Power 10: What are the best men’s basketball teams in the state in 2022?
the AL.com Power 10 ranks the best men’s basketball teams in the state, regardless of classification.
Here’s a look at the first Power 10 for 2022.
The survey will be updated weekly.
10. Cottage Hill (20-4)
The lean: The Warriors continued to roll last week, drilling rival Chickasaw 97-57 and beating Mobile Christian 83-64. Class 3A Cottage Hill fired all five starters from last year’s final four team, including 6-6 twins Tyler and Trent Thomas. Adam Thomas’ team has lost just two games in the state this year, both against higher ranked teams – Baker (69-64) and Hazel Green (47-42).
9. Oak Mountain (17-3)
The lean: The defending 7A champions are having another strong year. Oak Mountain beat Oxford 47-42 and Tuscaloosa County 54-52 last week. Wilder Evers had 19 points and 9 rebounds against Oxford. Matthew Heiberger had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists against Tuscaloosa County. The Eagles have lost one game since November – a 50-48 defeat at Ramsay on December 22.
8. Spain Park (18-4)
The lean: Colin Turner led the Jaguars last week to wins over McAdory, Pelham and Gadsden City. He scored at least 10 points and had at least 8 rebounds in every game. Spain Park’s losses in the state came to Grissom, Hoover and Hazel Green.
7. Lee-Huntsville (14-6)
The lean: The defending 5A champions lost a few out-of-state games over the weekend at the national Sugar Bowl tournament in New Orleans. Lee defeated Lord Beaconsfield Landry-Oliver Perry Walker High (63-42) before losing to Beaumont ISD Early College (48-47) and Florida State University School (76-54).
6. Hills of Vestavia (17-2)
The lean: Win Miller had 19 points and 5 assists in a win over Oxford last week and 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a win over Hewitt-Trussville. Vestavia’s only losses came against Oak Mountain (53-50 on December 10) and Wenonah (65-60) on December 22. The Rebels have victories over Hoover and Ramsay.
5. Eufaule (17-2)
The lean: The Tigers lost only their second game of the season to Opelika 67-66 on Friday. Their only other loss came to defending champion 6A Mountain Brook (80-65) on Nov. 24. Big wins include Oak Mountain (57-48), Spanish Fort (90-76) and Enterprise (47-45). Seniors Caleb Paige (18.3 ppg) and Joshua Paige (15.3) are leading the way.
4. Sparkman (18-4)
The lean: The Senators participated in the Huntsville City Classic over the holidays, winning the championship by defeating Grissom 62-53. Last week, Sparkman knocked out Hazel Green 53-45. Calen Lightford is averaging 16 points per game to lead the team.
3. Mountain Stream (18-2)
The lean: The defending 6A champions recorded a pair of impressive wins last week, beating eighth-placed 7A Hoover 67-60 and 6A-class Pelham 72-63. Ty Davis had 13 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in the win over the Bucs. The Spartans’ only losses came at Northridge (61-52, Dec. 7) and Hoover (72-66) on Dec. 29.
2. McGill-Toolen (19-3)
The lean: The Yellow Jackets are the No. 1 team in Class 6A. They are led by reigning Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year and the team of Barry Dunning Jr. Arkansas signing Phillip Murphy also has an extensive roster. McGill won three games over the weekend in the Sugar Bowl Prep Classic. They shared a pair of games with Class 7A No. 1 Baker and also had victories over Hoover (62-58) and Williamson (70-53).
1. Baker (20-3)
The lean: The No. 1 Class 7A team won their 11th straight game over the weekend, beating Davidson 68-53. Sophomore Labaron Philon continues to be one of the best players in the state in all rankings. The Hornets shared a pair of games with Class 6A No. 1 McGill-Toolen. They also have an 81-67 pre-Christmas win over Sparkman on their resume.
Teams to watch (alphabetical): Autaugaville, Cullman, Grissom, Hoover, Huffman, Huntsville, Jeff Davis, Middle, Plainview, Spanish Fort, Williamson.
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