UPDATED FAB 50: Ain’t Over But!

The 2021 GEICO Nationals champion has been topped and the highest of the FAB 50 Nationwide Workforce Rankings powered by Ballislife.com pecking order has been cemented, however there’s nonetheless extra basketball to be performed. The states who moved their season to the spring are nonetheless taking part in, so there will likely be extra motion and groups transferring out and in of the rankings within the coming weeks.

By Ronnie Flores

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It was becoming that GEICO Nationals concluded with the highest two groups within the FAB 50 Nationwide Workforce Rankings powered by Ballislife.com: No. 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) and No. 2 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.). The 2 most gifted groups within the nation break up common season video games, Montverde retained its No. 1 rating by beating the Buffaloes within the inaugural Nationwide Interscholastic Basketball Convention (NIBC) title sport, and clinched its fifth GEICO Nationals crown by defeating Dawn Christian for the third time this season, 62-52, this previous Saturday in Ft. Myers, Fla.

The distinction in Saturday’s sport was the third interval, as Montverde outscored Dawn, 28-17, in these essential eight minutes after holding a 23-21 halftime lead. The important thing stat of your complete sport and the season sequence between the 2 golf equipment was this: the Eagles didn’t miss a discipline aim try in that eight-minute timeframe, going 12-for-12.

Dawn Christian’s Kennedy Chandler, a Tennessee-bound level guard, had a knack all season lengthy for large game-ending heroics, together with a 3-pointer on the finish of regulation to power extra time in Montverde Academy’s solely lack of the season, however there was to be no heroics on this sport. Dawn Christian did have a mini 9-2 surge within the fourth quarter, however the Eagles had been in countrol down the stretch.

“What an excellent accomplishment for our gamers to win the Nationwide Championship,” Montverde Academy head coach Kevin Boyle stated. “They performed seven video games versus groups that reached No. 2 (within the polls) and 13 video games versus groups that appeared within the high 5. Maybe the toughest schedule any crew has ever confronted.”

Montverde Academy was led by Michigan-bound Caleb Houstan with 16 factors. He transformed 4-of-9 3-point photographs whereas Baylor-bound Langston Love added 13 factors whereas changing 3-of-6 3-point photographs. Creighton-bound Ryan Nembhard added 12 factors and made all three of his 3-point makes an attempt.

Jaden Akins led Dawn Christian with 14 factors, whereas Chander completed with 9 factors, whereas making 1-of-6 3-pointers and 4-of-12 photographs from the sector.

Houstan’s tip-in on Montverde’s final possession with the distinction in a hard-fought 51-49 semifinal victory over AZ Compass Prep (Chandler, Ariz.), which had an opportunity to tie or win the sport on its final possession however noticed a 3-pointer from TyTy Washington sail simply lengthy. Montverde Academy simply dispatched No. 23 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) within the quarterfinals, 85-64.

Dawn Christian defeated No. 3 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) in its semifinal contest, 70-63, after trailing by eight factors with slightly below six minutes remaining within the contest. Chandler closed sturdy and completed with a game-high 25 factors and 5 assists. The Buffaloes additionally beat a tall and gifted Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) crew within the quarterfinals in come-from-behind trend, 56-55, selecting up its protection after trailing by seven factors with simply over 4 minutes remaining within the sport.

Montverde Academy Is No. 1 For 2020-21

If Dawn Christian had gained GEICO Nationals, it might have moved as much as No. 1 this week. It wasn’t the identical state of affairs when the Buffaloes snapped Montverde Academy’s 44-game successful streak in February and didn’t transfer as much as No. 1. We knew then the 2 groups would play as soon as extra, and maybe, twice, and that ultimately occurred.

This closing MVA-Dawn assembly was extra like a highschool nationwide championship sport or state championship closing for groups that compete for state crowns the place each foes understand it’s the ultimate sport of their respective season. One among our predominant rankings standards is the No. 1 crew within the FAB 50 can’t lose its final sport and one other is all of the rankings positions are usually not closing till each crew has performed its closing sanctioned sport.

