By Fivestar Basketball
February 02, 2012

As might be predicted, most of our top Power Rankings contenders remained unscathed this week. That is, of course, except for the teams playing in the DMV area. Paul VI enters the mix after knocking off Gonzaga and DeMatha -- the latter on a buzzer beater -- and Montrose Christian dropped after falling to unheralded Coolidge.

So where did the rest of the nation's best land? Without further adieu, this week's Power Rankings.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1 Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
First, T.J. Warren dropped 29 points to lead Brewster past Bridgton. Then, Ricardo Ledo scored 32 in the Bobcats' rout of South Kent. Heading into February, Brewster remains unbeaten -- and looks stronger than ever.
Last week: Beat Bridgton Academy, 81-60; Beat South Kent, 106-82; Beat Putnam Science, 88-50
Next game: Jan. 2 at National Prep School Invitational
2 Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 2
With two wins early in the week, only one challenge seemed to stand between Oak Hill and a perfect season: a matchup on Feb. 1 with Arlington Country Day. The Warriors were more than up to the task. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a game-high 24 points and Jordan Adams added 23 and six assists in a 77-52 blowout.
Last week: Beat Impact Academy, 113-75; Beat La Jolla, 103-85
Next game: Feb. 3 at Virginia High Classic
3 Findlay Prep
Last Week: 3
Sure, Brandon Ashley's stat line of 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks against La Jolla was impressive enough. But earlier in the week, teammate Winston Shepard topped him. Shepard amassed a triple-double -- 17 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists -- in Findlay's victory over Impact Academy.
Last week: Beat Bishop Gorman, 73-61
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Foothill
4 Tilton School
Last Week: 4
Iowa State-bound power forward Georges Niang poured in 31 points and Nerlens Noel added 13 and 13 rebounds as Tilton pulled away from Holderness in the second half of their Friday matchup. Following a subsequent victory over Phillips Academy Andover, the Rams have won six straight.
Last week: Beat Lawrence Academy, 58-39; Beat Holderness, 77-56; Beat Phillips Academy Andover, 66-62
Next game: Feb. 5 vs. Christian Faith Academy
5 St. Anthony
Last Week: 5
The SNY Invitational was cancelled, but the Friars -- coming off a 71-31 rout of Ridgewood -- still face an upcoming schedule of tough talent. St. Anthony plays Plainfield next Tuesday and has a matchup with PSAL power Lincoln later in February. But keep in mind, Bob Hurley's program has won 48 consecutive games.
Last week: Beat Newark Tech, 65-48; Beat Ridgewood, 71-31
Next game: Feb. 7 vs. Plainfield
6 Huntington Prep
Last Week: 6
Huntington avoided having to play three games in three days, as their matchup with Shenandoah Valley Christian was cancelled. The rest was likely needed. After dusting Flora MacDonald, the Express slipped by St. Edward behind 25 points from Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Last week: Beat Flora MacDonald, 78-55; Beat St. Edward, 60-55
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Christian Faith
7 Grace Prep
Last Week: 7
The Lions notched two decisive wins and should continue to roll for the remainder of the season. Jordan Mickey scored 19 points in Grace Prep's beatdown of Forth Worth Christian.
Last week: Beat Pantego Christian, 74-37, Beat Forth Worth Christian, 90-53
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Midland Christian
8 Simeon
Last Week: 8
Simeon won by a mere 11 points after racing out to a 34-12 lead against Bogan, with coach Robert Smith questioning the team's "killer instinct." The Wolverines' response? A 81-59 demolition of Harlan, a game in which Jabari Parker scored 26 points.
Last week: Beat Bogan, 68-57; Beat Harlan, 81-59
Next game: Feb. 18 vs. De La Salle
9 Marcus
Last Week: 11
The Marauders scored the first 19 points during their game with Plano, not surrendering their shutout until early in the second quarter. With another win against Allen -- and a loss by Montrose Christian -- Marcus slides back into the top 10 this week.
Last week: Beat Plano, 65-35; Beat Allen, 62-36
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Lewisville
10 Mater Dei
Last Week: 12
Katin Reinhardt drained five threes in the first quarter to silence a hostile St. John Bosco crowd on the road. Dating back to Jan. 11, Mater Dei has won seven straight games by an average of 31.6 points.
Last week: Beat Santa Margarita, 82-36; Beat St. John Bosco, 86-71; Beat Orange Lutheran, 90-65
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. St. John Bosco
11 La Lumiere
Last Week: 13
The Lakers win over Findlay keeps looking better ever week -- and so does La Lumiere's on-court play. The Lakers, headlined by Indiana commit Hanner Perea, dispatched Trader's Point Christian for the second straight time to improve to 18-2 on the season.
Last week: Beat Trader's Point Christian, 65-49
Next game: Feb. 4 vs. Detroit Country Day
12 St. Benedict's
Last Week: 14
The Gray Bees survived a scare against Blair Academy -- escaping 66-64 behind 20 points from Melvin Johnson -- but bounced back in style in their subsequent two contests. St. Benedict's thumped both Constitution and Lawrenceville School.
Last week: Beat Blair Academy, 66-64; Beat Constitution, 83-60; Beat Lawrenceville School, 88-50
Next game: Feb. 4 vs. Satellite Academy
13 Notre Dame Prep
Last Week: 16
