New York High School: Boys & Girls

Final boys basketball poll

March, 26, 2012
After two straight unsuccessful trips to the State Federation tournament, Boys & Girls is the the best in the state after its win against Mount Vernon. With that win, the Kangaroos end the season as our No. 1 team. Here's the final poll.

1. Boys & Girls (26-6/(LW: 2): Boys & Girls proved that it perhaps flew under the radar early this season, but it clearly ends as the best team in the City, having beaten virtually every team in this top 10 poll on the way to the State Federation crown.

2. St. Raymond (21-10)/(LW: 1): St. Raymond figured to be one of the best teams in the city with a strong senior class and it backed it up by winning the CHSAA title. Next year will be tough with a couple key players gone but there are still quality pieces left.

3. Thomas Jefferson (25-7) /(LW: 3): Jefferson perhaps was the surprise team of the season as it went from the fourth-best team in Brooklyn to just a few shots away from winning the PSAL title. The Orange Wave should be good again next year.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross didn't make much noise in the preseason but showed that it belonged with anybody by winning the Brooklyn/Queens title. The loss of a few key seniors could slow it down next season.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Cardinal Hayes has established itself as one of the top programs in New York City, but will have to deal with a large group of seniors graduating. There is talent in the backcourt, though.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount was another team that flew under the radar only to make lots of noise in the postseason. Like other teams on this list, the question is going to be how can it respond next season with the loss of key seniors.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 7): Christ the King fell short in its quest for a third straight title this season but will be right back in the mix next year. A strong and talented backcourt will complement a frontcourt that has some size.

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 8): Wings has been so close to getting to the PSAL final but has fallen short in the semifinal the last two years. It will have some young pieces next year and could be in for another good year.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 9): This year was a disappointment for Lincoln but the Coney Island school will be right back at it next season. A strong backcourt will keep Lincoln near the top of this poll all season.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore has to look at this season as disappointing considering its expectations, but it should be strong again next year. Of course, playing in Brooklyn AA is never an easy task for any school.

Boys High wins State Federation AA title

March, 25, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tournament MVP Leroy Fludd had 25 points as Boys and Girls topped Mount Vernon 66-60 in the Class AA final Sunday at the New York State Boys Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.

Wesley Myers added 17 points as the Kangaroos (13-3) notched their first state title.

Randy Stevens scored 15 points and Isaiah Cousins added 13 for the Knights (23-3).

Myers' steal set up a traditional three-point play with three seconds left in the first half to cap a 14-0 run. That gave Boys and Girls a 31-22 lead at the break and put the Kangaroos ahead for good.

Boys and Girls, from Brooklyn in the Public Schools Athletic League, beat St. Raymond 66-54 in Saturday's semifinal. Mount Vernon represented the Public High School Athletic Association out of Westchester County.

State Federation tournament preview

March, 22, 2012
The New York State Federation tournament takes over Albany this weekend as the best in the state will be crowned. Here's what to look for from the New York City teams in each bracket.

Boys AA
St. Raymond vs. Boys & Girls; Winner vs. Mt. Vernon

THE SKINNY: Mount Vernon is the defending champion and will meet the winner of the St. Raymond vs. Boys & Girls. These two teams met once this season, with St. Raymond winning the game on a last-second shot. This meeting should be another great game as both teams are hot. No matter who wins, Mount Vernon will be a tough out in the final.

Girls AA
Nazareth vs. Cicero-North Syracuse; Winner vs. Murry Bergtraum

THE SKINNY: Nazareth is the favorite here as the defending champion. The Lady Kingsmen are simply the most talented team in the field, although CNS has the best player in Connecticut-bound forward Breanna Stewart. Those two teams meet in the semifinals with the winner getting Murry Bergtraum in the final. The Lady Blazers are the underdogs.

Boys A
Long Island Lutheran vs. Brooklyn Collegiate/Iona Prep vs. Harborfields

THE SKINNY: This is a very competitive field, featuring the defending champion in Long Island Lutheran. Iona Prep has been a solid team all season and certainly could walk away with the title. Brooklyn Collegiate has a tall task with Long Island Lutheran. The final very easily could be Iona Prep taking on Long Island Lutheran in the final and the Gaels certainly have a good chance to win it all.

Girls A
Rochester East vs. Bishop Loughlin; Winner vs. Curtis

THE SKINNY: A new Class A champion will be crowned but the title could be coming back to New York City for the second straight year. Bishop Loughlin has been one of the best teams all season, including the AA, and has to be considered the favorite in this bracket. If it gets by Rochester East, it gets a meeting with Curtis. The Lady Warriors will present a tough challenge in the final for either team.

