Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
Here is the third edition of REGULAR SEASON Power Rankings for the 2017-2018 local HS Boys Basketball season.
Batavia is the only team to beat fellow Monroe County League opponent Pittsford Mendon this season, but since then, the Devils have endured a turbulent past month and a half. However, this week, they finally have their entire team back and will be looking to get on a roll as they march into the postseason.
The Dragons are still undefeated following an OT win over Cheektowaga last night, and until beaten, will be the top-small school on my list of local teams. They have multiple options which come at you from all angles offensively, and their size and strength inside makes them a formidable defensive team as well.
3. Le Roy
A brief Knights’ winning-streak came to an end last night after a loss to Perry, but they beat fellow LCAA team Cal-Mum earlier in the year. I can’t put the Knights behind the Raiders – who are also currently riding a winning-streak – unless LR loses to C-M in the two sides’ second matchup later this season.
Cal-Mum has been red hot since their loss to Le Roy a few weeks back. The Raiders will be chomping at the bit when their second matchup with the Knights rolls around in a couple of weeks.
5. Notre Dame (+1)
Notre Dame has suffered losses to Batavia, and Prattsburgh this season. Aside from those two non-league defeats, the Irish have dominated their league schedule – including a recent victory over previous #5 team Alexander.
6. Alexander (-1)
The Trojans’ loss to Notre Dame last week sets them behind the Irish with a few weeks remaining in the season. Alexander will have one last chance to move up in the rankings – when they play Pembroke during the final week of the season. Prior to that, they must beat Oakfield in order to remain ahead of the Hornets.
The Hornets have taken care of the inferior competition on their schedule thus far, but have yet to post a signature victory. Their next chance to do so will be against Pembroke on February 1.
Much like the team above them, Elba has yet to post a signature victory this season. They have a rescheduled game with Oakfield yet to come which will serve as the measuring stick which will separate the Lancers, and Hornets.
Attica is experiencing a down season, with only three wins to date. This is a young team, though, and they should be back on track next season. To close out 2018, they have several games left vs the teams below them in the rankings. They must win those games in order to remain in the top-10.
10. Byron-Bergen (+1)
The Bees have spread five wins out over the course of the past three months, and have three more winnable games left on the schedule. They still have a chance to move up in the rankings.
11. Pavilion (-1)
Pavilion is another team with just three wins, and none of those have come recently. The Gophers, who were hit with an injury to one of their best players earlier this year, are just hoping for another win to close out the year. Although they beat Byron-Bergen to begin the season, the injury bug has been too much for them to overcome and are now a different team than they were in November.
12. Lyndonville (+2)
The Tigers fell to Wheatland-Chili earlier this season, but with recent wins over Byron-Bergen, and Holley, they deserved a jump. Lyndonville has a few more winnable games to finish the year.
13. Holley (-1)
Holley has games with Wheatland-Chili, Byron-Bergen, and Attica left on their schedule – all of which are teams who are within a few spots of the Wildcats in the rankings. The Hawks need wins in those games in order to make a late-season push at the top-10.
14. Wheatland-Chili (-1)
The Wildcats defeated Lyndonville earlier this year, but need a few more wins vs the team near them in the rankings in order to climb higher than the bottom.
Stay tuned as the season goes on for an updated list of my top-teams in the local area.
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