Jan. 11: lohud boys basketball rankings
The top boys basketball teams from Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties and the rest of Section 1
1. Iona Prep (7-4) — This week easily could’ve sent the Gaels spiraling, but they responded with key CHSAA road wins at Holy Cross and Stepinac.
2. Mount Vernon (6-3) — The Knights haven’t started humming, but they have won four straight. They’ll need more production in the paint if they can match or exceed last year’s success.
3. Fox Lane (6-2) — The Foxes might not be challenged again until they host Byram Hills on Jan. 22.
4. Stepinac (4-8) — Stepinac has had a number of close calls, but Friday’s game at home against Iona Prep without Ty Jerome is one it really must win.
5. Kennedy (11-2) — The Gaels beat Xavier and McClancy, their best in-league competition outside of Monsignor Scanlan. Kennedy and Scanlan won’t meet until a home-and-home Jan. 24 and 31.
6. North Rockland (7-2) — Despite losses to unranked Beacon and New Rochelle in December, North Rockland has started to surge. This week’s Class AA wins over Spring Valley and Clarkstown South have the Red Raiders atop Rockland County’s large-school pack.
7. Saunders (6-4) — Saunders has been very competitive against good teams, but the Blue Devils still need to prove they can finish. They are just 2-4 outside of Yonkers.
8. Tappan Zee (10-1) — The Dutchmen have survived a few close calls of late, including a Pelham 3-pointer to win at the buzzer last Monday and a game at Pearl River Friday that went to overtime.
9. Briarcliff (9-1) — After a long layoff, the Bears weren’t perfect against Putnam Valley, but they have a great resume that includes other key wins over Tappan Zee, Nanuet and now surging Woodlands.
10. Carmel (7-4) — The Rams join the Top 10 on the strength of six straight wins, including recent one over Spring Valley, Arlington and John Jay-East Fishkill.
On the bubble: Spring Valley (6-4), Putnam Valley (9-2).
The top boys basketball teams in each class in Section 1
1. Mount Vernon
2. Fox Lane
3. North Rockland
1. Tappan Zee
2. Byram Hills
2. Putnam Valley
3. Blind Brook
2. Clark Academy
5. Children’s Village