Boys B
Nazareth vs. Bishop Ludden/Collegiate vs. Pathways Prep

THE SKINNY: This is certainly an intriguing bracket. Collegiate is the four-time defending champion but certainly has its work cut out for it. Its semifinal opponent, Pathways Prep, has one of the top prospects in New York City in Jordan Washington. Nazareth, on the other side of the bracket, is an impressive athletic team that can create problems, if the teams meet. Whoever wins this bracket will certainly have earned its championship.

Girls B
Scholars Academy vs. Long Island Lutheran/Irvington vs. Cardinal O'Hara

THE SKINNY: Long Island Lutheran will look to defend is title and is the favorite in this field. Last year, it bested Irvington in the final and that could be the same case once again. Scholars Academy is back in the bracket once again, after falling to Irvington in the semifinals last year. We'll see if Scholars Academy can change its luck around this time and win the title.

Boys basketball poll: March 19

March, 19, 2012
And then there were two. After Boys & Girls defeated Thomas Jefferson to win its third straight Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title, the Kangaroos and St. Raymond are the only two AA teams left. They will meet in the semifinals of the New York State Federation tournament, with a spot against Mount Vernon in the final on the line. Here's this week's poll.

1. St. Raymond (21-9)/(LW: 2): St. Raymond defeated Boys & Girls on a buzzer beater earlier this year and will try to make it 2-0 vs. the Brooklyn power.

2. Boys & Girls (24-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls is back in the New York State Federation tournament, after losing last year in the semifinals to eventual champ Mount Vernon.

3. Thomas Jefferson (25-7) /(LW: 1): Jefferson lost a tough game to Boys & Girls in the AA final but had a great season overall and outperformed most expectations.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross had quite the successful season, winning the Brooklyn/Queens tournament final and making the Archdiocesan final.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Those two losses to St. Raymond at the end of the year have to sting, considering the Cardinals won the first two games.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount gave it all it had this year, making the Archdiocesan final and then upsetting Christ the King in the Intersectional tournament.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 7): Would Christ the King have won the Intersectional title had it won or made the Brooklyn/Queens tournament final?

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 8): Wings easily could have been playing against Boys & Girls but that final minute of the game against Jefferson has to be haunting it.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 9): Lincoln is going to have to try and stop its rival Boys & Girls from owning New York City as the Kangaroos have won three straight.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore beat the eventual PSAL champ earlier this year, which has to make the team wonder if it underachieved this year.

Rapid Reaction: Boys 71, Jefferson 67

March, 17, 2012

Boys & Girls defeated Jefferson, 71-67, for the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Kangaroos won their third straight title and Jefferson failed in its quest to win its first title since 1954.

THE FOURTH QUARTER: Boys & Girls led 52-46 going into the fourth quarter and Jefferson cut it to 58-56 with 2:46 remaining on a layup by Thaddeus Hall. Joel Angus scored off an offensive rebound to boost the lead to 60-56 with 2:33 left and Hall hit two free throws to make it a two-point game. Leroy Fludd followed with a layup before Hall was hit with an offensive foul. Shakur Pinder's putback again made it a six-point lead.

Jefferson rallied in the final minute, cutting it to 68-65 with 29.2 seconds left on a 3-point shot by Jaquan Lynch. Tyliek Kimbrough hit two free throws with 20 seconds left but Jefferson quickly made it 70-67. Fludd hit the second of two free throws and Jefferson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Boys won.

STRONG START: Boys & Girls, in the game for the third straight year, showed why experience mattered as it came out of the gate strong. It led 22-20 after the first and 41-35 at the half, in large part due to an amazing effort from Rashad Andrews. The guard had 21 points in just 12 minutes of action, hitting all four of his 3-point shots.

SEASON SERIES: This win by Boys & Girls evened the teams at 2-2 on the year. The teams split in the regular season before Jefferson won the Brooklyn borough title.

STATS: Andrews led all players with 26 points, despite fouling out. He went 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and was 7-of-10 from the floor. Fludd had 17 to help him. For Jefferson, Hall scored 17 while Lynch contributed 18.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR BATTLE: Many believe this game could be the determining factor in who would be the PSAL player of the year and Fludd gets the edge in this game. He scored 17 and contributed 12 rebounds in a winning effort, while Hall had 17 points. Hall had scorched the Kangaroos in two straight games before Boys High clamped down this time.