Carmel’s victory was not solely the second over its rival this season, it gave this system two Class 4A state crowns in three seasons and the Greyhounds moved up two spots within the FAB 50 this from week from No. 27 to No. 25. The IHSAA state finals had been canceled final season due to the pandemic.

In a nip-and-tuck affair, Carmel’s Brian Waddell, a senior, had 20 factors and 10 rebounds whereas junior Josh Whack got here up with 11 essential factors, together with 7-of-8 made free throws within the fourth interval and extra time. Carmel made 20-of-25 photographs from the charity stripe. In stark distinction, Lawrence North transformed solely 6-of-17.

With two of Lawrence North’s three losses this season coming in opposition to Carmel, the Wildcats stay at No. 31 on this week’s FAB 50. Lawrence North was gunning for its first Class 4A state crown below veteran coach Jack Keefer since 2005-06, when this system gained the legendary FAB 50 nationwide title with a crew led by future NBA gamers Greg Oden and Mike Conley.

The one newcomer this week is Ohio Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation (OHSAA) D1 state champ Centerville (Centerville, Ohio), which moved in after earlier No. 47 Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) misplaced within the Kentucky Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation (KHSAA) Candy 16 semifinals.

Minnesota and Michigan will conclude their state championships this week, California, New Mexico and New York are nonetheless taking part in and Washington and Oregon have but to start.

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Up to date FAB 50 Nationwide Workforce Rankings
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(sixteenth ballot of 2020-21 common season; By video games performed on Sunday, April 4; *Signifies forfeit wins, forfeit losses not included; **Signifies forfeits and defaults not included; ***Doesn’t embrace outcomes vs. out-of-season opponents; ****Signifies season not full.)

No. Prev. Excessive Faculty (Metropolis) Document
1 1 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) 24-1
2 2 Dawn Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) 20-4
3 3 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 22-3
4 4 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 9-0***
5 6 Camden (Camden, N.J.) 13-0
6 8 Milton (Milton, Ga.) 28-3
7 7 Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.) 20-1****
8 5 Wasatch Academy (Mt. Nice, Utah) 18-7
9 9 Lengthy Island Lutheran (Glen Head, N.Y.) 3-0
10 10 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) 0-0
11 11 Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) 29-1
12 12 Orlando Christian Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 28-0
13 13 O’Dea (Seattle, Wash.) 0-0
14 14 Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) 21-3**
15 15 Mix Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.) 26-3
16 16 St. Mary Prep (Orchard Lake, Mich.) 15-0****
17 17 Westlake (Austin, Texas) 30-2
18 18 Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 27-2
19 20 Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.) 19-0
20 22 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) 7-4
21 23 St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) 25-2
22 21 St. Raymond (Bronx, N.Y.) 0-0
23 19 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 21-9
24 24 Studying (Studying, Pa.) 26-2
25 27 Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) 26-2
26 29 Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) 24-3
27 25 Patrick Faculty (Elizabeth, N.J.) 14-1
28 28 Archbishop Wooden (Warminster, Pa.) 19-1
29 30 Waukee Senior (Waukee, Iowa) 16-2
30 32 Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) 9-1
31 31 Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) 28-3
32 34 Victory Rock Prep (Bradenton, Fla.) 27-6
33 35 Beaumont United (Beaumont, Texas) 31-0
34 33 Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) 2-0
35 36 Central Pointe Christian (Kissimmee, Fla.) 31-7
36 37 Clinton (Clinton, Miss.) 21-1
37 39 Berkmar (Lilburn, Ga.) 26-6
38 38 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) 15-1
39 40 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 2-0
40 26 Tempo Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) 28-2
41 41 Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 22-1
42 42 Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) 24-3
43 43 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) 0-0
44 44 Huron (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 19-0**
45 45 Kingfisher (Kingfisher, Okla.) 25-1
46 46 Ribet Academy (Los Angeles, Calif.) 0-0
47 48 Sunnyslope (Phoenix, Ariz.) 21-1
48 49 North Little Rock (North Little Rock, Ark.) 21-2
49 50 Wauwatosa East (Wausatosa, Wis.) 23-3
50 NR Centerville (Centerville, Ohio) 26-3

Dropped Out: Earlier No. 47 Ballard (Louisville, Ky.).

