Boys Basketball Top 10: Uni still on top, Mission moves up

Sacred Heart Cathedral junior forward slams home a dunk against Jefferson in the first round of the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Saturday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Eric Luis)

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. University (25-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Red Devils hold on to the top spot after decisive wins over Fremont Christian (14-12) and BCL West rival Marin Academy (19-11) in the first two rounds of the CIF-North Coast Section playoffs.

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (21-6, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish stay put after handling Jefferson (17-12), their only opponent last week, in the CCS quarterfinals on Saturday.

3. St. Ignatius (17-9, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats won last week against No. 6 Riordan, but it didn’t look so great heading into the fourth quarter when the Crusaders held a five-point lead. Up next is Burlingame, which St. Ignatius edged earlier in the season.

4. Mission (22-9, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Bears jump ahead of No. 5 Washington after clinching the AAA’s Lang Division by beating the Eagles to start the week, then easily dispatched Galileo (8-19) in the first round of the AAA playoffs.

5. Washington (23-9, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Eagles drop a spot after a loss to No. 4 Mission early in the week, then rebounded with a win over Burton (9-17) in the first round of the AAA playoffs. If the Eagles can beat Lowell and Mission takes care of business against Wallenberg, we’ll get a third installment of the Mission-Washington series in the AAA final.

6. Riordan (9-18, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Crusaders hop up a spot after opening the CCS playoffs with a dominating win over Seaside (20-9) then a game performance in a loss to No. 3 St. Ignatius.

7. Lowell (21-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Cardinals lock-down defense held a potent Marshall offense down in the first round of the AAA playoffs, but a tougher test is just around the corner, when they face rival and No. 5 Washington in the AAA semifinals on Wednesday.

8. Lincoln (20-13, last week’s ranking: 6)
Their loss to Wallenberg (14-12) in the first round of the AAA playoffs was a tough way to go for the Mustangs in an emotionally trying season. Prior to the loss, the Mustangs wrapped up their regular season with a win over Marshall (13-16).

9. Stuart Hall (16-13, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Knights opened the NCS playoffs with a double-digit win over Bentley (15-12), but could not get past a tough Head-Royce (21-6) team in the next round.

10. Waldorf (16-8, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Wolverines couldn’t crack the Top 10 after beating Bay in the BCL Central championship game two Saturdays ago, but they make their first appearance this week after cruising to two wins in the NCS Division VI tournament, over Contra Costa Christian (9-12) and Pleasant Hill Adventist (18-3).

Also receiving votes: Wallenberg (14-12), Marshall (13-16) and Jewish Community (16-8).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Waldorf? I mean really? Sounds like an elf from Harry potter

  2. GC001 says:

    Someone on this staff must have attended Riordan. I mean seriously. They have yet to even break into double digits in the win column. And after defeating an unknown team they jump up a spot? Lowell and Lincoln are much better than Riordan. Riordan, AGAIN, lost to SI. So, to that wonderful staff member who keeps adding Riordan on the Top 10 list…..PLEASE STOP!!!!!

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  4. Basketball Fan says:

    Nice action photo.

  5. Biggie Big... says:

    SHC should be #1, they are 15 pts better than university. Riordan shouldn’t be in the top 50. SI is playing well and will be interesting when they play Burlingame wednesday for the ccs semi’s. SHC’s Josh Fox changes the game for the other team cause of his defense and block shots, he hit 3 3’s last game and is really playing well with Taylor Johns…Irish will be tough to beat in the CCS…good luck to all kids…

  6. JJ says:

    Riordan would beat Lowell by 20 pts

  7. SI Cats says:

    ‘Tone’?? Is this Taylor Johns from SHC?? Ohio State?? I think he’ll need to dramatically improve his senior year in order to compete at that level.

  8. IC Stars says:

    Johns needs a lot of weight room time to succeed at the next level. The talent is there, he just needs to muscle-up.

  9. uh says:

    are you kidding waldorf?
    they are winning because they are playing in D6 with really weak teams

  10. Jordan24 says:

    @gc: riordan beat mission by 10, lost to university by 5 and played competitively against SI and shc and Burlingame. As I said in previous posts, this years sf top 10 wouldn’t even make the rankings back in the 80s 90s and early 2000. Talent is way down. I’d take the crusaders against anyone in the city.

  11. Bulldogs says:

    Why isnt Wallenberg in the top 10? They’re one of 4 AAA teams left, and beat Lincoln and Stuart Hall this year. They need to be like # 9 or something

  12. WCAL fan says:

    ‘Tone is not Taylor Johns. It is Antonio Aguilar from SI. And it’s a joke, he’s not committed to Ohio State. He is a crowd favorite though, and his physicality has shown itself to be very effective this season (ie. the Bruce vs. Taylor Johns of SHC)

  13. wildcat whispering says:

    release the MASSIVE BEAST

  14. Cats pride says:

    Tone’s a beast and should get way more playing time. He is way better than their other center. That family must be dontaing major money to SI or something, because Tone deserves the starts.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Name, money ,influence is the name of the game in SI! Aguilar is obvious;y better than Colllins but for some
    “unknown reasons” is not given major minutes in critical games!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    how/who are these rankings made? i mean even though waldorf has only played 3 D6 teams (smashing them) and has a better record than Wallenburg, how can two wins over a D6 team put you into the top 10?

  17. GC001 says:

    @Jordan 24…I see your point, but obviously Riordan couldn’t beat SI or SH. They had their chance and lost. They even lost to University. Sure, they beat Mission, but that was the FIRST game of the season, so that does not say much. They beat up on Valley Christian (San Jose) and that’s not saying much. They went 2-12 in the WCAL, but yet that pathetic record warranted a top 10 spot? There’s something wrong.

    @JJ…You must be talking about in baseball because they won’t have a chance against Lowell!

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  19. JJ says:

    @GC001 Lowell would beat Riordan in baseball, but not basketball. The AAA always lose in the 1st round in the CIF Playoffs. They usually end up playing a team like McClymonds in the 1st round, then end up losing by 25 pts. Lowell wouldn’t be able to deal with Riordan’s height and speed.

    And yea, SI always starts the players who’s parents donate the most money, that’s true. I’m an alum from SI, and they’ve been doing that for decades. And I don’t think “Tone” is that much better than Matt Collins. Matt Collins is a bruiser and plays excellent “D”. Does all the dirty work……while “Tone” is a 1-dimensional player who only does well with his back to the basket. When “Tone” is on the floor, there’s too many egos out on the court at the same time, as there is only 1 ball.

  20. JJ says:

    lol@ Taylor Johns going to Ohio State, more like San Jose State or Long Beach State

  21. Roll Cats says:

    @JJ- I agree that Mat Collins plays good D. However, calling Tone 1-Dimensional shows you just haven’t made it out to very many games. In the CCS game against Riordan alone, he blocked and altered shots, knocked down a deep jumper, and passed well out of the post. Not to mention the fact that when he wanted to get a rebound, he got a rebound. No Riordan player could compete with him in the post. And the most remarkable thing is he did this without getting a lot of playing time. And egos, c’mon criticize the pros like that but leave the high school kids alone. The players know to leave the egos for the next level

  22. JJ says:

    @Roll Cats.

    Tone just got handed by Burlingame’s big man #34 Rodrigo. But the ref should’ve at least called a couple “T’s” on the guy. And you can still have egos in the high school level. At least next year, Johnny Mrlik won’t be back next year, so Domingo and “Tone” will get their fair share of shots. That game tonight by SI was horrible; they couldn’t hit anything in the 1st half, while Burlingame pretty much out-hustled SI the whole game.

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