Boys Basketball Top 10: Balboa slides off the list

The Lincoln cheerleading squad cheers on the Mustangs in their AAA opener against Balboa last week at Lincoln High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

The Lincoln cheerleading squad cheers on the Mustangs in their AAA opener against Balboa last week at Lincoln High School. (Photo by Eric Luis)

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 (10-1, ranking last week: 1)

The Irish had their first setback of the season with a loss on the road to Bellarmine (8-4) last week, but started WCAL play with a double-digit win over a very good Serra (10-2) squad.

2. St. Ignatius (7-5, ranking last week: 2)

The Wildcats played up to expectations last week, with a win over No. 3 Riordan before falling to state powerhouse Mitty (10-1). They were in this same spot prior to the Bruce-Mahoney game last year and again will be significant underdogs with a chance to take over the top spot.

3. Riordan (8-4, ranking last week: 3)

We’re still not entirely sure what Riordan’s record will be in the upcoming weeks after news of an ineligible player broke last week, but the Crusaders bounced back from their WCAL-opening loss to No. 2 SI with a road win over Valley Christian (9-3).

4. Stuart Hall (12-3, ranking last week: 5)

The Knights had another solid win over previously-unbeaten Woodside Priory (4-1) in their only game last week and will head into the BCL West season as the favorite to win their first league title since 2007.

5. Mission (9-7, ranking last week: 7)

The Bears solidified their claim as the AAA’s best with wins over Marshall (5-7) and No. 7 Lincoln last week.

6. Lick-Wilmerding (9-6, ranking last week: 6)

The Tigers hold on to the sixth spot despite a loss to a very solid Berean Christian (11-5) squad in their only game last week. A date with No. 8 University kicks off their BCL West schedule on Tuesday.

7. Lincoln (6-10, ranking last week: 8)

The Mustangs were the first team to take down last week’s No. 4 squad Balboa (11-5) last week, before falling to No. 5 Mission in what could be a preview of the AAA championship game.

8. University (7-8, ranking last week: NR)

The Red Devils are back in the Top 10 after an extended absence, mostly due to the return of Harold Getz. The junior missed the first seven games of the season, but has been University’s leading scorer and rebounder since. The Red Devils could be hitting their stride just in time to start league play, with wins over Oakland (1-13) and Leadership (8-9) last week.

9. Gateway (9-1, ranking last week: 10)

The Gators took down Leadership in their BCL Central opener, but University leapfrogged them due to the margin of victory against the Griffins. Gateway beat Leadership 57-50 and University won 72-33.

10. Lowell (7-7, ranking last week: 10)

The Cardinals are clinging to the final spot with some key injuries and a pair of overtime wins over Galileo (6-8) and Burton (6-8) to start AAA play.

On the brink: Washington (8-9), Balboa (11-5), Galileo (6-8), Waldorf (4-3)

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8 Comments on " Boys Basketball Top 10: Balboa slides off the list"

  1. Having seen most of the teams in the AAA play, Mission is clearly the class of the league this year. They are getting better and their guards are playing at a different speed than their opponents. AAA is definitely a guards league. No big men to speak of.

    • Mission really seems to be making a push in all sports. Congrats to the AD as well as the principal who seems to be making key decisions.

      • Yes in football, but they’ve been the top team in basketball over the last 4-5 years. The loss last year to Washington in the AAA title game was imo largely due to Wash’s stars being seniors and Mission’s best player being a sophomore. Wash definitely deserved to win.

  2. Also I am going to predict that Marshall makes some noise in this top 10 soon after beating wash tonight. Hoping for them to get the 2 spot in the Lang and play for a title at Kezar

  3. Wheres Thurgood? and why is lick, university and gateway in there.

    • Sanfranprep made a statement earlier this season that they did not put Marshall in the top ten because they did not have Theo Hill, what Sanfranprep fell to understanding, was that Theo was not all they had at Marshall. Marshall never gets the credit they deserve. More important, than being in the top ten, Marshall has four players with grade points average well above 3.00, remember they only have seven players.

  4. I believe that Marshall will be in the Top 10 next week.

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