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 (12-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats were riding high after a dominating win over rival Sacred Heart Cathedral early in the week, but fell on hard times as the week progressed, with a close losses to perennially powerful Mitty (10-5) and on the road to St. Francis (8-5).
2. Lowell (14-3, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals move up a spot after continuing their dominance over the AAA with an imposing win over Burton (3-14) in their only game last week.
3. Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-6, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish drop down to the third spot after a disappointing effort against St. Ignatius early in the week and a loss against Mitty. In between the two losses, the Irish collected an impressive 22-point win over St. Francis.
4. Mercy (12-1, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Skippers began the week with a 20-point loss to a tough Eastside Prep (10-6) team, but rebounded to beat Sacred Heart Prep (6-3) and ICA (6-8).
5. Bay (12-4, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Breakers remained undefeated in BCL Central play with wins against Waldorf (7-5) and San Domenico (7-8), but it hasn’t been easy. They’ve won three of their four league games by single digits.
6. University (8-6, last week’s ranking: 7)
Two wins against Marin Academy (6-10) and Drew (8-6) last week put the Red Devils in first place in the BCL West, tied with defending champion and No. 8 Convent.
7. Washington (9-8, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Eagles drop a spot despite two dominating wins against Lincoln (7-8) and Marshall (1-7) last week, improving their AAA record to 4-0.
8. Convent (6-8, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cubs appear to be hitting their stride at the right time, opening BCL West play with two wins over Drew and Lick-Wilmerding (6-8) last week.
9. International (11-4, last week’s ranking: NR)
Since the Jaguars lost a close game to No. 5 Bay two weeks ago, they have won four straight by an average of 28 points. Last week’s wins came against Pescadero (1-9) and Gateway (1-10).
10. Galileo (7-7, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Lions reenter the Top 10 after an extended absence, mostly due to a decisive win over last week’s No. 10 pick Wallenberg (7-5). The Lions wrapped up the week with a 20-point win against Burton.
Also receiving votes: Wallenberg (7-5) and Lincoln (7-8).