New York High School: St. Raymond

Baseball poll: June 11

June, 12, 2012
The baseball season is over. Grand Street Campus claimed the PSAL title, while Iona Prep won the CHSAA championship. Here's the final poll of the season.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (21-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus vanquished George Washington to take home the Public Schools Athletic League title.

2. Poly Prep (20-4/Last week: 2): Poly Prep finishes the year ranked second, another fine season for the school.

3. Iona Prep (18-6/Last week: 4): Iona Prep defeated Fordham Prep to win the CHSAA title.

4. George Washington (19-3/Last week: 3): George Washington could not repeat as champions as it fell to Grand Street Campus in the final.

5. Fordham Prep (16-9/Last week: 5): Fordham Prep beat St. Joseph, but then lost to Iona Prep in the final.

6. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (17-6/Last week: 6): St. Joseph by-the-Sea lost to Fordham Prep, falling one game short of the CHSAA final.

7. Xaverian (19-3/Last week: 7): Xaverian was the favorite of the CHSAA tournament but instead had to watch as Iona Prep was crowned champions.

8. Tottenville (17-4/Last week: 8): Tottenville had a great year, but surely has to think it should have gone further in the PSAL tournament.

9. Cardozo (18-1/Last week: 9): Cardozo also had a fantastic season, but needed to make it further than the semifinals of the PSAL tournament.

10. St. Raymond (14-7/Last week: 10): St. Raymond had a strong season, although it couldn't keep up its hot play once the CHSAA tournament began.

Baseball poll: June 4

June, 7, 2012
It's been a crazy week in the playoffs. Defending CHSAA champion Xaverian was ousted, as well as Cardozo, the top seed in the PSAL playoffs. The champions will be crowned Friday. Here's this week's poll, which has plenty of changes.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (20-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus swept Telecommunications to set up the final vs. George Washington.

2. Poly Prep (20-4/Last week: 4): Poly Prep is the ACIS champion after it defeating Fieldson in the title game more than a week ago.

3. George Washington (19-2/Last week: 7): Not that you would expect differently, but the defending PSAL champs are back in the finals.

4. Iona Prep (17-6/Last week: Unranked): Iona Prep won five straight games in the CHSAA tournament and is in the final.

5. Fordham Prep (15-8/Last week: Unranked): Fordham Prep will face St. Joseph by-the-Sea with the winner going to the CHSAA final.

6. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (17-5/Last week: 10): St. Joseph by-the-Sea will meet Fordham Prep to determine who faces Iona for the title.

7. Xaverian (19-3/Last week: 2): Xaverian lost to Fordham and then was ousted by Molloy in the CHSAA tournament.

8. Tottenville (17-4/Last week: 3): Tottenville fell in the quarterfinals to John Adams, which had to leave a bitter taste in its mouth.

9. Cardozo (18-1/Last week: 5): Cardozo fell victim to eighth-seeded Telecommunications in the quarterfinals.

10. St. Raymond (14-7/Last week: 8): Losses to Iona Prep and St. Joseph by-the-Sea eliminated St. Raymond from the CHSAA tournament.

Baseball poll: May 28

May, 30, 2012
The playoffs have begun and it's time for teams to fight for their seasons. Poly Prep has claimed a title and others are looking to do the same. Here's the poll.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (17-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus is into the quarterfinals after defeating Environmental Studies and Taft.

2. Xaverian (18-1/Last week: 2): Xaverian earned the top seed in the CHSAA tournament after it defeated St. Raymond Sunday.

3. Tottenville (17-3/Last week: 3): Tottenville breezed by RKA and Manhattan Center to advance to the quarterfinals.

4. Poly Prep (20-4/Last week: 4): Poly Prep is the ACIS champion after it defeating Fieldson in the title game last week.

5. Cardozo (18-0/Last week: 5): Cardozo is also in the quarterfinals after a pair of wins against Newtown and Murry Bergtraum.

