Fivestar Basketball
Wednesday December 14th, 2011

With another week of the Power Rankings, the boys from Brewster continue to impress. They took out No. 5 Tilton on Saturday, cementing their status as national front-runners. Findlay Prep and Oak Hill Academy remain close behind, rounding out the trio of top contenders.

South Kent lost all of its momentum from last week, while St. Thomas More makes its first rankings' appearance. As holiday approaches, here's how things stand.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) (10-0)
Brewster strengthened its hold on the No. 1 spot this week, topping Tilton 84-78 in overtime. N.C. State commit T.J. Warren netted 32 points in the win, and 6-8 forward JaKarr Simpson added 18. The Friars also pummeled Maine Central 84-49 on Friday.
Last week: Beat Maine Central Institute, 84-49; Beat Tilton, 84-78 OT
Next game: Dec. 14 vs. Next Level Prep
2Findlay Prep
Last Week: 2
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (10-0)
The Pilots cruised to four easy victories, taking out Eldorado, La Jolla Prep, Westwind and Southwest Academy by an average of 46.5 points. Even more impressive: Findlay Prep is 55-0 at home since 2007.
Last week: Beat Eldorado, 103-47; Beat La Jolla Prep, 114-40; Beat Westwind Prep, 103-80; Beat Southwest Academy 100-67
Next game: Dec. 14 vs. Southwest
3Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 4
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (16-0)
Oak Hill continued its string of early success, earning a nine-point victory against No. 13 Grace Prep. Four-star point guard Tyler Lewis was the hero. He scored a game-high 22 points -- 19 coming in the second half. If the Warriors can get by Tony Parker and Miller Grove on Dec. 15, they could remain undefeated well into 2012.
Last week: Beat Grace Prep, 68-59; Beat Science Hill 82-47
Next game: Dec. 15 vs. Miller Grove
Last Week: 6
Simeon (Chicago) (2-0)
After breaking into action with a pair of wins last week, Simeon rested before its Dec. 17 showdown with Huntington Prep. The result should be telling. Junior wunderkind Jabari Parker can further his case as the nation's best player by taking down the Express' frontcourt of Tanveer Bhullar, Stefan Jankovic and Elijah Macon.
Last week: None
Next game: Dec. 17 vs. Huntington Prep
5Tilton School
Last Week: 3
Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) (6-2)
Coming off convincing victories on Wednesday and Friday -- the latter against a talented Notre Dame Prep squad -- Tilton had to opportunity to establish superiority against top-ranked Brewster. If fell just short, 84-78, in overtime. But it wasn't all bad: Forward Wayne Selden continued his sophomore coming out party, scoring a game-high 34 points in defeat.
Last week: Beat Worcester Academy, 77-62; Beat Notre Dame Prep, 82-57; Lost to Brewster Academy, 84-78 OT
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. St. Mark's
6Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 7
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) (1-0)
After weeks of buildup, Bishop Gorman played its long-awaited season-opener on Friday. It didn't disappoint. It throttled Durango 93-53, and the Gaels' undisputed superstar, Shabazz Muhammad, poured in 30 points in his debut. He'll look to keep it going tonight against Desert Oasis.
Last week: Beat Durango, 93-53
Next game: Dec. 14 vs. Desert Oasis
7St. Anthony
Last Week: 9
St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) (0-0)
The final team in the Power Rankings to tip off, St. Anthony begins its season on Friday against Emily Fischer. Even without point guard Myles Mack, its goal is the same as last year: Assert itself as the best team in New Jersey -- and potentially the nation.
First game: Dec. 16 vs. Emily Fischer Academy
8Huntington Prep
Last Week: 9
Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) (7-1)
Huntington's scorers all came to life against St. Ignatius, with seven finishing in double figures in a 121-80 rout. Sophomore Andrew Wiggins and West Virginia commit Elijah Macon led the charge. Wiggins dropped a game-high 22 points, and Macon added 15 and 11 rebounds. Things get tougher this week: The Express play Simeon in a clash of Top 10 teams.
