It was a rough start to the week for two of the best teams in the area: DeMatha and Paul VI fell to out-of-town opponents.
In a nationally televised matchup with Indiana’s La Lumiere, the Stags couldn’t assert the control they’ve shown throughout conference play and lost, 73-50. Paul VI had a closer game but still fell to Arizona’s Shadow Mountain, 45-40. Both teams bounced back, winning out the rest of the week. The Stags and the Panthers were set to meet Tuesday in the first No. 1-vs.-No. 2 matchup of the year before the game was postponed because of weather.
Elsewhere in the rankings, Lake Braddock rises after winning three games in four days. In Friday’s 87-74 victory over W.T. Woodson, Bruins guard Quentin James passed former NBA player Hubert Davis to become the school’s all-time leading scorer.
1. DeMatha (19 -2 ) Last ranked: 1
The Stags fell to La Lumiere, ranked by some as the top team in the country, at the Hoophall Classic.
2. Paul VI (15-4) LR: 2
The Panthers fell to Arizona’s Shadow Mountain at the Hoophall Classic.
3. Flint Hill (19-1) LR: 4
Qudus Wahab had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Huskies rolled over Potomac School, 69-39.
4. O’Connell (15-5) LR: 3
After a 114-28 rout of The Heights, the Knights couldn’t keep up with No. 1 DeMatha and fell, 86-67.
5. Wilson (17-6) LR: 5
After a 68-39 win over McKinley Tech, the Tigers have won seven straight.
6. Gonzaga (16-5) LR: 6
The Eagles have a big matchup with Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival St. John’s looming Tuesday.
7. St. John’s (18-5) LR: 7
The Cadets had four players in double figures in a win over Pennsylvania’s Bethlehem Catholic.
8. Eleanor Roosevelt (10-3) LR: 8
Senior guard Cameron Brown had 19 points in a win over Suitland.
9. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (15-2) LR: 9
The Saints had three players in double figures in an 86-75 win over Episcopal.
10. Richard Montgomery (14-0) LR: 10
11. Patriot (16-1) LR: 11
The Pioneers remained undefeated in the Cedar Run District with a win over Battlefield.
12. Potomac Falls (16-0) LR: 13
The Panthers had four players in double figures in a 73-57 win over Freedom-South Riding.
13. St. Charles (13-1) LR: 15
The Spartans stayed hot with a blowout win over McDonough, 64-15.
14. Sidwell Friends (17-4) LR: 12
The Quakers fell to St. Andrew’s but also picked up two wins last week.
15. Gaithersburg (13-3) LR: 16
Jao Ituka, Jordan Hawkins and Chris Kouemi combined for 60 points in a 76-44 win over Clarksburg.
16. Lake Braddock (17-2) LR: 17
The Bruins made 15 three-pointers in a 122-81 rout of West Springfield.
17. West Potomac (12-3) LR: 18
Jonas Munson and Daryl Mackey combined for 34 points in a win over T.C. Williams.
18. Wilde Lake (14-2) LR: NR
The Wildecats’ only losses have been to Reservoir and Pallotti.
19. St. Andrew’s (13-5) LR: NR
Spencer Hayes dropped 18 points as the Lions scored a big win over Sidwell Friends.
20. Oxon Hill (8-3) LR: NR
Ronald Polite led the Clippers with 19 points in a win over Douglass.
Dropped out: No. 14 Landon
(14-4), No. 19 Maret (15-4),
No. 20 Paint Branch (12-3)
On the bubble: South County,
Rock Creek Christian, Broadneck, Cesar Chavez