The top 10 remains the same this week after the area’s best teams took care of business.
It was a truncated week of basketball as snowy and bitterly cold weather prompted postponements and cancellations. But there were still some notable results: In Prince George’s County, Eleanor Roosevelt took down Bowie in a battle of contenders. The Raiders were supposed to play Wise earlier in the week, but that game was rescheduled. The rivalry matchup should provide a clearer picture of how things stand.
In Virginia, Potomac Falls continues to win. At 14-0, the Panthers are quickly approaching last year’s win total of 20. Also, Lake Braddock earned a big win by beating South County, 100-97. The Bruins had a chance to tie it on the final possession but failed to convert.
West Potomac joins the rankings this week. Paint Branch is the only other newcomer.
1. DeMatha (16-1) Last ranked: 1
The Stags had no trouble posting two conference wins this week, winning both games by more than 30 points.
2. Paul VI (12-3) LR: 2
Sophomore guard Trevor Keels scored 29 points in the Panthers’ 72-55 win over Archbishop Carroll.
3. O’Connell (14-4) LR: 3
After an 86-57 win over St. Mary’s Ryken, the Knights have won five straight.
4. Flint Hill (16-1) LR: 4
Senior forward Qudus Wahab had 20 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Middleburg Academy.
5. Wilson (16-6) LR: 5
The Tigers won two DCIAA games this week, against Ron Brown and Banneker.
6. Gonzaga (13-5) LR: 6
The Eagles defeated Mississippi’s Olive Branch at the Hoophall Classic.
7. St. John’s (15-5) LR: 7
Eleven players scored for the Cadets in a win over Archbishop Carroll.
8. Eleanor Roosevelt (8-3) LR: 8
Senior guard Jaamir Butler scored 26 points as the Raiders notched a six-point win over Bowie.
9. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (13-2) LR: 9
The Saints posted a pair of blowouts this week, against Landon and Collegiate.
10. Richard Montgomery (12-0) LR: 10
The Rockets got a last-second stop against Quince Orchard to hold on for a 44-42 win.
11. Patriot (14-1) LR: 12
Devon Parrish and Hagen Vandiver combined for 41 points in a win over Osbourn.
12. Sidwell Friends (15-3) LR: 14
Senior guard Jason Gibson had 24 points in a win over Bishop Ireton.
13. Potomac Falls (14-0) LR: 15
The Panthers had their closest win yet Friday, a 74-71 victory over Champe.
14. Landon (14-2) LR: 11
The Bears halted their losing streak at two with a one-point win over Georgetown Prep on Friday.
15. St. Charles (12-1) LR: 16
The Spartans beat La Plata and Calvert handily last week.
16. Gaithersburg (11-3) LR: 13
The Trojans fell to Northwest on a buzzer beater.
17. Lake Braddock (14-2) LR: 20
The Bruins reached triple digits for the sixth time this season by beating South County, 100-97.
18. West Potomac (11-3)
LR: Not ranked
The Wolverines have won five straight.
19. Maret (14-3) LR: 18
The Frogs fell to Whitney Young (Ill.) over the weekend.
20. Paint Branch (10-2) LR: NR
Richard Montgomery and Springbrook are the only teams to beat the Panthers this season.
Dropped out: No. 17 Osbourn (13-3), No. 19 South County (11-5).
On the bubble: Reservoir, Osbourn, Episcopal, Wise.