Bounce is back to drop his top 10 teams in the area on you, and trust me, you’re in for a treat.
We finally see some movement entering this week, especially after the top four in the area.
Let’s take a look as we mix things up in an attempt to keep you entertained during the dog days of winter.
No. 1 – BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN
Records: 10-0 overall; 2-0 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 1
Caleb Furst continues to hit over 70 percent of his field goal attempts this season, showcasing how good he is from close to the hoop outward. He is the single most-difficult player to defend in the entire area, and one of the toughest in the state.
Blackhawk Christian has the showdown on Tuesday with Homestead and will then follow it up with a date with Bishop Luers on Saturday.
Best win: Silver Creek
No. 2 – HOMESTEAD
Records: 12-0 overall; 3-0 SAC; 2-0 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 2
Grant Simmons does not get enough attention on this team that is one of the primary secondary scorers that complements Luke Goode and Fletcher Loyer. Simmons is averaging over 12 points per game and dropped 32 on North Central on Jan. 2.
Homestead has a pivotal week this week, with the monster game against Blackhawk Christian on Tuesday giving way to an SAC clash with Snider. We will know more about the Spartans over the next few days.
Best win: Cathedral
No. 3 – CARROLL
Records: 6-1 overall; 2-0 SAC; 0-0 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 3
People be gushing all about Homestead and Blackhawk Christian and Carroll over here like, “What about us?”
Well, when you have not played since Dec. 22 and sits without a win over a team with a winning record, it is easy to lose track of the Chargers.
Coach Marty Beasley’s team returns to the court for three games this week, including tough games at Bishop Luers and New Haven this weekend.
Best win: Brownsburg
No. 4 – LEO
Records: 9-0 overall; 1-0 NE8; 1-0 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 4
Leo is in the midst of a pivotal three-game stretch over the course of two weeks, facing league foes Norwell, New Haven and East Noble.
The Lions have been nothing short of spectacular and have now won 15 straight games dating back to last year when the season was canceled heading into regional weekend.
Coach Cary Cogdell’s team remains the clear-cut favorite in the NE8.
Best win: Snider
No. 5 – NEW HAVEN
Records: 6-3 overall; 1-0 NE8; 1-2 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 10
A five-spot jump from last week. Too much despite a victory over Snider?
It very well could be, but Bounce is rolling with it for now. Two of this team’s losses are to the duo atop this poll. A showdown at Leo looms on Jan. 15. Can this group continue to get better and put up a fight against the Lions for NE8 supremacy?
Best win: Snider
No. 6 – SNIDER
Records: 6-3 overall; 3-0 SAC; 1-2 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 5
For the better part of the second half against New Haven, Snider looked the part as the better team. Yet a slow start offensively doomed Coach Jeremy Rauch’s squad.
While the three losses are all to quality foes, there remains the question of if this team that is allowing 70 points per game can get the stops needed to keep better teams off the scoreboard. The offense is nice, but the defensive scoring average is ninth in the SAC at 70 points allowed per game.
Best win: North Side
No. 7 – CENTRAL NOBLE
Records: 9-1 overall; 4-1 NECC; 0-0 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 7
Over the course of four days last week, Central Noble beat Wawasee 56-21, Bluffton 75-31 and Garrett 69-24.
After the long layoff for the Cougars, it was encouraging to see the team make quick work of inferior opponents.
Central Noble must now regroup and be ready for a challenge, one that could present an opportunity to avenge the team’s lone loss – a rematch with Westview.
Best win: DeKalb
No. 8 – CHURUBUSCO
Records: 7-1 overall; 3-1 NECC; 0-1 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: 8
The Eagles have rolled through their schedule over the last four games and that hot streak could continue in the NECC Tournament this week. The lone blemish on the schedule may have a shot at being avenged, with Westview looming in the bracket.
This group plays its best in big moments with trophies on the line. In Bounce’s mind, the Eagles could be the pick to win this week in the league tourney.
Best win: South Side
No. 9 – HUNTINGTON NORTH
Records: 4-1 overall; 1-0 NE8; 0-1 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: Not ranked
They have only played five games and just once since Dec. 12, but it is difficult to ignore Huntington North at this point.
The Vikings have given Homestead its stiffest area test thus far, and a win over East Noble on Saturday – the same team that beat Westview earlier in the week – was telling.
A visit to North Side this week will give us a better idea of how good HN is.
Best win: Warsaw
No. 10 – NORTH SIDE
Records: 4-5 overall; 2-1 SAC; 0-2 vs. current Top 10
Previous Rank: Not ranked
Coach Gary Andrews’ reclamation project in Year 3 appears to be making headway. With a wealth of underclass talent, North Side is no longer the doormat it was the last two years.
The schedule has been difficult, but the Legends have persevered in league wins over South Side and Wayne in league play.
The Legends get Huntington North and Northrop this week.
Best win: Mississinewa
IN THE ARGUMENT (in no particular order)
Jay County 3-3
Bishop Dwenger 3-3
East Noble 5-5
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