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Monday, January 9, 2012
Boys basketball poll: Jan. 9

By Rob Abruzzese

There was a major shakeup this week in the top as Lincoln falls to No. 3 and Boys & Girls jumps up to No.1. That might be short lived though as the two squads will face each other this Saturday in Coney Island where the winner would likely grab next week's No. 1 spot.

1. Boys & Girls (9-1)/(LW: 3): The Kangaroos were having an impressive season already and then they added former St. Anthony's guard Rashad Andrews this week making them even better.

2. St. Raymonds (9-4)/(LW: 2): Daniel Dingle is trying his best to make sure he is not forgotten by leading his team to big wins over Paul VI (Va.) and Trinity (Ky.) this week. It might not be Brooklyn AA, but they have a very tough schedule.

3. Lincoln (11-2)/(LW: 1): Losses to Mater Dei (Ca.) and Lone Peak (Ut.) aren't anything to be ashamed of, but the way they were blown out in those games has to sting. They could easily jump back up to No. 1 next week though with a win against Boys high on Saturday.

4. Christ the King (7-3)/(LW: 4): Since a loss against Chester (Pa.) on New Year's Day, the Royals are finally playing like a real team instead of a collection of stars.

5. Cardinal Hayes (11-1)/(LW: 5): Three big wins for Hayes this week, but its biggest test is this Friday against St. Raymond.

6. Jefferson (10-5)/(LW: 6): Leader Thaddeus Hall is holding his team back instead of lifting them up with his constant eligibility issues. He needs to lead them this week as Jefferson takes on South Shore on Thursday.

7. South Shore (10-4)/(LW: 8): South Shore may have bought into their preseason hype a little too much to start the season, but Shamiek Sheppard has led them to some impressive victories lately.

8. Wings Academy (13-2)/(LW: 9): Justin Jenkins got his first D-I offer from St. Peter's this week, but the real story is junior Marvillo Berroa who dropped 30 points on Truman this past Friday. If he can continue to improve they will be a real contender in the PSAL playoffs.

9. Xaverian (8-2)/(LW: 7): Xaverian's two victories earlier in the week were overshadowed by its loss to Christ the King Sunday, but it actually played very well, at least offensively, in that game.

10. Holy Cross (10-2)/(LW: 10): Holy Cross picked up a big win against Molloy thanks to the return of senior Marquise Moore. An upcoming game against Xaverian on Friday will have a big effect on next week's poll.

On the bubble: Curtis (11-1), Mount St. Michael (10-2), Cardozo (9-2), and Wadleigh (12-3).