The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10

The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10


The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10


Blackman junior Donovan Sims elevates for a shot during Friday's semifinal loss to Memphis East.

Blackman junior Donovan Sims elevates for a shot during Friday’s semifinal loss to Memphis East.

Here are the top 10 high school basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:

10. Maplewood (23-6) — The Panthers, led by Class AA Mr. Basketball Bo Hodges, reached the 23-win mark for the first time since advancing to the state semifinals in 2009-10. Last week: No. 10. Streak: Lost 1. 

9. Whites Creek (22-12) — The Cobras reached the 100-point mark in a comfortable quarterfinal win over Westview before being edged by eventual state runner-up Brainerd in Friday’s semifinals. Last week: No. 9. Streak: Lost 1. 

8. White County (29-1) — The Warriors, who set a TSSAA record for the most 3-pointers in a season, suffered their first and only loss of 2015-16 in the Class AAA sectionals — a surprising 78-66 defeat to Bradley Central. Last week: No. 7. Streak: Lost 1. 

7. Cane Ridge (24-4) — The District 12-AAA runner-up Ravens, led by seniors Kyree Elder and Jimmy Greer, advanced to the Region 6-AAA semifinals for just the second time in program history. Last week: No. 8. Streak: Lost 1. 

6. Ensworth (24-6) — The Tigers reached the DII-AA title game for the fourth time in five seasons but proved no match for two-time defending state champion Brentwood Academy, ultimately suffering an 82-49 defeat. Last week: No. 6. Streak: Lost 1. 

5. Independence (24-7) — The District 11-AAA champion and Region 6-AAA runner-up Eagles reached sectionals for the first time in program history before suffering a two-point defeat to eventual state semifinalist Station Camp. Last week: No. 5. Streak: Lost 2. 

4. Hillsboro (21-8) — The District 12-AAA and Region 6-AAA champion Burros, who were knocked off by the eventual Class AAA champion for the second year in a row, hit 14 3-pointers in last week’s 70-61 quarterfinal loss to Memphis East. Last week: No. 4. Streak: Lost 1. 

3. Station Camp (36-2) — The District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA champion Bison suffered a semifinal defeat to Cordova, but not before capturing their first state-tournament win in program history — a 78-68 quarterfinal triumph over David Crockett. Last week: No. 3. Streak: Lost 1. 

2. Brentwood Academy (29-3) — Sophomore sensation Darius Garland helped lead the Eagles to a second consecutive state title before also bringing home DII-AA Mr. Basketball honors. Last week: No. 2. Streak: Won 9. 

1. Blackman (33-1) — The Blaze, playing in their fifth state tournament in as many seasons, limited Memphis East to a season-low 46 points in Friday’s semifinals but still suffered a season-ending defeat to the eventual Class AAA champion Mustangs. Last week: No. 1. Streak: Lost 1. 

Reach Michael Murphy at 615-269-8262 and on Twitter @Murph_TNsports


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