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P2P NCS Boys Basketball Top 25

Prep2Prep NCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 17


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep.com

March 20, 2017


The NCS flexed a little muscle by advancing two teams to the CIF championships, and those teams enjoy jumps in our final rankings. St. Joe's, however, finishes the year as our top-ranked team.


1 ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME (30-2)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Despite losing in the first round of the CIF NorCal Open Division - without Pepperdine bound star Jade Smith - the Pilots finish as our top-ranked team in the section. St. Joe's captured the NCS Division 4 crown this season, beat CIF Division 4 finalist St. Patrick-St. Vincent three times, and also beat De La Salle in an early non-league contest.

2 DE LA SALLE (28-6)
Last: lost to Woodcreek, 51-46; next: idle

The Spartans captured the NCS Division 1 crown this season, beating Dublin in the final - for their second win over the Gaels in the three games - and opened the CIF NorCal Open Division tournament with a win over Salesian before bowing out with a hard-fought loss to state finalist Woodcreek.

3 SALESIAN (27-5)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The NCS Division 3 champions fell to De La Salle in the first round of the CIF NorCal Open Division, but did not go down without a fight. Salesian was also the TCAL champions from the elite Rock Division.

4 MOREAU CATHOLIC (25-9)
Last: def. St. Francis, 81-77; next: vs. Esperanza (3/25)

The Mariners went on a tear in the post-season, capturing the NCS Division 2 title and then beating St. Francis-Mountain View for the CIF NorCal Division 2 title, to reach the CIF championship game.

5 DUBLIN (29-5)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Gaels were upset by eventual CIF NorCal Division 1 finalist, but nevertheless had a fantastic season. Dublin captured the inaugural EBAL tournament title, and also reached the NCS Division 1 title game, beating Logan in the NCS semifinals.

6 JAMES LOGAN (28-5)
Last: def. Palo Alto, 65-61; next: vs. Roosevelt (3/24)

The Colts reached the school's first CIF title game in 30 years, knocking off Heritage in the NorCal semis before outlasting Palo Alto in overtime to capture the CIF NorCal Division 1 title.

7 ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (27-7)
Last: def. Palma, 73-48; next: vs. Helix (3/25)

The Bruins roared back from an NCS Division 4 semifinal loss to Lick-Wilmerding, taking apart Pierce, Ripon, Lick, and Palma in succession to reach the CIF championship this weekend against Helix.

8 HERITAGE (27-5)
Last: lost to Logan, 58-51; next: idle

The Patriots concluded the best season in school history with a CIF NorCal Division 1 semifinal loss to James Logan. Heritage won the BVAL and reached the semifinals in both the NCS and NorCal brackets.

9 BISHOP O'DOWD (18-11)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After falling to Moreau Catholic in the NCS Division 2 semifinals, the Dragons were then stunned by Del Oro in the first round of the CIF NorCal playoffs. Bishop O'Dowd won the WACC-Foothill title this season.

10 SAN LEANDRO (19-11)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Pirates took down West-Tracy in the first round of the CIF NorCal Division 1 playoffs before falling to James Logan in the quarterfinals. San Leandro also reached the quarterfinals in the NCS Division 1 bracket, after finishing second to O'Dowd in the WACC-Foothill this year.

11 ANTIOCH (17-12)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Panthers played tough in a CIF NorCal first round loss to eventual semifinalist St. Mary's-Stockton. Antioch finished tied for second in the BVAL this season, and reached the quarterfinals of the NCS Division 1 playoffs as well, before a close loss to Dublin.

12 CARDINAL NEWMAN (27-5)
Last: lost to Moreau Catholic, 82-66; next: idle

The Cardinals make a huge jump in our rankings to conclude the season, even ahead of the Tamalpais team which stunned them in the NCS Division 2 quarterfinals. The reason - a phenomenal CIF NorCal run to the semifinals, one which included wins over Sac-Joaquin champion Whitney-Rocklin, plus a double-digit win over Serra-San Mateo, before falling to Moreau Catholic.

13 CAMPOLINDO (20-11)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Cougars played inspired in the post-season, and were the last NCS team left standing in the CIF NorCal Division 3 bracket after reaching the quarterfinals, where they pushed second seed Vista del Lago to the limit in an overtime loss. Campolindo was the runner-up to Salesian in the NCS Division 3 playoffs.

14 TAMALPAIS (21-12)
Last: DNP; next: idle

It was a great run in the NCS playoffs for Tamalpais this season, having pushed Moreau Catholic to the limit in the NCS Division 2 title game. The Red-Tailed Hawks drop a couple spots after being unable to stay close to Burbank-Sacramento in a first round CIF NorCal loss, but stay among the top teams this year.

