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Bullock's PIAA Rankings: Jan. 23, 2017

01/23/2017, 8:00am EST
By Michael Bullock

Kamau Brickus (above) and Coatesville debut in the rankings at No. 10 in the 6A classification. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Michael Bullock (@thebullp_n)
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Here’s installment No. 5 of City of Basketball Love’s state rankings, a package that will appear on Mondays throughout the remainder of the regular season.

We did showcase a set of preseason rankings leading up to the opening weekend (Dec. 9-10) and those groupings served as a starting point — since we’re going to continue to shuffle things around after each weekly cycle.

Appearing below are all six of our top 10s, with PIAA district and this season’s record displayed in parentheses. Only those schools competing for PIAA state championships are eligible for ranking purposes.

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Previous Rankings: Jan. 16 | Jan. 9 | Jan. 2 | Dec. 26 | Dec. 18 |

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CITY OF BASKETBALL LOVE STATE BASKETBALL RANKINGS

(records through games of Jan. 22/OW-others to watch/NR-not ranked)

CLASS 6A

Robbie Heath pocketed 17 points and Eric Dixon chimed in with 16 as Abington pulled away to a 56-44 victory Tuesday at Pennsbury. Joe O’Brien added 12 points for the Ghosts, who downed their Suburban One League foes 37-31 in the earlier meeting at home. Three nights later at home, Robert Young scored 12 points and dished out seven assists as Charles Grasty’s club ran its winning streak to seven games with a 71-44 win over Neshaminy. Dixon and O’Brien added 10 each.

No.  School                                           Rec      Pvs
1.     William Allen (11)                       15-0        1
2.     Reading (3)                                14-2        2
3.     Roman Catholic (12)                  14-2        3
4.     Abington (1)                               14-3        5
5.     Pine-Richland (7)                       15-0        6
6.     Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1)          14-2        7
7.     Emmaus (11)                              12-2        4
8.     Archbishop Ryan (12)                13-3         8
9.     Hazleton (2)                                10-2      10
10.   Coatesville (12)                           12-3    OW                             

Checked in: No. 10 Coatesville.
Checked out: No. 9 Father Judge.

Others to watch: Carlisle (3, 12-5), Central Dauphin East (3, 10-5), Central York (3, 11-7), Chambersburg (3, 10-6), Cheltenham (1, 13-3), Conestoga (1, 13-2), Dallastown (3, 11-5), Downingtown East (1, 11-4), Father Judge (12, 11-5), Fox Chapel (7, 14-1), Governor Mifflin (3, 13-2), Harrisburg (3, 12-4), Hempfield (3, 11-5), La Salle College (12, 8-8), Latrobe (7, 12-3), Lebanon (3, 12-3), North Allegheny (7, 10-4), North Hills (7, 12-3), North Penn (1, 13-4), Parkland (11, 9-5), Penn Hills (7, 14-1), Pennsbury (1, 10-5), Perkiomen Valley (1, 14-2), Pocono Mountain West (11, 11-3), Spring-Ford (1, 12-5), St. Joseph’s Prep (12, 10-5), State College (6, 11-3), Stroudsburg (11, 8-4), Williamsport (4, 11-4), Woodland Hills (7, 10-5).

Bullish matchups of the week: No. 1 William Allen is about to face yet another grueling week, as Doug Snyder’s Canaries will host Bethlehem Liberty on Tuesday, travel to Stroudsburg on Friday and take on Albany (N.Y.) Academy at Hoop Group’s five-game showcase Sunday at Parkland.

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Daeqwon Plowden (above) and Mastery North debut in the rankings at No. 5 after a 19-0 start. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

CLASS 5A

Flashing all sorts of balance last Monday at home, Mastery Charter North earned its promotion to the top 10 with a 62-45 conquest of No. 6 Chester. Eli Alvin, Rodney Phillips and Bowling Green recruit Daeqwon Plowden combined for 37 points to lead Terrence “Nip” Cook’s Pumas. Kareem Hicks added nine points for Mastery Charter North. Jamar Sudan’s 11 points paced Chester.

No.  School                                          Rec       Pvs
1.     Archbishop Wood (12)              11-3         1
2.     Abington Heights (2)                 13-2         4
3.     Archbishop Carroll (12)             12-4         3
4.     Bangor (11)                               14-1         2
5.     Mastery Charter North (12)       19-0     OW
6.     Chester (1)                                11-3         6
7.     Northeastern (3)                        17-1         5
8.     Whitehall (11)                            13-3         7
9.     Bonner-Prendergast (12)          12-3         8
10.   Penncrest (1)                             13-3       10

Checked in: No. 5 Mastery Charter North.
Checked out: No. 9 Meadville.

