Most high school basketball teams in Section V are past the halfway points of their seasons.
Leadership Academy (12-1) and Aquinas (11-0) are among the area’s best so far, and will meet for the second time this season, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Saint John Fisher College.
Aquinas remains at No. 2 in the latest Democrat & Chronicle/Section V Large-School Coaches Poll, which is released later today. The Little Irish defeated Leadership Academy 71-53 in the Aquinas Tournament final on Dec. 29.
“But it was a good game throughout,” Aquinas coach Mike Grosodonia said.
Grosodonia said it may have been the 2006-07 season, his second as Aquinas coach, the last time Aquinas played this many games without a loss.
“Even when we had Christian White and Phil Valenti we lost a game to Chester, Pa.,” Grosodonia said. “(That team’s top player) is at Arizona now, Hollis Jefferson, a 6-foot-6 lefty point guard.”
White and Valenti also moved on to Division I schools. Valenti is a starter at Canisius College, while White is on the Syracuse bench after transferring from Monmouth.
Leadership Academy has been the No. 1 team in the coaches’ small-school poll all season. The Lions play in the large-school division of the Rochester City Athletic Conference, which includes Rochester School District teams such as Edison, Wilson and East High, but are a Class B school.