By: Jesse Nadelman- Staff Writer
R.M.F. Respect 25 Rankings
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
*= conference game
**= neutral court
Previous rank: 1
This week: vs. North Miami Beach*; vs. #5 Mater Academy**
Lawton Williams’ team certainly proved why they are—and should stay—number one with a couple of big wins this week. The Vikings took down #12 Miami Central on Monday and then held on impressively against a very good #10 Westminster Academy on Saturday night in the MLK Classic. Norland will have yet another tough one next week in the R.M.F. Classic against #5 Mater Academy, which will be their last game before the district playoffs.
Previous rank: 2
This week: vs. Coral Springs Charter
The Pride continued to roll and stay undefeated this week besides a close one. It took overtime for Grandview to top then #8 Zion Lutheran, before cruising to victories over Doral Academy and Riverview. Grandview gets a couple of days off before taking on a solid Coral Springs Charter team on Thursday, but Zion Lutheran was Grandview’s last real threat to knock them off before playoff time.
Previous rank: 3
This week: at Stoneman Douglas; vs. #11 Coral Springs
The Panthers—led by the excellent trio of 6’6” Jordan Wright, 6’10” RaiQuan Gray, and 6’10” Joniya Gadsen—picked up two very impressive wins over then #13 Pembroke Pines Charter and Miami Christian this week. Dillard continues to rise after some early losses in the Tarkanian Classic and proves to be a team that you don’t want to play down the stretch. It will be very interesting and fun to see Dillard play against the red-hot #10 Coral Springs Colts on Thursday, but their focus in on beating Douglas on the road first.
Previous rank: 5
This week: vs. Palm Beach Gardens*; at Palm Beach Central*
The Wolverines finished another week without a loss but ran into a close one against St. Petersburg at the Wally Keller Classic, where Wellington squeaked by with a one-point win. A loss by previous #4 St. Andrews has Wellington moving up a spot despite their close call heading into a week in which they’ll face two district foes.
Previous rank: 7
This week: vs. St. Brendan; at #12 Miami Central; vs. Archbishop McCarthy
The Bulldogs—moving up due to a loss by previous #4 St. Andrews—picked up two hard-fought wins against Westminster Christian and Booker T. Washington last week, and haven’t lost since December 22nd to a very good Bishop Kenny team. Archbishop Carroll is rolling heading into a crucial showdown with #12 Miami Central this week on the road, which should be a statement game. Before that one, though, they’ll seek to take care of business against St. Brendan.
Previous rank: 10
This week: at Calvary Christian; vs. Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines); vs. Chaminade-Madonna**
I don’t usually move teams up after a loss, but the Lions showing against #1 Miami Norland is certainly proof that Westminster deserves to be higher. The Lions only lost by three, but could’ve easily come away with the victory. They also picked up wins over Atlantic Christian and Coral Springs Christian last week before the showdown with Norland. Westminster—led by senior forward Paul Atkinson and sophomore guard Zach Scott—will look to keep rolling this week against Calvary and Somerset, before taking on Chaminade-Madonna in the R.M.F. Classic next Saturday.
Previous rank: 6
This week: vs. #1 Miami Norland**
The Lions were poised to move into the top-five until a poor showing on Monday night at the MLK Classic. Mater Academy trailed for most of the game against Hallandale but was able to pull it out at the end. The Lions will fall back a spot for now, but have a prime chance to redeem themselves on Saturday against #1 Miami Norland at the R.M.F. Classic.
Previous rank: 4
This week: vs. International School of Broward; at American Heritage (Delray)*; vs. Calvary Christian
It was absolutely shocking to see the Scots lose to Oxbridge Academy at the MLK Classic on Saturday, ending St. Andrews’ bid for an undefeated season. However, it’s hard to drop a team that’s been undefeated so deep into the season too far in my rankings. The Scots have a multitude of quality victories and could still quite possibly top Wellington as the top team in Palm Beach. St. Andrews will have a fairly calm week opponent wise upcoming, but a matchup with #25 Boca Raton looms next week.
Previous rank: 8
This week: at St. John Paul II
It was hard to move the Lions up besides a very impressive showing on their part in an overtime loss to #2 Grandview Prep, but Zion Lutheran continues to play excellent basketball. Zion has just two losses (including Grandview) since December 20th, and will look to continue rolling this week against St. John Paul II on the road
Previous rank: 21
This week: vs. Nova; at #3 Dillard
Coral Springs is absolutely sizzling at the moment with five-straight victories since a tough loss to district foe #19 Taravella. Head coach Devin Barta has his Colts rolling, most recently with wins over #18 Douglas on the road and #11 Dwyer at the MLK Classic. Those two big wins have the Colts—heading into a week with a showdown with #3 Dillard looming—moving up ten spots this week.
Previous rank: 12
Last week: L at #1 Miami Norland*; W vs. North Miami Beach*; W vs. Boca Raton**
This week: vs. #6 Archbishop Carroll; vs. Coral Springs Charter**
Previous rank: 9
Last week: W vs. Coral Springs Christian; L vs. #24 Boyd Anderson**
This week: vs. Dade Christian
Previous rank: 13
Last week: L at #3 Dillard*; W at Northeast*; W vs. Cypress Bay
This week: at #19 Taravella; vs. #21 Blanche Ely; vs. #24 Boyd Anderson*
Previous rank: 11
Last week: W vs. Forrest Hill*; L vs. #21 Coral Springs**
This week: vs. West Boca*; at Boynton Beach*; at Olympic Heights*
Previous rank: 20
Last week: W at Fort Lauderdale; W vs. #17 Blanche Ely; W vs. Coral Gables**
This week: at #24 Boyd Anderson
Previous rank: 19
Last week: W vs. #16 Royal Palm Beach*; W at Olympic Heights*; W vs. Cardinal Gibbons**
This week: at Boynton Beach*
Previous rank: 16
Last week: L at #19 Palm Beach Lakes*; W at Palm Beach Central; W vs. West Boca*
This week: at Olympic Heights*; vs. Atlantic; at Boynton Beach*
Previous rank: 22
Last week: W vs. Westwood*; W at Ribault**; W vs. Lee**
This week: vs. Bartram Trail**
Previous rank: 23
Last week: W at Deerfield Beach*; W at Coral Glades*; W vs. Cardinal Gibbons
This week: vs. #13 Pembroke Pines Charter; at Cypress Bay; vs. Flanagan
Previous rank: 15
Last week: W vs. Hialeah Gardens*; L at Dr. Krop*
This week: vs. North Miami*
Previous rank: 17
Last week: W at Plantation; L at #20 St. Thomas Aquinas; L vs. Hamilton Heights Christian**; L vs. Bishop O’Connell**
This week: at #13 Pembroke Pines Charter
Previous rank: Not ranked
Last week: W vs. #25 Boyd Anderson; W vs. Nova*; W vs. Carol City**
This week: N/A
Previous rank: 24
Last week: N/A
This week: at Coral Gables*; at Columbus*
Last week: L at McArthur; W vs. South Plantation; W vs. Raines**; W vs. Ribault**; W vs. #10 Sagemont**
This week: vs. #15 St. Thomas Aquinas; vs. Deerfield Beach; at #15 Pembroke Pines Charter
Previous rank: Not ranked
Last week: W at Olympic Heights; L vs. #12 Miami Central**
This week: vs. Santaluces*; at Park Vista*
Dropped from rankings: University School, Stoneman Douglas
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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