Category: McEachern High School (Powder Springs GA)

GEICO Nationals field is beginning to take shape

We’re less than two months away from opening tip at the GEICO Nationals, which will run April 4-6 at Christ the King High School (Middle Village, N.Y.) and as teams scramble to beef-up their resumes in hopes of earning a bid in the final weeks of the regular season and playoffs, the picture of the eight-team field is becoming clearer.
Of the states that allow teams to participate in GEICO Nationals – Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, District of Columbia, Utah, North Carolina (private schools) and Maryland (private schools) – here are who we’re projecting as locks.
No. 1 seed: La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.)
No. 2 seed: McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.)
No. 3 seed: Montverde (Fla.) Academy
No. 4 seed: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
No. 5 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Sharife Cooper, of McEachern, drives to the net during the championship game against Sunrise Christian Academy at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.Andrew Jansen/News-Leader
Of our projected locks, McEachern is the only school that’s pursuing a state title in one of the toughest states in the country.
The logical question is: If the Indians stumble on their quest, would GEICO Nationals still take them in April?
It would be the first time in the tournament’s history that it would take a school that didn’t win its state title.
The answer would have to be a resounding yes.
The reality is that McEachern could make a strong case at being No. 1 because its body of work is so strong with seven convincing wins over Super 25 teams this season.
After those five there are a handful of teams on the bubble like Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.), Federal Way (Wash.) High School, Rainier Beach High School (Seattle), Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah), University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas).
In the past, GEICO Nationals has taken he North Carolina private schools champion, but they haven’t traditionally fared well, going 1-7 in the event. If GEICO Nationals opted to take a school from North Carolina, Christ School (Arden, N.C.) or Caramel Christian School (Matthews, N.C.) would likely get the nod.
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Mountain Brook (Ala.) in top five, Abington (Pa.) makes its debut in new Super 25

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The top two teams held their spots with convincing wins, Montverde (Fla.) Academy jumped to No. 3 after destroying two Super 25 teams this past weekend, first a 65-41 win over then No. 19 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic School and then an 89-51 win over then No. 11 Ranney School (Tinton Falls, N.J.).
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings
DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) dropped out of the top 10 after a 65-58 loss to Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.).
That opened the door for Mountain Brook (Ala.) High School to make its debut in the top five.
Long Island Lutheran High School (Brookville, N.Y.) continued its impressive run with three strong wins last week, including a dramatic buzzer beater to sink Gill St. Bernard’s High School (Gladstone, N.J.).
As a result, the Crusaders jumped from No. 15 to No. 10 this week.
Abington (Penn.) High School made its debut in the Super 25 this week, checking in at No. 24.

La Lumiere (Ind.), McEachern (Ga.) are top two in new Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings

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Before the season began, La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart II told USA TODAY Sports that he felt the Lakers were the No. 1 team in the country, but, instead of debating it, he wanted to prove it.
Mission accomplished.
FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Boys Basketball Rankings
Stewart and the Lakers earned their way to the top spot this week, knocking off then No. 1 Montverde (Fla.) Academy 58-51 in the semifinals of the Iolani Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) then Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.) 72-58 to claim that tournament title.
Stewart, who is ranked No. 4 overall in USA TODAY Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, pumped in 24 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in the championship game and was named MVP of the event.
Top five teams, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) all lost in the City of Palms Classic last week, making way for the Lakers to be on top.

RelatedSharife Cooper, No. 10 McEachern shred Imhotep in City of Palms championship
McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.) ran the gauntlet at the City of Palms Classic and proved to be the best team there. That catapulted the Indians from No. 10 to No. 2.
Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia) fell to the Indians in the City of Palms Classic title game, but not before knocking off two top five teams; that moved Imhotep up nine spots from No. 20 to No. 11.
Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) knocked off then No. 24 Greensboro (N.C.) Day School at the Crown Town Classic and took over that spot in this week’s rankings and Curie High School (Chicago) used it’s fast 10-0 start to break in at No. 25.