For the third-straight week in the boys' basketball Globe Top 20, the No. 2 team in the state has fallen. St. John's Prep failed to remain in the second spot behind Mansfield following its loss to new No. 2 Catholic Memorial on Tuesday. Here's how the rest of the state's best fared in the week that was:
1. Mansfield, 11-0
Last Week: 1
The Hornets continued to take care of business, handling Stoughton and North Attleborough with ease.
2. Catholic Memorial, 10-1
Last Week: 3
The Knights moved into the No. 2 spot this week after knocking off St. John's Prep on Tuesday. If CM's 14-point win over the Eagles wasn't convincing enough, they went on to trounce then-No. 9 BC High by 23 on Friday.
3. New Mission, 9-1
Last Week: 5
The class of the Boston City League, New Mission is off to a very strong start to the season. The Titans' aggressive play on both sides of the floor will allow them to compete with anyone in the state.
4. St. Johnís Prep, 7-1
Last Week: 2
The Eagles fell to CM in the matchup of the season this week, but we still have to give credit where it is due. Expect the Prep to bounce back nicely this week versus Melrose and Malden Catholic, but a trip to BC High on Tuesday is the focus of this week.
5. North Quincy, 10-0
Last Week: 6
The Red Raiders are the undisputed favorites in the Patriot. A big Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matchup with Dorchester is an opportunity to prove the remaining doubters wrong.
6. Andover 8-1
Last Week: 7
The Golden Warriors bounced back from their first loss of the season against Central Catholic last Friday with a dominant win over Tewksbury and a dramatic victory at North Andover.
7. Newton North, 9-1
Last Week: 8
The Tigers have beat up a weak bottom-half of the Bay State Conference, but have solid wins over Walpole, Weymouth and Needham. Newton North is also the only school to hand Catholic Memorial a loss this season.
8. Lynn English, 8-1
Last Week: 4
Some doubted the Bulldogs' ranking in the Top 5 last week, and Lynn English responded by falling to a hot Salem squad. A date with BC High in a MLK Day showdown is a chance to show just how good they truly are.
9. Central Catholic, 7-3
Last Week: 10
The Raiders are essentially 7-2 when you ignore their loss to St. Anthony's (N.J.) back on Dec. 27. Central's 58-37 win over Andover kept it in the Top 10 last week and two solid victories this week moves the school up to No. 9
10. Everett, 8-0
Last Week: 12
Undefeated and atop the Greater Boston League, the Crimson are taking care of business each game and look to continue at full-steam ahead.
11. Dorchester, 8-2
Last Week: 13
The Bears have taken care of their cake schedule. How will Dorchester fair agaisnt No. 5 North Quincy in an MLK Day special?
12. North Andover, 7-3
Last Week: 11
The Scarlet Knights dropped a dramatic home game to crosstown rival Andover on Friday. But coach Paul Tanglis' team came within a barely-missed Brett Daley layup at the buzzer from winning. This a feisty squad that can erupt at any moment.
13. Brookline, 7-2
Last week: 15
Since losing to Needham on Jan. 4, the Warriors have rattled off four straight victories Ė three against teams boasting winning records.
14. BC High, 5-2
Last Week: 9
A 23-point loss in Catholic Memorial's house last week is nothing to be proud of, but the Eagles have won every game they were supposed to thus far.
15. Salem, 7-2
Last Week: NR
After not being ranked this season, Salem went 3-0 last week, knocking off then-No.14 Danvers, upsetting then-No. 4 Lynn English on the road and handling Swapscott away as well. The Witches are the real deal.
16. Danvers, 9-1
Last Week: 14
The Falcons dropped their aforementioned matchup with Salem last week, losing their first contest of the season. But a bounce-back 24-point win over Revere keeps Danvers still in the mix.
17. Sharon, 9-2
Last Week: 16
The Eagles took care of business with two wins last week. Sharon simply dropped back one spot out of respect to Salem's big week.
18. Walpole, 8-2
Last Week: 17
Same story for the Rebels, as they move down one rank as a result of Salem's week despite two victories of their own.
19. St. Johnís (Shrewsbury), 11-1
Last Week: NR
The Pioneers are tied with Mansfield for the most wins in the state. But their lack of schedule strength has held them back until this point and keeps them at No. 19 for now.
20. Cardinal Spellman, 6-2
Last Week: 19
The Cardinal's win over last week's No. 19 Arlington Catholic keeps Spellman in the Top 20 while its conference foes have fallen out.
Next 5 In: Arlington Catholic (8-2), Ashland (9-0), Wellesley (8-2), St. Clement, (8-0) St. Mary's (7-3).
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