Bubble Groups:  Adams (South Bend, Ind.) 23-2; Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 0-0; Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) 4-2****; Ardrey Kell (Charlotte, N.C.) 10-1; Atascocita (Humble, Texas) 24-3; Ballard (Louisville, Ky.) 21-3; Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 7-2; Blue Ridge (St. George, Va.) 15-0; Bowling Inexperienced (Bowling Inexperienced, Ky.) 24-3; Calvary Christian Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 17-7; Cannon Faculty (Harmony, N.C.) 27-5; Catalina Foothills (Tuscon, Ariz.) 19-1; Centennial (Corona, Calif.) 1-0****; Central (Little Rock, Ark.) 23-5; Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 22-2; Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Col.) 17-1; Christ The King (Center Village, N.Y.) 0-0; Creighton Prep (Omaha, Neb.) 23-3; Davis (Kaysville, Utah) 22-4; Del Metropolis (Del Metropolis, Okla.) 22-4; DePaul School Prep (Chicago, Sick.) 14-2; Eagle’s Touchdown (McDonough, Ga.) 29-1; Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Wash.) 0-0; Edmond Memorial (Edmond, Okla.) 17-2; Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio) 20-4; Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown, Ky.) 22-3; Garfield (Seattle, Wash.) 0-0; Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 0-2***; Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) 22-4; Inexperienced Run (Virginia Seaside, Va.) 9-1; Highlands (Ft. Thomas, Ky.) 30-4; Homestead (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) 26-1; Imhotep Constitution (Philadelphia, Pa.) 14-0; Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) 0-0; John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.) 11-5; Kell (Marietta, Ga.) 21-7; Kickapoo (Springfield, Mo.) 28-2; La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) 10-10; Las Cruces (Las Cruces, N.M.) 2-0****; Legacy Early School (Greenville, S.C.) 14-7; Manasquan (Manasquan, N.J.) 12-0; McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) 24-5; Mentor (Mentor, Ohio) 25-1; Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) 17-5**; Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 22-3; Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.) 25-4; Pine Crest (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 21-1; Richardson (Richardson, Texas) 25-2; Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) 12-3; Seattle Prep (Seattle, Wash.) 0-0; South Central (Winterville, N.C.) 13-0**; South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, Texas) 21-1; Starkville (Starkville, Miss.) 21-3; Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) 16-1; St. Catherine’s (Racine, Wis.) 28-1; St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 2-0****; St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) 7-1; St. Mary’s (Pheonix, Ariz.) 20-1; St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) 19-3; Thunderidge (Highlands Ranch, Col.) 13-2; Vashon (St. Louis, Mo.) 15-1**; Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas) 20-3; Westlake (Saratoga Springs, Utah) 21-4; Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) 27-5; Whitney Younger (Chicago, Sick.) 15-1; Wilson (West Garden, Pa.) 20-2.

Be aware: The FAB 50 powered by Ballislife.com is a continuation of the Nationwide Sports activities Information Service scores that started in 1952. These had been the primary nationwide highschool rankings and the late Artwork Johlfs of Minnesota compiled them. They had been compiled for a few years by the late Barry Sollenberger of Phoenix, who merged them into the FAB 50 21 years in the past.

Ronnie Flores is the nationwide Grassroots editor of Ballislife.com. He could be reached at ronnie@ballislife.com. Don’t overlook to observe him on Twitter: @RonMFlores

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