Others to watch: Bayard Rustin (1, 11-5), Bishop Shanahan (1, 10-5), Blue Mountain (11, 12-3), Central Mountain (6, 10-3), Chartiers Valley (7, 11-3), Crestwood (2, 9-3), Ephrata (3, 12-4), Great Valley (1, 11-4), Hampton (7, 11-5), Hollidaysburg (6, 9-6), Holy Ghost Prep (1, 11-4), Knoch (7, 9-6), Manheim Central (3, 14-1), Mars (7, 10-5), Martin Luther King (12, 12-6), McKeesport (7, 11-2), Meadville (10, 13-1), Mechanicsburg (3, 14-3), Milton Hershey (3, 10-3), Montour (7, 6-6), Moon (7, 11-3), Palmyra (3, 16-2), Pottsville (11, 11-3), Simon Gratz (12, 10-7), Southern Lehigh (11, 12-4), Spring Grove (3, 12-4), Strath Haven (1, 10-5), Upper Merion (1, 10-6), West Scranton (2, 9-4), Wissahickon (1, 9-7).

Bullish matchups of the week: No. 3 Archbishop Carroll will try to rebound from its two-point loss to Philly Catholic League rival St. Joseph’s Prep, but it won’t be an easy task since Paul Romanczuk’s Patriots must visit Roman Catholic on Friday and Archbishop Ryan on Sunday. … In addition to its Thursday showdown against Class 3A No. 1 Neumann-Goretti, No. 1 Archbishop Wood will head for Allentown Sunday and a matchup with Emmaus.

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CLASS 4A

No. 7 Strong Vincent extended its winning streak to 10 games Friday, defeating previously unbeaten Meadville 66-54 on the road in a matchup of District 10 hoops hammers. Tennessee State recruit David Morris pocketed 29 points to lead the visiting Colonels, while Tahjmere Jones collected 17. Meadville, by the way, played without go-to player Armoni Foster.

No.  School                                               Rec      Pvs
1.     Imhotep Charter (12)                      14-2        1
2.     New Castle (7)                                14-1        2
3.     Quaker Valley (7)                            13-1        3
4.     Scranton Prep (2)                            12-2        4
5.     Bethlehem Catholic (11)                  11-3        5
6.     Universal Audenried (12)                12-3         6
7.     Strong Vincent (10)                         13-2         7
8.     Lancaster Catholic (3)                     13-2        8
9.     Clearfield (9)                                    13-1        9
10.   Middletown (3)                                 12-2    OW

Checked in: No. 10 Middletown.
Checked out: No. 10 Berwick.

Others to watch: Beaver Falls (7, 6-6), Belle Vernon (7, 11-3), Berks Catholic (3, 10-4), Berwick (2, 12-1), Bishop McDevitt (3, 10-5), Central Martinsburg (6, 10-2), Central Valley (7, 9-6), Conwell-Egan (12, 7-7), Danville (4, 11-4), Eastern York (3, 12-4), GAR Memorial (2, 9-4), Grove City (10, 10-4), Indiana (7, 11-5), Lehighton (11, 13-3), Lewisburg (4, 10-4), McGuffey (7, 14-2), Meyers (2, 9-4), Nanticoke (2, 11-2), Punxsutawney (9, 9-4), Salisbury (11, 11-4), Selinsgrove (4, 13-3), St. Marys (9, 10-5), Wyoming Area (2, 12-1).

Bullish matchups of the week:  No. 8 Lancaster Catholic will visit suburban Harrisburg on Monday night, taking on surging Bishop McDevitt in what could be a possible District 3-4A playoff preview. … Tuesday night will feature the return engagement between No. 2 New Castle and No. 3 Quaker Valley. New Castle claimed the earlier encounter at home, winning 54-53.

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CLASS 3A

Kentucky recruit Quade Green and Christian Ings registered 17 points apiece Sunday as No. 1 Neumann-Goretti turned back La Salle College 65-52 in Philly Catholic League action. Villanova recruit Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree added 16 points, eight rebounds and blocked five shots as Carl Arrigale’s Saints won their sixth straight game. At 7-0, Neumann-Goretti is the PCL’s lone unbeaten.

No.  School                                                Rec      Pvs
1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                     11-5        1
2.     Del-Val Charter (12)                        14-5        2
3.     Lincoln Park (7)                               11-4        3
4.     York Catholic (3)                              15-1        5
5.     Valley Forge (1)                               12-4        4
6.     Trinity (3)                                         13-2        6
7.     Lancaster Mennonite (3)                 15-2        7
8.     Greenville (10)                                 15-0        8
9.     C.W. North Catholic (7)                    11-4        9
10.  Washington (7)                                 12-3      OW

Checked in: No. 10 Washington.
Checked out: No. 10 Loyalsock.

Others to watch: Avonworth (7, 10-5), Bellwood-Antis (6, 10-4), Central Cambria (6, 11-3), Columbia (3, 12-4), Dunmore (2, 8-4), East Allegheny (7, 9-4), Erie First Christian (10, 10-5), Everett (5, 10-3), Fairview (10, 14-1), Girard (10, 10-5), Juniata (6, 15-0), Ligonier Valley (6, 13-4), Loyalsock (4, 12-4), MaST Community (12, 12-3), Mid Valley (2, 11-2), Richland (6, 9-3), Seneca (10, 9-4), Shady Side Academy (7, 11-5), Southmoreland (7, 13-2), Wellsboro (4, 13-3), Westmont Hilltop (6, 11-4).

