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|Brimfield Make Big Leap in AP High School Boys Basketball Poll; Western Big Six Teams Fall Out
|Western Big Six boys basketball teams that were ranked earlier this season are no longer in the Associated Press polls, but three are knocking on the door.
United Township and Quincy both received votes for top ten consideration in Class 4A. U-T got five votes and Quincy four. Both teams started the season strong but recently ran into some problems during holiday tournaments. Edwardsville, which is 8-0 and beat Galesburg in the first game of the Charleston Holiday Tournament and went on to win the tourney in its last appearance there, is ranked #3 in 4A, up three spots from the previous poll. Chicago Whitney Young is the top-ranked team with a 9-0 record.
Two Peoria teams, both in the Mid-State Six Conference, are ranked in the top five in Class 3A. Richwoods, with an 11-1 record, moved up six spots to #3. Peoria Central, which is 9-2, jumped from #10 last week to #6 in this week's poll. Rock Island received 27 votes and just missed cracking the top 10. Champaign Centennial, the defending state champion, is 14-0 and ranked #1 in 3A.
Peoria Manual is #1 in Class 2-A. The Rams, at 10-4, are coming off a third-place finish in the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, arguably the toughest in the state. Teutopolis, which beat Galesburg in the third-place game at the Charleston Tournament, is ranked #7 with an 11-2 record. Canton moves into the poll this week at #10 after winning the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament. The Little Giants have a 10-2 record.
Brimfield made the biggest leap in Class 1A. The Indians are 14-0 and ranked #2 after not appearing in last week's poll. Orion also climbed into the poll. The Chargers are #6 with a 12-4 record.
A few area teams received some votes but did not make it into the top ten. Those teams are Lewistown with 16 votes, Knoxville with nine and Williamsfield with five.