High-SchoolWashington-DC: Basketball

When Justin Anderson's desperation heave clanked off the rim, it signaled the end of Montrose Christian's NHSI title defense as well as the conclusion of the hoops season in Greater D.C. The loss dropped the Mustangs out of the top spot and cemented Paul VI as the top local squad. Greater D.C. finished with four squads ranked in the final POWERADE FAB 50, led by the Panthers, who check in at No. 12. DeMatha was No. 13, Montrose No. 14 and Gonzaga No. 46.

Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Paul VI (35-3) — last week No. 2
2. DeMatha (30-5) — last week No. 1
3. Montrose Christian (21-3) — last week No. 3
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Despite the suspension of leading scorer Stanford Robinson, Paul VI ended its winter by capturing the City Title in a 70-64 win over Coolidge last week. The win was the 35th of the season for the Panthers, who moved up to No. 13 in the POWERADE FAB 50. Patrick Holloway and Coleman Johnson tallied 15 points each and Jamal Robinson added 12 points and 13 boards to make up for the absence of Robinson. With the win, PVI moves back ahead of DeMatha for the No. 2 spot locally. The lone team in action this week is Montrose Christian, which puts its NHSI title on the line beginning March 29 against Ravenscroft (N.C.). A repeat by the Mustangs should land the squad in the top 10 of the POWERADE FAB 50.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Montrose Christian (20-2) — last week No. 1
2. Paul VI (35-3) — last week No. 3
3. DeMatha (30-5) — last week No. 2
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The Alhambra Catholic Invitational really shook up the top of our rankings, as Paul VI falls out of the No. 1 spot for the first time in several weeks. DeMatha was able to knock the Panthers from their perch with a convincing win in the finals after dropping the three previous head-to-head matchups. Montrose Christian, which plays in next week's ESPNHS NHSI, now occupies the No. 1 spot followed by DeMatha, PVI and Gonzaga. the rest of the rankings remain unchanged as the season is over for the rest of the region.

Here's a look at the top three:
Montrose Christian (20-2) — last week No. 3
DeMatha (30-5) — last week No. 3
Paul VI (34-3) — last week No. 1
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The Maryland and Virginia championship games were played this past weekend. While five local squads made it to the finals, only one emerged victorious. That squad was No. 5 Magruder which topped Eleanor Roosevelt in the Class 4A title game. Thomas Stone came up short in the 3A contest, Largo was bounced int he 2A finals and George Mason lost to Lancaster in the Virginia Division 2 finals.

The top of the rankings could see some movement as Paul VI, DeMatha and Gonzaga will all play in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament and Montrose Christian looks to defend its crown at the NHSI.



Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Paul VI (32-2) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (20-2) — last week No. 2
3. DeMatha (27-5) — last week No. 3

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Paul VI continues to rack up the championship hardware, adding the VISAA Division I crown to a haul that includes the WCAC regular season and postseason titles. They hope to complete a sweep at the City Title game on March 20. The Maryland and Virginia playoffs are still going strong with ranked squads Magruder, North Point and newcomer Thomas Stone still vying for a crown.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Paul VI (32-2) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (20-2) — last week No. 2
3. DeMatha (27-5) — last week No. 3
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No changes in this week's top 10, but the big news around Greater D.C. deals with Paul VI, which clipped DeMatha for its first WCAC title. The Panthers completed an undefeated run against Conference opponents and stands at No. 9 in the POWERADE FAB 50. With state tourney play underway, there could be some significant movement among the Maryland and Virginia ranked public school squads.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Paul VI (28-2) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (20-2) — last week No. 2
3. DeMatha Catholic (27-4) — last week No. 3

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A couple surprising losses led to some movement between teams 6-10 of the rankings. Coolidge upset Riverdale Baptist and Episcopal dropped a decision at home against Georgetown Prep dropping the teams down three spots each. North Point continues its rise and is now up to No. 6, while Bullis rises to No. 7 after capturing the IAC title. Coolidge has wins over Montrose Christian and Riverdale, leading to its debut in the rankings at No. 8. Paul VI closes the regular season at No. 1 after going unbeaten in the WCAC.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Paul VI (26-2) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (18-2) — last week No. 2
3 DeMatha (25-4) — last week No. 3

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The lone movement in this week's rankings involved DeMatha leapfrogging Gonzaga for the No. 3 spot. The Stags dismantled Gonzaga on national television Friday night to avenge a loss to their WCAC rivals three weeks ago. No. 1 Paul VI held off Gonzaga two days later behind a huge game by Coleman Johnson to retain the top spot. The Panthers have now won 11 straight and look to wrap up the WCAC regular season crown this week against St. John's and DeMatha. Riverdale Baptist has dominated opponents the last two months but will have their toughest test to date when they face Coolidge on Feb. 18. The contest could have a huge impact on next week's top 10.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Paul VI (23-2) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (16-2) — last week No. 2
3. DeMatha (24-3) — last week No. 4

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When we highlighted Paul VI in our January issue, we did it because we thought the Panthers were ready to make the leap in WCAC play. They proved us right by downing DeMatha last week courtesy of a Patrick Holloway buzzer beating trey. the win catapulted Paul VI back in the POWERADE FAB 50 where they occupy the No. 28 spot. That makes four Greater D.C. teams in the national rankings as Gonzaga (No. 9), Montrose Christian (No. 12) and DeMatha (29) all stumbled but remained ranked. Magruder took advantage of Episcopal's loss to Landon to leap into the top 5.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Gonzaga (19-1) — last week No. 1
2. Montrose Christian (14-2) — last week No. 2
3. Paul VI (18-2) — last week No. 4

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There may not be a hotter player in the area than Gonzaga's Kris Jenkins. The junior forward has topped the 25-point mark in each of his last three contests and knocked down the game-winning trey to lead the Zags over Patterson Monday. His play in that game was key as second-ranked Gonzaga was without UNC commit Nate Britt. Montrose Christian is back on top and holds the No. 5 spot nationally after DeMatha slipped up against Nevada's Bishop Gorman. New to the mix is Virginia power Osbourn, which has reeled off 14 in a row.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Montrose Christian (11-1) — last week No. 2
2. Gonzaga (15-0) — last week No. 3
3. DeMatha (15-1) — last week No. 1

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Bishop O’ Connell entered the winter with one of the area’s most talented squads, led by ESPNHS All-Area picks Melo Trimble and Will Ferguson in the backcourt.

