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 (18-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats got a scare from No. 5 Sacred Heart Cathedral, but played through multiple illnesses on the team to beat the Irish, then routed Valley Christian (9-12). Unless SI slips in the final week of the season, they are set to split a regular-season West Catholic Athletic League title with Mitty.
2. Mercy (21-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
Due to two wins over second-place Sacred Heart Prep this season, the Skippers clinched the top seed in the West Bay Athletic League playoffs with wins over the Gators (15-7) and Menlo (13-8) last week.
3. Lowell (18-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals continued to mow down Academic Athletic Association competition with a 23-point win over Balboa (6-9) in their only game last week.
4. Convent (14-6, last week’s ranking: 5)
For nearly three full seasons, the Cubs have not lost a Bay Counties League West game and are one week away from going undefeated in the league again after double digit wins over Marin Academy (14-10) and No. 6 University last week.
5. Sacred Heart Cathedral (11-12, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish are below .500 again and 6-5 in WCAL play after losses to No. 1 St. Ignatius and St. Francis (16-6) last week, along with a win on the road over Valley Christian, where they played with just eight players.
6. University (20-3, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils’ overall record has consistently been one of the best in the City, but their biggest hurdle continues to be No. 4 Convent. University took down Drew (11-9) to start the week, but dropped its second meeting with the Cubs this season. Fortunately for the Red Devils, a likely matchup with Convent in the BCL West championship game provides a chance for redemption.
7. Galileo (15-7, ranking last week: 9)
The Lions jump up after a week that featured their best win of the season and arguably their worst loss. Galileo first took down No. 9 Washington, then fell on the road to unranked Balboa.
8. International (12-7, last week’s ranking 7)
The Jaguars were another team that had a roller-coaster ride last week, with a win over first-place San Domenico (17-5) that put them into a tie for the top spot in the Bay Counties League Central, a rout of Pescadero (0-14) on the road, then a close loss to a solid, but unranked Urban (13-11) squad at the Bentley Shootout.
9. Washington (8-14, last week’s ranking: 8)
With consecutive losses in AAA play before a win over Burton (5-15) last week, the first-place Eagles are now within reach of both Balboa and Lincoln in the Lang Division. The Buccaneers and the Mustangs are tied for second place in the division, just a game behind Washington.
10. Lick-Wilmerding (8-12, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Tigers took down Urban for the second time this season to kick off the week, then dropped their second meeting with Marin Academy. Lick’s two wins over the Blues not only bode well for the BCL West playoff race, but are the main reason why the Tigers are in the final spot of the Top 10.
On the brink: Lincoln (9-13), Urban (13-11), Drew (11-9), Balboa (6-9)