January 22, 2018

Boys’ hoops Top 25: Bullis starts 5-0, cracks top 10; Springbrook enters

Austin McFadden/MSA.

Every Monday, MSA compiles the top boys’ basketball teams in the state and ranks them 1-25 based on résumé and talent.

DeMatha, which backed its top spot with a dominant win over ranked Eleanor Roosevelt and solid wins versus nationally recognized programs Oak Ridge (Fla.) and Archbishop Wood (Pa.), has a strong hold of No. 1.

Gonzaga (D.C.) is coming off convincing wins over ranked St. Frances and Goretti, and remains at No. 2.

John Carroll is off to a blazing start without Kentucky commit, point guard Immanuel Quickley. The Patriots ripped through its opening week with five wins by 15 or more points, including a 21-point victory over previously third-ranked Mount St. Joseph and a 15-point win over No. 18 McDonogh.

St. Frances, up two spots, and Mount St. Joseph, down two spots, round out the top five. The biggest mover is St. James, going from 16th to 20th. Life without Marvin Price didn’t get off to a smooth start for Patterson, as it lost its opener and falls from No. 12 to No. 20. Bladensburg, previously ranked 21st, drops out of the Top 25, while Springbrook enters. Bullis slides into the Top 10 after a 5-0 start.

Records and statistics are through Sunday. 

Note: The only Washington, D.C. teams in the MSA coverage zone are Gonzaga and St. John’s, because the two are minutes from Maryland and compete in the WCAC, one of the top leagues in the nation. Additionally, many Maryland athletes play for the Cadets and Eagles. We don’t cover Virginia teams in the WCAC.

1. DeMatha Catholic Stags (Record: 3-0) Last week: 1

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Last week: 3-0

Wins: No. 19 Eleanor Roosevelt by 37, Oak Ridge (Fla.) by 15, Archbishop Wood (Pa.) by 10

Losses: None

Justin Moore, recovering from an ACL tear, shines as No. 1 DeMatha routs Oak Ridge (Fla.)

2. Gonzaga Eagles (D.C.) (4-0) LW: 2

Area: Washington, D.C.

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Last week: 4-0

Wins: No. 6 St. Frances by 24, Takoma Academy by 19, No. 16 Goretti by 15, Charlotte Christian (N.C.) by 16

Losses: None

3. John Carroll Patriots (5-1) LW: 5

Area: Baltimore

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Last week: 5-1

Wins: No. 3 Mount St. Joseph by 21, Calvert Hall by 28, St. Mary’s Ryken by 34, No. 18 McDonogh by 15, Lake Clifton by 23

Losses: No. 6 St. Frances by 5/OT

4. St. Frances Academy Panthers (7-1) LW: 6

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Last week: 7-1

Wins: Gerstell Academy by 34, Shiloh (Ga.) by 19, Village Christian Academy by (N.C.) by 13, No. 5 John Carroll by 5/OT, Spalding by 40, No. 10 Mount Carmel by 32, No. 16 Goretti by 3

Losses: No. 2 Gonzaga (D.C.) by 24

5. Mount St. Joseph Gaels (7-2) LW: 3

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Last week : 7-2

Wins: Severn by 9, Spalding by 27, No. 16 Goretti by 14, No. 4 St. John’s (D.C.) by 13, Glenelg Country by 17, Gilman by 20, Calvert Hall by 10

Losses: No. 5 John Carroll by 21, Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) by 16

No. 3 Mount St. Joseph receives ‘eye-opener’ in loss to Wesleyan Christian (N.C.)

6. St. John’s College Cadets (D.C.) (3-2) LW: 4

Area: Washington, D.C.

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Last week: 3-2

Wins: Pallotti by 6, Carroll (D.C.) by 14, W.T. Woodson (D.C.) by 17

Losses: No. 3 Mount St. Joseph by 13, IMG Academy (Fla.) by 7

7. Perry Hall Gators (0-0) LW: 7

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Last week: 0-0

Wins: None

Losses: None

8. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (1-0) LW: 8

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A South

Last week: 1-0

Wins: KASA by 52

Losses: None

9. Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (2-1) LW: 9

Area: Montgomery County

League: Interstate Athletic Conference

Last week: 2-1

Wins: Pallotti by 16, Good Counsel by 10, Westtown (Pa.) by 2

Losses: Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by 3

Jared Bynum leads No. 9 Georgetown Prep to staple win against Pa. power Westtown

10. Bullis School Bulldogs (5-0) LW: 13

Area: Montgomery County

League: Interstate Athletic Conference

Last week: 5-0

Wins: Middleburg Academy (Va.) by 1, Takoma Academy by 26, McKinley (Va.) by 38, Virginia Academy (Va.) by 3, St. Christopher’s (Va.) by 10

