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1. Moline (4-1) 

Spurred by a 21-0 flurry, the Maroons opened Big Six play last Friday with a 64-45 road win against Quincy. Deonte Billups had 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Drew Wiemers collected 15 points and seven boards. Harrison Bey-Buie returned from injury and had nine points off the bench.

Next up: Friday vs. Rock Island; Saturday vs. Normal West

2. North Scott (2-0)

After wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Muscatine, North Scott faces a difficult four-game stretch — Assumption, Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf and Moline. The Lancers have four players averaging double figures, led by junior Ty Anderson and sophomore Landon Eiland at 14 points per game. 

Next up: Friday at Davenport Assumption; Tuesday at Pleasant Valley

3. Bettendorf (2-0)

Ohio State signee D.J. Carton averaged 31 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Bulldogs in wins over Linn-Mar and Clinton. Coach Curtis Clark's team knocked down 11 shots from beyond the arc in Tuesday's 74-47 rout of Clinton. Blake Tyler has hit six 3-pointers in the first two outings. 

Next up: Friday vs. Davenport West; Tuesday vs. Burlington

4. Rock Island (5-1)

The Rocks had four players in double figures, including two off the bench, in opening the conference season with a 60-48 home win over Galesburg. Point guard JaMir Price has scored 38 points in the last two games. Rock Island's lone loss is a 14-point setback to Class 3A third-ranked Bogan. 

Next up: Friday at Moline; Saturday vs. Ottawa

5. Davenport Central (3-0)

Averaging nearly 70 points a game, Central has four players registering double figures through three contests. Senior Keshawn Pegues leads the way at 19.7 points, and sophomore Emarion Ellis is pouring in 16 a game. Central's next five games are against teams at or below .500. 

Next up: Friday vs. Davenport North; Tuesday vs. Clinton

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Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.