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P2P CCS Boys Basketball Top 25

Prep2Prep CCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 8


By ETHAN KASSEL
Prep2Prep.com

January 15, 2018


With league play starting to take shape, rankings become more subjective as there are fewer matchups between teams from different leagues. The upper echelon of the section has largely been cemented, but the lower part of the top 25 still has tons of movement and debate between closely-matched teams.


1 (last week: 1) BELLARMINE COLLEGE PREP (8-1)
Last: def. Valley Christian, 75-61; next: at Riordan (1/19)

Jake Wojcik sits at 1,007 career points with 10 regular season games and the postseason still ahead of him. One of the reasons the Bells are just as good as last year, if not even better, is added depth in the paint from players like Constantijn Cole, who spells Kendall Stubblefield for a few minutes at a time and gives the star senior an occasional breather.

2 (2) ST. IGNATIUS (8-3)
Last: def. Serra, 70-61; next: vs. Valley Christian (1/16)

With a monstrous stretch of the schedule out of the way, the Wildcats can turn their focus from rivalry games back to typical WCAL basketball. Even though Neal Begovich isn't yet back to full strength, he's still a huge impact in the paint. Wrenn Robinson's return was huge, as the junior was always in the right place at the right time as SI won two enormous rivalry games in four days.

3 (3) ST. FRANCIS (9-3)
Last: def. Valley Christian, 73-57; next: at Sacred Heart Cath (1/16)

Taking on Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Ignatius in the same week should make for two phenomenal ballgames. The high-flying Lancers got another stellar performance from Logan Johnson on Friday as he scored 23 to take down Mitty.

4 (5) MENLO SCHOOL (8-2)
Last: lost to Pinole Valley, 74-66; next: at Crystal Springs (1/16)

Menlo is still rolling through league opponents, having won all three WBAL contests by at least 20 points, but what really turned heads was Saturday's 62-47 win over Mission in which the Knights methodically took down a team with great athleticism and superior depth.

5 (6) PALO ALTO (12-2)
Last: def. Gunn, 56-40; next: vs. Homestead (1/17)

The Vikings have absolutely made mincemeat of their competition so far in the SCVAL De Anza, but Los Gatos looms on Friday. Crosstown rival Gunn was a closer game than expected, but that could just be the rivalry effect.

6 (4) SEQUOIA (9-4)
Last: def. Woodside, 56-33; next: vs. Aragon (1/16)

A turnover-filled performance at Burlingame was uncharacteristic of Fine Lauese's team, and the Cherokees looked much sharper on Friday in a 56-33 win at rival Woodside. All eyes will be on Friday's trip to Menlo-Atherton, but the Cherokees first have to navigate a back-to-back with Aragon and Hillsdale.

7 (9) SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (10-3)
Last: def. Riordan, 70-64; next: vs. St. Francis (1/16)

When the Fightin' Irish can get a third player involved on offense, it's scary. Gary Hudson was that man on Friday night, scoring 17 points in a 70-64 win over Riordan. Bryce Monroe and E.J. Neal are always major scoring threats, and Sean MacKay's squad is electric when a third weapon can get going. If Hudson can have a strong second half of his senior year, it'll be almost impossible to stop SHC.

8 (8) ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN (11-3)
Last: lost to Sacred Heart Cath, 70-64; next: at Mitty (1/16)

The addition of Watida Mukukula is a huge boost for the Crusaders, and it couldn't come at a more crucial time. The Zimbabwean transfer debuted in Tuesday's win over Serra, a game where Justice Turner broke his leg in the first quarter.

9 (7) SERRA (9-4)
Last: lost to St. Ignatius, 70-61; next: idle

Consistency has been an issue for the Padres throughout a three-game losing streak. "For whatever reason, we just haven't been able to put four quarters together," said head coach Chuck Rapp. Parker McDonald's return to full strength is a huge boost for the Padres, but Colin McCarthy's facial injury won't help matters.

10 (10) PIEDMONT HILLS (13-1)
Last: def. Willow Glen, 68-41; next: at Westmont (1/17)

Pete Simos' boys continue to blast BVAL Mount Hamilton competition with up-tempo play. Demarri Floyd scored 19 in Friday's win over Willow Glen. The Pirates are putting up lopsided victories every Wednesday and Friday, and it would be bold to suggest those results will stop anytime soon.

11 (14) HALF MOON BAY (10-3)
Last: def. South San Francisco, 67-33; next: at Westmoor (1/17)

The Cougars impressed in a comfortable win over Jefferson to open league play and absolutely blew the doors off South San Francisco, leading 52-7 at halftime in a ridiculously thorough performance.

12 (11) MENLO-ATHERTON (10-4)
Last: def. San Leandro, 54-33; next: vs. San Mateo (1/16)

The Bears cruised past Hillsdale and won a closer-than-expected game at Carlmont. To hold San Leandro to just 33 points, especially just 24 hours after the Pirates pushed Berkeley to the limit, is a huge testament to just how good M-A can be. Mike Molieri's dissatisfaction with his team's early-season defense was much more of a matter of high standards than of poor performance, and those high standards are why the Bears are always among the region's elite.

