#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 5

#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 5

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#FNFrenzy boys basketball power rankings, February 5

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Brandon Walker goes up for a shot in the fourth quarter of Hickory's game against South Caldwell.

Brandon Walker goes up for a shot in the fourth quarter of Hickory’s game against South Caldwell.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the first time this season, there’s a new No. 1 atop the Friday Night Frenzy boys basketball power rankings. The top five saw some mixing up after two teams were defeated on Tuesday night. Butler had a 17-game winning streak snapped by Rocky River, while North Meck’s second loss of the year at Robinson opened the Mecka race once again. Familiar face Hickory Ridge returns to the top 15, while Lake Norman Charter and Davidson Day slip out following losses in the last week.

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New this week: Hickory Ridge, Cuthbertson

Dropped out: Lake Norman Charter (14), Davidson Day (15)

  1. Ardrey Kell (20-1): Ardrey Kell surged to the top of this week’s rankings with a dominant win over Providence on Tuesday. The Knights have wrapped up at least a share of the South Meck 8 title, and Steven Santa Ana scored his 1,500th point Tuesday.

  2. Providence Day (22-4): The Chargers claimed at least a share of their conference title Friday, topping Charlotte Latin 66-52. Providence Day hasn’t lost since the calendar turned to 2015.

  3. East Lincoln (15-0): Chazz Surratt and younger brother Sage appear to be on their way to leading the Mustangs to an undefeated season. In Tuesday’s win over Newton-Conover, Sage scored a game-high 34, while Sage kicked in 28. The Mustangs can win the SD7 with a win over West Caldwell Friday.

  4. Butler (19-3): A 68-64 loss at Rocky River on Tuesday snapped a 17-game winning streak for the Bulldogs, and put a new team atop the #FNFrenzy rankings. Orlando Robinson shined in the loss, scoring 26. Rae’Quan Scott and Art Labinowicz combined for 31 points and 15 rebounds. Butler hosts Porter Ridge on Friday with an opportunity to earn a share of the Southwestern title.

  5. Hickory (16-2): After blowing out South Caldwell in the #FNFrenzy Game of the Week, the Red Tornadoes went back to work Tuesday, crushing rival St. Stephens on the road. Hickory visits Fred T. Foard on Friday before wrapping up their season with Watauga and Hibriten.

  6. Crest (17-3): Jerick Haynes put the Chargers on his back Friday, shooting 10-19 en route to 29 points in Crest’s 84-70 victory over East Burke. Crest will take on East Rutherford Friday with a shot to claim the SMAC regular season championship.

  7. North Meck (19-2): Just a week after sweeping West Charlotte, the Vikings dropped a second contest to Jay M. Robinson. With three games remaining in the regular season, North Meck still controls its destiny to win the Mecka. The Vikings’ last road test will come next Tuesday at Hough.

  8. West Charlotte (17-3): The Lions took out their frustration from a loss at North Meck out on Vance and Hopewell, with West Charlotte winning their last two games by a combined 57 points. West Charlotte still has a shot at the Mecka title, but don’t have an easy road with games against Hough and Robinson in their last three.

  9. Albemarle (18-0): Albemarle swept West Montgomery in back-to-back games and look like a strong candidate to run the regular season table. Terrace Ellis and Lee Autry give Albemarle a nice inside-out combo, averaging 25 points per game combined.

  10. Jay M. Robinson (16-5): Lavar Batts, Sr.’s club escaped with a hard-fought win at A.L. Brown. Perhaps the Bulldogs were looking ahead, as they defeated former No. 1 in the state North Meck for a second time Tuesday. Daniel Spencer’s super season continued with another double-double (23 pts, 10 rebounds).

  11. Cox Mill (15-6): The Chargers have a knack for thrilling victories. Friday’s 69-68 squeaker over Concord was no exception. Matt Morgan scored the game-winning layup with just seven seconds remaining. Morgan’s clutch shots have handed Cox Mill at least two victories this season. The Chargers are in the driver’s seat to earn a share of the SPC regular season title.

  12. Olympic (17-4): Friday’s loss at Charlotte Catholic saw Olympic’s slim hopes of a South Meck 8 regular season title slip away, but the Trojans bounced back Tuesday at West Meck. Olympic hosts surging South Mecklenburg on Friday.

  13. Weddington (18-4): Weddington lost a 48-46 heartbreaker at home to rival Marvin Ridge on Friday. The Warriors didn’t let it get them down, as they defeated a strong Anson County team at home Tuesday. Jordan Sharpe led the way with 18 points Tuesday, one of four Weddington players in double figures.

  14. Hickory Ridge (16-4): The other team on top of the SPC, Hickory Ridge had no trouble with Northwest Cabarrus Tuesday. Jaylen Stowe is leading the Bulls to a shared SPC title. Hickory Ridge hosts South Rowan on Friday.

  15. Cuthbertson (16-4): Winners of seven in a row, Cuthbertson is new to the #FNFrenzy power rankings. They’ll have their shot to shine in the Friday Night Frenzy Game of the Week when they host Sun Valley. The Cavaliers control their own destiny for a Southern Carolina regular season championship.

First five out:Ashbrook, Lake Norman Charter, Davidson Day, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Catholic

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