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Boys basketball poll: March 12

March, 12, 2012
3/12/12
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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
3/05/12
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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.

Jefferson's Ogundeko commits to UConn

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
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Ebenezer Ogundeko sees himself playing for UConn two seasons from now.

Maybe.

While the Thomas Jefferson defensive lineman gave the Huskies what he called a soft verbal on Saturday, the junior still plans to visit other schools that have expressed interest in him. Ogundeko said his decision could change, but it's not a sign of him souring on the Huskies.

"I like UConn a lot, they're No. 1 on my list," Ogundeko said. "But I still want to see other schools and see if they're going to give me better opportunities."

He added: "I thought it was a good decision at the time. I really should have waited it out."

Ogundeko, a 6-3, 227-pound end, said he also has offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Arizona State and Syracuse. He said there is interest from Boise State, and Maryland has also contacted him. Ogundeko told ESPN Recruiting on Saturday that is visiting Syracuse in April and hopes to visit LSU and Penn State.

"I'm very confident staying at UConn because I like the school a lot, it's my No. 1 school," Ogundeko said. "Right now, I think it's a great decision."

Ogundeko liked UConn because he believes the Huskies are a team on the rise and liked that the school has his major, as he intends to study communications and sports management.

He said that he hopes to get other New York City players to follow him, including Tottenville running back Augustus Edwards and Xaverian junior running back Laray Smith. Ogundeko said he and Smith will attend the same school.

On his visit, Ogundeko talked with former Boys & Girls safety Wilbert Lee and was impressed with how he had physically blossomed.

"I saw how big and better he got and I was thinking they could do the same with me," Ogundeko said. "I'm all about getting better."

The junior had 62 tackles and six sacks this season for Jefferson, according to stats on the Public Schools Athletic League website. He started as an offensive lineman but transitioned at the Brooklyn school to a defensive lineman. He played both ways at times for the Orange Wave.

"He's an ideal player," Jefferson coach Stephen Edwards said. "He plays hard and gives you everything on the field. He'll find a way to not let his team down or you down as a coach. He gives you all you can ask of him and more.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 27

February, 27, 2012
2/27/12
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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
2/20/12
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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
2/15/12
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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)

WHO IS THE TEAM TO BEAT?

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.

WHICH TEAM IS THE SLEEPER?

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.

WHICH TEAM IS ON UPSET ALERT?

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.

WHO WINS AND WHAT'S THE FINAL?


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.

BRACKET PREDICTIONS:

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.

ABRUZZESE:
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.

HUNT:
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.

PSAL borough playoffs preview

February, 8, 2012
2/08/12
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The Public Schools Athletic League borough playoffs begin on Tuesday in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. The quarterfinals are Tuesday, the semifinals are on Thursday and the finals are on Saturday. Here are the brackets for each of the respective boroughs.

BROOKLYN

No. 1 Thomas Jefferson vs. No. 8 Lafayette
No. 2 Lincoln vs. No. 7 Global & International Studies
No. 3 Boys & Girls vs. No. 6 Bedford Academy
No. 4 South Shore vs. No. 5 Brooklyn Collegiate

BRONX

No. 1 Wings Academy vs. No. 8 Stevenson
No. 2 JFK vs. No. 7 Dewitt Clinton
No. 3 Eagle Academy vs. No. 6 Evander Childs
No. 4 Lehman vs. No. 5 Mott Haven

QUEENS

No. 1 Bayside vs. No. 8 John Adams
No. 2 Cardozo vs. No. 7 HS for Construction
No. 3 Campus Magnet vs. No. 6 Springfield Gardens
No. 4 Beach Channel/Channel View vs. No. 5 LIC

MANHATTAN

No. 1 Wadleigh vs. No. 8 Elanor Roosevelt
No. 2 Manhattan Center vs. No. 7 Health Professions
No. 3 Hunter College vs. No. 6 Stuyvesant
No. 4 Graphic Communication vs. No. 5 Norman Thomas

BEST BOROUGH: BROOKLYN: There are five ranked teams from the PSAL this season. Four of them reside in Brooklyn, including the top team in the city, Thomas Jefferson, and two other top four teams in Lincoln and Boys & Girls. The semifinals could potentially be the Class AA tournament semifinals and that tells you just how strong this bracket is.

