massive second quarter where the Cougars outscored their opponents Seward Park 15-2 was enough to see Randolph hold off a late charge and win their Round of 32 PSAL City Playoff battle, 57-53. Tuwan Ellison had 17 points and 15 rebounds, while Mustapha Sillah had 14 points and 16 rebounds in the victory. Now headed to Tuesday's Round of 16, A.P. Randolph will be squaring off with Brooklyn Law and Tech on the road with a quarterfinal place at stake.
Bayard Rustin Educational Complex (14-4)
Bedford Academy (15-8)
Fort Hamilton (20-4)
Franklin K. Lane (21-8)
Louis Brandeis (17-6)
1- Poly Prep (21-1)- The champions of NYSAIS after knocking off Portledge with a Phil Lawrence buzzer beater just over a week ago, the Blue Devils have accomplished everything they wanted this season with the NYSAIS state title. It's an accomplishment not many expected Poly Prep to achieve this season, and with a load of talent including Lawrence to return again come 2022-2023, you can expect the Blue Devils in the position to bring home another crown a year from now.
2- Community Health Academy of the Heights (24-2)- With John Harrington scoring 24 points for Community Heath it was the Phoenix getting their Class B PSAL playoff run off to a solid start in a 69-55 victory in the Round of 32 over Frederick Douglass Academy III. It wasn't Community Health's best performance, but it was enough to get the job done there, though a Round of 16 game against South Bronx Prep on Monday will need the Phoenix to absolutely be at their best.
3- Dwight School (20-6)- Having defeated Poly Prep during the regular season in Brooklyn, it would've been nice for Dwight to have been awarded the #2 seed in the NYSAIS playoffs and been given the opportunity to play the Blue Devils at home in the Lions Den. That didn't happen though and Dwight fell to Poly on the road this time as the Blue Devils won it all, while the Lions were done in the semifinals. If Dwight had gotten that game at home though? Who knows what would've happened.
4- The Scholars Academy (23-2)- Given the #1 seed in the PSAL Class B Playoffs, the Seawolves opened up their postseason run in the Round of 32 this past Thursday with a 75-51 victory over Institute for Collaborative Education. Raphael Tawil had 17 points to pace for Scholars players in double figures in the win. Next up for the Seawolves will be a Round of 16 date on Tuesday with Scholars Academy getting a tricky foe in one of the better #16 seeds you will find in Summit Academy.
5- Lab Museum United (19-1)- It's still a bit of a surprise and head scratching situation to see the Gators only getting the #9 seed here in the PSAL City Playoffs. There wasn't much more Lab Museum could've done to impress, especially after a late season non-league road win at #7 seed Maspeth. Lab to their credit though are using the slight as motivation as they easily dispatched of Metropolitan in the Round of 32 last Thursday 81-51 behind the 21 points of Ben Steinfink. On Tuesday it will be Lab Museum playing host in the Round of 16 against a cinderella #40 seed in Bathgate.
6- Maspeth (17-2)- In one of the more hotly contested Round of 32 PSAL Class B Playoff Games, the Argonauts played Democracy Prep and it went down to the wire. Sean Lopez did a good job down the stretch for Maspeth who ended up keeping Democracy at bay late to have the Argonauts hold on for a 49-41 win. Maspeth will hope things go a bit smoother on Monday in their Round of 16 game when they play host to another Queens school in Townsend Harris with a date in the quarterfinals awaiting the winner.
7- Fannie Lou Hamer (20-3)- A dominating defensive performance booked Fannie Lou back into the Round of 16 as they held Bronx H.S. for Law, Government, and Justice to just 13 first half points en route to a 60-44 win. Amir Hughes had 20 points himself to lead the Panthers who next up will see themselves in a Round of 16 battle on Monday against another tough squad in Gregorio Luperon.
8- Trinity School (15-4)- Having lost to Portledge 61-50 in the NYSAIS Semifinals a couple weeks ago now, Trinity may have fallen short of their season goal of a NYSAIS title but they will bring back a nice amount of their core talent from this past season, and with a style of play that seemed to give everyone fits this past season there is little doubt that the future is bright for this Manhattan based power.
9- Cathedral Prep (21-5)- A new team into our rankings, Cathedral proved themselves to be the class of the CHSAA this season in Class B and that was punctuated off on Friday evening with a 77-64 victory over St. John's Prep to win the Class B CHSAA City Championship. Nick Guillen was the Player of the Year in the league proving to be an outstanding scoring weapon in leading the Crusaders to the title. Cathedral's run isn't over though as on Saturday they will head to the Buffalo area to take on St. Mary's of Lancaster for the CHSAA Class B State Championship at Erie Community College.
10- Baruch College Campus (17-2)- Making their inaugural appearance into the Class B rankings at just the right time is Baruch who opened their playoff run with a 37-31 win over Leon Goldstein on Wednesday in the Round of 32. David Heller had 15 points and 14 rebounds to command the paint and lead the way for the Bearcats who will next meet up with BCAM on Tuesday in a Round of 16 game with the winner going off to the quarterfinals over the weekend.
Adams Street Academy (15-5)
Bard H.S. Early College (18-6)
Comprehensive Model School (16-1)
Summit Academy (14-5)