Rank-Team-Record-Last week’s rank
1. CBA (6-3, 1st)
In a week where one ranked team after another suffered upset losses, the Colts managed to stay unbeaten against Shore Conference competition. Yes. CBA did lose to St. Anthony, 60-35, on Jan. 10 at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase but no other team in the Shore Conference would have beaten St. Anthony on this day. The Colts stay in the No. 1 spot until a Shore Conference team beats them.
2. Toms River North (9-0, 4th)
Twelve days into 2015 and Toms River North is the last undefeated team in the Shore Conference. The Mariners went 3-0 last week and by virtue of last week’s No. 2 Lakewood and No. 3 Point Beach losing, the Mariners ascend to the No. 2 ranking. Being the last undefeated team in the Shore Conference carries a target and now everyone will want to beat the hottest team in the Shore Conference. But the Mariners are ready to extend this impressive winning streak into double-digits.
Red Bank Catholic’s Kavin Fazio goes up with a shot. WOBM Boys Basketball Final between Toms River North and Red Bank Catholic in Toms River on 12/30/14. Peter Ackerman/Staff Photographer
3. Colts Neck (7-1, NR)
Quietly, the Cougars have put together an impressive resume, mostly in the last week with victories over Neptune, Matawan and Red Bank Catholic to jump into first place in the Class B North division, the toughest division in the Shore Conference. Keep an eye on Colts Neck junior guard Lloyd Daniels as he had 16 points in the Cougars 54-39 victory over the Caseys on Monday night.
4. Freehold Township (7-3, NR)
The Patriots are back in the top 10 and will probably be surprised to see themselves back in this high at the No. 4 ranking. But this ranking is out of respect for beating No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven, 63-55, in overtime on Jan. 3, a week before Rumson-Fair Haven beat last week’s No. 2 Point Beach, 57-42, on Jan. 10 at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. The Patriots have also won five in a row.
5. Rumson-Fair Haven (7-2, NR)
A three-way battle is now forming for the Class A Central division. Rumson-Fair Haven beat Shore, 56-46, on Jan. 6. Shore beat Manasquan, 47-40, on Jan. 12. And Manasquan beat Rumson-Fair Haven, 50-46, on Dec. 19. So, each team has a loss in the Class A Central division. Now, you have to look at nondivisional opponents and right now Rumson-Fair Haven has the most impressive win outside the division with a, 57-42, victory over last week’s No. 2 Point Beach at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. So for now, Rumson-Fair Haven gets the edge and the higher ranking. Oh and congrats again to Rumson-Fair Haven junior guard Brendan Barry for scoring a Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase record 34 points on Jan. 10.
6. Red Bank (7-1, 7th)
The Bucs defeated Matawan and Ocean last week and benefited from Lakewood and Point Beach losing and inch up one spot to the No. 6 ranking this week. The Bucs host Colts Neck on Thursday night in a Class B North showdown with first place on the line. Expect a big crowd for this game and expect an exciting game against the Cougars. Also, Red Bank edged Lakewood for the No. 6 ranking by having a better body of work (win over St. Joseph-Metuchen, only loss was to a 7-3 Red Bank Catholic team, which is a better squad than a 3-6 Neptune team, which gave Lakewood its only loss. Lakewood’s best win is over Point Beach.
7. Lakewood (7-1, 2nd)
The Piners were upset in the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase, 50-44, by unranked Neptune and drop five spots to the No. 7 ranking. Rumson-Fair Haven won a tiebreaker over Lakewood for the No. 5 ranking as the two teams have a common opponent in No. 8 Point Beach. Rumson-Fair Haven won by 15 points over Point Beach on Jan. 10 and a week earlier Lakewood only won by 3 points over Point Beach, hence, Lakewood loses the common opponent tiebreaker.
8. Point Beach (5-3, 3rd)
The Garnet Gulls tumbled to the No. 8 ranking after the loss to Rumson-Fair Haven. The Garnet Gulls have played one of the toughest schedules in the Shore Conference and are bound for a few of these type of losses. The defending Shore Conference Tournament champion has no reason to panic.
9. Shore (7-2, 10th)
The Blue Devils went 3-1 last week with victories over No. 10 Manasquan, Monmouth Regional and Long Branch and had a loss to No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven. The victory over Manasquan is what kept Shore in the top 10 for this week. But the margin for error is still very small for the Blue Devils as they try to stay in the Class A Central race with Rumson-Fair Haven and Manasquan.
10. Manasquan (8-2, 9th)
The Warriors also went 3-1 last week with victories over Bishop Ahr, St. John Vianney and last week’s No. 8 Matawan and were poised to move up in the rankings until Monday night’s 47-40 loss to No. 9 Shore. What is clear now is that the Class A Central race is going to be a three-team affair between Rumson-Fair Haven, Shore and Manasquan and the division lead could change weekly.
No. 5 Southern (5-3), No. 6 Manalapan (6-2), No. 8 Matawan (4-5).
Others receiving votes
Wall (6-2), Red Bank Catholic (7-3), Manalapan (6-2), Southern (5-3), Manchester (4-2).
Previous Top 10s this season
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