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls advances to the New York State Federation Tournament.

Boys Class AA final: Jefferson vs. Boys

March, 16, 2012
WHO: No. 1 Jefferson vs. No. 2 Boys & Girls

WHERE: Madison Square Garden

WHEN: Saturday, Noon

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: The Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title is on the line as Boys & Girls will meet Thomas Jefferson at Madison Square Garden. Boys & Girls will be attempting to have a a three-peat while Jefferson will be looking for its first title since 1954. This is the fourth meeting between the teams, with Jefferson up 2-1.

Jefferson entered the season as the supposed No. 4 team in Brooklyn but instead won the division title outright and then won the Brooklyn borough tournament. The Orange Wave are led by perhaps the best player in New York City this season, Thaddeus Hall, and see that their first title in more than 50 years is in reach.

Boys & Girls will be going for the historic three-peat of titles. Boys & Girls was supposed to challenge for a title and lived up that reputation. The High knows that Jefferson has been able to get the upper hand in two of the three meetings this season, but it has the experience of playing at MSG and could use that in the title game.


Jefferson senior guard Thaddeus Hall
Jefferson junior guard Jaquan Lynch
Jefferson sophomore guard Patrick Brown
Boys & Girls Senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls junior guard Wesley Myers
Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus


Jefferson: Lawrence "Bud" Pollard
Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace


No. 1 Jefferson (24-6)

Nov. 26: 72-67 win vs. Campus Magnet
Dec. 1: 77-57 win vs. Grady
Dec. 3: 92-81 loss vs. Christ the King
Dec. 6: 65-55 win at Robeson
Dec. 7: Win vs. team from Australia
Dec. 8: 76-73 win at South Shore
Dec. 13: 75-71 loss vs. Lincoln
Dec. 15: 71-63 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 16: 63-62 win vs. Boyd Anderson (Fla.)
Dec. 17: 53-44 win vs. Sagemont (Fla.)
Dec. 18: 75-60 loss vs. Coral Srpings Christian (Fla.)
Dec. 19: 54-46 loss vs. Aquinas (Fla.)
Dec. 23: 78-56 win vs. Westinghouse
Jan. 3: 86-84 loss at Boys & Girls
Jan. 5: 78-64 win at Grady
Jan. 10: 56-55 win vs. Robeson
Jan 12: 64-60 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 17: 82-77 win at Lincoln
Jan. 19: 73-51 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 31: 95-92 win vs. Boys & Girls
Feb. 2: 63-53 win at George Westinghouse
Feb. 7: 103-83 win vs. Lafayette
Feb. 9: 52-50 win vs. South Shore
Feb. 11: 68-62 win vs. Boys & Girls
Feb. 15: 71-60 loss vs. St. Anthony (N.J.)
Feb. 29: 86-76 win vs. Robeson
March 4: 80-61 win vs. Wadleigh
March 10: 72-68 win vs. Wings Academy

No. 2 Boys & Girls (23-6)

Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)
Jan. 27: 70-65 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 28: 63-61 win at Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 31: 95-92 loss at Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 2: 72-65 win vs. Lincoln
Feb. 7: 87-45 win vs. Bedford Academy
Feb. 9: 59-52 win at Lincoln
Feb. 11: 68-62 loss vs. Jefferson
Feb. 16: 78-77 loss at St. Raymond
Feb. 28: 74-53 win vs. Gompers
March 4: 63-51 win vs. south Shore
March 10: 72-63 win vs. Lincoln

Hall vs. Fludd could determine top player

March, 14, 2012
As Leroy “Truck” Fludd and Thaddeus Hall battle for the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title Saturday, the two stars will also be squaring off for individual supremacy.

Fludd, a forward for Boys & Girls, and Hall, a guard for Jefferson, have been the two best players in the PSAL, if not New York City. Talk to the Kangaroos, they’ll tell you Fludd is the best in the league. Ask the Orange Wave, and Hall is the guy on the top of their list.

Saturday, that debate should be settled. A win will likely be the validating stamp on the victor’s PSAL player of the year resume. The two teams meet at noon at Madison Square Garden.

‘We’re the top two players in the PSAL,” Fludd said. “Whoever wins, this game decides who gets Player of the Year.”

While both players are on teams full of stars, they are the two who have galvanized their teams the most. In the city-wide battle for top player, they’re in the mix with Christ the King’s Omar Calhoun and St. Raymond’s Daniel Dingle.

