R.M.F. Respect 25 (SFLA Boys Team Rankings)

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By: Jesse Nadelman- Staff Writer

R.M.F. Respect 25 Rankings

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

*= conference game

**= neutral court

QWgeqLBw_400x4001. Grandview Prep (25-0)

Previous rank: 1

Respect factor:

The Pride finished the regular season as the only undefeated team in South Florida, after wins over Hollywood Christian and Lake Worth Christian last week. Grandview will now look forward to the district playoffs this week, which should not be an issue with only three teams in their district. Zion Lutheran sets up as the biggest threat to Grandview in their 2A title run.

logo2. Dillard (21-5)

Previous rank: 2

Respect factor:

The Panthers make a strong case for the number one spot but will settle for number two by a large distance. Dillard is the team you do not want to play in the playoffs, led by superstar junior trio Jordan Wright, RaiQuan Gray, and Joniya Gadsen. Dillard has reeled off 13 in a row, as Wright and Gray combined for 47 to lead Dillard past Ely on Saturday night in the Big 8 championship. Could the Panthers now be the favorite over Miami Norland in 6A? For me, it’s a yes.

miami-norland-high-school3. Miami Norland (21-4)

Previous rank: 4

Respect factor:

The Vikings had a slip up against an excellent Mater Academy team but bounced right back this week by defeating Coral Gables, Miami High, and then #6 Miami Central en route to a GMAC championship victory. It was just the momentum Norland needed heading into the playoffs, where they seem primed for a showdown with #2 Dillard in their way to another potential state title.

1440438443_central_rockets4. Miami Central (19-5)

Previous rank: 6

Respect factor:

Central, like the three teams above, is also red-hot. They took down then #23 South Miami and Coral Reef on their way to their second straight GMAC Championship game, where they game Miami Norland all they could handle in a tough five-point loss. Led by 6’6” senior Anthony Wilson, the Rockets are a team poised for a late run in the 7A state playoffs. Their journey starts in the district playoffs on Wednesday night.

wellington logo5. Wellington (21-4)

Previous rank: 5

Respect factor:

Whatever may be going on off the court—that is not confirmed and is all speculation—the Wolverines haven’t lost a non-tournament game since December 22nd against #1 Grandview Prep. Wellington appears to be the favorite to get out of their regional semi-finals in 8A, with Boca Raton, and Santaluces as potential challengers before the Wolverines will likely have a tough regional final (assuming they make it) against likely Coral Springs, Taravella, or Douglas.

900A76F0-64BE-4A83-8CE6-0D11AB91B915-37672-0000041DD4A7B0B6e8054af9f36. Mater Academy (20-4)

Previous rank: 3

Respect factor:

Mater’s 20-game win streak was snapped by then #13 Sagemont on Tuesday night, which drops them a couple spots in the rankings. After taking down Miami Norland last week, the Lions will have to regroup for the district playoffs which will start this week. Seniors Dylan Frye and Ralph Diaz—transfers from Miami Christian—seek their second straight state title. 

Unknown7. Zion Lutheran (20-5)

Previous rank: 7

Respect factor:

The Lions capped off the regular season with a blowout win over Dade Christian this past week. Zion will likely cruise in their district tournament, but like the last couple of years, it will come down to a showdown with #1 Grandview Prep in regionals to determine if Zion can advance to states. If the Lions are able to come out with the win, it’s very possible they can find themselves state championships come March.

1418402712_st_andrew's_scots8. Saint Andrews (22-1)

Previous rank: 8

Respect factor:

The Scots likely wish they were undefeated, but they’ve used their upset to Oxbridge Academy as motivation down the stretch. Saint Andrews finished the regular season with a key road win over Boca Raton in the ‘Battle of Boca’ which sets the Scots up to the district playoffs starting this week. Regionals will be anything but easy, but Saint Andrews will glide with their eyes closed to the district finals before a showdown with gritty Coral Springs Charter.

Unknown9. Sagemont (19-6)

Previous rank: 13

Respect factor:

Before a very impressive showing in the Montverde Academy invitational, the Lions took down previous #3 Mater Academy for a marquee home win. Adam Ross’ crew will be seeking yet another state title in 3A, and the journey starts on Tuesday night in the district playoffs against Coral Springs Christian. 

Unknown-110. Westminster Academy (18-6)

Previous rank: 10

Respect factor:

The Lions, too, set up primed for another deep playoff run but will, for now, look forward to a likely showdown with rival Sagemont in the district finals. Westminster was able to defeat Sagemont earlier in the year in a thriller, which gives them the number one seed in the tournament. Beating Sagemont in the district finals would have Westminster in place to likely host Sagemont in the regional semi-finals, but a loss would mean a road showdown with Sagemont in regionals. Either way, Sagemont is in the way of Westminster’s title hopes. But Westminster is talented enough to dethrone state champion head coach Adam Ross and Sagemont. Will Westminster be able to do it? We shall see.

Unknown-211. Dwyer (20-3)

Previous rank: 12

mustang7.jpg12. McArthur (17-9)

Previous rank: 22

archbishop-carroll-bulldogs13. Archbishop Carroll (23-3)

Previous rank: 9

Unknown-514. Royal Palm Beach (19-5)

Previous rank: 17

Unknown-315. Pembroke Pines Charter (17-6)

Previous rank: 11

Unknown-116. Blanche Ely (15-12)

Previous rank: Not ranked

Unknown-717. Coral Springs (15-7)

Previous rank: 15

images-118. Palm Beach Lakes (17-5)

Previous rank: 16

PckdYNas19. Boyd Anderson (16-8)

Previous rank: 21

Unknown-620. St. Thomas Aquinas (14-6)

Previous rank: 20

1778030d30c4e3f2a906616fbd1cf77821. Chaminade-Madonna (16-8)

Previous rank: 25

images-322. J.P. Taravella (18-7)

Previous rank: 14

Miami_Christian_School_Final_LOGO-123. Miami Christian (17-8)

Previous rank: 24

1289564899_nova_titans24. Nova (21-4)

Previous rank: 18

images-425. South Miami (18-7)

Previous rank: 23

Dropped from rankings: Suncoast


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Jesse Nadelman is a 16-year old reporter for R.M.F. Magazine who currently is a junior at North Broward Prep. Growing up in South Florida, Jesse has grown an intense passion for sports media. He covers all of South Florida’s top high school basketball teams and events for R.M.F. In addition to contributing to R.M.F, Jesse also writes for Rant Sports, covers South Florida High School football and baseball, and currently holds Press Credentials and access for University of Miami Football games.

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