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Monday, January 23, 2012
Updated Boys Basketball Top 25 poll

By ESPNBoston.com

We've updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 Boys Basketball poll this afternoon, and as in every other week, the merry-go-round continues.

With Catholic Memorial beating St. John's Prep by 25, BC High beating CM by two, and the Prep turning around and beating BC by 13, the Catholic Conference race is officially airtight. With that in mind, we give the edge to CM this week, leaving them at No. 2 based on strength of victories. Prep moves up six spots to No. 4, while BC High remains in the top five at No. 5. Central Catholic remains No. 1, while Newton North slides into the No. 3 spot, up four from last week.

The biggest mover this week is Springfield Central, which moves up seven spots into the No. 8 spot. It's a significant move, because it's the first time the Golden Eagles have cracked the Top 10 since the 2010-11 preseason, when a talented but green Eagles squad grabbed the No. 6 spot in the preseason poll.

A few steps down Roosevelt Ave, Springfield Commerce is in the poll this week for the first time in poll history. The Raiders are off to an 11-0 start after leading scorer Alex Lopez notched his 1,000th point in a win over Amherst. Madison Park makes its season debut at No. 23, following a convincing win over Charlestown, while Fitchburg returns to the poll at No. 25 following a one-week hiatus.

Charlestown, Lowell and Boston Latin drop out of the polls following losses last week.

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