Call it old hat folks, but when the PSAL and CHSAA meet up in the annual Big Apple Basketball challenge, the private school kids always seem to come out on top. In the five years of the tournament, the CHSAA has won 31 games to the PSAL’s 19, and the Catholic League has won every tournament except for 2005. The challenge was held again last weekend, with Saturday’s games being played at St. John’s University and Sunday’s games being held at Baruch College in Manhattan.
This year looked like it might be different at the outset, with PSAL schools winning three of Saturday’s four contests, including Boy’s and Girl’s 58-55 victory over Christ the King.
But it seemed that order was restored on Sunday, as the Catholic League bounced back to take the weekend’s series 5-4. The highlight game of the weekend might’ve been Sunday’s Kennedy-All Hallow’s matchup, in which Kennedy rallied from a 9 point fourth quarter deficit to take the lead in the final minute, but All Hallow’s Michael Alvarado would not be denied, scoring 22 points and grabbing 9 rebounds to lead the Gaels to a pulse-pounding 45-43 victory.