High School Sports

Another week, another No. 1 atop Sun Herald basketball poll

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 
 D'Iberville's Evan Howard grabs an offensive rebound over Pass Christian's Jermaine Dedeaux and Aaron Whavers, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD D'Iberville's Evan Howard grabs an offensive rebound over Pass Christian's Jermaine Dedeaux and Aaron Whavers, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. SUN HERALD

For the third straight week a new No. 1 sits atop the Sun Herald Boys Top 10 Poll.

After knocking off then-No. 2 St. Martin 62-58, D'Iberville's Warriors have climbed four spots to No. 1.

The jump comes in combination with former No. 1 Gulfport (12-7) falling at rival Harrison Central (10-9) on Friday.

"It's good to feel the appreciation, love and support folks are giving us for the guys' hard work," D'Iberville coach Lorenzo Wright said. "Really, it's those seniors. This is Year 3 with these guys. We've just preached defense and hard work."

Having fought through back-to-back 10-win seasons, Wright said the past struggles have made this year's 14-3 start all the sweeter.

He also realizes the Warriors won't be sneaking up on anyone any more.

"It's going to be different for us. We've kind of flown under the radar all year," he said. "We've been able to pick some teams off and beat teams because we weren't favored. Now, we have to know and understand we're the hunted.

"Now we're going to get everybody's best shot. We have to understand that. I guess that's part of getting us to understand what success is really like. Hopefully, with my background being from Gulfport and playing at Nichoills State, hopefully I can instill that in them."

Other movement in the boy's poll included the Yellow Jackets (13-5) slipping two spots to No. 4, Hancock (12-7) jumping two spots to No. 5 and No. 6 Biloxi (11-6) sliding three spots. Pass Christian (13-4) tied Biloxi at No. 6, with the Red Rebels, Vancleave (13-3) and Bay High (9-5) rounding out the final three spots.

Girls Top 10

Minimal upsets last week translated to minimal upheaval in the girls Top 10 poll. After rallying late to up-end the Lady Admirals (11-8), Harrison Central (12-6) and Gulfport flipped places at No. 5 and 6. Also, East Central (11-7) and Pearl River Central (9-7) swapped spots at No. 9 and 10 respectively.

The rest of the girls rundown: No. 1 St. Martin (17-2), No. 2 West Harrison (13-1), No. 3 Ocean Springs (14-1), No. 4 Pascagoula (15-3), No. 7 Bay High (11-6) and No. 8 Picayune (12-3).

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