The top five
1. Brooks DeBartolo (3-0)
Up next: Tuesday at Sarasota Riverview; Thursday vs. Braden River; Saturday vs. Wekiva (All-Star Shootout)
The defending state semifinalist Phoenix and their new lineup were able to come together quickly. Brooks DeBartolo already are off to a strong start with the three wins against Steinbrenner, Boca Ciega and Clearwater — all of which were ranked. The highlight was a 49-43 win over the defending state semifinalist Tornadoes last week.
2. Bloomingdale (3-0)
Up next: Tuesday at Brandon; Wednesday at Plant City; Friday at East Bay
The biggest win so far came two weeks ago when the Bulls knocked off defending 7A state champion Plant 61-59. The toughest game this week will come Friday against East Bay.
3. Plant (3-1)
Up next: Tuesday vs. Gaither; Wednesday at Blake
The Panthers already know what it’s like to play in close games. They lost by two to Bloomingdale two weeks ago, then rebounded to beat Carrollwood Day by one (41-40) last week thanks to some clutch free throw shooting in the final seconds.
4. Carrollwood Day (3-1)
Up next: Thursday vs. Lakewood; Friday (tournament)
The three wins have all been by 25 or more points. The lone loss was by a point (41-40) to defending 7A state champion Plant. Another challenge comes on Thursday against undefeated Lakewood.
5. Seffner Christian (5-0)
Up next: Friday vs. Port Orange Spruce Creek (All-Star Shootout); Saturday vs. Orlando Timber Creek (All-Star Shootout)
All five wins have been by double digits, including a 58-47 victory over No. 6 Academy of the Holy Names.The Crusaders will travel this weekend to play two tough games at the All-Star Shootout.
The best of the rest
6. Academy of the Holy Names (3-1)
Up next: Wednesday vs. Anclote; Friday vs. Orlando Christian Prep
7. Steinbrenner (1-2)
Up next: Tuesday at Wharton; Wednesday vs. Sickles; Friday at Wesley Chapel
8. Tampa Bay Tech (1-0)
Up next: Tuesday vs. Armwood; Wednesday at Wharton; Friday at Strawberry Crest
9. Armwood (0-2)
Up next: Tuesday at Tampa Bay Tech; Wednesday vs. Strawberry Crest; Friday vs. Hillsborough
10. Newsome (3-0)
Up next: Tuesday at Plant City; Wednesday vs. Riverview
11. Hillsborough (1-0)
Up next: Tuesday at King; Wednesday vs. Wiregrass Ranch; Friday at Armwood
12. Tampa Catholic (2-1)
Up next: Saturday at Berkeley Prep
13. Riverview (3-0)
Up next: Tuesday vs. Lennard; Wednesday at Newsome; Friday vs. Sickles
14. Durant (2-0)
Up next: Tuesday at Sumner; Wednesday vs. Brandon
15. Lennard (3-0)
Up next: Tuesday at Riverview; Wednesday vs. Spoto; Friday vs. Middleton
On the bubble
East Bay (4-1), Berkeley Prep (2-1), Sickles (1-1), Wharton (0-2), Tampa Prep (2-1).