Basketball: Top teams hold in boys and girls rankings

The Washington girls team, led by senior forward Karah Butac (left), is the only new group in either Top 10 this week. (Photo by Clarivel Fong)

The Washington girls team, led by senior forward Karah Butac (left), is the only new group in either Top 10 this week. (Photo by Clarivel Fong)

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.

Boys Basketball Top 10

1. St. Ignatius (13-4, last week’s ranking: 1)
Wins: Bellarmine (13-4). Losses: Serra (14-3).

2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (12-5, last week’s ranking: 2)
Wins: No. 3 Riordan. Losses: Mitty (13-4).

3. Riordan (11-6, last week’s ranking: 3)
Wins: St. Francis (7-10). Losses: No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral.

4. University (15-5, last week’s ranking: 4)
Wins: No. 5 Urban, International (4-10), Skyline (9-9). Losses: None.

5. Urban (14-3, last week’s ranking: 6)
Wins: No. 6 Stuart Hall. Losses: No. 4 University.

6. Stuart Hall (14-5, last week’s ranking: 5)
Wins: No. 9 Lick-Wilmerding. Losses: No. 5 Urban.

7. Lincoln (8-11, last week’s ranking: 7)
Wins: No. 8 Marshall, O’Connell (0-3). Losses: None.

8. Marshall (7-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
Wins: ISA (2-8). Losses: No. 7 Lincoln.

9. Lick-Wilmerding (11-8, last week’s ranking: 9)
Wins: Marin Academy (8-7). Losses: No. 6 Stuart Hall.

10. Mission (6-12, last week’s ranking: 10)
Wins: Washington (5-14), Jordan (0-4). Losses: None.

Best of the rest: Lowell (9-9), Gateway (9-2), Galileo (8-8), Washington (5-12), Bay (10-7), Balboa (7-12).

Girls Basketball Top 10

1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (13-3, last week’s ranking: 1)
Wins: Mitty (13-4). Losses: None.

2. St. Ignatius (14-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
Wins: Notre Dame (6-12), Presentation (8-10). Losses: Salesian (17-4).

3. Lowell (13-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
Wins: Wallenberg (1-11). Losses: Eastside Prep (12-5).

4. International (16-2, last week’s ranking: 4)
Wins: Marin Academy (4-12), No. 9 University. Losses: None.

5. Galileo (16-3, last week’s ranking: 5)
Wins: Marshall (1-6), Burton (5-4), Tamalpais (8-11). Losses: None.

6. Mercy (8-9, last week’s ranking: 6)
Wins: Mercy-Burlingame (4-9). Losses: Eastside Prep (12-5), Menlo (13-5).

7. Lincoln (11-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
Wins: Wallenberg (1-11), Marshall (1-6), Mission (3-15). Losses: None.

8. Urban (14-3, last week’s ranking: 8)
Wins: No. 9 University, Convent (9-9). Losses: None.

9. Washington (10-9, last week’s ranking: NR)
Wins: Balboa (8-10), Mission (3-15), Balboa (8-10), San Ramon Valley (11-6), Losses: None.

10. University (10-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
Wins: None. Losses: No. 8 Urban, No. 4 International.

Best of the rest: Lick-Wilmerding (12-7), Convent (9-9), Balboa (8-10), Bay (10-7), Burton (5-4).

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40 Comments

  1. jbalan says:

    Sorry for the abbreviated Top 10s this week and the delay… Was in LA attending to family business this weekend.

  2. sf_alum says:

    I’ve seen both teams once–I think Riordan would be able to beat University, but I think University has had a better season so far.

  3. M Air J says:

    What will happen if Riordan beats SI tomorrow evening which I think is a strong possibility? Would they jump to number one or would SHC take the top spot? That is if SHC beats Serra and Bellarmine again. I would say Riordan has the easiest schedule this weak given they play VC this weekend. SI plays Mitty this week. I predict that Riordan will be number one next week because they will go 2-0 this week while SHC will go 1-1, losing to Serra and SI will be 0-2. These are just opinions but that is why they play the games.

