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Paul VI, Ridgeway make late Power Rankings push as playoffs approach

There was no shift towards the top of the rankings, as the top five remained the same following St. Anthony's narrow victory over Huntington Prep. But the bottom half was abuzz with movement. Ridgeway entered the fold after avenging an early loss to Southwind, and Gonzaga dropped out of the Top 25 after losses to DeMatha and Paul VI.

With the playoffs around the bend, the next several weeks should be telling. And one game this week could have major rankings ramifications: Tilton at Brewster. Stay tuned.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
After winning four more games by an average of 20.3 points, Brewster is inching ever closer to a coveted perfect season. But one huge test remains: a Feb. 20 showdown with Tilton. Nerlens Noel and Co. will look to upend Mitch McGary and friends in what should be a tightly contested NEPSAC showdown.
Last week: Beat Lee Academy, 115-69; Beat New Hampton, 79-71; Beat Northfield Mount Hermon, 87-78; Beat St. Thomas More, 92-74
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Winchendon School
 
2Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
Anything Brewster can do, Oak Hill can do better? The Warriors continued to dismantle the competition this week, rolling to four more victories by an average of 45.3 points. McDonald's All-American Tyler Lewis notched 13 assists in their win over Veritas.
Last week: Beat Westwind Prep, 110-54; Beat Gales, 112-54; Beat Veritas, 100-39; Beat Quality Education, 75-69
Next game: Feb. 16 vs. Ignatios Prep
 
3Findlay Prep
Last Week: 3
Last week, Trinity Christian upset Grace Prep. This week, Findlay Prep pounded Trinity Christian 82-47. The results put the Pilots' dominance in perspective -- and gives added significance to Oregon-bound Dominic Artis' game-high 19 points.
Last week: Beat Trinity Christian, 82-47; Beat ABCD Prep, 111-75
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Westwind Prep
 
4Tilton School
Last Week: 4
Tilton added to its recent hot streak, downing Kimball Union Academy behind 26 points from Georges Niang. The Rams' Monday night clash with Brewster -- a rematch of top five teams -- should be considered the undisputed game of the week.
Last week: Beat Kimball Union Academy, 67-55
Next game: Feb. 15 vs. Phillips Exeter Academy
 
5St. Anthony
Last Week: 5
The Friars extended their vaunted winning streak to 53 consecutive games -- but just barely. St. Anthony emerged from a back-and-forth contest with Huntington Prep behind 18 points from Kyle Anderson and nine from Tariq Carey (all in the second half). With arguably their toughest test in the books, can Bob Hurley and Co. start talking about a repeat perfect season?
Last week: Beat Columbia, 59-37; Beat Huntington Prep, 50-49
Next game: Feb. 16 vs. Bishop Eustace
 
6Huntington Prep
Last Week: 6
Negus Webster-Chan's missed three at the buzzer ended the Express' hopes of taking down unbeaten St. Anthony. But with its other loss to No. 4 Tilton, Huntington is clearly still one of the nation's premier programs. Andrew Wiggins (6-7, 190) continued his sensational season with 19 points in defeat.
Last week: Lost to St. Anthony, 50-49
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Next Level Prep
 
7Simeon
Last Week: 7
Due to disciplinary reasons, Kendrick Nunn, Jelani Neely and Jaylon Tate all sat out of Sunday's Chicago Public League quarterfinal against Marshall. It didn't matter. Jabari Parker collected 33 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Taylor added 10 points and 14 boards to lead the Wolverines to victory. Simeon will look to continue its postseason run Wednesday against Orr.
Last week: Beat Douglass Academy, 98-31; Beat Hyde Park, 65-44; Beat Marshall, 73-62
Next game: Feb. 15 vs. Orr
 
8Marcus
Last Week: 8
The Marauders continue to dominate, polishing off three opponents as they ready themselves for a state title run. Marcus Smart, a recently named McDonald's All-American, poured in 15 points against Plano East.
Last week: Beat Hebron, 63-54; Beat Plano East, 76-48; Beat Flower Mound, 82-51
Next game: TBD
 
9Grace Prep
Last Week: 9
After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Trinity Christian last week, Grace Prep responded with a 71-63 victory over the Lions on Monday. Baylor-bound big man Isaiah Austin scored a game-high 19 points to help the team clinch the top seed in the TAPPS 1-4A playoffs.
Last week: Beat Faith Christian, 83-32; Beat Trinity Christian, 71-63
Next game: TBD
 
10Mater Dei
Last Week: 10
Mater Dei's entire starting lineup went off against JSerra Catholic, with five players (Xavier Johnson, Katin Reinhardt, Eli Stalzer, Jordan Strawberry and Stanley Johnson) all scoring in double-figures. The Monarchs' next challenge will be a playoff showdown with Chaparral.
Last week: Beat JSerra Catholic, 72-43
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Chaparral
 
11La Lumiere
Last Week: 11
No Hanner Perea, no problem. The Indiana commit sat out with a sprained ankle, but La Lumiere still topped St. John's Military. The Lakers remain the only team to knock off Findlay Prep -- an accomplishment that shouldn't be overlooked.
Last week: Beat St. John's Military, 65-62
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Gary West Side
 
