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Gators claim No. 1 in final VSN boys' basketball Top 20; champs Patterson, Mount St. Joseph and Poly highlight Top 5


perry hallThe 2016-17 boys' basketball season was topsy turvy. But going into the season's final week Mount St. Joseph, Patterson and Perry Hall each had a compelling case to be No. 1 in the final VSN's boys' basketball poll. All three have impressive resumes, and each were No. 1 during the season.

In a season of firsts, Perry Hall, the last of the trio to have the top spot, completed a historic postseason run. The Baltimore County school, which won the Class 4A state championship last weekend, is No. 1 in the final VSN Top 20.

Patterson, the Class 2A state champion, is second with Mount St. Joseph, which was the preseason No. 1 and swept the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League crowns, placed third. Class 3A state champ Poly and MIAA A and BCL runner-up Mount Carmel wraps up the Top 5.

Here is the final 2016-17 VSN Boys' Basketball Top 20.

1. Perry Hall (Record: 26-2; Last week's ranking: No. 1)

Season review: The Gators won their first state championship, defeating Montgomery County's Quince Orchard, 59-56, in the Class 4A final at the University of Maryland's Xfinifty Center. The Ebenezer Road school is the first from Baltimore County to win a title in the state's largest classification since Towson won the AA crown (now 4A) in 1963. Perry Hall (ranked No. 6 in VSN's preseason poll) defeated eventual Class 3A state champ Poly and won its first Baltimore County championship. 

 

2. Patterson (26-3; No. 2)

Season review: The Clippers won the 2A state title, defeating then-No. 11 Century, 49-43, in the final Saturday at the University of Maryland after defeating Harford Tech (68-49) in the semifinals. The Kane Street school won the Baltimore City Division I title, defeating eventual state 3A champion Poly. Patterson, whic, , also defeated 4A state champ Perry Hall, 3A finalist Potomac from Prince George's County and 1A finalist Edmondson. 

 

3. Mount St. Joseph (37-4; No. 3)

Last week: The Gaels lost to Gonzaga College (D.C.) in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament final at Frostburg State after victories over No. 5 Mount Carmel and St. John's College from the District. The Baltimore City private school won the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League regular season and tournament titles, and won the Orange Bowl Classic in Miami. Mount St. Joseph, defeated 11 teams that were ranked in VSN's Top 20 during the season, including 3A state champ Poly.

 

4. Poly (21-7; No. 4)

Season review: The Engineers won their first state championship with a 65-63 victory over Prince George's County's Potomac in the 3A final at Xfinity Center. The Cold Spring Lane school defeated eventual Baltimore City Division I and 2A state champ Patterson and 1A state finalist Edmondson during the regular season. Poly, which was No. 2 in VSN's preseason Top 20, had non-league losses to Chicago public champ Simeon (then-ranked No. 7 nationally by USA Today), Philadelphia's Imohtep Charter School (currently No. 6 by USA Today), MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League champ Mount St. Joseph and 4A state champ Perry Hall.

 

patterson5. Mount Carmel (29-11; No. 5)

Seaon review: The Cougars finished third at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, defeating St. Maria Goretti at Frostburg State Saturday after a semifinal loss to Mount St. Joseph. The Old Eastern Avenue school reached the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League final (lost both to Mount St. Joseph). Mount Carmel (No. 14 in VSN's preseason Top 20) defeated every MIAA A and Baltimore Catholic League team except Mount St. Joseph.

 

6. McDonogh School (20-10; No. 6)

Season review: The Eagles reached the MIAA A Conference semifinals, losing to eventual champ Mount St. Joseph. The Owings Mills school defeated seven teams ranked in VSN's Top 20 including MIAA B finalist Annapolis Area Christian School. McDonogh, ranked No. 15 in VSN's preseason Top 20, lost four games by four points or less.

 

7. Dunbar (19-6; No. 7)

Season review: The Poets lost to eventual state 2A champ Patterson in the Class 2A North Region semifinals. The Baltimore City school started 13-0, and won its bracket at the Governor's Challenge in Salisbury. Dunbar (ranked No. 9 in VSN's preseason Top 20) lost to eventual state 3A champ Poly and 1A finalist Edmondson during the regular season.

 

8. Lake Clifton (19-5; No. 8)

Season review: The Lakers lost to Dunbar in the Class 2A North Region Section I semifinals. The Baltimore City school won the Gold Division title at the Dundalk Holiday Tournament and defeated eventual 1A state finalist Edmondson. Lake Clifton (ranked No. 7 in VSN's preseason Top 20) lost to eventual state champions Patterson (2A), Perry Hall (4A) and Poly (3A).

