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)