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Manhasset, NY - January 21, 2011: Manhasset High

Manhasset, NY - January 21, 2011: Manhasset High School junior #23 Alessandro Troia, right, attempts to get inside the paint during a Nassau County Conference A-III varsity boys basketball game vs. Valley Stream South at Manhasset High School. Manhasset won by a score of 82-66. (Photo by James Escher) (Credit: Photo by James Escher)

More stagnation in the forecast has led to more stagnation in the top 10. 

Postponements marred another week of would-be action, as the season crawls towards the playoffs at the end of the month.

There's no changes in this week's rankings, so let's get right to it.

In this week's MSG Varsity tri-state top 20 poll, the Gaels moved up one spot to No. 4, while Long Island Lutheran dropped five spots to No. 12 after a 57-49 loss to No. 11 St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) on Sunday. Baldwin, despite a pair of wins this past week, is no longer "on the bubble."

The Bruins, however, are "on the outside looking in" of Gregg Sarra's Big 10, along with Lutheran. The Gaels are No. 2 in the Big 10, behind Longwood wrestling.

St. Mary's, the lone undefeated team left on Long Island (after Greenport's loss on Tuesday), remains on the "East Region bubble" of the latest ESPN Rise regional rankings.

Speaking of the Gaels...

1. St. Mary's (16-0, 5-0 CHSAA) — So what else is new? Chavaughn Lewis led the Gaels with 26 points in a 74-47 win over visiting Chaminade, the No. 4 team on this list, on Friday. Chaminade was undefeated in the Catholic League coming in. Charles McCann added 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Dante Agnew had nine points and eight assists. On Sunday, they earned a 73-53 win over last-place St. Dominic. 

Up next: The Gaels will visit Holy Trinity, the No. 8 team on this list, on Friday. Their game against St. John the Baptist, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed due to the weather and will be played on Monday. 

2. Long Island Lutheran (13-3) — Despite 15 points from point guard Mike Florin, the Crusaders dropped a 57-49 decision to St. Peter's Prep of New Jersey, the No. 11 team in the tri-state, at the Primetime Shootout at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Pennsylvania on Sunday. Lutheran led 31-20 at the half, but was outscored 13-6 in the third quarter and 24-12 in the fourth. Achraf Yacoubou was held to nine points and 14 rebounds. It was only his second game under 10 points all season. Keith Lumpkin, who'll play football at Rutgers next season, led St. Peter's with 17 points. To watch MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.

Up next: On Saturday, the Crusaders will play host to the Albany Academy for Boys at 2:45 p.m. Then, next Thursday, they welcome Baldwin, the No. 3 team on this list, to town at 7 p.m. 

3. Baldwin (11-2, 9-0 Conference AA-II) — After Eyituoyo Ofuya led the Bruins to a 64-55 win over East Meadow on Friday, they dropped a 59-48 decision to Brooklyn Collegiate at Gauchos Gym in NYC on Saturday. On Tuesday, Kyle Richardson had 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Baldwin's 78-42 domination of visiting Hicksville to remain unbeaten in conference play. T'Ziah Wood-Smith added 10 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Williams had 10 points and 10 assists.

Up next: The Bruins will visit second-place MacArthur in a Conference AA-II showdown at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. Then they will play host to Plainview JFK at 7 p.m. on Tuesday before their matchup at Lutheran, the No. 2 team on this list, Thursday night.

4. Chaminade (13-3, 5-1 CHSAA)  The Flyers had a rough time at St. Mary's on Friday, losing a 74-47 decision to the Gaels. James McCaffrey was the only Flyer in double figures with 12 points. They bounced back on Sunday with a 74-39 drubbing of Westhampton in the John Salvo Classic. Kevin Sheehy had 14 points and five assists, while Richard Zoller added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Up next: The Flyers have two CHSAA games upcoming — at 4 p.m. against St. Dominic on Friday and at Kellenberg at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

5. Manhasset (12-1, 8-0 Conference A-III)  The Indians cruised to a easy victory at winless North Shore, 87-63, on Friday to remain unbeaten in conference play. Alessandro Troia (pictured above) scored 23 points, while Gary Tibbs added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Up next: The Indians will play host to West Hempstead at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and then visit Great Neck North at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a pair of Conference A-III games.

6. Floral Park (9-2, 6-1 Conference A-III)  The Knights were idle this week due to the weather.

Up next: The Knights will play host to Valley Stream South at 4:45 p.m. on Friday and then visit North Shore at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a pair of Conference A-III games.

7. South Side (11-3, 9-0 Conference A-II) — The host Cyclones breezed past last place Plainedge 73-48 on Friday behind Kevin Coyle's 15 points and Darren Nickelson's 13 points and five assists. Ryan Spadaford had 25 points and seven rebounds in a 65-56 win at Hewlett on Tuesday to remain undefeated in conference action. 

Up next: The Cyclones will play host to Lynbrook at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Lawrence at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a pair of Conference A-II contests.

8. Holy Trinity (9-8, 4-2 CHSAA) — The Titans bounced back from a 73-63 loss at Poly Prep (Brooklyn) with a 63-44 drubbing over visiting St. John the Baptist on Saturday. Richard Bess led four Titans in double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Up next: The Titans will play host to St. Mary's on Friday and then visit St. Dominic on Sunday in two CHSAA matchups.

9. Elmont (11-2, 9-1 Conference AA-III) — The Spartans must be listening to coach Holub's text messages, as they won their ninth and 10th straight games this past week (albeit against the conference's bottom two teams). Anthony Elechi scored 17 points with 12 rebounds in a 61-36 victory at Carey on Friday, and Dillon Williams had 16 points and 11 assists in a 69-45 win at Mepham on Tuesday.

Up next: The Spartans will play host to Great Neck South at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in a battle for Conference AA-III supremacy. On Tuesday, they will visit Valley Stream Central at 6:15 p.m.

10. Malverne (12-1, 10-0 Conference BC) — The Mules earned a pair of easy wins this past week to remain undefeated in Conference BC. Cory Alexander had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 61-44 victory at Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday. Anthony Moultre added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Three days later, Moultre led the Mules with 20 points and 13 rebounds in an 81-52 win over visiting East Rockaway.

Up next: The Mules will visit Carle Place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and then play host to Friends Academy at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday. When Friends and Malverne met earlier this season, the Mules earned a one-point win.

On the bubble: Freeport (11-2, 6-2 Conference AA-I); Great Neck South (11-1, 8-1 Conference AA-III)Lawrence Woodmere Academy (12-2, 7-0 PSAA)Massapequa (9-4, 5-4 Conference AA-I)Uniondale (10-4, 7-2 Conference AA-I).

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