Posted: 9:37 am Monday, December 9th, 2013

Boys Hoops: Inside the new Top 10, plus this week’s best games 

By Anthony Chiang

Some of the top teams are right where they’re supposed to be, but others have not met expectations.

Dwyer moved up to No. 3 after bringing back most of last year’s team that finished with an 8-16 record. However, the young squad has grown up and has been impressive to start the year. Park Vista earned a spot in the Top 10, coming in at No. 6 with a 5-2 record. However, Grandview Prep continued to fall in the rankings after losing its second game of the season.

Here’s the new Post Top 10 entering Week 4 of the season:

1. Palm Beach Lakes (6-0): Close three-point win over Atlantic kept undefeated record alive.
2. Lake Worth Christian (7-1): Averaged 85 points per game in three wins last week.
3. Dwyer (6-0): Best start the Panthers could have asked for.
4. Suncoast (7-1): The Chargers have the talent to go far this season.
5. Grandview Prep (4-2): Dropped second game of the season last week to Coral Springs Charter.
6. Park Vista (5-2): The Cobras have won four straight after a 1-2 start.
7. Martin County (4-1): Lost by one point to Melbourne last week.
8. John I. Leonard (5-1): Ramon Birch and Mario Saunders are both averaging over 20 points per game for the Lancers.
9. Spanish River (5-1): Lost first game of the season last week to West Boca Raton.
10. Atlantic (3-3): Inconsistent start for the Eagles.

Games of the Week

No. 8 John I. Leonard (5-1) at No. 6 Park Vista (5-2), Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: The Lancers have been surprisingly good this season, using the scoring of Ramon Birch and Mario Saunders to build a 5-1 record. But Park Vista will make it tough for John I. Leonard, as it has won four straight. The Cobras use a different approach than the Lancers. Park Vista’s leading scorer averages 12.5 points per game, and John I. Leonard has two players that score over 20 points per game. Which approach will work Tuesday?

No. 3 Dwyer (6-0) at No. 1 Palm Beach Lakes (6-0), Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: Obviously, this is a great matchup. The Panthers have shot up the rankings after six straight wins to start the season, and Palm Beach Lakes owns the top spot. Gito St. Fort and Quincy Rideau have been great for the Rams, averaging over 15 points per game. Palm Beach Lakes has already earned wins over Royal Palm Beach and Atlantic. But the Rams will face their toughest test of the year against a rejuvenated Dwyer team that has bounced back from last season’s 8-16 record — the worst mark in school history.