Seeing as how I’ve saw two of these teams play Thursday, I’ll try not to let that color my appraisals of them, since these rankings are only through Wednesday’s games. (I also might have a little bit to say about that game later on.) So here are the rankings this week. You’ll note little change given the snow, but I have a feeling there might be significantly more next week.
1. Archbishop Carroll (11-3) Last Week: No. 1
The big game against Neumann-Goretti is next week. The win at the Erie tournament is a nice addition to their credentials, but it does little more than confirm what was already known.
2. Penn Wood (10-2) Last Week: No. 2
The Patriots without an effective Malik Jackson are not the second best team in the county. The other guards are coming around, but none has the scoring ability of Jackson night-in and night-out.
3. Haverford School (12-5) Last Week: No. 3
Last week’s loss to Germantown Academy means the Fords are in survival mode. They need to win out for a share of the Inter-Ac title or hope GA loses to open the door at a solo championship. For them not to get at least a share of the title this year with the talent they have assembled would be, you’d think, pretty devastating for that program.
4. Chester (9-3) Last Week: No. 4
As long as the inside-out game of Mahir Johnson and Tyrell Sturdivant is working, the Clippers can keep moving forward. Imhotep’s negation of Sturdivant last weekend shows the result otherwise.
5. Penncrest (12-4) Last Week: No. 7
The Lions are the high risers this week and in the Central League. They’re simply taking care of business against the teams they should beat. They have such great balance between the bigs who can put the ball on the floor and 3-point shooters who can keep defenders honest. They are a team that could make some noise in districts.
6. Ridley (9-5) Last Week: No. 6
As good as Brett Foster is, I don’t think him averaging 33.8 percent of the team’s points (17.6 of 52.0) is a good idea, especially in the Central League where many teams have the on-ball defenders capable of limiting another team’s top player.
7. Upper Darby (11-4) Last Week: No. 5
The Royals point totals in the last six games: 43, 44, 63, 56, 39, 31. The scoring has dried up lately, and it’s a little hard to figure why that is.
Honorable mention: Radnor (9-5; one slip by either Ridley or Upper Darby and Radnor could sneak in there, especially since it’s beaten Ridley and lost to Upper Darby by a single point); Haverford (12-5; one more slip by both Ridley and Upper Darby and Haverford could sneak in there, though the head-to-head isn’t in their favor); Episcopal Academy (12-5; the Churchmen are third in the Inter-Ac through the first turn, which is worth something); Academy Park (10-2; that record still looks good, even though most of one turn of Del Val play).