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 (15-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats hold off Mercy for another week, even after a loss to Berkeley (14-2) in the Martin Luther King Jr. Classic. There’s no shame in falling to the Yellowjackets, who took down Mitty early in the season and lost in the Division I state championship game last year. SI bounced back with two wins after the loss, with double-digit victories over Notre Dame-Belmont (10-7) and Presentation (11-7) in West Catholic Athletic League play.
2. Mercy (18-0, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Skippers keep winning, and they’re doing it in impressive fashion. Mercy remained undefeated overall and in West Bay Athletic League play with 20-plus victories over Notre Dame-San Jose (7-11) and Pinewood (10-8).
3. Lowell (15-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals could be locked into the third spot for the rest of the season simply due to the lack of competition in the Academic Athletic Association. Lowell again didn’t receive a challenge in lopsided wins over Marshall (0-10) and Mission (4-14) last week, but receive its toughest test yet against Washington on Friday.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish had a chance to move up if they would have knocked off first-place Mitty (14-4), but despite keeping the game close, fell to the Monarchs in their only game last week.
5. Convent (9-6, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs are right back where they’ve been in the past two seasons – atop the Bay Counties League West. The Cubs extended their winning streak in BCL West play to 28 games with victories over No. 6 University and Lick-Wilmerding (5-10) last week, and will again be the favorites to win the league for the third-consecutive year.
6. University (15-2, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Red Devils may have one of the most impressive records in the City this season, but drop a spot after losing to No. 5 Convent by 15 points last week. University bounced back with a win over Urban (11-7) to wrap up the week.
7. Washington (7-12, last week’s ranking: 6)
You’ll notice a considerably different record for the Eagles this week, because they had to forfeit six non-league wins for using an ineligible player. Washington dropped its first game of the week to Sacramento-area power McNair (18-2), but also took down Wallenberg (1-16) last week. No AAA games were forfeited and the Eagles are still the main threat to challenge Lowell this season.
8. Galileo (13-5, ranking last week: 8)
The Lions hold firm at the No. 8 spot after cruising through two AAA wins last week, taking down Mission and Marshall.
9. International (10-6, last week’s ranking 9)
Other than a loss to upstart San Domenico, the Jaguars have rolled through Bay Counties League Central play, including wins over Leadership (7-12) and Pescadero (0-9) last week. International won the two games by a combined score of 124-19.
10. Lincoln (7-11, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Mustangs reenter the Top 10 after being absent since the preseason rankings. Other than a disappointing loss to No. 7 Washington, Lincoln has played well in early AAA play.
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (5-10), Urban (11-7), Drew (9-6), Balboa (4-8)