Every week, we will be publishing our take on the top ten 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 (16-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish have three losses, all on the road and all in West Catholic Athletic League play, by a combined seven points. One of those losses came to Serra (17-2) last week, but Sacred Heart rallied to wrap up the week with a win over Bellarmine (10-9).
2. Mission (15-8, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Bears return to their preseason spot after a two completely different wins last week. Mission nearly gave up a 17-point lead, but hung on to beat Burton (9-13), then routed Wallenberg (4-16).
3. St. Ignatius (8-11, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Wildcats haven’t impressed in the large majority of WCAL play, but may be showing some signs of life. St. Ignatius completed a regular-season sweep of No. 5 Riordan last week, then gave Mitty (16-3) all it could handle on the road in a four-point loss.
4. Lincoln (13-11, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Mustangs beat the two best Neff Division teams last week by double digits. Lowell (11-10) and Galileo (11-10) could be second-round playoff opponents for Lincoln and the Mustangs remain a favorite to reach the AAA championship game.
5. Riordan (9-10, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Crusaders have lost four straight games in WCAL play, including two close losses to No. 3 St. Ignatius and Valley Christian (11-8) last week.
6. Lick-Wilmerding (14-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Tigers have won five straight games and pulled into a first-place tie with University and Urban in the Bay Counties League West with a win over the Red Devils at Oracle Arena last week. Lick also took down Drew (2-16) and St. Elizabeth (1-16) in lopsided victories.
7. University (12-10, last week’s ranking: 5)
While Urban and Lick have been surging, the Red Devils are in a bit of a slide. Before its loss to the Tigers, University was handed its first BCL West loss on the road against Marin Academy (12-8) by 12 points.
8. Urban (12-8, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Blues continued their hot streak with wins over No. 9 Stuart Hall and Marin Academy last week. A battle for first place with Lick this week could vault Urban up even more.
9. Stuart Hall (16-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Knights continue to slide after a loss to No. 8 Urban last week, but also collected double-digit wins over Drew and International (5-15).
10. Gateway (15-2, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Gators are back in the Top 10 after vindicating their only Bay Counties League Central loss with a win over Bay (13-8) last week. Gateway also took down last-place Pescadero (2-12).
On the brink: Waldorf (12-4), Marshall (8-11), Lowell (11-10), Galileo (11-10), Balboa (16-7), Burton (9-12), Bay (13-8)