Brooklyn high school basketball’s final power rankings

Lincoln's loss to Jefferson knocked it out of the top spot which left Loughlin as the best team in Brooklyn this season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Lincoln’s loss to Jefferson knocked it out of the top spot which left Loughlin as the best team in Brooklyn this season. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

I think it’s safe to say that none of the Brooklyn schools were really happy with the way that the season ended as they were all shutout for the PSAL and CHSAA city titles. Here are the final power rankings for this season.

  1. Bishop Loughlin (23-6, LW: 2): This should have been the year the Lions finally overcame Christ the King for the city title, as they did for the Brooklyn/Queens title. Instead, their season ended in disappointment and we’ll never get to see the Lincoln/Loughlin matchup that everyone in the borough wanted.
  2. Jefferson (18-6, LW: 3): The Orange Wave probably got lucky that they beat Lincoln in the PSAL semifinals, but that luck ran out against Cardozo and no Brooklyn team took home a city title this year.
  3. Lincoln (21-1, LW: 1): The Railsplitters appeared to be firing on all cylinders headed into the playoffs, but they got a little overconfident and left a door open for Bud Pollard’s Jefferson team. With so much talent on that squad it’s still a head scratcher, but the truly great teams know not to sleep on any opponent.
  4. Brooklyn Collegiate (13-8, LW: 5): What the Lions were able to accomplish without Jahlil Tripp was incredibly impressive, but in the end they needed him for those big games. With Tripp coming back next season and four other juniors returning it is hard to imagine them not being on top of this list next season.
  5. South Shore (12-8, LW: 4): The Vikings were a great team with some truly top-notch talent. However, they exited the playoffs early when they ran into the eventual city champion in Cardozo. If not for some extremely questionable calls in that quarterfinals game their season could have ended very differently.
  6. Westinghouse (12-8, LW: 6): The Warriors had some real talent this year, but they just weren’t consistent enough to serious make a run at the city title this year. It’s going to be tough for them to come back next year with Isaiah Gurley graduating, but he is one of only four seniors on that team.
  7. Bishop Ford (14-13, LW: DNQ): I was down on the Falcons for most of the season, but they showed a lot of heart the way they finished out the season. Unfortunately, they came just short of winning the A title, but with Dior Dixon and Devin Dingle coming back next year they should be able to make another run at it.
  8. Nazareth (21-5, LW: 8): It was a bit surprising to see the Kingsmen’s 17-game winning streak snapped by Ford in the playoffs as it looked like they were on their way to their third city title in a row. It was still a nice run and those kids should be proud.
  9. Boys and Girls (8-10, LW: 9): Aside from Jamie Killings, the Kangaroos just didn’t have enough talent to truly compete this year. That probably won’t be the story next year though as Gianni Ford continues to step up his game. They probably need one more weapon to seriously compete though.
  10. Xaverian (12-15, LW: 7): A brutal season for the Clippers with losses in 10 of their last 15 games to limp across the finish line. They play in the AA so it was hard to rank Ford and Naz ahead of them, but those two teams played like AA teams while Xaverian didn’t.

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