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. St. Ignatius (16-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats only played one game last week, but it was their signature win of the season. St. Ignatius handed first-place Mitty (15-5) its first West Catholic Athletic League loss and the Wildcats put themselves in a position to share a regular-season league title.
2. Mercy (19-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Skippers dropped their first game of the season on the road against Pinewood (12-8), but won’t drop from the No. 2 spot. Mercy opened the week with an overtime win over Menlo (12-7), but lost some ground to St. Ignatius, who knocked off one of the best teams in the Bay Area in Mitty.
3. Lowell (17-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals met their toughest week of Academic Athletic Association competition with double-digit wins over No. 10 Lincoln and No. 8 Washington, solidifying their claim as the top public-school squad in the City.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-10, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish are back at .500 after a 1-2 week, with their only win coming against Notre Dame-Belmont (10-10). The two losses came on the road against Presentation (12-8), who Sacred Heart beat by 20 at home, and another tough road test against non-league opponent St. Francis-Sacramento (12-9).
5. Convent (12-6, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Cubs have won seven straight, including Bay Counties League West wins over Urban (12-9) and Drew (10-9), along with a close call on the road against No. 7 International in non-league play last week.
6. University (19-2, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils had victories in all three of their games last week, but did not win convincingly over unranked Lick-Wilmerding (6-11) in their annual rivalry game at Oracle Arena. The close win was sandwiched between double-digit victories over Marin Academy (13-9) and Bay (9-10).
7. International (12-7, last week’s ranking 9)
The Jaguars cruised in Bay Counties League Central wins over Leadership (7-14) and Waldorf (7-14), but moved up mostly do to a game performance against No. 5 Convent, where they held a lead late before the Cubs prevailed by one point.
8. Washington (7-13, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Eagles’ only game of the week was a loss to Lowell in the Battle of the Birds, but they will get another tough AAA test when head to No. 9 Galileo this week.
9. Galileo (14-6, ranking last week: 8)
The Lions took down No. 10 Lincoln at home in their only game last week, but will have an opportunity to move up next week with No. 8 Washington and Balboa on the schedule.
10. Lincoln (8-13, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Mustangs are clinging to the last spot in our Top 10 after a week where they dropped two AAA games, but both came against ranked opponents. Lincoln then went on to beat Mercy-Burlingame (9-11) in non-league action to wrap up the week.
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (6-11), Urban (12-9), Drew (9-8), Balboa (5-8)