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25 Teams in 25 Days: Bishop Loughlin Lions

2017-18 season at a glance: 10-17 record reached CHSAA city quarterfinals

Players to watch: Julian Champangie, Justin Champangie, Taj Chiles, Jahiem young

The Bishop Loughlin Lions May have lost some players but they are still one of many teams in the CHSAA to look out for.

One of the reasons why Loughlin is a team to look out for is the duo of the champangie Twins Justin and Julian. Both players had a big summer with the new heights program and they are set to have a big year. Outside of the Champangie Twins, the lions also have guards Jahiem Young and Taj Chiles in the backcourt. The Loughlin Lions had a great run in the summer at the Smartball Classic where they reached the championship game. Despite losing in that game to South Shore, the Lions run at Smartball proved that they are a much improved team.

During the preseason, the Champangie Twins both shined at the IS8/Nike Fall tip off classic. Justin made Is8 all tournament 1st team while Julian made the 2nd team. Julian Champangie got MVP honors at the Philly vs NY 2020 game.

Key Games to Watch

December 9th. Vs Stepinac

On December 9th, the Loughlin Lions will have their shot at going up against the defending City and state federation champions in their house. Expect this game to be a sellout.

December 16th vs Thomas Jefferson

This game will be a reunion between AAU teammates Justin and Julian Champangie and top Sophomore guard Jaquan Carlos. It’s also the last home game before the Lions travel to Delaware and New Orleans to compete in the Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament and the AllState sugar bowl tournament .

January 13th vs Christ The King

In order to prove that they are the best in the Brooklyn-Queens division they have to beat the best. Many people believe early this season that CTK will run away with the Brooklyn-Queens diocesan championship, it will be up to the lions to prove people wrong. This will be one of two meetings between both teams.

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: Our Savior Falcons (National)

Photo Credit: Johnnie Photography

2017-18 season at a glance: 29-4 regular season record, Great Atlantic Conference Co-regular season champions reached Grind Session world championship semifinals.

Players to Watch: Dashawn Davis, Posh Alexander, Max Amadasun, Bernard Kouma

The OSL falcons One of NYC’s hottest independent teams made a lot of noise in the 2017-18 season, and they will look to do it again this season.

The Falcons have one of the top backcourts in the city in Dashawn Davis and Posh Alexander. Alexander rose In the rankings as one of the top 50 players in the class of 2020, while Davis shined in his first summer playing in the EYBL circuit with the New York lightning as well as become a household name across the New York City.
Both Alexander and Davis have the quickness, athleticism, and toughness to go up against any backcourt in the city as well as the nation. Don’t let the height of both players fool you. Max Amadasun and Bernard Kouma will continue to put in work in the frontcourt this season against some of the top big men in the nation.

Key games to watch:
The Falcons have a very tough national schedule, but one thing we know for sure is that the Falcons have proven that they can compete with anyone.

11/30/18 vs Tennessee Prep – 12/1/18 vs Prolific Prep
The Falcons start the 2018-19 season by playing in one of the top high school basketball, The Marshall County Hoopfest in Kentucky. Coach Pete Weyhe is putting his team to the test early. All New Yorkers and followers of Posh Alexander should mark the December 1st game vs. Prolific Prep on the calendar and bookmark the link to the live stream because Alexander will be going up against Nimari Burnett in a matchup of two of the best point guards in the class of 2020.

12/11/18 vs. Putnam Science Academy
This will be one of two meetings between both teams that feature players from New York City on both sides. The last time these two teams met. PSA beat OSL in the GAC championship. In this game, the Falcons will be looking to avenge that loss against the defending national Prep champions.

12/16/18 vs. Blair Academy (NJ)
The Falcons will be closing out the annual city legends invitational as they will play Blair Academy out of Jersey. Blair features UPenn bound guard Jordan Dingle and 2020 wing Jabri Abdur-Rahim.

12/17/18 vs. Roselle Catholic at the Kyrie Irving Invitational @ Barclays Center
The Falcons against New Jersey Powerhouse Roselle Catholic at the home of the Brooklyn Nets should be one game the whole city should attend. The Falcons will be going up against a tough Roselle Squad that features Kentucky bound wing Khalil Whitney and UNLV bound guard Josh Pierre-Louis.

1/20/19 vs. Woodrow Wilson (DC) Big North Shootout
The Falcons will have a chance to go up against DC powerhouse Woodrow Wilson at the Big North Shootout in Brooklyn during MLK Weekend. DC is by far one of the top cities when it comes to the best basketball players in the nation, and many people believe that NYC teams can’t compete with teams from DC this will be one game where bragging rights will be on the line.

2018-19 outlook and prediction
The Falcons have a very challenging schedule but has they have shown last year they are built for any challenge that comes their way. The goal for this team is to win their conference and the Grind session World championship and with the schedule they have they all be prepared when that time comes.

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.

25 Teams In 25 Days: Metro-BDA Wolves

Players to Watch: Trey Clark, Anthony Marshall, Savion Thousand

2017-18 season at a glance: 14-0 regular season record, Won Alternative league city championship by forfeit

Winning last year’s city championship without playing doesn’t take away from the fact that Metro-BDA has a roster with talented players who can compete against the top prep schools in the area. throughout the summer players such as Trey Clark, Anthony Marshall and Savion thousand have made a name for themselves across tournaments throughout the city. BDA which is the home of the “Bucketfam” movement has become a tough environment for many opponents where it’s tough to play as they have already dominated teams in previous scrimmages. BDA is one of several schools in NYC that are a part of the Adidas Legacy program. A program that provides adidas uniforms, gear, and support to many undeserved schools with in the inner-city. The team will be sporting new threads and kicks throughout the season courtesy of the three stripes.

It’s a bucketful affair on December 19th as the Wolves will travel up to the Bronx to face the OSL national team. The OSL national team features fellow bucketful members Dashawn Davis and Posh Alexander.

January 9th Vs Monroe College
Aside from their Multiple Pathways schedule the Wolves will go up against various prep schools and Junior varsity college teams. On January 9th the wolves will host Monroe college in Brooklyn in their second meeting of the season.

February 13th vs St. Benedicts
It’s rare to see teams like Metro BDA play prestigious prep schools like St. Ben’s but it’s great to see that they are allowed because the Wolves have shown in the past that they have the talent to go up against any prep school in the northeast and in the country. Games like this would be a great opportunity for the players to gain exposure and go up against a national powerhouse.

2018-19 Outlook
The Wolves are once again favorites to win the PSAL Alternative league championship but the question remains who will be able to challenge them? With how last year ended there has to be many teams willing to provide a challenge. For now just know that the Wolves will be ready when the postseason comes.