There’s only one more Super 25 boys basketball ranking this season, but the jockeying continues as four ranked teams were able to improve their positions by winning state championships over the weekend.
Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) moved up a spot to No. 7 as Ivan Rabb had 19 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Dragons to a 65-64 overtime defeat of No. 10 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
Western International (Detroit) rose one spot to No. 13, winning three games last week, culminating with a state Class A title. The Cowboys (26-0) survived a close final, as Josh McFolley had 19 points in a 62-59 defeat of Arthur Hill (Saginaw). Brailen Neely had 16 points in a 55-46 defeat of University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit) in a Class A semifinal. McFolley had 19 points and Gerald Blackshear had 12 points and 19 rebounds in a 58-47 defeat of Ypsilanti in a Class A quarterfinal.
Wings Academy (Bronx, N.Y.) moved up a spot to No. 15 as it defeated then-No. 28 Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.) 79-73 in the state Federation Tournament of Champions as Jessie Govan had 24 points. Desure Buie had 25 points in a 44-35 defeat of then-No. 42 Shenendehowa in a TOC semifinal.
Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) improved a spot to No. 20 as Isaiah Briscoe had 27 points in a 57-45 defeat of Pope John (Sparta) in the state Tournament of Champions title game.
The only new team in the rankings is No. 25 Homestead (Fort Wayne, Ind.), which defeated then-No. 23 Reitz (Evansville) 91-90 for the 4A state title as Caleb Swanigan had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
With the changes, the season-ending DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals this week in New York City will have eight boys teams, all in the top 16 of the Super 25 rankings.