The Male Bulldogs certainly took care of business Saturday night when they beat the visiting Covington Catholic Colonels 79-63. Led by the recently named Seventh Region Player of the Year Tyron Moore, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early double digit lead and led from wire-to-wire. What may be most impressive about the Bulldogs' win was that they looked so good without getting much offensive contributions form Cam Pope (0 points) and Kaleb Glenn (4 points), both of whom are always capable of big scoring games. As anticipated, Male is looking like a team that is going to be hard to beat in the post season.

Congratulations to Tyren Moore on the well-deserved Player of the Year recognition. And congratulations also to Ballard's Chris Renner, who once again was named Seventh Region Coach of the Year. Another accolade in what has been a tremendous coaching career.

TEAM RANKINGS

1. Male Bulldogs (25-4)

Male showed this week why it was the preseason top pick in the Seventh Region and why it has been in the top spot for most of the season. The week started with Harold Fleming scoring 24 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 69-62 win over DeSales. Male followed that up with a 88-52 win over rival Manual. But the Bulldogs saved the best for last, a 79-63 win over the Covington Catholic Colonels. Tyren Moore started hot for Male, scoring 12 points in the game’s first five minutes, but multiple Bulldogs played well in the impressive win. Male looks ready for the post season. The Bulldogs finish up the regular season this week with a single game against the Central Yellowjackets.

2. Ballard Bruins (23-4)

The Bruins suffered their fourth loss of the season this week when they played Henry Clay, falling to the Blue Devils by a 85-72 margin in overtime. Rashad Bishop, who is rounding into form since returning from injury, led Ballard in both scoring (17) and rebounding (9). Ballard bounced back from that loss to beat Central by a 96-57 margin. The Bruins end the regular season this upcoming week with games against Seneca, Jeffersonville (IN), and Bowling Green.

3. Seneca Redhawks (18-8)

Seneca played just once this week, beating the Atherton Rebels by a closer than expected 50-46 margin. Byron Cox and Nijuel Williams each scored 12 points for the Redhawks. Nijuel Williams also had 9 rebounds. Seneca wraps up the regular season with games this week against Ballard and Valley.

4. Eastern Eagles (18-9)

Eastern went 2-0 this week and seems to be gearing up for the post season. After beating Kentucky Country Day 95-70, the Eagles got the best of Waggener by a 64-52 margin. With this week’s two wins, Eastern has won 5 of its last 6 games. The regular season ends for Eastern this week with games against Doss and Manual.

5. Waggener Wildcats (15-10)

With Dallas Rufus scoring 27 points and Richard White adding 23, Waggener scored a nice 77-60 win over the Trinity this week. The Wildcats did not fare as well in the other game they played this week, falling to the Eastern Eagles 64-52. The last week for the regular season for the Wildcats includes games against the Brown Bears and the St. X Tigers.

6. Trinity Shamrocks (14-14)

Trinity lost to Waggener (77-60) and Lexington Lafayette (63-56) this week, and all of a sudden Trinity has lost four games in a row and sits at 14-14 for the season. The Rocks’ streak of winning seasons, which dates back to the 2008-09 season, may be in jeopardy. Trinity ends the regular season this week with home games against Central and Lexington Christian.

7. St. Xavier Tigers (16-9)

The good news for the Tigers this week was the return to the lineup of sophomore Mekhi Smith, who has missed most of the season because of injury. The bad news for the Tigers was that Nick Mosley was sick early in the week, and the Tigers fell to J’Town 57-54. Mosley was back against Woodford County, and St. X easily dispatched the Yellowjackets by a 77-37 margin. That is an impressive win. The Tigers host the Moore Mustangs before finishing the regular season at Waggener on Friday night.

8. Dupont Manual Crimsons (13-10)

Manual went 1-1 this week. The Crimsons bested Christian Academy 72-59 in a hard-fought contest before falling to the Male Bulldogs 88-52. The Crimsons will spend the last week of the regular season on the road, with away games against PRP and Eastern.

9. Louisville Collegiate Titans (18-6)

Collegiate won both of the games it played this week, beating Eminence (62-43) and Carroll County (59-46). The Titans have won six of their last seven games. The Titans face Valley and Fairdale in the upcoming last week of the regular season before taking on the St. X Tigers in the first round of the 26th district tournament.

10. Christian Academy of Louisville Centurions (10-15)

CAL did not have a good week, going 0-3. The Centurions started the week with a 72-59 loss to Manual, continued with a 78-69 loss to Bullitt Central, and ended with a 68-58 loss to DeSales. The Centurions will look to turn things around when they face Christian Academy of New Albany (IN) to start the final week of the regular season, and then will end the week and regular season with games against Atherton and Collins.

11. Central Yellowjackets (8-18)

The Yellowjackets lost a close one to North Oldham by a 55-53 margin before falling to the Ballard Bruins 96-57. Central, which has lost seven of its last eight games, has two more challenging games to finish the regular season, taking on Trinity and Male this week.

12. Kentucky Country Day Bearcats (14-11)

The Bearcats had a good week, going 2-1. After falling 95-70 to the Eastern Eagles, KCD got the best of Eminence (72-55) and Frederick Fraize (80-66). The Bearcats finish the regular season this week with road games against Frederick Fraize and Sayre.

13. Atherton Rebels (10-14)

The Rebels split the two games they played this week, with both games being decided by small margins. The Rebels came up just short against Seneca, falling to the Redhawks 50-46, before beating Whitefield by a 71-65 margin. Atherton has three games to finish up the regular season this week, taking on Brown, Iroquois, and Christian Academy.

14. Shawnee Golden Eagles (13-11)

The Golden Eagles dispatched the St. Francis Wyverns by a 81-50 margin in their only game this week. The regular season’s last week presents the Eagles with games against Evangel Christian and Valley.

15. Walden Wolverines (18-9)

The Wolverines won a couple but also lost a couple this week. The wins came against Brown (73-57) and L.I.G.H.T., a home school team from Danville (71-56). The losses were to Portland Christian (93-84) and Burgin (63-52). Walden completes regular season play this week with games against Henry County and Evangel Christian.

16. St. Francis Wyverns (6-17)

St. Francis split the four games it played this week. The Wyverns lost to Sayre (66-58) and Shawnee (81-50), but then won two games in a row over Community Christian (66-51) and Bellevue (78-55). Darian Wade had a double-double against Sayre, with 21 points and 14 rebounds. The Wyverns wrap up the regular season this week with three games, taking on Evangel Christian, Brown, and Frederick Fraize.

17. Portland Christian Eagles (8-16)

Portland Christian got a nice 93-84 win over Walden to start the week, and then beat Community Christian by a 79-63 margin. The Eagles have now won three in a row. Portland Christian finishes the regular season against Whitefield Academy on Tuesday.

18. Brown Bears (4-21)

Brown went 0-3 this week with losses to Doss (68-37), Walden (73-57), and Bardstown Bethlehem (56-43). The Bears will have an extremely busy last week of the regular season, with games scheduled this week against Atherton, Waggener, North Bullitt, and St. Francis.