Boys Basketball: Chester on the rise, Carroll drops in state rankings

Injury concerns and a rough run through their daunting national schedule have Archbishop Carroll usurped at the top of the Pennsylvania Class AAA rankings, while Chester is up two spots in this week’s Class AAAA hierarchy.

Carroll, sporting a 2-3 record after two straight losses at the City of Palms Classic in Florida, drops from the No. 1 spot to No. 2 in PennLive’s Class AAA rankings. The combination of three losses in five games (against teams from five states) and the absence of Temple-bound center Ernest Aflakpui (knee) for the season has opened the door for 3-0 Neumann-Goretti to leap ahead of the Patriots.

Chester’s wins against Frankford and York, the latter of which also received votes in the poll, has upped the Clippers’ record to 4-1 and jumped them from seventh to fifth in Class AAAA. In the process, they’ve hopped over Abington and Pennsbury to assume the top spot among District One teams.

Southeastern PA owns the top seven spots in the Class AAAA rankings, with District 12’s Roman Catholic, La Salle, Martin Luther King and George Washington filling out the top four spots in order. Chester leads the three aforementioned District One squads in slots five through seven.

Listed among the others to watch are Penn Wood (4-1) and Academy Park (6-0). Central League leaders Conestoga (5-1) and Lower Merion (3-2) are the league’s only representation in the others to watch list.

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