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. 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).