Power rankings: WE/HV boys basketball (1/17)
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Westchester/Hudson Valley Boys Basketball Rankings
Records through (1/16/12)
1. Mount Vernon (9-1): Strong weekend down at Baruch College for the Knights, who beat South Shore and Cardozo. Combined with some losses in the Top 10, Mount Vernon should be rising fast in the MSG Varsity Tri-State poll, too.
2. Kingston (11-0): The Tigers passed another important test last week, surviving in the second half against Newburgh. It was their first win over the perennial power since the 2003-04 season.
3. Stepinac (7-7): The Crusaders stopped a three-game losing streak with back-to-back wins over Fordham Prep and Farrell. Stepinac clearly needs a healthy Tyler Iacone, who stretches defenses with his 3-point shooting.
4. Tappan Zee (11-0): The undefeated teams in the Hudson Valley are dwindling yet the Dutchmen keep rolling along. They’re doing it without injured point guard Joe Letizia. TZ just keeps building momentum and gaining confidence.
5. Burke Catholic (7-1): Have to drop the Eagles after Sunday’s loss to Don Bosco, a quality New Jersey powerhouse. Burke will have its chances to rise back up, especially its Feb. 11 matchup with Stepinac.
6. Albertus Magnus (10-1): Tyler Sayre became the latest the 1,000-point scorer in the Hudson Valley, reaching the milestone in Monday’s win over Xavier.
7. Byram Hills (7-2): Another impressive win over Fox Lane keeps the Bobcats holding strong. The Foxes are a tough matchup with post player Will Trawick. But Byram seems to find ways to neutralize opposing big men and win big games.
8. Iona Prep (12-2): Even in defeat, the Gaels were impressive against Moore Catholic in a matchup of the CHSAA A Division’s top two teams. They rebounded with convincing wins over LaSalle and Bishop Ford over the weekend.
9. Newburgh (6-3): The Goldbacks get a split in last week’s showdowns with Kingston and Middletown, and had a good chance to beat Kingston on Tuesday. They’ll see those two teams again in the span of three days in two weeks.
10. New Rochelle (6-3): This No. 10 spot was a difficult one but the Huguenots deserve the nod. They’ve played a brutally tough schedule and, aside from the Mount Vernon game, were in position to win every one. Important week ahead as New Ro travels to Kentucky.
Section 1 Rankings
1. Mount Vernon
2. New Rochelle
3. Clarkstown South
4. Fox Lane
1. Tappan Zee
2. Byram Hills
5. Pearl River
1. Albertus Magnus
3. Dobbs Ferry
Section 9 Rankings
Large school (AA/A)
3. Red Hook
Small school (B/C)
1. Burke Catholic
2. Pine Plains
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