WORST BOROUGH: MANHATTAN: There's really only solid team in the borough and that's Wadleigh. The rest of the teams are not up to the caliber of Wadleigh and it should roll relatively easily through the bracket. There isn't really any intriguing matchup and there are only two teams from the AA in the bracket. It's just not as exciting as others.

INTRIGUING BOROUGH: QUEENS: Cardozo is the class of Queens but is not as powerful as it has been in the past. It's the No. 2 seed behind Bayside and will potentially have to beat Campus Magnet, a team that already beat it earlier this year, in the semifinals to reach the final. It seems that each year it's which team will face Cardozo in the final but this year Cardozo enters as a possible underdog.

THE 'CAN ANYONE BEAT WINGS' BOROUGH: THE BRONX: Wings Academy is undefeated in league play and is the only team in the PSAL do to that. Wings is the cream of the crop in the Bronx and it's going to be interesting to see if any team in the division can give them a game in the final. The two top contenders, JFK and Eagle Academy, will meet in the semifinals, meaning Wings will only have to go through one of them if it wants to defend its title.

THE BEST POSSIBLE FINAL: Boys & Girls vs. Jefferson: No offense to Lincoln, but without star Isaiah Whitehead, it's not at full strength and that takes away from the intrigue. Boys & Girls and Jefferson are both healthy and have had two games that came down to the final minute, including last week's overtime win for Jefferson. If these two teams make it, it would steal the show and potentially determine who will be the top seed for the AA Tournament.

THE PICKS: Boys & Girls over Jefferson; Bayside over Cardozo; Wings over Eagle Academy; Wadleigh over MCSM.

Boys basketball poll: Feb. 6

February, 6, 2012
2/06/12
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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 .

Boys basketball poll: Jan. 30

January, 30, 2012
1/30/12
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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.

SNY Invitational preview

January, 26, 2012
1/26/12
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WHO: SNY Invitational

FEATURING: No. 4 Thomas Jefferson, No. 8 St. Raymond, Cardozo and St. Anthony (NJ)

WHEN: Friday and Saturday

WHERE: The WRAC (LIU Brooklyn campus)

GAMES: Friday: St. Ray's/Dozo (6 p.m.); Jefferson/St. Anthony (8 p.m.); Saturday: Consolation (2 p.m.); Championship (4 p.m.)

WHY THESE GAMES ARE IMPORTANT: Four of the top teams in the Metropolitan area meet in a televised tournament. New York City powers St. Raymond's, Cardozo and Jefferson will compete as well as undefeated national power and reigning national champion, St. Anthony (N.J.).

Surprisingly, Jefferson enters as the top-ranked team of the New York City group, coming off one of the most impressive wins in New York City this year when it defeated Lincoln last time out. St. Raymond's just snapped a three-game losing streak and Cardozo, while still formidable, just lost its best player in Jermaine Lawrence as he transferred from the Queens power.

The three of them will try to see if they can beat St. Anthony, which is ranked No. 4 in the country by ESPNHS. St. Anthony has a 46-game win streak heading into these pair of games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

St. Anthony senior forward Kyle Anderson
St. Raymond senior guard Daniel Dingle
Thomas Jefferson senior guard Thaddeus Hall
Cardozo senior forward Ryan Yearwood

COACHES

St. Anthony: Bob Hurley
St. Raymond: Oliver Antigua
Thomas Jefferson: Lawrence "Bud" Pollard
Cardozo: Ron Naclerio

HOW THEY GOT HERE

No. 8 St. Raymond (10-7)
Dec. 2: 75-52 win vs. All Hallows
Dec. 4: 67-45 win at St. Peter's
Dec. 9: 62-56 win vs. Stepinac
Dec. 11: 75-46 win vs. Farrell
Dec. 17: 73-70 win vs. Trinity (Ky.)
Dec. 19: 80-61 loss vs. Montverde (Fla.)
Dec. 20: 63-58 loss vs. Mater Dei (Calif.)
Dec. 21: 76-57 loss vs. Salesian (Calif.)
Dec. 27: 66-56 win vs. Middle Creek (N.C.)
Dec. 29: 60-56 win vs. Millbrook (N.C.)
Dec. 30: 75-63 loss vs. Garner (N.C.)
Jan. 5: 61-53 win at Fordham Prep
Jan. 7: 68-61 win vs. Paul VI (Va.)
Jan. 10: 66-62 loss at Mount St. Michael
Jan. 13: 69-64 loss vs. Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 17: 57-56 loss at Stepinac
Jan. 24: 64-49 win vs. Fordham Prep