    • JJ says:

      I think the only way Riordan becomes #1 is if they go undefeated this week, while SHC goes 0-2.

      • Ari Gold says:

        Im rooting for the Cats to finish top 4 in league so they go to Open Division. I wouldnt want them to get placed in D3 and get a cheap CCS title without having to go through SH.

        • SF_Mikey says:

          I think that’s Riordan’s strategy for sucking in league play – so they can run through D4 without breaking a sweat.

          • Josh Weinstein says:

            And the Cats will have no problem going through SH again in the playoffs, Ari. Just like they easily did at USF to win the Bruce. But first both teams face each other next week at SI on Jan 30th. Come watch the game at SI.

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        • JJ says:

          I hope SI makes the Open Division too because the games before the semifinals and finals are normally blowouts. Now that El Camino is in D2, who are the teams to beat in D3? A D3 final of SI vs Aptos seems boring because we usually beat them by 25.

          • JJ says:

            I guess El Camino could make the Open Division Finals if they keep winning? If Si and SH both make the Open, the D3 finals will be Burlingame vs Aptos? ZzzzZzZzzzZ. But who do the CCS decide make the Open? What if SHC ends up in 4th place, but they get bounced out of the 1st round in the WCAL playoffs? or if Riordan ends up in 7th place but they make the WCAL round robin finals? does Riordan get a Open birth?

            • Ari Gold says:

              CCS Open is 8 teams : (1. No more than four teams from one league can play in the Open Division; 2. No more than three teams from one division (based on enrollment) can play in the Open Division.)

              So it looks like Mitty, SH, Serra, SI, EC, Burlingame, probably the Santa Cruz area winner and Santa Clara area winner.

              But all 8 no matter make it to NorCals. I dont know how they will determine who goes on to the Open Division in NorCals.

              • JJ says:

                So what if Riordan wins the championship game at Foothill College? Do they make the Open Division in CCS? Even if they end up in 6th or 7th place in league?

              • jbalan says:

                It’s based on the CCS point system.

              • M Air J says:

                Isn’t it also based on previous years records and other criteria such as winning a section title or previous years championships as well? Or do the top 4 WCAL teams automatically advance? SHC will definitley be moved up,as they won CCS and NorCals last year but SI is not a shoe-in or are they?

              • JJ says:

                If it’s based on the CCS point system, I believe the WCAL teams that will get in are the ones that have the most wins in the WCAL, and I would assume the WCAL playoffs are included. The NorCal Open division is hand-picked, I believe, by the NorCAL committee. If, for example, SI wins the CCS Open Division, they might not get in the NorCal Open Division, since their record last year was bad, so they would be placed in the D3 NorCals. Even if Mitty doesn’t win the CCS Open division, they should be placed in the NorCal Open division, since they won 2 state titles in a row.

  4. SF_Mikey says:

    Riordan clearly has some work to do to even be considered as the #1 team in the City. For starters they need to beat both SI and SHC then do additional damage in league play. Riordan is only 2-5 with their only two wins coming against VC and SF. SHC is 5-2 with quality wins versus Bellarmine, Serra and Riordan. SI is 4-3 with quality wins over Bellarmine and Riordan.

    Even if Riordan goes 2-0 this week and both SHC and SI go 0-2 – one could easily make the argument that SHC should be ranked higher due to the better WCAL record at 5-4 and they beat Riordan head-to-head. Secondly both SI & Riordan would be tied at 4-5 in league play and would have split season series but two of Riordan’s wins will have come against VC so I give SI the tiebreaker in that scenario as they have one more quality win – i.e., they beat Bellarmine.

