We're almost a month into the basketball season now, so the pre-holiday edition of our boys' basketball power rankings is here. Hanover stays in the top spot while Delone Catholic and Fairfield each move up two spots. Enjoy.
1. Hanover (5-1) Since the last rankings came out, the Nighthawks won at York Tech and at York Catholic before falling at home to a solid Trinity team. The Trinity game was a good early-season test for the postseason as Hanover will not see much of a test in many divisional games the rest of the way. The best win on the resume so far is a 62-43 win over York Catholic (3-3). Dylan Krieger is averaging 27.3 points and is just 25 points away from 1,000 for his career.
2. Spring Grove (5-2) The upstart Rockets are riding a three-game win streak, including a 45-42 win over Red Lion, which snapped a six-game losing streak to their division foe. It came just a week after the Rockets fell short in the final minute against division-leader William Penn. What was even more impressive was that the game-winning three with less than three seconds left came from a role player - Grant Wierman - as opposed to Darin Gordon or Eli Brooks. We've said before that if the role players stepped up to complement the Gordon-Brooks duo on offense, it could really propel the Rockets.
3. Gettysburg (3-4) The record isn't that pretty, but we'll give the Warriors the benefit of the doubt. Here's why: In the last week, they played the top two teams in Division II and were outscored by just 10 points combined. They nearly pulled off a late comeback after trailing Dover by 16 points in the second half.
A signature win on the resume would definitely help though. Beating Eastern York on Dec. 23 could be a big confidence boost. Marquis Camel is leading the team in points (14.0) and 3-pointers made (12).
4. Delone Catholic (3-3) Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Squires move up two spots this week. The two wins last week came against two winless teams - York Tech and Littlestown. Tavian Dorsey, Jimmy O'Boyle and Bryce Mondorff have all been on a scoring tear. The young Squires have proven they can score (62 points per game), but they also give up 60 points.
A big test against rival York Catholic awaits on Dec. 23. Can the Squires get some revenge from football season? Or do the Irish avenge last season's two losses to Delone?
5. Bermudian Springs (3-4) The Eagles showed some grit last week with a win over rival Biglerville and a close game with York Catholic. The Eagles seem to enjoy playing in the confines of Bermudian - they're 3-1 at home this season. The two losses to Kennard-Dale are still confusing, but overall, Bermudian seems to be trending up. Fun fact: The Eagles have scored 50 points in a game just once this season and average less than 40 per game. Josh Stroup leads the team in points (12.5) and 3-pointers made (4).
6. Biglerville (4-5) What happened to Biglerville? The Canners have lost five in a row and drop two spots in our rankings. All five losses are by double-digits, so the Canners' bandwagon is getting smaller and smaller. Potential wins this week over York Tech (0-6) and Christian School of York (2-5) could help get coach Elsier's squad back on track.
Noah Ayers is among the league leaders in scoring (16.3) and freshman Cody Shaffer leads the team in 3-pointers made (10).
7. Fairfield (2-4) Fairfield moves up two spots after defeating Biglerville and Littlestown last week. Two straight wins for the Green Knights! Unfortunately for the Green Knights, their reward is a matchup at Hanover on Dec. 23 as Dylan Krieger attempts to surpass the 1,000 career points plateau.
8. South Western (1-4) The Mustangs essentially had the week off after a 52-43 loss to Red Lion, so their drop in rankings is more due to what other teams were doing. The Mustangs haven't exactly had the easiest schedule and they've still been right there in every game.
Outside of a holiday tournament, the schedule reads: at Dallastown, at Delone Catholic, vs. Central York and at William Penn. Definitely no "gimme" games in that stretch.
9. New Oxford (1-7) Among YAIAA teams, only Biglerville has played more games so far than the Colonials. They followed an upset win over Dover with two blowout losses to Spring Grove and Dallastown. Freshman John Wessel has continued to impress, though. He leads the team in scoring (12.0) and has made more 3-pointers (17) than some teams have combined.
10. Littlestown (0-8) The Bolts' two best chances to get their first win came and went as they fell at Kennard-Dale, 69-45, and vs. Fairfield in a heart-breaker, 52-49. Littlestown led Fairfield by 11 after the first quarter and by five at the half before falling down the stretch.
The Bolts get winless York Tech and one-win New Oxford in early January as they try to put a tally in the win column.