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STATE CHAMPS! Michigan small-school boys basketball rankings for Feb. 24: Everyone holds steady, while Detroit Loyola joins top 10

By: TJ KELLEY, February 24, 2020, 12:48 pm

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  A strong stretch of wins since the previous small school rankings two weeks ago.  Detroit Loyola has a five-game win streak that included a CHSL quarterfinal win on Saturday that elevated the Bulldogs into this week’s top 10. DEPSA’s road loss at Clarkston is a tough game for any team to win, and the Wolves are No. 3 in the overall rankings released last week.

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The boys basketball district pairings:

Division 1: [CLICK HERE]

Division 2: [CLICK HERE]

Division 3: [CLICK HERE]

Division 4: [CLICK HERE]

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1 FLINT BEECHER (18-1, 14-0 1st GAC) — D3

No. 1 in the state’s overall rankings and riding an 18-game win streak. Flint Hamady, Flint Southwestern, and Burton Bentley all suffered losses to the Bucs over the past two weeks.  Grand Blanc is No. 7 in the overall rankings and the Bobcats travel to Beecher on March 3.

(Last ranking: 1)

2 HANOVER-HORTON (16-1, 12-0 1st Cascades Conference) — D3

A 13-game win streak and two dominating wins over conference opponents Napoleon (78-48) and Vandercook Lake (81-47). Hanover-Horton will wrap up its regular season on Feb. 26 at home vs. Michigan Center, Feb. 29 vs. Detroit King at Warren Lincoln in the Leap Year Invitational, and on March 5 vs. Manchester.

(Last ranking: 2)

3 IRON MOUNTAIN (16-0, 9-0 1st West PAC East) — D3

The Mountaineers are locked in and housing Kingsford (80-35) and Hancock (87-29) solidifies their No. 3 ranking. Iron Mountain finishes out their regular season with four home games starting on Feb. 24 vs. West Iron County, Feb. 27 vs. Houghton, March 3 vs. Gladstone, and March 5 vs. Negaunee.

(Last ranking: 3)

4 DETROIT EDISON (12-4) — D3

Victories over Detroit University Prep (76-43), Voyageur Prep (78-48) and Detroit King (68-56) have the Pioneers on a three-game win streak after a road loss to No. 3 overall Clarkston holds DEPSA at the No. 4 spot in the small-school rankings. DEPSA finishes the schedule vs. PSL semi-finalist Detroit CMA at home on Feb. 28, vs. Detroit Mumford at Warren Lincoln on Feb. 29, and at Grosse Pointe South on March 4.

(Last ranking: 4)

5 SCHOOLCRAFT (18-0, 11-0 1st SWAC Valley) — D3

Decisive wins over Richland-Gull Lake (72-54) and Galesburg-Augusta (84-23) keep the Eagles undefeated this season. They’ll round out their season with a road game on Feb. 25 at Constantine and at home vs. Battle Creek Pennfield on March 3.

(Last ranking: 5)

6 PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA (15-1, 11-1 1st CMAC) — D3

A 14-game win streak was continued with wins over Fowler (64-32) and Bath (62-42).  Potterville at home on Feb. 26, on the road vs. Dansville on Feb. 28, at Portland St. Patrick on March 3, and the regular-season finale is March 5 at home vs. Fulton.

(Last ranking:6)

7 SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN (13-3, 9-0 1st MIAC-Blue) — D4

An 81-24 win over Auburn Hills Oakland Christian puts the Eagles’ win streak at five with upcoming games at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Feb. 25, at home on Feb. 28 vs. Plymouth Christian, and at Dearborn Divine Child on March 3 completes the regular season.

(Last ranking: 7)

8 TRAVERSE CITY ST. FRANCIS (15-2, 12-0 1st Lake Michigan) — D3

The leader of the Lake Michigan Conference has a 13-game win streak after wins vs. Harbor Springs (58-46), East Jordan (59-43), and Midland (54-42). Key games coming up Feb. 25 vs. Elk Rapids, Feb. 28 at Charlevoix, and March 5 vs. Petoskey.

(Last ranking: 8)

9 (tie) OSCODA (17-0, 13-0 1st North Star League-Big Dipper) — D3

A 78-32 win over Hillman and a 68-63 win over Hale keeps the Owls’ season with an unblemished record. They’ll look to go 20-0 with a Feb. 28 game at Ogemaw Heights, March 2 at Pinconning, and March 5 at Hillman.

(Last ranking: 9)

9 (tie) DETROIT LOYOLA (13-2, 5-1 1st CHSL-AA) — D3

A 78-74 win over Macomb Lutheran North clinched the CHSL-AA league title and a 52-47 win over Warren DeLaSalle in the CHSL quarterfinals puts Loyola in a CHSL semifinal game vs. the Detroit U-D Jesuit on Feb. 25 at Birmingham Marian.

(Last ranking: N/R)

10 KINGSTON (17-0, 11-0 1st North Central Thumb League-Stars) — D4

Kingston’s latest victims were Genesee (86-52) and Peck (78-33) to keep the undefeated regular season alive. Home games vs. Caseville on Feb. 25 and Feb. 28 vs. International Academy of Flint and a road game on March 5 at Carrollton conclude the regular season.

(Last ranking: 10)

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CLICK HERE for the overall top 25 rankings update from Feb. 17

CLICK HERE for the small-school top 10 rankings from Feb. 10

CLICK HERE for the small-school top 10 rankings from Jan. 27

CLICK HERE for the preseason list of top teams.

CLICK HERE for the preseason list of top players.