#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 16

#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 16

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#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 16

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Cuthbertson's Tyrik Dawson attempts a one-handed layup vs Sun Valley.

Cuthbertson’s Tyrik Dawson attempts a one-handed layup vs Sun Valley.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The regular season came to a close for most schools on Friday, while several CMS squads wrapped up to the season on Thursday evening. At the very top of the Friday Night Frenzy power rankings, Ardrey Kell remains No. 1 following an overtime win against South Meck. Providence Day’s second consecutive undefeated league season keeps them in the on-deck circle, and West Charlotte leapfrogs into the top five after claiming the Mecka regular season crown.

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  1. Ardrey Kell (23-1): The Knights kept an undefeated South Meck 8 season exciting until the final buzzer. Mr. 1500 Steven Santa-Ana’s buzzer-beating three sent Friday’s game against South Meck into OT. Devin Cooper put the game on ice knocking down 10 free throws from the charity stripe in the extra session. Ardrey Kell opens the South Meck 8 tourney at home vs Providence Tuesday.
  2. Providence Day (24-4): Grant Williams lifted the Chargers to back-to-back undefeated conference seasons Friday, outlasting Charlotte Christian 62-54. The Charger open the NCISAA 3A playoffs as the No. 3 seed. They’ll play Thursday at 8:30 pm vs the winner of North Raleigh Christian and High Point Christian at Christ School in Arden.

  3. East Lincoln (19-0): Neil Hodges’ team finished unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 1977 and the third time in school history following Friday’s 86-64 win at West Lincoln. The Surratt brothers led the way for East Lincoln, averaging a combined 44.9 points per game. Younger brother Sage’s 24.6 PPG was tops in the Southern District 7 Conference.

  4. Butler (21-3): The Bulldogs bounced back from the loss at Rocky River in a big way, blowing out Porter Ridge on February 6. Butler locked up the No. 1 seed in the Southwestern 4A tournament, and will have a first-round bye. Butler is looking at a potential No. 2 seed in the NCHSAA playoffs.

  5. West Charlotte (20-3): Using a little help from Hough, the Lions busted down the open door for the regular season Mecka title. West Charlotte defeated Robinson on Thursday in what felt like a playoff preview in front of a jam-packed Robinson crowd. Simeon Carter and company face No. 8 Vance in the first round of the Mecka tournament.

  6. Albemarle (22-0): The Bulldogs completed a perfect season Friday, defeating North Stanly 74-56. With a cloud of doubt surrounding the future of the school, Albemarle’s players have found a way to give their supporters one lasting memory of Bulldog basketball.

  7. North Meck (21-3): North Meck lost their grip on the Mecka regular season championship last week, but finished the regular season on a high note. The Vikings blasted Mallard Creek 94-46 on Friday. The two schools face off again in the first round of the Mecka tournament.

  8. Hickory (18-3): After clinching the top seed in the Northwestern Conference, the Red Tornadoes were handed a 92-74 loss at Watauga. The Red Tornadoes got back on track with a 65-59 victory over Hibriten on senior night. Hickory opens the conference tournament against South Caldwell.

  9. Crest (19-4): The Chargers enter the SMAC tournament as the No. 1 seed despite losing to archrival Shelby on Friday. Jerick Haynes became the school’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing NC State legend David Thompson. Haynes is averaging 26 points per game this season.

  10. Cox Mill (18-6): Matt Morgan and the battle-tested Chargers closed the season on a tear, winning eight in a row to share the SPC regular season title with Hickory Ridge. Speaking of Morgan, his No. 10 jersey was retired prior to Friday’s home game with Carson. Cox Mill is the No. 1 seed in the SPC tournament and will host Northwest Cabarrus to open the postseason.

  11. Hickory Ridge (19-4): Co-champions of the SPC, Hickory Ridge tied a school record with 19 victories this season. Jaylen Stowe’s 18 points on Friday put him atop the school’s all-time points list. Stowe and the Ragin’ Bulls will battle South Rowan in the first round of the SPC tournament.

  12. Cuthbertson (19-4): The Cavaliers closed the regular season with a 10-game winning streak. Friday’s victory over Marvin Ridge gave Cuthbertson the No. 1 seed in the 3A Southern Carolina tournament.

  13. Jay M. Robinson (18-6): Lavar Batts’ Bulldogs were on the cusp of taking the No. 1 seed in the Mecka, but were unable to upend West Charlotte. Junior Daniel Spencer has been nothing short of sensational since the calendar hit 2015, averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds for Robinson.

  14. Olympic (19-5): The Trojans took the No. 2 seed in the South Meck 8. They’ll get West Meck in the opening round of the tournament at Charlotte Catholic. Olympic lost a bit of mojo down the stretch, but can get on track with a good conference tournament.

  15. Weddington (20-4): Weddington closed the regular season with a strong defensive performance, defeating Sun Valley 59-32. Sophomore Timmy Havens scored a team-leading 14 points. Senior Jordan Barber had 11 points in the victory.

First five out: Ashbrook, Lake Norman, Charlotte Catholic, Watauga, Lake Norman Charter

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