Abington Heights boys return to top spot

Abington Heights boys return to top spot

After five weeks away, defending state Class 5A champion Abington Heights is back on top of the Big School Boys portion of the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

The Comets, who never fell below second in the rankings, regained the top spot by overpowering the former No. 1, Scranton Prep, 68-40, Tuesday in a showdown for the Lackawanna League Division 1 boys basketball lead.

Abington Heights was the only one of three second-ranked teams to come out on top of 1-vs.-2 showdowns last week.

The Scranton Prep and Dunmore girls remained in their respective Big and Small School No. 1 positions by defeating Abington Heights and Riverside.

Going back into the previous week, all four rankings pitted the top two teams against each other with only Abington Heights rising up to take over a top spot. Wyoming Seminary had previously beaten Holy Redeemer to protect its Small School boys ranking.

Scranton Prep, in Big School Girls, and Dunmore, in Small School Girls, have been No. 1 for all eight rankings this year – preseason and after each of the first seven weeks.

Wyoming Seminary has been first for all but one week in Small School Boys, yielding the top spot one time to Holy Redeemer.

The Big School Boys has been a different story.

With the latest rankings, Abington Heights and Scranton Prep have each held the top spot three weeks while Nanticoke has been there for two weeks.

Crestwood is right behind Abington Heights, climbing to the second ranking for the first time this season.

Hazleton Area, in Big Schools, and Holy Redeemer in Small Schools, moved into the second position in girls rankings. Hazleton Area is back for the first time since the preseason rankings. Holy Redeemer has been in the second Small School spot for all but last week.

The only other change this week is Valley View rejoining the Big School Boys rankings in sixth place.

Abington Heights (12-2) is on a four-game, on-court winning streak. With the help of a forfeit against Berks Catholic, the streak is at eight games without a loss since Christmas.

Crestwood has won 11 straight to improve to 13-2. The Comets were ranked third last week, then defeated defending champion Hazleton Area, 66-51, Friday in a meeting of Wyoming Valley Conference unbeatens for sole possession of the Division 1 lead.

Scranton Prep (12-2) recovered from the loss to Abington Heights to pull out a 59-57 win over Valley View Friday. The Cavaliers drop from first to third.

Hazleton Area (9-4) holds on to fourth and Nanticoke, which won twice to improve to 11-3, remains in fifth.

Valley View (10-5) beat West Scranton, 54-31, before falling to Scranton Prep.

Scranton (7-7) also split two games, but dropped out of the rankings after holding sixth last week.

The Small School Boys rankings are unchanged after the top five teams combined to go 9-1.

The only loss in that group was by fourth-ranked Holy Cross, 48-45, at third-ranked Mid Valley Friday night. The Spartans used that win to take over the Lackawanna League Division 3 lead.

Wyoming Seminary, which has the best record among District 2 boys teams, remains first at 13-1.

Holy Redeemer and Mid Valley, both 11-2, hold the second and third spots.

Holy Cross (9-5), Lakeland (10-4) and Northwest (9-5) remain fourth through sixth. Lakeland won twice while the other two split their two games.

Both sets of girls rankings have just one change.

Scranton Prep (13-1) holds first after beating Abington Heights, 46-26, and taking sole possession of the Lackawanna League Division 1 lead in a 2-0 week.

Hazleton Area (11-4) returns to second after winning its eighth straight game, all by double-figures margins.

Abington Heights (12-3) drops from second to third after losing within District 2 for the first time this season.

Lake-Lehman (11-3), Berwick (12-2) and Nanticoke (11-3) each won twice and remain fourth through sixth.

Dunmore is the last unbeaten team – boys or girls – in District 2 after beating Riverside, 56-38, Thursday.

Holy Redeemer (11-3) is back in second after winning twice. The Royals have won eight of their last nine and have lost only to Dunmore within District 2.

Riverside (13-1) dropped from second to third after suffering its first loss. Earlier in the week, the Lady Vikes rallied past fourth-ranked Holy Cross, 53-43. The Lady Crusaders are 9-5.

Old Forge, which won its only game to improve to 10-3, is still fifth.

Sixth-ranked Susquehanna won twice, including beating Mountain View, 47-28, to break a first-place tie in Lackawanna League Division 4. The Lady Sabers are 9-3.

In all, the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six teams went 39-8 for the week. All eight losses came in games between ranked teams, making the Super Six 31-0 against everyone else. Counting the Scranton boys, who fell out of the rankings, the teams that were in the Super Six last week went 30-1 against unranked opponents.

The ratings are determined by NEPABasketball.com and released each Sunday.

 

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (12-2, 2)

1. Scranton Prep (13-1, 1)

2. Crestwood (13-2, 3)

2. Hazleton Area (11-4, 3)

3. Scranton Prep (12-2, 1)

3. Abington Heights (12-3, 2)

4. Hazleton Area (9-4, 4)

4. Lake-Lehman (11-3, 4)

5. Nanticoke (11-3, 5)

5. Berwick (12-2, 5)

6. Valley View (10-5, NR)

6. Nanticoke (11-3, 6)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Wyoming Seminary (13-1, 1)

1. Dunmore (13-0, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (11-2, 2)

2. Holy Redeemer (11-3, 3)

3. Mid Valley (11-2, 3)

3. Riverside (13-1, 2)

4. Holy Cross (9-5, 4)

4. Holy Cross (9-5, 4)

5. Lakeland (10-4, 5)

5. Old Forge (10-3, 5)

6. Northwest (9-5, 6)

6. Susquehanna (9-3, 6)