 

9. Woodlawn (20-5; No. 9)

Last week: The Warriors lost to eventual state 3A champ Poly, 72-45, in the North Region semifinals. The Baltimore County school defeated eventual MIAA A semifinalist McDonogh School, eventual Baltimore County finalist Milford Mill Academy and won its holiday tournament. Woodlawn (11th in VSN's preseason poll) lost to eventual 4A state champ Perry Hall and 2A state semifinalist Central from Prince George's County.

 

st. joe10. Century (23-3; No. 11)

Season review: The Knights lost to No. 2 Patterson in the 2A state final at the University of Maryland Saturday after a 70-61 victory over Prince George's County's Central in the semifinals. The Eldersburg school won the Carroll County championship and had an area-best 21-game winning streak. Century defeated eventual Howard County champ River Hill in the season opener.

 

11. Boys' Latin School (20-12; No. 10)

Season review: The Lakers reached the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals where they lost to Mount Carmel. The Baltimore City private school defeated eventual MIAA B champ St. Paul's School and won the Eagle Classic at Annapolis Area Christian School and Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament. Boys' Latin lost six games by a total of 22 points.

 

12. Glenelg Country School (19-10; No. 12)

Season review: The Dragons lost to McDonogh School in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals. The Ellicott City private school, which was ranked 4th in VSN's preseason poll, won the George Long Memorial Tournament in northern Virginia. Glenelg Country lost to eventual MIAA A champ Mount St. Joseph, eventual state champs Patterson (2A) and Poly (3A) during the regular season. 


13. St. Frances Academy (16-18; No. 13)

Season review: The Panthers lost to Mount St. Joseph in the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament semifinals. The east Baltimore school defeated Mount St. Joseph (won MIAA A and BCL titles), eventual state 2A champ Patterson and Chicago public league finalist Morgan Park during the regular season. St. Frances, which was No. 8 in VSN's preseason Top 20, lost nine games by four points or less.


14. John Carroll School (21-12, No. 14)

Season review: The Patriots reached the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League Tournament quarterfinals. The Bel Air private school, which reached the Chic-fil-A Tournament final in South Carolina, defeated nine VSN Top 20 teams. John Carroll, ranked No. 3 in VSN's preseason Top 20, dropped six decisions by six points or less.

 

15. St. Paul's School (19-8; No. 15)

Season review: The Crusaders won their first MIAA B Conference Tournament title since 2014, defeating Annapolis Area Christian School in the final. The Brooklandville school defeated eventual MIAA A semifinalist McDonogh School and Baltimore County finalist Milford Mill Academy. St. Paul's, which started the season unranked, won 15 of its last 17 decisions.

 

poly16. Annapolis (17-8; No. 16)

Season review: The Panthers lost to eventual state champ and No. 1 Perry Hall in the state 4A semifinals at the University of Maryland last Thursday. The Anne Arundel County school dethroned Meade in the East Region final for its record 28th state semifinal berth. Annapolis, which wasn't ranked in VSN's preseason Top 20 poll, defeated eventual Anne Arundel champ Old Mill during the regular season.

 

17. Meade (19-7; No. 17)

Season review: The Mustangs lost to Annapolis in the 4A East Region final. The Anne Arundel County school (unranked in VSN's preseason Top 20) defeated league champ Old Mill in the region semifinal after losing the Patriots in the league final. Meade's seven losses were by a total of 37 points.


18. Old Mill (22-3; No. 18)

Season review: The Patriots won the Anne Arundel County championship before losing in the 4A East Region semifinals. The Millersville school won their first 18 decisions before losing to eventual 4A East champ Annapolis. Old Mill won the Royal Division at the Spartans Holiday Tournament at Laurel.

 

19. Annapolis Area Christian School (19-8; No. 19)

Season review:  The Eagles lost to St. Paul's School in the MIAA B Conference Tournament final. The Anne Arundel County private school won its bracket at Governor's Challenge in Salisbury, and ran off 10 straight victories en route to the MIAA B final. Annapolis Area Christian lost to eventual MIAA A champ Mount St. Joseph, MIAA A semifinalist McDonogh School and MIAA A quarterfinalist Boys' Latin School.

 

st. paul's20. Edmondson (20-5; No. 20)

Season review: The Red Storm lost to Prince George's County's Fairmont Heights in the 1A state final at Xfinity Center Saturday after defeating Allegany in the semifinals. The Baltimore City school, which was unranked in VSN's preseason poll, lost to eventual state champs Patterson (2A) and Poly (3A). Edmondson's other losses were to Lake Clifton and Kent County (at Governor's Challenge in Salisbury).

 

20. Harford Tech (19-6; not ranked)

Season review: The Cobras lost to eventual state champ and No. 2 Patterson, 68-49, in the 2A state semifinals last Friday at the University of Maryland. The Harford County school won its first nine games en route to its first region championship (East). Harford Tech (unranked in VSN's preseason poll) won its bracket at the Governor's Challenge in Salisbury. 

 

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 01 April 2017 19:21)

 
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