The defending FAB 50 national champion now claims the longest active boys’ basketball winning streak in the land among schools from state associations.
St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) extended its two-season skein to 57 games Tuesday night while Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) had its national-best active mark of 62 games halted.
St. Anthony, which was 33-0 last season, is off to a 24-0 record and ranked No. 3 in the FAB 50. On Tuesday, the Friars defeated Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.), 51-45.
Wichita Heights entered the week ranked No. 10 in the FAB 50 and riding a 62-game run. But city rival East (Wichita, Kan.) avenged an earlier 70-60 season loss to the Falcons with a 56-51 upset victory. Jalen Love led East with 27 points. Wichita Heights was led by Perry Ellis, a Kansas-bound McDonald's All-American, with a game-high 30 points.
With the loss, the Falcons will likely drop out of the top 10 in next week's FAB 50. Due to not playing any other nationally ranked teams on the schedule, coach Joe Auer's team needed to finish unbeaten to be a top 10 team for the final rankings. But if the Falcons still win their fourth-straight Class 6A state title, they should end up somewhere in the top 20.
Two other long win streaks by Top 10 ranked teams were extended Tuesday.
Top-ranked Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) ran its record to 42-0 with a 99-52 win over Shenandoah Valley Christian (Stephens City, Va.). No. 4 Chester (Chester, Pa.) defeated Methacton (Norristown, Pa.), 59-31 to hike its two-season win streak to 50 games.
The all-time record win streak of 159 games has lasted 87 years. Passaic (Passaic, N.J.) set the mark from 1919-25.