Baltimore Area Hoop Tidbits

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Baltimore Area Hoop Tidbits

Rankings are generally subjective and typically vary from one outlet to another. But if you’ve followed local high school hoops, St Frances Academy is clearly the best team in the Baltimore Area right now. Owning one of the toughest schedules in the state, Coach Nick Myles has his Panthers playing well after some hiccups earlier in the season. The Panthers recently dismantled Chicago power Semion 70-65.

Rest of the Pack

Yes we read the “DM” concerns regarding listing Dulaney #2 in the area. The reality is Coach Matt Lochte’s squad is rolling through opponents, including a recent overtime victory over 9th ranked Lake Clifton. We definitely understand the issue with difficulty of schedule, but you can’t deny talent. The Lions have 4 legitimate D-I players in their starting line-up and can match-up with majority of the Super 10. We foresee Dulaney making a strong run at the Maryland Class 4A title later in the season.

In the same category of talented teams are Patterson, Poly, and Goretti. Despite Poly’s win over Goretti and Patterson win over Poly; We feel these trio of teams, in addition to Dulaney, can beat each other on any given night. All should do well in postseason play.

Boys Latin is the wild card in the Super 10. Their 21-3 record speaks for itself. We’re still trying to figure out if the Lakers are in the same conversation as the Top 5 teams in the area. Mt St Joe is currently their biggest signature win locally, but honestly its a down year for the Gaels. The Lakers will face their toughest test February 4th against St Frances Academy. The game is projected to be a nice test run for Boys Latin in preparation of a possible second meeting in the MIAA playoffs.

On the Radar

Edmondson Red Storm is playing good ball as of late. We first had a chance to watch the Baltimore Westside team play earlier in the season against Douglass. To no surprise Coach Darnell Dantzler’s kids are currently 13-1 on the year. The Red Storm suit-up a solid nucleus of players including standout Keith Bolden, Daniel Frink, and Digital Harbor transfer Markus Hocker to name a few. Edmondson will play their second toughest opponent tomorrow at home versus Poly. Patterson defeated the Red Storm in the beginning of the year 75-64.

More radar teams: Broadneck, Old Mill, McDonogh, Reservoir, Glenelg Country, Ben Franklin, Annapolis Area Christian, and Atholton.

Toughest Schedules

St Frances Academy

Polytechnic Institute

St Maria Goretti

Mt St Joe College

Patterson High School

Mid-Season Player of the Year Candidates

Justin Lewis/Polytechnic Institute

Cameron Spencer/Boys Latin School

Ryan Conway/Dulaney High School

RJ Blakney/St Maria Goretti

Jordan Toles/St Frances Academy

Marvin Price/Patterson High School

Emanuel Henriques/Ben Franklin

Mahzi Thames/Meade High School

Photo credit: Capital Gazette

James Bishop/Mt St Joe

Jalen Rucker/Gilman

Additional Candidates: Martaz Robinson/New Town, Jermaine/Goodwyn Milford Mill, Rahim Ali/Polytechnic, David Brown/McDonogh, Ace Baldwin/St Frances, Daeshawn Eaton/Oakland Mills, Dulaney Che Evans Jr, Mo Terry Severn.

Milestones of the Week

Clutch Performances of the Week

Upcoming Games of the Week

Parkville @ Dundalk 5:30 pm 1/23/19

#8 New Town @ #2 Dulaney 5:30 pm 1/23/19

Gilman @ #6 Boys Latin 7:15 pm 1/23/19

Old Mill @ #10 Meade 7:00pm 1/25/19

#1 St Frances vs #4 Poly 8pm 1/26/19 @TowsonUniversity

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