By Jerry Del Priore
Area hoop teams began to kick it into high gear, as one overtook first place in its conference, while the other is starting to separate themselves from the pack.
Canarsie – Brooklyn A South East Conference
Canarsie Boys’ basketball team enjoyed a stellar week, picking up four wins to help them move into first place in its conference.
Junior forward Tyres Desinor continued to be a force on the hardwood as he led the Chiefs (9-3) with 21 points and 17 rebounds in their 51-48 win over Grady (8-4, 8-5) at home.
Junior guard James Stevens and junior guard/forward Zaire Ballentine contributed 12 points and eight points and 11 boards, respectively.
Canarsie traveled to Staten Island to face Port Richmond (1-8) over the weekend, and left with a 50-43 triumph.
Canarsie had four players in double digits in its 78-71 victory over host John Dewey (5-6) last week.
Desinor (25), Nathaniel McPherson (18), Stevens (13) and junior guard Mark Perry (11) accounted for the majority of the scoring for the Chiefs.
Canarsie demolished New Utrecht, 63-36, (1-10) last week at home.
Desinor paced the Chiefs with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Marcus Louis chipped in with 12 points and 14 boards while Stevens added eight points and eight dishes.
South Shore – Girls Brooklyn AA Group 1
The PSAL-leading Lady Vikings (9-0, 12-1) continued to cruise along with two league wins,sandwiched in-between a non-league victory in New Jersey.
Visiting South Shore handed Truman (9-2) a 56-41 thrashing Monday night.
Sophomore point guard Destiny Philoxy scored a game-high 22 points and had six assists while forward/guard Earlette Scott added 10 in the victory.
The Lady Vikings shipwrecked Neptune (NJ), 44-39, at the New Jersey New Year’s Resolution Basketball Tournament over the weekend.
Last week, South Shore dismantled Queens’ Francis Lewis (9-1, 10-1), 64-44, on the road.
Junior Selena Philoxy led the charge with 21 points and 17 rebounds while the younger Philoxy chipped in with 15 and five assists. Sophomore guard/forward Diamond Shavis added 11.