The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10

The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10

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The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10

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Coach Barry Wortman and the Blaze took over the top spot in this week's Midstate Top 10

Coach Barry Wortman and the Blaze took over the top spot in this week’s Midstate Top 10

A look at the top boys basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:

10. Lebanon (13-1) — The Blue Devils, winners of four in a row since suffering a Dec. 21 defeat to Wayne County (Ky.), will square off with unbeaten Station Camp when District 9-AAA play resumes on Jan. 8. Last week: NR. 

9. East Nashville (13-2) — The Eagles posted a third-place finish at last week’s Beech Holiday Classic, beating Stewarts Creek and the host Buccaneers while suffering a 69-56 setback to unbeaten Station Camp. Last week: No. 9. 

8. Maplewood (10-2) — Junior guard Bo Hodges has averaged 22.8 points and 8.8 assists in just eight games, leading the Panthers to their best start since the 2010-11 season. Last week: No. 8.

7. Oakland (12-0) — The unbeaten Patriots, under the direction of former Wilson Central coach Troy Bond, are in the midst of their longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season. Last week: No. 7.

6. Ensworth (11-0) — The Tigers took care of business in the Sunshine State last week, capturing the Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest championship behind wins over Florida foes Barron Collier, American, Fort Lauderdale and Golden Gate. Last week: No. 6. 

5. Cane Ridge (10-1) — The Ravens suffered their first loss of the season during last week’s Willie Brown Memorial tournament at Father Ryan, falling to unbeaten Blackman 64-53 in the semifinals before bouncing back to beat McAdory (Ala.). Last week: No. 3.

4. Station Camp (16-0) — The Bison kept up their winning ways over the holidays, adding victories No. 14, 15 and 16 at last week’s Beech Holiday Classic, including a 57-56 championship triumph over Whites Creek. Last week: No. 5. 

3. Independence (13-1) — The Eagles, who host District 11-AAA rivals Ravenwood and Brentwood this week, have strung together four straight wins since suffering a 75-52 loss to Christian County (Ky.) on Dec. 12. Last week: No. 3. 

2. Brentwood Academy (12-1) — Christian Brothers got its revenge for last year’s Division II-AA title game defeat to BA, edging the Eagles 57-50 in the championship of last week’s Go Southern Beach Blowout in Niceville, Fla. — the Eagles’ first loss in 22 outings. Last week: No. 1. 

1. Blackman (14-0) — The Blaze, gunning for their fifth straight Class AAA state tournament appearance, have been exceptional en route to their undefeated start, which includes impressive double-digit wins over Hillsboro (67-31), Cane Ridge (64-53) and Father Ryan (62-34). Last week: No. 2.

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-259-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports

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