No. 4 Jefferson (14-5)
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

Cardozo (13-4)
Dec. 1: 72-49 win vs. Beach Channel/Channel View
Dec. 6: 94-38 win at Thomas Edison
Dec. 8: 76-41 win at Flushing
Dec. 13: 69-65 loss at Campus Magnet
Dec. 15: 62-59 win vs. Bayside
Dec. 20: 68-58 win at Forest Hills
Dec. 22: 94-55 win vs. Martin Van Buren
Jan. 1: 80-72 loss vs. Constitution (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 72-46 win vs. Grady
Jan. 5: 66-61 win at Martin Van Buren
Jan. 7: 66-52 win vs. George Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 66-48 win at Beach Channel/Channel View
Jan. 12: 89-47 win at Thomas Edison
Jan. 14: 80-76 loss vs. New London (Conn.)
Jan. 16: 58-49 loss vs. Mt. Vernon
Jan. 17: 88-50 win vs. Flushing
Jan. 19: 78-56 win vs. Campus Magnet

St. Anthony (13-0)
Dec. 16: 80-16 win vs. Emily Fisher Charter
Dec. 18: 53-33 win vs. Trenton Catholic
Dec. 20: 78-21 win vs. Newark Central
Dec. 22: 91-38 win vs. Morris Knolls
Dec. 28: 68-25 win vs. New Mission (Mass.)
Dec. 29: 57-35 win vs. Roman Catholic (Pa.)
Jan. 1: 51-50 win vs. St. Benedict's Prep
Jan. 4: 68-26 win vs. Mainland
Jan. 7: 77-28 win vs. Roselle Catholic
Jan. 8: 62-32 win at East Brunswick
Jan. 14: 61-21 win vs. St. Peter's Prep
Jan. 16: 60-48 win vs. Miller Grove (Ga.)
Jan. 24: 68-28 win vs. East Orange Campus

Boys basketball poll: Dec. 26

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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For the fourth straight week, there's a new top team for this poll. While St. Raymond's didn't lose to any teams in New York City, we have to give the nod to undefeated Lincoln. Let's check out this week's poll.

1. Lincoln (7-0)/(LW: 2) Lincoln is now the top team in the city and defeated Westinghouse this past week to improve to 6-0 in Brooklyn AA.

2. St. Raymond's (5-3)/(LW: 1): The Ravens lost three games at the City of Palms Classic, dropping their final three. It's a national tournament so those losses aren't indictments of the squad.

3. Boys & Girls (6-1)/(LW: 3): Boys & Girls had this past week off and will return to the court this week looking to rebound from its first loss of the season.

4. Christ the King (2-1)/(LW: 4): Christ the King also had the week off and heads upstate to the Stop DWI Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y.

5. Cardinal Hayes (8-1)/(LW: 5): Hayes lost its first game in the final of the Kruel Classic and will not play again until its 2012.

6. Thomas Jefferson (9-4)/(LW: 6): Busy week for the Orange Wave. They lose their final two games at the Kruel Classic but rebounded to take down Westinghouse in league play.

7. Xaverian (4-0)/(LW: 7) Xaverian stayed undefeated with a nice win against Stepinac. The Clippers are off to Arizona for a holiday tournament this week.

8. Curtis (9-0)/(LW: 8): Curtis had two more wins against some of the top teams in Staten Island and will now try to take down Eagle Academy this week.

9. South Shore (8-4)/(LW: 9): South Shore went 1-2 at the Kruel Classic but defeated Robeson in league play lat week. It plays on Jan. 1 in Philadelphia.

10. Wings Academy (9-0)/(LW: 10): Wings is undefeated but will be tested up at the Stop DWI Tournament, which also had local powerhouse Christ the King.

Week 11/playoffs: Five games to watch

November, 18, 2011
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In addition to the Game of the Week pitting St. Anthony's vs. Stepinac this weekend, here are five other playoffs games to keep your eyes on this weekend.