Fludd is a powerful forward who can control the paint. He averaged 21.1 points and 13.3 rebounds in league games, according to the PSAL. Hall is an outside threat who can knife the lane with ease, averaging 17.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. Hall said win or lose, he believes he’s the top player in New York City, even adding that he believes Wesley Myers has carried Boys High this year.

They both believe they have the upper edge against their opponent one-on-one. Hall said Fludd can’t guard him, saying he’s too slow to keep up. Fludd said Hall has never been able to guard him and added that Hall does not play defense.

Hall, a senior who missed games this due to academic ineligibility, has the edge as he is 2-0 against Fludd this season. He scored 30 points in the first win and then followed up with 34 in the Brooklyn borough final. Fludd scored a combined 35 points in those two losses.

“I think this game decides it,” Myers said. “I think Truck is focused and he knows what he has to do to get what he wants and we support him as a teammate and as brothers.”

Boys & Girls coach Ruth Lovelace believes her star does more on the court, as she said Fludd is able to defend all players and is a consistent rebounder. She also mentioned how Fludd has yet to miss a game.

Jefferson coach Bud Pollard said that Hall is the better player, especially away from the hoop. He mentioned the difference in the teams, as Jefferson is inexperienced compared to the two-time defending champions, and Hall has worked with less around him.

“A win puts a stamp on it and throughout the City,” Pollard said. “He’ll definitely be the Player of the Year (if he wins). Hopefully it works out for him and hopefully works out for the team. Individual success comes with team success.”

Both players aren’t shy about talking about their team’s chances on Saturday. Fludd guaranteed victory against Jefferson. Hall does not see his team losing this game.

Only one of them will be right. And only one will be feeling better about his player of the year chances after Saturday.

“I’m the star of my team, he’s the star of his team and they won the last two championships and we’re an up and coming team,” Hall said. “That’s how they are always going to do it in New York City.”

Boys basketball poll: March 12

March, 12, 2012
After a great week of hoops, St. Raymond is the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional champion and the PSAL has its final set between Thomas Jefferson and Boys & Girls. Those are the only three Class AA teams left in New York City and two of them will represent the Big Apple at the State Federation tournament in Albany next weekend.

1. Thomas Jefferson (25-6) /(LW: 1): Jefferson survived a scare against Wings Academy and heads to the final as the favorite, as it has bested Boys & Girls two of three times.

2. St. Raymond (21-9)/(LW: 2): St. Raymond rallied to take down Cardinal Hayes and then vanquished Holy Cross to win its first title since back-to-back crowns in 2003-04.

3. Boys & Girls (23-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls built up an early lead against rival Lincoln and then held off the Railsplitters late, and will now try to win its third straight title.

4. Holy Cross (24-5)/(LW: 4): Holy Cross didn't have enough size inside to defeat St. Raymond and fell in the tittle game as it tried to win its second title in five years.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-5)/(LW: 5): Hayes couldn't hold an eight-point lead late against St. Raymond and watched its rivals instead go on to win the Class AA title.

6. Mount (21-8)/(LW: 6): Mount could not carry over its momentum from beating Christ the King as it lost by 15 to Holy Cross in the semifinals of the tournament.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 2): Christ the King easily could have been playing for the Intersectional title but instead had to watch the title game for the first time in three years.

8. Wings (26-4)/(LW: 9): Wings saw its season end in a heartbreaking loss to Jefferson but fought to the final minute with the league's top seed.

9. Lincoln (19-10)/(LW: 8): It's easy to say that this season did not go as planned for Lincoln, which had so much talent but could not put it all together.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore at least can say it lost to a title game finalist for the second straight season, if that's any consolation.

Rapid Reaction: Boys 72, Lincoln 63

March, 11, 2012
For a long time, it was the Lincoln boys basketball team that ruled Brooklyn and New York City. From 2002-09, it won seven city championships.

Lately, though, it has been Boys and Girls that has ruled the city.

After beating Lincoln for the third time this season on Saturday in the Public Schools Athletic Class semifinals, the Kangaroos are headed back to Madison Square Garden as they attempt to three-peat as city champions and firmly establish themselves as the team that runs New York.

“I don't think it really sunk in yet, but it's definitely a great feeling,” Boys and Girls head coach Ruth Lovelace said of her chance to three-peat. “There are only two teams to go and to be blessed to be one of them is really amazing. I'm just so humble as a coach, I don't really speak out to things like that.”

Boys and Girls had won the two previous games against Lincoln, but Lincoln didn’t have its star player, Isaiah Whitehead, for a full game in either of the first two matchups. Whitehead played Saturday but it didn’t matter as Boys High beat Lincoln, 72-63, at St. John’s University in Queens to advance to the PSAL finals.

