Bradley Central Bears No. 27 In National Poll

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Bradley Central is No. 27 and Memphis White Station is No. 28 in the Student Sports Fab 50 National Boys Basketball Rankings.

The rankings are compiled by Doug Huff with Mark Tennis and Brad Eye contributing.

Won-loss records are through Feb. 8; previous ranking in parentheses.

1. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 28-0 (1) The Warriors defeated two FAB 50 ranked teams at the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, N.J. Oak Hill downed Mater Dei (Calif.) by 69-53 as Josh Smith scored 19 points. Oak Hill trailed Cardinal Dougherty (Pa.) at halftime but rebounded to prevail by 62-57 in their closest contest of the season. Smith netted 18 points.

2. Milby (Houston, Texas) 29-0 (2) Arkansas recruit Jawaan McClellan scored 51 points in wins over city rivals. He had 28 in a 86-48 rout of Yates after the team led by 48-18 at halftime, and he had 23 in a 81-37 romp of Austin after the team enjoyed a 53-29 margin at intermission.

3. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) 17-0 (3) The Friars won three games last week, including a 59-46 win over state-ranked New York foe, Niagara Falls, by 59-46 at the Prime Time Shootout. Sean McCurdy scored 15 points to lead three double figure scorers. Earlier, the Friars defeated the Hun School, 62-44, as McCurdy scored 27, and downed Raritan, 73-55.

4. Renaissance (Detroit, Mich.) 16-0 (4) The Phoenix continued their unbeaten march with two easy city wins last week --over City High, 81-41, and CMA by 88-59.

5. Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) 21-2 (5) The torrid Eagles ran their unbeaten streak to 18 games with a 59-28 romp of Apopka. All-America guard Darius Washington led the way with 22 points.

6. Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.) 21-2 (6) In what might turn out to be the Comets next-to-last week of the season, pending the result of their appeal to the CIF state office regarding sanctions that would keep them out of the postseason playoffs, they won games of 76-57 over Palisades of Pacific Palisades and 81-66 over Venice. On Friday, Westchester plays FAB 50-ranked Fairfax for the second time this season.

7. Cedar Hill (Cedar Hill, Texas) 27-1 (7) Cedar Hill remained unbeaten in-state with two more district wins last week. First came a 61-42 victory vs. DeSoto, which was followed by a 73-43 triumph vs. DeSoto. Guard Jason Horton netted 32 points in the two wins.

8. Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 19-1 (8) Indiana's No. 1 ranked Class 4A team continued its unbeaten ways vs. Hoosier foes with wins last week over Carmel, 72-59, and Indianapolis Tech, 87-53.

9. Peoria Central (Peoria, Ill.) 19-1 (9) Shaun Livingston, arguably the nation's No. 1 player, scored 20 points, collected nine rebounds and had four assists as the Lions defeated Pekin, 65-54, to wrap up last week.

10. Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) 15-3 (16) New York's No. 1 ranked team won three games last week, including a 60-48 victory over FAB 50 ranked Rice (N.Y.) in the Prime Time Shootout. Freshman Michael Coburn scored 17 points. Earlier, Mt. Vernon downed Roosevelt, 72-47, and Gorton, 76-40.

11. Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Ky.) 18-3 (14) Kentucky's No. 1 ranked team continued its impressive run last week with a 77-50 win over Lincoln County.

12. Cardinal Dougherty (Philadelphia, Pa.) 16-4 (12) The Cardinals split close decisions last week, including giving FAB 50 No. 1 Oak Hill Academy its closest challenge of the season before bowing, 62-57, after leading at halftime. Shane Clark and DeSean White divided 44 points in that game. Earlier, Dougherty held off North Catholic, 67-61, with White scoring 23.

13. Rainier Beach (Seattle, Wash.) 19-1 (13) C.J. Giles tossed in 26 points and had 13 rebounds and eight blocks as the Vikings survived another close call against league rival Cleveland. This time, the score was 62-52. In the first game between the two, Rainier Beach won by just 70-66.

