January 22, 2018

Boys’ hoops public Top 15: Paint Branch, Wicomico crack the rankings

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.

Despite a loss to Olympic, from North Carolina, last week, Poly’s resume has enough substance to remain No. 1. Wise, Potomac, Eleanor Roosevelt and Dunbar round out the top five. Decatur and Gwynn Park fall out, while Wicomico and Paint Branch enter.

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

1. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (5-1) LW: 1

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 3A South

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 2-0

Last week: 1-1

Wins: KASA by 52, Digital Harbor by 16, No. 1 Perry Hall by 9, Ben Franklin by 26, MSA25 No. 11 Riverdale Baptist by 24

Losses: Olympic (N.C.) by 4

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

2. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (7-1) LW: 3

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

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-1

Last week: 2-0

Wins: New Town by 10, No. 12 Bladensburg by 16, St. Charles by 27, High Point by 12, Laurel by 13, Cleveland Central (Ohio) by 7/OT, West Middlsux (Pa.) by 5 

Losses: MSA25 No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 7

3. Potomac Wolverines (6-0) LW: 5

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

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Oxon Hill by 3/OT, Westlake by 8, North Point by 45, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 36, Sherwood by 25, No. 15 River Hill by 31

Losses: None

4. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (4-2) LW: 7

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

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-2

Last week: 2-0

Wins: DuVal by 8/OT, Laurel by 18, Northwestern by 18, Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) by 21

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

No. 1 DeMatha overpowers No. 19 Eleanor Roosevelt, 86-49

5. Dunbar Poets (7-0) LW: 9

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 1A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: New Era, Calvert Hall by 1, Carver by 77, Central by 8, Mervo by 17, Downingtown East (Pa.) by 11, Reading (Pa.) by 2

Losses: None

6. Perry Hall Gators (2-3) LW: 2

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-3

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Kenwood by 17, No. 8 Patterson by 3

Losses: No. 2 Poly by 9, MSA25 No. 8 John Carroll by 15, Gerstell Academy by 9

7. Dulaney Lions (5-1) LW: 4

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-1

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Western Tech & Environmental Science by 11, Friends by 51, Archbishop Curley by 20, Franklin by 29, Oakland Mills by 13

Losses: Boys’ Latin by 17

8. Milford Mill Millers (4-0) LW: 10

Area/Class: Baltimore County, 3A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 0-0

Wins: Gerstell by 16, Loch Raven by 50, Sparrows Point by 76, Woodlawn by 5

Losses: None

9. Patterson Clippers (3-2) LW: 8

Area/Class: Baltimore City, 2A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-1

Last week: 1-1

Wins: KASA by 47, Carver by 67, Hammond by 15

Losses: Digital Harbor by 4, No. 2 Perry Hall by 3

10. Oakdale Bears (7-1) LW: 14

Area/Class: Frederick County, 2A West

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Thomas Johnson by 15, Williamsport by 37, Walkersville by 32, Boonsboro by 62, Catoctin by 27, Randallstown by 18, Flowers by 3

Losses: Linganore by 4

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

11. Springbrook Blue Devils (7-1) LW: 15

Area/Class: Montgomery County, 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Watkins Mill by 18, Bethesda-CC by 10, Blake by 3, Whitman by 8, Richard Montgomery by 3, Largo by 25, Reservoir by 6

Losses: Clarksburg by 4

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

12. Wicomico Indians (9-0) LW: NR

Area/Class: Wicomico County, 2A East

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 1-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: Pocomoke by 4, Cambridge-SD by 20, Worcester Prep by 61, Crisfield by 8, Washington by 6, Snow Hill by 48, West Mecklenburg (N.C.) by 14, Gilman by 9

Losses: None

13. Paint Branch Panthers (6-1) LW: NR

Area/Class: Montgomery County, 4A North

Last week: 2-0

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-0

Wins: Walter Johnson by 33, Richard Montgomery by 10, Blake by 6, Wootton by 44, Gaithersburg by 29, Kennedy by 5

Losses: Bethesda-CC by 1

Paint Branch scores over 100 points for third straight game in win against Gaithersburg

14. River Hill Hawks (7-1) LW: 13

Area/Class: Howard County, 2A East

Last week: 1-1

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-1

Wins: Tuscarora by 21, Wilde Lake by 2, Manchester Valley by 39, Hammond by 36, Old Mill by 11, Marriotts Ridge by 3, Richard Montgomery by 6

Losses: No. 5 Potomac by 31

15. Fairmont Heights Hornets (4-2) LW: 11

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

Last week: 0-1

Record vs. ranked opponents/private schools: 0-2

Wins: La Plata by 18, Takoma Academy by 9, Bowie by 11, Phelps by 37

Losses: MSA25 No. 7 St. John’s (D.C.) by 42, Chapelgate Christian by 5

Dropped out: No. 6 Stephen Decatur (5-2), No. 12 Gwynn Park (6-1)

On the bubble: Annapolis (3-1), Clarksburg (7-1), Decatur (5-2), Dundalk (5-1), Gaithersburg (6-1), Gwynn Park (6-1), Kent County (7-0), Lake Clifton (5-2), Linganore (7-1), Northwest (4-0), Seneca Valley (6-2), Thomas Johnson (7-2), Woodlawn (4-1)

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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