Lakeview Gators among Top 50 longest win streaks in high school basketball history

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Erupting in pure emotion, the No. 1 Lakeview Gators (41-0) traded their game faces for faces of joy as time expired Saturday. Minutes earlier, the Gators trailed their rivals, the Red River Bulldogs, but clutch DeAngelo Coleman free throws and a reenergized defense sent the game into overtime where the Gators pulled out the win and clinched the state 2A basketball championship 70-60. Photo by Greg Gelpi Natchitoches Times archives, March 2003

57 Consecutive wins Lakeview (Campti, La.), 2002-03, Coach Mack Braxton

Passaic (N.J.) holds the record with 159 straight as six other schools check in with more than 100 in a row. No. 1 ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.) breezed through its toughest test of the season last week with wins over Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah) at the St. James NIBC Invitational, extending its winning streak to 40 games. The streak is one of the longest active streaks in the nation, but where does it rank among the all-time winning streak in high school boys basketball history?

MaxPreps has compiled a list of the longest high school basketball wins streaks, with the minimum total on the list starting at 50 and reaching all the way to the incredible total of 159 straight wins by Passaic (N.J.) in the 1920s. Montverde Academy is believed to have the third-longest active streak behind Auburn (Neb.) with 48 and Rangeview (Colo.) with 45.

The Eagles are also closing in on their own school record of 44 wins in a row. They also have a 42-game win streak, according to their schedules on MaxPreps. With three games remaining on its schedule, Montverde Academy is a good candidate to join the list next year. Passaic’s streak ended on Feb. 7, 1925 with a loss to Hackensack. The streak covered seven seasons beginning March 15, 1919. Passaic went on to win 41 games after the loss to Hackensack for a run of 200-1.

Passaic’s streak is 30 games better than Georgia Christian (Valdosta, Ga.), which had 129 wins between 1979 and 1984. Passaic and Georgia Christian are two out of seven teams that have won 100 or more games in a row.

Among the Hall of Fame NBA players who have been involved in the streaks include Kareem Abdul Jabbar at Power Memorial, Connie Hawkins at Boys (N.Y.), Elvin Hayes at Britton (La.), Jerry Lucas at Middletown (Ohio), Moses Malone at Petersburg (Va.), Alonzo Mourning at Indian River (Va.), and Dominique Wilkins at Washington (N.C.).