6. (7) Glenelg (5-6 county, 7-7 overall)
The Gladiators may have a losing record, but the beauty of the power rankings is that it is all about how a team is playing right now. And, with three straight wins, Glenelg currently is tied for the second longest winning streak in the county. The latest victory, a 15-point decision over Mt. Hebron, made a statement and helps the Gladiators leapfrog the Vikings in this week’s rankings. When this team is hitting 3-pointers, like it did by knocking down 12 against Mt. Hebron, it is capable of beating anyone. Dom Napolitano has quietly scored 10 or more points in every game but two this year.
Last game: Beat Mt. Hebron, 67-52. Next game: At Wilde Lake on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
7. (5) Mt. Hebron (6-5 county, 8-6 overall)
The Vikings have now dropped two straight games, although there are still a lot of good things going for the team. David Herlihy has scored in double figures in 11 straight games, giving him a team-high scoring average of 15.8 points per game. Mark Smith is right behind him with 12.8 ppg. The key to turning things back around will be getting the rest of the offense going. In the last six games, four of which have resulted in losses, Mt. Hebron is averaging just 51.6 points a game as a team.
Last game: Lost to Glenelg, 67-52. Next game: At Reservoir on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
8. (NR) Howard (4-7 county, 5-8 overall)
The Lions have built a little momentum now with back-to-back wins, defeating Marriotts Ridge and Long Reach. Both wins were in games decided by seven points, bringing Howard’s record to an impressive 5-1 in games decided by single digits. The increased production in those two contests from Dakwonte Avery and Patrick O’Malley certainly went a long way. Both guys averaged more than 12 points a game in the last two, with Avery going for a career-high 17 against Long Reach.
Last game: Beat Long Reach, 66-59. Next game: At River Hill on Friday at 7 p.m.
On the bubble: Hammond (3-8, 5-9), Long Reach (2-9, 5-9), Marriotts Ridge (2-9, 4-10), Wilde Lake (1-10, 2-11).