Posted: 12:16 pm Monday, January 6th, 2014

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

By Anthony Chiang

After a down year, Dwyer is back.

The Panthers are 13-1 and are No. 1 in the Post’s Top 10. Dwyer has already earned wins over ranked teams such as Suncoast and Palm Beach Lakes. Still, this is a fairly young Dwyer team, so let’s see how it handles the postseason. Anyway, here are where the area’s teams stand.

Here’s the new Post Top 10:

1. Dwyer (13-1): Won the Lehigh Holiday Basketball Tournament last week.
2. Lake Worth Christian (13-2): Jeantal Cylla and Isaiah Hobbs are averaging over 20 points per game for the Defenders.
3. Suncoast (12-2): Fell to Dywer last week.
4. Palm Beach Lakes (9-4): Since 6-0 start, the Rams have struggled a bit.
5. Grandview Prep (10-4): Upset by St. Andrew’s last week.
6. Spanish River (12-2): On five-game winning streak.
7. Cardinal Newman (9-1): Only loss is to ranked Suncoast.
8. Oxbridge Academy (11-2): Took home the John I. Leonard New Year’s Tournament championship.
9. Village Academy (8-4): Finished as the runner-up in the John I. Leonard New Year’s Tournament.
10. Park Vista (9-6): It has been an up-and-down season for the Cobras.

Games of the Week

John I. Leonard (8-5) at No. 6 Spanish River (12-2), Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: The Lancers fell just outside the Top 10 this week. But a victory over Spanish River should be enough to push them back into the rankings. The Sharks have been impressive, stringing together one of the area’s best records this season. Behind the play of Jeff Demezier, Spanish River is outscoring opponents by an average of nine points per game. But John I. Leonard’s Ramon Birch and Mario Saunders are game changers. If the Lancers’ duo is on, their scoring could be enough to beat the Sharks.

West Boca Raton (7-8) at No. 4 Palm Beach Lakes (9-4), Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: The Rams need to get things going in the right direction again. After a 6-0 start, Palm Beach Lakes is just 3-4. The Rams will enter their matchup against West Boca Raton as the favorite, but the Bulls won’t make it easy. West Boca Raton has already recorded wins over Boca Raton and Spanish River. Earlier in the season, the Rams beat the Bulls 84-55. However, I think it will be  closer this time around.