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 (23-4, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats looked impressive in the first two rounds of the West Catholic Athletic League tournament last week with lopsided wins over Notre Dame-Belmont (11-14) and St. Francis (17-9), but were humbled in the league championship game by Mitty (21-5). SI will be the No. 2 seed in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, only behind the Monarchs.
2. Mercy (24-2, last week’s ranking: 2)
The top-seeded Skippers were upset by Menlo (17-9) in the West Bay Athletic League championship game over the weekend, but beat Pinewood (16-11) in the league semifinals. Mercy will have the top seed in the upcoming CCS Division IV playoffs.
3. Lowell (21-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals didn’t play last week, but hold on to the No. 3 spot.
4. Sacred Heart Cathedral (12-14, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Irish beat Valley Christian (9-15) in the first round of the WCAL playoffs, but were blown out by eventual-champion Mitty in the league semifinals. Despite a losing record, Sacred Heart will have the No. 2 seed in the CCS Division III playoffs.
5. Convent (16-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Cubs avenged their only regular-season Bay Counties League West loss with a win over Lick-Wilmerding (10-13) in the league semifinals, before being upset by No. 6 University in the championship game. Two regular-season wins over the Red Devils keep Convent ahead of University and the Cubs will host Roseland Prep as the No. 2 seed in the North Coast Section Division V playoffs.
6. University (24-4, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils ended No. 5 Convent’s run as BCL West champion on Saturday and took down Marin Academy (15-12) in the semifinals. University is seeded fifth in the NCS Division V playoffs and will host Valley Christian-Dublin in the first round.
7. International (18-9, last week’s ranking 8)
The Jaguars rolled through the Bay Counties League Central playoffs with dominating wins over Waldorf (11-17) in the semifinals and San Domenico (20-6) in the championship game. International will have the No. 6 seed in the NCS Division V playoffs and will host Head-Royce in the first round.
8. Galileo (16-8, ranking last week: 7)
The Lions drop a spot despite beating Wallenberg (2-21) in their only game last week.
9. Washington (11-14, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Eagles are on their way back to .500 and move up a spot after a two-win week, featuring victories over Marshall (0-16) and Lincoln (10-16).
10. Balboa (10-10, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Bucs are at .500 for the first time this season and make their first appearance in the Top 10 after wins over Mission (6-16) and Marshall last week.
On the brink: Lick-Wilmerding (10-13), Urban (13-13), Drew (12-11), Lincoln (10-16), Bay (12-13)