NYC boys basketball power rankings (1/31/12)
No. 1 Boys & Girls (17-3)
The Kangaroos already knocked off Christ the King on the road and on Sunday, they beat Cardinal Hayes in The Bronx. That’s good enough for us to make Boys our top team in the city.
Next: @ No. 5 Thomas Jefferson (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 2 Cardinal Hayes (16-2)
The Cardinals fell behind early and rallied late, but fell just short in a clash with Boys & Girls Saturday. Joe Lods’ squad has a big week ahead, capped with a clash with No. 3 Christ the King Saturday.
Next: No. 11 Xaverian (Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.)
No. 3 Christ the King (13-6)
The Royals have won back-to-back games since losing to Xaverian last Sunday, defeating St. Francis Prep, 80-58, and Loughlin, 77-71. That was just the appetizer this week’s man course for Joe Arbitello’s team – St. Raymond and Cardinal Hayes on consecutive days.
Next: @ No. 10 St. Raymond (Friday, 7:15 p.m.)
No. 4 Wings Academy (21-2)
Wings continues to fly, but it’s not high enough for coach Billy Turnage. The Bronx powerhouse isn’t playing up to its potential, but it is still winning games. On Sunday, Wings defeated Curtis at the PSAL Steve Simms Memorial AA Division Showcase.
Next: West 50th Street Campus (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
No. 5 Thomas Jefferson (14-5)
An anticipated match-up with national powerhouse St. Anthony’s (NJ) never materialized with the last minute cancelling of the SNY Invitational. But the Orange Wave won’t be lacking for big-time competition this week, with Boys & Girls on the horizon.
Next: No. 1 Boys & Girls (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 6 Lincoln (16-4)
The Railsplitters fell to Hudson Catholic (NJ) at the Newark National Invitational Saturday, a loss that didn’t make coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton a happy camper. Lincoln needs to lick its wounds quickly with South Shore and Boys on the schedule this week.
Next: @ No. 9 South Shore (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 7 Mount St. Michael (15-3)
The Mount has won six of its last seven games, including a thrilling 66-62 overtime win against St. Raymond on Jan. 10. The Mountaineers will be heading across The Bronx to the Ravens Nest Tuesday night for the rematch.
Next: @ No. 10 St. Raymond (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.)
No. 8 Holy Cross (16-3)
Marquise Moore has been out since re-aggravating a toe injury during a 64-60 loss to Christ the King. Since then, the Knights have reeled off four consecutive wins, including a 56-54 victory at Xaverian Sunday.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)
No. 9 South Shore (16-7)
The Vikings picked up a huge non-league win over the weekend, beating the same Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) team that knocked off both Mount Vernon and Christ the King at the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic.
Next: No. 6 Lincoln (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 10 St. Raymond (11-7)
The Ravens appear to be turning a corner, especially after a big 85-71 victory against Bishop Loughlin in Fort Greene. Oliver Antigua’s squad has a big week ahead, starting with Mount St. Michael at the Ravens Nest.
Next: No. 7 Mount St. Michael (Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.)
No. 11 Xaverian (12-6)
The Clippers four-game winning streak was snapped Sunday with a two-point loss to Holy Cross Sunday in Bay Ridge. The X-Men have a huge week ahead with games against Cardinal Hayes and Bishop Loughlin coming up.
Next: @ No. 2 Cardinal Hayes (Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.)
No. 12 Eagle Academy (20-2)
The Eagles have beaten all comers – except Wings Academy. Their latest victim was McKee/Staten Island Tech, another quality win for Jalen Chapman, Najee Senior and the boys.
Next: Thurgood Marshall (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 13 Cardozo (15-4)
The Judges are trying to prove they can win without Jermaine Lawrence and so far, so good on that front. However, ‘Dozo has a big test Tuesday with a trip to neighborhood rival Bayside.
Next: @ Bayside (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 14 Bishop Loughlin (8-8)
After four straight wins, Bishop Loughlin has dropped three consecutive games, including a hard-fought 77-71 defeat at Christ the King.
Next: @ St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)
No. T15 Bedford Academy (17-3)
Rob Phelps’ squad has won six consecutive games, including a 90-48 victory against Prospect Heights. A big reason is the big frontcourt of Neil Veira, Ellis Everett and Darien Best.
Next: Canarsie (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
No. T15 Wadleigh (16-5)
The Tigers have flown under the radar for much of the regular season – until now. They enter our top 15 for the first time this season after an impressive 58-44 victory against Campus Magnet.
Next: Gompers (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
Also receiving votes: Archbishop Molloy (10-10), Mott Haven (18-4)