Bay Area Basketball Top 25 Rankings

Previous rankings are in parentheses.

1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd 24-4

The Dragons win streak stands at 19 games after easy wins in the NCS Division III playoffs. Bishop O’Dowd outscored Elsie Allen and Encinal by an average score of 85.5-46.5 to advance to the semifinals. Ivan Rabb had 32 points and 16 rebounds in the 97-64 win over WACC Shoreline champ Encinal.

The top-seeded Dragons host fifth-seeded Acalanes, led by 6-foot-7 senior Buster Souza, in a Wednesday semifinal.

2. (2) Monte Vista 26-1

The Mustangs showed a little rust in a 49-44 NCS Division I quarterfinal win over San Leandro but it was Spencer Rust who responded with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks.

After initially passing the opportunity to host, Monte Vista is back on hosting its semifinal with De La Salle as it tries to beat the Spartans a third time. This will be the first postseason meeting between the two programs since De La Salle beat the Mustangs in the 2008 semifinals.

3. (3) El Cerrito 27-3

The Gauchos won its two NCS Division III playoff games over Piner and Pinole Valley by an average score of 77-63.5 per game. Tyrell Alcorn, who had 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the fourth Gauchos win over Pinole, has scored in double-figures for 15 consecutive games.

El Cerrito hosts Campolindo in what may be the top Wednesday semifinal matchup. The two schools met in last season’s NorCal quarterfinals when Campo won, 69-65, in overtime at El Cerrito.

4. (4) St. Joseph Notre Dame 25-5

After a bye, the Pilots took care of Head-Royce in the NCS Division V quarterfinals, 57-32, behind 16 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks from Temidayo Yussuf. Sophomore Esteban Lovato also chipped in with 13 points.

In the semifinals, three-time defending NCS champion St. Joe’s hosts 24-6 University in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

5. (5) Mitty 24-4

After a close call against Soquel in last season’s CCS Open quarterfinals, the Monarchs made quick work of Santa Cruz, 84-51, as Ben Kone had 14 points and 13 Monarchs found the scoring column.

In the Open semifinals, Mitty plays Sacred Heart Cathedral again. The Monarchs have won all three meetings with the Irish this season but have really had to battle in the two most recent meetings, including the WCAL Final 61-56 win on February 22.

6. (6) Serra 20-7

The Padres jumped out a to 20-point first half lead and disposed of Leigh, 61-43, in the CCS Open quarterfinals behind 15 points from Danny Mahoney.

In the semifinals, Serra now gets another crack at Riordan, a team it split with during the regular season, including a double-overtime win in San Mateo in early January.

7. (7) Newark Memorial 22-7

The Cougars have won 19 in a row following a 69-39 win over Windsor in the NCS Division II opening round and a 67-56 decision over Maria Carrillo after trailing by nine at the half. Damien Banford (20 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists) nearly delivered a triple double in the quarterfinals. 

Newark hosts MVAL foe and Cinderella playoff team, Washington, in the semifinals. The Cougars beat the Huskies twice in the regular season with an average winning margin of 19 points.

8. (8) San Ramon Valley 23-4

After a bye, the Wolves jumped out to a 16-point first quarter lead and held on for a 78-72 win over Pittsburg and secure its first NCS semifinal berth in three years. Jerry Karczewski and Austin Henderson combined for 11 three-pointers and Karczewski finished with 29 points.

The Wolves now host Freedom in what promises to be an entertaining Division I semifinal.

9. (9) St. Ignatius 19-6

Trevor Dunbar and Julian Marcu each scored 21 points as the Wildcats won its first game in 11 days with a 65-47 win over Sobrato in the CCS Division II quarterfinals.

SI will next play 22-4 Wilcox in the semifinals on Tuesday.

10. (10) Sacred Heart Cathedral 18-10

In a miracle shot that traveled about 75 feet and gave him SportsCenter fame, junior David Parsons propelled the Irish into the CCS Open semifinals with a 49-46 win over Half Moon Bay. Parsons finished with 15 points and has come into his own over the last few weeks.

Sacred Heart Cathedral gets a rematch with Mitty. Parsons scored 20 against the Monarchs in a 61-56 WCAL Final loss over a week ago.

11. (11) De La Salle 21-7

Jordan Ratinho averaged 15.5 points as the Spartans had to battle for a 39-36 NCS Division I first round win over Liberty and then a 52-47 quarterfinal win over another BVAL foe, Heritage.

De La Salle, in the semifinals versus Monte Vista, has two three-point losses to the Mustangs this season and will be without leading scorer Nikhil Peters this time.

12. (12) Riordan 17-9

Jiday Ugbaja and Riordan stepped up to the challenge against former teammate Frankie Ferrari and Burlingame, 61-44, in the CCS Open quarterfinals.

Ugbaja scored 26 points and Riordan now plays Serra in the Open Division semifinals.

13. (13) Campolindo 22-6

The Cougars hammered Albany, 88-48, in the NCS Division III opening round before a 72-65 win over rival Miramonte in the quarterfinals. Chris Hansen had 22 points and 18 rebounds versus the Mats.

