Previous rankings are in parentheses.
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd 15-4
The Dragons blew out another one of the Sac-Joaquin powerhouses with a 103-66 win at Sacramento, who was without star big man Solomon Young. O’Dowd, now averaging 75.8 points per game, put up a whopping 34 points in the opening quarter and Ivan Rabb finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
O’Dowd will look for another win against a Sac-Joaquin team when it hosts Modesto Christian on Saturday. The league opponents preceding that game are Alameda and San Lorenzo.
2. (2) Monte Vista 19-1
El Cerrito’s loss and the fact that the Mustangs lost in the closing seconds of overtime at San Ramon Valley keeps the Mustangs in the second spot.
Monte Vista responded to the loss with a 53-33 win at Foothill and Trevor John scored 22 points after just 5 versus the Wolves.
Home games versus Cal and Livermore are on tap this week before next week’s showdown at De La Salle.
3. (3) El Cerrito 22-2
The Gauchos were dealt a 73-64 loss at Modesto Christian after wins over St. Pat’s and Salesian during the week.
El Cerrito was just 2-of-12 from the foul line in the second half and the Crusaders backcourt scored 42 points.
The Gauchos can wrap up the TCAL Rock regular season title with wins over St. Mary’s and Pinole Valley this week.
4. (4) Mitty 16-3
The Monarchs have won four WCAL games in a row by an average margin of 15 points.
Defense led the way again in wins over St. Francis and Riordan. In the 61-50 win over the Crusaders, Riordan was held to 35% shooting while Connor Peterson and Matt McAndrews each scored 14 points.
Mitty has its most challenging week with games versus Serra, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and home versus St. Ignatius.
5. (5) St. Joseph Notre Dame 19-5
The Pilots won three road games in convincing fashion at St. Mary’s, Pinole Valley, and Bentley. Temidayo Yussuf (19ppg in three games) had another big week but Lamont Banks also averaged 11 points in the victories.
St. Joe’s is at Salesian and home versus St. Pat’s to close out the TCAL regular season.
6. (7) St. Ignatius 15-4
St. Ignatius swept its season-series with Sacred Heart Cathedral, 68-60, as Trevor Dunbar stepped up late and made some big shots. The Wildcats followed it up with a 64-50 win at Valley Christian.
SI is home versus Bellarmine and Riordan this week before going for the series sweep of Mitty on Saturday.
7. (6) Serra 14-5
Danny Mahoney is on fire for the Padres and scored 35 in a win over St. Francis on Saturday after a 52-42 setback at Riordan. Mahoney is now averaging 23.3 points over his last four games.
Road games at Mitty and Bellarmine this week are sandwiched around a home game versus Valley Christian.
8. (9) De La Salle 15-5
The Spartans have quietly won five straight and held three opponents to an average of 33 points this past week.
Road games in Pleasanton versus Foothill and Amador Valley are scheduled for this week.
9. (15) San Ramon Valley 17-3
The Wolves make the deserved big jump after its overtime home win over Monte Vista. Jerry Karczewski scored 19 points in the wins over the Mustangs and Livermore, including the game-winning three against MV.
The play of the guys inside appear to be making a big difference, though, as 6-foot-10 junior Gregg Polosky had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocks against Livermore.
San Ramon needs to avenge its worst performance of the season when it plays at Granada on Tuesday before a home game versus Cal on Friday.
10. (8) Sacred Heart Cathedral 13-6
The Irish bounced back from its loss to SI with a win over Bellarmine and now play Riordan, Mitty, and Valley Christian this week.
11. (11) St. Patrick-St. Vincent 19-5
The Bruins were swept in its season-series with El Cerrito but posted emphatic wins over St. Mary’s and Benicia. Jose Flores scored 24 points in the loss to the Gauchos.
A home game versus Pinole Valley and road game at St. Joe’s close out the TCAL schedule this week.
12. (12) Newark Memorial 14-7
The Cougars have won 11 in a row heading into its big showdown at Moreau Catholic on Tuesday.
Newark Memorial has won 40 MVAL games in a row and posted road wins over American and Irvington by a combined margin of 70 points last week.
13. (13) Freedom 16-4
Elliot Smith and Rodney Pope each scored 16 points for a balanced attack in an impressive 53-45 win at Heritage.
Freedom, who has won nine in a row, play at Antioch and host Pittsburg this week.
14. (16) Riordan 12-7
Riordan stretched its win streak to five with an impressive home win over Serra before suffering its 17th straight loss to Mitty on Saturday. Jiday Ugbaja scored 23 points in each game.
The Crusaders have to make sure its loss to Mitty doesn’t derail the team heading into key games versus City rivals, Sacred Heart and SI, this week.
15. (10) Campolindo 15-6
The Cougars rolled to 36 and 37-point wins over Dublin and Dougherty Valley, respectively, before a 69-68 loss at rival Miramonte. Amazingly, that was just the fourth true road game that Campo has played this season.
Now, three straight road games are on the docket, including Acalanes and Las Lomas this week.
16. (18) Burlingame 17-3
The Panthers win streak is at eight, including the last four on the road. Frankie Ferrari averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in convincing wins over Carlmont and Capuchino.
Burlingame hosts Hillsdale and looks for the season-series sweep at Mills.
17. (17) College Park 15-4
Joe DeMers scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 67-50 win over Northgate and the Falcons should get wins over Ygnacio Valley and at Berean Christian this week.
18. (19) Salesian 13-10
The Pride had road wins sandwiched around a home loss to El Cerrito. Jonathan Galloway averaged 14.7 points in the three contests.
Salesian hosts St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s before an interesting non-league affair at Berkeley.
19. (20) St. Mary’s 17-7
There’s no shame in losing to St. Pat’s and St. Joe’s but the Panthers would have liked to put up a better fight after getting outscored by a total of 45 points in the two games.
St. Mary’s rises because of Montgomery and College Park falling and now plays El Cerrito and Salesian this week.
20. (21) Castro Valley 14-6
Jalen McFerren scored 26 in a 62-56 win over Alameda on Friday and the Trojans now host Piedmont and Mt. Eden this week.
21. (22) Berkeley 17-2
The record is still very good but the best quality win was versus Heritage.
Arroyo and San Leandro are on the docket this week.
22. (23) Moreau Catholic 16-4
The Mariners have won six in a row since its loss to Newark Memorial and now get a rematch with the Cougars at Hayward on Tuesday.
Freshman Damari Milstead averaged 24.5 points in two wins last week.
23. (24) Leigh 19-1
Jared Williams averaged 18 points last week and he and the Longhorns have a big game versus Leland this week.
24. (14) Montgomery 16-5
The Vikings early wins over Campolindo and College Park prevents Monty from dropping out but a 60-50 home loss to 10-11 Casa Grande hurts the resume.
Ukiah and Windsor are the opponents this week.
25. (NR) Miramonte 13-7
The Mats resume has some bad losses and they need to play better on the road but the win over Campolindo was a very good one. Drew Anderson continues to be one of the top players in the Bay Area after his 34 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists against the Cougars.
Dropped Out: #25 Drake 17-5
Bubble: Amador Valley 13-7, Branson 18-4, Dougherty Valley 14-7, Half Moon Bay 16-2, Las Lomas 13-7, Liberty 15-5, Los Altos 14-5, Piedmont Hills 17-3, Redwood 13-9, San Benito 17-2, Sir Francis Drake 17-5