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 (13-1, ranking last week: 1)
The Irish bounced back from their first loss of the season with three consecutive solid victories last week. Sacred Heart took down rival St. Ignatius to seal the Bruce-Mahoney series to start the week, then took down Valley Christian (10-5) and St. Francis (9-6) by double digits.
2. Riordan (9-6, ranking last week: 3)
The Crusaders move to their highest ranking this season on the strength of the biggest upset of the season. Riordan took down the same Bellarmine (9-6) squad that gave No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral its first loss of the season and also gave a scare to Mitty (10-2) after a lopsided loss to Serra (13-2) to start the week.
3. Stuart Hall (14-3, ranking last week: 4)
The Knights have won 10 straight games, have the size and solid guard play to hang with the City’s top programs this season. Stuart Hall started Bay Counties League West play with wins over Drew (2-11) and Marin Academy (9-5), behind the sharp shooting of senior guard Tim Connolly and the inside game of 6-foot-4 freshman Armani Collins, who is averaging nearly 10 points per game.
4. Mission (12-7, ranking last week: 5)
The Bears Appear to be hitting their stride in AAA play, beating league opponents Balboa (12-7), Jordan (1-10) and Washington (8-12) last week.
5. St. Ignatius (7-8, ranking last week: 2)
The Wildcats had a rough week and may be playing their worst basketball of the season. The week started with a loss to No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral, then came two disappointing losses at home against St. Francis and on the road against Valley Christian, which was winless in league play and lost to Riordan and Sacred Heart by nine and 17 points, respectively. St. Ignatius is now tied for last in the WCAL with the Warriors and has averaged 37 points per game in league play.
6. Lincoln (9-10, ranking last week: 8)
The Mustangs are just behind Mission as the most impressive AAA squad so far and kept pace just behind the Bears in the standings with wins over Jordan, Washington and Marshall (5-10) last week.
7. University (9-8, ranking last week: 8)
The Red Devils have quietly won four straight games, including a double-digit win over No. 9 Lick-Wilmerding and Drew last week.
8. Lowell (10-7, ranking last week: 10)
It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Cardinals are still undefeated in AAA play and appear to be the class of the Neff Division. Lowell routed bottom-half division opponents O’Connell (0-8), ISA (4-10) and Wallenberg (3-13) last week.
9. Lick-Wilmerding (9-8, ranking last week: 6)
The Tigers slip three spots after a rough start to BCL West play. Lick dropped its opener to No. 7 University, then fell to unranked Urban (8-7) for its fourth-consecutive loss.
10. Gateway (11-1, ranking last week: 9)
The Gators took down International (3-11) and Pescadero (2-8) decisively last week, and sit atop the Bay Counties League Central, but will take on fellow unbeaten league foes in Waldorf and Bay this week.
On the brink: Waldorf (7-3), Galileo (9-8), Marshall (5-10), Urban (8-7), Washington (8-12), Balboa (12-7), Bay (10-6)