New York High School: Cardinal Hayes

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 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.

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.

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.

CHSAA boys Class AA quarterfinals recap

March, 4, 2012
The final four teams for the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional tournament are settled after the league hosted its quarterfinals on Sunday at Fordham University. Holy Cross, Cardinal Hayes and St. Raymond each won, while Mount St. Michael pulled the upset by defeating the two-time defending champion Christ the King. Here's the highlights from the day.

Mount 64, Christ the King 57: In the shocker of the day, the two-time defending league champion Christ the King was stunned by Mount St. Michael in the quarterfinals. Mount (21-7) took the lead for good in the second quarter and held off a late Royals' (19-8) rally.

"I know I'm a pretty lucky guy, there aren't too many guys in our league that have two city championships," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. "At some point, it had to come to an end and there's a reason it hasn't been won three times in a row in 30 years because that's the type of league it is. It's a good league."

Guard Malik Gill led Mount's effort by dropping 30 points on the Royals, helping the team grab a 31-24 lead at the half and making clutch free throws down the stretch. CK played without the benched Isaiah Lewis, but Arbitello did not believe that made a difference in the outcome.

The Mountaineers advance to take on Holy Cross in the semifinals.

Holy Cross 74, Molloy 61: Guided by the goal of not wanting their season to end, Holy Cross avenged an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Molloy in the quarterfinals.

"Halftime we came out and said this can't be the last game of our season," said senior Marquise Moore, who led all scorers with 23 points. "We played harder and with more energy and we knew if we did that we'd have a good chance to win the game."

Molloy (16-12) dominated the first half as it took a 30-19 lead but things fell apart after that. Holy Cross (23-4) owned the second half, going on a huge run in the third to take a 43-42 lead going into the fourth and then opened the game up.

The Knights lost last year in the semifinals to Rice and are aiming for their first title since 2008.

Cardinal Hayes 80, Bishop Loughlin 59: Cardinal Hayes took full advantage of its size advantage against Bishop Loughlin as its big men combination of Amadou Sidibe and Jalen Jenkins combined for 40 points. Sidbe led the way with 21 points and 20 rebounds.

"Coach told me this morning to come out and play hard," Sidibe said. "That's what I made sure I came out here to do."

Hayes (24-4) and Louglhin (13-14) were tied after the first quarter but Hayes opened up the game in the second and took a 36-25 lead into the half. The Lions never challenged the Cardinals during the second half of the contest.

The Cardinals will take on St. Raymond in the semifinals, a team that beat it last time out but a team Hayes is 2-1 against.

St. Raymond 70, All Hallows 54: Senior Daniel Dingle played like a one-man wrecking crew as he had 27 points and eight rebounds to power St. Raymond to the semifinals for the third straight year. The Ravens will be looking to advance to their first final in that stretch.

"The last time we played against them I finished with zero points and fouled out," Dingle said. "I came in with a vengeance and basically went out there and played hard."

The Ravens (19-9) led 11-10 after one and were up 32-27 at the half but broke the game open in the third and fourth quarter. His fellow post player, Kerwin Okoro, added 14 points and 13 rebounds for St. Raymond as it went 4-0 vs. All Hallows this year.

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 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.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 13

February, 13, 2012
Thomas Jefferson survived the Brooklyn borough playoffs and has thus retained its No. 1 ranking heading inot the playoffs. Here's this week's rankings.

1. Thomas Jefferson (21-5) /(LW: 1): Jefferson won the borough title and beat South Shore and Boys & Girls in the process. Great week for the Orange Wave.

2. Christ the King (17-6)/(LW: 2): CK had a great rally against Holy Cross to pick up its 17th win of the season last Friday night.

3. Boys & Girls (20-5/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls defeated Lincoln for the second time in three tries but blew a big lead against Jefferson in the borough playoffs.

4. Cardinal Hayes (20-3)/(LW: 5): Hayes rebounded with a strong week that included wins at home against Mount St. Michael and St. Raymond.

5. Lincoln (17-7)/(LW: 4): Lincoln lost to Boys & Girls at home but it is not at full strength. It has a big test this week as it hosts St. Raymond.

6. Wings (24-3)/(LW: 6): Wings was defeated in the Bronx borough playoffs, which likely prevented the team from being the No. 3 seed for the PSAL playoffs.

7. South Shore (17-9)/(LW: 7): South Shore blew a huge lead against Jefferson in the Brooklyn borough playoffs and then was given the No. 7 seed in the playoffs.

8. Holy Cross (18-4)/(LW: 8): Holy Cross failed to execute down the stretch against Christ the King and saw its chance for a big upset get sidelined.

