Power rankings: HV/WE boys basketball (12/24)
Section 1 Top 10
The Knights had rough homecoming on Saturday, losing by 20 points to powerhouse Bishop Loughlin despite some incredible shooting from senior guard Josh Doughty. Mount Vernon has some work to do
Despite a couple of injuries, the Bobcats enter the break unbeaten and a slight favorite to win a Gold Ball in Class A. The time off should serve them well.
We got to see what type of resolve this group had on Thursday. The Red Raiders outlasted Albertus Magnus in double overtime thanks to key defensive stops and big contributions off the bench. North Rockland needs game like that early on.
The Red Devils head into the break a confident group and knowing they still have plenty of room to grow. Laron Holt and Musheed Muhammed has tremendous potential as post players and will complement an established backcourt of Ramon Searight, Jay Cabell and Dan Casey.
The Pioneers blew out Frederick Douglass of the Bronx in their final game before the break and seem to be clicking. Poughkeepsie has long been a second half team. Expect them to vie for a No. 1 seed against a Dutchess County-based schedule.
The Huguenots slip out of the No. 2 spot thanks to four straight losses. Two came in Kentucky but the next two, to Manhattan Center and Iona Prep, showed the work they need to do defensively and in their halfcourt offense to seriously contend.
It’s been quite a layoff for South, which will have 14 days off until it plays at Monroe-Woodbury on Friday afternoon. The Vikings should be unbeaten entering January, which is far better than most would have anticipated.
Another team with a lengthy layoff, the Admirals will play three games this week in the Dutchess Holiday Tournament at Lourdes. Few teams are going to be able to contend with the defensive pressure and athleticism that this group has.
The Foxes closed out the month with an important two-point victory at Rye on Friday. Who could have expected a group that lost five starters to be this good? And Fox Lane has plenty of room to grow.
It’s hard to drop the Falcons out of the top 10 given how well they played against North Rockland in the overtime loss. The two-time Class B champs are going to be a serious player moving up to Class A this season.
Section 1 Small School Top 5
The red-hot Tigers get a deserved break before resuming their run at a title in the new year. The schedule is definitely favorable after the break. Expect them to seriously vie for a No. 1 seed in Class B.
The Bears made a major statement on Friday, knocking off rival Pleasantville at Pace. The win wasn’t a shock. How convincing Briarcliff did it was. Brian Daniels is averaging 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
What a job by the Falcons this week, who went on the road and won at Class AA school White Plains in a game featured on MSG Varsity. Watch the replay and you’ll see a team with plenty of speed and even more potential.
Friday’s setback to Briarcliff continues a rough opening month for a Panthers squad that had high expectations. Jack Eisenberg was terrific. But Pleasantville has to wipe the slate clean at this point. The talent to vie for a title is there.
The Phoenix are off to their best start ever behind the play of junior guard Isaiah Ward, who’s averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.