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P2P NCS Boys Basketball Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 7


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep.com

January 9, 2017


Despite three losses overall, Salesian is our new number one, after a strong showing over the holiday break, and a grueling strength of schedule. Any of the top four teams, however, appear capable of taking over the top spot. League play is underway everywhere this week, and there is plenty of shake-up further down the rankings as teams knocked each other off left and right over the past couple weeks.


1 (last week: 6) SALESIAN (14-3-0)
Last: def. St. Mary's, 64-38; next: vs. St. John Bosco (1/16)

Salesian's schedule and recent play has us elevating the Pride to the top spot in our rankings, especially as all of the multi-sport athletes get their hardwood legs under them. Jaden and Jovon McClanahan, Derrick Langford, and Ke'mare Wright all came straight from a lengthy playoff run in football season, and the Pride seem to be getting heated up, especially after capturing the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoop championship, and opening league play with a rout over Saint Mary's.

2 (5) DUBLIN (13-1-0)
Last: def. Livermore, 63-35; next: at Granada (1/10)

The Gaels drop behind Salesian in our updated rankings through no fault of their play, but a mere scheduling reason. Dublin's five-point loss to Woodcreek is still more impressive than Salesian's loss to the same opponent, but the quality of scheduling since then is in favor of the Pride. Dublin, however, is making an early case as one of the top threats for the EBAL crown, especially after consecutive blowout wins against Foothill and Livermore last week. It might be a couple more weeks until the Gaels are challenged again.

3 (1) BISHOP O'DOWD (4-6-0)
Last: lost to Sierra Canyon, 84-52; next: at Mt. Eden (1/13)

We haven't forgotten the fact that the Dragons handed Bishop Montgomery its only loss of the season, and also have a two-point loss to Salesian. Those two factors alone keep them in the top three despite the overall record, and the schedule has been brutal. O'Dowd's recent 12-point win over Heritage Christian-Northridge at the Under Armour Holiday Classic was a positive outcome amid a series of tests which will pay off down the road.

4 (2) ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME (12-1-0)
Last: def. Redwood Chr, 71-52; next: at Head-Royce (1/10)

The Pilots continue to climb after winning the Torrey Pines Classic, which included a 20-point win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in the championship game. St. Joe's opened BCL play with wins over Bentley and Redwood Christian, and is a heavy favorite for the league crown. This coming Saturday features a key game with Stuart Hall.

5 (4) FREEDOM (12-3-0)
Last: def. Moreau Catholic, 87-72; next: vs. Deer Valley (1/13)

The Falcons were humbled a bit with losses to Salesian and Immanuel at Modesto Christian, but after a six-point loss to Oakland Tech last week, responded with a 15-point win over Moreau Catholic. Freedom opens BVAL play this week, as the three-time defending champions.

6 (3) DE LA SALLE (9-4-0)
Last: def. San Ramon Valley, 69-42; next: vs. Pittsburg (1/10)

A strong non-league slate, which included a trip to the Iolani Classic in Hawaii, seemed to pay immediate dividends last week as the Spartans dominated Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley to win their first two league games of the season. De La Salle faces Pittsburg and Dougherty Valley this week.

7 (10) ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (10-3-0)
Last: def. American Canyon, 85-63; next: vs. Albany (1/10)

The Bruins finished second at Torrey Pines behind St. Joe's, and responded back at home by routing both Vallejo and American Canyon. Tavian Henderson had 36 points in the two games, while Marquel Johnson added 34 points in the two victories. St. Pat's opens TCAL-Rock play this week with Albany and El Cerrito.

8 (11) HERITAGE (13-2-0)
Last: def. Armijo, 74-55; next: at Vintage (1/10)

The Patriots' two defeats speak volumes right now, with an eight-point loss to Dublin, and a two-point loss in overtime to 11-3 King-Riverside. Following the loss to King, Heritage responded by beating Marin Catholic and College Park before racing Armijo-Fairfield on the road. The Patriots face Vintage-Napa and Antioch this week.