6. George Washington (16-2/Last week: 7): Not that you would expect differently, but the defending PSAL champs are back in the quarterfinals.

7. Norman Thomas (16-2/Last week: 9): Norman Thomas will meet George Washington in the quarters after wins over LIC and James Madison.

8. St. Raymond (13-5/Last week: 10): St. Raymond is the No. 2 seed in the CHSAA tournament after falling to Xavieran in the battle for the top seed.

9. Moore Catholic (13-3/Last week: 6): Moore Catholic is the No. 3 seed in the CHSAA tournament after an impressive win against Fordham Prep.

10. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (12-3/Last week: 3): St. Joseph by-the-Sea takes on Monsignor Farrell in the CHSAA Tournament.

Baseball poll: May 21

May, 21, 2012
As the playoffs beckon, we have the same two teams in the top two spots. Grand Street Campus is still No. 1, while Xaverian is holding down No. 2.

Here's the poll:

1. Grand Street Campus (15-1/Last week: 1): Grand Street Campus enters the Public Schools Athletic League Class A tournament as the team to beat.

2. Xaverian (14-1/Last week: 2): Xaverian rebounded from its loss against St. Francis Prep with two league wins and a non-conference victory over Tottenville.

3. Tottenville (15-3/Last week: 4): Had it not been for the forfeited victories, Tottenville would have finished this year undefeated in league play.

4. Poly Prep (19-4/Last week: 5): Poly Prep is in the ACIS final and recovered nicely from losing to Tottenville last weekend.

5. Cardozo (16-0/Last week: 6): Cardozo finished the year undefeated in league play and will try to keep it going into the playoffs.

6. Moore Catholic (12-2/Last week: 8): Moore Catholic moves up two spots after a pair of impressive wins over St. Joseph by-the-Sea.

7. George Washington (14-2/Last week: 7): George Washington lost its season finale to Norman Thomas, sending the Trojans into the playoffs on a sour note.

8. St. Joseph by-the-Sea (13-3/Last week: 3): St. Joseph by-the-Sea takes a slide after losing twice to Moore Catholic over the past week.

9. Norman Thomas (14-2/Last week: Unranked): Norman Thomas is back in the poll after beating George Washington to force a tie atop the division.

10. St. Raymond (12-4/Last week: 9): St. Raymond lost a tough one to Xavier, but is able to stay in the poll for at least another week.

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.

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.

Okoro & Calhoun's college teams to meet

March, 15, 2012
When St. Raymond senior forward Kerwin Okro saw the NCAA Tournament pairings, and how his future team, Iowa State, was taking on Connecticut, a New York City foe came to his mind.

"They're playing Omar's (Calhoun) team," Okoro said of the Christ the King shooting guard who is headed to the defending national champions.

Two of the top New York City recruits will have their future teams oppose each other as eighth-seeded Iowa State will face ninth-seeded Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at 9:20 p.m. in Louisville, KY. Calhoun is the No. 3 prospect in New York while Okoro is ranked ninth.

"That would be a cool experience, if we were there when it happened" Okoro said. "We played each other in New York in high school and playing against people from the city in college would be something."

Both players believe it will be a great game on Thursday night. Okoro, obviously, took his Cyclones to win, mentioning how others believe Royce White could be a problem for Connecticut's defense. Calhoun said he believes UConn will do well in the tournament.

"They're both good teams," Okoro said.

The St. Raymond star said he plans to be in front of the television for the game, possibly with a bucket of popcorn, and might wear his Iowa State jumpsuit to school on Thursday. He said it's exciting to watch his future team play in the NCAA Tournament.

"It's been a while since Iowa State was in the tournament and I'm happy for the team and the coach and hope they can make this run," Okoro said. "They've had an outstanding year and I think you are seeing that the program is coming back."

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.

Okoro earns MVP honors in St. Ray's win

March, 11, 2012

For the past three years, Kewin Okoro watched the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional final live, wanting to give himself a glimpse of what victory looked like. He watched players like Durrand Scott and Omar Calhoun earn tournament MVP honors, and digested the scene from the celebration of the title.

