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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Melrose cracks Top 10 in latest hoop poll

By Brendan Hall

We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 boys basketball poll this afternoon. To view it, CLICK HERE.

Some notes about this week's poll:

Melrose on the rise: Go right ahead, tell us this was a glaring oversight. We can take it. Melrose is the biggest mover this week, jumping up eight spots to No. 9 following the Red Raiders' 65-61 win over Wakefield that clinched a title for the Raiders in the Middlesex League's Freedom division. Amidst all of the expected contenders in Division 2 North -- New Mission, Brighton, North Andover, Beverly -- we must now thoroughly insert the Raiders into the conversation. Junior guard Frantdzy Pierrot continues to emerge as one of the elite players in the Middlesex, while freshman point guard Sherron Harris -- cousin of last year's Middlesex League MVP, Jalen Adams -- is playing beyond his years.

Returning strong: West Springfield makes its return to the polls this week after a three-week hiatus. The Terriers' only two losses on the season are to No. 8 Putnam and No. 10 Springfield Central, and they'll get another crack at Putnam tomorrow night. Also making returns to the poll following extended absences are Wakefield (24) and Algonquin (25).

Here's how the poll breaks down this week by league affiliation:

Merrimack Valley - 4
Bay State - 2
Boston City - 2
Catholic Conference - 2
Hockomock - 2
Middlesex - 2
Mid-Wach A - 2
Valley Wheel - 2
Big Three - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual Valley - 1
Inter-High - 1
South Coast - 1
South Shore - 1
Valley League - 1