Power rankings: WE/HV boys basketball (1/10)
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Westchester/Hudson Valley Boys Basketball Rankings (1/10/12)
1. Mount Vernon (5-1): The Knights are scary good right now, so much so that there’s talk that nobody in the section will contend with them whatsoever for a championship. There’s pressure in that. But don’t expect it to faze Mount Vernon.
2. Burke Catholic (5-0): Quiet week for the Eagles, who get back to action this week with two home games with O’Neill and Sullivan West. They’ll really be tested on Jan. 27 when they travel to play Albany Academy.
3. Kingston (9-0): The Tigers keep rolling along and they have plenty of momentum heading into Tuesday’s showdown with Newburgh Free Academy, a team they haven’t beaten in seven seasons. Kingston won it all in Section 9 that season. A win Tuesday and they’ll be favorites for another title.
4. Stepinac (5-5): The Crusaders learned on Friday they have a long way to go to contend for a championship in the AA Division as long as Cardinal Hayes is around. Hayes was so good on the boards and defensively, holding Stepinac to a season-low 37 points.
5. Tappan Zee (9-0): It wasn’t pretty but the Dutchmen remained unbeaten with a 44-40 win over Suffern on Monday night in their first game after the break. Suffern is a very good defensive team but TZ will have to play better to keep their unblemished record.
6. Albertus Magnus (7-1): Tyler Sayre continued his sensational senior season with a 26-point performance against Spring Valley in a win on Monday night. He’s closing in on 1,000-career points and, judging by the number of college coaches at his games these days, is soaring recruitment-wise.
7. Byram Hills (5-2): The Bobcats have a stretch coming up with Greeley, Mamaroneck and Fox Lane in the next four days. While they could use Jeff Lynch (ankle injury), there’s no need to rush him back. Byram could be a better team long-term if they can learn to win without their star guard.
8. Middletown (3-3): The Middies should get back up over .500 this week when they face Monroe-Woodbury at home on Tuesday. Then, it’s a trip to Newburgh on Thursday in a huge Section 9 showdown.
9. Iona Prep (8-1): The Gaels were finally beaten this week, falling handily to All Hallows on Friday. Iona Prep, though, will have its chance to prove it’s the best team in the A Division on Thursday when they lost Moore Catholic.
10. Newburgh (5-2): Weeks in the regular season don’t get much bigger than this. The Goldbacks travel to unbeaten Kingston on Tuesday and then host Middletown on Thursday. Then it’s Bishop Loughlin on Saturday. Going 2-1 would be a success.
Section 1 Rankings
1. Mount Vernon
2. New Rochelle
3. Clarkstown South
5. North Rockland
1. Tappan Zee
2. Byram Hills
5. Pearl River
1. Albertus Magnus
2. Dobbs Ferry
Section 9 Rankings
Large school (AA/A)
5. Red Hook
Small school (B/C)
1. Burke Catholic
2. Pine Plains
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