Losses: None

11. Rock Creek Christian Academy Eagles (1-1) LW: 11

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Capital Beltway

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Ridge View (S.C.) by 3

Losses: Wilson (D.C.) by 1

12. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (1-0) LW: 14

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South

Last week: 1-0

Wins: New Town by 10

Losses: None

13. Dulaney Lions (1-0) LW: 15

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Last week: 1-0

Wins: Western Tech & Environmental Science by 11

Losses: None

14. Riverdale Baptist Crusaders (5-3) LW: 17

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Capital Beltway

Last week: 5-3

Wins: TPLS Christian (Va.) by 5, Arundel Christian by 48, Capital Christian by 30, Eastern (D.C.) by 19, Wilson (D.C.) by 12

Losses: Friendship Tech (D.C.) by 2, Roman Catholic (Pa.) by 14, Pallotti by 20

15. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cougars (4-3) LW: 10

Area: Baltimore

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Last week: 4-3

Wins: Gerstell Academy by 5, Calvert Hall by 3, Loyola Blakefield by 11, Annapolis Area Christian by 5

Losses: McNamara by 12, No. 6 St. Frances by 32, Boys Latin by 11

16. St. James Saints (3-1) LW: 20

Area: Washington County

League: Baltimore Catholic League

Last week: 3-1

Wins: Surrattsville by 28, Loudoun County HomeSchool (Va.) by 35, McKeesport (Pa.) by 27

Losses: State College (Pa.) by 27

17. St. Maria Goretti Gaels (3-5) LW: 16

Area: Washington County

League: Baltimore Catholic League

Last week: 3-5

Wins: Chapelgate by 30, Calvert Hall by 23, Loyola Blakefield by 23

Losses: No. 3 Mount St. Joseph by 14, No. 6 St. Frances by 3, No. 2 Gonzaga by 15, Pallotti by 1, Wilson (D.C.) by 15

18. McDonogh School Eagles (1-3) LW: 18

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Last week: 1-3

Wins: Gerstell Academy by 13

Losses: St. Paul’s by 7, Sidwell Friends (D.C.) by 9, No. 5 John Carroll by 15

19. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (0-1) LW: 19

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South

Last week: 0-1

Wins: None

Losses: No. 1 DeMatha by 37

20. Patterson Clippers (0-1) LW: 12

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A North

Last week: 0-1

Wins: None

Losses: Digital Harbor by 4

21. Potomac Wolverines (0-0) LW: 21

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A South

Last week: 0-0

Wins: None

Losses: None

22. Stephen Decatur Seahawks (1-0) LW: 23

Area: Worcester County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A East

Last week: 1-0

Wins: North Caroline by 17

Losses: None

23. Fairmont Heights Hornets (2-0) LW: 24

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 1A South

Last week: 2-0

Wins: La Plata by 18, Takoma Academy by 9

Losses: None

24. Oakdale Bears (2-0) LW: 25

Area: Frederick County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A West

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Thomas Johnson by 15, Williamsport by 37

Losses: None

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

25. Springbrook Blue Devils (2-0) LW: NR

Area: Montgomery County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Watkins Mill by 18, Bethesda-CC by 10

Losses: None

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

Dropped out: No. 21 Bladensburg (0-1)

On the bubble: Annapolis (1-0), Bethesda-CC (1-1), Bishop McNamara (4-1), Boys Latin (5-0), Broadfording Christian (5-0), Calvert (2-0), Digital Harbor (2-1), Dunbar (1-0), Dundalk (2-0), Edmondson (0-0), Frederick Christian (4-0), Gwynn Park (2-0), Heritage (3-0), Huntingtown (1-0), Joppatowne (3-0), Kent Island (1-1), Lake Clifton (1-1), Linganore (2-0), Meade (2-0), Mervo (1-0), Milford Mill (2-0), Old Mill (1-1), Paint Branch (1-1), Pallotti (3-3), Richard Montgomery (1-0), River Hill (2-0), Sandy Springs (5-2), Seneca Valley (2-0), Severn (4-2), Southern Maryland Christian (3-0), St. Paul’s (2-3), Thomas Johnson (1-1), Tri-State Christian (7-0), Woodlawn (2-0)

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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