9 (12) JAMES LOGAN (11-3-0)
Last: def. Moreau Catholic, 66-56; next: vs. Washington (1/10)

The Colts continue to build their resume, beating Moreau Catholic to make an early statement in the MVAL. Following early losses to De La Salle and St. Pat's, Logan was won seven of eight games, with the lone loss coming by two points to Mission-SF at the Sand Dunes Classic. The Colts also have wins over Monte Vista, Loyola, and Oakland Tech. Logan continues MVAL play against Washington and American this week.

10 (7) MOREAU CATHOLIC (4-9-0)
Last: lost to Freedom, 87-72; next: at Kennedy-Fremont (1/10)

The record looks bad, but don't forget about the Mariners, who have a win over Immanuel and opened up MVAL play with a 56-point win over Irvington. Senior Dvan Molden joined Damari Milstead and Kyree Walker as a top scoring threat in the loss to Freedom, as the trio combined for 59 of Moreau's 72 points. The Mariners play at Kennedy and Washington this week.

11 (9) MONTE VISTA (8-6-0)
Last: lost to Sheldon, 65-34; next: at California (1/10)

The Mustangs continue to grind away against top competition, taking on Sheldon last week after falling to De La Salle in their EBAL opener. Sandwiched around those losses, however, have been some impressive wins. Most notable of late were wins over Jesuit and Mission-SF at the Sand Dunes Classic. Monte Vista faces California this week.

12 (14) UNIVERSITY (15-1-0)
Last: def. Balboa, 71-41; next: at Marin Academy (1/10)

The Red Devils have won five straight following a four-point loss to Mission-SF, including an impressive 24-point win over 9-4 Atascadero. University opens BCL play against Marin Academy and Lick-Wilmerding this week.

13 (20) DEER VALLEY (13-3-0)
Last: def. Castlemont, 87-62; next: at Freedom (1/13)

The Wolverines are hot heading into league play, having won six of seven games, including a 17-point win over Las Lomas last week. The lone loss during that stretch is to 13-4 Selma, by three points. Deer Valley opens BVAL action this week against Freedom.

14 (24) LIBERTY (12-3-0)
Last: def. Santa Rosa, 66-46; next: vs. Pittsburg (1/13)

The Lions head into BVAL play on an eight-game win streak, including a championship run at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, and a win over 11-4 Tracy last week, along with a 20-point win over Santa Rosa. Liberty opens league play against Pittsburg.

15 (15) DRAKE (12-2-0)
Last: def. Swett, 57-53; next: at Tamalpais (1/10)

The Pirates' two losses are to Sacred Heart Cathedral and Heritage, and they have gone on a six-game winning streak since the latter of the two. Drake opened MCAL play with wins over San Rafael and San Marin, while adding a non-league win over Swett last week. They have a trio of MCAL games this week, against Tamalpais, Branson, and Novato.

16 (NR) CASTRO VALLEY (7-6-0)
Last: def. San Leandro, 71-69; next: vs. Hayward (1/11)

The Trojans are climbing the ladder in aa hurry, having won seven of nine games following an 0-4 start against strong competition. Castro Valley's current four-game winning streak features an overtime win against San Leandro to start WACC-Foothill play last week, plus previous wins over Clayton Valley and Archbishop Mitty.

17 (16) STUART HALL (13-4-0)
Last: def. El Camino, 56-51; next: vs. Lick-Wilmerding (1/10)

The Knights have won seven of eight games heading into BCL play, with the lone loss in that stretch against Mission-SF. That same stretch includes wins over Berkeley, Acalanes, and Piedmont. Last week featured a pair of tight wins over Mills and El Camino. This week features a showdown with Lick-Wilmering, plus games against Marin Academy and Urban.

18 (8) MT. EDEN (10-4-0)
Last: lost to Berkeley, 75-65; next: vs. Bishop O'Dowd (1/13)

The Monarchs settled the score with Las Lomas over the holidays, and picked up big wins over Cardinal Newman and Santa Rosa, but also started league play with a loss to Berkeley last week. Mt. Eden faces Bishop O'Dowd this week.

