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NYC Playoff Madness

The time between the regular season and the league playoffs are the sectional playoffs in most states but in the NYC area, we call it the Boro playoffs in the PSAL and the Archdiocese playoffs in the CHSAA. 

This past weekend I caught a lot of action between the PSAL borough semis and championships as well as the Archdiocesan Playoffs. 

One word to describe the PSAL boro Championships? ACTIVE The games started with Susan Wagner’s Xavier Barrow hitting the game-winner against Curtis to win the Staten Island Championship 41-40. 

Following that game, the Manhattan boro championship ended in the same fashion as Junior guard Jaden Moore hit a three-ball at the buzzer to beat WHEELS. 

Arriving at Achievement First HS on. Saturday, I came across a huge line at the door of people waiting to get into the building for the Brooklyn boro championship. When I got to the gym Eagle BK was fighting back from a huge deficit where at one point they were down to Top-seeded South Shore 21-0. In the second half, we saw a different Eagle Brooklyn team, especially in the fourth quarter. Down 61-53, Eagle BK went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 61 forcing overtime. 

In the extra period, Eagle Brooklyn behind the performances of guards Eric Acker and Taj Bryant along with forwards Jaquel Morris and Treyshawn Sheppard outscored South Shore 13-8 to win 74-69. This was the first boro championship.

Campus Magnet and Eagle Academy (Bronx) closed out the PSAL Boro championships with close wins against Francis Lewis and Monroe respectively.


Sunday’s Archdiocesan quarterfinals had some great games on display. Archbishop Stepinac dominated St. Francis prep 73-54 while Iona Prep upset St. Raymond’s 63-60 and Scanlan edged Mount Saint Michael 55-50. 

At Tuesday’s Archdiocesan Semifinals Stepinac dominated Iona Prep 72-50. While Hayes beat Scanlan 71-42. 

In Thursday’s Bishop Loughlin took down Christ The King 64-60 in Overtime while Top seeded St. Francis Prep edged Xaverian 52-51 thanks to a game winning three pointer by Senior wing Jaden Daughtry.

Archdiocesean Championship schedule 

Friday February 25th Brooklyn / Queens Diocesan Championship @ St. Francis Prep 

No. 1 St. Francis Prep vs No. 3 Bishop Loughlin 7:30pm 

Saturday February 25th NY “AA” Archdiocesean Championship @ Christ The King 

No. 1 Cardinal Hayes vs No. 2 Archbishop Stepinac 1:00pm

Prolific Players of The Week. 

Chsaa-RJ Greene  ’22 G/F Iona Prep 

The 6-5 wing dominated in the win against St. Rays going off for 23 points in the win on Sunday. 

PSAL – Eric Acker ’23 Guard Eagle Academy Brooklyn.

20 points, 5 assists, and a game-clinching three-pointer to seal the victory in a monumental comeback against South Shore. The junior guard is one player to keep an eye on as the city playoffs start March 2nd.

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