Last week: Beat St. Ignatius, 121-80
Next game: Dec. 17 vs. Simeon
9Miller Grove
Last Week: 10
Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) (5-0)
Miller Grove continued its unbeaten streak, notching three easy victories to improve to 5-0. But Tony Parker and Co. have yet to be adequately tested. That'll change on Thursday: The Wolverines play Oak Hill Academy in a statement game for both teams.
Last week: Beat Lithonia, 72-48; Beat Tucker, 61-41; Beat Douglass, 67-34
Next game: Dec. 15 vs. Oak Hill Academy
10DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 11
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) (3-0)
DeMatha's game against Don Bosco was postponed, but the Stags didn't miss a beat. They simply overwhelmed Jamesville-Dewitt, with Syracuse-bound DaJuan Coleman scoring 19 points. Coleman also touched base with Five-Star about the ongoing Bernie Fine scandal, something that seemingly shouldn't alter his commitment.
Last week: Beat Jamesville-Dewitt, 83-57
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. Archbishop Carroll
11Montrose Christian
Last Week: 12
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (5-0)
Montrose Christian won three times this week, improving to 5-0 -- and expanding its average margin of victory to 46.2 points. Those games served as warm-ups for Thursday's bout: The Mustangs face Flower Mound Marcus in what may be the matchup of the week. Justin Anderson will have his hands full with five-star forward Marcus Smart.
Last week: Beat Southside Baptist Christian, 83-21; Beat Christ Chapel Academy, 84-43
Next game: Dec. 15 vs. Marcus
12Mater Dei
Last Week: 13
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (5-0)
Mater Dei added to its strong start on Saturday, pounding Palm Desert behind 19 points from Xavier Johnson. Now, they'll face a real challenge. The Monarchs join No. 6 Bishop Gorman, No. 9 Miller Grove, No. 13 Grace Prep and No. 16 Montverde Academy at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers.
Last week: Beat Palm Desert, 71-56
Next game: Dec. 17 vs. TBD at City of Palms Classic
13Grace Prep
Last Week: 14
Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) (7-1)
Grace Prep ran out of gas against Oak Hill Academy, losing 68-59 despite outrebounding the Warriors 50-38. The loss made one thing clear, though: These Lions can hang with anyone. Isaiah Austin tallied 16 points and 13 boards, and 6-8 forward Jordan Mickey had 18 and 11. Both will look to replicate their performances -- as part of a winning effort -- against Prestonwood Christian.
Last week: Beat Madison, 70-56; Lost to Oak Hill Academy, 68-59
Next game: Dec. 15 vs. Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 15
Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) (12-1)
Since falling to Findlay on Dec. 3, Marcus has won three straight games by an average of 19 points. If Oklahoma State commits Marcus Smart and Phil Forte can continue that trend against Montrose Christian, they'll reestablish the Marauders as national title contenders.
Last week: Beat Shoemaker, 61-38; Beat Coppell, 60-36; Beat Carroll, 61-51
Next game: Dec. 15 vs. Montrose Christian
15New Hampton
Last Week: 16
New Hampton (New Hampton, N.H.) (6-2)
The Huskies won the Blackburn Invitational Tournament, knocking off Proctor Academy and Vermont Academy in succession. The latter was a clinic in fundamentals. Noah Vonleh and New Hampton surrendered just 39 points and five offensive rebounds -- a striking accomplishment against 6-9 center Dominic Woodson.
Last week: Beat Proctor Academy, 74-31; Beat Vermont Academy, 53-39
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. Kent School
16Montverde Academy
Last Week: 17
Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (5-0)
Point guard Kasey Hill paced Montverde again on Saturday, scoring 19 points -- including three thunderous dunks -- in a 64-50 win over Olympia. But there was a downside. After picking up two technical fouls, he was suspended for two games, and will miss the start of the tightly contested City of Palms Classic.
Last week: Beat Olympia, 64-50
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. Richmond Salesian
17Arlington Country Day
Last Week: 19
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) (5-0)
Five games into the season, the Apaches seemingly can't miss. They're shooting 57 percent from the field -- and higher than 63 percent inside the arc. Arlington hasn't been tested, but this is striking: Five players, including superstar Torian Graham, are currently averaging double figures.
