Brooklyn high school basketball power rankings – 1/27

Adam Goldsberry led Robeson over Westinghouse and on to this week's power rankings. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Adam Goldsberry led Robeson over Westinghouse and on to this week’s power rankings. Can they stay there with a tough schedule coming up this week? Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Coaches are always telling me that anyone can win at anytime in the Public School Athletic League’s Brooklyn AA Division. This is the first year I actually believe them as Robeson makes its debut on this list with a win over Westinghouse, a team that had been No. 3 on these power rankings just two weeks ago.

  1. The Railsplitters (12-0, LW: 1): had a tough schedule last week, but remains undefeated after it picked up big wins against Brooklyn Collegiate and South Shore. Isaiah Whitehead dropped 39 on Collegiate in double overtime.
  2. Bishop Loughlin (15-3, LW: 2): The Lions had a huge win against St. Anthony’s (NJ) during the SNY Invitational. They have a big test coming up this week against Christ the King so we’ll see how good they really are.
  3. Jefferson (9-3, LW: 3): With a win against Robeson, the Orange Wave holds on to its No. 3 spot. Shamorie Ponds led them with 18 in that game. A big contest coming up on Saturday against Brooklyn Collegiate.
  4. South Shore (9-4, LW: 4): South Shore lost a couple of tough games in Dec. and the beginning of Jan., but the Vikings appear to be back to their winning ways as they beat Boys High. A loss to Lincoln is tough, but they have three D-I players.
  5. Brooklyn Collegiate (7-4, LW: 6): The Lions lost to Lincoln, but by taking them to double overtime they made a statement that they won’t just be pushovers. They must be careful not to take Robeson too lightly this week and must be prepared for a tough one against Jefferson on Saturday.
  6. Westinghouse (7-6, LW: 5): The Warriors beat Jefferson and Collegiate earlier in the season and it looked like they could be a powerhouse. Lately, they’ve dropped a few games though including a tough loss to Robeson this week. They should beat Grady this week, but if they don’t they are in trouble.
  7. Xaverian (8-10, LW: 7): The Clippers did not have an easy week and needed to step up big time if they were going to come away with a win. Instead they lost by one point to St. Francis Prep and then Christ the King beat them by 10. Now they’re sitting in the basement of the Brooklyn/Queens AA Division.
  8. Boys and Girls (6-7, LW: 8): The Kangaroos played a tough game against Grady and really could have made a statement against South Shore, but after that loss it seems unlikely they will be noise in the playoffs. Like I wrote this week, this team still has a bright future.
  9. Nazareth (11-4, LW: 9): The Kingsmen had a huge weekend with wins against McClancy, Xavier and Watervliet. Now they are sitting in first place in the CHSAA A Division and are poised for a nice playoff run.
  10. Robeson (4-7, LW: NR): Ford had the week off and Robeson picked up a nice win over Westinghouse so I decided to give them the final spot. It might not last long though as the Eagles have a tough couple of games coming up this week while Ford’s schedule is much easier. Still, they deserve some credit for that win over Westinghouse where Michael Watson scored 26 and Adam Goldsberry had 23.

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