With one game remaining in league play, several story lines are emerging from the PSAL's most elite division, the Brooklyn AA.
Standings in the #PSAL Brooklyn AA Division (Boys), per the PSAL website:— HS Box Scores NYC (@hsboxscoresnyc) January 19, 2018
Lincoln 9-2; Jefferson 9-2; South Shore 7-3; Boys & Girls 6-4; Brooklyn Collegiate 4-6; Paul Robeson 3-7; George Westinghouse 2-8; Eagle Academy II 1-9 pic.twitter.com/0yaie71yKy
The Lions first turned heads by taking Jefferson to the wire in their league opener and then upsetting Lincoln, the defending PSAL and New York State Federation champs, a week later.
Brooklyn Collegiate hangs on to topple NYC #1 ranked Abraham Lincoln— Coach Ken (@CoachKenHoops) January 16, 2018
Brooklyn Collegiate 62
Abraham Lincoln 59
PG Glen Anderson 17pts, 10ast
G Jonathan Francois 12pts (3/5 3pt)
G/F Charles Brown 11pts
G Chris Goodwin 10pts
F Erlyn Ramirez 9pts, 16reb pic.twitter.com/zt8vzv8uuz
Since then, Brooklyn Collegiate has rattled off nine straight wins, including (1) another triumph over the Railsplitters, this one in Coney Island, (2) an 84-83 win over Boys & Girls and (3) non-league wins over Woodmere Academy and Thurgood Marshall Academy.
The streak continues!#9inarow— Coach Ken (@CoachKenHoops) February 2, 2018
Brooklyn Collegiate held Westinghouse to 7 4th quarter points & pulled out a 65-55 victory in front of a packed house on Senior Night!
Glen Anderson 20pts 7ast
Chris Goodwin 14pts
Charles Brown 12pts 6reb
Maj Johnson 11pts 4ast
Amadou Traore 10reb pic.twitter.com/NablLy2946
Led by junior Glen Anderson, senior Chris Goodwin, junior Erlyn Ramirez and sophomore Majesty Johnson, Brooklyn Collegiate is 7-6 in league play heading into its game at Boys & Girls on Tuesday.
The Lions will visit Long Island Lutheran 24 hours later for a tough non-league test in Brookville on Wednesday. Some consider LuHi to be the top team in the State right now and, after taking the SNY Invitational last weekend with wins over Molloy and Cardinal Hayes, its hard to argue the point.
Led by senior Sekou Sylla, junior Kadary Richmond and junior Femi Odukale, South Shore has won five of its last six league games, the most recent an 87-54 win over Lincoln in Canarsie on Thursday. Although the Vikings are right behind the Railsplitters and the Orange Wave in the standings at 8-4, South Shore will be unable to pull even since either Lincoln or Jefferson will emerge with a win and finish 11-3 after their game on Tuesday.
After an early season miscue at the hands of Brooklyn Collegiate, the Railsplitters bounced back and looked like they were poised to defend their PSAL and possibly New York State Federation titles with impressive wins over Boys & Girls, South Shore and a big one over archrival Thomas Jefferson in East New York.
This momentum has slowed due to eligibility issues concerning KC Ndefo, Terrence Roberts and Phillip Harris, with reports surfacing that the PSAL deemed all three players ineligible on January 19th.
(1/3) 3 #Lincoln High School basketball players (KC Ndefo, Terrence Roberts & Philip Harris) were deemed ineligible by the PSAL on Friday, January 19th... this, after being cleared to play at the beginning of the school year after transferring to Lincoln...— Dan Serafin (@DanSerafin) February 1, 2018
Ndefo is a senior transfer from Elmont High School, where he led the Spartans to back-to-back Nassau County Class A Championships. According to the PSAL website, he is Lincoln's leading scorer (15.3) and rebounder (10.6).
Ndefo, Roberts and Harris will apparently be sidelined pending the outcome of an investigation, but it is not clear when that investigation will be completed. All three are currently listed on Lincoln's inactive roster on the PSAL's website.
Meanwhile, the Railsplitters have a rematch against their archrivals Thomas Jefferson in Coney Island on Tuesday, with both teams entering the game deadlocked at 10-3 in league play.
Jefferson, led by freshman Jaqaun Carlos and junior Kareem Welch, is coming off a 62-55 loss to Boys & Girls on Thursday. The Kangaroos had four players in double figures in the win (Marcus Patterson-11; David Petit Homme-10; Khalif Napoleon-10; and Marlon Sewell-10).
With the Borough and PSAL playoffs right around the corner, it will be interesting to see how things play out.