South Kent rises, New Hampton falls in Power Rankings

Wednesday December 7th, 2011

Throw the preseason rankings out the window. Several top-ranked teams lost last week, including Tilton, New Hampton and Huntington Prep. Perhaps most surprising, Fort Bend Travis (Texas) fell to Willowridge (Texas) by two points, paving the way for new entrants to the latest poll.

Expect things to continue to heat up. Saturday's showdown between No. 3 Oak Hill Academy and No. 14 Grace Prep headlines a week brimming with highly anticipated games.

High School Basketball Power Rankings
1Brewster Academy
Last Week: 1
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) (8-0)
It was a laughably easy week for the No. 1 team in the land, with Brewster notching victories against Leadership Prep, Holderness and Rise Academy. The Bobcats won 121-51, 101-44 and 102-57 respectively, an average of 57.3 points. In the former, Jalen Reynolds, T.J. Warren, Mitch McGary, Gilbert McGregor and John Edwards all went for double-figures.
Last week: Beat Leadership Prep, 121-51; Beat Holderness, 101-44; Beat Rise Academy, 102-57
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. MCI
2Findlay Prep
Last Week: 2
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) (6-0)
Findlay finally made a statement victory to cement its standing at the top of the poll. It grinded out a 47-39 victory over previous No. 11 Marcus, ending the Marauders 42-game winning streak. Senior forward Anthony Bennett amassed 19 points and 12 assists.
Last week: Beat Flower Mound Marcus, 47-39
Next game: Dec. 8 vs. Eldorado
3Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 4
Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) (14-0)
Oak Hill may have played more games than anyone else in the Top 25, but it still hasn't been adequately challenged. The Warriors handled Hales Franciscan, 108-66, on Friday, and then thrashed La Lumiere, 77-59, on Saturday. D'Vauntes Rivera-Smith was especially impressive. He went 17-of-29 from the field for 48 points.
Last week: Beat Hales Franciscan, 108-66; Beat La Lumiere 77-59; Beat Ridge View, 92-46
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Grace Prep
Last Week: 6
Simeon (Chicago) (2-0)
Simeon started its season easily enough, knocking off Hillcrest in front of a national audience on Saturday. The Wolverines showcased their true potential on Monday. They whipped Notre Dame Prep, 73-53, with Jabari Parker, Steve Taylor and Kendrick Nunn combining for 52 points.
Last week: Beat Hillcrest, 69-51; Beat Notre Dame Prep, 73-53
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. Farragut
5Tilton School
Last Week: 3
Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.) (4-1)
Tilton lost to South Kent last week, prompting its fall to No. 5 in the rankings. But its 74-64 defeat was without the services of Iowa State-bound power forward Georges Niang, out for the game serving suspension. Tilton missed a chance for a definitive win, but -- factoring in the Rams' win over Huntington on Nov. 26 -- the loss isn't cause for serious concern.
Last week: Lost to South Kent, 74-64
Next game: Dec. 7 vs. Worcester
6Bishop Gorman
Last Week: 7
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) (0-0)
All remains steady in Bishop Gorman, as the team enjoyed one more bye week before its season tips off on Dec. 9. After weeks of anticipation, expect Shabazz Muhammad and Co. to roar out of the gate. In their first game last year, the Gaels gashed the Grizzlies 85-52.
First game: Dec. 9 vs. Durango
7St. Anthony
Last Week: 9
St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) (0-0)
While Bishop Gorman finally breaks into action this week, St. Anthony waits until Dec. 16, with back-to-back showdowns with Emile Fischer Academy and Trenton Catholic. The latter dealt the Friars their last loss, a 57-56 defeat in the 2010 NJSIAA Non-Public B final.
First game: Dec. 16 vs. Emily Fischer Academy
8South Kent
Last Week: 16
South Kent (South Kent, Conn.) (5-0)
South Kent climbs to No. 8 with a telling win over Tilton, one that solidifies the Cardinals as legitimate national contenders. And even given Niang's absence, don't take away from Ricardo Ledo's performance. The 6-6 Providence commit scored 34 points before a brawl forced refs to call the game with less than a minute to go.
