We've updated our statewide MIAA Boys Basketball Top 25 Poll this morning, following the close of yesterday's Hoophall Classic in Springfield, and once again there is some significant movement up and down the list.
St. Peter-Marian delivered arguably the biggest shocker of the first half of the season on Saturday, when they pounded previous No. 3 Charlestown by 15 points on the Townies' home court. For their efforts, the Guardians jump nine spots to their highest ranking ever in the ESPN Boston poll, at No. 8.
Meanwhile the Guardians' chief archrival, Holy Name, jumps into the top five for the first time in poll history. We gave the Naps the edge over Stoughton, which fell four spots to No. 6 after losing to Mansfield last week, based on strength of schedule. The Naps have wins this season over No. 8 SPM, No. 17 East Boston, No. 22 Whitinsville Christian, St. Joseph's of Pittsfield, St. John's of Shrewsbury, and Rhode Island powers Barrington and North Kingstown.
Central Catholic remains No. 1 for the second straight week, while Catholic Memorial (2) and BC High (3) move to their highest positions on the year. Rounding out the top five (and making a return) is Mansfield, which knocked off previous No. 2 Stoughton after trailing by as much as 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Charlestown free-falls 15 spots to No. 18 following the loss to St. Peter-Marian, a fall reinforced with the absences of Rony Fernandez and Omar Orriols, and a wrist injury to star junior swingman Tyrese Hoxter. Brighton also makes its first-ever appearance in the Top 10, at No. 9, following the Bengals' first win over Boston City rival New Mission in Hugh Coleman's three years at the helm. With the loss to Brighton, New Mission falls out of the Top 10 for the first time in the two-year history of ESPN Boston's poll.
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