Boys Basketball Top 10: Sacred Heart heads into playoffs on top

University and head coach Randal Bessolo held on to the No. 2 spot this week after wins over No. 9 Lick-Wilmerding and Urban. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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. Sacred Heart Cathedral (19-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish reinforced their standing as the City’s top team with a one-point win over Serra (17-7) on the road and statement, 21-point win over Bellarmine (14-10) to seal second place in the West Catholic Athletic League.

2. University (21-5, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Red Devils hold on to the No. 2 ranking this week after extending their BCL West win streak to nine games with a 17-point win over No. 9 Lick-Wilmerding and a 41-point win over Urban (12-13).

3. St. Ignatius (16-8, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats responded ended their minor WCAL losing streak with wins over No. 6 Riordan and Valley Christian (7-17).

4. Washington (20-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Eagles have won nine consecutive AAA games, including blowout wins over Jordan (5-22) and Balboa (8-20) last week, but haven’t been challenged in a while. That will change this week, when they host Marshall and look for redemption against No. 7 Lincoln.

5. Mission (18-9, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Bears are rolling through the AAA again, with statement wins over No. 7 Lincoln and Marshall last week.

6. Riordan (8-16, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Crusaders move up a spot despite a tough loss to No. 3 St. Ignatius and a blowout loss to Mitty (22-2) on the road. That being said, second-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral should not take Riordan lightly in the first round of the WCAL playoffs, which will be their third meeting with the Crusaders this season.

7. Lincoln (17-11, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Mustangs drop a spot this week, due to a disappointing loss on the road to No. 5 Mission, but they responded with an easy win over Jordan.

8. Stuart Hall (14-11, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Knights wrapped up their BCL West season impressively, with double-digit wins over Urban and Marin Academy (18-8), who they will face in the first round of the league playoffs this week.

9. Lick-Wilmerding (14-12, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Tigers reappear in the Top 10 after an extended absence, but even though they went 5-5 in BCL West play, they may be playing some of their best basketball. They even led No. 2 University at the half, before the Red Devils stormed back to win by a 17-point margin. It won’t get any easier, as Lick will take on University in the first round of the BCL West playoffs.

10. Bay (18-6, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Breakers make their first appearance in the Top 10 this season, after finishing off an undefeated BCL Central run, marked with an exclamation point. Bay dominated its final two league games beating Leadership (8-17) and Pescadero (3-15) by a combined 110 points.

Also receiving votes: Marshall (12-13), Lowell (17-9) and Wallenberg (11-11).

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  1. ohfsho says:

    ohhh buhhh BAY yee

  2. Washington fan says:

    I really think Washington is better than university

  3. whybay says:

    ayyy bay should not be in the top 10. it should be lick then lowell. comon lucas

  4. ohfsho says:

    lick barely beat bay.. bay lead for the most part so i would argue that they are evenly matched
    so it makes sense bay is 10

  5. IrishAlum says:

    Irish are starting to pick it up as playoffs start. Can’t believe it’ll be pretty much the same team next year.

  6. Biggie Big... says:

    The SH irish will be better and stronger next season. The irish don’t lose anyone of importance for next year, and they will add some youth to the team next year..SH should be the big dog this year and next year…Represent the city with pride…

  7. UHS fan says:

    I think University is better than Washington.

  8. RedStapler says:

    i dont go to either university and washington but i kno and have played with 80% of the guys on both of their teams
    i think it could be a good game between the two.
    My un-biast answer to who would win would prolly be university, even though i still think washington could have a pretty good chance of winning.
    Would have been a great high scoring game to watch with the two run n gun teams.

  9. baller says:

    Uni would win by 30 plus points

  10. Cats pride says:

    I think Mitty will be the class of the WCAL next yr, Gordon’s a sophomore rite now, and I don’t see anyone in the league being able to guard him in a year.

  11. brahbrah says:

    SI’s got that frosh trevor dunbar tho, wet as the ocean.


    UHS plays in a lacking league..i mean seriously..they play teams that lack a star and have lost to every challenging opponent. Btw..uhs is division five while gwhs is division one. I think I rest my case.

  13. that's dumb says:

    A handful of the league opponents that Washington plays are worse than lowest of the BCL teams — Balboa, Oconnel, Jordan, ISA, etc. You’re argument that d1 automatically makes them superior is completely flawed and pretty ironic considering that many of the teams they play against are either crappy d1 (galileo) or pretty bad d4 teams like Jordan. UHS adds to their “weaker” league schedule by competing against legit teams in the preseason.

    Good teams can be in not-so-good leagues.

  14. Steve says:

    No disrespect to University, but there’s no way they could handle Saint Ignatius now or probably either Riordan. The WCAL has a long history of really tough basketball.

    Bay #10!!!! Fantastic. Go Bay. Their name hasn’t come up before. Must be doing something right over there!

  15. prep bb observer says:

    Divisions are based on school enrollment. “good teams can e in not-so-good leagues”, guess that can be said for both Washington & University.

  16. dis me says:

    get outta here steve!

  17. Watcher says:

    @ Steve… University has already played Riordan (at Riordan), and University won… I have also heard that every year University tries to schedule SI, but SI never agrees to play them

    University has also beat some highly respected teams in their preseason, such as, Fremont (D1 powerhouse from LA with a 20-9 record) and Notre Dame from Sherman Oaks. Their preseason schedule was very tough, and they were even leading Oakland High School at the half (and lost by 11 points).

  18. SHIEMPP says:

    June Jordan should be in the #1 Spot due to their record and the skills of their small foward and center. Very unique skills.

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