Last week: Beat Tilton, 74-64
Next game: Dec. 7 vs. St. Thomas More
9Huntington Prep
Last Week: 5
Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) (6-2)
Huntington forfeited its game against Wesley Christian on Dec. 2, dealing the Express their second loss in just seven games. But the team bounced back nicely. It beat Marietta College JV 83-71, benefiting from a stat-stuffing performance from sophomore Andrew Wiggins: 27 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and two steals.
Last week: Forfeited to Wesley Christian; Beat Marietta College JV, 83-71
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. St. Ignatius
10Miller Grove
Last Week: 10
Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) (3-0)
The Wolverines won their annual rivalry game with Southwest DeKalb, but just barely. Miller Grove outlasted the Panthers in overtime, collecting two key defensive stops on a Tony Parker block and Tony Evans charge. The 6-9, 250-pound Parker also paced the team with 15 points and 11 boards.
Last week: Beat Mays, 81-44; Beat Southwest DeKalb 57-53 OT
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. Lithonia
11DeMatha Catholic
Last Week: 12
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) (2-0)
The Stags stormed out to a pair of season-opening wins, taking down Glenelg County and Magruder in succession. BeeJay Anya -- who lost a whopping 40 pounds over the summer -- led the charge with a combined 30 points.
Last week: Beat Glenelg County, 77-48; Beat Magruder, 75-58
Next game: Dec. 8 vs. Don Bosco Cristo Rey
12Montrose Christian
Last Week: 13
Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) (3-0)
Four-star Virginia commit Justin Anderson lived up to his billing this week, helping the Mustangs to a trio of early wins. He scored 11, 33 and 21 points respectively, and netted eight three-pointers.
Last week: Beat Hayfield, 65-23; Beat Woodbridge, 92-49; Beat Friendship Collegiate Academy, 85-42
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. John Paul the Great
13Mater Dei
Last Week: 14
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (4-0)
Mater Dei cruised to two victories this week: an 86-20 win over San Juan Hills, and a 91-55 triumph over Capistrano Valley. UNLV commit Katin Reinhardt led the way. He scored a game-high 34 points in the latter, while Xavier Johnson and Stanley Johnson added 17 and 15, respectively.
Last week: Beat San Juan Hills, 86-20; Beat Capistrano Valley, 91-55
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Palm Desert
14Grace Prep
Last Week: 15
Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) (6-0)
Grace Prep remains undefeated, sitting pretty at 6-0. It has a chance to make some noise this weekend. Coming off a 76-72 win over Fort Bend Travis on Nov. 26, the Lions play Oak Hill Academy on Dec. 10. If Isaiah Austin can get the best of A.J. Hammons, Chris Hall and Co. could ascend into the high school elite.
Last week: None
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Oak Hill Academy
Last Week: 11
Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) (9-1)
Marcus lost its first game of the year on Saturday, falling to Findlay Prep 47-39. While it's not exactly a bad loss, this is concerning: Oklahoma State commits Marcus Smart and Phil Forte were held to a combined 16 points.
Last week: Lost to Findlay Prep, 47-39
Next game: Dec. 8 at The Marauder Classic
16New Hampton
Last Week: 8
New Hampton (New Hampton, N.H.) (4-2)
New Hampton had a brutal week, going 1-2 to drop to No. 16. It lost to St. Thomas More -- a game that it didn't come within six points in the second half -- and Bridgton, an 88-86 heartbreaker. In the latter, the Huskies forced overtime on a game-tying Jared Terrell jumper with under ten seconds remaining, but couldn't complete the comeback.
Last week: Lost to St. Thomas More, 66-55; Beat Winchendon, 79-69; Lost to Bridgton, 88-86 OT
Next game: Dec. 7 vs. Harvard JV
17Montverde Academy
Last Week: 17
Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (4-0)
