Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 8
By ETHAN KASSEL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.