Last week: Beat Florida Christian, 100-64
Next game: Dec. 15 at Potter's House Holiday Tournament
18St. Thomas More
Last Week: NR
St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) (6-0)
St. Thomas More cracks the Top 25 after rallying for a 89-83 victory over South Kent, bettering its record to 6-0. The Chancellors could be here to stay. Chier Ajou is an imposing 7-2 presence, and Torin Childs-Harris, the former New London (Conn.) High star, dropped 14 points in the second half -- including four three-pointers -- in the recent upset of the Cardinals.
Last week: Beat South Kent, 89-83
Next game: Dec. 14 vs. Maine Central Institute
19South Kent
Last Week: 8
South Kent (South Kent, Conn.) (5-3)
Well that didn't take long. A week after South Kent climbed to No. 8 following its encouraging win over Tilton, it drops to No. 19 after losses to St. Thomas More, Lee Academy and Bridgton. The latter was especially crushing: The Cardinals held a double-digit lead before collapsing in the second half.
Last week: Lost to St. Thomas More, 89-83; Lost to Lee Academy, 109-94; Lost to Bridgton, 68-63
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. Putnam Science Academy
20Wichita Heights
Last Week: 21
Wichita Heights (Wichita Heights, Kan.) (3-0)
If Wichita Heights' matchup with West taught us anything, it's that the Falcons are deeper than just Kansas-bound forward Perry Ellis. Though the future Jayhawk was a force (29 points, 10 rebounds), 10 other players scored, including shooting guard Terrence Moore, who added 10 points and six assists. Heights has now won 47 consecutive games dating back to '09.
Last week: Beat West, 71-53
Next game: Dec. 16 vs. Southeast
Last Week: 22
Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) (7-0)
Columbia was playing Druid Hills last night...until 6-5 forward and South Carolina defensive end commit Jhaustin Thomas shattered the backboard. Following the excitement, expect things to slow down. The Eagles should win out until their mid-January bout with four-star guard Allerik Freeman and United Faith Christian.
Last week: Postponed vs. Druid Hills
Next game: Dec. 26 vs. Butler
Last Week: 23
Loyola (Los Angeles) (8-0)
Penn commit Julian Harrell and four-star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright form a dangerous backcourt duo. Through eight games, both boast nearly identical numbers: Harrell is averaging 3.1 points, five rebounds and two steals. Jackson-Cartwright is putting up 12.9, 3.1 and 2.3.
Last week: Beat El Camino Real, 70-62; Beat Fairfax, 60-56; Beat Alemany, 82-69
Next game: Dec. 28 vs. Bellarmine Prep
Last Week: 24
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) (5-0)
Gonzaga took care of business again this week, dusting three inferior opponents by a combined 192-163. After remaining perfect, UNC-bound Nate Britt and Co. can enjoy a week off before taking on another lesser foe -- 1-5 Bishop McNamara -- on Dec. 21.
Last week: Beat Central Catholic (Pa.), 74-64; Beat Sagemont, 62-47; Beat Sts. Neumann & Goretti, 56-52
Next game: Dec. 21 vs. Bishop McNamara
24La Lumiere
Last Week: 25
La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) (7-1)
La Lumiere bettered its record to 7-1, stomping St. John's Military behind 23 points from Purdue commit Raphael Davis and 15 from Indiana commit Hanner Perea. The Lakers can continue their impressive start -- stunted only by a loss to Oak Hill Academy -- during the upcoming Elgin Holiday Tournament.
Last week: Beat St. John's Military, 78-61
Next game: Dec. 19 vs. Walther Lutheran
25North Central
Last Week: 18
North Central (Indianapolis) (4-1)
After staying unbeaten through mid-January last year, the Panthers couldn't repeat that task in 2011-12. North Central fell to Carmel 64-60, upset behind four three-pointers from point guard James Crowley. And though they recovered in time to beat Bowman, the road for the Panthers doesn't get any easier: Their next two opponents, Hamilton Southeastern and Park Tudor, are a combined 9-1.
Last week: Lost to Carmel, 64-60; Beat Bowman, 75-72
Next game: Dec. 17 vs. Hamilton Southeastern

Dropped out: Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)

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