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 (13-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
Mercy would likely have taken over the top spot if the Wildcats had any missteps last week, but they didn’t, taking down rival Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis (11-5) and Valley Christian (7-8).
2. Mercy (16-0, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Skippers impressed in their first week of play in the West Bay Athletic League’s Foothill Division, taking down Eastside Prep (8-8) and Sacred Heart Prep (11-5) by substantial margins.
3. Lowell (13-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals have yet to be challenged in Academic Athletic Association play, including a win over Wallenberg (1-14) last week, and likely won’t until they play No. 6 Washington on Jan. 27.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-7, last week’s ranking: 4)
Other than a double-digit loss to No. 1 St. Ignatius, the Irish have played impressively in WCAL play and even sit above the Wildcats in the league standings.
5. University (15-1, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Red Devils may have reached their ceiling in the Top 10 due to a relatively weak strength of schedule, but they just keep winning. University extended its win streak to 15 games with double-digit wins over No. 10 Lick-Wilmerding, Drew (9-4) and Rincon Valley Christian (8-8) last week.
6. Washington (12-5, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Eagles, like Lowell, have yet to be challenged in AAA play, including blowout wins over Marshall (0-8), Lincoln (6-11) and Mission (4-12) last week.
7. Convent (7-6, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Cubs struggled at times in the non-league season, but got back into their comfort zone with the start of Bay Counties League West play. After a week off, Convent took down Drew and Marin Academy (10-7) to open up league play last week.
8. Galileo (11-5, ranking last week: 7)
The Lions didn’t look great in a 10-point win over Wallenberg, but bounced back with a blowout win over Burton (4-11) to wrap up last week.
9. International (8-6, last week’s ranking 8)
The Jaguars, an early Bay Counties League Central favorite, had their first setback in league play with a loss to upstart San Domenico (12-4) to start the week, but responded with wins over Gateway (5-5) and Head-Royce (6-8) to end the week.
10. Lick-Wilmerding (5-7, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Tigers don’t have an impressive record, but took down last week’s No. 10 team Urban by 12 points. A close loss may have kept the Blues in the final spot, but Urban will have several opportunities to get back into the Top 10.
On the brink: Urban (10-6), Drew (9-4), Lincoln (6-11)