14. Fairfax (Los Angeles, Calif.) 19-3 (17) The Lions get a boost in this week’s rankings because one of the teams they’ve beaten, Montrose Christian, did so well at the Prime Time Shootout. In Fairfax’s games last week, both Josh Shipp and Jamaal Boykin had 28 points in a 111-45 romp past Hamilton of Los Angeles while it was Shipp with 30 and Boykin with 20 in a 96-46 win over University of Los Angeles.

15. Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) 14-4 (34) The Mustangs vaulted in the FAB 50 after knocking off former No. 10 Simon Gratz (Pa.) by 57-37 at the Prime Time Shootout in Trenton, N.J. Game MVP Uche Echefu led Montrose with 17 points.

16. Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, Pa.) 19-3 (10) Gratz fell to FAB 50 ranked Montrose Christian (Md.) by 57-37 at the
Prime Time Shootout. Mark Tyndale scored 17. Earlier, Gratz was awarded a forfeit victory over West Philadelphia after one quarter when the team wore State Association non-approved commercial uniforms.

17. St. Raymond's (Bronx, N.Y.) 13-4 (15) The Ravens won two of three games last week. Brian Laing scored 25 in a 71-65 win over FAB 50 ranked Cardozo but his 29 points weren't enough in a 69-63 loss to Molloy. The Ravens also downed Holy Cross, 68-49.

18. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 20-3 (18) Mike Gerrity had 14 points and Chris Henry scored 13 to lead the Monarchs in their 69-53 loss to Oak Hill at the Primetime Shootout. Gerrity also had 24 points and 10 assists earlier in the week as Mater Dei downed Servite of Anaheim, 93-74.

19. Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor, Ill.) 19-1 (23) The Vikings, ranked No. 1 in the Chicago metro area, avenged their lone season loss (25-24) to Thornwood with a 62-42 win to extend their victory streak to 12 games.

20. Peabody (Alexandria, La.) 31-0 (20) The unbeaten Warhorses, ranked No. 1 in Louisiana, racked up two more backyard victories over Pineville, 88-50, and Tioga, 79-41.

21. Mason County (Maysville, Ky.) 19-2 (21) The defending state champion Royals added triumphs last week over Rowan County, 89-48, and Scott County, 106-80.

22. El Camino (Oceanside, Calif.) 22-2 (22) Gyno Pomare returned to the Wildcats’ lineup after missing five games with an ankle injury. They probably still didn’t need him as last week’s wins were by 91-35 over Oceanside and 82-30 over Fallbrook.

23. Rice (New York, N.Y.) 17-4 (19) The Raiders lost to FAB 50 ranked Mount Vernon, 60-48, at the Prime Time Shootout. Arturo Dubois scored 20 points and collected 17 rebounds for Rice.

24. Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 16-2 (25) The defending state Division I champion vaulted to a 42-21 halftime lead over rival Elder and coasted to a 72-42 victory.

25. West Aurora (Aurora, Ill.) 21-1 (26) The Blackhawks won games last week over Naperville North, 61-51, and over Wheaton South, 53-50. Shaun Pruitt scored 15 points and had nine rebounds vs. North. Jaeh Thomas netted 17 points vs. South.

26. Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 25-0 (29) The top-ranked Arkansas team added two wins last week. First came a 58-50 triumph over Narianna, 58-50, and later England surrendered by 76-44.

27. Bradley Central (Cleveland, Tenn.) 23-1 (27) The No. 1 ranked Tennessee team added wins last week over McMinn Central, 78-53; William Blount, 73-53; and Walker Valley, 81-58.

28. White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) 25-1 (28) The Spartans ran their win streak to 14 games, since they lost to Bradley Central, with a 52-42 win over Wooddale. Courtney Pigram scored 15 points.

29. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 24-0 (30) Georgia's No. 1 ranked team continued its unbeaten ways with an 87-70 win over Berkmar last week.

30. LaSalle (Cincinnati, Ohio) 16-0 (31) The Lancers, ranked No. 1 in Ohio Division I, survived a 69-68 overtime win over rival St. Xavier as Justin Orr scored 24 points. LaSalle also bested Roger Bacon.

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