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New No. 1, plus some new blood in latest Muskegon boys basketball power rankings

MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo logo MLive - GrandRapids/Muskegon/Kalamazoo 2/23/2021 Scott DeCamp, mlive.com
a group of men playing a game on the court: Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) practices making baskets before the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) practices making baskets before the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

MUSKEGON – Quite the shake-up in the Muskegon-area boys high school basketball power rankings this week.

The top 10 features a new No. 1, plus four other teams which were not in the power rankings last week that have joined the fray.

Here is the Muskegon-area top 10 for Tuesday, Feb. 23.

10. Montague (3-1)

Last week: Unranked

Welcome to the Muskegon-area power rankings, Wildcats. Now, have fun with that three-road-games-in-three days slate this week. (That is, if what appears on the MHSAA website is correct.)

a group of people in a room: Orchard View varsity players high five junior varsity players as they leave the court before the start of the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View varsity players high five junior varsity players as they leave the court before the start of the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

9. Kent City (3-2)

Last week: Unranked

Kent City lost a tough 42-38 home decision to Holton Friday, which could play a factor in the CSAA Silver title chase. It doesn’t get any easier this week for the Eagles, who tonight host a Hopkins squad that is better than its 2-4 record and welcome a tough Sparta squad on Saturday.

a man standing next to a football ball: Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (1) drives the ball down the court as he is blocked by Ludington freshman David Shillinger during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (1) drives the ball down the court as he is blocked by Ludington freshman David Shillinger during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

8. Western Michigan Christian (3-2)

Last week: Unranked

The Warriors hung in there while Owen Varnado was out with an ankle injury. The 6-foot-6 standout junior has returned and WMC is a dangerous team. Huge week for their Lakes 8 title hopes with games against Ludington tonight and Orchard View Friday.

a person on a court: Orchard View freshman Stephon Oakes (23) attempts a basket as he is blocked by Ludington senior Brad Mesyar (44) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View freshman Stephon Oakes (23) attempts a basket as he is blocked by Ludington senior Brad Mesyar (44) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

7. Ludington (2-3)

Last week: No. 6

Tough finish last week for Ludington, which battled back to make it a game against Orchard View Friday in a 58-51 loss and saw Coopersville run away in the third quarter Saturday in a 71-45 defeat. Big games tonight against Western Michigan Christian and Wednesday vs. Whitehall.

6. Holton (6-1)

a group of people playing a game of basketball: Ludington junior Peyton LaCombe (42) and sophomore Levi Laman (11) battle for the ball with Orchard View senior Larry Brewer (15) and junior Mekhi Thomas (2) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Ludington junior Peyton LaCombe (42) and sophomore Levi Laman (11) battle for the ball with Orchard View senior Larry Brewer (15) and junior Mekhi Thomas (2) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

Last week: Unranked

a man holding a football ball: Orchard View junior Darius Williams (1) makes a pass to teammate Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View junior Darius Williams (1) makes a pass to teammate Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

Time to wake up and stop sleeping on the Red Devils, which is why MLive covered their 66-31 win over Newaygo Monday night. Holton was a very solid team last season under coach Luke Houseman and first-year coach Keith Swanson and his crew have continued that this season.

a group of football players posing for a photo: Orchard View players link arms during the national anthem before the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View players link arms during the national anthem before the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

5. Whitehall (4-1)

Last week: No. 5

a group of people on a court: Orchard View players run the ball back during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View players run the ball back during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

Whitehall looks to remain atop the West Michigan Conference standings with league games this week against Hart and Mason County Central. Sandwiched in the middle is a nonleague test at Ludington, which last year beat the Vikings on a buzzer-beating shot from beyond half-court by Brayden Porter.

a group of people standing on a basketball court: Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) attempts a basket during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51. © Hope Davison | MLive.com/mlive.com/TNS Orchard View senior Ke'Ontae Barnes (0) attempts a basket during the Orchard View at Ludington game at Orchard View High School on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Muskegon. Orchard View defeated Ludington 58-51.

4. Reeths-Puffer (4-2)

Last week: No. 4

Reeths-Puffer could make the OK Green Conference super interesting if the Rockets could pull off the victory tonight at Muskegon. Much easier said than done, although R-P did win at Redmond-Potter Gymnasium two seasons ago.

3. Orchard View (6-0)

Last week: No. 3

OV continued its early-season dominance with three victories last week, capped by a rout of neighboring rival Oakridge on Saturday, 83-54. Another busy week for the Cardinals, who host Calvary Christian Wednesday and Western Michigan Christian Friday before a big test at Gull Lake Saturday.

2. Muskegon (4-2)

Last week: No. 1

Muskegon has a couple defeats, but neither is what you would consider a bad loss. One came against Division 2 No. 3 Benton Harbor on a 28-foot stepback 3-pointer at the buzzer and the other was on the road against Division 1 No. 5 Grand Blanc. Big week in the OK Green, starting with tonight’s home game vs. Reeths-Puffer.

1. Grand Haven (4-0)

Last week: No. 2

Grand Haven jumps into the No. 1 spot this week and it’s based upon the work they’ve done to this point. The Buccaneers already have road wins over West Ottawa (66-59) and Rockford (62-49), and those are the lone defeats so far for those squads. Also, the Bucs have the highest Michigan Power Ratings (MPR) index of all Muskegon-area boys basketball teams.

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