After falling to East Boston, 71-66, on January 28, Dorchester dropped from No. 13 to No. 19 in the weekly Boston Globe boys' basketball Top 20 last week. The Bears responded with a strong week, going 3-0 on the road, including two blowout wins over Boston English and West Roxbury. With that, Dorchester has shot back up to No. 11 in the rankings.
Here's how the rankings unfolded following another week of MIAA basketball.
1. Catholic Memorial (16-1)
Last Week: 1
CM's the total package with a high-powered offense and blitzing defense.
2. North Quincy (18-0)
Last Week: 2
With one of the toughest frontcourts in the state, North Quincy looks unbeatable.
3. New Mission (14-2)
Last Week: 3
The Titans remain the class of the City League.
4. Newton North (14-1)
Last Week: 4
Tommy Mobley has the Tigers primed for a title run.
5. Mansfield (18-1)
Last Week: 6
The Hornets have won six-straight since their loss to Attleboro January 23.
6. Andover (11-2)
Last Week: 5
The Warriors are tough and play some of the best defense in the region.
7. Central Catholic (14-4)
Last Week: 9
The Raiders are riding a seven-game winning streak after their win over St. John's Prep on Sunday.
8. Everett (13-2)
Last Week 7
The Crimson Tide are athletic and fun to watch in the full court and registered their first win over a Top 20 team this season against Salem on Sunday.
9. North Andover (11-4)
Last Week: 8
Under Paul Tanglis, the Knights can hang with anyone in the region.
10. St. Johnís Prep (13-4)
Last Week: 11
The Eagles had a solid week before falling to Central Catholic, beating up on BC High on Thursday.
11. Dorchester (15-4)
Last Week: 19
12. Wellesley (13-4)
Last Week: 17
The Raiders are riding a four-game winning streak heading into the home stretch of the Bay State season.
13. Needham (13-4)
Last Week: 18
The Rockets blew out a respectable Weymouth team on Friday and are red hot.
14. Lynn English (12-4)
Last Week: 10
The Bulldogs fell to rival Beverly on Friday and really struggle in the half court when the game slows down. But Lynn English is one of the best teams in the region in a fast-paced, back-and-forth game.
15. BC High (10-5)
Last Week: 12
The Eagles had a tough week with CM and the Prep, but took care of Brockton easily on Saturday for a nice bounce-back win.
16. St. Clement (15-1)
Last Week: 13
The Anchormen haven't lost since Dec. 12.
17. Ashland (17-0)
Last Week: 14
The class of the TVL, the Clockers haven't lost all year.
18. Cohasset (15-0)
Last Week: 15
Skippers following up a great football season with a perfect hoops season.
19. Salem (12-4)
Last Week: 16
The Witches had a tough week, ending in a big loss to Everett on their home floor.
20. Danvers (12-2)
Last Week: 20
Two more wins for the Falcons keep them in the Top 20 for now.
Next five in: Old Rochester (13-2), Concord-Carlisle (14-1), Bishop Feehan (16-1), Cambridge (11-4), Greater Lawrence (15-2)
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