Every week, we will be publishing our take on 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.
1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-0, preseason ranking: 1)
The Irish didn’t play until Saturday night, but made an impression in their first game of the season. Sacred Heart took down last year’s Division III state semifinalist El Cerrito (2-2) with relative ease in a 71-53 win.
2. Mission (2-1, preseason ranking: 2)
The Bears opened their season in Riordan’s Crusader Classic and won two close games against St. Mary’s (0-3) and Drake (1-2), but dropped a game to Burlingame (2-1).
3. St. Ignatius (1-2, preseason ranking 3)
The Wildcats didn’t start off very well in the Father Barry Tournament in Carmichael, with two losses to Sheldon (3-1) and Oakland Tech (1-3), but left the Sacramento area on a positive note, beating Bishop Manogue (0-3), which was a Nevada Class 4A finalist last season.
4. University (4-0, preseason ranking: 5)
Eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils only beat an undermanned Marshall (1-2) squad by three points in their season opener, but University moves up a spot this week on the strength of its performance in the Redwood Christian Tournament. The Red Devils won three tournament games against St. Elizabeth (1-3), More (2-1) and Redwood Christian (3-1) last week by an average of 30 points.
5. Stuart Hall (3-1, preseason ranking: 7)
The Knights were trounced in the Boonville Classic championship game by Pinewood (4-0), but started the tournament on fire, beating South Fork (1-2), Point Arena (2-1) and St. Vincent de Paul (2-2) by a combined score of 224-158.
6. Lincoln (1-2, preseason ranking: 4)
We’ll get a better look at the Mustangs this week, but they drop two spots after a 1-2 performance in the Jeremy Jack Tournament. Lincoln started off well with a win over Richmond (0-4), but was pounded by host Salesian (3-0) in the second game and suffered a one-point loss to De Anza (4-1) in the third-place game.
7. Riordan (1-2, preseason ranking: 6)
The Crusaders dropped their Crusader Classic opener against Burlingame, then beat St. Mary’s and lost a heartbreaker to San Ramon Valley (2-1). Riordan is noticeably small in the frontcourt and that probably won’t bode well in the WCAL, but junior Geru Mabrey is one of the most talented guards in the City.
8. Lowell (3-1, preseason ranking: 8)
The Cardinals won the Blue and Gold Tournament with wins over Aragon (2-1), Washington (3-2) and Galileo (2-1), but didn’t always look great in doing so. Lowell played its best game of the still-early season in the championship against Galileo, but the overall strength of the tournament is the reason the Cardinals are staying put.
9. Balboa (3-0, preseason ranking: NR)
The Bucs won the Lick-Wilmerding tournament with victories over Athenian (4-2), Lick (3-2) and Head-Royce (2-1). Balboa will get a serious test this week, playing five games in five days, capped by the Cardinal Classic at Lowell.
10. Bay (5-0, preseason ranking: NR)
The Breakers are undefeated and have beaten opponents by an average of over 23 points, but should be taken with a grain of salt. Bay hasn’t played many quality opponents, with wins over Wallenberg (0-4), Chinese Christian (1-6) Archbishop Hanna, Alma Heights (3-1) and Pacific Collegiate (2-2).
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (3-2), Washington (3-2), Urban (2-1), Galileo (2-1), Burton (2-1).