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Saturday / January 19.
  • High school teams to settle league title based on St. John’s-DePaul score

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    Two New York high school teams will determine their league champion based on the score of Wednesday night’s St. John’s-DePaul game.

    If the total score is an even number, Iona Prep will be seeded No. 1 in the in the upcoming Archdiocesan tournament. Cardinals Hayes will be awarded the seed if the total is an odd number. The story was first reported by

    “It was [Paul] Gilvary’s idea,” Hayes coach Joe Lods told ZAGSBLOG, referring to the league commissioner. “I think it’s fun, better than a coin toss. At least way more interesting. My sister is a St. John’s graduate. I hope they come through for me tonight.”

    Said Iona Prep coach Steve Alvarado: “The league exhausted all of the tie breaker scenarios and we remained tied. And collectively, we could not gather together within 24 hours to conduct a coin flip. Thus the league proposed this solution, which apparently has been used in the past to determine the seeding. The reality is that it’s just as random as a coin flip; just not as immediate.”

    For what it’s worth, St. John’s is a 1-point favorite.

    The winner faces No. 8 Monsignor Scanlan in Sunday’s Archdiocesan quadrupleheader¬†at St. Raymond. The No. 2 seed will meet No. 7 All Hallows.

    Other games include¬†No. 3 Stepinac – No. 6 Mount St. Michael and No. 4 St. Raymond – No. 5 St. Peter’s.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.