Final 2015-16 Varsity Sports Network’s boys’ basketball Top 20 poll
1. John Carroll School (Final 2015-16 record: 27-11)
Season review: The Patriots completed their season with a 71-56 loss to DeMatha Catholic in the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament championship game at Frostburg State University Saturday. The Bel Air school won their first Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title since 2011, defeating Mount St. Joseph in the final and then-No. 1 St. Frances Academy in the semifinals. John Carroll defeated nine teams that were ranked in VSN’s Top 20 during the regular season, including two victories over MIAA A champ St. Frances and defeated Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament champ St. John’s College (D.C.) in the Alhambra semifinals.
2. New Town (23-2)
The Titans won their second straight state title, defeating Frederick County’s Middletown, 56-52, in the Class 2A final at the University of Maryland Saturday. The Owings Mills school, which won its first Baltimore County championship, defeated five VSN Top 20 teams. New Town defeated eventual Class 4A state semifinalist Perry Hall and Walt Whitman.
3. Mount St. Joseph (33-6)
The Gaels placed fifth at the Alhambra Catholic Invitiational Tournament, defeating Gonzaga College (D.C.) Saturday at Frostburg State. The Irvington school won an area-best 33 games, including 16 against nine VSN Top 20 teams. Mount St. Joseph, which lost in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League tourney finals, dropped four one-point decisions.
4. St. Frances Academy (31-11)
The Panthers defeated Bishop Walsh in the seventh-place consolation final at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State Saturday. The east Baltimore school won its first MIAA A Conference Tournament title since 2013 and reached the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament semifinals. St. Frances posted victories over eight VSN Top 20 squads.
5. C. Milton Wright (24-3)
The Mustangs won their first state championship, defeating Worcester County’s Stephen Decatur, 51-49, in overtime for the Class 3A crown Saturday at the University of Maryland. The Harford County school won a second straight Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake division champiolnship and the Overlea Holiday Invitational. C. Milton Wright is the first Harford County program to win a boys’ state title since Aberdeen (2A) in 2000.
6. Perry Hall (21-4)
The Gators lost to eventual state champion Eleanor Roosevelt from Prince George’s County, 69-59, in the Class 4A semifinals at Xfinity Center Thursday. The Baltimore County school won its first region championship, dethroning two-time North champ Springbrook from Montgomery County. Perry Hall, which won the Paws bracket at the North Carroll Holiday Hoops Tournament, defeated eventual Baltimore City Division I champ Poly.
7. Woodlawn (20-4)
The Warriors lost to eventual Class 3A champ C. Milton Wright in the North Region finals. The Baltimore County school defeated then-No. 1 and Baltimore City Division I champ Poly in the North quarterfinals and city league Division II champ Douglass in the North semifinals. Woodlawn lost to eventual Class 2A state champ New Town in the Baltimore County final.
8. Poly (20-4)
The Engineers won their first Baltimore City championship, claiming the Division I title with a perfect mark (13-0). The Cold Spring Lane school won its bracket at the Governor’s Challenge in Salisbury and defeated eventual Class 1A state finalist Lake Clifton twice. Poly lost to eventual Class 4A state semifinalist Perry Hall during the regular season and Baltimore County finalist Woodlawn in the 3A North Region quarterfinals.
9. Glenelg Country School (19-9)
The Dragons reached their first MIAA A Conference Tournament semifinals. The Ellicott City school defeated 10 VSN Top 20 squads, including eventual Class 3A state champ C. Milton Wright, Baltimore Catholic League Tournament champion John Carroll School, Anne Arundel County champ Meade and Howard County champ Oakland Mills. Glenelg Country School lost to MIAA B Conference Tournament finalist Annapolis Area Christian School in the Independent Schools Tournament final.
10. Meade (23-4)
The Mustangs lost to Prince George’s County’s Eleanor Roosevelt, 72-39, in the Class 4A state final Saturday at the University of Maryland. Meade won its second consecutive Anne Arundel County regular season title and became the first Anne Arundel squad in three decades to reach back-to-back state finals. Three of the Mustangs’ four losses came against Roosevelt (twice) and MIAA A Conference Tournament semifinalist Glenelg Country School.
11. Oakland Mills (22-3)
The Scorpions lost to eventual 2A state finalist Frederick County’s Middletown in the West Region final. The Columbia school won the Howard County league title and captured its holiday tournament for the second straight season. Oakland Mills lost to eventual MIAA A Conference Tournament semifinalist Glenelg Country School during the regular season.
12. Dunbar (16-9)
The Poets lost to eventual Class 2A state champ New Town in the North Region final. The Orleans Street school defeated eventual 1A state champ Lake Clifton and claimed its bracket at the Governor’s Challenge in Wicomico. Dunbar reached the Baltimore City Division I final.
13. Hammond (19-4)
The Bears lost to eventual Class 3A state finalist Stephen Decatur from Worcester County in the East Region semifinals. The Columbia school finished second in the Howard County league, handing champion Oakland Mills its only league setback. Hammond improved from two wins last season to 19 this season.
14. St. John’s Catholic Prep (19-9)
The Vikings won their first MIAA tourney crown since 2012, defeating Annapolis Area Christian School in the B final. The Frederick school defeated eventual Class 4A state semifinalist Walt Whitman from Montgomery County at the Governor’s Challenge in Wicomico, and defeated each MIAA B rival at least once. St. John’s Catholic won 13 of its final 15 games.
15. Annapolis Area Christian School (23-5)
The Eagles reached the MIAA B Conference Tournament final, falling to St. John’s Catholic Prep. The Odenton school won the Independent Schools Tournament title, defeating MIAA A programs McDonogh School and Glenelg Country School. AACS also won its Eagle Classic and the Capital City Classic at Annapolis.
16. Calvert Hall College (17-14)
The Cardinals advanced the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament semifinals. The Towson school defeated five VSN Top 20 teams including eventual MIAA A Conference Tournament champ St. Frances Academy and Baltimore Catholic League Tournament champ John Carroll School. Calvert Hall lost seven games decided by seven points or less.
17. McDonogh School (18-12)
The Eagles reached the MIAA A Conference playoffs for the second straight season. The Owings Mills defeated four VSN Top 20 teams, including eventual Baltimore Catholic League Tournament champion John Carroll School. McDonogh won the Mid-Atlantic Invitational and Benedictine (Va.) Christmas Classic tournament crowns.
18. Douglass (21-2)
The Ducks won the Baltimore City Division II championship before losing in the Class 3A North Region semifinals. The west Baltimore school defeated eventual UCBAC Chesapeake co-champ Joppatowne and City College (3A North quarterfinals). The city Division II title was Douglass’ first championship since 2004.
19. City College (14-8)
The Knights reached the Class 3A North Region quarterfinals where they lost to Baltimore City Division II champ Douglass. The Alameda school defeated eventual Class 1A state finalist Lake Clifton twice and eventual city league Division I finalist Dunbar. City also defeated eventual Class 3A North Region and Baltimore County finalist Woodlawn.
20. Lake Clifton (17-11)
The Lakers lost to Worcester County’s Pocomoke, 64-56, in the Class 1A state final at the University of Maryland Saturday. The east Baltimore school defeated eventual city league Division I finalist Dunbar and Baltimore County finalist Woodlawn. Lake Clifton lost six games by six points or less, including a season-opening decision (62-57) to eventual District public champ and undefeated H.D. Woodson.