COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Christmas has come and gone and it's almost time for high school basketball to heat back up. Let's take a look at the newest power rankings in Division II.
1. South (6-0) - The Bulldogs have been rolling out of the gate, taking down quality opponents in Walnut Ridge, Jonathan Alder and Bishop Hartley to start the year. South has the week off before heading to Florida at the end of next week.
2. Jonathan Alder (5-1) - Coming out and controlling most of the first quarter against South on Saturday, things looked to be in the Pioneers' favor. Back-to-back threes from South's Tre Watkins put Alder behind after the first quarter and the Pioneers were never able to recover. Despite taking the loss to South, we saw enough from Alder to be confident in moving them up to No. 2 this week. A potential slate of No. 2 (D3) Johnstown and No. 3 (D3) Grandview Heights awaits this week.
3. DeSales (5-1) - DeSales picked up a great win over Bishop Hartley on Friday and then was shut down on Saturday at Johnstown. The Stallions will look to bounce back in Bethel Park, Penn. this week.
4. Hamilton Township (7-1) - The hottest team in Division II as of late, Hamilton Township just keeps on winning. The Rangers notched arguably its most impressive win yet last week, going on the road and knocking off Amanda-Clearcreek. We'll see if Hamilton Township can win its eighth straight game against Grove City this weekend.
5. Bishop Watterson (3-3) - Watterson is through the thick of its absolute gauntlet to start the year and will look to keep rolling at Marysville this week. The Eagles are battle tested just six games into the year and have beaten the teams they are supposed to thus far.
6. Fairfield Union (4-2) - One of the victims of the Hamilton Township revenge tour, Fairfield Union finds itself in unusual territory - not atop the MSL-Buckeye. The Falcons will look to get back there, but in the meantime, they'll have to beat St. Charles and Unioto to end 2018.
7. Bexley (6-2) - One of the top teams in an MSL-Ohio division that we cannot figure out, Bexley was defeated handily by Columbus Academy on Saturday. The Lions will travel to No. 9 Buckeye Valley on Friday before taking on Indpendence the following day.
8. Bishop Hartley (3-3) - Another team that has faced a tough schedule, Hartley was just a few buckets away from upending DeSales on Friday. The Hawks head to Tuscarawas Central Catholic this weekend for two tough games back-to-back to end the year.
9. Buckeye Valley (4-3) - The Barons made a statement last week by handing Pleasant its first loss of the season. Buckeye Valley can keep climbing if it knocks off No. 7 Bexley at home this weekend.
10. London (6-1) - Since the arrival of sophomore Jainaz Cameron in the starting lineup, London has gone 4-0 and punished opponents. The Red Raiders will look to continue to roll against rival Madison Plains this week.
|2||3||Jonathan Alder||5-1||vs. #2 (D3) Johnstown, vs. TBD|
|3||2||DeSales||5-1||7||vs. Erie McDowell, vs. TBD|
|4||NR||Hamilton Township||7-1||4||vs. Grove City|
|5||6||Bishop Watterson||3-3||2||@ Marysville|
|6||4||Fairfield Union||4-2||1||vs. St. Charles, @ Unioto|
|7||5||Bexley||6-2||4||@ Buckeye Valley, vs. Independence|
|8||7||Bishop Hartley||3-3||4||vs. Dayton Chaminade, vs. Bishop Fenwick|
|9||NR||Buckeye Valley||4-3||3||vs. Bexley|
|10||NR||London||6-1||@ Madison Plains, vs. TBD|