9. Curtis (24-4)/(LW: 10): Curtis is simply on a roll, steamrolling through the Staten Island Tournament and pounding St. Peter's in the final.

10. St. Raymond (13-9)/(LW: 9): It's easy to say St. Ray's has not played up to expectations so far this season. The Ravens were pounded by Hayes this past week.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 6

February, 6, 2012
Raise your hand if you thought Thomas Jefferson would outright win the Brooklyn AA title. It seems we all underestimated Jefferson and the Orange Wave are now the No. 1 team in New York City heading into the borough playoffs. Christ the King also moves up to No. 2 with its impressive wins over St. Ray's and Cardinal Hayes. Here's this week's poll.

1. Thomas Jefferson (18-5) /(LW: 4): Jefferson won a tough home game against Boys & Girls and then clinched the division with its win against George Westinghouse.

2. Christ the King (16-6)/(LW: 5): CK moves up three spots and has looked again like the team to beat as it beat St. Ray's and Cardinal Hayes this week.

3. Boys & Girls (18-4)/(LW: 1): Boys & Girls again lost right after being moved up to No. 1 in the poll. It will again have to face Lincoln this week in the borough semifinals.

4. Lincoln (16-6)/(LW: 3): Lincoln had a tough week. It had a win get ruled a double forfeit and then lost to Boys & Girls after losing two key players in the second half.

5. Cardinal Hayes (16-2)/(LW: 1): Hayes went 2-1 this week but its loss to to Christ the King knocks the Cardinals down a few pegs.

6. Wings (22-2)/(LW: 6): Wings is looking to move up but the lack of an elite schedule has kept it from picking up that elite win that will move it up.

7. South Shore (16-8)/(LW: 7): South Shore had a double forfeit loss with Lincoln but rebounded to win its final league game. It will be the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.

8. Holy Cross (18-3)/(LW: 9): Holy Cross only played once this week but took down its rival, St. Francis Prep.

9. St. Raymond (12-8)/(LW: 8): St. Raymond lost a tough game to Christ the King this week and will try to get revenge this week when it heads to Hayes.

10. Curtis (21-4)/(LW: Unranked): The best team on Staten Island is 21-4 and could make some noise in the PSAL AA Tournament .

Rapid Reaction: (5) CK 68, (2) Hayes 52

February, 5, 2012
Omar Calhoun's teammates want to send him out in style this year.

"I know Omar's a leader so we have to help him get a city and state championship this year so that's what we're really trying to do, that's our main goal," Christ the King sophomore center Adonis Delarosa said. "That's what we need to do."

In the last two games, DeLaRosa is certainly doing his part to help Calhoun get to those title games. Calhoun led all scorers with 27 points but Delarosa had nine points and 12 rebounds as No. 5 Christ the King beat No. 2 Cardinal Hayes, 68-52, at home Saturday in Middle Village.

The win capped a big two-game stretch for Delarosa and Christ the King as they defeated Hayes and CHSAA power St. Raymond, reasserting themselves as the league favorite. Delarosa, normally a reserve, also scored 12 points against St. Ray's on Friday.

"We can't say we're the favorites but we had something to prove and I think we proved it today and yesterday," Delarosa said.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The game was close throughout and was tied at 52-52 with 4:26 left but Christ the King (15-6) finished the game on a 16-0 run. Calhoun hit a big 3 to give his team a 59-52 lead and then had a huge block on the other end. Hayes (18-3) just could not buy a basket in the final minutes.

"We were really emphasizing our defensive principles, basic fundamentals and I think it showed there," CK coach Joe Arbitello said.

THE UNSUNG HERO: Delarosa was matched up against New York City's top man, Amadou Sidibe, and did a great job containing him. He held Sidibe to just 10 points in the game and nearly matched him. By adding 12 rebounds, he was a critical part of the win.

"I feel great," Delarosa said. "I know I'm a sophomore and everything and these guys are good and all that and I want to show the world and I want to show these guys that I am good enough to play at this level as well."

GAME MVP: Calhoun led all scorers with 27 points. He scored 13 of those points in the fourth quarter and also had five rebounds His big three-pointer that made it 59-52 was a dagger.

"I said at the timeout, we have who I think should be an All-American on the court, let's run everything through him and a very good play for him and the key was Adonis set the screen for him," Arbitello said of the big 3-point shot. "Adonis is a big dude. He was able to come off Adonis and get an easy look."

CONTROVERSY: In the final seconds, Calhoun scored on an uncontested layup to make it 68-52, which did not sit well with Cardinal Hayes.

