Boys Basketball Top 10: Mission and Marshall move up

The Mission boys basketball celebrates after its win over Marshall in the AAA championship game on Friday 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 (25-5, last ranking: 1)

The Irish have been tagged as the best Division III team in Northern California with a top seed in the upcoming state tournament and are, without a doubt, the best team in the City. Sacred Heart won its fourth-consecutive Central Coast Section title with convincing wins over Burlingame (19-10), Valley Christian (12-16) and El Camino (25-5).

2. Mission (22-10, last ranking: 4)

The Bears claimed their second Academic Athletic Association title in three years with decisive wins in every step of the playoffs. Mission took down Burton (14-15), Lowell (19-11) and No. 7 Marshall, all by 13 points or more.

3. St. Ignatius (11-16, last ranking: 2)

The Wildcats were one game away from the CCS championship game and a NorCal berth, but fell short against El Camino in the section semifinals. Before that, SI played one of its best games of the season in a 34-point pounding of Aptos (21-7).

4. Lincoln (20-13, last ranking: 3)

The Mustangs were upset for the second-consecutive year before reaching the AAA championship game, this time to No. 7 Marshall in the semifinals. Prior to the loss, Lincoln took down ISA (6-21) in the first round.

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

The Crusaders did not gain entry to the CCS Division IV playoffs, but retain the No. 5 spot.

6. Lick-Wilmerding (18-11, last ranking: 6)

The Tigers won the Bay Counties League West, an almost entirely Division V league, but unfortunately they’re in Division IV and faced a loaded North Coast Section bracket. Lick gave Justin-Siena (21-8) a fight, but fell to the Braves in the first round.

7. Marshall (15-14, last ranking: NR)

The Phoenix ultimately fell to No. 2 Mission in the AAA championship game, but got there, and back into the Top 10, with a first-round victory over Galileo (14-16) and an upset win over No. 4 Lincoln in the semifinals.

8. University (19-12, last ranking: 7)

The Red Devils drop due to Marshall’s rise, but will be the only City representative in the Division V state tournament after advancing to the NCS semifinals behind wins over Oakland Military Institute (19-10) and California School for the Deaf (24-6). University’s run ended immediately after, though, with a blowout loss to Branson (24-9).

9. Urban (15-11, last ranking: 8)

The Blues carried a ton of momentum into the postseason, but exited in the first round to higher seeds in both the BCL West playoffs and the NCS Division V playoffs. In the BCL West playoffs it was eventual-champion Lick and in the NCS playoffs it was Marin Academy (14-13).

10. Stuart Hall (19-10, last ranking: 9)

The Knights advanced to the second round of the NCS Division V tournament after a win over St. Vincent de Paul (21-8) only to run into a buzz saw. Stuart Hall’s season ended with a blowout loss to top seed and eventual champion St. Joseph Notre Dame in the second round.

On the brink: Lowell (19-11), Balboa (20-10), Bay (19-9), Gateway (17-3), Washington (16-16)

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  1. mger says:


  2. TTerritory says:

    Is this the last top ten?

  3. Cats Pride says:

    Congrats to the Irish for winning CCS – this is why I don’t like El Camino though : go to 0:52

    • jbalan says:

      I think I saw what you’re talking about…

    • WCal Fan says:

      I saw that too. No bueno.

      • JJ says:

        Yea, he tried to kick his arm, but it wasn’t like a “kicking” motion, it was more like a brush to try and get under his skin. I don’t even think he even touched Fox. No harm, no foul. People elbow their opponents all the time in the chops or the chest when the ref isn’t looking, so this is minor when compared to that. I think Kevin Love stomped on someone’s chest, that is way worse.

  4. Keep it real says:

    Yea I seen that lil kick by that player!! Not good/ but I won’t say that all their team doing that!!! Still hope they do good as a team!!! But they do
    Need a lil humble pie!!! To make sure they play the game the right way!!!!

  5. Aggies! says:

    I was talking to one of the SH coaches and he said it appeared that most times Fox went up for a jump shot an El camino player would stick a foot under him. After seeing the missed kick I wouldn’t put it past El Co. That is a classless act, even if it might not be the whole program as a whole, but some of those players were.

    • M Air J says:

      You combine this and the yapping to the SI fans (at the time I thought it was harmless) and the exchange in the Santa Cruz game , there appears to be a pattern of behavior with this team. They have had some questionable moments in their last 3 games. Throw in the fire alarm incident and the evidence appears to be overwhelming. There is a problem with this bunch! It’s OK, they wont be around for much longer.

  6. Josh Weinstein says:

    Wow. First El Camino has some suspect incidences in their game vs. SI as some of the commentators have stated. Now this kicking thing against Fox? Even though SHCP and SI are rivals, there is a great level of respect between both teams and communities. Where’s the sportsmanship El Camino? I’m glad the Irish won and I will root for them the rest of the way.

  7. Justa Fan says:

    Just watched the video and saw the leg movement. All I can think is..discipline. If the kid knew he would get in trouble for kicking Josh, he wouldn’t have done it. Obviously he thinks it’s okay. Come on coaches, teachers and parents..step up and teach these kids right from wrong. What they do on the court transfers over to everyday life….lets respect eachother!

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