No. 1 Fordham Prep vs. No. 3 Kellenberg (Saturday, 1 p.m.): The CHSFL's "AA" title game features two teams that had one of the better games earlier this season, a 29-28 win in overtime. Will Fordham Prep be able to have the same success it had last time? Or will Kellenberg's do-it-all quarterback Matt McDaniels be able to lead his team to the crown? This game surely won't disappoint.

No. 1 Lincoln vs. No. 14 Thomas Jefferson (Saturday, noon): This might be the most interesting game of the weekend. Lincoln has been the best team in the PSAL all weekend but is running into a team coming off the biggest upset of the postseason in Jefferson. It's always tough to face a team riding a huge wave of momentum and Lincoln better not take the Orange Wave lightly--or it could end up ousted from the playoffs like Canarsie.

No. 4 Fort Hamilton vs. No. 7 Dewitt Clinton (Saturday, noon): Fort Hamilton has been battling a rash of injuries and barely survived its first round game against Sheepshead Bay. Could this be the week where it all catches up to the Tigers? Dewitt Clinton made easy work of a solid Port Richmond team in the first round and is playing some of its best ball. This should be a good one.

No. 5 Erasmus Hall vs. No. 6 Boys & Girls (Saturday, noon): This is the best PSAL quarterfinal game of the weekend. Two of the best teams in Brooklyn are going to meet with a spot in the semifinals on the line. Erasmus Hall is finally playing as everyone envisioned it would behind the strong play of cornerback/quarterback Wayne Morgan and Boys & Girls has a strong rushing game. Erasmus Hall won the matchup earlier this year but will they be able to do it again?

No. 2 South Shore vs. No. 3 Alfred E. Smith (Sunday, noon): This semifinals matchup in the "Cup" division is a rematch of a great game from earlier this year when South Shore edged Alfred E. Smith, 16-14. South Shore enters the game at 8-1 and has a great chance of winning the title. Will Alfred E. Smith be able to get the better of the Vikings in the second meeting?

Week 10/playoffs: Five games to watch

November, 11, 2011
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While St. Anthony's hosting Iona Prep is the Game of the Week, there are plenty of other great games this week to keep an eye on. Here are five other games to pay attention to this weekend as the playoffs heat up.

No. 4 Xaverian at No. 6 Stepinac (Saturday, 1 p.m.): It's rare that two of the top teams in the CHSFL missed out on each other during the season but that holds true with these two teams. Xaverian and Stepinac will meet for the first time with a spot in the CHSFL "AAA" title game. Xaverian is perhaps the sexy pick to win the league title but Stepinac doesn't want to blow a game on its home field. The key will be to see if Stepinac can keep up with Xaverian's speed on both offense and defense.

Thomas Jefferson at No. 8 Canarsie (Saturday, noon): The two Brooklyn schools meet in a first round matchup of the PSAL playoffs. Jefferson was beating Canarsie last time time the teams met before Canarsie rallied for the victory. Will the Orange Wave be able to put it all together this time? Canarsie, meanwhile, is a top seed in the tournament one year after missing it. How will Canarsie handle the pressure? This is a game you don't want to miss.

Curtis at Campus Magnet (Saturday, noon): This is the best first round matchup in the PSAL playoffs. The pair of 6-3 teams meet in what should be a great matchup between two even teams. Campus Magnet has had its stretches of brilliance but has also struggled at times. Curtis has also had its share of ups and downs but did win a city title just two years ago Whoever wins will certainly be a tough opponent for the remainder of the playoffs.

Port Richmond at Dewitt Clinton (Saturday, noon): Another great first round matchup. These two teams did not meet during the regular season and now meet in a win-or-go-home format. Dewitt Clinton has been a good team for most of the season but had some lapses toward the end of the year. Port Richmond started out strong before losing a few games. Let's see how comes out on top in this battle between Staten Island and the Bronx.

Petrides at Franklin K. Lane (Saturday, noon): We shift gears fro the playoffs to the biggest regular season game remaining. Franklin Lane is currently ranked fourth in power points for the "Cup" division while Petrides is fifth. With just four teams making the playoffs from that division, the loser of this game will get the boot from the playoffs. What could be better than two teams fighting for one playoff spot?

