The Post’s high school staff looks ahead to the most intriguing matchups in boys basketball and girls basketball for the week of May 14 through May 20.
Grand Street Campus @ James Madison (Monday, 4 p.m.)
Bragging rights, borough supremacy, the Brooklyn A East division title and playoff seeding – you name it, it’s on the line when these two teams meet up. Grand Street swept the series last year en route to the division crown, and it is the heavy favorite with arguably New York City’s best lineup. Madison, however, has one of PSAL’s top pitching staffs – co-aces Matt Zalon, Joe Cali and Mike Fitzpatrick are capable of shutting down the potent Wolves – and its lineup has become to produce consistently as well.
Beacon vs. Stuyvesant (Tuesday, 4 p.m. @ DeWitt Clinton Park)
Manhattan A West, at one time Beacon’s division to lose, is now a tossup between the Blue Demons and their rival, Stuyvesant. After consecutive losses to Norman Thomas and George Washington, the Hitmen have caught fire and won five straight behind the 1-2 punch of Kyle Yee and Evan Lubin. Beacon doesn’t have such aces to rely upon – Juan Adorno and Kai Glick are injured – as the two teams tied in the loss column meet to decide the division title this week.
The Staten Island division title could very well be decided here. St. Joseph by the Sea was hit with its first league loss of the season Friday night in extra innings against Monsignor Farrell, while Moore Catholic has just a single loss, too. The division champion gets the highly sought-after bye into the eight-team, championship round of the CHSAA Class AA playoffs.
It’s hard to believe the postseason begins Saturday, but two teams will go home that day and two others will advance on to the best-of-three series portion of the playoffs. Teams that played in these games have gone on to long runs in the past. Could one of these teams, which will be decided this week, make some waves after winning at Mount St. Michael?
NYSAISAA semifinals (Sunday, 11 a.m. @ higher seeds)
The end-of-the-year private school state tournament has produced a different champion each of the last three years. Last year’s winner, Poly Prep, should receive the top seed, but the Blue Devils won’t have an easy road as Ivy Prep League rival Fieldston beat them during the regular season, ACIS co-winners Berkeley Carroll and St. Ann’s are dangerous and Riverdale, also of the Ivy League, is playing the best baseball of anyone.
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