SanFranPreps.com Boys Basketball Top 10: St. Ignatius takes over top spot

St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral boys basketball teams playing in the Bruce-Mahoney game on Tuesday at USF's War Memorial Gymnasium. (Photo by Eric Luis)

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 and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.

1. St. Ignatius (10-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats jump up to the top of our rankings after wins over rival Sacred Heart Cathedral and state power Archbishop Mitty (13-2). The Wildcats are still undefeated at home, but continued to struggle on the road with a disheartening 17 point loss to St. Francis (9-6) on Saturday. Their reign at the top may be short-lived, however, if they can’t improve their road woes.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-4, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish drop from the top spot for the first time this year after a crushing loss to rival St. Ignatius and another to Mitty. But sandwiched between those losses was a 26-point win over a St. Francis team that handled No. 1 St. Ignatius later in the week.

3. University (12-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
With Sacred Heart and St. Ignatius battling it out in the WCAL, the Red Devils may have squandered another opportunity to take over the top spot in our rankings with a loss on the road to Marin Academy (12-5) to open the week. The Red Devils wrapped up the week with a 41-point drubbing of Drew (4-10).

4. Lincoln (10-8, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Mustangs remain undefeated since the death of head coach Mike Gragnani, and with wins over Balboa (2-17) and Washington last week, they may be the team to beat in the AAA this season.

5. Washington (11-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Eagles showed some chinks in their armor last week, escaping with an overtime win over No. 9 Marshall and a loss to Lincoln at home.

6. Riordan (7-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Crusaders got their first WCAL win against Valley Christian (7-8) on Saturday, but that ended a streak of five consecutive losses, including road losses to Serra (13-2) and Bellarmine (10-5) last week.

7. Mission (9-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Bears remain undefeated in the AAA after wins against Balboa and Jordan (4-12) last week, but they have had a relatively weak league schedule early. That will change this week, with matchups against Washington and Wallenberg.

8. Lowell (12-5, last week’s ranking: 9)
Like Mission, the Cardinals have yet to be challenged in AAA play, including last week, in convincing wins against Burton (3-8) and O’Connell (2-2). Also like Mission, their league slate amps up this week, with games against Wallenberg and Washington.

9. Marshall (7-9, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Phoenix jump back into the Top 10 after a few weeks on the outside looking in mostly due to a game performance in an overtime loss to Washington, which followed a decisive win over Jordan.

10. Stuart Hall (7-8, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Knights make their first appearance in the Top 10 this year after opening their BCL West season with wins over Drew and Lick-Wilmerding (8-7). The 12-point win against the Tigers on the road was the most significant, knocking last week’s No. 8 team out of the Top 10.

Also receiving votes: Urban (9-5), Lick-Wilmerding (8-7) and Wallenberg (7-6).

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16 Comments

  1. insulation says:

    This seems more reasonable. I found it outrageous how University was ranked number 2

  2. SI Cats says:

    Nice to see SI rebound from last season’s dismal league record (2-12). The WCAL will send at least six teams to CCS playoffs. By far the most balanced league, top to bottom, in No Cal.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lincoln vs Marshall? winner will be who?

  4. bbfollower says:

    I don’t understand how SI as #1 can be short lived. SI defeated SH and Mitty, who also defeated SH. Plus, Riordan’s got to be under-ranked. Maybe 4. Maybe 5. But 6? You got to weigh in competition. Riordan lost to St Francis and Bellarmine, who are way more difficult than Balboa.

  5. bb fan says:

    lincoln is hot right now and a win over marshall will prove they are the top seed in their division. with players on that team that plays well as a team, it is very hard to beat. they got a very good guard and they will run, run, run.

  6. BB FAN says:

    MARSHALL SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELF FOR FIGHTING AFTER THE GAME. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED TO HAVE SEEN THEIR COACH LET THEM DO THIS. WIN OR LOSE, YOU (PLAYERS) HAVE TO KEEP YOUR HEAD HIGH. I AM A COLLEGE SCOUT AND THIS STUFF I HATE TO REALLY SEE IN TALENTED YOUNG KIDS. YOU ( COACH) FOR MARSHALL NEED TO SIT DOWN AND REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW YOU COACH A TEAM. YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN LONG GONE IF IT WAS UP TO OUR COMMITEE.

    • jbalan says:

      I’m curious to know, first of all, what college you’re scouting for, and what committee you’re talking about that would make someone “long gone.” Also, please refrain from using caps… It’s counterproductive…

  7. IC Stars says:

    BBFollower, SI’s spot at #1 will be short-lived because of what St. Francis did to them compared to what SHC did to the Lancers and the fact that SHC will win more games than SI, including the upcoming game at SI.

  8. WCAL Alum says:

    Bottom line. SI beat SHC on the floor and beat a very respected Mitty team. A team that shoots 3-11 from charity strip in the biggest game they’ll play this year, doesnt deserve to be No. 1 when comparing apples to apples. I would venture to say SHC is on paper, the better team, but when it came down to it – SI did what they were suppose to and SHC did not. SI’s play at this time warrants a No. 1 ranking in the City.

  9. IC Stars says:

    Ah, we’ll getcha next time….

  10. insulation says:

    THE BRUCE- MAHONEY BASEBALL GAME IS ABOUT TO BE A GOOD GAME BECAUSE BOTH TEAMS ARE STACKED THIS YEAR

  11. BB FAN says:

    i respect you as a writer and yes i know who you are because i read the papers all the time> good writer by the way. but , please tell me that last night game fight was right. how will the kids learn from this? will they learn if you as a writer are not writing about it more> please do and when i do reveal myself, i will personally be there to shake your hand. and regarding what collegiate program i am from. i will be wearing our logo to the game. =)

  12. insulation says:

    this site probably has the most complete high school sports coverage in the bay area. if you guys wants sponsors look at the type of sponsors the Contra Costa Times have.

  13. prep bb observer says:

    this site is great and the writers do a fanstastic job. it certainly fills a void left by local, unamed sf- based newspaper groups when it comes to covering prep sports unless you’re a member of the wcal. it’s great to see some the results from other san francisco schools in the bcal, aaa, etc.

  14. IC Stars says:

    I agree prep bb… They do have an article in the Examiner sports section. The “unnamed” paper still wonders why their subscriptions are next to nothing….

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