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PSAL playoffs heat up


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The Benjamin Cardozo Judges (16-3) lost to the Wings Academy Wings (18-1) by a score of 54-46 in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) ‘A’ Division, “AA.” Senior Ryan Yearwood led the Judges with a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Kyle Credle was second on the team with 10 points, to go along with three rebounds. Senior Edwin Sainvil scored eight points while pulling down four rebounds while senior Tajay Henry scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Long Island City Bull Dogs (18-1) beat the Brooklyn High School for Law And Technology Jets (13-7) by a score of 63-51 in the second round of the Basketball Boys Varsity, 2012 ‘A’ Division Playoff Bracket. Senior Xavier Jones led the Bull Dogs with 20 points while dishing out four assists. Senior Sadi Camara scored 15 points of his own with a total of three assists. Senior Arthur Santanna had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Kevin Green Jr. filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Bull Dogs will play the CSIHS/McCown Dragons in the next round.

The Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (14-3) beat the Dewitt Clinton Governors (14-8) by a score of 63-48. Senior Gregory Williamson led all scorers with 26 points leading the Golden Eagles to victory. Sophomore Dupree McBrayer scored 15 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out six assists. Senior Eghosa Osagie chipped in with nine points of his own. For the Governors, freshman Donahue Smith had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

In the PSAL ‘B’ League playoffs the Newcomers Lions (16-0) beat the Metropolitan High School Golden Eagles (14-6) by a score of 82-73. For the Lions, sophomore Larry Baez scored 31 points. Senior Sergino Emmanuel who only averaged 4.93 points during the regular season, scored 20 points. Junior Cristian Zapata had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while dishing out eight assists. Senior Giovanni Pissioni scored nine points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists. Junior Jose Fernandez scored just one point, but was tied for the lead in rebounds with 14 boards.

High School Hoops Playoff Preview


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The Bayside Commodores (13-3) will face the Wadleigh Secondary School Tigers (18-1) in the second round of the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) A Division “AA” playoffs after both teams received a bye in the first round. Junior point guard Brandon King led the Commodores in scoring with 16 points during the season. Fellow classmate Austin Williams was second on the team with 14.6 points a game with four assists and five rebounds a game. As a team the Commodores have averaged 62 points a game, while allowing 48.7 points a game. For the Tigers, senior Basil Harley led the team during the regular season with 17.38 points a game to go along with 8.56 assists a game. Senior Louis Costen averaged a double-double on the year with 15.07 points a game and 12.20 points a game. As a team, the Tigers averaged 68.6 points a game while defensively they allowed 52.2 points a game. While the Tigers gave up a few more points than the Commodores, they also scored a little more. The Tigers should win a close game and continue to advance through the playoffs.

The Benjamin Cardozo Judges (15-2) will take on the Martin Van Buren Vee Bees (5-9) in the second round of the playoffs. In the first round, the Judges received a bye while the Vee Bees beat the McKee/Staten Island Tech by a score of 74-66. For the Judges, Tajay Henry led the team with 15.38 points a game, while the senior grabbed 8.69 rebounds a game as well. Overall, the Judges have scored 72.8 points per game during the regular season. On the defensive side, the Judges allowed 54.1 per game. Senior Brandon Howard was the top scorer on the Vee Bees during the regular season with 15 points a game. The Vee Bees allowed more points than they were able to score, allowing 60 points a game while scoring 52.3 points a game. This game will be an easy one for the Judges. The Vee Bees will be unable to stop the Judges’ offensive attack.

After beating the James Monroe Campus Eagles (5-11) in the first round of the playoffs by a score of 65-30 the Campus Magnet Bull-Dogs (12-4) will face the Curtis Warriors who are in the midst of a perfect 14-0 season. For the Bull-Dogs, senior Tarik Raynor was number one in scoring with 16.54 points per game. The Bull-Dogs averaged 56.5 points a game while allowing 50.2 points a game. Senior Dontay Jackson led the Warriors during the regular season with 16.69 points a game. The Warriors were able to play both sides of the ball well, averaging 74 points a game while allowing 47.4 points a game. There is no reason the Warriors should not be able to extend their perfect season. While the Bull-Dogs have had a good season, they will not be able to keep up with the Warriors.

The John Adams Spartans (11-4) beat the James Madison Knights by a score of 50-48 in the first round of the playoffs and will now play the Hunter College High School Hawks (16-2). For the Spartans, junior Markell French did it all, scoring 17.14 points a game, pulling down 9.43 rebounds a game, and dishing out 6.29 assists a game. The Spartans scored 59.8 points a game as a team while allowing 48.7 points a game. Senior Sam Gordon averaged a double-double for the Hawks with 19.06 points a game and 11.50 rebounds a game. As a team, the Hawks averaged 71.7 points a game while allowing 54.3 points a game. The Spartans, who just three years ago were 5-11, will put up a good fight but in the end will come up short against the strong Hawks.

