Kevin Armstrong
Wednesday March 11th, 2009

In the end, the crown was too heavy for the Monarchs.After going 30-0, No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) fell to King (Riverside, Calif.) 71-56 in the Division I-AA championship. It was the third consecutive sectional championship loss for Gary McKnight's team, but the SoCal power is still alive in the Division I Southern California Regional playoffs.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1
Last Week: 2
Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (36-0)
Keith "Tiny" Gallon continues to impress as he finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks against Villanova signee Mouphatou Yarou in the Warriors' 69-63 win over Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.).
Next: April 3-5, National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.
 
2
Last Week: 3
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (28-0)
Idle.
Next: April 3-5, National High School Invitational in North Bethesda, Md.
 
3
Last Week: 4
St. Patrick's (Elizabeth, N.J.) (25-3)
UNC signee Dexter Strickland led the way with 15 points in the Celtics' 73-37 win over Jersey City's St. Mary.
Next: Wednesday vs. Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.
 
4
Last Week: 5
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (20-2)
Pushing top-ranked Oak Hill to the limit, Stu Vetter's cast came up short, but Mouphtaou Yarou displayed his power with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Next: April 3-5, National High School Invitational, Bethesda, Md.
 
5
Last Week: 6
St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) (23-2)
Idle.
Next: April 3-5, National High School Invitational, Bethesda, Md.
 
6
Last Week: 9
Westchester (Los Angeles) (30-2)
The Comets defeated Taft (Los Angeles) 60-55 and then dispatched Oceanside (El Camino, Calif.).
Next: Friday vs. Fairfax (Los Angeles).
 
7
Last Week: 1
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (31-1)
After losing for first time, the Monarchs used a 20-0 run to beat Chino Hills (Calif.) 80-55.
Next: TBA.
 
8
Last Week: 8
Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) (25-0)
Wins over Minnetonka, 100-72, and Armstrong (Plymouth), 119-88, have the Midwest's top team thinking state title.
Next: March 17, playoffs.
 
9
Last Week: 9
Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) (19-1)
Ray McCallum (17 ppg) led the Class B powerhouse as it began its title chase with a 95-63 victory over Bloomfield Hills.
Next: Vs. Cran-Kings (Detroit), TBD.
 
10
Last Week: NR
Lawrence North (Indianapolis) (24-2)
After twice losing to North Central (Indianapolis), Greg Oden's alma mater got the best of its cross-town rival with a 68-63 win as Dominique Ferguson scored 21 points.
Next: Saturday vs. Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers).
 
11
Last Week: 11
Strake Jesuit (Houston) (37-0)
Maintaining perfection, the Jesuits breezed past Taylor (Houston) 67-37 and Elkins (Missouri City) 56-46.
Next: Friday vs. Desoto (Houston).
 
12
Last Week: 12
South (Bloomington, Ind.) (22-0)
Dee Davis (16 points) helped beat East Central (St. Leon, Ind.) 62-41.
Next: Friday vs. New Albany (Ind.).
 
13
Last Week: 13
South (Atlanta) (25-3)
Georgia Tech-bound forward Derrick Favors was named the Naismith Award winner as the nation's top player.
Next: Friday vs. Columbia (Decatur).
 
14
Last Week: 16
Fayetteville (Ark.) (29-0)
Fred Gulley was the difference as he scored 24 points in a 69-55 win over Southside (Fort Smith) and added 27 in a 68-51 victory over Cabot.
Next: Saturday, Class 7A title game vs. Rogers (Ark.).
 
15
Last Week: 19
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) (22-3)
Naji Hibbert hit the game-winning shot to beat rival Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 62-61 as the Stags won their fourth WCAC title in five years. The Stags then beat Ballou (Washington, D.C.) for the city title. Next: TBA.
 
16
Last Week: 16
Christ School (Arden, N.C.) (36-2)
Idle.
Next: Season complete.
 
17
Last Week: 17
Franklin (Seattle) (22-1)
Louisville signee Peyton Siva led the way in a 74-66 win over Bellevue (Wash.) with 35 points.
Next: Wednesday vs. Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.).
 
18
Last Week: 18
Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia) (24-2)
Making their PIAA playoff debut, the Saints defeated Steelton-Highspire, 98-71, in the Class AAA first round.
Next: Friday vs. Shamokin or Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.).
 
19
Last Week: 19
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) (27-3)
Gonzaga suffered a heartbreaking 62-61 loss to rival DeMatha.
Next: Season complete.
 
20
Last Week: NR
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)(24-3)
Uncommitted guard Sean Johnson (32 points) continues to exhibit great athleticism as the Royals beat Holy Cross (Flushing), 72-49, in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional quarters.
Next: Wednesday vs. Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the semifinals.
 
21
Last Week: 21
Rice (Harlem, N.Y.) (21-3)
Miami signee Durand Scott scored 25 points in the CHSAA quarterfinal win over Molloy.
Next: Wednesday vs. All Hallows (Bronx, N.Y.).
 
22
Last Week: 22
De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) (26-2)
The Spartans lost 39-33 to Memorial (Newark, Calif.).
Next: Season complete.
 
23
Last Week: 23
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.) (25-1)
The Warriors defeated Franklin (Calif.) 65-53 in the NoCal quarters.
Next: Semifinal, TBA.
 
24
Last Week: 24
Thornton (Harvey, Ill.) (26-1)
A great escape was needed to beat Thornwood (South Holland) 54-52 as Reggie Smith scored 23 points.
Next: TBD.
 
25
Last Week: 25
LeFlore (Montgomery, Ala.) (29-3)
Idle.
Next: Season complete.

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