Jefferson enters playoffs as sleeper

November, 10, 2011
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Upon first glance, Thomas Jefferson is just a 3-6 team, a non-threat, and the fourteenth seed in the PSAL Championship Division. A team that could easily be stymied by Canarsie’s well-known defense this weekend and be ousted in the first round of the playoffs.

But then you study the schedule.

The Orange Wave has defeated both Campus Magnet and Erasmus Hall, and only lost to Fort Hamilton after allowing 14 points in the fourth quarter. Of the six teams they lost to, five of them finished the season above .500 and three of them are top five in the division.

Jefferson has a couple of close wins and a few close losses, and senior Michael Abanikanda (582 offensive yards, seven touchdowns) said that’s just Jefferson’s style.

“For some reason, our team plays on the level of the other team,” Abanikanda explained.We absorb their energy.”

Sleeper team Jefferson, despite its record, can’t be counted out when it heads to face No. 3 seed Canarsie on Saturday. After all, anything goes in the playoffs. Last season, the Orange Wave’s No. 6 seed meant nothing after they were ousted in a double-overtime, upset loss to Brooklyn Tech.

During Tuesday’s practice at Moe Finkelstein Athletic Complex in Brooklyn, teammates said they are looking to advance past the first round this time. Junior wide receiver Kendall Thomas – who is fourth in the division with five receiving touchdowns – even said to bring on undefeated Lincoln.

But before they can even think about facing the Railsplitters, they need to find a way to beat Canarsie, a team Jefferson has played and already lost to this season. On Oct. 22, the Chiefs defeated Jefferson, 20-8.

The Orange Wave carried an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter, when turnovers cost them the game. Just like in their match-up against Fort Hamilton, they would allow 14 points against them in the final quarter for their fifth loss of the season.

“Knowing that Canarsie beat us before,” Thomas said, “it would actually be a little bit of payback from that defeat.”

Jefferson expects Canarsie’s outstanding defense, and Thomas said he doesn’t expect their opponent to change its strategy much. Canarsie, he said, is known for its power run offense that uses passing intermittently.

In their last meeting, Jefferson actually accrued about twice as many offensive yards against the Chiefs. In many ways, the Orange Wave believes the upcoming playoff game is theirs to win, if they can just stop making mistakes. Thomas said his team needs to stop making penalties and hold onto the ball. And, he learned in his last game, when it comes to Canarsie, once you are handed the ball, don’t dance, just run.

Starting at quarterback this time will be junior Al Amin Stewart Jr., who has been in for the position the last three games. He’s thrown for almost 500 yards on the season and six touchdowns.

He said Canarsie’s team is made up of a bunch of “hard hitters” that can pressure the quarterback. But teammates attest that Stewart has improved the past three games, showing great poise in the pocket. His teammates don’t expect he’ll get rattled by the Chiefs, and neither does Stewart.

“It’s just another game,” Stewart said. “Just win or go home. But we’re going to win.”

Boys top 10 poll

February, 21, 2011
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The postseason tournaments are upon us. Let’s take a look at who are the top teams entering the playoffs.

1. Lincoln (25-2/LW: 1): Lincoln picked up a nice out-of-state win this weekend.

2. St. Raymond (15-9/LW: 4): St. Raymond will be the top seed in the Archdiocesan playoffs.

3. Wings Academy (23-3/LW: 3): Wings lost to New Rochelle, but beat Wings Academy in a game without starters.

4. Cardozo (25-2/LW: 2): Cardozo lost to Wings Academy, but didn’t play its starters.

5. Boys & Girls (20-6/LW: 5): Boys & Girls plays Campus Magnet in the first round.

6. Christ the King (17-6/LW: 6): Christ the King is the team to beat in the Brooklyn/Queens playoffs.

7. Rice (15-9/LW: 7): Rice will be the No. 2 seed in the Archdiocesan playoffs.

8. Xaverian (16-7/LW: 8): Xaverian won a tough game against JFK.

9. Thomas Jefferson (15-12/LW: 9): Thomas Jefferson lucked out with Lehman beating Bayside in the first round.

10. Wadleigh (24-5/LW: Unranked): Wadleigh returns after beating Forest Hills.

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