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