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 (9-0, ranking last week: 1)
The gap seemingly gets wider between the Irish and the rest of the teams in the City every week.
Not only did the Irish win the Cactus Jam tournament in Phoenix with double-digit wins over Eastlake of Washington (3-8), Scottsdale Christian (4-7) and El Toro (13-3), but their earlier win over Jesuit looks even better after the Marauders pounded No. 2 St. Ignatius last week.
2. St. Ignatius (6-4, ranking last week: 2)
The Wildcats took a step back in a blowout loss to Jesuit (11-2) in the Sand Dune final last week, but started the week off well with solid wins over Branson (8-4) and Santa Cruz (8-4).
3. Riordan (7-3, ranking last week: 3)
The Crusaders went 2-1 in the South San Francisco Classic last week, with a close loss to Edison (8-5) sandwiched between blowout wins over Tamalpais (5-7) and Terra Nova (6-7).
With Riordan hosting St. Ignatius in the WCAL opener on Tuesday, the Crusaders will have a golden opportunity to move up.
4. Balboa (11-3, ranking last week: 5)
The Bucs responded to their first losing week with an eight-point win over Carlmont (5-7) in their only game last week.
5. Stuart Hall (11-3, ranking last week: 6)
The Knights had their best win of the season last week in a 45-27 rout of No. 10 Lowell and also took down City foe Wallenberg (2-9) last week.
Stuart Hall is 6-1 against City teams this year, with their only loss coming to No. 4 Balboa.
6. Lick-Wilmerding (9-5, ranking last week: 8)
The Tigers impressed in the Head-Royce Holiday Classic last week, with wins over Oakland Military Institute (7-5) and host Head-Royce (6-3), before dropping the tournament championship game to St. Joseph Notre Dame (9-3) by 11 points.
7. Mission (7-7, ranking last week: 7)
move up a spot stay put at No. 7 despite a losing record in the Sand Dune Classic last week.
Mission dropped its first two games against Oakland Tech (8-4) and Burlingame (8-4), before taking down St. Mary’s (1-12) for the second time this season.
8. Lincoln (5-9, ranking last week: 4)
The Mustangs may have the talent, but it hasn’t amounted to a winning record.
Lincoln slides to No. 8 after a rough week at the Don Bambauer Holiday Classic, featuring losses to Miramonte (8-3), Arcata (9-3) and Terra Linda (6-6), along with a close win over Encinal (3-7).
The Mustangs will have a pair of opportunities to move up this week, however, with Balboa and Mission kicking off their AAA schedule.
9. Gateway (8-1, ranking last week: 10)
The Gators move up a spot after winning the Drew Invitational last week, with wins over Jewish Community (6-3) and host Drew (2-8) in the tournament championship.
10. Lowell (5-7, ranking last week: 9)
The Cardinals started the season strong, but have been playing their worst basketball in the last two weeks.
Lowell has dropped four straight games, including an 18-point loss to No. 5 Stuart Hall last week, and is only clinging to the No. 10 spot due to previous wins over borderline contenders Galileo and Urban.
On the brink: Waldorf (4-3), Urban (7-5), Galileo
(4-8) (5-7) and University (5-8).