Bullish matchups of the week: No. 1 Neumann-Goretti will take on Class 5A No. 1 Archbishop Wood on Thursday at Archbishop Ryan. The Saints also have a Sunday date at home against Bonner-Prendergast, another Class 5A hammer. … Newly minted No. 10 Washington will try to maintain its unblemished WPIAL Section 4 mark Friday when Southmoreland visits. … While Trinity will take on Mid-Penn Capital playmates Camp Hill and West Perry Tuesday and Friday, the No. 6 Shamrocks will close out the week by entertaining Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

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CLASS 2A

Getting 16 points from Owen Chambers, No. 10 Coudersport churned out a 53-48 victory Friday at home over visiting St. Marys. Jared Green added 13 points for the Falcons, who led 28-21 at the halftime break and 42-34 after three quarters. Coudersport can improve to 16-0 with a sweep of North Tier League playmates Port Allegany, Northern Potter and Otto-Eldred.

No.  School                                                 Rec      Pvs
1.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)           13-5        1
2.     Constitution (12)                               11-5         2
3.     Greensburg C.C. (7)                         14-0         3
4.     Sewickley Academy (7)                     10-3        5
5.     Bishop Canevin (7)                            10-3        6
6.     Church Farm (1)                                10-5        4
7.     Our Lady Sacred Heart (7)                 9-5          7
8.     Marian Catholic (11)                          11-2          8
9.     Bishop McCort (6)                              11-2      OW
10.   Coudersport (9)                                 13-0       10

Checked in: No. 9 Bishop McCort.
Checked out: No. 9 Laurel.

Others to watch: Bishop Guilfoyle (6, 7-4), Brockway (9, 9-5), California (7, 13-2), Cambridge Springs (10, 11-2), Chartiers-Houston (7, 10-3), Clarion (9, 10-3), Clarion-Limestone (9, 11-4), Fort Cherry (7, 11-4), Holy Cross (2, 6-6), Keystone (9, 11-2), Laurel (7, 12-4), McConnellsburg (5, 11-3), Millersburg (3, 12-4), Moshannon Valley (6, 12-1), Motivation (12, 12-6), Neshannock (7, 10-4), North Penn-Mansfield (4, 14-3), Penns Manor (6, 11-4), Ridgway (9, 11-3), Rocky Grove (10, 12-2), Shenandoah Valley (11, 14-2), Wilmington (10, 9-6).

Bullish matchups of the week: Plenty of eyes will be focused Tuesday on Philadelphia, where No. 1 Math, Civics & Sciences and No. 2 Constitution will collide for the second time. MCS won the earlier meeting 74-70. … Although No. 4 Sewickley Academy has WPIAL Section 3 scraps Tuesday at Neshannock and Friday at home against Laurel, Win Palmer’s group will step out of league play Sunday to face Class 1A No. 4 Monessen at Day 2 of the PBC’s Showcase at Montour.

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CLASS 1A

No. 2 St. John Neumann captured its 79th consecutive regular-season victory Saturday, blasting Montgomery 84-39. Jaiden Lynch rang up a career-high 23 points for Mike Kirby’s Golden Knights. Anthony Marrazzo added 10 points for Neumann, while Delaware recruit Kevin Anderson dished out 10 assists.

No.  School                                                Rec      Pvs
1.     Kennedy Catholic (10)                    13-1        1
2.     St. John Neumann (4)                     12-0        2
3.     Elk County Catholic (9)                   13-0        3
4.     Monessen (7)                                    8-5        4
5.     Saltsburg (6)                                   15-0        5
6.     York Country Day (3)                      12-3        6
7.     Shanksville-Stonycreek (5)             14-1        7
8.     Faith Christian (1)                           12-2        9
9.     Lourdes Regional (4)                      11-5        8
10.   Southern Fulton (5)                        10-3      10

Checked in: No one.
Checked out: No one.

Others to watch: Clairton (7, 10-4), Cornell (7, 12-4), Ferndale (6, 13-1), Jenkintown (1, 9-5), Lancaster County Christian (3, 12-4), Lincoln Leadership (11, 12-4), Millville (4, 12-1), Rochester (7, 10-4), Sankofa Freedom (12, 10-8), Shade (5, 10-4), St. Joseph (7, 9-4), Turkeyfoot Valley (5, 11-3), Union (7, 12-3), Vincentian (7, 11-2).

Bullish matchups of the week: No. 5 Saltsburg has a difficult test arriving Tuesday night when Don Stitt’s Trojans make the trek to surging Ligonier Valley for a Heritage Conference encounter. … No. 7 Shanksville-Stonycreek will entertain once-beaten Ferndale on Wednesday night. … On Friday, No. 8 Faith Christian will travel to Jenkintown for the Bicentennial League rematch. Jenkintown won the earlier scrap 60-59. … Also on Friday, No. 6 York Country Day will pay a visit to Steel-High’s Roller Pit. The Greyhounds begin the week riding a nine-game winning streak.


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