Hayes head coach Joe Lods said he was upset that his team let Calhoun lay it in, but didn't call out Calhoun for the basket. He said that play should have been football for his team.

"At St. Francis Prep (where Lods attended high school), we tackle that kid and then we go after his family," said Lods, who is often one to joke after games and seemed to be joking. "My kids haven't learned that yet."

He added: "I tell my kids the way you handle things says a lot about you. You can let the kid lay it up and then at the handshake line ask for his autograph or you can say, 'Wow, I can't believe he just laid that ball up 14. Wow.' Go in the locker room fired up."

Sidibe seemed to receive the message. The normally reserved center did not hold mince any words about the late basket.

"It was (expletive) what he did," Sidibe told reporters, when asked about his coach's line about tackling Calhoun in that spot. "I wish I had tackled him. I can't wait to see them again."

Arbitello, meanwhile, called it nonsense that Hayes had problems with the late score. He said that he told his team to hold the ball but when Hayes was pressing his guys with about 10 seconds left, his team passed it up court to score.

UP NEXT: Christ the King will host St. Francis Prep on Tuesday. Cardinal Hayes will host its rival Mount on Tuesday.

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Boys basketball poll: Jan. 30

January, 30, 2012
Boys & Girls took down a No. 1 team for the second time this season as it defeated Cardinal Hayes on Saturday. For that impressive win, the Kangaroos are No. 1 this week. They will, of course, be put to the test as they have games against Thomas Jefferson and Lincoln this week. Here's this week's poll.

1. Boys & Girls (17-3) /(LW: 3): Wins over South Shore and Cardinal Hayes has The High riding high into their big showdowns with Jefferson and Lincoln this week.

2. Cardinal Hayes (16-2)/(LW: 1): Hayes made it close but was down by as much as 16 against Boys & Girls. A big week ahead with a game against Christ the King.

3. Lincoln (16-4)/(LW: 2): Lincoln lost to Hudson Catholic (N.J.) but has to try to bounce back with games against South Shore and Boys & Girls this week.

4. Jefferson (14-5)/(LW: 4): Jefferson was scheduled for the SNY Invitational, which got canceled. It will have had a full week off in preparation for its game vs. Boys & Girls.

5. Christ the King (13-6)/(LW: 5): The Royals will be put to the test this week as they travel to St. Raymond and then will host Cardinal Hayes.

6. Wings (21-2)/(LW: 6): Wings squeaked out a nice win against Curtis on the weekend. If it wasn't were the Brooklyn powers, Wings would be getting a lot more press.

7. South Shore (15-7)/(LW: 7): South Shore lost a heartbreak against Boys & Girls this week but rebounded to defeat Philadelphia power Neumann Goretti this weekend.

8. St. Raymond (11-7)/(LW: 8): St. Raymond went 2-0 this week with a big win against Loughlin. It had been scheduled to play in the SNY Invitational before its cancellation.

9. Holy Cross (17-3)/(LW: 9): Another impressive week for Holy Cross, which picked up quality wins against Xaverian and Bishop Loughlin.

10. Mount St. Michael (15-3)/(LW: 10): The Mount went 2-0 this week and will have a big game at St. Raymond on Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: (3) Boys 63, (1)Hayes 61

January, 28, 2012
A bit of advice for any Catholic league team ranked No. 1 next season: avoid scheduling Boys & Girls at home.

For the second time this season, the Kangaroos went on the road to a CHSAA and beat the No. 1 team in New York City as they defeated Cardinal Hayes, 63-61, in the Bronx on Saturday.

No. 3 Boys & Girls (17-3) led 57-41 with 3:04 left and held off a furious late rally by Hayes (16-2) to hand the Cardinals their first loss against a New York City team. They also beat Catholic league power Christ the King when the Royals were No. 1 earlier this season.

"This is big," Boys & Girls head coach Ruth Lovelace said. "This is the No. 1 team in New York City and the No. 1 team in the state, I believe. So to come in here and win in their place, it's not easy."

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: A sluggish first half saw Boys & Girls entering the half with a 22-21 lead. The Kangaroos boosted their lead to 40-36 after the third quarter and exploded in the fourth to seemingly put the game out reach.

The Kangaroos started the quarter on a 17-5 run to take a 57-41 lead with 3:04 remaining but Hayes started forcing turnovers and made a run. Hayes sliced the lead to 58-55 with 1:34 left behind seven straight points from Shavar Newkirk, who led all scorers with 24 points.

