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BOYS' BASKETBALL: TOP 20

EMass boys’ basketball: Franklin captures top spot in the Globe Top 20 after longtime No. 1 Catholic Memorial falters

Coach C.J. Neely has seen his Franklin squad rise from No. 9 in the preseason.Danielle Parhizkaran/Globe Staff

Catholic Memorial loses the top spot in the Globe’s Top 20 boys’ basketball poll for the first time in months after Malden Catholic upset the visiting Knights in a Catholic Conference bout Friday night.

Franklin moves up to No. 1 and Andover slots in at No. 2 after staying undefeated in the challenging Merrimack Valley Conference with a win over Lowell. Central Catholic moves back into the Top 10 at the expense of Lawrence after scoring a 79-69 win over the Lancers.

Burke hops over Charlestown after beating the Townies in a revenge matchup last Thursday, then handing Manchester Essex its first defeat Monday. Natick and Needham are slowly climbing following a string of hard-fought wins. BC High, Xaverian, and Scituate return to the poll after solid performances over the past couple of weeks.

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Records based on the scores reported to the Globe.

The Globe’s Top 20 boys’ basketball poll

No.TeamRecordPrevious
1.Franklin17-1-02
2.Andover13-3-03
3.Catholic Memorial15-2-01
4.North Andover13-4-04
5.Lowell12-5-06
6.Burke14-3-08
7.Wareham15-3-09
8.Charlestown13-2-05
9.Central Catholic11-5-011
10.Cambridge14-2-010
11.Natick15-3-012
12.Needham12-4-014
13.Lawrence13-6-07
14.Mansfield14-4-015
15.BC High10-6-0
16.Manchester Essex16-1-016
17.Bourne15-1-017
18.Xaverian11-5-0
19.Newton North10-5-013
20.Scituate16-3-0