SYRACUSE - A rare loss by the Jamestown Red Raiders sent the squad tumbling down the rankings in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball poll.
Jamestown (7-1), which had been No. 10 in Class AA after getting off to a perfect 6-0 start, dropped its Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 contest with visiting Williamsville North this past Saturday and as such fell to No. 22.
The poll position could very well change once again next week, however, as the Red Raiders bounced back with a convincing win - coach Ben Drake's 250th of his career - over Lancaster on Monday.
Williamsville North (7-1), meanwhile, which had lost a close battle with Clarence prior to its game with the Red Raiders, mitigated the damage with the well-timed victory and rose from No. 22 to No. 20.
Niagara Falls remained at No. 4 while Clarence (7-2) and Kenmore West (6-2) were honorable mentions for Class AA.
Maple Grove moved into the top five of Class C.
The Red Dragons (7-1) captured their seventh straight win on Monday in lopsided fashion over Pine Valley, 83-43, and were rewarded by the NYSSWA with a No. 5 ranking, up one place from a week ago.
Undefeated Silver Creek also rose one place - from No. 4 to No. 3.
Olean climbed to No. 3 in Class B and is 7-1 overall. Cleveland Hill follows at No. 16 behind its 7-1 mark.
Finally, in Class D, Sherman, at 6-2, is No. 11 while Clymer, which had been an honorable mention, is now ranked 15th with a 6-2 record.
Brocton is an honorable mention for Class D at 4-1.