Kevin Boyle's squad just got more dangerous. Ole Miss commit Anthony Perez, a Venezuelan born three-star power forward, and highly touted sophomore D'Angelo Russell, a sharpshooting four-star guard, were approved to play before Tuesday's game against Dr. Phillips. As usual, though, Kasey Hill was the star. He poured in 30 points -- including a critical three-point play with just over a minute remaining -- to cement a 83-77 win.
Last week: Beat Dr. Phillips, 83-77
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Olympia
18North Central
Last Week: 18
North Central (Indianapolis) (3-0)
North Central took care of business this week, beating Richmond and Wallace to improve to 3-0. After scoring 17 points against the Hornets, Purdue-bound point guard Ronnie Johnson should continue to pad his stats. With a relatively light schedule through the end of December, the Panthers can coast.
Last week: Beat Richmond, 76-68; Beat Wallace, 101-49
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. Carmel
19Arlington Country Day
Last Week: 21
Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville) (5-0)
Arlington Country Day knocked off a trio of unranked foes this week, winning by an average of eight points per game. Senior Torian Graham continues to be sensational. He's averaging more than 24 points, three steals and two assists per game.
Last week: Beat Southwind, 74-71; Beat Callaway, 82-71; Beat Calloway County, 81-71
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Florida Christian Institute
20Christ the King
Last Week: 22
Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) (1-0)
Jefferson -- 27-14 last season -- proved to be a tall task in Christ the King's season-opener. The Royals were down seven points early before Omar Calhoun sparked a convincing comeback victory. The road doesn't get any easier: Boys & Girls is 3-0 in 2011 -- and has outscored opponents 253-155.
Last week: Beat Jefferson, 92-81
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. Boys & Girls
21Wichita Heights
Last Week: 23
Wichita Heights (Wichita Heights, Kan.) (2-0)
The tandem of Perry Ellis and Terrence Moore excelled against North, combining for 41 of Wichita Heights' 71 points, but struggled in stints against Kapaun Mt. Carmel. The heavily favored Falcons escaped with a 61-52 overtime thriller, narrowly preserving their current 46-game winning streak.
Last week: Beat North, 71-54; Beat Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 61-52 OT
Next game: Dec. 9 vs. West
Last Week: 24
Columbia (Decatur, Ga.) (7-0)
In addition to handling each of their opponents this week, Columbia received some help from Southwest DeKalb. After the Panthers forced Miller Grove into overtime, the Eagles 83-58 win on Nov. 15 looks all the more impressive. Their top prospects are firing on all cylinders: Oregon State commit Jarmal Reid tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds against Greater Atlanta Christian.
Last week: Beat Arabia Mountain, 76-41; Beat Greater Atlanta Christian, 64-56; Beat Woodward Academy, 53-28
Next game: Dec. 13 vs. Druid Hills
Last Week: NR
Loyola (Los Angeles) (5-0)
Loyola enters the rankings for the first time this season, serving as the second California team among the Top 25. From top to bottom, the Cubs are rolling. All 15 players scored in Tuesday's 75-36 rout of East Bakersfield.
Last week: Beat Redondo Union, 66-44; Beat Long Beach Poly, 70-65; Beat East Bakersfield 75-36
Next game: Dec 7. at The Tournament
Last Week: NR
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) (1-0)
The Eagles started strong -- and cracked the Power Rankings for the first time -- with a 69-50 win over Ballou. Nate Britt and Kris Jenkins combined for 43 points, and should continue to put up big numbers in the coming weeks. Gonzaga shouldn't be challenged until January.
Last week: Beat Ballou, 69-50
Next game: Dec 7. at The Tournament
25La Lumiere
Last Week: 20
La Lumiere (LaPorte, Ind.) (6-1)
Had La Lumiere been able to upend Oak Hill, the Lakers would have skyrocketed in this week's rankings. Instead, after a disappointing 77-59 result, though, they fall to No. 25. Hanner Perea scored 14 points in defeat.
Last week: Lost to Oak Hill Academy, 77-59
Next game: Dec. 10 vs. St. John's Military

Dropped out: Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas), Vermont Academy (Saxton River, Vt.)

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