Every Monday, we will be compiling a poll of local media members to rank the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section. Voters include SanFranPreps.com staff, Mitch Stephens from SFGate.com and Maxpreps.com, Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner and Lee Hubbard from NorCalPreps.com
1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-0, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish were the unanimous No. 1 pick this week, as voters found it difficult to move them out of the top spot after dominating three games in the Vacaville Tournament last week. The Irish outscored Vanden (0-3), Wood (4-2) and Vacaville (3-3) 224-129 in the tournament, to go along with a 58-50 win over Redwood (4-3) earlier in the week.
2. University (5-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
A few things should be considered when evaluating University’s only loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-1) on Friday. The first is the quality of the opponent (Mitch Stephens has them ranked ninth in the Bay Area, University is 19th), and the second is that the Red Devils actually carried a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, before key injuries and foul trouble derailed them. University bounced back on Saturday, handling Lincoln 74-55, and dominated Marshall earlier in the week.
3. St. Ignatius (2-2, last week’s ranking: 4)
St. Ignatius’ 60-53 win over Menlo (1-2) was the only game in a relatively light week for the Wildcats. They will only play once this week as well, against Maria Carillo (2-2) on Friday, due to final exams.
4. Riordan (3-3, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Crusaders drop to fourth, but went 2-1 last week in the Burlingame Invitational, with wins over Aragon (2-4) and Los Altos (1-5) and a loss to Sacred Heart Prep (3-1).
5. Washington (5-3, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles rolled through the first two rounds of the WCO Showdown with dominating wins over Andrew Hill (1-6) and Silver Creek (3-2), but lost in the final to Piedmont Hills (4-0), possibly their toughest opponent yet.
6. Mission (2-5, last week’s ranking: 7)
Mission may be tough to gauge this year. After a disappointing loss to Piedmont (4-1) early in the week, the Bears played well in the Fukushima Tournament in San Jose, where they played Bellarmine (4-2) tough in a 71-65 loss and got their first two wins of the year against San Benito (1-5) and Fremont (1-4).
7. Marshall (4-2, last week’s ranking: 6)
Hard to drop the Phoenix too far after a loss to No. 2 University in their only game last week, where the Red Devils appeared unstoppable, hitting 18 3-pointers.
8. Lick-Wilmerding (4-2, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Tigers move up a little after dominating wins over weaker, winless opponents International (0-6) and College Prep (0-5).
9. Lowell (4-3, last week’s ranking: 8)
Lowell began their Cardinal Classic right, with a big win over San Mateo (0-5), but floundered in the last two games, with a double-digit loss to Half Moon Bay (4-1) and a 56-53 loss to Piedmont (4-1).
10. Lincoln (4-3, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Mustangs trounced Leadership (4-3) 77-26 to start their week, then knocked off Branson (4-3), last season’s Division V NorCal champion, before falling to No. 2 University.
Also receiving votes: Jordan (4-2), Jewish Community (4-1), Waldorf (3-3)