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The Standard’s High School Basketball Top 10

Written by Ethan KasselPublished Jan. 04, 2023 • 3:30am
Riordan point guard Ashanti Dias (11) tries to drive past Lincoln guard Kaitlin Nguyen during a non-league basketball game in Mountain View on Dec. 30, 2022. | Ethan Kassel/The Standard

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Welcome to The Standard’s weekly high school basketball top 10. Holiday tournaments have created changes since last week’s rankings, with league play beginning this week.

Please note that only schools within San Francisco are eligible. Other members of leagues that include San Francisco teams, such as the southern members of the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) and the Marin County members of the Bay Counties League (BCL), are not eligible.

Boys

Lincoln head coach Carl Jacobs speaks to his team during a timeout in a non-league basketball game against Miramonte in Kentfield on Dec. 27, 2022. | Ethan Kassel/The Standard
  1. Riordan (7-2)

Even with King-Njhsanni Wilhite’s sudden departure, the Crusaders retain the top spot in this week’s rankings. They won their lone game last week, 67-54 at Menlo-Atherton, and will receive major reinforcements this week in Kaia Berridge and Alexandre Kuminga.

  1. Lincoln (8-2)

Lincoln and University largely posted similar results at the Bambauer Classic, but the Mustangs remain in second. Their position is less because of their one-point head-to-head win and more based on the addition of Riordan transfer Cortevious Taylor, who scored 28 in his first game and capped off the week with a 30-point performance in a blowout win over Marin Catholic.

  1. University (12-3)

The scariest thing about University’s second-place finish at the Bambauer Classic was that it largely came without dominant performances by Joey Kennedy. He averaged under 10 points per game for the tournament, but Luke Bradley and Cole Boake each made the All-Tournament Team.

  1. St. Ignatius (6-4)

After a Bambauer Classic quarterfinal loss to Folsom, head coach Jason Greenfield shook up the Wildcat lineup by inserting all three of his freshmen as starters. The trio of Caeden Hutcherson, Steele Labagh and Raymond Whitley look like they’ll be fixtures in the starting five moving forward.

  1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-4)

The Fightin’ Irish finished second in the Silver Bracket of the Damian Lillard Classic despite missing both Jerry Mixon Jr. and RL Miller. The duo is expected to return in time to open WCAL play Wednesday night at Serra.

  1. Urban (10-4)

A heartbreaking last-second loss to Montgomery didn’t detract from a solid showing at the Bambauer Classic. The Blues scored 29 points in the first quarter against Lincoln, though Cortevious Taylor’s monster showing ultimately did them in. When center Siraj Saker plays a physical game, Urban’s extremely tough to beat.

  1. Lowell (10-4)

The Cardinals won Livermore’s Cowboy Holiday Classic, beating Novato, Hayward and West-Tracy. Their seven-point win over the Wolf Pack in the championship game was by far their closest of those three affairs.

  1. Lick-Wilmerding (11-3)

Envision Academy and Crystal Springs Uplands were no match for the Tigers, but they fell in the championship game of the Tom Welsh Classic to host Head-Royce after squandering a late 13-point lead as the Jayhawks went on a 17-0 run.

  1. Stuart Hall (7-7)

No member of the Knights reached double figures in Tuesday’s 74-53 loss to University, but six players scored at least six points. Sterling Luddington-Simmons and Tim Rayford each tied for high honors with nine.

  1. San Francisco Waldorf (6-4)

The Wolverines played Jewish Community on Tuesday night to open BCL Central play, but no score had been reported at the time these rankings were published.

Girls

Riordan point guard Ashanti Dias (11) calls out a play during a non-league basketball game against Lincoln in Mountain View on Dec. 30, 2022. | Ethan Kassel/The Standard
  1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-1)

Kiana Moniz’s basket in the lane in the final seconds of overtime gave the Fightin’ Irish a memorable 58-56 win over Carondelet on Dec. 27. SHC looks like the No. 2 team in the WCAL, only behind nationally ranked Mitty.

  1. University (7-4)

No score had been reported from Tuesday’s BCL West opener against Convent.

  1. St. Ignatius (5-6)

The Wildcats finished second in the Emerald Division of the West Coast Jamboree, blowing out Logan and Crescent Valley-Oregon before losing to tournament host Heritage.

  1. Riordan (5-7)

Riordan’s Dec. 28 win over Pinewood in the first round of the Joe Schram Holiday Classic will be remembered for years. It’s the sort of win that announces the program’s presence on the big stage.

  1. Lick-Wilmerding (7-6)

The Tigers were going to open BCL West play on Thursday against San Domenico, but that game is being rescheduled due to impending storm conditions.

  1. Lowell (6-6)

The Cardinals finished fourth at the Newark Memorial Tournament, beating Burlingame before losing to Santa Clara and Carlmont.

  1. Lincoln (5-9)

Though they lost their final two games at the Joe Schram Classic to host St. Francis and Riordan, the Mustangs opened the tournament with a solid 60-54 win over Aragon.

  1. Bay (7-5)

The Breakers finished seventh at the Turquoise Division of the West Coast Jamboree, losing to Campolindo and Damonte Ranch-Reno before finishing the tournament with a win over Sacramento Adventist.

  1. Washington (4-4)

Washington won its lone game last week, rolling to a 59-31 win at Terra Nova on Dec. 28.

  1. International (6-3)

International hasn’t played since a Dec. 16 win over Marin Academy.

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Ethan Kassel can be reached at [email protected]


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