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 (16-4, last week’s ranking: 1)
Wins over WCAL foes Notre Dame-Belmont (11-9) and Presentation (15-5) last week are making the Wildcats look like the clear favorite for the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III title.
2. Washington (17-8, last week’s ranking: 2)
Winners of 11 straight games, the Eagles remained the only undefeated AAA team with dominating wins over Galileo (11-8) and Burton (3-19). They also got a win by forfeit over ISA (1-10).
3. Lowell (19-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
Other than their lone loss to Washington, the Cardinals have rolled through the AAA, including last week, with lopsided wins over Balboa (8-10), No. 10 Lincoln and Jordan (4-8).
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish ended a three-game losing streak with a win over Valley Christian (10-9) in their only game last week, but could not get back into the top three.
5. International (16-5, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Jaguars jump up five spots after a huge win over No. 7 Bay, to go along with a win over Drew (9-11) and a loss to powerhouse Rincon Valley Christian (19-1).
6. Mercy (15-5, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Skippers drop a spot for the second week in a row after tough losses to Melno (13-7) and Pinewood (15-4), dropping their WBAL record to 2-4.
7. Bay (16-6, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Breakers started off the week right, trouncing Pescadero (1-12), but followed that with a disappointing 19-point loss to No. 5 International and another loss to Lick-Wilmerding (10-10).
8. Convent (11-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs drop a spot despite a three-win week, featuring wins over Marin Academy (9-13), Drew (9-11) and Bentley (8-10).
9. University (11-9, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Red Devils drop for the second week in a row after starting the week with wins over Marin Academy and Urban (4-16), then dropped a 17-point loss against Head-Royce (12-5).
10. Lincoln (12-10, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Mustangs reenter the Top 10, knocking out league foe Galileo, after wins over ISA and Wallenberg (9-8) and a loss to No. 3 Lowell.
Also receiving votes: Galileo (11-8) and Lick-Wilmerding (10-10)