EARLY FOUL TROUBLE: Boys and Girls knows that Whitehead is one of the most talented players in the city so the game plan was to try to get him into foul trouble. It didn’t take long for that to happen on Saturday as Whitehead committed a pair of fouls in the first two minutes of the game and quickly found himself on the bench.

“Isaiah got in foul trouble early and that was really big,” Leroy “Truck” Fludd said. “That changed the game a lot because that's their best player and for him to get out of the game early that really messed them up and they weren't focused.”

Whitehead sat on the bench for most of the game and fouled out in the final minutes. He finished with 13 points and was never the dominant force Lincoln needed him to be.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: With Whitehead in foul trouble early and Tafari Whittingham still out due to a suspension, Lincoln had trouble finding consistent scoring early. It managed to hang in there in the first quarter, but in the second, Boys High built up a seven-point lead.

In the third quarter, things completely unraveled for Lincoln. Wesley Myers and Rashad Andrews pushed the lead to 13 points and frustration took over for Lincoln. Boys and Girls went 11-for-17 from the line in the final four minutes of that quarter and led by 19 after three.

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: Lincoln started clawing back in the fourth quarter when Rakim Lasane and Whitehead led a 14-2 run, putting the Railsplitters down just eight points. However, there was just 1:33 left at the end of the run, not enough time to finish the comeback.

With the seconds ticking off the clock, Lincoln had no other choice but to start fouling Boys and Girls. The Kangaroos made nine of 14 shots from the line in that final 1:33.

STATS: Wesley Myers finished the game with 21 points and five assists, Fludd had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Andrews had 10. Rakim Lasane had 14 for Lincoln, Whitehead had 13 and Ethan Telfair had 10.

UP NEXT: It’s all on the line as Boys and Girls heads to the Garden next week as it takes on Jefferson in the two team’s fourth matchup this season. Jefferson has a 2-1 advantage.

Boys basketball poll: March 5

March, 5, 2012
There's only eight teams left in the Class AA after this weekend's crazy slate of games. Christ the King, the two-time defending CHSAA champion, fell in the quarterfinal to Mount St. Michael, meaning the CHSAA will have a new champion. Over in the PSAL, three of the teams left are from Brooklyn with Wings Academy also getting to the semifinals. Here's the poll.

1. Thomas Jefferson (24-6) /(LW: 1): Top-seeded Jefferson is in the semifinals after it defeated Robeson and Wadleigh this week. It will face Wings Academy.

2. St. Raymond (19-9)/(LW: 3): St. Raymond is in the semifinals for the third straight year and will try to advance to the final when it takes on Cardinal Hayes.

3. Boys & Girls (22-6/(LW: 4): Boys & Girls had an impressive win against South Shore and is now getting ready for a fourth meeting with rival Lincoln.

4. Holy Cross (23-4)/(LW: 5): Holy Cross came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Molloy and now will face Mount St. Michael in the semifinals.

5. Cardinal Hayes (24-4)/(LW: 6): Hayes defeated both St. Francis Prep and Bishop Loughlin easily as it advanced to the semifinals to face St. Raymond.

6. Mount (21-7)/(LW: 9): Mount had the upset of the weekend as it took down Christ the King in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals against Holy Cross.

7. Christ the King (19-8)/(LW: 2): CK saw its season come to an end early as it fell to Mount St. Michael in the quarters, ending hopes of a three-peat.

8. Lincoln (19-9)/(LW: 7): Lincoln held off Curtis in the quarterfinals and now will try to exact revenge in the semifinals against Boys & Girls.

9. Wings (26-3)/(LW: 9): Wings barely beat Eagle Academy but took down Cardozo in the quarterfinals to setup a game with Jefferson in the semifinals.

10. South Shore (18-10)/(LW: 10): South Shore came into the year hoping for grand results but instead lost in the quarterfinals to Boys & Girls for the second straight year.

Rapid Reax: Boys 63, South Shore 51

March, 4, 2012
Coming off back-to-back championships, Boys and Girls felt like it wasn't getting its due respect. Some of that was attributed to the Kangaroos losing talented players like Mike Taylor, Antoine Slaughter, and Malik Nichols to graduation.

However, Leroy “Truck” Fludd hasn’t graduated and he is letting everybody in the city know he’s still here as he led second-seeded Boys and Girls to a 63-51 victory over seventh-seeded South Shore Sunday afternoon in the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA quarterfinals at St. John’s in Queens. Boys advances to the semifinals to face third-seeded Lincoln.

