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MIAA Top 25 Boys Basketball Poll: Feb. 1

Brendan C. Hall/ESPN

1. Catholic Memorial (11-2, Last Week: 1) Knights held to their lowest point total of the season in 59-48 win over Marlborough. But like their lopsided wins over Malden Catholic (96-61) and Xaverian (99-61), they were in control from the get-go.

2. Cambridge (12-1, Last Week: 2) Back-to-back 40-point thrashings of Waltham (71-31) and Boston Latin (81-43) have the Falcons in the driver’s seat for the top seed in D1 North.

3. Putnam (12-1, Last Week: 3) Beavers have a two-game lead for the top seed in D1 West thanks to wins last week over Holyoke (88-48) and Pope Francis (79-56).

4. New Mission (11-3, Last Week: 6) After putting up 111 points in a win over Boston English, Titans came into MLK Invitational Sunday and looked dominant defensively as they beat St. John’s Prep.

5. St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (14-1, Last Week: 4) Pioneers have won eight straight since loss to Marlborough on Jan. 2, all of them by at least 17 points or more. There’s a very real possibility they could head into the D1 Central tournament with just one loss.

6. Newton North (13-1, Last Week: 6) Tigers have won 10 straight since loss to Newton South over Christmas break, but that could be in jeopardy when they travel to Brockton in their annual Super Bowl Sunday clash.

7. Concord-Carlisle (11-1, Last Week: 9) Patriots avoided a scare against Weston, but otherwise it’s been smooth sailing as they continue to quietly ascend the rankings.

8. Salem (13-0, Last Week: 10) Witches are one of three remaining unbeatens in Division 2 after taking down NEC rivals Marblehead and Lynn Classical.

9.Franklin (11-1, Last Week: 11) Panthers avoided an upset bid from North Attleborough, but they’ll have a tougher test Monday night from upset-minded Sharon, which just knocked off Taunton.

10. Brighton (10-5, Last Week: 15) Bengals have won three straight since Mansfield loss, but had to fight off feisty Duxbury late in Sunday’s MLK Invitational.

11. Lowell (11-2, Last Week: 18) Red Raiders make big jump this week after throttling Andover last Tuesday. They’ll go for the season sweep of Central Catholic on Friday night.

12. Everett (11-2, Last Week: 17) Crimson Tide have won four straight in dominant fashion, and now have a week off before they face some stiff competition at the Arbella Tournament.

13. St. John’s Prep (8-5, Last Week: 5) Rough week for the Eagles, who fell to Malden Catholic and then followed up with a loss to New Mission over the weekend.

14. Bishop Feehan (12-0, Last Week: 14) Shamrocks one of three remaining unbeaten in D2 after taking down Somerset-Berkley and Westwood last week.

15. Brockton (10-4), Last Week: NR) Boxers jump back into the poll after two-week hiatus following overtime upset of Mansfield over the weekend. Is Brockton suddenly emerging as a darkhorse in D1?

16. Taunton (11-3, Last Week: 8) Tigers fall eight spots after surprise loss to Sharon last week. And now the road gets tougher, with rematches against Mansfield and Franklin on tap.

17. Mansfield (10-4, Last Week: 13) Hornets took overtime loss to Brockton over the weekend, but they can climb back up quickly with a win over Taunton this Friday.

18. Newton South (11-3, Last Week: 16) Lions lived on the edge last week, with close victories over Westford Academy (78-77) and Weston (62-57).

19. BC High (8-5, Last Week: 19) Another big week on tap for the Eagles, who will close out their Catholic Conference schedule with rematches against Malden Catholic and Catholic Memorial, the latter of whom they just upset less than two weeks ago.

20. Boston Cathedral (14-2, Last Week: 22) After dominating Manchester-Essex and Arlington Catholic, Panthers close out league schedule this week against Cardinal Spellman and Bishop Fenwick.

21. Belmont (13-2, Last Week: 21) Maruaders’ victory over Arlington on Friday gave them a two-game lead on the Spy Ponders for the Middlesex League’s Liberty division title.

22. Danvers (11-3, Last Week: NR) Welcome back, Falcons. Defending D2 state champs are back in the poll this week after taking command of the Northeastern Conference’s North division with wins over Swampscott and Revere. They’ll look for revenge Tuesday night against Lynn English.

23. Whitman-Hanson (13-0, Last Week: 25) The last of the three remaining unbeaten in D2, Panthers have a tricky three-game swing coming up in Quincy, Plymouth North and suddenly-surging Duxbury.

24. Wachusett (10-4, Last Week: NR) Mountaineers make return to the poll after one-month hiatus, thanks to a win over Marlborough.

25. Marlborough (11-4, Last Week: 13) The bad news: The Panthers are a different team when superstar Chris Doherty is out of the lineup, or less than 100 percent. The good news: They’re already qualified for the state tournament, and have a few weeks to recuperate.

Last 10 out: Arlington (11-3), Chicopee (10-2), Foxborough (10-3), Holy Name (10-3), Hopkins Academy (14-0), Old Rochester (12-1), Quincy (10-3), Sharon (9-4), Tantasqua (12-1), Tewksbury (10-3)