The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10

The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10


The Tennessean Midstate boys basketball top 10


Here’s a look at the top boys high school basketball teams in Middle Tennessee, as ranked by The Tennessean:

Cane Ridge players celebrate after the team's doubble-overtime win over Hillsboro on Friday.

Cane Ridge players celebrate after the team’s doubble-overtime win over Hillsboro on Friday.

10. Maplewood (17-4) Despite suffering their second district loss of the season Tuesday, the Panthers, led by junior swingman Bo Hodges (23.4 points per game), bounced back to beat Whites Creek on Saturday, maintaining a half-game lead in 10-AA. Last week: No. 10. Streak: Won 1. 

9. Oakland (18-4) After dropping a pair of district defeats last week — a 52-39 loss at Blackman followed by a 57-52 setback at Stewarts Creek — the Patriots have managed to hold onto their second-place standing in 7-AAA. Last week: No. 6. Streak: Lost 2. 

8. Rossview (21-2) Seniors Brad Allen (16.7 points per game), Cannon Campbell (12.0) and Javon Vaughn (11.6) are averaging in double figures for the 10-AAA-leading Hawks, who recently escaped with wins over Northeast and Kenwood by a combined nine points. Last week: NR. Streak: Won 17. 

7. Ensworth (19-4) — After avenging one of their earlier losses by beating East/Middle Region-leading Brentwood Academy 63-55 on Tuesday, the second-place Tigers suffered a disheartening 55-51 home defeat to CPA on Saturday. Last week: No. 7. Streak: Lost 1. 

6. White County (23-0) The District 6-AAA-leading Warriors, one of just five unbeaten boys teams in the state, have connected on 278 3-pointers this season, bringing them to within 67 of tying the TSSAA state record for 3s in a season. Last week: No. 8. Streak: Won 23. 

5. Cane Ridge (21-1) — The one-loss Ravens, coming off a thrilling 65-55 double-overtime win over Hillsboro, have clinched their third consecutive District 12-AAA regular-season championship. Last week: No. 5. Streak: Won 12. 

4. Independence (21-1) — Grayson Murphy (18), Greg Miller (11), Patrick Murphy (10) and Malcolm Walker (10) each scored in double figures in Friday’s win for the District 11-AAA-leading Eagles, who are in the midst of their first 20-win season since 2006-07. Last week: No. 4. Streak: Won 14.

3. Brentwood Acad. (20-3) — Last week’s losses to Ensworth (63-55) and Hamilton Heights (58-55) — teams boasting a combined 41-6 record — mark the first back-to-back defeats for the defending Division II-AA champion Eagles since February 2014. Last week: No. 2. Streak: Lost 2. 

2. Station Camp (26-0) — The Bison, owners of the state’s longest active winning streak, secured their second straight District 9-AAA regular-season championship with Friday’s 71-58 triumph over Wilson Central. Last week: No. 3. Streak: Won 26. 

1. Blackman (24-0) — Senior forward Jerrell Reeves scored a combined 31 points in last week’s wins over 7-AAA squads Oakland and Siegel, helping bring the unbeaten Blaze to within two wins of pulling off a perfect regular season. Last week: No. 1. Streak: Won 24.

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


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