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 (19-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats wrapped up WCAL play with a close road win over Valley Christian (11-12) last week. Hard to make a case for any other team in San Francisco to take over the top spot moving forward.
2. Washington (20-8, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Eagles continued their cruise through the AAA with double-digit wins over Jordan (4-12) and Balboa (11-12) last week.
3. Lowell (23-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals continue to impress in the AAA, improving their league record to 11-1 with dominating wins over ISA (1-14) and No. 10 Galileo last week.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (12-11, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish remain at No. 4 after edging Notre Dame-Belmont (11-13) to start the week, before a 17-point loss league champion Presentation (19-5).
5. International (19-7, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Jaguars would have been really flying high if they had beaten Head-Royce (18-6), but they fell to the Jayhawks by four points. International ended up with a winning week anyway, with wins over San Domenico (10-13) and Leadership (3-19).
6. Convent (15-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
After a slow start to their season, the Cubs, with dominating wins over Urban (5-20) and Marin Academy (11-14) last week, are right where they need to be — undefeated in the BCL West for the second year in a row.
7. Mercy (17-7, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Skippers wrapped up their final week in the WBAL Foothill with an eight-point win over Castilleja (11-13) and a blowout loss to Eastside Prep (18-6).
8. Bay (19-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Breakers clinched the regular season BCL Central title with wins over Leadership and Pescadero (1-14). In the two wins, albeit against relatively weak competition, Bay outscored its opponents 109-20.
9. University (15-10, last week’s ranking: 9)
With double-digit wins over Lick-Wilmerding (11-12) and Urban last week, the Red Devils’ only remaining hurdle is Convent, which has handed them their only two league losses this season. Will University get a shot at redemption in the BCL West final this week? We’ll have to wait and see.
10. Galileo (13-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Lions hang on to the final spot in our poll, despite a blowout loss to No. 3 Lowell in their only game last week.
Also receiving votes: Lick-Wilmerding (11-12) and Waldorf (13-9).