The Kangaroos used a quick 4-0 lead to go up 62-55 with 31.3 seconds left but Hayes again made a run, cutting it to 62-61 with 4.8 seconds left. Rashad Andrews made his first free throw and missed his second but on the rebound, Hayes' center Amadou Sidibe traveled while trying to pass and it sealed the win for Boys & Girls.

"We showed a lot of toughness by holding the lead but we have to do a better job sustaining our lead and taking care of the ball," forward Joel Angus said.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 62-59 with 10.3 seconds left, Hayes had the ball. Coach Joe Lods said he wanted his team to take a three-point shot to try and tie the game, but Tyler Wilson instead drove to the lane and was fouled. While Wilson made both free throws, his team didn't get that one shot to try and tie the game that they wanted.

STAR OF THE GAME: Angus, who transferred from Bishop Loughlin before the season, starred offensively and defensively for Boys & Girls. He and teammate Leroy Fludd each had a team-high 16 points, while Angus also added 11 rebounds and played great defense on Sidibe.

Sidibe is the top center in the city but only score on two baskets in the game, scoring six of his 10 points at the free-throw lane. Angus was able to keep Sidibe from establishing himself in the paint and kept the Fairfield-bound center in check.

"It was personal because we're friends and we play each other at IS8 so we were talking about this game for a long time," Angus said.

NO. 1 IN THE CITY: Boys & Girls has now beaten two teams ranked No.1 at the time in Christ the King and Cardinal Hayes. In the battle for supremacy in New York, Boys & Girls now has arguably the top two road wins on the year and has also given the PSAL the edge over the CHSAA for the moment.

"It's definitely a statement," Lovelace said. "I feel like the PSAL is the toughest division in the city. Our division is tough and the city is tough and it shows"

QUOTE OF THE GAME: When asked if he'd like to see another Catholic league team this season, Fludd said he would.

"States," Fludd said in reference to the state tournament.

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls will head to No. 4 Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday while Hayes hosts Xaverian.

Game of the Week: Boys & Girls at Hayes

January, 27, 2012
WHO: No. 3 Boys & Girls vs. No. 1 Cardinal Hayes

WHERE: Cardinal Hayes

WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Two of the top teams in New York City meet in a game featuring a traditional power against a team on the rise.

Boys & Girls is a New York City powerhouse and a two-time defending Public Schools Athletic League champions. The Kangaroos have already had success on the road this year against a Catholic league power, winning on the road against Christ the King. Will they be able to do it again against Hayes?

Hayes, ranked No. 1 for the first time this season, will face its toughest test of the season. The Cardinals have moved up to the AA after back-to-back trips to the A title game and are off to a 15-1 start that includes an undefeated record in New York City. Will Hayes be able to send a message to New York City?


Boys & Girls senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls senior guard Rashad Andrews
Boys & Girls senior guard Joel Angus
Cardinal Hayes senior center Amadou Sidibe
Cardinal Hayes senior forward Jalen Jenkins
Cardinal Hayes senior guard Naasir Williams


Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace
Cardinal Hayes: Joe Lods


No. 3 Boys & Girls 15-3 (9-2 Brooklyn AA)
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.)

No. 1 Cardinal Hayes (15-1, 8-0 AA)
Dec. 2: 56-44 win at Holy Cross
Dec. 6: 49-35 win vs. All Hallows
Dec. 9: 78-60 win vs. Bishop Loughlin
Dec. 11: 70-52 win vs. Long Island Lutheran
Dec. 13: 59-52 win at Molloy
Dec. 16 55-52 win vs. Hialeah Gardens (Fla.)
Dec. 17: 64-48 win vs. Collidge (D.C.)
Dec. 18: 54-38 win vs. Aquinas (Fla.)
Dec. 20: 50-45 loss vs. Coral Springs (Fla.)
Jan. 2: 51-39 win at Bishop Ford
Jan. 3: 69-52 win at Mount
Jan. 6: 52-37 win at Stepinac
Jan. 10: 56-41 win vs. Fordham Prep
Jan. 13: 69-64 win at St. Raymond
Jan. 17: 67-49 win at All Hallows
Jan. 21: 68-47 win vs. St. Peter's

Boys basketball poll: Jan. 23

January, 23, 2012
There's a new No. 1 team in New York City. After entering the year as a team that was expected to be good, but a notch below the powerhouses, Cardinal Hayes is the new No. 1. The Cardinals are 15-1 and have yet to lose to a New York City team. Following them are the three Brooklyn PSAL powers that are having fun knocking each other off. Let's look at the poll.

1. Cardinal Hayes (15-1)/(LW: 4): Hayes took down St. Peter's and All Hallows this week and very likely could be undefeated in New York City when it hosts Boys & Girls on Saturday in what will be its toughest game of the season to this point.

