Brockton won the game of the year this past Friday, knocking off last week's No. 1, Catholic Memorial, 88-87, with a last-second three by William Baker.
The win jumped the Boxers (13-1) from No. 4 all the way to No. 1 in this week's boys' Top 20. The loss dropped the Knights (14-3), who only spent one week in the top spot, back to No. 2.
Acton-Boxboro also picked up a big win on Friday over Westford Academy to claim the Dual County League (Large) title. The win pushed them from No. 6 to Brockton's old spot at No. 4.
Charlestown has strung eight wins in a row and moved up to No. 13. The Townies (14-3) are finally healthy and looking more like the team we picked this preseason to contend for a Division 1 title.
Lowell fell out of the Top 20 in favor of Franklin, who will play No. 14 Mansfield for bragging rights in the Kelley-Rex Division of the Hockomock League on Tuesday.
Make sure to check out this week's notebook on Mystic Valley's rise from small charter school to Commonwealth Athletic Conference (Small) champs for the first time in school history.
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- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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