Five-Star Basketball - H.S. Power Rankings: Week 12: February 1, 2012

Shake-up in the DMV changes the Power Rankings.

Most of our Power Rankings squads remained unscathed this past week - unless you play in the DMV area. Paul VI enters the mix this week after using a buzzer beater to knock off DeMatha, then four days later earned a W over Gonzaga College. Gonzaga College, who has been without the services of Nate Britt due to strained calf, also lost to St. John's. That leaves Montrose Christian, who were upset by Coolidge. All the upsets led to Gonzaga College and Montrose dropping, Paul VI jumping into the rankings and DeMatha falling completely out.

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5th year/prep school
Wolfeboro, NH

Record: 19-0
Key Wins: Tilton (x2), Notre Dame Prep, New Hampton, South Kent
Results: Beat Bridgton, 81-60; beat South Kent, 106-92
Weekly Report: First, T.J. Warren put up 29 points to lead Brewster past Bridgton Academy, then the Bobcats had no problem taking care of Ricardo Ledo and South Kent to stay unbeaten.
Next Up: 2/1 vs. Putnam Science Academy

2 2 none
4-year traditional
Mouth of Wilson, VA

Record: 32-0
Key Wins: Prestonwood Christian, Grace Prep, La Lumiere
Results: Beat Blue Ridge, 91-64; beat Imani Christian, 86-54
Weekly Report: With two more wins this week, only one big challenge stands in the way of Oak Hill and an undefeated season — a matchup tonight with Arlington Country Day. If the Warriors can win that game, perfection would be well within reach.
Next Up: 2/1 vs. Arlington Country Day

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4-year non-traditional
Henderson, NV

Record: 21-1
Key Wins: Simeon, Marcus, Bishop Gorman
Key Losses: La Lumiere
Results: Beat Impact Academy, 113-75; beat La Jolla, 103-85
Weekly Report: Sure Brandon Ashley’s stat line of 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks against La Jolla was impressive. But earlier in the week, Winston Shepard had a triple-double (17 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) in Findlay’s win over Impact Academy.
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Foothill

4 4 none
5th year/prep school
Tilton, NH

Record: 19-3
Key Wins: Notre Dame Prep, New Hampton, Huntington Prep
Key Losses: South Kent
Results: Beat Lawrence Academy, 58-39; beat Holderness, 77-56
Weekly Report: Iowa State-bound Georges Niang poured on 31 points and Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Tilton pulled away from Holderness in the second half last week. The Rams have now won five straight.
Next Up: 2/1 vs. Phillips Academy Andover

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4-year traditional
Jersey City, NJ

Record: 14-0
Key Wins: St. Benedict’s, Miller Grove
Results: Beat Newark Tech, 65-48
Weekly Report: The SNY Invitational was cancelled but the Friars still have tough local talent forthcoming. Plainfield next Tuesday and a matchup with PSAL power Lincoln later in February. 
Next Up: 2/1 at Ridgewood

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4-year non-traditional
Huntington, WV

Record: 16-1
Key Losses: Tilton
Results: Beat Flora McDonald, 78-55; beat Lakewood St. Edward, 60-55
Weekly Report: Huntington Prep avoided having to play three games in three days when their matchup with Shenandoah Valley Christian was cancelled. They were still able to win back to back though, crushing Flora McDonald, then slipping past Lakewood St. Edward.
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Christian Faith

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4-year traditional
Arlington, TX

Record: 20-2
Key Wins: Prestonwood Christian, Montverde, Mater Dei
Key Losses: Oak Hill, Prestonwood Christian Academy
Results: Beat Pantego Christian, 74-37, Beat Forth Worth Christian, 90-53
Weekly Report: The Lions had two decisive wins this past week and should continue to do so for the remainder of the season. Any slip-ups will result in a drop in the rankings. 
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Midland Christian

8 8 none
4-year traditional
Chicago, Ill.

