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 (4-0, ranking last week: 1)
The gap keeps getting wider between the Irish and the rest of the pack. Sacred Heart continued its solid start with lopsided wins over quality opponents Menlo-Atherton (3-1), Dougherty Valley (6-1) and San Ramon Valley (3-3).
2. St. Ignatius (2-2, ranking last week: 3)
The Wildcats needed to come from behind to beat Pinewood (7-1) in their only game of the week. Pinewood may not be as strong as last season’s Central Coast Section Division V championship squad, but it was still its first loss of the season.
3. Mission (3-4, ranking last week: 2)
A rough week for the Bears drops them a spot, with a close loss to El Cerrito (4-2), an overtime loss to Oak Grove (3-1), and another to Cupertino (4-2). Mission ended the week with a blowout win, though, against Anchorpoint Christian (0-5).
4. Balboa (7-1, ranking last week: 9)
The undersized Bucs figured to show some fatigue last week with five games in five days and they receive their first loss to Half Moon Bay (5-1), but beat San Rafael (2-4), Tamalpais (3-3), No. 8 Stuart Hall and Carlmont (4-2).
5. Lincoln (3-4, ranking last week: 6)
The Mustangs dropped their first two games of the week against solid Rodriguez (3-2) and Sacred Heart Prep (3-1) teams, then came back with two decisive wins over Fremont and Terra Nova (1-2).
6. Riordan (2-2, ranking last week: 7)
The Crusaders got a win in their only game of the week against Westmoor (2-3), but it was far from comfortable. The Rams had a sizable early lead, but Riordan proved to be the better team in the second half.
7. Lick-Wilmerding (6-3, ranking last week: NR)
After a week out of the Top 10, the Tigers won three straight games over College Prep, Carlmont and No. 9 Lowell, before a loss to Half Moon Bay in the Cardinal Classic championship game.
8. Stuart Hall (5-3, ranking last week: 5)
The Knights dropped three spots after an up-and-down week. Stuart Hall sandwiched two losses to Piedmont (4-1) and No. 5 Balboa with wins over Crystal Springs Uplands (2-3) and previously-ranked Bay (5-4).
9. Lowell (4-3, ranking last week: 8)
The Cardinals took a step back last week, beating Bay (5-4) before consecutive losses to No. 7 Lick and Piedmont in the Cardinal Classic.
10. Galileo (4-3, ranking last week: NR)
Even though the Lions already have a 17-point loss to Lowell in the books, they are into the Top 10 for the first time this year on the strength of a win over last week’s No. 4 team, University. Galileo also had a loss to a very good San Leandro (4-0) team, a loss to Berkeley and a win over Irvington.
On the brink: University (4-3), Marshall (4-3), Gateway (5-1).