Midtown: Sports

Word of God moves to No. 1 in The News & Observer Metro boys’ basketball rankings

Raleigh Word of God moves to No. 1 in The News & Observer Metro boys basketball rankings following the Rams’ tournament championship in the Holiday Invitational at Broughton High. Millbrook remains atop the girls’ rankings.

Word of God defeated former No. 1 Oxford Webb, 70-57, in the semifinals of the Shavlik Randolph bracket during the tournament. The Rams’ Tyrek Coger, who recently transferred to Word of God, was named as the bracket’s most outstanding player.

Coger said the team, which plays a mix of in-state independent schools and national teams, hopes to use the tournament title as a springboard to a big season.

“We’re not going to settle for this,” he said. “We want to keep winning and be the best in the state.”

The Rams are scheduled to face Ravenscroft, winner of the South Granville Holiday Invitational Bojangles bracket, on Wednesday.

Ravenscroft was victorious in last year’s matchup, topping Word of God, 72-56, as the Ravens went on to win the NCISAA 3A title.

Ravenscroft returns just two players from that state championship team.

The girls’ rankings are more stable with Millbrook and Southeast Raleigh in the top two positions. Chapel Hill climbs to No. 3 with Siler City Jordan-Matthews at No. 6 behind Green Hope and Broughton.