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. 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).