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)