Boys Basketball Power Rankings

Jerrod Heard (left) and the Guyer Wildcats hold down the top spot in the rankings after Friday's win against Denton. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

When  a game is hyped to be something extraordinary, most of the time the game fails to live up to its lofty expectations. Denton and Guyer’s boys basketball game on Friday night failed to disappoint.

Guyer’s gym was was absolutely packed. The lower sections of each set of the bleachers was completely full, and Guyer had to open the top sections on both sides. Guyer’s band was rocking, both crowds chanting and screaming on every made basket down the stretch. Here’s what fellow DRC writer Adam Boedeker tweeted out the morning after Guyer’s 55-51 win on Friday night.

 


So with that being said, here’s where the teams in the area rank.

1. Guyer (18-6, 8-1 District 5-4A) 

It was almost a foregone conclusion that the winner of last Friday’s game comes in and holds down the top spot. The Wildcats made a few more plays than Denton down the stretch to hold on a huge win that had big implications in the district standings. With the win, Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson are tied for the top spot in 5-4A.

Also: ranked No.13 in Class 4A by Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

2. Denton (12-14, 7-2 District 5-4A)

Somehow, Denton has managed to go unranked in this week’s TABC rankings. Now that’s just disrespectful. The Broncos’ only two losses in district play have come to Guyer (ranked No.13) and Denton defeated Nelson (ranked No.12)  in the teams’ first meeting. Denton’s still in contention for the district title. The Broncos are a game back of Guyer and Nelson.

3. Argyle (18-7, 4-0 District 10-3A)

Argyle finished the first half of 10-3A play with an undefeated record, and I don’t think anybody will be able to change that in the second half of district play. The Eagles probably won’t be tested again until the playoffs, where the defending Class 3A champs will be eager to protect its title.

Also: ranked No.10 in Class 3A by the TABC

4. Ponder (23-8, 7-1 District 9-2A)

The only team that’s going to test Ponder in district play is Brock, and the Lions split the season series between the two teams. Ponder’s 74-22 dismantling of Millsap last Friday is a testament to that. Let’s go ahead and plan on Ponder and Brock playing a one-game tiebreaker for the district’s top playoff seed.

Also: ranked No.7 in Class 2A by the TABC

5. Liberty Christian (25-5, 5-1 TAAPS District 1-5A)

You could make a strong point for Liberty being much higher in the rankings. Liberty’s got a  very solid squad this year with the likes of Wes Hill, Frank Kornet and Austin Freet. The Warriors are sitting second in district and have the talent to make a run at a state championship.

Also: ranked No.3 in TABC’s  Large Boys Schools (Private Schools) division