The 2018-19 Archdiocesan playoffs are in the books and Cardinal Hayes and Bishop Loughlin have claimed their respective titles and top seeds In the Intersectional playoffs.
For Loughlin they had to overcome a furious rally by a tough Xaverian to win 61-49 on Friday night. The Lions led by as much as 22 points in the first half but that lead quickly shrunk to nine points in the third quarter then six points going into the fourth due to an 17-11 scoring run by the Clippers. The Lions were able to hold of Xaverian in the last few minutes of the game to seal the victory. Loughlin earned a bye to the quarterfinal round will play the winner of Iona Prep vs St. Francis Prep on Sunday March 3rd. The last time Loughlin won the Diocesan championship was 2016.
Bishop Loughlin survived a huge rally by Xaverian to win the Brooklyn/Queens Archdiocesan title on Friday night
Cardinal Hayes vs Top seeded St. Raymond’s on Saturday was another chapter in the rivalry between both schools. The Cardinals dominated in the second half en route to an 86-65 victory over the Ravens. Iowa Commit Joe Toussaint earned MVP honors with a 25 point/ eight rebound and seven assist performance. The front court duo of Shemani Fuller and Adam Cisse combined for 26 points while Jaylen Murray scored 18. The Cardinals also earned the No. 1 seed in the intersectional playoffs and a bye to the quarterfinals at Fordham University where they will face the winner of Mount St. Michael vs Holy Cross.
This weekend, we may have gotten a look at three teams that could possibly be in the title game on March 10th. Despite losing big at the Archdiocesan championship, St. Raymond’s is still have what it takes to make it to the title game on March 10th. It depends on how the Ravens respond when they face the winner of CTK vs Scanlan in the quarterfinals.
Hayes looks like the strongest team heading into the playoffs and their dominance in the championship game proved that. The Cardinals have the size and depth to compete with any team they also have CHSAA player of the year Joe Toussaint who led Hayes to the title game in 2017.
With a bye into the quarterfinals, Bishop Loughlin is in great shape to return to the city title game since 2016. The front court duo of Julian and Justin Champangie have proven to become a matchup nightmare for most teams this season.
With the city playoffs beginning on Tuesday, we have came up with our final four predictions for the CHSAA playoffs. HDNYC’s final four teams are
and Bishop Loughlin
Teams that could possibly pull off an upset and sneak into the final four.
CTK ( if they beat Scanlan then upset St. Rays)