“Truck is that guy that has been on two championship teams, he's been around a lot of big games, he knows what it takes,” Boys High’s head coach Ruth Lovelace said. “I'm constantly on him to be a leader because he's been there.”

SETTING THE TONE: South Shore didn’t have an answer for Fludd in the first quarter. He set the tone early by hitting a three from the corner for the first score of the game. A few seconds later, he scored again in transition and his dunk that put Boys and Girls up 12-5 after one was his ninth point that quarter.

That early lead let Boys High play at the pace it wanted to throughout the game and allowed it to keep a comfortable distance between the two teams until the very end.

FREE THROWS DECIDE GAMES: After gaining an 11-point lead midway through the second quarter, South Shore (18-10) never got back to within more than nine the rest of the game. Boys High (22-6) played a sloppy fourth quarter, though, which gave Shore a chance to mount a comeback, but it missed too many free throws down the stretch.

“It's hard to beat anybody missing that many free throws,” South Shore head coach Mike Beckles said about his team that shot 12-for-27 from the line.

BRYCE STEPPING UP: Tyliek Kimbrough started the season as Boys High’s main point guard, but after he missed a few games due to academic ineligibility, Bryce Jones had to step up in that position. At first though the transition wasn’t smooth, but over the course of the season his game has grown to the point where Boys and Girl’s entire offense runs through him.

“I think Bryce has improved so much, especially late in the season,” Lovelace said. “He's always been a gamer and really talented, but his strength and his size didn't really allow you to see how good he really is. I would say he's the smartest player we've got in terms of knowing the game.”

STATS: Fludd led everyone with 20 points. Jones had 12 and Rashad Andrews had 10 for Boys and Girls. For South Shore, Wayne Martin led with 14, Terrence Samuel was held to just eight and Shamiek Sheppard only had six.

UP NEXT: Boys High takes a week off as it prepares for the semifinals next week against Lincoln. It will be the fourth time the two teams will meet and Boys leads the series two to one.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 27

February, 27, 2012
A crazy week in the CHSAA saw St. Raymond win the Archdiocesan title and Holy Cross take the Brooklyn/Queens championship. Since Christ the King lost, we have a new No. 1 this week once again. Here's this week's poll:

1. Thomas Jefferson (22-6) /(LW: 2): Jefferson moves back into the top spot with Christ the King's loss and faces Robeson in the second round.

2. Christ the King (18-7)/(LW: 1): CK had been as hot as any team in New York City before suffering a loss to Bishop Loughlin. We still think they're the team to beat in the CHSAA.

3. St. Raymond (18-9)/(LW: 5): St. Ray's is on an absolute tear after defeating Cardinal Hayes and Mount St. Michael to win the Archdiocesan tournament.

4. Boys & Girls (20-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls will face Samuel Gompers in the second round.

5. Holy Cross (22-4)/(LW: 9): Holy Cross won Brooklyn/Queens and will meet the winner of Molloy vs. St. Peter's in the quarters.

6. Cardinal Hayes (22-4)/(LW: 4): Hayes lost for the first time in three games against St. Raymond but could see the Ravens again.

7. Lincoln (17-8)/(LW: 6): Lincoln will face Beach Channel/Channel View in the second round.

8. Wings (24-3)/(LW: 7): Wings takes on Bronx rival Eagle Academy in the second round.

9. Mount (20-7/(LW: 10): Mount fell just short in its bid to take down St. Ray's in the tournament final.

10. South Shore (17-9)/(LW: 8): South Shore draws JFK in the second round.

Boys' Angus planning on postgraduate year

February, 24, 2012
With no college offers on the table, Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus III told on Friday that he is planning to do a postgraduate year next year.

The senior did say, though, that it likely could change if he were to be offered a scholarship sometime between now and the live recruiting period in April.

"I decided (on a postgraduate year) just because I don't have any offers and prep school gives me another opportunity to do that and just another opportunity to develop more," Angus said.

The forward said he decided last week that he would head to a prep school and his father has been searching around for schools. He said he would like to attend a school in New England. He's receiving interest from Duquesne, Marist, Quinnipiac, Hofstra and Colgate but none of the schools have offered him the coveted scholarship.

"I'm surprised I haven't got an offer," Angus said. "I think I did enough to receive an offer from a Division I school."

Angus, who averaged 8.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in league games according to the Public Schools Athletic League website, said his AAU coach told him that he has to make the best of the situation. Angus is looking at the postgraduate year as a chance to showcase himself all over again.