19 (13) LAS LOMAS (10-4-0)
Last: def. Albany, 61-55; next: at Acalanes (1/13)

The terrific start for the Knights slowed down a bit over the past couple weeks, falling to Mt. Eden and Deer Valley, but alternated those losses with wins over Piner and Albany. Las Lomas opens league play at Acalanes this week.

20 (NR) MONTGOMERY-SR (11-3-0)
Last: def. Rancho Cotate, 59-26; next: at Casa Grande (1/11)

The Vikings opened NBL play with a pair of solid wins over Ukiah and Rancho Cotate. They do have an earlier loss to Tamalpais, prior to the current four-game winning streak, but also have a pair of wins over Petaluma and a non-league win over Cardinal Newman. Montgomery plays at Casa Grande and Cardinal Newman this week.

21 (21) CARDINAL NEWMAN (12-2-0)
Last: def. Gateway, 67-28; next: at Santa Rosa (1/11)

The Cardinals are one of the early favorites in the NBL, with losses so far only coming to Mt. Eden and Montgomery, while piling up wins over Analy, Miramonte, Windsor, and Marin Catholic. This week features an opportunity to make a statement in league play, facing Santa Rosa prior to a rematch with Montgomery.

22 (NR) CLAYTON VALLEY (10-6-0)
Last: def. Northgate, 76-56; next: vs. Mt. Diablo (1/13)

Like Castro Valley, the Ugly Eagles seem to be peaking in the new year, with blowout wins over Arroyo and Northgate last week. Clayton Valley has won six of seven games, with the lone loss in that stretch to Castro Valley, and the wins include El Cerrito, Amador Valley, and Mt. Eden. They face Mt. Diablo this week.

23 (NR) WINDSOR (11-3-0)
Last: def. Santa Rosa, 57-41; next: vs. Rancho Cotate (1/11)

The Jaguars to again be in contention for the NBL crown, after a pair of decisive wins over Casa Grande and Santa Rosa last week. They did suffer a loss to Amador Valley in their own holiday tournament, but beat Analy the day after that loss. Windsor faces Rancho Cotate and Maria Carrillo this week.

24 (22) ANALY (11-5-0)
Last: def. Healdsburg, 54-46; next: at Piner (1/10)

The Tigers took down both Albany and Healdsburg over the holidays, but also suffered losses to Dublin and Windsor. Analy continues SCL play against Piner and Sonoma Valley this week.

25 (NR) ALBANY (11-4-0)
Last: lost to Las Lomas, 61-55; next: at SPSV (1/10)

The Cougars had won three straight prior to a six-point loss to Las Lomas last week, and beat Berkeley prior to the loss against Analy. Albany opens TCAL-Rock play this week against St. Patrick-St. Vincent and Saint Mary's.


EBAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
15-1
1-2
9-7
1-2
8-8
0-3
6-10
0-3
4-12
NBL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
13-3
1-2
5-9
BVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-0
15-2
1-0
13-3
1-0
13-3
0-1
10-7
0-1
7-10
SCL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
3-0
12-5
4-1
14-3
2-1
7-8
1-3
9-8
0-4
2-11
TCAL-Rock Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
2-0
13-3
1-0
14-3
1-1
13-5
0-1
7-10
0-2
6-11
Humb Del Norte Little 4 Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
0-1
6-4
DAL-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-0
12-4
1-0
11-5
0-1
10-6
0-1
10-6
0-1
6-11
MCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-1
14-3
4-1
11-6
3-1
12-4
3-2
10-7
3-2
9-8
0-5
5-12
Bay Counties-East Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
15-1
2-2
9-5
1-3
6-7
0-4
2-7
MVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
4-0
13-3
2-2
4-12
1-3
5-11
1-3
4-10
WACC-Shoreline Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-0
9-5
1-1
10-3
1-1
13-5
1-2
5-9
0-2
10-5
0-2
9-6
0-1
5-6
WACC-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-1
8-8
Bay Counties-West Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
2-0
17-1
0-1
8-11
DAL-Valley Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
1-0
4-13
0-1
6-11
0-0
0-13