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 (5-0, ranking last week: 1)
Sacred Heart played its weakest opponent of the season in their only game last week and it showed. The Irish simply outclassed Hillsdale (2-4) in a 42-point win, rounding out an an impressive early-season road trip where they outscored opponents by an average of over 33 points per game. Things will get significantly tougher when the Irish take on Jesuit (8-1) on Friday.
2. St. Ignatius (3-3, ranking last week: 2)
The Wildcats keep the No. 2 spot after a week where they took down Sacred Heart Prep (4-2) and lost to still-undefeated El Camino (7-0). With Stephen Domingo and Antonio Aguilar likely returning this week or the next, the Wildcats should be at 100 percent heading into league play.
3. Balboa (9-1, ranking last week: 4)
The Bucs just keep winning and keep moving up in the Top 10. Balboa put up another winning week with a blowout victory over Jefferson (1-7) and a 53-50 win over Milpitas (4-3).
4. Lincoln (4-6, ranking last week: 5)
The Mustangs haven’t piled up wins, but have been playing very solid competition. In three tournament games in Yuba City last week, Lincoln beat Rancho Cotate (5-4) in the opener, then dropped two consecutive games to host Yuba City (6-2) and McNair (5-2).
5. Stuart Hall (8-3, ranking last week: 8)
After losing a game to No 3. Balboa two weeks ago, the Knights have won four straight, including wins over Bay (5-5), No. 6 Mission and Leadership (6-3).
6. Riordan (3-2, ranking last week: 7)
The Crusaders move up a spot after arguably their best win of the season, a 23-point victory over Aragon (3-4), in their only game last week.
7. Mission (4-5, ranking last week: 3)
The Bears may be one of the most talented teams in the City, but even Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya will admit they aren’t playing up to their potential. Mission started last week with a solid win over University (4-4), then surrendered an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in a loss to No. 5 Stuart Hall.
8. Lick-Wilmerding (6-3, ranking last week: 7)
The Tigers didn’t play a game last week, but slip one spot due to Stuart Hall’s big move up.
9. Lowell (5-3, ranking last week: 9)
The Cardinals only played one game last week, an 11-point win over Urban (4-3), but will take on national competition in a tournament in Orlando, Fla. this week.
10. Gateway (6-1, ranking last week: NR)
The Gators haven’t exactly played an elite schedule, but move into the Top 10 for the first time this season after a week week where they took down ISA (1-5).
On the brink: Galileo (4-6), University (4-4), Marshall (4-6), Burton (3-2).