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 (20-6, last week’s ranking: 1)
No reason to move the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III top seed, after they beat Valley Christian (11-13) handily and lost to eventual-champion Mitty (20-7) in the WCAL playoffs.
2. Washington (22-8, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Eagles remain undefeated in the AAA and in the second slot for now, with wins over Lincoln (15-12) and Marshall (3-15) last week.
3. Sacred Heart Cathedral (13-12, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish jump up a spot, more so for their game effort in their WCAL semifinal loss to Presentation (20-6) than their win over St. Francis (11-13) in the earlier round.
4. Lowell (24-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals drop a spot despite knocking off Burton (5-26) by 49 points in their only game last week.
5. Bay (21-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Breakers leap up three slots after beating host San Domenico (11-14) to start the BCL Central playoffs, then edging No. 6 International in the title game.
6. International (20-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The three-point loss to No. 5 Bay in the BCL West final was a tough pill to swallow for the Jaguars, but if both teams pull off a couple of upsets, they could meet again in the NCS semifinal.
7. Convent (17-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Cubs sealed an undefeated BCL West run with a win over No. 9 University in the league championship, and knocked off Marin Academy (11-15) earlier in the week, but still drop a spot due to Bay’s quick rise.
8. Mercy (18-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
Another victim of Bay’s jump up to No. 5, the Skippers beat Sacred Heart Prep (12-10) before falling to powerhouse Eastside College Prep (19-7) in the WBAL semifinals.
9. University (16-11, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Red Devils stay in the ninth slot after beating Lick-Wilmerding (11-13) in the BCL West semifinals, then falling to No. 7 Convent for the third time this season in the league championship game.
10. Galileo (15-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
It’s a big step down from Washington and Lowell, but the Lions are solidly the third-best team in the AAA and got wins over Wallenberg (12-10) and Burton (5-26) last week.
Also receiving votes: Lincoln (15-12)