As if the matchups needed any additional hype, Monday’s installment of the PennLive.com state basketball rankings reinforced the marquee nature of this week’s collisions between some of the top teams in Districts 1 and 12.
Archbishop Carroll (3-3), which this week maintains the second spot in the Class AAA rankings, will tangle with Constitution (4-2), the top team in Class A, Monday evening at the Jameer Nelson Classic. The top team in Class AAA, Neumann-Goretti (6-0), awaits Chester (6-1) Tuesday night, as the Clippers maintain the fifth spot in the Class AAAA rankings.
Chester gains some distance this week over its District One competition, with Abington (which was sixth last week) sliding out of the top 10 and Pennsbury holding at No. 7. Chester’s opponent Monday night, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (8-0) is the newest addition to the rankings, checking in at No. 10.
The top five in the Class AAAA rankings remain the same, led by Roman Catholic and La Salle. Martin Luther King, which beat Penn Wood last week, is situated third.
Penn Wood (6-2) moves into the “Others to Watch” category for the first time in Class AAAA, joining fellow Del Val squad Academy Park (7-1). AP faces a test Monday against Church Farm (6-2), the seventh-ranked team in Class AA, at Haverford’s Steve Juenger Tournament.
Conestoga and Lower Merion, both “Others to Watch” in AAAA, remain the only Central League reps.