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Friday, February 3, 2012

Inside the FAB 50: WCAC toughest league? (from ESPNHS Boys Basketball)

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If the FAB 50 rankings are any gauge of overall team strengths and competition, one high school league can just about claim the "best in the country" tag this season: the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

No less than three WCAC members are ranked among the top 29 teams entering this week's play. And the trio play each other twice in the regular season, including a showdown Tuesday night between No. 9 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and No. 28 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.).

Paul VI scored its second-straight win against a higher-ranked WCAC team with a 66-53 triumph over the Purple Eagles. Last weekend, Paul VI bested No. 29 ranked DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 64-62. DeMatha, which at one point this season was No. 5 in the FAB 50, also lost earlier this season to Gonzaga 76-74.

This league is just getting warmed up, too. Rematches remain for all three teams: Paul VI versus Gonzaga, Paul VI versus DeMatha; and Gonzaga versus DeMatha.

While Gonzaga now has two losses on the season to WCAC foes, it has wins against three non-WCAC teams that have been ranked in the FAB 50. That only further shows the conference’s strength this season.

The other WCAC members include St. John's (Washington, D.C.), which is the team with a win over Gonzaga; Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.); Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.); Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.); Good Counsel (Olney, Md.); and St. Mary’s Ryken (Leonardtown, Md.).

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