"Just to witness how it was to be champions," Okoro said of those trips to watch the title game in person. "Just to see (Christ the King) run and cry, that's a feeling I wanted."

Sunday afternoon, Okoro experienced what he had only seen before in the eyes and emotions of others. The senior forward won MVP honors with a 21-point, 11-rebound effort to propel St. Raymond to a 66-58 win over Holy Cross at Fordham University. The Ravens won their first title since back-to-back crowns in 2003-04 and advance to the State Federation tournament.

"I put a lot of mental preparation into this game," said Okoro, who is headed to Iowa State. "I could barely sleep last night. I woke up in the morning and said I was going to have a big game, I was going to help carry my team and that was exactly I did. When I wasn't playing too well, they took it on themselves to put them on my back."

Okoro played varsity for four years with the Ravens, experiencing the ups and downs with the program. He stayed though the tough times, like his freshman and sophomore years when there was a mass exodus of players, and felt the disappointment of losing in the semifinals of this tournament the past two seasons.

Playing in the tournament final for the first time, Okoro shined on the biggest stage. From early on, it was clear that he was going to be the player to lead the Ravens (21-9) to their first title in eight years. St. Raymond held off a late rally by Holy Cross at the end by making its free throws to secure the victory.

"He was big," junior guard Shane Rector said. "He was one of our leaders and we knew he could step up when his name was called and we needed him.

Okoro established himself in the paint and scored seven points in the first quarter as he helped his team grab a lead. The smaller Holy Cross (24-5) team didn't have anyone who could truly keep Okoro from the paint and that's where he did his dirty work, scoring on layups and off of offensive rebounds.

In the fourth quarter, with his team leading 54-52 but reeling with just 3:23 left, Okoro grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled, making both free throws to boost the lead back up to four and give his team breathing room. He also helped contain Cross' Will Davis in the second half, as Davis had 13 points in the first half but just eight in the second.

"It was great that the guy who has been with me four years, had his best game of the season in the biggest game of the year in his career," St. Raymond coach Oliver Antigua said. "He made every huge play."

As soon as the game ended, Okoro and teammate Daniel Dingle embraced near halfcourt, with Dingle falling on top of Okoro as he fell to the ground. Okoro said he was numb to the pain because of how happy he was.

Okoro would go on to pose for plenty of pictures with fans, show off his MVP plaque and soak in all of the moment. After three years of being a spectator, now, this was his moment.

"I feel like I'm on top of the world right now, this is the best way to end my high school career," Okoro said. " I'm sure my coaches in Iowa (State), coach (Fred) Hoiberg, will be happy because every coach wants a winning player and I just won."

Rapid Reax: St. Raymond 66, Holy Cross 58

March, 11, 2012

St. Raymond defeated Holy Cross, 66-58, at Fordham University on Sunday to win the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional title. The Ravens won for the first time since 2004.

The Ravens, after being the No. 4 seed in the Archdiocesan tournament, won the Archdiocesan title against Mount St. Michael and then won the Intersectional title on Sunday. They advance to the State Federation tournament in Albany in two weeks.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: St. Raymond led for most of the way but Holy Cross always stayed within striking distance. The Ravensled 59-56 with 55.2 seconds left but Anthony Libroia missed a layup with about 35 seconds left and Shane Rector made his free throws to boost the lead to five.

On the inbound pass, Myron Hickman stole the ball and made a free throw to give his team a six-point lead with 26 seconds remaining. The Ravens were able to knock down their free throws in the final minute and secure the victory.

TURNING POINT: After Holy Cross tied the game at 48-48 in the fourth quarter, St. Raymond went on a 6-0 run that gave it some breathing room. Daniel Dingle, Larry Graves and Shane Rector each scored during the run. Holy Cross never tied the game after the Ravens were able to balloon the lead to six, despite cutting the lead to a basket later.