2. Lincoln (16-3)/(LW: 1): Lincoln lost to Jefferson this week but stays ahead of them by being a collective 2-1 against Boys & Girls and Jefferson, the best mark of the three teams.

3. Boys & Girls (15-3) /(LW: 2): Boys & Girls went out of state for a tournament and went 2-1. It will face South Shore this Friday in a game with big seeding implications for Brooklyn AA.

4. Jefferson (14-5)/(LW: 6): What a big win for Jefferson. The Orange Wave have been knocking at the door all year but finally picked up that elite win as it went to Lincoln and handed the Railsplitters their first loss in New York City.

5. Christ the King (11-6)/(LW: 3): The Royals have not been as dominant as we expected they would be at this point. They lost to national power Mater Dei and later beat Holy Cross, but ended the week with a loss to Xaverian.

6. Wings (19-2)/(LW: 7): Wings had perhaps its best week of the season as it took down rivals JFK, Eagle Academy and Wadleigh and has firmly established itself as one of the powers in the PSAL.

7. South Shore (14-6)/(LW: 8): South Shore went 3-0 this week with a pair of wins out of state but will have to try to win its first big game in the division when it takes on Boys & Girls on Friday.

8. St. Raymond (9-7)/(LW: 5): St. Raymond is now just 9-7 after losing a game at Stepinac. While injuries have hurt the Ravens, they should be better than 9-7 at this point in the season.

9. Holy Cross (14-3)/(LW: 9): Holy Cross had a tough loss at home against Christ the King but bounced back with a nice win against rival St. Francis Prep. It has a tough week ahead with Loughlin, Molloy and Xaverian.

10. Mount St. Michael (13-3)/(LW: 10): Mount picked up another pair of quality victories as it defeated Xaverian and Stepinac on the road to improve to 13-3.

Boys basketball poll: Jan. 16

January, 16, 2012

Note to self, don't doubt Lincoln. After they dropped down to No. 3 last week they jump back to the top of the poll after a big win at home against Boys & Girls. Cardinal Hayes and Holy Cross are a pair of teams that opened some eyes up as they each move up the poll this week and could continue to move up as the season enters the stretch drive.

1. Lincoln (13-2)/(LW: 3): Isaiah Whitehead said that the Railsplitters were "definitely" the best team in New York City and its hard to argue with him after they beat Boys & Girls in the first of a possible four matches this year.

2. Boys & Girls (12-2) /(LW: 1): Still not ready to drop the Kangaroos down lower than this after a tough loss to Lincoln because new transfer Rashad Andrews should make a big impact once he creates a rapport with teammates.

3. Christ the King (9-4)/(LW: 4): The Royals took two of three in Springfield, Mo. this weekend including a tough one against Miller Grove (Ga.) on Sunday. Another tough week ahead of them as they play four times including big league games against Holy Cross and Xaverian.

4. Cardinal Hayes (13-1)/(LW: 5): Another big win for Cardinal Hayes on Friday night as it beat St. Raymond in a game that should open some eyes that Hayes is one a team to beat this year. Its more amazing that it beat St. Rays without star Amadou Sidibe.

5. St. Raymond (9-6)/(LW: 2): St. Raymond started to look like the best team in the city until it lost back-to-back games against Mount St. Michael and Cardinal Hayes. They still have Daniel Dingle though so watch out for them come playoff time.

6. Jefferson (12-5)/(LW: 6): The Orange Wave picked up a pair of big wins last week including a big win over South Shore. They can make a big move up this poll next week if they beat Lincoln, whom they play on Tuesday.

7. Wings (16-2)/(LW: 8): Three more wins for Justin Jenkins and the gang last week, but their unbeaten league record will be put to the test as they face their toughest division rival, Eagle Academy, this week.

8. South Shore (11-6)/(LW: 7): The Vikings have been inconsistent this year, but they have a chance to make a statement this week as they take on Boys & Girls on Thursday.

9. Holy Cross (13-2)/(LW: 10): Holy Cross doesn't stop winning. Three more big wins last week including wins over Xaverian and Mount St. Michaels. Its biggest test is coming up on Tuesday though as they take on Christ the King at home.

10. Mount St. Michael (11-3)/(LW: NR): A mixed week started with a big win over St. Raymond on Tuesday and then ended with a tough loss to Holy Cross. The Mountaineers will face Xaverian in a game on Tuesday that they probably need to win to stay in this poll.

On the bubble: Xaverian (9-4), Eagle Academy (16-1), and Curtis (12-1).