By Rob Abruzzese
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The regular season is officially over for Public School Athletic League teams, but the boroughs have to hash it out before the city-wide playoffs begin. The first round of the PSAL Boro Playoffs, which begins on Tuesday, will be interesting as a few of the A division teams are mixed in with the AA teams. The second round will be on Thursday and the final will be at Queens College on Saturday which should be a great one as it will be for Brooklyn bragging rights.
FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS
No. 1 Jefferson vs. No. 8 Van Arsdale
No. 2 Lincoln vs No. 7 South Shore
No. 3 Boys and Girls High School vs No. 6 Lafayette
No. 4 Bedford Academy vs No. 5 Westinghouse
TEAM TO BEAT: Jefferson might be the the top seed, but the Lincoln Railsplitters looked like the better all-around team when the two faced each other in Coney Island last week. So right now it looks like Lincoln will be the team with the target on its back.
THE SLEEPER: In the past A division teams have been at a big disadvantage, but this year it looks like Bedford Academy (14-0) might be able to make some big noise. Westinghouse is a good team, but it hasn’t won a big game all year and since the game is at the Stuy Dome it won’t have home court advantage.
UPSET ALERT: Jefferson will likely be one of the final four teams in the city-wide playoffs, but its star Shamorie Ponds is out for at least the first game of the boros with a bruised hip. The Orange Wave might be able to get passed Van Arsdale without him, but if Ponds missed Thursday's game, they might not be able to beat Bedford Academy or Westinghouse in Round 2.
WHO WINS: The Railsplitters look like the best all around team in Brooklyn right now. They have the star in Jahlil Tripp, a freshman point guard that provides a big spark with his shooting and enough bit time complementary players that know their roles and play them well. Lincoln should take the Boro Playoffs.
PREDICTIONS: Jefferson over Van Arsdale, Lincoln over South Shore, Boys High over Lafayette, Bedford Academy over Westinghouse, Jefferson over Bedford Academy, Lincoln over Boys High, and Lincoln over Jefferson.