January 22, 2018

Boys’ hoops public Top 15: Poly takes over the top spot, River Hill debuts

Poly point guard Rahim Ali pushes the ball up the floor against Perry Hall. Austin McFadden/MSA.

Every Monday, MSA compiles the top public school boys’ basketball teams in the state and ranks them 1-15 based on résumé and talent.

Previous No. 2 Poly downed No. 1 Perry Hall, 72-63, thrusting the Engineers to the top spot this week. There isn’t too much shake-up after that, but Bladensburg (0-3) drops out of the Top 25, while River Hill (4-0), outscoring opponents on average 24.5 points a night, debuts. 

Note: MSA25″ means a team from the MSA Top 25 state rankings, which includes private schools and public schools.

1. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (3-0) LW: 2

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 3A South

Last week: 2-0

Wins: KASA by 52, Digital Harbor by 16, No. 1 Perry Hall by 9

Losses: None

No. 8 Poly outlasts No. 7 Perry Hall in a Clash of the Champions

2. Perry Hall Gators (1-1) LW: 1

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 4A North

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Kenwood by 17

Losses: No. 2 Poly by 9

3. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (3-1) LW: 3

Area/Class: Prince George’s County, 4A South

Last week: 2-1

Wins: New Town by 10,  No. 12 Bladensburg by 16, St. Charles by 27

Losses: MSA25 No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 7

4. Dulaney Lions (2-0) LW: 4

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 4A North

Last week: 1-0

Wins: Western Tech & Environmental Science by 11, Friends by 51

Losses: None

5. Potomac Wolverines (2-0) LW: 7

Area/Class: Prince George’s County, 3A South

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Oxon Hill by 3/OT, Westlake by 8

Losses: None

6. Stephen Decatur Seahawks (3-0) LW: 8

Area/Class: Worcester County, 3A East

Last week: 2-0

Wins: North Caroline by 17, Pocomoke by 35, Crisfield by 15

Losses: None

7. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (1-2) LW: 5

Area/Class: Prince George’s County, 4A South

Last week: 1-1

Wins: DuVal by 8/OT

Losses: MSA25 No. 1 DeMatha by 37, MSA25 No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 2

8. Fairmont Heights Hornets (3-0) LW: 9

Area/Class: Prince George’s County, 1A South

Last week: 1-0

Wins: La Plata by 18, Takoma Academy by 9, Bowie by 11

Losses: None

9. Oakdale Bears (4-0) LW: 10

Area/Class: Frederick County, 2A West

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Thomas Johnson by 15, Williamsport by 37, Walkersville by 32, Boonsboro by 62

Losses: None

Collin Schlee’s 29 points leads No. 25 Oakdale to season-opening win over Thomas Johnson

10. Patterson Clippers (1-1) LW: 6

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 2A North

Last week: 1-0

Wins: KASA by 47

Losses: Digital Harbor by 4

11. Springbrook Blue Devils (4-0) LW: 11

Area/Class: Montgomery County, 4A North

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Watkins Mill by 18, Bethesda-CC by 10, Blake by 3, Whitman by 8

Losses: None

Cameron Rucker steps up to drop 32 points in Springbrook’s win over Bethesda-CC

12. Dunbar Poets (2-0) LW: 13

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 1A North

Last week: 1-0

Wins: Calvert Hall by 1, Carver by 77

Losses: None

13. Milford Mill Millers (2-0) LW: 14

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 3A North

Last week: 0-0

Wins: Gerstell by 16, Loch Raven by 50

Losses: None

14. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets (4-0) LW: 15

Area/Class: Prince George’s County, 2A North

Last week: 2-0

Wins: International at Langley Park by 70, Coolidge (D.C.) by 11, Calvert by 45, Croom by 50

Losses: None

15. River Hill Hawks (4-0) LW: NR

Area/Class: Howard County, 2A East

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Tuscarora by 21, Wilde Lake by 2, Manchester Valley by 39, Hammond by 36

Losses: None

Dropped out: No. 12 Bladensburg (0-3)

On the bubble: Annapolis (1-0), Bladensburg (0-3), Century (3-0), C.M. Wright (4-0), Douglass-PG (2-1), Dundalk (3-0), Edmondson (1-0), Fallston (3-0), Gaithersburg (4-0), Joppatowne (3-1), Kent County (3-0), Lackey (4-0), Lake Clifton (1-1), Linganore (4-0), Meade (3-0), Mervo (1-0), North County (3-0), Northwest (3-0), Old Mill (1-1), Paint Branch (3-1), Patterson Mill (4-0), Seneca Valley (3-1), Southern (2-0), Tuscarora (4-1), Wicomico (5-0), Woodlawn (3-0)

About Kyle McFadden 388 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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