NYC boys basketball power rankings (2/7/12)
No. 1 Christ the King (14-6)
The Royals soared atop our power rankings with back-to-back wins against St. Raymond and Cardinal Hayes, establishing themselves as the clear favorite to win a third straight CHSAA Class AA intersectional title.
Next: St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 6 p.m.)
No. 2 Thomas Jefferson (18-5)
With all the talk of Lincoln and Boys & Girls, check out who has emerged as the top dogs in Brooklyn. That’s right the Orange Wave, fresh off wins against both highly touted squads.
Next: Lafayette, Brooklyn borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 3 Boys & Girls (18-4)
The Kangaroos were knocked from their perch atop our New York City rankings following a 95-92 loss to Thomas Jefferson, but rebounded nicely with a 72-65 victory against rival Lincoln in Bed-Stuy.
Next: Bedford Academy, Brooklyn borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 4 Cardinal Hayes (18-3)
The Cardinals were tied at 52 with two-time defending CHSAA Class AA champion Christ the King midway through the fourth quarter before the Royals ended the game on a 16-0 run.
Next: No. 9 Mount St. Michael (Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.)
No. 5 Wings Academy (22-2)
After finishing undefeated in league play for a second consecutive year, Wings is the top seed in the Bronx borough playoffs and will be seeking a third straight title. Anything short would be a bitter disappointment.
Next: Adlai Stevenson, Bronx borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 6 Holy Cross (18-3)
Marquise Moore made a triumphant return from an injured toe to score 30 points in a 70-55 win against archrival St. Francis Prep, setting up a battle for first place in Brooklyn/Queens Friday in Middle Village.
Next: @ No. 1 Christ the King (Friday, 6 p.m.)
No. 7 St. Raymond (12-8)
The Ravens earned a measure of revenge with a 58-56 win against Mount St. Michael Tuesday, but lost by 10 to Christ the King on Senior Night. Still, St. Ray’s is playing much better now that Myron Hickman has returned from illness.
Next: @ All Hallows (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)
No. 8 Lincoln (16-6)
The Railsplitters limp into the postseason, quite literally. Star sophomore Isaiah Whitehead was wearing a protective boot on his foot and senior guard Dashawn Suber was on crutches Saturday as they took in the Christ the King-Cardinal Hayes showdown.
Next: Global Studies, Brooklyn borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 9 Mount St. Michael (15-5)
The Mount has hit its first tough stretch of the year, losing by two at St. Ray’s on Tuesday and then falling 51-50 at St. Peter’s Thursday. It doesn’t get any easier for Tom Fraher’s squad with a trip to the Grand Concourse Tuesday to take on rival Cardinal Hayes.
Next: @ No. 4 Cardinal Hayes (Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.)
No. 10 South Shore (17-7)
The Vikings have a win against Boys & Girls on their resume and played tight games against Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Mike Beckles’ squad has picked up huge out-of-town wins, but needs a few signature victories in Brooklyn.
Next: Brooklyn Collegiate, Brooklyn borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 11 Xaverian (14-7)
Led by the tandem of Brian Bernardi and Dillon Burns, the Clippers picked up a huge league win Friday night, beating Bishop Loughlin, 88-77. That was followed with a 54-48 victory against All Hallows on Sunday.
Next: @ No. T14 Bishop Loughlin (Friday, 7 p.m.)
No. 12 Eagle Academy (21-2)
Eagle’s lone two losses have come against division-leading Wings and Rodney Plummer’s squad would love a third crack at Wings. Before that could happen, the Eagles would have to beat Evander Childs and possibly John F. Kennedy.
Next: Evander Childs, Bronx borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. 13 Bayside (18-4)
After coming close on the road on Dec. 15, the Commodores crushed neighborhood rival Cardozo last week by 29 points with Brandon King (14 points) leading the way. Now Bayside will attempt to win the Queens borough title.
Next: John Adams, Queens borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. T14 Bedford Academy (19-3)
Rob Phelps’ squad is one of the favorites to win the PSAL Class A title, but before the Panthers begin that quest, they will try and beat some of the city’s best teams, starting with Boys & Girls in the Brooklyn borough championships.
Next: @ No. 3 Boys & Girls, Brooklyn borough quarterfinals (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
No. T14 Bishop Loughlin (10-9)
Sophomores have led the young Lions all year, but their lone senior, Kevin Ravanell, Jr. came up huge Sunday in a 56-50 win against Archbishop Stepinac Sunday in Fort Greene. He had 10 points, 10 rebounds and drew four crucial charges.
Next: No. 11 Xaverian (Friday, 7 p.m.)
Also receiving votes: Cardozo (16-6), Curtis (21-4), Wadleigh (18-5), Mott Haven (21-4)