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 (18-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish may have had their most physically challenging stretch of games last week. They only played two games, but they were only 20 hours apart. After a blowout road win over Valley Christian (11-11) and a long ride home on Friday night, Sacred Heart needed overtime and a last-second dunk from senior forward Taylor Johns to take down St. Francis (12-9) on Saturday afternoon.
2. Mission (17-8, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Bears were not challenged in wins over O’Connell (1-12) and ISA (6-14) last week, but will head into one their most challenging weeks yet, with matchups against Marshall and No. 4 Lincoln. The date with the Mustangs on Friday will likely decide the top seed in the Academic Athletic Association’s Lang Division.
3. St. Ignatius (9-11, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats are healthy again after every player and almost the entire coaching staff came down with the stomach virus that hit SI last week, and will look to end the West Catholic Athletic League season on a high note, starting with rival Sacred Heart Cathedral tonight. The Wildcats will play four games this week, but took down Valley Christian in their only game last week.
4. Lincoln (15-11, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Mustangs, like Mission, were not challenged in wins over ISA and Wallenberg (4-18) last week. The Lang Division showdown with Mission on Friday will likely be one of the most important games of the regular season.
5. Riordan (9-13, last week’s ranking: 5)
Granted, none of their defeats have been blowouts, but the Crusaders have still dropped seven straight WCAL games, including losses to Serra (17-3), Mitty (17-3) and Bellarmine (12-10) last week.
6. Urban (14-8, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Blues leap up for the second week in a row after a week featuring double-digit wins over No. 7 Lick and Drew (3-19). Urban is tied for first place in the Bay Counties League West, and like the league standings, the teams in the bottom half of our Top 10 are ridiculously close.
7. Lick-Wilmerding (15-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Tigers fell out of first place in the BCL West with a loss to No. 6 Urban last week, but bounced back with a one-point win on the road at Marin Academy to stay within striking distance of the top spot.
8. University (14-10, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Red Devils slip back a spot due to no fault of their own, but as a result of Urban’s recent surge. University took down Drew and No. 9 Stuart Hall last week, and beat the Blues earlier in the year, but their matchup with Urban on Tuesday could decide the BCL West regular-season champ.
9. Stuart Hall (17-7, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Knights won comfortably on the road against Marin Academy to start the week, but fell to No. 8 University to wrap it up. Still in fourth place (up by just a game over MA), Stuart Hall needs a win over Lick or Urban this week to secure the final BCL West playoff spot.
10. Gateway (15-2, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Gators remain in the No. 10 spot, holding off a host of AAA contenders, after a win over Leadership (10-14) in their only game last week. Gateway could seal the top seed in the Bay Counties League Central playoffs with wins over Waldorf and International this week.
On the brink: Marshall (10-11), Lowell (13-10), Washington (13-13), Balboa (17-8), Galileo (11-12)