Boys Basketball Top 10: Urban sneaks in

St. Ignatius fans cheer on the Wildcats in the championship game of the Sand Dune Classic against Burlingame on Thursday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Doug Ko)

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 staff, Mitch Stephens from and and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.

1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (8-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish went 2-1 in the Slalom Slam in Seattle last week, beating Bellarming Prep of Tacoma, Wash. (3-5) and McQueen of Reno, Nev. (6-4) before falling to host Seattle Prep (7-1) in the tournament championship game.

2. University (10-2, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Red Devils got another first-place vote this week after a 3-1 performance in a very tough Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop Classic. After falling to Burbank of Sacramento (9-3) in the first round, the Red Devils routed Canoga Park (0-15), then beat tough Southern California foes Fremont of Los Angeles (9-5) and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (9-4).

3. St. Ignatius (8-2, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats opened the Sand Dune Classic with a 20-point win over a good Oakland Tech (10-3) team, then went on to win the tournament with close calls against No. 6 Mission and Burlingame (9-3).

4. Riordan (6-4, last week’s ranking: 4)
No games for the Crusaders this week, and they hold on to the No. 4 spot.

5. Washington (8-7, last week’s ranking: 7)
Washington moves up to the No. 5 spot after a dominating win over James Lick (1-8) and a loss to host Milpitas (4-8) in the Cain Classic, and continues the AAA’s continual rotation of teams in the fifth spot this season.

6. Mission (6-8, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Bears beat Branson (6-6) in the first round of the Sand Dune Classic, then took No. 3 St. Ignatius to the brink in the second round, but had a considerable letdown against Santa Cruz (8-4) in the third-place game.

7. Lincoln (7-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Mustangs drop two spots after a 2-2 performance in the Don Bambauer Tournament at Marin Catholic. Their two wins came against Natomas (4-8) and Mills (8-4) and the two losses were to Chatsworth (14-3) and Drake (7-5).

8. Lowell (8-5, last week’s ranking: 8)
Not a great week for the Cardinals, but they still hold on to the No. 8 spot after double-digit losses to Piedmont (9-4) and Gunn (8-4).

9. Lick-Wilmerding (7-5, last week’s ranking: 9)
After a double-digit loss to St. Elizabeth (5-4) in the first round of the Head-Royce Tournament, the Tigers cruised to wins over St. Bernard’s (6-8) and California School for the Deaf (4-5) in the next two rounds.

10. Urban (9-4, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Blues make their first appearance in the Top 10 this season and knocked Marshall out after a 2-1 performance in the Rincon Valley Christian Holiday Tournament. The Blues sandwiched a loss to Ferndale (6-2) with wins over Willits (4-6) and Valley Christian of Dublin (4-8).

Also receiving votes: Marshall (5-7).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Urban plays Lick Jan 11th, @ Kezar, so that should be interesting.

  2. Mr. Rager says:

    The kid in the gray thermal is a party animal

  3. Anonymous says:

    Marshall has drop from the top ten after a tuff pre-season with only five guys. Will see what they have in store for the AAA. Wacth out to see if they have what it take to take the #1 spot in the AAA. Talk is they have it deep down with in themselves to battle it out and create some upsets during league play.

  4. j says:

    Yea itll be interesting..aka urbans gonna destroy

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