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. St. Ignatius (3-0, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats didn’t play a game last week, but there is no reason to move them from the top spot.
2. Lowell (4-2, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Cardinals couldn’t get over the hump again in their second consecutive loss to St. Francis (6-1), but beat a solid Santa Rosa (3-1) team to wrap up their week.
3. Mercy (6-0, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Skippers very well could be at No. 1 or No. 2 on this list, but we still need to see them beat a quality opponent to move them up. Mercy got wins over Half Moon Bay (3-3), El Camino (1-3) and Capuchino last week (2-5), but have only beaten one team with a winning record (Mills, 4-3).
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (3-3, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish dropped their first game of the week to powerhouse Carondelet (5-0), then responded with a solid win over Eastside Prep (4-3), a Central Coast Section Division V finalist last season.
5. Washington (3-1, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles lost a ton of seniors, but have been playing well, with wins over Pittsburg (2-4), Woodside (0-5) and Mountain View (3-3). Their first loss of the season also came this week, to Moreau Catholic (2-4).
6. University (5-1, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils have won five in a row, including wins over Castilleja (4-4), Head-Royce (3-3) and No. 9 International last week.
7. Convent (2-4, last week’s ranking: 8)
We’re still trying to get a good read on the Cubs, who beat former Division V power Branson (3-1), then lost to undefeated Sacred Heart Prep (4-0) last week.
8. Galileo (5-2, ranking last week: 10)
The Lions move up a couple spots after a 2-0 week featuring blowout wins over Oceana (0-4) and Jefferson (3-1).
9. International (1-3, last week’s ranking 7)
Standout senior guard Denia Ebersole may not be entirely healthy and the Jaguars have played a tough early schedule, but will be primed for Bay Counties League Central play.
10. Urban (4-1, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Blues have been playing well against relatively easy competition, but took a step back with a loss to Emery (3-1) last week. Urban also beat Gateway (1-3) handily last week.
On the brink: Lincoln (3-5), Lick-Wilmerding (3-1), ICA (1-0).