Record: 19-1
Key Wins: Whitney Young, Miller Grove, Southwind
Results: Beat Bogan, 68-57; beat Harlan, 81-59
Weekly Report: Simeon raced out to a 34-12 lead on Bogan last week, but saw it slip away thanks to what head coach Robert Smith called the lack of a killer instinct. The Wolverines responded though by crushing Harlan a couple days later.
Next Up: 2/18 vs. De LaSalle

9 11 up
4-year traditional
Flower Mound, TX

Record: 29-2
Key Wins: Montrose Christian
Key Losses: Findlay
Results: Beat Plano West, 63-42; beat Plano, 65-35, Beat Allen, 62-36
Weekly Report: Against Plano, Marcus scored the first 19 points of the game and didn’t give in offensively until losing the shutout early in the second quarter. Because of that and Montrose Christian’s loss, they move up this week.
Next Up:  2/3 vs. Lewisville

10 12 up
4-year traditional
Santa Ana, CA

Record: 19-2
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman, Lincoln (N.Y.)
Key Losses: Grace Prep, Gill St. Bernard’s
Results: Beat Santa Margarita, 82-36; beat St. John Bosco, 86-71
Weekly Report: Katin Reinhardt drained five threes in the first quarter to quiet a hostile crowd of almost 1,500 at St. John Bosco this week. Mater Dei has now won six straight, dating back to Jan. 11.
Next Up: 2/1 vs. Orange Lutheran

11 13 up
4-year traditional
La Porte, Ind.

Record: 18-2
Key Wins: Findlay
Results: Beat Traders Point Christian, 65-49
Weekly Report: The Lakers win over Findlay keeps looking better week by week – as long as they don’t do any losing on their end. 
Next Up: 2/4 vs. Detroit Country Day

12 14 up
4-year traditional
Newark, NJ

Record: 20-1
Key Losses: St. Anthony
Results: Beat Blair Academy, 66-64, Beat Constitution, 83-60
Weekly Report: The Gray Bees escaped a close one against Blair Academy before blowing out Constitution. Will need to avoid any upsets to continue its rise in the rankings. 
Next Up: 2/1 at Lawrenceville School

13 16 up
5th year/prep school
Fitchburg, MA

Record: 14-6
Key Wins: St. Thomas More, New Hampton
Key Loss: Tilton
Results: Beat Winchendon, 89-78, Beat Massanutten Military Academy, 75-56
Weekly Report: Since Steven Adams has joined the team, Notre Dame Prep has only lost one game — a close decision to Tilton. Their future opponents better be wary. 
Next Up: 2/2 vs. Wilbraham & Monson

14 9 down
4-year traditional
Washington, D.C.

Record: 19-2
Key Wins: DeMatha, Riverside, Patterson, Neumann-Goretti, Whitney Young
Key Loss: Paul VI, St. John’s
Results: Beat Bishop McNamara, 67-61, Lost to St. John’s, 56-54, Lost to Paul VI, 66-53
Weekly Report: The Eagles have finally started to feel the loss of Nate Britt (bruised calf) and have lost two of their last three. At full health, still could be the best team in the DMV area. 
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Archbishop Carroll

15 17 up
5th year/prep school
Chatham, Virg.

Record: 23-0
Results: Beat Massanutten Military Academy, 86-83, Beat Univ. of Charleston, 131-63
Weekly Report: The Chatham, VA squad just keeps rolling.  
Next Up: 1/27 vs. Body of Christ

16 10 down
4-year traditional
Rockville, MD

Record: 15-2
Key Losses: Marcus, Coolidge
Results: Lost to Coolidge, 51-49; beat Chapelgate Christian Academy, 67-31; beat Chavez, 73-36
Weekly Report: Montrose Christian drops a bit after being upset by Coolidge early last week. They came back strong however, by downing Chapelgate Christian by 36.
Next Up: 2/4 vs. Our Savior New American

17 18 up
4-year traditional
Montverde, FL

Record: 19-3
Key Losses: Grace Prep, Hagerty, Ridgeway
Results: Beat Florida A&M, 50-45; beat Roman Catholic, 78-61; beat Orlando Christian Prep, 49-40
Weekly Report: Montverde won its own invitational this week with three wins in three days. In the championship game, Florida-bound Michael Frazier knocked down four threes in the first six minutes for 12 of his game-high 16 points.
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Lake Wales

