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 (6-0, ranking last week: 1)
The Irish sent shock waves through Northern California and increased an already sizable gap between themselves and the field of top City teams with a rout of Jesuit (8-2) last week. The Marauders are ranked by some as a Top 100 program nationally and are still considered one of the best teams in NorCal.
2. St. Ignatius (4-3, ranking last week: 2)
The Wildcats hold onto the No. 2 spot after defeating a down Washington (5-8) squad by 38 points last week. With a healthy Stephen Domingo, it will be interesting to see how SI will handle some quality opponents at the Sand Dune Classic this week.
3. Riordan (5-2, ranking last week: 6)
The Crusaders may not have the size up front to compete with the big guns in the WCAL, but they certainly have a group of solid guards, including junior Geru Mabrey (averaging 14.4 points per game) and up-and-coming sophomore Bobby Arenas, who is averaging 13.7 points in his first three varsity games. Riordan is playing better and better, evidenced by lopsided wins over University (4-5) and No. 5 Balboa last week.
4. Lincoln (4-6, ranking last week: 4)
The Mustangs may not have an impressive record and didn’t play last week, but they pass the eye test. Their group of athletic and accurate-shooting guards will hopefully be complemented by 6-foot-7 sophomore center Seth Snoddy soon, once he gets acclimated his role as a starter.
5. Balboa (10-3, ranking last week: 3)
The Bucs drop two spots after their first losing week of the season, with a win over Novato (5-5) sandwiched between two losses to Piedmont (10-1) and No. 3 Riordan.
6. Stuart Hall (9-3, ranking last week: 5)
The Knights only drop a spot due to Riordan’s big move up, but did pick up a win over College Prep (3-7) in their only game last week.
7. Mission (6-5, ranking last week: 7)
The football rust might finally be coming off for the Bears, who are starting to reverse their fortune in close games. Four of their early losses have been by single digits, but the Bears beat both Los Gatos (5-4) and Menlo (3-2) in games that came down to the final possession last week.
8. Lick-Wilmerding (7-4, ranking last week: 8)
The Tigers were the seventh City team to drop a game to Piedmont with a loss to the Highlanders last week, but they did get a win over International (2-4) earlier in the week.
9. Lowell (5-6, ranking last week: 9)
The Cardinals have gone 4-1 against City opponents this season, but did not have a very good trip to Orlando, Fla. last week, with three losses in tournament play to out-of-state teams with a combined record of 22-11.
10. Gateway (6-1, ranking last week: 10)
The Gators didn’t play last week, but no other Top 10 contenders did anything to warrant a move to the final spot.
On the brink: Galileo (4-7), University (4-5), Marshall (4-6), Burton (4-5), Waldorf (3-3).