Here is a look at this week’s Fab 15, a weekly look at the top high school boys basketball teams in the area:
1. North Central (11-2) – The Panthers avenged one of its losses, to Lawrence North, with a 68-63 win on Friday. North Central followed that with another impressive win, 62-48 over Muncie Central, on Saturday. Another really difficult weekend is coming with home games against Warren Central on Friday and Park Tudor on Saturday.
2. Southport (13-2) – Southport rebounded from losses to Pike and Lawrence North with a 74-46 win over Terre Haute North. Up this weekend is a tough road game against Columbus North and a home game vs. Franklin on Saturday.
3. Carmel (13-2) – The Greyhounds saw their 10-game winning streak end with a 36-33 loss to Brownsburg on Saturday. A big conference is up next as Carmel hosts MIC-leading Lawrence North on Friday. That’s followed by a trip to New Castle on Saturday.
4. Park Tudor (12-1) – Park Tudor knocked off Speedway 62-38 in its only game last week. The Panthers are at an improved Cardinal Ritter on Tuesday, then go to North Central on Saturday.
5. Lawrence North (12-3) – Lawrence North is putting together an impressive season, especially considering there are two freshman in the starting lineup. The Wildcats split two games over the weekend, falling to North Central by five and beating Pendleton Heights by 22. The Wildcats hit the road this weekend, going to Center Grove on Friday and Fishers on Saturday.
6. Pike (11-4) – The Red Devils have lost two out of three after winning the Marion County tournament, falling by 17 to Carmel and in overtime to Zionsville on Tuesday. It doesn’t get much easier on Saturday when Pike hosts Pendleton Heights.
7. Brownsburg (13-4) – Brownsburg notched an impressive 36-33 win over Carmel on Saturday on the heels of a 15-point win over Westfield on Friday. The Bulldogs have another big game coming on Friday at home against a Zionsville team that has been playing well.
8. Howe (13-2) – The Hornets are riding high coming off the City tournament championship and wins over Tech and Scecina. Howe is at Traders Point on Friday and at Manual on Saturday.
9. Ben Davis (12-4) – The Giants are 5-0 in the MIC with another big league game coming on Friday at Carmel. The Giants knocked off Center Grove (50-40) and Decatur Central (57-43) over the weekend. Ben Davis also has a tough game against Martinsville on Saturday.
10. Scecina (12-4) – Scecina almost won the City tournament, falling 75-72 to Howe in the finals. The Crusaders are missing 6-9 Gary Bonds for the near future, but will still be a tough matchup. Scecina hosts 13-2 Triton Central on Friday.
11. Mooresville (10-2) – Mooresville has rebounded nicely from a somewhat surprising loss to Franklin with wins over Columbus North (60-55) and Plainfield (79-51). The Pioneers host Whiteland on Friday and go to Connersville on Saturday.
12. Warren Central (8-7) – The Warriors could be a scary team come March. Warren Central has won four of its last five and the wins have come against solid teams, including Lawrence North and Lawrence Central. The Warriors are at North Central on Friday night.
13. Tech (10-6) – The Titans fell to Howe 86-79 in the City semifinals and have lost three of five. Tech hosts Bowman Academy on Friday and goes to Logansport on Saturday. Tech will still be a dangerous team come tournament time.
14. Zionsville (13-4) – The Eagles are on a roll, winners of six games in a row after taking down Pike in overtime on Tuesday. Another huge test coming Friday at Brownsburg.
15. Crispus Attucks (9-3) – The Tigers were ousted early in the City tournament by Cathedral. Senior Darrell Hutchison returned for that game but wasn’t at 100 percent. It doesn’t get any easier on Friday as Attucks travels to Liberty Christian, the state’s No. 2 team in Class A.
Dropped out: Pendleton Heights (13)