13 (12) VALLEY CHRISTIAN (9-4)
Last: lost to Bellarmine, 75-61; next: vs. Oak Park (1/15)

Mark DeLuca's boys just can't catch a break. After Jay Allen-Tovar overcame his bout with the flu, Cameron Fini went down with the same ailment and missed Friday's game against Bellarmine.

14 (15) MILLS (11-3)
Last: vs. Carlmont, not available; next: vs. Menlo-Atherton (1/17)

A 20-point win at Burlingame was the Vikings' first win of any kind on the Panthers' home floor since since 2007. Earlier in the week, a late Nick Brouqua 3-pointer proved to be the difference in a tight win at San Mateo.

15 (16) LOS GATOS (11-4)
Last: lost to Mountain View, 74-63; next: at Cupertino (1/17)

If the Wildcats weren't already on the outside of the Open Division bubble, Friday's loss at Mountain View means it'll be a major uphill climb if Los Gatos wants to secure an automatic State Tournament bid rather than needing to win to get in.

16 (13) ARCHBISHOP MITTY (1-8)
Last: DNP; next: vs. Riordan (1/16)

Two more tight losses have the Monarchs on life support. The defending Open Division champions will need to go 7-3 to avoid missing the postseason entirely. They erased an 18-point deficit at home for the second consecutive week, but never managed to take the lead down the stretch in a fourth consecutive loss to open WCAL play.

17 (19) SANTA CRUZ (10-3)
Last: vs. Mt. Diablo, not available; next: at St. Francis SCP (1/19)

January has been an excellent month so far for the Cardinals, as they've won four straight since ending 2017 losing three out of four. Soquel and St. Francis SCP should make for a difficult week, but should the Cardinals pull through, they'll look like the class of the SCCAL.

18 (20) PACIFIC GROVE (7-4)
Last: def. King City, 55-36; next: vs. Carmel (1/17)

While the Breakers haven't quite blown past opponents to the extent of rival Carmel, both are 3-0, and Wednesday's showdown on PG's floor will determine who takes control of the Mission Trail race.

19 (NR) CARMEL (7-5)
Last: def. Soledad, 77-53; next: at Pacific Grove (1/17)

Amidst so many teams struggling in league play, the Padres have made quick work of their first three Mission Trail opponents, setting up a huge showdown with Pacific Grove on Wednesday.

20 (NR) SALINAS (7-6)
Last: def. Alisal, 70-40; next: vs. San Benito (1/19)

A lackluster nonleague performance is now nothing but a distant memory as the Cowboys topped rival Palma for the first time since 2011 and blasted Alisal on Friday night, 70-40.

21 (24) JEFFERSON (7-5)
Last: vs. El Camino, not available; next: vs. Oceana (1/17)

Just about everything went wrong in Tuesday's loss at Half Moon Bay. The Grizzlies scored just 19 points over the first three quarters. Luckily for Jefferson, a chance to even the score with the Cougars isn't far away, with a rematch set for January 23 in Daly City.

22 (21) WILLOW GLEN (10-4)
Last: lost to Piedmont Hills, 68-41; next: at Santa Teresa (1/17)

A humbling defeat at Piedmont Hills will sting, but the Rams picked up a tight win over Evergreen Valley earlier in the week and showed that they can play both up-tempo games and defensive battles.

23 (18) ALISAL (15-1)
Last: lost to Salinas, 70-40; next: vs. Palma (1/17)

A 30-point loss to Salinas will be a major gut-check for the Trojans. A home contest against Palma Wednesday will be a chance to right the ship and may define Alisal's season.

24 (NR) MOUNTAIN VIEW (11-5)
Last: def. Los Gatos, 74-63; next: vs. Cupertino (1/19)

The same team that was shut out for an entire quarter last week erupted for 74 points in a huge win over Los Gatos. The Spartans might be the most unpredictable team in the SCVAL De Anza.

25 (NR) EASTSIDE COLLEGE PREP (11-2)
Last: def. The King's Academy, 57-53; next: vs. Pinewood (1/16)

Yes, the Panthers lost their first two league games, but they were in an adjustment period as they went from an easy nonleague schedule to WBAL play, and losing to Menlo by 25 isn't a terrible result considering Menlo's status as one of the top teams in the entire section. Winning tight games over Harker and King's Academy is a sign that those two losses were a minor hiccup rather than an area of serious concern.


BVAL-MH Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
3-2
3-9
2-3
8-7
2-3
6-9
0-5
6-6
SCCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
3-0
10-3
1-1
8-4
1-1
9-5
1-2
5-9
WCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-1
2-8
2-3
11-4
1-2
9-4
PAL-South Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
11-4
3-0
12-3
2-1
7-6
1-2
12-3
1-2
2-13
1-2
8-7
1-2
7-7
1-3
6-8
0-3
6-9
MTAL-MT Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
2-0
5-7
2-1
7-6
1-1
4-1
1-1
4-9
0-2
4-5
MBL-Gabilan Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-1
16-1
2-1
7-6
2-2
9-6
1-1
8-5
1-2
3-11
SCVAL-DA Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
13-2
3-1
10-6
2-1
11-4
2-2
11-5
1-3
6-9
0-5
7-8
PAL-North Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-0
8-5
0-1
3-9
0-4
3-12
0-1
0-10
WBAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
9-2
3-2
9-5
2-2
7-6