The Brooklyn-Queens area produced five teams that won their respective leagues and qualified for Federation State Championships this past week.
In the four-team tournaments, undefeated Christ the King entered the “AA” girls bracket number-one in the entire nation. South Shore’s boys and girls earned the right to compete after both won PSAL “AA” titles on March 17.
And Brooklyn Law and Tech earned their first PSAL City title, while James Madison’s girls captured their own PSAL crown, both punching in final four “A” tickets.
South Shore’s boys, Christ the King and James Madison were the only three teams to reach the Federation championships this past weekend. The Shore’s Vikings were matched up with previous New York State number-two ranked and Syracuse-based Liverpool of the NYSPHSAA, who entered the tournament 28-0.
The Vikings victimized Liverpool, walloping the Warriors 80-48 before losing to Archbishop Stepinac of White Plains, 88-76 in the state finals.
Stepinac shot 11-for-18 from three in the first half in the victory, which was guided by top-recruit Alan Griffin, who finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
The CTK Royals and South Shore Lady Vikings were pitted against one another in round-one, a rematch of their January contest in Middle Village where the home-team Royals won 51-37 at the Apparel Challenge.
The Royals completed the two-peat, defeating South Shore 59-49 behind 19 points, six rebounds and six assists from Kaelynn Satterfield, and 16 points with eight rebounds from Klarke Sconiers.
The top-ranked Royals then ran into the Baldwin Lady Bruins in Saturday’s finals and were defeated, 58-49, their lone loss of the season.
James Madison’s girls, who dropped one in the Federation semifinals last season, secured a championship game after smacking Sacred Heart, 57-41. In the title game, they lost a 42-41 nail biter against Jamesville DeWitt.
Brooklyn Law and Tech, who dominated the PSAL “A” division all-season long in historical fashion, lost to Albany Academy, 83-61, in the quarterfinals.
“For us the goal was winning the city championship, everything else is gravy,” Law and Tech coach Michael Levy said after the tournament. “The experience for our boys was outstanding, playing up here, staying in a hotel versus teams that get to sleep in their own beds, it’s different. I’d like to see them rotate locations to even out the playing field and build more excitement for the games.
“But I’m still proud of our season,” he added. “We are city champs and no one can take that away from us.”