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 (10-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats may not be at the top of the West Catholic Athletic standings like No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral, but they’re still the top team in San Francisco after a week where they trounced Terra Nova (2-7) and lost at home to defending Division II state champion Mitty (9-3) in their WCAL opener.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-2, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish are tied for first place in the WCAL with Mitty and St. Francis, but haven’t exactly played the league’s best. Their road win over Presentation (6-8) on Saturday is nothing to sneeze at, but their blowout win over a very down Notre Dame (4-7) didn’t tell us a lot. All that being said, the top spot is certainly within reach for the Irish if they can upset top-ranked St. Ignatius tomorrow night at USF.
3. Lowell (10-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals didn’t play a game last week and stay at No. 3 with a relatively-tough matchup with Balboa, a likely playoff team, upcoming in their Academic Athletic Association opener on Wednesday.
4. International (12-2, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Jaguars are still a contender for the North Coast Section Division V championship and got a taste of what might be ahead in a potential state-tournament matchup last week. International headed south to take on perennial Central Coast Section Division V power Pinewood (10-3) last week and made the trip back to San Francisco with a single-digit loss. The loss widened the gap between the Jaguars and No. 3 Lowell, which beat Pinewood by 17 in the Sand Dune Classic. International also beat Castlemont (8-5) by 13 points last week.
5. Galileo (12-2, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Lions took last week off, but what could be a AAA championship preview looms on Friday. Galileo will host No. 3 Lowell on Friday in one of the few games the Cardinals will be challenged in AAA play this season.
6. Mercy (6-6, last week’s ranking: 6)
At .500 heading into league play, the Skippers are far from their undefeated early-season run last year, but will still be a contender in the West Bay Athletic League and in CCS Division IV. Mercy also affirmed its No. 6 spot with a close win over No. 7 Lincoln in its only game last week.
7. Lincoln (6-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Mustangs are on a three-game slide heading into AAA play, including losses to Skyline (10-6) and No. 6 Mercy last week, but previous wins over No. 8 Urban and No. 10 Lick-Wilmerding still keep them locked into the seventh spot.
8. Urban (11-2, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Blues enter Bay Counties League West play on a nine-game winning streak, including a 20-point win over Hillsdale (2-9) last week. Those wins haven’t been against the stiffest competition, though, and Urban will still have a lot to prove before being considered as a threat to BCL West favorite International.
9. Convent (8-5, last week’s ranking: 9)
No games for the Cubs last week and they will get a good gauge of their BCL West prospects in their league opener against No. 4 International on Tuesday.
10. Lick-Wilmerding (9-4, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Tigers dropped their final non-league tune-up to Berean Christian (7-9) last week and kick off the BCL West season against No. 8 Urban on Tuesday.
Best of the Rest: Balboa (6-7), Washington (5-9), University (7-7)