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Keith Dunlap's quick boys basketball hits/rankings for Feb. 2

Keith Dunlap's quick boys basketball hits

- It has been 12 years since an Oakland County Class A team not only won a state title, but played for one, and this week seemed to indicate that drought won't end anytime soon. There are solid teams capable of making good runs in the state tournament if things break right, but right now there doesn't seem to be a legitimate Class A title contender in the area. Case in point was that the top-four teams in the OAA Red, Clarkston, Bloomfield Hills, North Farmington and Adams, all went 1-1 this past week. Orchard Lake St. Mary's has some potential as well, but its loss to Catholic Central at home but the Eaglets at 7-5.

- I obviously was way too premature last week in declaring that Troy Athens was firmly in control of the OAA White. All of a sudden, here comes Troy and Lake Orion. The Colts are 4-1 in league play following a win at Seaholm on Friday, while Lake Orion earned a convincing win at Athens on Friday and has two league losses. Lake Orion senior David Henry is on a tear right now, having scored 52 points in two wins this past week. In addition, Oak Park could be a factor as well with some key transfers now eligible.

- One team that has a hard-luck season and is better than its record indicates is 2-11 Walled Lake Northern. The Knights have had fourth-quarter leads in just about every one of its eight KLAA North games, but have lost them all. The big bright spot for Northern has been the play of senior Trent Lansaw, who is averaging nearly 18 points and 10 rebounds a game this season.

- Can Southfield Christian just be moved up to Class B? Or better yet, Class A? The Eagles right now are just too good for Class D.

- Clarkston didn't play its best basketball this past week, and right now the most glaring problem with the Wolves is a lack of consistent perimeter shooting to go along with senior Nick Owens. There obviously is still time for the Wolves to figure things out and develop that, but at the moment teams can just do what Bloomfield Hills did on Tuesday, which was lock in on Owens and force others to beat them from the outside.



Rankings

1. Clarkston (9-2) -
Wolves weren't exactly sharp this week, but then again, not many were.

2. Bloomfield Hills (10-2) - Blackhawks experienced the highest of highs by beating Clarkston, but then a low with buzzer-beating loss to Adams.

3. Southfield Christian (11-1) - Eagles had a convincing road win at a solid Oakland Christian team on Friday.

4. Rochester Adams (7-3) - Big road win at Bloomfield Hills kept the Highlanders alive in the OAA Red race.

5. North Farmington (8-3) - Good win at Adams on Tuesday was followed up with surprising loss to Southfield-Lathrup on Friday.

6. Walled Lake Central (10-2) - Vikings holding firm in the KLAA North and patiently waiting for their rematch with Kettering.

7. Waterford Kettering (9-3) - Captains were cooled off a bit with home loss to Walled Lake Western on Thursday.

8. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (7-5) - Consistency has been really hard to find for the Eaglets this season up to this point.

9. Troy Athens (9-3) - Red Hawks saw nine-game winning streak snapped against Lake Orion on Friday.

10. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (6-6) - Yellowjackets ended a losing skid with win over Flint Southwestern on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/3/2014 2:53:02 AM EST

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