OK, not trying to be disparaging , so please don't fire off an e-mail and tell me how stupid I am. Simply put: Last week was a rough one for area boys basketball teams.
>>My No. 1-ranked team, California, barely beat Charleroi (55-52) last Tuesday to stay undefeated in Section 5-AA, then dropped a 68-63 decision at Monessen in a non-section game yesterday. Tough to punish the Trojans, though. At their best, the Greyhounds are really good. Just hasn't been much consistency for coach Joe Salvino's team so far.
>>My second- and third-ranked teams, South Fayette and Wash High, both proceeded to put together three-game losing streaks. Lions lost their three games by 43 points, Prexies 29.
>>In the last edition of power rankings, I wrote Canon-Mac might be the area's hottest team, winners in four of five. What happened? A 10-point loss to Peters Township and a 13-point loss to Bethel Park where the Big Macs made one field and four free throws while getting outscored, 22-6, in the third quarter. Um, might have to amend that.
>>Trinity has lost three straight -- two since the last edition -- and five of six overall, putting the Hillers in a five-way tie for third place in Section 4-AAAA with Canon-Mac, Moon, Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon.
>>Speaking of Peters Township, don't sleep on this team. Yes, I know the Indians were 1-5, 4-9 the last time I did power rankings, but they're coming off wins over Canon-Mac and Mt. Lebanon, with a game at Moon on Friday. If Gabe Pritz is healthy -- his 29 points and 11 rebounds Friday looked pretty healthy -- this could turn out to be one of the area's better teams.
>>Monessen's win over California would be a boost -- the first non-section victory for the Greyhounds that WASN'T a forfeit -- but it must be balanced with a 56-38 loss at Clairton on Friday, one where Salvino openly questioned his team's toughness.
>>Another team that really hasn't played bad recently has been Charleroi. As I wrote last time, two of the Cougars' four losses came at the beginning of the season, to Ringgold and Burgettstown. There was also a nine-point to Yough and last Tuesday's loss to California -- at this point, not a whole lot to hold against Charleroi.
That being said, gonna wait until after this week to put out another set. Let's hope there's a little bit more power to rank.