He is in his first year at Boys & Girls after transferring from Bishop Loughlin and he been a key reason why the Kangaroos are ranked No. 3 in New York City by

"It will help me as far as everything is involved," Angus said of the postgraduate year. "I can get a higher SAT score and it can help me on the basketball court and help me mature. Being away from home for the first time, I will experience something different."

With a live recruiting period open beginning on April 5 and lasting through April 18, that is when Angus would hope that he would be able to get some offers, which could sway him from attending a prep school.

"It could likely change in April," he said of a scholarship offer making him change his mind.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 20

February, 20, 2012
It seems like this happened last year. Christ the King fell to the middle of the pack in the rankings as it lost a few games, only to make a late surge to the top spot. That's the case this year as the Royals are back to No. 1, which is where they opened the season. Here's this week's poll.

1. Christ the King (18-6)/(LW: 2): CK defeated Burke Catholic and is riding high into the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs, where it's the No. 1 seed.

2. Thomas Jefferson (22-6) /(LW: 1): Jefferson lost a tough game to undefeated St. Anthony (N.J.) but bounced back with a nice neutral win vs. Xaverian.

3. Boys & Girls (20-6/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls fell to St. Raymond on the road in a buzzer beater and stays ahead of Hayes due to their head-to-head win.

4. Cardinal Hayes (22-3)/(LW: 4): Hayes went 2-0 this week against Fordham and will prepare for a tough game against St. Ray's in the Archdiocesan semis.

5. St. Raymond (16-9)/(LW: 10): When you beat Lincoln and Boys & Girls on back-to-back days, you're going to move up the rankings like the Ravens did.

6. Lincoln (17-8)/(LW: 5): Lincoln lost at home to St. Raymond but should be with point guard Isaiah Whitehead this week, which would change its team.

7. Wings (24-3)/(LW: 6): Wings had the week off and is preparing for its PSAL second round game against Bronx foe Eagle Academy.

8. South Shore (17-9)/(LW: 7): South Shore is getting ready for what might be the most intriguing second round game when its hosts JFK.

9. Holy Cross (20-4)/(LW: 8): Holy Cross had a nice week with wins over Fordham Prep and Bishop Loughlin and is the two seed in the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs.

10. Mount (19-6/(LW: Unranked): Mount works it way back into the rankings and will be preparing for its Archdiocesan semifinal game against St. Peter's.

PSAL boys AA predictions

February, 15, 2012
The Public Schools Athletic League boys basketball Class AA Tournament begins on Wednesday with the first round of games. We asked our high school writers Matt Ehalt, Rob Abruzzese and Christopher Hunt to give us their predictions and dissect the tournament.

Here are the seeds for the tournament:

1. Thomas Jefferson (14-2 Brooklyn AA)
2. Boys & Girls (11-3 Brooklyn AA)
3. Lincoln (11-3 Brooklyn AA)
4. Wings Academy (16-0 Bronx AA)
5. Cardozo (12-2 Queens AA)
6. Curtis (14-0 Staten Island A)
7. South Shore (9-5 Brooklyn AA)
8. Wadleigh (15-1 Manhattan AA)
9. Bayside (12-2 Queens AA)
10. JFK (13-3 Bronx AA)
11. Campus Magnet (11-3 Queens AA)
12. McKee/SI Tech (11-3 Staten Island A)
13. Transit Tech (5-9 Brooklyn AA)
14. Beach Channel/Channel View (9-5 Queens AA)
15. Samuel Gompers (10-6 Bronx AA)
16. Lehman (10-6 Bronx AA)
17. Paul Robeson (4-10 Brooklyn AA)
18. Manhattan Center (7-9 Manhattan AA)
19. Thurgood Marshall Academy (6-10 Manhattan AA)
20. Eagle Academy (3-13 Bronx AA)
21. Martin Van Buren (5-9 Queens AA)
22. James Monroe (5-11 Bronx AA)
23. Forrest Hills (4-10 Queens AA)


EHALT: Jefferson: Think about this for a moment: In Brooklyn AA, arguably the toughest division in America, Jefferson went 6-2 against Lincoln, South Shore and Boys & Girls. This team truly earned its No. 1 ranking in every which way and has been the dominant team in the PSAL over the past month. There might not be a team playing better basketball in New York City than Thomas Jefferson.

ABRUZZESE: Boys & Girls: After winning back-to-back PSAL championships the Kangaroos are the team to beat until somebody proves they can stop them.

