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Monday, February 13, 2012
Brockton is new No. 1 in boys hoop poll

By ESPNBoston.com

We've updated our MIAA Boys Basketball Top 25 poll this afternoon, and for the third consecutive week we have a new No. 1.

Brockton, after beating previous No. 1 Catholic Memorial last Friday at the buzzer in arguably the year's most thrilling finish, take the No. 1 spot for the first time in poll history. It's also the first time in poll history that a team has risen to the No. 1 spot after starting the season unranked.

The Boxers, who have reeled off 12 straight wins since losing by double-digits to BC High in the first week of the season, get the nod at the top spot over No. 2 Springfield Central due to strength of schedule. Prior to the win over the Knights, Brockton beat No. 6 Newton North in overtime, and knocked previously-ranked Mansfield out of the polls with a convincing double-digit victory. Springfield Central's best wins to date are over cross-city rivals Commerce and Cathedral.

Central Catholic moves up to No. 3, while CM falls three spots to No. 4 following the Brockton loss, and Brighton enters the top five for the first time in poll history.

Elsewhere, Charlestown climbs back into the Top 10 after falling out of the poll a month ago. With Rony Fernandez and Omar Orriols back, and Tyrese Hoxter appearing to be over his wrist injury, the Townies are returning to the elite form they showed in the first month of the season.

Franklin makes its debut in the polls at No. 24, while St. Peter-Marian returns to the polls at No. 25 following a thrilling quadruple-overtime win over Quabbin last Friday.

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