Class A Basketball Blog: Newest power rankings, Landmark’s Ross reaches 1,000

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Coaches always say rankings don’t mean much, and usually that’s correct. But when it comes to Class A sports in Georgia, rankings mean a lot – power rankings, to be specific.

So each Tuesday we’ll post the updated basketball power rankings as soon as the Georgia High School Association makes them available. A team’s power ranking points are determined by awarding five points for a win, plus one point for each of its opponent’s wins. Teams earn no points for a loss, but do receive one-third (33 percent) of the opponent’s win total (if you lose to a team with 12 wins, you receive four points for that game).

Following the region tournaments, the top 16 public and private schools will advance to the state playoffs. Region tournament winners get automatic bids. Here are the latest public and private school power rankings. For comparison’s sake, the first number in parenthesis is the team’s power ranking last week, the second number is the team’s AJC Top 10 position.

BOYS
Public

1. Mitchell County (2) (4)

2. Wilcox County (1) (NR)

3. Seminole County (4) (8)

3. Wilkinson County (3) (6)

5. Treutlen (5) (NR)

6. Hancock Central (6) (NR)

7. Turner County (8) (9)

8. Portal (9) (NR)

9. Lanier County (7) (7)

10. Dooly County (Not in Top 16) (NR)

11. Claxton (11) (NR)

12. Stewart County (12) (NR)

13. Trion (13) (NR)

14. Jenkins County (14) (NR)

15. Clinch County (Not in Top 16) (NR)

16. Greenville (Not in Top 16) (NR)

Private

1. North Cobb Christian (1) (1)

2. Greenforest Christian (2) (3)

3. Holy Innocents’ (3) (NR)

4. Excel Christian (6) (NR)

5. Landmark Christian (7) (NR)

5. Mt. Paran Christian (4) (NR)

7. Athens Christian (5) (2)

8. Calvary Day School (15) (NR)

9. W.D. Mohammed (8) (5)

10. St. Francis (16) (NR)

11. Aquinas (12) (10)

12. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (11) (NR)

13. Savannah Christian (9) (NR)

14. Mt. Pisgah Christian (10) (NR)

15. Lakeview Academy (14) (NR)

16. Fellowship Christian (13) (NR)

GIRLS
Public

1. Randolph-Clay (1) (3)

2. Turner County (4) (NR)

3. Gordon Lee (3) (5)

4. Treutlen (2) (NR)

5. Wilkinson County (4) (10)

6. Irwin County (7) (NR)

7. Towns County (6) (6)

8. Claxton (10) (NR)

9. Calhoun County (9) (NR)

10. Mitchell County (16) (NR)

11. Marion County (8) (NR)

12. Jenkins County (11) (NR)

13. Hancock County (12) (NR)

14. Seminole County (Not in Top 16) (NR)

15. Echols County (13) (NR)

16. Greenville (Not in Top 16) (NR)

Private

1. Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (1) (1)

2. Holy Innocents’ (4) (2)

3. Darlington (2) (4)

4. Calvary Day School (6) (9)

5. St. Francis (10) (7)

6. Atlanta International (3) (NR)

7. Paideia (7) (NR)

8. Strong Rock Christian (5) (NR)

9. George Walton Academy (8) (8)

10. Mt. Paran Christian (9) (NR)

11. Savannah Country Day (13) (NR)

12. Prince Avenue Christian (15) (NR)

13. Greenforest Christian (11) (NR)

14. Walker (12) (NR)

15. Pace Academy (Not in Top 16) (NR)

16. Brookstone (Not in Top 16) (NR)

Ross joins 1,000 point club
Landmark Christian senior forward Justin Ross scored his 1,000 point last week for the War Eagles.

7 comments Add your comment

Stan

January 16th, 2013
2:13 pm

Trying to figure out how W D is #9 in the power poll

bballmomof5

January 17th, 2013
12:08 pm

Congratulations to Justin Ross. We know how much hard work it takes to reach that milestone!

ak47

January 17th, 2013
5:45 pm

WDM has droppped to #9…Are you drinking? I guess like the raw deals they get with referees, they have to win it on the court for you guys to recognize!

BBall Fan

January 17th, 2013
9:57 pm

“Following the region tournaments, the top 16 public and private schools will advance to the state playoffs.”

Maybe.Example: If a team outside the top 16 makes a run & wins a region tournament then that eliminates the #16 & the top 15 advance.

Stan

January 18th, 2013
12:20 am

@bball yes that’s exactly how it’s suppose to work. W D has the best record in A ball, but is number 9 in the polls. The system has a huge flaw.

ECAFAN

January 18th, 2013
3:50 pm

@Stan …Tied for best with Excel, actually. Just throwing that in there since we can’t even crack the top ten of the coaches’ poll while winning 95% of our games. I like the system for the most part, it keeps schools like us from getting overlooked. The only problem is that it takes thefun out of region play, because after winning the region, nothing else matters for seeding. They should have gotten rid of regions altogether if they were going to use the power formula.

bballmomof5

January 19th, 2013
10:30 am

Actually the power polls are not an accurate representation of who actually would go to state..
I read an article by Todd Holcomb
http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports/2013/01/15/ghsa-threatens-to-fine-schools-for-not-reporting-basketball-scores/
and there are way too many schools that haven’t reported their scores.
For example, North Hall isn’t up to date on their scores ,we beat them and are missing at least points from 5 wins.
Is it difficult to report, or what is the problem going on?