Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MIAA Basketball Top 25 Poll: Week 8

Tech Boston is riding high after a big win over Needham.   Photo by Eamon Convey.

Our weekly rankings of the best high school basketball teams in Massachusetts, as selected by our team of editors and correspondents. Records are up to date as of 2/6/18.

1. Tech Boston (12-0; Last Week - 1)
By going on the road and topping Needham, the Bears have officially proven they can beat anyone, anywhere in Massachusetts.

2. Franklin (12-1; Last Week - 3)
Paul Mahon is arguably the most underrated player in the MIAA today.

3. Springfield Central (15-0; Last Week - 4) After a pair of wins over Northampton and Amherst, the Golden Eagles have now scored 74 points or more in six straight games.

4. Newton North (13-3; Last Week – 5) Tigers have become the kings of snapping streaks. Their win over Brockton ended a team’s undefeated season for the second straight week.

5. Lowell (13-1; Last Week - 6) Safe to say Alex Rivera and the Red Raiders have Central Catholic’s number.

6. Brockton (14-1; Last Week - 1)
Boxers have little time to dwell on Sunday’s loss to Newton North as their next four games are home bouts with New Bedford, Marshfield, and road trips to Catholic Memorial and Mansfield.

7. Bishop Stang (15-0; Last Week - 8)
A rematch on Friday night versus Coyle & Cassidy will give Stang the chance to win the Eastern Athletic Conference outright.

8. Everett (13-1; Last Week - 9)
If the Crimson Tide can take care of business on Tuesday night versus Marblehead, a road trip to Lynn English will certainly create some buzz.

9. Mansfield (14-2; Last Week - 14) The roster may be different, but the late season results are the same for Mike Vaughan’s team.

10. Catholic Memorial (11-4; Last week – 15)
Even Knights’ coach Denis Tobin has to be pleasantly surprised with how his squad is performing. With an 8-1 record over its nine last games, they are as dangerous as any team in Division 1 South.

11. Needham (11-2; Last Week - 7) Is there any team with a tougher schedule down the stretch than the Rockets? Trips to Natick and Brookline, the Comcast Tournament, and showdowns with Newton North and St. John’s (Shrewsbury) are still on the docket. Needham is sure to be battle-tested come tournament time.

12. Burke (16-1; Last Week - 12) Bulldogs have rebounded nicely since their first loss of the season.

13. Central Catholic (12-4; Last Week - 10) Raiders seem to be able to figure everyone out up north these days, except for Lowell.

14. St. John's Prep (10-4; Last Week - 16) The Eagle defense has gradually improved over the last few weeks, as evidenced by holding BC High to just 48 points on Friday night.

15. Lawrence (13-2; Last Week - 17) Lancers are playing well on offense, but a difficult final five game stretch will determine if they reign supreme in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

16. Arlington (13-1; Last Week -19)
Spy Ponders sure know how to dig in. They have allowed less than 60 points in eight straight games, and less than 55 points 12 times this season.

17. Hingham (13-1; Last Week – 20) Harbormen can all but wrap up the Patriot League Keenan title with a pair of wins this week.

18. St. Mary’s (Lynn) (12-2; Last Week – 11) The Spartans rebounded from a loss to Haverhill with a 55-52 win over Cardinal Spellman to clinch a share of the Catholic Central League title.

19. Hanover (13-2; Last Week – 22) There may be no team deeper in a loaded Division 2 South field than the Indians. Aaron Boise is proving to be quite the complement to JP Landry and Matt Delahunt.

20. Lynn English (10-1; Last Week – 24) A Friday test with Everett will help tell just how dangerous the Bulldogs can be come tournament time.

21. Cambridge (11-2; Last Week - 18) Falcons continue to beat up on the Dual-County League.

22. Marlboro (13-2; Last Week – 25) The Panthers are rolling, as they have won nine in a row, including a 66-54 win over Algonquin.

23. Maynard (13-1; Last Week - 22)
A 62-57 road win over Narragansett has the Tigers atop Division 4 Central.

24. Canton (13-2; Last Week - NR) Just when opponents think they can triangle-and-two the Bulldogs, Hannah Jerrier goes for 36 points.

25. BC High (9-5; Last Week – 13) Eagles had a chance to prove themselves as one of the top teams in Division 1 this last week, but fell to Tech Boston, Catholic Memorial, and St. John’s Prep. A trip to Hanover on Thursday is sure to be intriguing.

First 10 Out: Brookline (10-4) Worcester Doherty (12-3), New Bedford (11-3), Marshfield (10-2), Natick (11-4), Pope John (14-1), Apponequet (14-0), Springfield Putnam (12-2), Wachusett (12-3), Rockland (13-2)

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