Campolindo looks for a win at El Cerrito in a Wednesday semifinal.

14. (15) Freedom 23-5

Freedom delivered impressive wins in the NCS Division I playoffs. The Falcons beat James Logan, 77-61, and Dougherty Valley, 76-61, as BVAL MVP Rodney Pope averaged 28 points.

The Falcons are in the semifinals for the third straight year and will play at San Ramon Valley in a Wednesday night quarterfinal.

15. (16) St. Patrick-St. Vincent 23-8

In NCS Division IV, the Bruins hammered John Swett, 80-37, and then beat last season’s NorCal Division IV champion, Cardinal Newman, 58-38, as Jordan Hickman scored 18 points.

St. Pat’s, in the semifinals for the fourth time in five years, play Salesian once again. The Bruins own two head-to-head wins against the Pride this season.

16. (14) Burlingame 24-4

Ferrari, who scored 13 first half points, suffered an unfortunate ankle injury in the second half as the Panthers fell to Riordan, 61-44, in the CCS Open quarterfinals. Sophomore Bassel Mufarreh scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Panthers may be without Ferrari when it hosts Leigh in a Tuesday consolation game.

17. (17) Salesian 19-13

Salesian crushed Clear Lake, 69-46, and then topped Marin Catholic, 84-69. Bernard Ward averaged 15 points and Jonathan Galloway scored at a 14 point-clip in the two wins.

The Pride get another crack at St. Pat’s in the NCS Division IV semifinals. Before dropping two to the Bruins this year, Salesian had won 24 straight head-to-head meetings.

18. (18) Montgomery 25-5

The Vikings topped Arroyo, 58-41, in the opening round and then rode a 30-point effort from Alec Raven in a 57-53 win over Redwood in the quarterfinals.

Montgomery is in the NCS Division II semifinals for the fourth time in five years and will host Concord on Wednesday. It will be the third time in four years these programs have met in the playoffs.

19. (20) Moreau Catholic 22-6

In NCS Division IV, the top-seeded Mariners hammered Gateway, 94-41, and also was a 77-53 winner over 25-2 Willits in the quarters. In the two wins, Damari Milstead averaged 18.5 points and five steals and also raised his season field goal percentage to 48%.

Moreau now hosts 25-2 Fortuna in Wednesday’s semifinals.

20. (23) *Pittsburg 22-6

The Pirates best season in five years came to a close with a 78-72 loss at San Ramon Valley in the NCS Division I quarterfinals. This was on the heels of a thrilling 74-69 overtime win at Berkeley. In the two games, D.J. Kennedy averaged 23 points and Daniel Gonzales averaged 18.5 points.

21. (NR) Half Moon Bay 23-4

The Cougars proved it can hang with one of the WCAL’s top teams in its crushing 49-46 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral. Corey Cilia scored 19 in a losing cause.

Half Moon Bay will try to shake off the disappointment when it hosts Santa Cruz in the CCS Open consolation round on Tuesday.

22. (NR) **Dougherty Valley 20-8

The Wildcats, after a poor first quarter, took out Amador Valley in the opening round, 48-41, and then played Freedom close for a half, but a one-point deficit turned into a 76-61 loss despite 16 points and six rebounds from Kamar Reese.

The Wildcats can make NorCal’s if Monte Vista wins NCS and petitions to play in the Open Division.

23. (24) Leigh 23-3

The Longhorns, playing without guard Josh Verner, fell to Serra, 61-43, in the CCS Open quarterfinals despite 19 points from Jared Williams.

Leigh will play at Burlingame in the CCS Open Consolation round on Tuesday.

24. (NR) *Heritage 15-13

The Patriots have some damning losses in the non-league but it was apparent this was a team playing its best in the NCS Division I playoffs. This also goes for 6-foot-6 Shon Briggs, who scored 26 points in each of the two playoff games, a 67-64 win at Castro Valley and a 52-47 loss at De La Salle.

25. (NR) Concord 21-7

The Minutemen have won eight straight after a 80-62 first round win over San Lorenzo and a 70-62 overtime victory versus Las Lomas to advance to the NCS Division II semifinals. Daniel Solis scored 23 in the opening round and Siaan Rojas added 22 in the quarterfinals, including the game-tying basket with four seconds left.

Concord plays at top-seed Montgomery in a Wednesday semifinal.

 

Dropped Out: #19 Castro Valley, #21 Berkeley, #22 St. Mary’s, #25 College Park

Bubble: Acalanes 17-11, *Berkeley 22-5, Branson 24-5, *Castro Valley 18-9, *College Park 18-7, **Las Lomas 18-10, **Miramonte 17-11, St. Francis 15-12, *St. Mary’s 19-11, *San Leandro 16-12, Santa Cruz 20-8, **Sir Francis Drake 22-7, Washington-Fremont 16-12

* – Season is over

 

** – Elminated in NCS playoffs but may have a shot at CIF State qualifying

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