12St. Benedict's
Last Week: 12
The Gray Bees dismissed traditional N.J. power St. Patrick on Sunday, with Melvin Johnson connecting on six threes as part of a 26-point performance. If his senior season is any indication, he could be making some Miami (Fla.) fans very happy come next spring.
Last week: Beat Lakewood, 76-49; Beat St. Patrick, 81-53
Next game: Feb. 18 at State Tournament Semifinals
 
13Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: 13
Since adding New Zealand native Steven Adams mid-season, Notre Dame Prep has transformed into a different team. If Sam Cassell Jr. (22 points against South Kent) can continue his standout play, the Fitchburg, Mass., squad could make a charge toward the top 10.
Last week: Beat South Kent, 92-79
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. CJEOTO
 
14Paul VI
Last Week: 24
Paul VI's success has not only cemented it as the top team in the DMV area -- it's established it as one of the top teams in the nation. Coleman Johnson dropped 33 points against Gonzaga and 17 against Good Counsel -- both overtime victories on the road -- to improve the program's record to 16-0 in-conference.
Last week: Beat Good Counsel, 66-63 (OT); Beat Gonzaga, 85-83 (OT); Beat St. Mary's Ryken, 64-51
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. St. John's
 
15Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 15
Hargrave continued its high-scoring roll, taking down Rockingham Community College by 32 points this week. The same stars filled out the stat sheet: Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Carter Wright tallied 18 points and three steals and Charles Buggs finished with 14 points and seven boards.
Last week: Beat Rockingham C.C., 108-76; Beat Lynchburg College
Next game: Feb. 18 vs. University of North Carolina
 
16Montrose Christian
Last Week: 16
With just Washington Latin, Takoma Academy and St. Maria Goretti left on the schedule, the Mustangs should finish the regular season strong. Justin Anderson (17.4 ppg) and Michael Carrera (12.9) should continue to lead the charge.
Last week: None
Next game: Feb. 18 vs. Washington Latin
 
17Ridgeway
Last Week: NR
Other than a hard-fought 74-72 overtime loss to Southwind in mid-January, Ridgeway has been nothing short of perfect. And following a 68-56 triumph over their rivals on Friday, the Roadrunners certainly deserve a spot in the Power Rankings. Three-star point guard Cameron Golden -- who scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half -- has been especially impressive.
Last week: Beat Southwind, 68-56; Beat Melrose, 83-79
Next game: TBD
 
18Montverde Academy
Last Week: 17
Kasey Hill and friends capped their regular season last week with a five-game winning streak. Michael Frazier, the 6-4 Florida committed shooting guard, is averaging 20.9 points per game.
Last week: None
Next game: TBD
 
19Chester
Last Week: 19
Despite its lack of a signature win, Chester has been markedly impressive in its undefeated campaign. Erikk Wright, the Clippers' 6-4 senior forward, dropped 26 points against Neptune.
Last week: Beat Glen Mills, 74-30; Beat Neptune, 74-62
Next game: TBD
 
20Milton
Last Week: 18
The Eagles soared past Roswell this week, with Georgia signee Charles Mann netting 16 points in the victory. Milton now prepares for the Class 5A playoffs, where it was knocked off in the finals in 2010-11.
Last week: Beat Roswell, 70-39
Next game: TBD
 
21Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 20
The Gaels notched two more late-season victories, with ballyhooed forward Shabazz Muhammad tallying 34 points and eight rebounds in the former. A Nevada Class 4A title would be a fitting sendoff for the player many consider to be the nation's top recruit.
Last week: Beat Clark, 86-73; Beat Bonanza, 96-55
Next game: Feb. 15 vs. Cimarron-Memorial
 
22Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 23
Julius Randle and Zach Peters have spearheaded the Lions' late-season run, with John Calipari in attendance to watch the five-star forward's Valentine's Day performance. Prestonwood split its two meetings with Grace Prep and has rattled off 12 wins in its last 13 games.
Last week: Beat Bishop Dunne, 75-63
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Houston Christian
 
23New Hampton
Last Week: 25
There's no shame in an eight-point loss to No. 1 Brewster, particularly given Zach Auguste's gutsy 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Huskies will have an opportunity to make a rankings' climb during their bout with Tilton at the end of the month.
Last week: Lost to Brewster, 79-71; Beat Maine Central, 87-66
Next game: Feb. 17 at New Hampton Invitational
 
24DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: NR
Three victories this week, headlined by a 29-point drubbing of Nate Britt and Gonzaga, propels DeMatha back into the Power Rankings. Syracuse commit Jerami Grant scored 18 points in victory, and the Stags have won six straight games since a two-point loss at Paul VI on Jan. 27.
Last week: Beat Bishop Ireton, 64-47; Beat Gonzaga, 76-47; Beat Bishop O'Connell, 55-49
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Bishop McNamara
 
25Wichita Heights
Last Week: 21
Heights continues to win, but its competition has been unmistakably poor. Perry Ellis (26.7 points, 10.2 rebounds per game) and Co. need to play tougher competition to truly enter consideration of the nation's elite.
Last week: Beat Wichita Northwest, 83-61; Beat Carroll, 54-42
Next game: Feb. 17 vs. Wichita South

Dropped out: Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.); Southwind (Memphis)

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