Top 5: Final Poll of the High School Boys Basketball Regular Season
The final The River City News/NKYsports.com Top-5 boys basketbal poll of the regular season shows a change from last week after top dog Covington Catholic was taken out by Dixie at The Bank of Kentucky Center last Friday night.
New Cath now sits at the number one spot while Cov Cath falls to third. Dixie is now second for the first time this season.
Many games were cancelled this week thanks to the cold and snow the region experienced.
District tournament play starts next week.
Newport Central Catholic (25-3): New Cath reclaimed top billing after edging Holmes, 58-52, at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Friday night. It was the thirteenth win in a row for the Thoroughbreds and they have now won 19 or their last 20 games. NCC avoided the other major test on its schedule when a home game against Louisville Trinity was canceled due to the the snowstorm Northern Kentucky experienced on Monday night.
Dixie (19-7): Dixie has shot up the charts after a very strong weekend beginning with a signature win over then top-ranked Covington Catholic at The Bank of Kentucky Center, followed by a rout of Scott in Taylor Mill the next day. The Colonels have shown that they have both the size with their tall front court players and the scoring ability with senior guard Austin Schrek fearlessly attacking the rim.
Covington Catholic (23-5): Cov Cath had hoped to coast into the playoffs on a long winning streak as they finished out the regular season, but the slip-up against Dixie has the defending state champions regrouping for their next tournament push. The Colonels had a bad shooting night against Dixie and were bothered by the 2-3 zone they faced in that game. Sophomore guard Cole Von Handorf went 0 for 10 and had little help from the others. Prior to the loss, the Colonels had won 12 in a row.
Boone County (18-9): The Rebels hope to finish off their schedule with emphasis as they took down Holmes and Paris last week to inch closer toward the 20-win mark on the year.
Holmes (20-7): The Bulldogs have slipped a spot after losing in back-to-back games against Boone County and New Cath last week. Holmes played without senior center Rod Avery against NCC and will need him the rest of the way if they want to get past the other heavy hitters ahead of them.
Photo: Cov Cath bench last week (Brian Frey/RCN)