The first game in the Boy’s Varsity Division matched second-seeded Lyons Community High School and seventh-seeded Manhattan Business Academy.
Lyons Community, playing in front of their home crowd, jumped out to an early 22-6 lead. But MBA stayed calm and closed the gap to 28-27 at the half. Led by Coach Steve Revell, Lyons Community came out of the half with renewed energy.
Lyons took advantage of some cold shooting by MBA and cruised to a 70-44 win. The leading scorer for Lyons was Jahmere Coles with 22 points, while Ryan Bartons dropped 12 for Manhattan Business Academy.
The second game in the division matched NYSAA newcomer and three-seed Brooklyn Prospect Charter High School against former NYSAA champion and this year’s six seed, Brooklyn Latin.
In the their only regular season meeting, Prospect topped Brooklyn Latin by more than 20 points, but the playoff meeting proved quite a different contest.
Neither team led by more than four points, and Prospect had a late lead until Brooklyn Latin finished the game on a 7-2 run over the last two-minutes led by guard Kyle Tobia’s seven fourth-quarter to notch a 58-48 win.
Brooklyn Latin was led by Tobia’s 20 points, while Prospect’s Dylan McAlman stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
Brooklyn Latin will meet Lyons in the semifinals this week.
On Saturday, the playoffs continued in Jamaica with fourth-seeded Cristo Rey Brooklyn squaring off against fifth-seeded Northside Charter High School.
Northside Charter came out the gates with their aggressive defense and was able to control the tempo of the game against the larger Cristo Rey. Northside had the lead going into the half.
However the second half was a different story. Cristo Rey came out with a defensive mindset and turned the game around. They went on a 15-0 run early and were able to take a commanding lead the remainder of the game.
Joey led Cristo Rey to the win with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and seven steals. Northside’s Isaac Liano had 12 points and three rebounds.
In the second game, defending champions and top-seed Innovation Charter High School went up against rival Martin De Porres High School.
Martin De Porres used their size in the front court to out-rebound and score early on the smaller Innovation, who lost just once in the regular season. However, led by league MVP candidate Donate Walker’s 15 points in the second half, Innovation was able to cut the lead to six with three minutes to go.
But key baskets by senior Alyle Ali, who led the team with 31 points and 15 rebounds, and freshman Jaheim William sealed the 75-59 upset for De Porres.
Donte Walker led Innovation with 31 points and 14 rebounds.
Martin De Porres will face Cristo Rey in the semifinals.
On the junior varsity side, Brooklyn Prospect will look to repeat as champion when they square off against Green School, who will be in the championship game for the first time in school history.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Latin will look to repeat as Girl’s Varsity champions in a rematch of last year’s title game against Lyons Community.