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New No. 1 in latest boys hoop Top 25 poll

We've updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 boys basketball poll today, following an exciting week of holiday tournament basketball.

Exciting enough was the week, in fact, that we've flip-flopped the Nos. 1 and 2 spots, putting St. John's Prep atop our poll for the first time since the final poll of the 2010-2011 season. The move comes after an especially impressive week for the Eagles, who pounded defending Division 2 champ New Mission and defending New Hampshire champ Bishop Guertin in succession, at the BABC Holiday Classic at Chelsea High School.

Previous No. 1 Central Catholic falls back a spot after escaping the grasps of once-again-upstart Lawrence in the Greater Lawrence Holiday Tournament final before a raucous Lawrence High crowd on Friday night. And while the Raiders have done fine in their own right, we're giving the Eagles the edge on strength of schedule.

Making its season debut this week at No. 25 is Lawrence, which took Central Catholic to the wire three nights ago. The Lancers were last season's feel-good story, backing into Division 1 North tournament, then riding an emotional wave all the way to the TD Garden floor, where they became the first No. 15 seed since 1993 to make the Division 1 North final.

Could Paul Neal's troops be up to some more magic in 2012? Only time will tell.

As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com