18 19 up
4-year traditional
Milton, Ga

Record: 19-4
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman, Lone Peak
Key Losses: Tift County
Results: Beat Centennial, 93-61; beat Wheeler, 65-60; beat North Forsyth, 85-83
Weekly Report: A week after breaking into the power rankings, Milton wins three times, including two close ones on the road.
Next Up: 2/7 vs. Alpharetta

19 20 up
4-year traditional
Wichita Heights, KS

Record: 13-0
Results: Beat Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 55-32, Beat Southeast, 82-52
Weekly Report: The Falcons remain undefeated and are flirting with another unblemished season. The Kansas Jayhawks got themselves a winner in Perry Ellis.  
Next Up: 2/7 vs. West

20 21 up
4-year traditional
Chester, Pa.

Record: 18-0
Results: Beat Academy Park, 57-40; beat Interboro, 78-40
Weekly Report: It’s getting harder and harder to ignore the team from Chester, Pa. Two more wins this week keep the Clippers’ undefeated season alive with just four to play.
Next Up: 2/2 vs. Penn Wood

21 22 up
5th year/prep school
New Hampton, NH

Record: 17-4
Key Wins: St. Thomas More
Key Losses: St. Thomas More, Brewster, Bridgton, Notre Dame Prep 
Results: Beat Winchendon School, 75-64; beat Northfield Mount Hermon, 87-66; beat Holderness School, 75-41
Weekly Report: The Huskies are on a five game winning streak and have won 13 of their last 15 games. Not bad, especially when you consider those two losses were to Brewster and Notre Dame Prep. Need to avenge their early season loss to Bridgton today. 
Next Up: 2/1 at Bridgton Academy

22 23 up
4-year traditional
Memphis, Tenn

Record: 22-2
Key Wins: Ridgeway
Key Losses: Arlington Country Day, Simeon
Results: Beat Wooddale, 69-45; beat Houston, 80-47
Weekly Report: Three out of Southwind’s final four games are on the road, but the Jaguars got that stretch off to a good start with a blowout win over Houston last night.
Next Up: 2/3 vs. Kirby

23 24 up
4-year traditional
Plano, TX

Record: 19-4
Key Wins: Grace Prep, Westbury Christian, Bishop Gorman
Results: Beat Trinity Christian, 74-45, Beat Liberty Christian, 51-46
Weekly Report: The Lions should remain undefeated as Julius Randle continues to impress.  
Next Up: 2/3 at Nolan Catholic

24 25 up
4-year traditional
Las Vegas, NV

Record: 16-4
Key Wins: DeMatha, Whitney Young, Miller Grove
Key Losses: Prestonwood Christian, Milton, Mater Dei, Findlay Prep
Results: Beat Durango, 99-75; beat Spring Valley, 93-59
Weekly Report: After losing to Findlay Prep a few weeks back, Bishop Gorman has now won three straight. Another challenge is ahead this week though as Shabazz Muhammad and the Gaels face Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young.
Next Up: 2/1 vs. Western

25 up
4-year traditional
Fairfax, Va.

Record: 19-2
Key Wins: DeMatha, Gonzaga College, 
Key Losses: Oak Hill
Results: Beat Bishop McNamara, 77-67; beat DeMatha, 64-62; beat Gonzaga College, 66-53
Weekly Report: How do you crack the Power Rankings? You beat DeMatha and knock them out of the mix. Then, four days later, you take out Gonzaga College too just for good measure. Stanford Robinson and Patrick Holloway can hold the claim as the best duo in the WCAC conference … for now. 
Next Up: 2/3 at Bishop O’Connell

Best of the Rest

St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA), Ridgeway (Memphis, TN), Columbia (Decatur, GA), Olympic (Charlotte, NC), Gil St. Bernard's (Glastone, NJ), St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT),

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