  5. Just some facts says:

    Refresher Summary on SF WCAL games:
    (with a look at the points spreads)

    SI plays 7 WCAL games
    Riordan 54-49 win by ——– 5 win point win (home)
    Mitty 43-71 loss ————– -28 L point loss (away)
    SHC 56-46 ——————— 10 win point win (away)
    St. Francis 48-52 ————- 4 L point loss (away)
    Valley Christian 60-51 —— 9 win point win (home)
    SI loss to Serra 59-66—— 7 L point loss (away)
    SI win over Bells 60-52 —– 8 win point win (home)

    SHC plays 7 WCAL games:
    Serra 58-52 ———————- 6 win point win (away)
    Bellarmine 46-40 ————– 6 win point win (home)
    SI 46-56 ———————– 10 L point loss (away) (USF gym)
    VC 54-33 ———————- 21 win point win (away)
    St. F 61-49 ———————- 12 win point win (home)
    Mitty 69-57 ——————– 12 L point loss (home)
    ARHS 55-54 ——————– 1 win point win (home)

    ARHS plays 7 WCAL games
    SI 49-54 ———————————– 5 point loss (away)
    VC 67-28 ————————— ——39 w point win (home)
    Serra 48-59 ——————————11 point loss (home)
    Mitty 52-57 ——————————– 5 point loss (home)
    Bellarmine 55-56 ———————- 1 point loss (away)
    St. Francis 53-45 ———————- 8 w point win (away)
    SHC loss 55-54 ———————– 1 point loss (away)

    (PS Win St..Jos Notre Dame 52-40 ———-12 point win)

    • Just some facts says:

      ARHS losses to four important WCAL teams goes like this:

      Loss to SHC by one point only
      Loss to Bellarmine by one point only
      Loss to SI by 5 points only
      Loss to MItty by 5 points only !

      Riordan can turn this around. Go Crusaders.

      Looking well at the scores above it appears clearly that the three City teams are really not far apart:: there are many close wins and close losses which just says there but for the grace of God goes – or there but how the ball bounces, so goes the game … Things can fairly easily change on the second round of games …..

    • WCAL Alum says:

      In summation of Just Some Facts: the City WCAL schools pretty evening matched this year.

      Took me ten seconds.

  6. JJ says:

    If you look at SI’s WCAL summary, it has a zig-zag phenomenom (win, loss, win, loss…..etc), so if this trend holds up, SI will lose tonight (since they won their last game)? :(

    • Lance says:

      Don’t worry. The zig-zag phenomenom(win,loss,win,loss…) will end in a couple of days with Mitty up next for the Cats.

    • Lance says:

      The zig-zag is gone. Loss. Loss. Loss? Go Irish!

      • JJ says:

        SI lost, but they played alot better than the game vs Riordan, so it seems that SI has a habit of playing bad, good, bad, good, etc…., so it’s basically still zig-zag. The player of the game besides Aaron Gordon was probably #52 for SI even though he got slammed on a couple times.

  7. Big guy 24 says:

    The new rule is the top 4 in the Wcal goes to open division, which means if Riordan finishes 5-6-7 they go D4. Riordan can have a successful 2nd half of season as well as SHC, good luck kids!!

    • JJ says:

      Top 4 in league no matter what? Doesn’t WCAL playoffs count for something? Let’s say Riordan ends up in 5th place and SI is in 4th place 1 game ahead…If SI loses in the 1st round, and Riordan wins 2 games in the playoffs, wouldn’t they have more wins than SI? More wins = more points. CCS point system.

      • Ari Gold says:

        Poor JJ, just wishing for SI for finish out of the top 4 so they get slotted into D3 CCS and winning a cheap title so he can brag about SI winning a CCS title. Im proud of you JJ. Its all about the trophies.

      • jbalan says:

        I have been informed that there is not a CCS point system for basketball, but I’m still not clear on exactly how it works.

  8. M Air J says:

    This will shake-up the rankings next week. Since Riordan beat the #1 team and the #2 team had a loss, Riordan will be the new #1 next week. SI will more than likely have 2 losses while SHC may also have 2. I predicted yesterday that SI and SHC would lose last night. SHC will have their hands full with the Bells also and may be 0-2 this week. Unless they suffer a monumental collapse, Riordan will be 2-0 this week. That being said, their reign may be shortlived as Serra and Mitty are next on their schedule. Again, this is all opinion and why they play the games.

  9. FOOTBALL LOVER says:

    Riordan is the best in the city

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