URBANDALE, Iowa -- Following bang-up performances at two of the nation's top holiday tournaments, Paterson Catholic (N.J.) and Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) entered the Top 10 of the weekly National Prep Basketball Poll released Monday.
Paterson Catholic leaped 15 spots from No. 23 to No. 8. The Cougars beat No. 11 Winter Park (Fla.), 62-54, for the championship of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
Likewise, Philadelphia Catholic power Neumann-Goretti also moved up 15 spots from No. 24 to No. 9. The Saints defeated two ranked teams -- No. 19 Rockville, Md., Montrose Christian and regionally ranked Kinston, N.C. -- before losing a 97-96 thriller to No. 6 Yates (Houston) for the Iolani Classic championship in Honolulu.
Westlake (Atlanta) was the lone team entering the rankings this week. The No. 24 Lions defeated then-No. 18 Rice (New York) to win the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C.