Talk about your Power Rankings' rise. Since entering the top 25 on Jan. 18, Notre Dame Prep has transformed from outsider to national contender. That's no coincidence. Since blue-chip big man Steven Adams joined the team, it's lost just once -- to No. 4 Tilton.
Last week: Beat Winchendon, 89-78; Beat Massanutten Military Academy, 75-56
Next game: Feb. 2 vs. Wilbraham & Monson
14 Gonzaga
Last Week: 9
Perhaps we sang Gonzaga's praises a bit prematurely. The Eagles finally felt the loss of Nate Britt (bruised calf), dropping two of their last three games. Despite his best efforts, Kris Jenkins (20.8 ppg) can't shoulder the load single-handedly.
Last week: Beat Bishop McNamara, 67-61, Lost to St. John's, 56-54; Lost to Paul VI, 66-53
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Archbishop Carroll
15 Hargrave Military Academy
Last Week: 17
After knocking down 24 three-pointers against Sports Quest, Hargrave stomped St. John's behind a triple-double from Ryan Taylor (25 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists). The Tigers schedule may be lacking, but their knack for stuffing the stat sheet certainly isn't.
Last week: Beat Body of Christ Christian Academy, 144-94; Beat Sports Quest, 135-91, Beat St. John's Military Academy, 115-83
Next game: Feb. 2 vs. Fishburne Military Academy
16 Montrose Christian
Last Week: 10
Montrose Christian drops a bit after losing a stunner to an underwhelming Coolidge squad. It bounced back in style. Justin Anderson scored a combined 32 points in back-to-back victories over Chapelgate Christian and Chavez.
Last week: Lost to Coolidge, 51-49; Beat Chapelgate Christian Academy, 67-31; Beat Chavez, 73-36
Next game: Feb. 4 vs. Our Savior New American
17 Montverde Academy
Last Week: 18
Montverde captured its invitational this week, earning three wins in a span of three days. In the title game, Florida-bound shooting guard Michael Frazier converted four threes in the opening six minutes as part of his game-high 16 points.
Last week: Beat Florida A&M, 50-45; Beat Roman Catholic, 78-61; Beat Orlando Christian Prep, 49-40
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Lake Wales
18 Milton
Last Week: 19
A week after breaking into the Power Rankings, Milton won three times, including two close ones on the road. The Eagles clinched their region behind Shaquille Johnson's 25 points (on 11-of-13 shooting) against Centennial.
Last week: Beat Centennial, 93-61; Beat Wheeler, 65-60; Beat North Forsyth, 85-83
Next game: Feb. 7 vs. Alpharetta
19 Wichita Heights
Last Week: 20
The Falcons remain undefeated and are on the verge of another perfect season. That's thanks, in no small part, to Kansas-bound five-star talent Perry Ellis: He's averaging 26.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Last week: Beat Southeast, 82-52
Next game: Feb. 7 vs. Wichita West
20 Chester
Last Week: 21
It's getting more and more difficult to ignore the Chester, Pa., powerhouse. The Clippers remain unbeaten with just four games to play, and seem as dangerous as ever. Shanier Cottman, Chester's 5-foot-8 senior guard, scored 12 points against Academy Park.
Last week: Beat Academy Park, 57-40; Beat Interboro, 78-40
Next game: Feb. 2 vs. Penn Wood
21 New Hampton
Last Week: 22
TThe Huskies are on a six-game winning streak and have 14 of their last 16 games. That's certainly not bad; especially considering their two losses came against Brewster and Notre Dame Prep. New Hampton also exacted revenge by taking out Bridgton Academy 76-59, benefiting from 25 points from Oliver Hanlan.
Last week: Beat Winchendon School, 75-64; Beat Northfield Mount Hermon, 87-66; Beat Holderness School, 75-41; Beat Bridgton Academy, 76-59
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Rhode Island College
22 Southwind
Last Week: 23
Southwind kicked off its home stretch by derailing Houston behind 21 points from Deckie Johnson and 20 more from Jonathan Williams III. It can finish strong by taking out Kirby, Overton and Germantown (a combined record of 28-32).
Last week: Beat Wooddale, 69-45; Beat Houston, 80-47
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Kirby
23 Prestonwood Christian
Last Week: 24
The Lions should close the season convincingly, as Julius Randle and Co. boast significantly more talent than any of their remaining competitors. Randle netted 21 points in the team's blowout of Trinity Christian.
Last week: Beat Trinity Christian, 74-45; Beat Liberty Christian, 51-46
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Nolan Catholic
24 Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 25
After losing a tough one to Findlay a few weeks ago, Bishop Gorman has rolled off four straight. But another challenge looms. Shabazz Muhammad and the Gaels meet Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young on Feb. 4.
Last week: Beat Durango, 99-75; Beat Spring Valley, 93-59; Beat Western, 90-64
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Pahrump Valley
25 Paul VI
Last Week: NR
What's the quickest way to crack the Power Rankings? Try knocking off DeMatha and Gonzaga College in succession. For this week at least, three-star shooting guard Stanford Robison (15.6 ppg) and George Mason committed guard Patrick Holloway (14.1 ppg) can claim the title of the best backcourt in the WCAC conference.
Last week: Beat Bishop McNamara, 77-67; Beat DeMatha, 64-62; Beat Gonzaga College, 66-53
Next game: Feb. 3 vs. Bishop O'Connell

Dropped out: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.)

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