STAR OF THE GAME: Kerwin Okoro, who is headed to Iowa State, led his team with 21 points. He was a force inside the post and was grabbing plenty of rebounds. Okoro proved to be the most consistent offensive threat for the Ravens all game.

With his team up 54-52, he made both free throws after being fouled following an offensive rebound, a key play as Holy Cross had been making its run.

STATS: Okoro and Cross' Will Davis each had 21. Dingle had 11 and Rector scored 16 points for St. Raymond (21-9). Marquise Moore scored 13 points and Edward Roscigno had 12 for Holy Cross (24-5).

UP NEXT: St. Raymond advances to the New York State Federation tournament in Albany in two weeks. Holy Cross' season is over.

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.
St. Raymond coach Oliver Antigua had a feeling that his two stud seniors, forwards Kerwin Okoro and Daniel Dingle, would show why they're two of New York City's best in the Class AA Archdiocesan title game on Saturday.

"I was having a conversation with someone last night and I said I had a good feeling about my two stars," Antigua said. "I said 'watch and see.'"

If you watched on Saturday, you saw Antigua's prediction come true. His two stars combined for 38 points and 21 rebounds as they powered St. Raymond to its first Archdiocesan crown since 2005 with a 60-58 win over Mount St. Michael in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon. Okoro had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Dingle had 17 points and nine rebounds.

"Both of us as captains and seniors wanted to leave with a bang and wanted to win," Dingle said. "We didn't want to put the pressure on anybody's hands who hadn't been here before. There are a lot of people that hadn't been in this place before. We've lost so we know what the feeling feels like in this place. Now we know what it's like to win."

FINALLY THE BRIDE: After losing in this game six straight times to the now-closed Rice, Antigua described his team as the "bridesmaid." The fourth-seeded Ravens (18-9) finally put an end to that streak by taking down third-seeded Mount (20-7).

"It was getting annoying and stressful," Okoro said of the continued losing. "You only get one shot at this every year. It's our last year so we wanted to make a good run. It's also good momentum heading into the playoffs right now. We're just where we want to be."

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: A frantic game saw St. Raymond leading for most of the way but Mount St. Michael was always able to keep it close.

A key aspect was the foul trouble of Omari Manhertz, Mount's bruising forward, as he picked up three fouls in the first half and had to play tentatively down the stretch with four fouls. Okoro and Dingle attacked the basket knowing Manhertz couldn't attack.

"The plan was to attack Manhertz," Dingle said.

Mount trailed 57-56 with 2:28 left and had three chances to take the lead or tie the game but failed each time. Ed Correa (11 points) missed a 3-pointer down one, Anthony Maestre (10 points) missed a jumper down two, and Malik Gill missed a jumper with his team trailing 58-56 with about 12 seconds left.

St. Raymond's Larry Graves calmly sunk both free throws after Gill's miss to put his team up 60-56 with 10.2 seconds left.

"That's senior leadership," Antigua said. "Going in there calm, he hadn't played really well, he's nursing a little injury. I went and gave him a kiss. I said that's a big two there."

STAR OF THE GAME: Okoro led all scorers with 21 points and also had 12 rebounds to pace the Ravens. In the fourth quarter, the forward guarded Gill down the stanza, making life tough on Mount's fast guard.

"I was finishing around the basket and getting offensive rebounds," Okoro said. "I was getting to the line a lot so my free throws were generating points of us and I was playing off everybody else. I was just playing my role."

QUOTE OF THE GAME: St. Raymond has now five straight games and is feeling confident entering the Intersectional tournament.

"It all started with (the win over) Lincoln, the confidence with the guards, the guards started knocking down shots and running the team," Dingle said. "So if they're good, we're good. If we grew together, we're going to win it all. Right now, it' just phase one we have to continue working."

UP NEXT: St. Raymond awaits the Xaverian vs. All Hallows winner in the quarterfinals while Mount also awaits the Christ the King vs. Stepinac winner in the quarters.