Boys Basketball Top 10: SI still at the top, SHC on doorstep

University fans attending the Red Devils' game against Lick-Wilmerding on Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Photo by Doug Ko)

University fans attending the Red Devils' game against Lick-Wilmerding on Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (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. St. Ignatius (12-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
Double-digit wins over No. 6 Riordan and Valley Christian (7-11) won’t budge the Wildcats from the top spot this week.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (13-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
After losing the top spot last week, the Irish got a No. 1 vote back this week after two close, tough wins over very good Serra (14-3) and Bellarmine (10-8) teams.

3. University (14-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
After a tough loss to St. Elizabeth (11-5) to start the week, the Red Devils may be beginning to hit their stride with decisive wins over No. 10 Stuart Hall and Lick-Wilmerding (8-10).

4. Washington (13-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles leapfrogged Lincoln this week, despite losing their head-to-head matchup two weeks ago, mostly due to a statement win over No. 7 Mission and another solid win over No. 8 Lowell last week.

5. Lincoln (12-9, last week’s ranking: 4)
Wins over No. 9 Marshall and Burton (4-9) early in the week kept the Mustangs as the AAA’s only remaining undefeated team, until a three-point loss to No. 7 Mission on Saturday.

6. Riordan (7-10, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Crusaders hang onto the sixth spot despite another tough week, with lopsided losses to No. 1 St. Ignatius and powerful Mitty (15-2).

7. Mission (11-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
As they’ve shown the entire season, the Bears can be up and down. Last week was no exception, with bad loss to No. 4 Washington to open the week, they rallied back to beat Wallenberg (7-8), then gave No. 5 Lincoln its first AAA loss.

8. Lowell (13-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals opened the week with a win over Wallenberg (7-8), but may have turned more heads with a game effort in a loss to No. 4 Washington.

9. Marshall (8-10, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Phoenix followed a 11-point loss to Lincoln with an easy win over O’Connell (2-4), but it could be tough for them moving forward with suspensions to key players.

10. Stuart Hall (9-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Knights began the week with a 23-point loss to No. 3 University, but responded with an impressive wins over Urban (10-7) and Leadership (6-12) to hold on the the final spot.

Also receiving votes: Urban (10-7), Wallenberg (7-8), Bay (13-5) and Jewish Community (12-3).

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12 Comments on " Boys Basketball Top 10: SI still at the top, SHC on doorstep"

  1. wcalccsstats | January 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM |

    wcal standings- Mitty, Shcp, serra, st francis, si, bellarmine, riordan, vc

  2. who cares. who won…SI or SH? until SH beats SI, they’ll be at the top.

  3. Love the prep coverage! But really this weekly poll is just not needed. The PE teams of the AAA will never supplant SH or SI. You need the old Balboa Bucs Jet Offense Teams to even be mentioned in the same breath as SH or SI or Riordan.

  4. Even that jet offense lost to SI in overtime in first round of NorCals. Ag reat game.

    And that SI team was argubly(sp) not the best team in City that year (upset SH in CCS semis).

  5. wcalccsstats | January 25, 2011 at 9:09 PM |

    the AAA is PE but the BCAL is intramurals. There schools are so small that basically everyone that tries out makes the team. Except University, any WCAL JV or Freshman team can beat any intramural team

  6. i guess you have never been to a AAA game. maybe you should and see the talents. there are a few good games tomorrow night. just because the kids go to a private school means they are talented on the bb team. come on, be real. there are teams in AAA league that have beaten SI, SH, st. Joes, and yes even de la salle.

  7. maybe this year the talent has shifted to wcal but still i disagree with you that AAA is PE. go check out some teams here …washington, mission, lowell, marshall, walllenburg, and Lincoln. there are a few more schools that i have not listed, i guarantee that you will change your mind about the talents is only in the other league. oh yes, dunking they can do too.

  8. prep bb observer | January 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM |

    Love the poll; it makes for interesting dialog as you can see from the responses. Just wondering how the perception of SF wcal school talent level would be if some of the top players in this league were playing with the PE teams of the AAA. Seriously though, I agree with “hs coach”, there is some really talented kids in the AAA.

  9. I remember that game WCALAlum. All it took was the ref calling a breakaway foul on AJ Jr. and he didn’t do it. Changed the whole game right there.

  10. I don’t believe it’s fair to call the AAA, PE and the BCL intramurals. There are good coaches in both leagues who prepare their teams to play. Coach Ray at Lowell and Coach Mulligan at Wallenberg get the most out of the talents they have. The last couple of seasons, boys AAA teams have played well in Nor-Cals. The BCL has good coaches and players as well, University beat Riordan in a close game earlier this year and I’m sure they would give SH and SI a good game as well.

  11. prep bb observer | January 27, 2011 at 9:06 AM |

    Very astute observation about the above mentioned coaches. Wash played SI in preseason and was up five or six at half and should have won.

  12. Wash should have won? They lost by double digits…

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