City’s best take the field in Mayor’s Cup


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Soccer stars from Queens and across the city put their skills on display and netted a good time in the 2011 Mayor’s Cup Soccer All-Star Game on November 19 and 20.

The New York City Mayor’s Soccer All-Star Game took place at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn and brought out more than 150 of the best high school senior soccer players from the Public School Athletic League (PSAL), the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and New York City independent schools.

Queens players like Constantin Pougiouklidis from Bayside High School, Seth Rothbaum from Cardozo, Hannah Fertig from Bayside, Stephen Reid from St. Francis Prep and many others got in their kicks during the two-day display of top city talent.

In the first game of the day on November 19, CHSAA defeated the PSAL by a score of 4-1 with Casey Collins (Archbishop Molloy) leading the attack for the CHSAA with two goals and Wendy Avendano (St. Francis Prep) and Shannon Rubin (Notre Dame Academy) each chipping in with a goal apiece. Serene Drakes (Cardozo) scored the lone goal for the PSAL. In the second game of the day, the PSAL defeated the CHSAA by a score of 1-0 with Juan Colorado (FDR) from the PSAL scoring the decisive goal.

The championship games took place on November 20. In the girls’ game, the PSAL defeated the independent schools by a score of 4-1 as defender Breanna Brukalo (McKee/Staten Island Tech) took home the MVP award after an outstanding defensive effort. Deanna Kvetkoff (Susan Wagner) scored two goals, while Melissa Lijo (Port Richmond) and Megan Caccavale (LaGuardia) each scored one goal for the PSAL. Shannon Rhodes from Packer scored for the independent schools.

In the boys’ game, the PSAL prevailed once again by defeating the independent schools by a score of 4-0. Julian Gilbey from Bronx Science scored one goal and took home the MVP honors. Juan Colorado (FDR), Steven Mensah (Tilden) and Pierre Roody (Beacon) also scored for the PSAL.

Around the Gridiron: High school football roundup


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The Bayside Commodores (7-2) lost their second game in a row to the August Martin Falcons (6-3) by a score of 6-0. The Commodores gave up 195 yards of offense, with Falcons senior quarterback Ricky Dunbar completing 4 of 8 passes for 85 yards. Dunbar also accounted for the lone touchdown of the day, rushing for 15 yards on six attempts and the score. Richard McKoy led all Falcon rushers with 57 yards on 14 attempts. Senior Clinton Westmoreland Jr. added 27 yards on the ground in nine attempts. The Commodores will be the fifth seed in the playoffs and face off against the fourth seeded Tilden Blue Devils (8-1). The Falcons are the second seed and will have a bye.

In their last game, the Beach Channel Dolphins (6-3) dominated the Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (2-7) by a score of 28-0. The Dolphins had a total of 261 offensive yards while only giving up 47 yards to the Golden Eagles. For the Dolphins, junior Breland Archbold completed 8 of 16 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and also added a touchdown on the ground. Junior Justin Zemser led all rushers with 94 yards on three attempts and two touchdowns. On defense, sophomore Chris Reed had an interception. The Dolphins are the sixth seed in the playoffs and will face the William E. Grady Falcons (7-2) who are the third seed.

The Long Island City Bulldogs (2-7) lost the last game of a disappointing season by a score of 44-20 at the hands of the Jamaica Beavers. The Beavers had a total of 438 yards. Senior Brandon Sims threw a 57 yard touchdown pass. Senior Jaquan Jarvis led all rushers with 283 yards on 20 attempts. In addition, Jarvis crossed the goal line twice. Sims added 82 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on six attempts.

The Campus Magnet Bulldogs (6-3) lost to the Tottenville Pirates by a score of 44-19. The Bulldogs outshot the Pirates on office, 310-267. Although Kahlik Greenwood threw for 158 yards and a touchdown, he struggled to get the ball to his receivers, throwing four interceptions. In comparison, Pirates’ senior Brandon Di Girolamo completed 5 of 8 passes for 61 yards and three touchdowns. For the Bulldogs, junior Asaikie Blake led all rushers with 76 yards on five attempts and a touchdown. Greenwood also added a score on the ground. The Bulldogs are seeded 8th in the Championship playoffs and will face off against the 9th seeded Curtis Warriors (6-3).

The Spartans (4-5), who lost their last game of the season against the Flushing Red Devils (5-4) by a score of 32-14, will face the top seeded Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters (9-0) as the 16th seed. This marks the first time the Spartans will make the playoffs in the Championship division in at least 10 years. The Red Devils, who are seeded 11th, will face the Boys and Girls Kangaroos (6-3) who are seeded 6th.