January 22, 2018

Boys’ hoops Top 25: Gonzaga jumps DeMatha for No. 1

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

After two wins over the Holiday break and a DeMatha loss, Gonzaga (D.C.) is our new No. 1. The Stags, St. Frances, Mount St. Joseph and St. John’s (D.C.) round out the top five.

Decatur, after losing two games by a combined 82 points, falls out of the Top 25 and Boys’ Latin (10-2) enters. 

Records and statistics are through Sunday. 

Note: The only Washington, D.C. teams in the MSA coverage zone are Archbishop Carroll, Gonzaga and St. John’s, because the three 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, Eagles and Lions. We don’t cover Virginia teams in the WCAC.

1. Gonzaga Eagles (D.C.) (9-0) LW: 2

Area: Washington, D.C.

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-0

Last week: 2-0

Wins: No. 6 St. Frances by 24, Takoma Academy by 19, No. 16 Goretti by 15, Charlotte Christian (N.C.) by 16, Roman Catholic (Pa.) by 18, St. Mary’s Ryken by 50, Carroll (D.C.) by 17, Harvard Westlake (Calif.) by 20, Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) by 14

Losses: None

2. DeMatha Catholic Stags (Record: 10-1) Last week: 1

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 4-1

Last week: 3-1

Wins: No. 19 Eleanor Roosevelt by 37, Oak Ridge (Fla.) by 15, Archbishop Wood (Pa.) by 10, Carroll (D.C.) by 24, No. 6 St. John’s (D.C.) by 18, The Heights by 82, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by 20, Lone Peak (UT) by 11, No. 17 USA Today Imhotep (Pa.) by 13, No. 21 USA Today Cox Mill (N.C.) by 1

Losses: No. 2 USA Today Montverde (Fla.) by 13

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

3. St. Frances Academy Panthers (15-2) LW: 3

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 4-1

Last week: 2-1

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, Gilman by 22, Calvert Hall by 22, Loyola Blakefield by 10, Iona Prep (N.Y.) by 10, Glenelg Country by 25, No. 5 Mount St. Joseph by 6, Carmel Christian (N.C.) by 4, Providence Day (N.C.) by 16

Losses: No. 2 Gonzaga (D.C.) by 24, Lincoln (N.Y.) by 2

4. Mount St. Joseph Gaels (12-3) LW: 6

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-3

Last week: 3-0

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, Loyola Blakefield by 5, Catonsville by 31, North Charleston by 51, Cape Fear by 40, Don Bosco (N.J.) by 8

Losses: No. 5 John Carroll by 21, USA Today No. 21 Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) by 16, No. 3 St. Frances by 6

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

5. St. John’s College Cadets (D.C.) (8-3) LW: 7

Area: Washington, D.C.

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 5-3

Last week: 1-0

Wins: Pallotti by 6, Carroll (D.C.) by 14, Washington Post No. 19 W.T. Woodson (D.C.) by 17, Good Counsel by 41, St. Mary’s Ryken by 5, No. 22 Fairmont Heights by 42, McNamara by 13, No. 8 John Carroll by 5

Losses: No. 3 Mount St. Joseph by 13, USA Today No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.) by 7, No. 1 DeMatha by 18

6. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers (5-1) LW: 4

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A South

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-0

Last week: 1-1

Wins: KASA by 52, Digital Harbor by 16, No. 7 Perry Hall by 9, Ben Franklin by 26, 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

7. Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (8-2) LW: 5

Area: Montgomery County

League: Interstate Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-0

Last week: 3-1

Wins: Pallotti by 16, Good Counsel by 10, Westtown (Pa.) by 2, Avalon by 29, Fordham Prep by 23, Byrnes (N.C.) by 28, South Side (S.C.) by 5

Losses: Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by 3, Gaston Day (N.C.) by 5

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

8. St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers (11-3) LW: 10

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 4-2

Last week: 1-0

Wins: McKinley (Va.) by 14, No. 16 Goretti by 1, No. 17 Riverdale Baptist by 20, Glenelg Country by 24, Gilman by 7, Good Counsel by 34, No. 10 Bullis by 5, Washington Post No. 3 Wilson (D.C.) by 5, Loyola Blakefield by 5, Gerstell by 14, Narragansett (R.I.) by 19

Losses: No. 9 Georgetown Prep by 16, No. 4 St. John’s (D.C.) by 6, Charlotte Christian (N.C.) by 4

9. John Carroll Patriots (8-3) LW: 8

Area: Baltimore

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 4-2

Last week: 0-1

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, Spalding by 31, No. 9 Perry Hall by 15, Boys’ Latin by 22

Losses: No. 6 St. Frances by 5/OT, No. 17 Goretti by 1, No. 7 St. John’s (D.C.) by 5

10. Rock Creek Christian Academy Eagles (7-3) LW: 9

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Capital Beltway

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-2

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Ridge View (S.C.) by 3, Battlefield (Va.) by 13, Bladensburg by 4, Douglass-PG by 11, Shroder Paideia (Ohio) by 44, Lee (Ala.) by 2, Sanford (Del.) by 6

Losses: Washington Post No. 3 Wilson (D.C.) by 1, USA Today No. 7 Huntington Prep (W.Va.) by 15, Olympic (N.C.) by 7

11. Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. Pumas (7-1) LW: 13

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-1

Last week: 2-0

Wins: New Town by 10, 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: No. 14 Riverdale Baptist by 7

