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Top 20 DMV Boys' Basketball Rankings for week of Jan. 13: DeMatha jumps into top spot

Top 20 DMV Boys' Basketball Rankings for week of Jan. 13: DeMatha jumps into top spot

Week 6 saw last week's No. 2 DeMatha defeat No. 1 St. John's (DC) 68-62 on Thursday, then follow that victory with a 23-point win over Bishop McNamara on Saturday afternoon. Paul VI took down Gonzaga in a back-and-forth game that came down to the wire. Theodore Roosevelt lost for the first time in 17 games this season to Potomac (MD), and Eleanor Roosevelt beat a very good Bladensburg team.

1. DeMatha  (12-2) 

Mike Jones and his DeMatha Stags are back on top and on a four-game winning streak. They defeated St. John’s, and take on the Gonzaga Purple Eagles tonight at 7:30.

Upcoming Game: 1/13 @ Gonzaga 

2. St. John’s (13-2)

After the tough loss to DeMatha, St. John’s will need regroup and be ready to take on its next opponent. St. John’s has a lot of young talent that is learning and growing through the experience of playing in the WCAC.

Upcoming Game: 1/17 vs. Archbishop Carroll

3. PVI (7-3) 

Coach Glen Farello's squad defeated two very good WCAC opponents this week in Gonzaga and St. Mary’s Ryken. Led by its trio of high major guards (Jeremy Roach, Trevor Keel, Knasir Dug McDaniel), PVI is hard for any team to stay in front of.

Upcoming Games: 1/13 @ Good Counsel, 1/14 vs Carroll

4. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (13-2)

Coach Mike Jones' team showed its poise in a big win vs. Episcopal Friday night in a packed house. SSSAS was down at the half and came back to dominate the second half.

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. Georgetown Prep

5. Good Counsel (11-4)

One of the most least talked about teams is Coach GJ Kissal’s Good Counsel Eagles, who have only lost one conference game -- to St. John’s. They have a tough matchup tonight against PVI.

Upcoming Games: 1/13 vs. PVI

6. Gonzaga (11-4)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 vs. DeMatha                                          

7. Potomac (MD) (8-0)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. Gwynn Park

8. Theodore Roosevelt (17-1)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 @ Bell

9. Oxon Hill (6-1)

Upcoming Games: 1/14 @ Douglass, 1/17 vs. Gwynn Park

10. Rock Creek Christian Academy (15-3)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 @ New Hope Academy

11. St. Andrew’s (10-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 @ McNamara

12. Sidwell Friends (12-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/20 vs. Milton

13. Wilson  (14-3)

Upcoming Game: 1/13 vs. McKinley Tech

14. St. Charles (9-1)

Upcoming Game: 1/15 @ McDonough

15. South County (12-0)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 @ West Springfield

16. E. Roosevelt  (5-1)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 @ High Point

17. Bullis  (11-3)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs SJPGC

18. Middleburg Academy (9-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/17 vs. The Carmel School

19. National Christian Academy (8-3)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 vs. Takoma Academy

20. Episcopal (7-2)

Upcoming Game: 1/14 @ Landon

DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

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DeMatha basketball coaching legend Morgan Wootten in home hospice care

DeMatha Catholic announced on Monday that former head basketball coach Morgan Wootten had been moved to home hospice care following a series of health problems for the 88-year-old.

Wootten, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, coached the Stags from 1956 to 2002. Under his guide, DeMatha won 33 WCAC championships, 22 D.C. titles and five mythical national championships. He was the first basketball coach at any level to reach 1,200 wins.

More than 150 of Wootten’s players went on to play at the college level, including 12 who made it to the NBA. Wootten himself was highly sought after by many college programs, but he declined them all to stay in Hyattsville, Maryland, and coach DeMatha.

While he hasn’t coached in nearly two decades, Wootten’s legacy lives on at WCAC rival program Bishop O’Connell, where his son Joe is the head basketball coach and athletic director.

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LeBron James upset after trash was thrown at his son during Paul VI-Sierra Canyon

LeBron James upset after trash was thrown at his son during Paul VI-Sierra Canyon

A high school basketball clash between two national powerhouses on Monday lived up to the hype, but the main storyline from the game had nothing to do with what happened on the court.

During Paul VI (Va.)'s 70-62 victory over Sierra Canyon (Calif.), one fan was forced to leave the gym after throwing a piece of trash at a Sierra Canyon player. That player would be freshman LeBron James, Jr. 

James, who goes by "Bronny," has been in the spotlight for years due to the high profile of his father, who remains one of the best players in basketball. The elder James took to Instagram to express his displeasure with the event that went on during the Hoophall Classic at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

"Know I got your back and front throughout it all! I’d die for you and your siblings," James wrote. "Never waver no matter what disrespect, hate, envy, jealousy, etc comes your way! Only push forward and continue to be the great kid/young man/person you are! Love you kid!!"

Bronny, a reserve on a loaded Sierra Canyon team, finished with zero points in just 13 minutes on Monday. 

Paul VI, a Northern Virginia program with multiple Division 1-bound recruits, is ranked No. 11 in the country. While this incident will grab the headlines, the program's victory over Sierra Canyon is an impressive win.