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Last week's boys basketbal schedule, despite being shortened because of the winter weather, once again had its share of upsets. It has been a common them this season as the weekly Top 15 poll has become a roller coaster of teams rising and falling. But there's been one constant -- No. 1 City.

The Knights continue to take on all comers, and this past weekend at the 18th Annual Basketball Academy proved to be their toughest test to date as they impressively ran their record to 13-0.

After getting a last-second 3-pointer from senior guard Omari George to edge D.C. area's top-ranked Riverdale Baptist, 60-57, on Friday, the Knights comfortably handled No. 2 Milford Mill -- minus standout point guard Justin Jenifer (ankle) -- 65-53.

Going into the season, the Knights had unquestioned talent with George, Timmy Bond and Dunbar transfer Kamau Stokes all earning All-Metro second-team honors as juniors last year. What the Knights have shown since is unmatched chemistry. In addition, John and Juwan Grant have played big inside, and Blair Davis and Aaron Williams have been ideal complements. 

Coach Daryl Wade has done well to identify his players' respective roles, and the Knights have played well as a unit.  

Just last week, then-No. 14 New Town upset then-No. 4 Edmondson; then-No. 11 defeated then-No. 5 Patterson; and Calvert Hall, previously ranked No. 7, went in then-No. 3 Mount St. Joseph's new gym and handed the Gaels their first home loss after 10 wins.

The parity in the area has won out, with City the exception. Next week brings more significant challenges, when they host Patterson on Tuesday and then visit Edmondson on Feb. 7. Both teams are also undefeated in Baltimore City's Division I.

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