Boys Basketball Top 10: Lick-Wilmerding leaps ahead

The Lick-Wilmerding boys basketball team and its fans celebrate after the Tigers' win over University in the BCL West championship game on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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 (22-5, last week’s ranking: 1)

The Irish had quite a run through the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs, beating No. 2 St. Ignatius for the third time this season, storming back to beat Serra (21-5) on the road in the semifinals and again falling to Mitty (24-3) by a single possession in the championship game. Sacred Heart will be the heavy favorite to win the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs as the top seed in the bracket.

2. St. Ignatius (10-15, last week’s ranking: 3)

The Wildcats lost to No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral in their only game last week, but move to the second spot mostly due to Lincoln’s slip up. SI will be the No. 3 seed in the CCS Division III playoffs and could be set up for a fourth meeting with the Irish in the section championship game.

3. Lincoln (18-12, last week’s ranking: 2)

The Mustangs began the week with a blowout win over Jordan (1-21), but had one of their biggest setbacks of the season with a loss to No. 10 Washington. Now the Mustangs need a win over Marshall or a Mission loss to Washington on Tuesday to clinch the top seed in the Academic Athletic Association’s Lang Division.

4. Mission (19-10, last week’s ranking: 4)

The Bears had decisive wins over Balboa (19-10) and Jordan last week, and if they beat Washington and Lincoln falls to Marshall on the final day of the regular season, Mission will have the Lang Division’s top seed.

5. Riordan (10-15, last week’s ranking: 5)

The Crusaders saw their season end at the hands of Serra in the first round of the WCAL playoffs and will not be admitted into the CCS Division IV playoffs due to five non-league forfeits.

6. Lick-Wilmerding (18-10, last week’s ranking: NR)

The Tigers fell out of the Top 10 last week and immediately jumped back into the thick of things with a Bay Counties League West championship run. Lick took down No. 8 Urban in the semifinals, then dethroned three-time defending champion University in the title game. The Tigers will host Justin-Siena as the No. 11 seed in the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs on Wednesday.

7. University (17-11, last week’s ranking: 6)

The Red Devils slip a spot due to their loss to No. 6 Lick in the BCL West championship game, but started the playoffs with a 14-point win over No. 9 Stuart Hall in the league semifinals. University is the third seed in the NCS Division V playoffs and will host Oakland Military Institute in the first round.

8. Urban (15-10, last week’s ranking: 7)

The Blues were ousted in the BCL West semifinals by eventual-champion Lick, but will face a familiar foe in the opening round of the NCS Division V playoffs. The seventh-seeded Blues will host league rival Marin Academy in the first round. The teams split their two regular-season meetings with the Wildcats and both were single-digit wins.

9. Stuart Hall (18-9, last week’s ranking: 10)

The Knights move up mostly due to Gateway’s fall out of the Top 10, because they lost their only game last week to No. 7 University. Stuart Hall will hit the road as the eighth seed in the first round of the NCS Division V tournament to take on St. Vincent de Paul.

10. Washington (16-14, last week’s ranking: NR)

The Eagles make their first appearance in the Top 10 since the preseason rankings, after their best week of the season to date. Washington took down Marshall (13-12) and edged No. 3 Lincoln last week, and could move into third place in the Lang Division if they can knock off Mission on Tuesday.

On the brink: Marshall (13-12), Bay (19-8), Gateway (17-3), Lowell (17-10), Balboa (19-10)

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  1. Cats Pride says:

    i saw washington play SI earlier in the season, and wash looked so horrible. Has anything changed?new players?

  2. Eagles Mom says:

    Congratulations to the Wash Eagles for beating Lincoln on Friday! GOOOOOOO EAGLES!!!

  3. Cellphone video from final seconds of the Lick-Wilmerding / Uni game.

  4. elba415 says:

    will wash be good in play-offs

    • player says:

      i personally dont think they will make it past the second round..and thats not saying they cant, cause they have one win over the top AAA teams..we will see how they will do VS. Mission high tonight.

  5. Anh says:

    * * Congratulations to Coach Eliot Smith and Lick-Wilmerding Tigers on the Championship victory! Coach Eliot is a great Coach and a wonderful mentor to young people!

    * * Best Wishes to Urban and Coach Joe Skiffer at the BIG game on February 22nd! GO BLUES!

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