OCP keeps its hold on No. 1 spot

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS TUESDAY - By Buddy Collings [email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com

Or­lando Chris­tian Prep took over the top spot in the Sen­tinel Su­per 16 boys bas­ket­ball rank­ings last week and the War­riors pro­tected that sta­tus with an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

OCP, which is also No. 1 in the Class 2A state rank­ings, went 3-0 last week. The high­light was a 78-45 home­court romp past Kis­sim­mee Osce­ola, which was No. 4 in the area rank­ings, in the Show­down in O-Town.

Satur­day night’s Show­down fi­nal was a doozie, with Win­der­mere Prep stay­ing on a roll by top­ping Win­der­mere High 73-68 in the sec­ond reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing be­tween two neigh­bor­ing schools.

Guard Jay­den Wil­liams made five 3-point shots and scored 22 points for the Lak­ers.

E.J. Yorke also knocked down five treys and scored 24 points for the Wolver­ines, who saw a seven-game win­ning streak snapped.

Jones jumps into the rank­ings de­spite a 7-9 record.

The Tigers are 7-2 with football play­ers in the fold. That in­cludes high-qual­ity wins against Oak Ridge and Lake High­land Prep (twice).

Four ranked teams will play Satur­day in the Ka­lyn High Mas­ter’s Clas­sic. OCP plays Hagerty, No. 14 Lake High­land faces Oviedo, and No. 8 Win­der­mere meets host The Mas­ter’s Academy, which is No. 8.

A cou­ple of coach­ing mile­stones were met last week. Lake Brant­ley (7-6) won 70-57 at Lake Mary to record ca­reer win No. 300 for Pa­tri­ots coach Mike Cuff. And Olympia (8-7) notched coach Rob Gor­don’s 250th ca­reer vic­tory with a 66-49 win against Gate­way.

Records and rank­ings are based on games played through Satur­day, Jan. 11. Teams are listed with their pre­vi­ous rank­ing in paren­the­ses if changed.

The Su­per 16 is com­posed of Or­lando area teams that par­tic­i­pate in the FHSAA play­offs. Here are the rank­ings:

1. Or­lando Chris­tian Prep (12-2): War­riors went 3-0 last week and have three more games this week, start­ing with at Eustis (9-3) on Tues­day. 2. (3) Semi­nole (14-1): Semi­noles play at home Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day be­fore play­ing Satur­day at Wally Keller Clas­sic in Punta Gorda.

3. (6) Apopka (12-4): Thrilling 50-48 win against Dr. Phillips made Blue Darters 3-0 in 2020 go­ing into three away games this week.

4. (7) Win­der­mere Prep (12-2): Fanbo Zeng (6-9, soph.) av­er­ag­ing 16.4 points, 7.4 boards, 2.6 as­sists, 2.2 blocked shots and 1.2 steals.

5. (2) Oak Ridge (9-5): Pi­o­neers’ 70-59 loss at Jones was only its fourth de­feat against Florida foe in three sea­sons.

6. (4) Kis­sim­mee Osce­ola (11-3): Kow­boys host Oak Ridge Thurs­day in matchup of pro­grams that pro­duced past three large­class state cham­pi­onships.

7. (5) Cen­tral Florida Chris­tian Academy (11-3): Class 2A No. 4 Ea­gles lost 82-77 against Class 1A No. 1 Wild­wood (13-3).

8. (9) Win­der­mere High (10-5): Wolver­ines are 1-5 against state-ranked teams and more challenges are com­ing.

9. (10) The Mas­ter’s Academy (10-3): Ea­gles went 1-1 in South Carolina last week — los­ing to Porter-Gaud of Charleston 72-66. 10. (12) Ocoee (10-6): Knights are 4-6 against Su­per 16 teams and five of six de­feats are by six points or less.

11. (13) Dr. Phillips (11-5): Both Pan­thers losses in rugged 7A Dis­trict 3 play are by two points to Apopka and Ocoee.

12. (14) Mount Dora Chris­tian (15-0): Bull­dogs went 25-0 in 2015-16 reg­u­lar sea­son and could match that this year.

13. (NR) Jones (7-9): Tigers take on an­other team with de­cep­tive record, Edge­wa­ter (5-9), on Wed­nes­day night, then DP on Fri­day.

14. (8) Lake High­land Prep (11-4): High­landers, com­ing off two losses in past three out­ings, play at Trin­ity Prep (12-4) on Wed­nes­day.

15. (11) West Or­ange (8-6): Bru­tal week with Edge­wa­ter on Mon­day, Win­der­mere Wed­nes­day and Apopka Fri­day.

16. (NR) Boone (10-3): Braves back on track with 2-0 record in 2020 go­ing into Tues­day trip to Evans.

Watch list: Edge­wa­ter (5-9), Eustis (9-3), Evans (9-6), Lake Nona (10-3), Lees­burg (10-4).

STEPHEN M. DOW­ELL/OR­LANDO SEN­TINEL

Apopka de­fend­ers swarm in on Dr. Phillips guard Den­zel Aberdeen (20) and block his shot at­tempt in a Fri­day night home vic­tory for the Blue Darters.

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