But earlier this week, the squad suffered a significant blow with the unexpected transfer of Ferguson, who will finish his junior season at Herndon.

“I left O’Connell because I felt me and the coaches bumped heads and they weren’t interested in my style of play,” says Ferguson. “They wanted to do other things that weren’t involving me.”

Ferguson was a key contributor during the Knights rise to No. 6 in the POWERADE Greater D.C. hoop rankings earlier in the year. But he was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Marquis Rowe around Christmas and his playing time diminished over the subsequent weeks, which led to his departure.

“Will had some issues that we were trying to work through with him,” says O’Connell coach Joe Wootten. “He choose to move on instead.”

Ferguson said that personal family matters factored into his decision, but he did not elaborate on the situation.

Ferguson’s talent is evident. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard averaged nearly 10 points a contest for O’Connell and holds offers from Virginia Tech, Umass, Xavier and Virginia, among others. He should instantly bolster Herndon’s play when he takes the floor Friday night against Chantilly. His addition will be a welcome one as the Hornets have dropped four of their last six contests.

‘There are some regrets in leaving and I do feel like I let my teammates down,” Ferguson said. “But it was something I had to do. I wanted to be with my friends and be with the kids I grew up with.”

Wootten said Rowe will continue to start alongside Trimble and feels the squad will still contend with its young core.

“We are young but a championship caliber team,” he said. “I really believe in these guys.”
Greater D.C. has a new No. 1 team, and it's the undefeated Stags of DeMatha. Mike Jones' troops dominated the competition at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic to move to 10-0 and land the No. 5 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50. Three other locals are ranked nationally as Montrose Christian checks in at No. 7, Gonzaga keeps pace at No. 11 and Paul VI makes its debut at No. 50. We welcome a pair of double-digit win squads to the top 10. Bullis is off to an 11-1 start behind Nigel Pruitt, while Riverdale Baptist has gone 14-2 despite playing more games than the majority of local teams.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. DeMatha (10-0) — Last week No. 2
2. Montrose Christian (9-1) — Last week No. 1
3. Gonzaga (9-0) — Last week No. 3

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Despite a loss to Texas power Marcus, Montrose maintains its hold on the No. 1 spot in this week's rankings. The Mustangs rebounded from the loss with four-straight blowout wins to move to 9-1 on the season. DeMatha and Gonzaga remain unbeaten and occupy the next two spots in the rankings. Episcopal won three straight to move into No. 5, while North Point and Bishop O' Connell stumbled a few spots after tough after losses.

Here's a look at how the Top 3 teams fared last week:

1. Montrose Christian -- defeated Orlando Christian, Fla., 47-36 (last week No. 1)

2. DeMatha Catholic -- defeated St, Mary's Ryken, Md., 86-66 (last week No. 2)

3. Gonzaga College -- defeated Bishop McNamara, Md., 68-46 (last week No. 3)

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Greater D.C.

Nate Britt II, James Robinson and Justin Anderson are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. The Greater D.C. area has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the region to play in the NBA.

5. Kevin Durant
Credentials: A relentless scorer while at Montrose Christian, Durant has continued to get buckets in the League as its two-time reigning scoring champ. He was selected to the past two All-Star games and has helped Oklahoma City emerge as a title contender in the Western Conference.

4. Adrian Dantley
Credentials: The DeMatha alum was a six-time All-Star and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. Dantley was the sixth overall pick in the 1976 draft (Rookie of the Year) and averaged 24.3 points a contest during his 14-year career.

3. Dave Bing
Credentials: The Springarn alum was the No. 2 pick in the 1966 Draft and a seven-time All-Star. Bing, a Hall of Fame inductee, poured in 20.3 points a contest with 6.0 dimes playing for Detroit, Washington and Boston. He was named one of the top 50 players in the league in 1997.

2. David Robinson
Credentials: The Admiral starred at Osbourn Park before leading the San Antonio Spurs to a pair of NBA titles in 1999 and 2003. He was league MVP in 1995 and a two-time gold medalist with the Dream Team. For his career, he averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 boards.

1. Elgin Baylor
Credentials: Former Springarn star was the top pick in the 1958 draft after winning Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He was an 11-time All-Star and 10-time All-NBA first-teamer scored an NBA Finals' record 61 points in 1962 and was named one of the 50 greatest players in league history.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.
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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

It's early but the top three teams have held on to their spots with a combined record of 14-0. Losses by Episcopal and Magruder dropped them down a couple spots, while Landon and Sidwell Friends completely fell out of the rankings. We welcome Bishop O'Connell and Calvin Coolidge to the rankings this week. Candidates to move into next week's top 10 include Bullis, National Christian and Springbrook.

1. Montrose Christian (5-0)

2. DeMatha (4-0)

3. Gonzaga (5-0)

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