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 (20-4, last week’s ranking: 1)
Since the beginning of the season there has been no doubt that Sacred Heart is the best team in San Francisco. The Irish wrapped up the West Catholic Athletic League regular season last week with wins over City rivals St. Ignatius and Riordan, then lost another heartbreaker to Mitty (21-3) in an overtime regular-season finale.
2. Lincoln (17-11, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Mustangs are all alone atop the Academic Athletic Association’s Lang Division and are the only squad that has clinched a playoff spot in the division. The Mustangs took down Balboa (19-8) last week, then dominated No. 4 Mission through three quarters and withstood a late push from the Bears.
3. St. Ignatius (10-14, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats caught lightning in a bottle with a win over Serra (20-4) on the road in the Jungle Game, but also lost three games to No. 1 Sacred Heart, St. Francis (13-11) and Bellarmine (14-10) in a packed week.
4. Mission (17-10, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Bears lost consecutive AAA games for the first time since the 2007 season last week, with losses to No. 10 Marshall and No. 2 Lincoln, and are now in a tie for second place with the Phoenix in the Lang Division.
5. Riordan (10-14, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Crusaders ended their WCAL regular season on a high note with a road win over St. Francis and also played No. 1 Sacred Heart tough in a nine-point loss to the Irish last week.
6. University (16-10, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Red Devils renewed their claim as the top team in the Bay Counties League West with wins over No. 7 Urban and Marin Academy (13-12), which beat University by 12 points earlier in the season.
7. Urban (15-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Blues missed an opportunity to take over first place in the BCL West with a loss to No. 6 University, but rallied back with a win over No. 10 Stuart Hall and will have the second seed in the league playoffs.
8. Marshall (12-11, last week’s ranking: NR)
Despite a concerning roster size, the Phoenix may be one of the most dangerous teams in he AAA and showed it last week, when they upset No. 4 Mission before blowing out Jordan (1-19).
9. Gateway (17-2, last week’s ranking: 10)
After wins over defending champ Waldorf (13-8) and International (7-17) last week, the Gators are the top seed in the Bay Counties League Central playoffs and are the favorites to win their first league championship since joining the league.
10. Stuart Hall (18-8, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Knights are clinging to the final spot of the Top 10, but knocked Lick-Wilmerding out of the rankings with a 16-point win over the Tigers last week, before falling to No. 7 Urban to wrap up the regular season.
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (16-10), Lowell (15-10), Balboa (18-9), Bay (17-8), Washington (14-14)