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 (9-1, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats only bolstered their claim on the top spot with an impressive run in the Sand Dune Classic last week.
St. Ignatius took down Washington-Fremont (10-4), St. Patrick-St. Vincent (9-2) and Pinewood (9-4) by an average of 28.3 points in the tournament.
2. Mercy (13-0, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Skippers remained undefeated with double-digit wins over Northgate (6-7) and Hillsdale (6-4), but would need a misstep or two from St. Ignatius to move to the top spot.
3. Lowell (10-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
After taking down Caruthers (4-7) in the first round of the Sand Dune Classic last week, the Cardinals doubled their loss total.
Lowell dropped it’s final two games of the tournament to Pinewood and St. Patrick-St. Vincent after the opening-round win.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-6, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish had an up-and-down run through the Slalom Slam tournament in Seattle, taking on a trio of teams from Washington state.
Sacred Heart dropped its first-round game to Franklin (5-3), then crushed Rainier Beach (0-7) before a one-point loss to Bellarmine (7-1).
5. University (10-1, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils improved their already-impressive non-league record with three wins in the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego last week.
University took down two Canadian teams then blew out Palo Verde Valley (1-8) in the finale. The Red Devils won the three games by an average of 36.7 points.
6. Washington (7-5, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles drop a spot after a 1-3 performance in the West Coast Jamboree.
Washington got a win against Valley Christian-San Jose (7-4) in the third round, but dropped games to Culver City (9-5), Oak Ridge (10-4) and Fortuna (5-6).
7. Galileo (9-5, ranking last week: 8)
The Lions, like Lowell, beat Caruthers in the Sand Dune Classic and lost two other games. Galileo’s two losses came to Pinewood and Santa Cruz (11-1).
8. Convent (5-6, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs may have the talent to be one of the best teams in the City, but have struggled with inconsistency this season.
A loss to Westmoor (8-2) in its only game last week puts Convent back under .500 entering BCL West play.
9. International (4-5, last week’s ranking 9)
The Jaguars went 1-2 at the Surf ‘N Slam tournament in San Diego last week, but it came against stout competition.
International got a solid win over Justin-Siena (6-5), sandwiched between losses to out-of-state teams Lexington Catholic (Kentucky, 9-3) and Lomira (Wisconsin, 7-0).
10. Urban (9-4, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Blues had a winning week at the Rincon Valley Christian Tournament, with wins over Ferndale (2-7) and South Fork (6-6), and a loss to a very tough, undefeated Sonoma Academy (12-0) squad.
On the brink: Waldorf (4-6) and Drew (8-1).