Boys Basketball: Carroll holds at No. 2 in Class AAA

Archbishop Carroll remains the lone Delco team in the PennLive state basketball rankings this week as we turn the page on the regular season.

Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones, top) and David Beatty, here defending La Salle's David Krmpotich in a win Jan. 25, remain ranked second in the state according to PennLive. (Special to the Times)

Archbishop Carroll’s Derrick Jones, top, and Dave Beatty, here defending La Salle’s David Krmpotich in a win Jan. 25, remain ranked second in the state according to PennLive. (Special to the Times)

The Patriots (17-5) remain second in Class AAA after an emphatic win over Archbishop Wood, 77-47 Sunday. That’s the same Wood team that crawled up to eighth in the Class AAAA rankings, having handed No. 1 Roman Catholic (20-2) its second loss of the season earlier last week.

Carroll still trails Neumann-Goretti (21-1) in Class AAA, while Imhotep Charter (14-8) is up to third. Carroll has drawn the No. 3 seed in the Catholic League tournament, and they’ll square off with No. 6 seed Conwell-Egan in the quarterfinals Friday. Egan (15-7) is ranked third in Class AA this week.

In AAAA, there’s a shuffle among the leading quartet from District 12. Despite the loss, Roman remains tops, with Public League frontrunner Martin Luther King (16-6) moving into second. St. Joseph’s Prep (18-4), which downed La Salle in a triple-OT thriller Sunday, leapfrogs them into third, while the Explorers (17-5) sit fourth.

Abington, the No. 6 seed in District One, leads the pack statewide, its 20-3 record earning it the No. 6 spot in the rankings. A spot behind in the rankings, as they are in the District One seedings, is Pennsbury (19-4).

Four Delco teams – Academy Park (16-6), Chester (13-9), Penn Wood (17-5) and Ridley (18-5) – are in the “Others to Watch” category in Class AAAA.

Other District One representatives in that group include Conestoga (20-2), the top seed in the District One Tournament, as well as Coatesville (15-9, No. 14), Downingtown West (19-4, No. 10), Methacton (20-3, No. 2), Pennridge (20-3, No. 3) and Plymouth Whitemarsh (20-2, No. 4).

The top four seeds in District One’s Class AAA tournament are all in the OW category, including No. 3 Glen Mills (16-6). Others include top-seeded Octorara (22-1), No. 2 Lower Moreland (20-1) and No. 4 Pottsgrove (18-5).

The two teams ahead of Delco Christian in the District One Class A bracket – top-seeded Phil-Mont Christian (17-5) and No. 2 Plumstead Christian (14-8) – are in the OW category. Delco Christian, the No. 3 seed, would likely have to tangle with Plumstead in the semifinals of Districts to earn one of the two states bids available.

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