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    Power rankings: HV/WE boys basketball (1/28)

    by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
    Mon, Jan 28, 2013 10:39 PM

    Updated Tue, Jan 29, 2013 1:21 PM
    Power rankings: HV/WE boys basketball (1/28)
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    Section 1 Top 10

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    1
    11-1
    1

    The Knights get back to league play this week with a home game against Mamaroneck and on the road at Scarsdale. They still may get shut out of getting a No. 1 seed in Class AA if North Rockland keeps winning.

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    2
    Byram Hills
    12-1
    2

    Jeff Lynch reaching his 1,000 career point in Friday’s win over Pleasantville overshadowed the real story — Jeff Lynch looked healthier than he has in well over a year. He played as quick and explosive as he once was, which is good news for Byram heading down the stretch.

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    3
    11-1
    3

    The Tigers got back into form after a seven-day layoff, beating Ossining with ease. They face Suffern on Tuesday and Ramapo on Thursday before a difficult four-game finish against Pearl River, North Rockland, Clarkstown South and Clarkstown North.

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    4
    12-1
    4

    Saturday’s win over New Rochelle should turn heads around Section 1. The Red Raiders, who are sitting atop of the Class AA bracketology standings, dominated on both ends and were up by as many as 21 against the power program. The depth and balance on this team is impressive.

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    5
    10-2
    5

    The way the Pioneers played in the third quarter on Saturday against Riverside should put the rest of Class A on notice. The speed and execution was jaw-dropping as they ran Riverside off the court. The last real hurdle to a 16-win regular season is Wednesday against Arlington.

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    6
    12-2
    7

    The Falcons have become one of those teams that just seem to figure the opponent out and turn a close game in the first half into a second-half rout. They did it again on Saturday against Croton-Harmon behind strong efforts from Thomas McConnell and Matt Dale.

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    7
    12-2
    8

    Jack Hewitt was exceptional inside yet again on Saturday as the Raiders knocked off Clarkstown South for their fourth straight. They face White Plains on Tuesday and Mount Vernon, Eastchester and New Rochelle to close out the schedule.

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    8
    11-3
    NR

    We’ve left the Indians out of the rankings for far too long. They’ve continued to be one of the hottest teams in the section, beating Peekskill for their ninth in a row. Expect them to be at 12 straight entering their season finale with Somers.

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    9
    10-3
    5

    The Red Devils suffered a blowout defeat on Saturday night at Mahopac, which wasn’t how they wanted to start off a tough week. They face a red hot Panas squad, which they lost to two weeks ago, on Wednesday and face upstate powerhouse Green Tech on Saturday.

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    10
    12-1
    10

    The Eagles remain in the No. 10 spot despite winning their seventh straight on Friday. They needed a 15-point second-half comeback against a 2-win Tuckahoe squad. Eastchester has to amp up the intensity, especiall with a key matchup against Scarsdale next week.

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    Section 1 Small School

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    1
    10-2
    1

    The starting five of Brian Daniels, Jared Jones, Spencer Seabrook, Brian Heugel and Alquan Phillip has rounded into the most formidable lineup in the conference.

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    2
    9-3
    2

    It’s been a long layoff for the Warriors, who had eight days off before Monday’s postponement against Arlington. Lourdes has Arlington, Poughkeepsie and two games with Beacon remaining, which will determine if their a 1, 2 or 3 seed.

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    3
    11-2
    3

    The Tigers face arguably their biggest test of the season since Dec. 11 against Peekskill when they host Pleasantville on Wednesday. A win and they could overtake Briarcliff for the top seed in the Class B playoffs.

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    4
    10-5
    4

    After seeming in disarray two weeks ago, the Eagles have won five straight, including the Yorktown tournament title. They are favorites entering their final three games against Tuckahoe, Hastings and Edgemont.

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    5
    7-8
    NR

    Has a team ever gained more confidence from a four-game losing streak? The Panthers have, especially after Friday’s down-to-the-wire defeat Byram Hills. Of their eight losses, five are to Class AA or A teams and two are to Briarcliff.

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    Section 9 Top 5

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    Kingston
    10-2
    2

    The Tigers reclaim the No. 1 spot, which they had to open the season, following a five-game winning streak. They get a shot to avenge one of their losses on Friday when they host Newburgh.

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    Burke Catholic
    7-3
    3

    The Eagles return to action Wednesday with a matchup at Monroe-Woodbury. They should be able to get on a nice little run here before a Feb. 10 meeting at Stepinac.

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    3
    Newburgh
    6-3
    1

    The Goldbacks are coming off a tough loss upset to Section 2 power Troy, which came back in the second half. This is a rough week coming up with Middletown on Wednesday and Newburgh on Friday.

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    4
    Middletown
    7-5
    4

    The Middies seemed to have stopped the bleeding this weekend, knocking off Warwick on Friday. The key right now is to get healthy and to do it quick. Newburgh awaits on Wednesday.

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    5
    10-2
    NR

    It’s time to show the Presidents some love after Friday’s impressive win at Marlboro. FDR could end up being the surprise team in what’s shaping up as a wide-open race in Class AA.

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