15 CASTRO VALLEY (16-11)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Castro Valley's season ended with a NCS Division 1 quarterfinal loss to James Logan. The Trojans beat Freedom in the first round of the section playoffs.

16 FREEDOM (19-8)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Freedom's season ended with a first round NCS Division 1 loss to Castro Valley. The Falcons tied for second place this season in the BVAL, and had non-league wins over Moreau Catholic and NorCal quarterfinalist Folsom.

17 MONTGOMERY-SR (24-7)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After beating Las Lomas in the NCS Division 2 playoffs, the Vikings earned a NorCal berth, but could not stay with Serra-San Mateo in the first round of the CIF bracket. Montgomery split four meetings with Cardinal Newman this season, having reached the NBL title game.

18 LICK-WILMERDING (25-10)
Last: lost to SPSV, 73-55; next: idle

The Tigers make one last jump in our final rankings, after reaching the CIF NorCal semifinals to follow up on their appearance in the NCS Division 4 title game. Lick defeated Liberty Ranch-Galt and West Campus-Sacramento before losing to St. Pat's in the regional semis. They also won the BCL tournament this season.

19 ANALY (25-7)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After falling to Campolindo in the NCS playoffs, Analy was unable to keep up with Placer in the first round of the CIF NorCal bracket. The Tigers were the unbeaten champions in the SCL this year.

20 DEER VALLEY (18-9)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Deer Valley's season ended with a first round loss to Antioch in the NCS playoffs. The Wolverines had some strong non-league victories, including Las Lomas, Acalanes, Clayton Valley, and West Campus.

21 LAS LOMAS (22-7)
Last: DNP; next: idle

The Knights made the CIF NorCal field, but fell in the first round to San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno, after having previously lost to Montgomery in the section playoffs. Las Lomas won the DAL-Foothill title this season.

22 BRANSON (26-9)
Last: lost to Elliot Christian, 41-34; next: idle

The Bulls captured the NCS Division 5 title this season, and reached the CIF NorCal semifinals before falling to Elliot Christian-Lodi. Branson also had strong non-league wins this year over Lick-Wilmerding and Acalanes.

23 ACALANES (18-10)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Acalanes' season ended with a loss to Moreau Catholic in the NCS Division 2 quarterfinals, after beating Santa Rosa in the first round. The Dons also had strong non-league wins over Tamalpais and San Marin this season.

24 CLAYTON VALLEY (21-7)
Last: DNP; next: idle

Clayton Valley's season ended with a four-point loss to Heritage in the NCS Division 1 playoff quarterfinals. The Eagles went unbeaten in the DAL-Valley this season, and beat Foothill in the first round of the section playoffs.

25 STUART HALL (22-9)
Last: DNP; next: idle

After reaching the semifinals of the NCS Division 4 playoffs, and falling to St. Joseph Notre Dame, Stuart Hall's season came to a disappointing end with a CIF NorCal first round loss to Half Moon Bay. The Knights were the regular season co-champions in the BCL-West with University, who they beat in the NCS playoffs.


MCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-4
26-9
10-4
21-12
10-4
20-12
10-4
17-12
8-6
18-10
4-10
7-17
3-11
7-18
2-12
7-19
1-13
8-18
Bay Counties-East Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-0
30-2
9-3
19-10
8-4
22-9
6-6
15-14
4-8
10-14
3-9
10-15
0-12
2-17
MVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-1
28-5
9-5
16-11
8-6
11-15
5-9
7-19
4-10
8-18
4-10
7-17
TCAL-Rock Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
6-1
27-5
7-2
27-7
4-4
12-16
1-5
16-13
0-7
6-18
Bay Counties-West Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-1
26-5
3-5
12-17
DAL-Valley Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-3
10-17
4-6
10-17
1-9
1-24
EBAL-Valley Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-2
29-5
8-5
16-12
4-9
11-15
0-13
4-22
NBL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
11-3
20-8
7-7
14-14
5-9
9-17
1-13
4-22
BVAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-1
27-5
7-3
19-8
6-4
17-12
2-8
14-12
1-9
8-18
SCL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
12-0
25-7
8-4
19-8
8-4
16-13
7-5
15-12
2-10
7-19
0-12
2-20
WACC-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-3
19-11
4-6
17-10
4-6
13-14
1-9
12-16
DAL-Foothill Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-1
22-7
7-3
20-11
7-3
18-10
5-5
16-13
2-8
13-14
0-10
6-20
EBAL-Mountain Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
13-0
28-6
5-8
12-14
4-9
10-16