This week’s boys' basketball Top 20 saw some shifting in the Top 10 following Lowell’s loss to North Andover on Friday. St. John’s Prep remains undefeated and has moved up to No. 2, followed by Mansfield at No. 3 and Lowell at No. 4. The Knights sit at No. 7, one spot behind their rivals from Andover. New Mission picked up two wins to jump up to No. 8, followed by BC High.
One of the biggest movers this week is No. 10 Rockland, which jumped up from No. 16 last week. The Bulldogs are 10-0 and have dominated their competition thus far. They have proven to be a top team to this point.
This week’s poll also saw the debut of Melrose and Milford at No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. The Raiders had an impressive win at Wakefield on Tuesday and are 8-0, while Milford has quietly run up a 9-0 mark. These teams weren't high on our radar before the season, but their undefeated records are impossible to ignore. The Hawks will put their perfect mark on the line Tuesday against No. 12 Taunton.
Wakefield suffered a big fall in the rankings from No. 6 to No. 20. The Warriors were without guard Bruce Brown in the losses to Melrose and Burlington, but the setbacks raise questions about the team’s depth and ability to score in the absence of their top player.
Next week’s poll could potentially see a new No. 1 if Central Catholic falls to Lowell on Friday night. The Raiders have been the most consistent team in Eastern Mass., remaining at the top all season.
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