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PSAL Class A & B title game previews

All the champions in the Public Schools Athletic League will be crowned this weekend. While you can read about the Boys AA title game here, and the Girls AA title game here, here's what you can expect to see in the Class A & B title games at City College. All stats are courtesy of the PSAL website.

Boys Class A: No. 1 Mott Haven vs. No. 3 Brooklyn Collegiate (5 p.m.): Mott Haven enters this game as the favorite, having just one loss in league play this year, an one-point loss to Evander Childs. Mott Haven has a bevy of scorers in double digits but is led by Hakeem Grant, who averages 22 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Brooklyn Collegiate upset Long Island City in the semifinals to make the final. Both its losses in league play this year came against Bedford Academy, so Brooklyn Collegiate can breathe easy knowing it doesn't have another matchup against the Panthers. Brooklyn Collegiate is led by Ervin Mitchell, who scores 26.3 points and grabs 9.4 rebounds.

Girls Class A: No. 1 Goldstein vs. No. 2 Curtis (3 p.m.): Could Golstein actually be the underdog in this game, despite being the No. 1 seed? It appears so. Goldstein went undefeated in the league and will try to keep it that way against Curtis. Senior point guard Nourhan Elbassiony leads the Dolphins with 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Curtis had a very successful season in its first year with Bob Daggett helping to coach the Lady Warriors. Curtis was the second-best team in Staten Island in the PSAL and easily could have made noise in the Class AA tournament. Junior Kristen Olsen averages 14.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Boys Class B: Pathways Prep vs. No. 3 Newcomers (1 p.m.): Pathways Prep will go for its second straight title against Newcomers. Pathways Prep has been the class of the league and will try to do it once again. It is led by top junior recruit Jordan Washington, who averages 21. 7 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Newcomers did not lose a game in the league this year and will put that on the line against Pathways Prep. The Lions only earned the No. 3 seed for their efforts and defeated seventh-seed Washington heights in the semifinal. Junior Christian Zapata averages 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Girls Class B: No. 1 Bedford Academy vs. No. 2 Scholars Academy (11 a.m.): The Scholars Academy will look to defend its title in the only chalk matchup in the final. Scholars Academy went 12-2 in the league and then defeated Samuel Gompers in the semifinals to get a chance to defend its title. It's led by sophomore wing Jessica Glaz, who averages 14. 9 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Bedford Academy completed an undefeated year in league play and barely survived a game against Queens Vocational in the semifinals, pulling off a 44-43 win. Senior center Brianna Perlmutter has averaged 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as well.