Five-Star Basketball - H.S. Power Rankings: Week 15: February 22, 2012

Brewster holds onto top seed with win over Tilton, Grace Prep falls again

No. 1 Brewster defeated Tilton by four points again Monday night to hold onto their top spot. Unfortunately for them, they might have to face the Rams one more time at the Prep School Championships in New Haven, CT in early March. Among other headlnes, Grace Prep fell to Keith Frazier and Kimball dropping them out of the top 10, Paul VI completed a WCAC undefeated regular season by beating DeMatha and Wichita Heights undefeated streak came to a halt on Tuesday night against Wichita East, knocking them out of the Power Rankings.

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5th year/prep school
Wolfeboro, NH

Record: 28-0
Key Wins: Tilton (x3), Notre Dame Prep, New Hampton (2x), South Kent, New Hampton
Results: Beat Tilton School 60-56; beat New Hampton, 76-42; beat Winchendon, 94-69
Weekly Report: The Bobcats continue to solidify their run, with another four-point victory over No. 4 Tilton and Nerlens Noel. Aaron Thomas had a team best 19 points.
Next Up: 2/20 at Bridgton Academy

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

Record: 41-0
Key Wins: Prestonwood Christian, Grace Prep, La Lumiere, Paul VI,
Results: Beat Ignatios Prep, 88-63; beat Flora McDonad Academy, 73-51
Weekly Report: Two more wins for the Warriors. Their win over a rising Paul VI team, who took home the WCAC regular season honors, is looking better week by week.
Next Up: 2/24 vs. Kennedy Charter School

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4-year non-traditional
Henderson, NV

Record: 28-1
Key Wins: Simeon, Marcus, Bishop Gorman
Key Losses: La Lumiere
Results: Beat Westwind Prep, 103-80; beat Stoneridge Prep, 71-52; beat Impact Academy 109-63
Weekly Report: The Pilots just have too much talent on the floor at once. San Diego State’s newest commit Winston Shepard scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds versus Stoneridge Prep.
Next Up: 2/21 vs. Impact Academy

4 5 up
4-year traditional
Jersey City, NJ

Record: 24-0
Key Wins: Huntington Prep, St. Benedict’s, Miller Grove
Results: Beat Long Island Lutheran, 48-39; beat Bishop Eustace 53-43
Weekly Report: An ankle sprain held Kyle Anderson out from a victory over Long Island Lutheran. But he was in service last night for their win against Isaiah Whitehead and Lincoln.
Next Up: 2/23 vs. Passaic County Tech

5 4 down
5th year/prep school
Tilton, NH

Record: 24-4
Key Wins: Notre Dame Prep, New Hampton, Huntington Prep
Key Losses: South Kent
Results: Beat Phillips Exeter Academy, 65-56; beat Holderness School, 60-37
Weekly Report: 2012’s newest and top recruit Nerlens Noel, will have one more chance against Brewster at the Prep School Championships. Without the services of Wayne Selden, Georges Niang scored a game-high 32 points in another four-point loss to the Bobcats.
Next Up: 2/22 at Proctor Academy

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4-year non-traditional
Huntington, WV

Record: 24-2
Key Losses: Tilton
Results: Beat Next Level Prep, 100-84; beat McNabb Prep, 94-48,
Weekly Report: This team took its roster, with five Canadian prospects back to Quebec this past weekend to pick up two more victories. Their matchup with Our Savior New American and Chris Opekpa is one to look out for.
Next Up: 2/23 vs. Univ. of Charleston JV

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4-year traditional
Chicago, Ill.

Record: 23-1
Key Wins: Whitney Young, Miller Grove, Southwind
Results: Beat De La Salle, 59-51; beat Curie, 53-49
Weekly Report: Jabari Parker only had 11 points but the Wolverines were able to capture the Public League Championship this past week, its first since the Derrick Rose days in 2007.

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4-year traditional
Flower Mound, TX

Record: 31-2
Key Wins: Montrose Christian
Key Losses: Findlay Prep
Results: Beat Plano East, 76-48; beat Flower Mound, 82-5; beat Justin Northwest, 51-39
Weekly Report: Marcus makes it to the field of 64 in the Class 5A state championships with a win over Justin Northwest last night.  
Next Up: Class 5A State Championship Round of 64

9 10 up
4-year traditional
Santa Ana, CA

Record: 25-2
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman, Lincoln (N.Y.)
Key Losses: Grace Prep, Gill St. Bernard’s
Results: Beat Chaparral, 79-34; beat Palmdale, 71-41
Weekly Report: The playoff run continues after beating a 20-win Palmdale team last night.
Next Up: 2/24 vs. Foothill

10 11 up
4-year traditional
La Porte, Ind.

Record: 24-2
Key Wins: Findlay Prep
Key Loss: Oak Hill, Elgin
Results: Beat Gary 69-42
Weekly Report: If the Lakers could have taken down Oak Hill earlier in the season, we could be talking about possible No. 1 ranking. Nonetheless, a spot in the top 10 isn’t too shabby.
Next Up: 2/25 vs. North Chicago

11 14 up
4-year traditional
Fairfax, Va.

