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25 Teams In 25 Days: Eagle ACademy (Bronx) Eagles

Julian Avila running the offense during the 2018 Bronx Borough Championship. Photo Credit: PSAL

2017-18 season at a glance: 23-5 Overall record, Bronx AA regular season champions (14-1 division record), Bronx borough champions, reached PSAL quarterfinals.

Key additions: Joel Simpson, Noel Echevarria, Damarco Watson

Players to Watch: Vernon Simmons, Julian Avila, Damarco Watson

Eagle Academy has some familiar faces that are in for a big season, but they also have a few new faces that will contribute to the team in a big way. Among many of the new faces on this eagle squad are 6-4 freshman Noel Echevarria, a tall guard who can get to the rack and score. Echevarria is one of the top freshman in the city and he can make an impact quickly for this Eagle team. Eagle has struck gold once again when it comes to getting transfers from the catholic league. One of Eagle’s newest additions is Damarco Watson a 6-4 guard from St. Raymond’s and Joel Simpson from All Hallows. The addition of these players give eagle more depth at the guard and wing positions. Junior Vernon Simmons who is an aau teammate of Watson, is due for a big year as well. Seniors Julian Avila and Michael Caldero will be the leaders for this Eagle team who is looking to defend the Bronx borough title as well as make a deep post season run.

Eagle Academy made a big statement early in the preseason as they defeated State federation champion Archbishop Stepinac in the Tru-Ballaz Invitational. This was one game that proved that Eagle is one team that should be taken very seriously. Coming off of their success last season the Eagles have been invited to just about any preseason tournament to compete against the best in the city. At times Eagle Academy came up short in many games, but it’s a sure thing that the preseason had prepared them well for the 2018-19 season.


Bronx Borough championship, check. Win Bronx AA division, Check, sweep division rival and win the Bronx Borough championship? check. A run to the final four or championship? To Be Determined.

The Eagle Academy Eagles lost big to Thomas Jefferson in the quarterfinals last season, and that should serve as enough motivation for the Eagles going into the 2018-19 season. First things first Eagle must prove that winning the division and borough title last year wasn’t a fluke. The competition in the Bronx AA might have gotten hotter as Wings Academy is an improved team, and James Monroe could possibly be the sleeper team in the division. If Eagle can win the division and borough again and prove to have a strong non-conference performance. They could be a dangerous team come playoff time.

Key games to Watch:

December 22nd vs Thomas Jefferson and December 23rd vs Nazareth @ the Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic

The rematch of the 2018 PSAL Elite 8 game will be epic as Eagle will look to avenge last year’s playoff loss.

December 28th and 29th Governor’s challenge

Eagle academy will travel down to Maryland to go up against the Highland School (VA) in the Governor’s challenge. The tournament will be an opportunity for the team to go up against schools from across the country to end 2018.

February 7th vs Wings Academy

what better way to end the regular season than to play your division and borough rival. This will be the second meeting between the two teams.

25 Teams In 25 Days: Brooklyn Law And Tech Jets

Photo Credit: Patrick J Cherlius 

2017-18 season at a glance: 22-2 overall record, 18-0 regular season record PSAL A city champions, reached state federation semifinals

Players to Watch: Joseph Pena, Davonta Cook
Brooklyn Law and Tech are one of many programs in the city which are great at building their players. Every season there’s always one or two returning players who are due for a breakout year. Last season was a big year for Larry Moreno who went on to graduate and is now a redshirt freshman At St. Francis Brooklyn, and this year the city has taken notice to Joseph Peña and Davonta Cook. Both cook and Peña have worked their way up to where they are now, and they are two players that can lead the Jets to another PSAL A city championship.

Peña, a 6-5 guard/Forward, gives the Jets a player who can score inside and outside. Peña has already got the attention of a lot of people based on the numbers he has put up against programs like Wadleigh, Cardinal Hayes (31 point performance at the Great 8 tournament) and Cardozo as well as others.
Davonta Cook a 6-0 guard has proven to score the rock as well as being the lead guard for the Jets on a nightly basis. One of the games that showed that Peña and Cook is one of the most underrated duos in the city is the MTG back to school Invitational championship against Brooklyn Collegiate. In that game, Cook and Peña combined for 45 of the teams 73 points in the overtime win.

One of the new and exciting things about the Brooklyn Law and Tech program is that their school along with nine other schools across the five boroughs have been chosen to be a part of the Adidas legacy. To become a Adidas sponsored school, It’s something that the school needs and deserves based on the success they have had so far.

Many tournament organizers around the city have noticed Brooklyn Law and Tech’s progression as a program over the past few years which explains why they will be playing at many of the top basketball events this season.

Key games to watch

12/23: Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic vs. Ron Brown college HS (DC)
This game will be one of many on the Jets schedule where they will go up against a team from one of the top basketball hotbeds in the nation. This will be a test for the Jets

1/6/19 The apparel Challenge vs. Cardinal Hayes

The Jets have gone up against the Cardinals twice in the preseason and lost, but they will have another chance to play them to start 2019.

1/19/19 Big Apple Invitational vs. St. Charles HS (Baltimore)

In their debut in the prestigious Big Apple Invitational, the Jets will have another shot at a team from outside of the Tri-State area. This is another chance for the program to get some exposure as well as play against a team from outside the NYC tri-state area

As many may know, the Jets did their work competing against AA teams throughout the summer and the preseason and most of the time the Jets have proven that they can play with just about anybody. Coaches Michael Levy and Kenny Pretlow always have this prepared team night in and out. Getting back to the A division championship will be a challenge as teams such as Lehman, Canarsie, and others have improved but the Jets are a team that will accept all challenges. The Jets will be contenders in the A division once again.