HUNT: Thomas Jefferson: The Orange Wave, led by 32 points and 13 rebounds by Thaddeus Hall, took down Boys & Girls, the city champs, in the Brooklyn AA final. It was also the second time 10 days Jefferson beat the Kangaroos. Even if Boys & Girls has back-to-back titles, the bull’s eye is on Jefferson.


EHALT: JFK: JFK is riding high after it defeated Wings Academy for the Bronx borough title. The Knights handed Wings its first PSAL loss and that could be the type of momentum needed to make a run. If it gets by JFK, it will play South Shore, a team that is capable of beating anyone but could have its eyes set on Boys & Girls in the quarterfinals. JFK could be primed to make a lost of noise.

ABRUZZESE: Wings Academy: By grabbing the four seed, Wings will avoid facing any of the Brooklyn AA teams until the semis so expect the Wings to make a deep run.

HUNT: Lincoln: The Railsplitters are wounded with Isaiah Whitehead out with an ankle injury. But Lincoln still has Travis Charles and Travis Whittingham and if they can find a way to hold the fort without Whitehead in the lineup, it’ll make them more dangerous, and more confident, when he returns.


EHALT: Cardozo:
Cardozo won the Queens borough title after finishing second in the regular season but the question remains about how good this Cardozo team is. It's not as strong as in past years and does not have Jermaine Lawrence anymore, a player who could have made a difference. The Judges haven't been particularly challenged this year and they could have a tough time ahead in the tournament.

ABRUZZESE: South Shore: It could end up facing JFK early in the tournament, a team that has already upset Wings Academy in the borough playoffs.

HUNT: South Shore: They should make it into the quarterfinals at least, but South Shore could see JFK in the second round, a team that upset Wings Academy in the Bronx borough playoffs.


EHALT: Lincoln over Jefferson: Call me crazy but I think Lincoln is ready to make a run to the title. It's arguably as talented as any team in New York City but has battled injuries and has not played as well as it should. I think that changes in the playoffs. Lincoln goes on a run, defeating Boys & Girls in the semifinals, and then wins the title in a thriller against Jefferson.

ABRUZZESE: Jefferson over Boys & Girls: Jefferson has an easier path to The Garden and should be able to make it all the way there while Boys & Girls will be able to take advantage of Lincoln's chemistry issues to go back for the third time in three years. Unfortunately, Boys doesn't have the weapons to beat Jefferson in the finals though.

HUNT: Boys & Girls over Jefferson: The Kangaroos could have a tough road while trying to win their third straight city title. But the defending champions have proved, in spurts, they can beat any team in the city. It helps that they’ve been there before.


EHALT: Robeson over Lehman; MSIT over Van Buren; Eagle Academy over Transit Tech; Beach Channel over Thurgood Marshall; JFK over Forest Hills; Gompers over Manhattan Center; Jefferson over Lehman; Wadleigh over Bayside; Cardozo over MSIT; Wings over Eagle; Lincoln over Beach Channel; Curtis over Campus Magnet; South Shore over JFK; Boys & Girls over Gompers; Jefferson over Wadleigh; Wings over Cardozo; Lincoln over Curtis; Boys & Girls over South Shore; Jefferson over Wings; Lincoln over Boys & Girls.

Lehman over Robeson; MSIT over Van Buren; Eagle Academy over Transit Tech; Beach Channel over Thurgood; Campus Magnet over Monroe; JFK over Forest Hills; Manhattan Center over Gompers; Jefferson over Lehman; Wadleigh over Bayside; Cardozo over MSIT; Wings over Eagle Academy; Lincoln over Beach Channel; Campus Magnet over Curtis; South Shore over JFK; Boys over Manhattan Center; Jefferson over Wadleigh; Wings over Cardozo; Lincoln over Curtis; Boys High over South Shore; Jefferson over Wings; Boys over Lincoln.

Lehman over Robeson; MSIT over Van Buren ; Transit Tech over Eagle Academy; Beach Channel over Thurgood Marshall; Campus Magnet over James Monroe; JFK over Forest Hills; Manhattan Center over Gompers; Jefferson over Lehman; Wadleigh over Bayside; Cardozo over MSIT; Wings Academy over Transit Tech; Lincoln over Beach Channel; Campus Magnet over Curtis; South Shore over JFK; Boys and Girls over Manhattan Center; Jefferson over Wadleigh; Cardozo over Wings Academy; Lincoln over Campus Magnet; Boys and Girls over South Shore; Jefferson over Cardozo; Boys over Lincoln.