High School Boys Basketball Top 15: Week 8
After an awesome week of basketball in Baltimore, we have major shake-ups in this week’s BSR Top 15. The Basketball Academy was three days of great high school hoops action, as former #1 Dunbar fell, and Baltimore enjoyed several top-notch contests.
This week, Patterson surges back into the top spot in the rankings for the first time since the beginning of the season. The Clippers seem to be hitting their stride, and Saturday night’s 79-72 win over a very talented St. Frances squad showed that. The past seven days also saw two of the three remaining unbeatens in the area drop results, with Arundel holding strong as the only undefeated team in the Charm City metro area.
As will be the case all season, these rankings reward results, taking into account opponent strength and margin of victory/loss. Teams will not be ranked highly because of the hype or publicity surrounding their teams, but rather the consistency and impressiveness of their play. Additionally, because of the nature of these rankings, readers will notice considerable movement in the rankings each week. Rankings are released every Monday.
BSR Top 15: Week 8
- Patterson, 11-5 (Last Week: #5)
- Dunbar, 14-1 (LW: #1)
- Mount St. Joseph’s, 21-4 (LW: #3)
- Milford Mill, 13-2 (LW: #2)
- John Carroll, 20-5 (LW: #6)
- Arundel, 14-0 (LW: #7)
- Lake Clifton, 15-2 (LW: #11)
- St. Frances, 14-7 (LW: #4)
- Forest Park, 11-1 (LW: #8)
- Edmondson, 11-3 (LW: #13)
- City, 12-2 (LW: #9)
- Glen Burnie, 14-1 (LW: #10)
- Poly, 10-4 (LW: #12)
- Broadneck, 12-4 (LW: Unranked)
- Gilman, 15-4 (LW: #15)
Along with Saturday night’s victory over St. Frances, Patterson had a nice win against a tough Largo team out of Prince George’s County as part of the Basketball Academy. It was tough to rank them above Dunbar, but the Poets fell to Milford Mill on Thursday night, and had a somewhat lackluster performance against an upset-minded Friendly team (also D.C. area) on Saturday.
Milford Mill would have been the clear-cut No. 1 team after their Thursday night win, but Lake Clifton played tenacious defense to come away with a win on Saturday evening. The Lakers are now 15-2, and look like a contender for the Baltimore City League crown this season.
John Carroll had a nice week with a win over St. Frances, and are closing down on Mount St. Joe’s at the top of the MIAA A conference standings. The Patriots would be higher in the rankings, but have two very suspect losses on their resume (St. Maria Goretti and Archbishop Spalding).
Arundel is the area’s only remaining unbeaten, and continued to assert their dominance in Anne Arundel County with a win over Annapolis on Friday night. Elsewhere in Anne Arundel, Broadneck enters the rankings for the first time this week. They’ve been flying under our radar here at BSR, but the Bruins are playing very well and look poised to make a nice postseason run.
The City League continues to be dominant in these rankings, holding the top two spots, and placing seven teams in the top 15. The MIAA comes in next with four squads, Anne Arundel County with three, and Baltimore County with one.
Key Games This Week
- #1 Patterson vs. #13 Poly, Tuesday 1/31, 5:15 p.m.
- #2 Dunbar vs. #10 Edmondson, Tuesday 1/31, 5:15 p.m.
- #11 City vs. #7 Lake Clifton, Tuesday 1/31, 5:15 p.m.
- Archbishop Spalding vs. #5 John Carroll, Tuesday 1/31, 6 p.m.
- #10 Edmondson vs. #11 City, Friday 2/3, 5:15 p.m.
- #7 Lake Clifton vs. #13 Poly, Friday 2/3, 5:15 p.m.
- #14 Broadneck vs. #6 Arundel, Friday 2/3, 7 p.m.
- McDonogh vs. #3 Mount St. Joe’s, Friday 2/3, 7 p.m.
- #8 St. Frances vs. Glenelg Country, Friday 2/3, 7:30 p.m.