SYRACUSE - Silver Creek continues to inch ever closer to capturing that elusive top spot for Class C in the New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball poll.
Armed with a talented cast that is more than willing to spread the ball - and the glory - around, the Black Knights have sprinted out to a perfect 12-0 record this season, and in the latest rankings have been deemed the second-best squad for their class in all of New York State.
Following its win over Frewsburg last Friday, Silver Creek, the lone remaining undefeated in the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association, is tied for the third-longest winning streak in the state, trailing only New York City Public Schools Athletic League teams Fannie Lou Hamer of the PSAL (14) and Washington Irving (13).
Looming behind the Black Knights is rival Maple Grove (10-1), which remained at No. 5.
In Class AA, Jamestown, now 10-2, held steady at No. 24.
The Red Raiders are fresh off a solid showing at the Irondequoit Basketball Tournament this past weekend, which included an impressive victory over Edison Tech and a hard-fought loss in the championship game to host Irondequoit, which is a Class AA honorable mention.
Just ahead of the Red Raiders is Williamsville North at No. 23, while rival Niagara Falls is No. 4.
Sherman kept its hold on No. 9 in Class D. The Wildcats are 7-3 overall and have won three straight games since a loss to Randolph earlier this month.
Clymer, at 8-4, is an honorable mention.
Rounding out the list was Olean, which remained atop the list in Class B behind its 11-1 mark, and Cleveland Hill, which is 15th on the list with an 11-1 record as well.