12. St. Maria Goretti Gaels (12-5) LW: 14

Area: Washington County

League: Baltimore Catholic League

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-4

Last week: 3-0

Wins: Chapelgate by 30, Virginia Academy (Va.) by 25, Bishop Walsh by 77, St. Andrew’s (Va.) by 10, Calvert Hall by 23, Loyola Blakefield by 23, No. 16 St. James by 12, No. 3 John Carroll by 1, Mount Carmel by 12, Potomac School (Va.) by 16, La Salle (Pa.) by 9, St. Stephens St. Agnes (Va.) by 13

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

13. Riverdale Baptist Crusaders (12-4) LW: 11

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Capital Beltway

Record vs. ranked opponents: 3-2

Last week: 2-1

Wins: TPLS Christian (Va.) by 5, Arundel Christian by 48, Capital Christian by 30, Eastern (D.C.) by 19, Washington Post No. 3 Wilson (D.C.) by 12, No. 12 Wise by 7, Long Reach by 21, No. 19 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Arundel Christian by 37, Central by 3, Crossland by 15, Woodside (Va.) by 21, Hampton Christian (Va.) by 16

Losses: Friendship Tech (D.C.) by 2, Roman Catholic (Pa.) by 14, Pallotti by 20, No. 4 Poly by 24

14. Potomac Wolverines (6-0) LW: 16

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A South

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-0

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, River Hill by 31

Losses: None

15. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders (4-2) LW: 20

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A South

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-2

Last week: 2-0

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

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

16. Bullis School Bulldogs (10-3) LW: 21

Area: Montgomery County

League: Interstate Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-3

Last week: 3-0

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, John Paul the Great by 14, West Springfield (Va.) by 5, Gulliver (Fla.) by 2, Miami Palmetto (Fla.) by 24, South Miami (Fla.) by 9

Losses: Pallotti by 5, Westtown (Pa.) by 1, Bethesda-CC by 5

17. McDonogh School Eagles (7-4) LW: 17

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 1-1

Last week: 2-1

Wins: Gerstell Academy by 13, No. 15 Mount Carmel by 16, Edgewood by 58, Spalding by 6, Annapolis Area Christian by 16, Seton Catholic Central (N.Y.) by 15, Elmira (N.Y.) by 15

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

18. Dunbar Poets (7-0) LW: 23

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 1A North

Record vs. ranked opponents: 0-0

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

19. Boys’ Latin Lakers (10-2) LW: NR

Area: Baltimore

League: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 2-1

Last week: 3-0

Wins: Cristo Rey Jesuit by 43, Severn by 5, Curley by 36, Friends by 36, No. 10 Mount Carmel by 8, Spalding by 32, Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) by 11, Arundel by 23, No. 15 Dulaney by 17, Audenried (Pa.) by 27

Losses: Annapolis Area Christian by 5, No. 8 John Carroll by 22

20. Perry Hall Gators (2-3) LW: 12

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Record vs. ranked opponents: 1-2

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Kenwood by 17, No. 22 Patterson by 3

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

21. Dulaney Lions (5-1) LW: 15

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A North

Record & differential vs. ranked opponents: 0-1

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

22. St. James Saints (5-3) LW: 19

Area: Washington County

League: Baltimore Catholic League

Record & differential vs. ranked opponents: 0-1

Last week: 1-1

Wins: Surrattsville by 28, Loudoun County HomeSchool (Va.) by 35, McKeesport (Pa.) by 27, Potomac School by 11, Caravel (Del.) by 38

Losses: State College (Pa.) by 27, No. 17 Goretti by 12, Immaculate Conception (N.J.) by 16

23. Milford Mill Millers (4-0) LW: 24

Area: Baltimore County

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A North

Record & differential vs. ranked opponents: 0-0

Last week: 0-0

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

Losses: None

24. Patterson Clippers (3-2) LW: 22

Area: Baltimore City

League: Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A North

Record & differential vs. ranked opponents: 0-1

Last week: 1-1

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

Losses: Digital Harbor by 4, No. 12 Perry Hall by 3

25. Bishop McNamara Mustangs (7-4) LW: 25

Area: Prince George’s County

League: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Record vs. ranked opponents: 1-2

Last week: 1-1

Wins: No. 10 Mount Carmel by 12, St. Paul’s by 10, The Heights by 58, Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) by 1, Bishop Ireton (Va.) by 4, St. Mary’s Ryken by 1, Howard (Del.) by 4

Losses: USA Today No. 10 IMG Academy (Fla.) by 36, Bishop O’Connell (Va.) by 7, No. 7 St. John’s (D.C.) by 13, Harvard Westlake (Calif.) by 15

Dropped out: No. 18 Stephen Decatur (5-2)

On the bubble: Annapolis (3-1), Boys’ Latin (10-2), Broadfording Christian (9-3), Carroll (D.C., 3-3) Clarksburg (7-1), Dundalk (5-1), Gaithersburg (6-1), Gwynn Park (6-1), Kent County (7-0), Lake Clifton (5-2), Linganore (7-1), Northwest (4-0), Oakdale (7-1), Paint Branch (5-1), River Hill (7-1), Seneca Valley (6-2), Severn (9-2), Springbrook (5-1), Thomas Johnson (7-2), Tri-State Christian (10-2), Woodlawn (4-1), Wicomico (9-0)

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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