ANN ARBOR – It’s been a roller coaster season for Ann Arbor-area boys basketball teams as several of the area’s best have been sidelined at times due to COVID-19 protocols.
Still, teams have been able to make an impact when they’ve been on the court and this week’s rankings reflect how well teams have played this season.
Ann Arbor Huron continues to prove that it’s still the top squad in the area but other teams are proving they are no slouches either.
See where the teams rank in Week 3 below.
10. Ann Arbor Pioneer (1-4)
Previous ranking: No. 9
The Pioneers have struggled this season and are on a 3-game losing streak, though they’ve played as tough of a schedule as any team in the area up to this point. Pioneer can get back in the win column against Ypsilanti on Tuesday.
9. Ypsilanti (0-2)
Previous ranking: No. 10
The Grizzlies have been quarantined since Feb. 17 due to contact tracing but are expected to return to play against Ann Arbor Pioneer on Tuesday. Coach Charles Ramsey will be looking for his first win as the program’s leader.
8. Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard (4-4)
Previous ranking: No. 8
After a strong start to the season at 4-2, including a 4-game win streak, the Fighting Irish have cooled off as of late, dropping back-to-back games last week. They scored at a good clip in the last two games, but their defense also allowed the most points all year. They’ll have an opportunity to right the ship on Tuesday, though, against Canton Prep.
7. Saline (2-2)
Previous ranking: No. 6
The Hornets didn’t look good offensively in their lone game last week, scoring only 31 points in a loss to Ann Arbor Huron. But Huron can make teams struggle on offense, and Saline can still be encouraged by its defensive effort holding Huron to 40 points. The Hornets will have another tough test to start Week 3 when they face Ann Arbor Skyline on Tuesday.
6. Chelsea (6-2)
Previous ranking: No. 7
The Bulldogs had a rough go of things last week. After opening the year 5-0, they dropped two of three games, albeit against strong teams in Dexter and Ypsilanti Arbor Prep. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond with another long week with three games on the schedule beginning with Adrian on Tuesday.
5. Dexter (6-3)
Previous ranking: No. 8
The Dreadnaughts were on fire with six wins in a row, but they saw their streak end at the hand of the last team to beat them in Pinckney on Monday. Still, Dexter has played good basketball and can get another streak going on Thursday at Tecumseh.
4. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (6-1)
Previous ranking: No. 2
The Gators dropped their first game of the season to a solid South Lyon East team on Monday night and were held to their lowest point total of the year.
Their schedule doesn’t get easier as they’ll be facing undefeated Southfield Christian, who is ranked No. 1 in Division 4, on Tuesday.
3. Ypsilanti Lincoln (4-1)
Previous ranking: No. 5
Lincoln was on fire with four wins in a row before they had to quarantine last week due to a positive test within the program. The Railsplitters are scheduled to return to action against Ann Arbor Huron this Saturday.
2. Ann Arbor Skyline (3-1)
Previous ranking: No. 3
Skyline has also been in quarantine due to contract tracing since Feb. 18 and has missed a bevy of games because of it. The Eagles should be back on the floor Tuesday night against Saline.
1. Ann Arbor Huron (5-0)
Previous ranking: No. 1
The River Rats returned from quarantine with two victories over Saline and Pioneer last week and still appear to be one of the state’s best teams regardless of division.
They’re scheduled to be back on the floor against Temperance Bedford on Thursday and will have games versus Ypsilanti and Lincoln to end the week.