Record: 21-2
Key Wins: Gonzaga College, DeMatha
Key Losses: Oak Hill
Results: Beat St. Mary’s Ryken, 64-51; beat St. John’s, 60-56; beat DeMatha, 58-55
Weekly Report: The top seed in the WCAC tournament Paul VI climbs this week after defeating DeMatha, in their house on senior night this past week. Impressive win.  
Next Up: 2/24 WCAC Second Round

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4-year traditional
Newark, NJ

Record: 27-1
Key Losses: St. Anthony
Results: Beat Lawrenceville School, 88-50
Weekly Report: The State Prep Tournament Final looms.
Next Up: 2/28 vs. Rise Academy

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5th year/prep school
Fitchburg, MA

Record: 18-6
Key Wins: St. Thomas More, New Hampton
Key Loss: Tilton
Results: Beat CJEOTO, 96-61
Weekly Report: The Prep School Championships could provide an opportunity for a big-time run for the Crusaders. Myles Davis scored 23 points in their latest win.
Next Up: 2/22 at Putnam Science Academy

14 15 up
5th year/prep school
Chatham, Virg.

Record: 34-0
Weekly Report: Hargrave should remain unscathed for the remainder of the season with a light schedule.
Next Up: 2/24 at First Piedmont Invitational

15 16 up
4-year traditional
Rockville, MD

Record: 18-2
Key Losses: Marcus, Coolidge
Results: Beat Goretti, 63-24; beat Takoma Academy, 50-37
Weekly Report: Friday’s tilt against Arlington Country Day should be a lot easier with Torian Graham leaving the Apaches' program. Which makes that game even more important if the Mustangs want to hold their spot in the rankings.  
Next Up: 2/24 vs. Arlington Country Day

16 17 up
4-year traditional
Memphis, Tenn

Record: 29-1
Key Wins: Southwind (2x), Montverde
Key Loss: Southwind
Results: Beat Southwind, 61-60; beat Kirby, 47-36; beat Wooddale, 60-40
Weekly Report: The Roadrunners can claim the best out of Tennessee after beating Southwind a second time in the District 15-AAA tournament final yesterday. Those two wins and another over Montverde validate their rank.

17 9 down
4-year traditional
Arlington, TX

Record: 24-4
Key Wins: Prestonwood Christian, Montverde, Mater Dei
Key Losses: Oak Hill, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Trinity Christian, Kimball
Results: Lost to Kimball, 70-66
Weekly Report: In a 4A State Playoff warm-up game, the Lions lost to little-known Kimball and Keith Frazier. Two rough losses at the wrong time of the season.
Next Up: 4A State Championship

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4-year traditional
Montverde, FL

Record: 21-3
Key Losses: Grace Prep, Hagerty, Ridgeway
Weekly Report: Regular season complete.

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4-year traditional
Chester, Pa.

Record: 23-0
Results: Beat Downingtown West, 65-27; beat Mathacton, 59-31
Weekly Report: Two wins bring the Clippers closer to a title and an undefeated mark on the season. Norristown is next.
Next Up: 2/24 District-1 4A Tournament Quarterfinals vs. Norristown

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4-year traditional
Milton, Ga

Record: 23-4
Key Wins: Bishop Gorman, Lone Peak
Key Losses: Tift County
Results: Beat Roswell, 73-57
Weekly Report: The Eagles took home Region title honors this past week with wins over Alpharetta and Centennial this past week. The state tournament starts this weekend.
Next Up: 2/25 Class 5A state tournament vs. Walton

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4-year traditional
Las Vegas, NV

Record: 26-4
Key Wins: DeMatha, Whitney Young (x2), Miller Grove
Key Losses: Prestonwood Christian, Mater Dei, Findlay Prep, Milton
Results: Beat Cimarron-Memorial, 81-41; beat Legacy, 73-43; beat Palo Verde, 102-83
Weekly Report: The playoffs are underway and Bishop Gorman has yet to be challenged. In its most recent win over Palo Verde, Shabazz Muhammad scored 28 points and Ben Carter had 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Next Up: 2/23 vs. Douglas

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4-year traditional
Plano, TX

Record: 23-4
Key Wins: Grace Prep, Westbury Christian, Bishop Gorman
Results: Beat Houston Christian, 88-53
Weekly Report: In their penultimate regular season contest, Prestonwood outscored Houston Christian 31-9 in the third quarter to pull away for a 25-point win.
Next Up: 2/24 vs. Central Catholic

23 24 up
4-year traditional
Hyattsville, MD

Record: 25-4
Key Wins: Neumann-Goretti, Gonzaga
Key Losses: Paul VI (x2), Gonzaga, Bishop Gorman
Results: Beat Bishop McNamara, 60-38; lost to Paul VI, 58-55
Weekly Report: DeMatha came up three points short in a bid for revenge against Paul VI this week. James Robinson had 14 and Jerami Grant had 15 in the losing effort.

24 up
4-year traditional
Decatur, GA

Record: 26-1
Results: Beat Cedar Grove, 75-46; beat Washington, 61-46; beat Towers, 68-29
Weekly Report: Three straight wins en route to a region championship pushes Columbia back into our power rankings. Next up for the group from Decatur, Ga., it’s on to the state playoffs and a matchup with Shaw.
Next Up: TBA vs. Shaw

25 up
4-year traditional
Washington, D.C.

Record: 25-4
Key Wins: Neumann-Goretti, Whitney Young, DeMatha
Key Losses: Paul VI (x2), DeMatha
Results: Beat Our Lady of Good Counsel, 66-51; beat St. Mary’s Ryken, 68-48
Weekly Report: Gonzaga has earned its way back into the power rankings after two more wins in a brutal Washington Catholic Athletic Conference that now boasts three ranked teams.

Best of the Rest

St. Augustine (New Orleans, La.), Southwind (Memphis, TN), Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.), Proviso East (Maywood, Ill), Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.), Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio), Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), New Hampton (New Hampton, N.H.)

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