Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 12
Major shakeups in this week's CCS boys basketball Top 25 come after a few significant upsets. Burlingame, Fremont and Palo Alto drop out of this week's rankings, while Menlo-Atherton returns and both Gunn and Los Gatos make their first appearances. The Titans beat Palo Alto 33-31 on Saturday on Rogan Gibbons' last-second layup, knocking the Vikings from the Top 25 after they scored just 60 combined points in losses to Mountain View and Gunn. Burlingame falls out after a 48-44 loss at San Mateo. Yes, that defeat came without Lou Martineau, but the Panthers seem to only find success when they're at full strength. Any team that gets Burlingame in foul trouble can cause major issues for a team so heavily reliant on its core. Aptos continues to rise this week, moving from 22nd to 18th.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
Strong second halves propelled the Monarchs to convincing wins over both Bellarmine and St. Ignatius. A win over Riordan tonight would give Mitty an outright WCAL Championship.
The Gators are playing some of their best basketball with the CCS Open Division looming. A pair of blowout wins over Menlo, one via offensive firepower and one by suffocating defense, shows that Sacred Heart Prep isn't slacking off in advance of the postseason.
Friday's loss to St. Ignatius all but killed Riordan's hopes of a WCAL title, but the Crusaders remain ahead of the Wildcats in our rankings. The two split their head-to-head meetings, with Riordan earning the much more comfortable win.
Three games in four days may have worn out the Wildcats, who ran out of gas in the second half of a 70-57 loss at Mitty after blowing out St. Francis on Wednesday and slipping past Riordan on Friday.
The Lancers maintain the fifth spot despite a loss to St. Ignatius. If they can double down on their prior victory over Serra, they'll be in excellent shape, but beating the Padres twice is no easy feat, even with a 23-point blowout win the first time.
Any frustrations that Serra built up from losing to Valley Christian for the first time since 2005 were taken out on Saturday, when the Padres opened up a 20-point halftime lead over the Warriors and rolled to victory.
A Valley Christian team that once had legitimate Open Division potential now looks locked into Division II. The Warriors have lost nine in a row, falling behind Serra by 20 at halftime on Saturday.
The lack of an SCCAL Tournament deprives the Cardinals of a chance to win a rubber match with Aptos, but they'll secure a league co-championship on Wednesday night, so long as they handle business with Soquel.
SHC's 4-13 record may be one of the most misleading marks in the entire country. The Irish took St. Francis down to the wire on Saturday, getting 19 points from Jasper Zwolinski. With Ray-John Spears set to graduate, Zwolinski will need to take on a larger offensive role heading into his senior season.
Alvarez still remains a mystery as a largely untested team, but we'll know much more about the Eagles in two weeks' time after they battle in a CCS Division I field full of strong SCVAL teams. Their weak schedule will either prove to be their undoing or suggest that they should have been testing themselves against better teams all along.
Even in a Saturday defeat at Riordan, the Bells demonstrated enormous strides, losing by just six to a team that had beaten them by 22 three weeks earlier. Had Bellarmine not gone ice-cold in the fourth quarter, an upset win would have been within reach.
With a sweep of Los Altos, the Spartans have the inside track to win at least a share of the SCVAL De Anza title, though they'll still need to overcome an always-frustrating Cupertino team on Friday. Joe Brown is no longer Mountain View's only path to offensive success; he was held to just five points in Tuesday's victory over the Eagles, but Joey Peir, Patrick Kane and Jack Pillsbury more than made up for it, taking advantage of newfound openings.
The Eagles can still win a share of the SCVAL De Anza title if they win their final two games, and if they get some help from Cupertino, they could still take the outright crown. Nonetheless, getting swept by rival Mountain View is deflating, and it kills any chances Los Altos had of playing in the Open Division.
If the Mustangs avenge an earlier loss to Leigh, they can clinch a BVAL Mount Hamilton championship. Friday's home loss to Independence was a setback, but Pioneer had margin for error.
The Vikings are one of three teams with three losses in a tightly-packed SCVAL El Camino race, and if they win at Los Gatos on Friday night, they'll be in shape to win no worse than a share of the league crown. Best of all, Nikhil Narasimhan is nearing a return from injury.
Friday's win over Piedmont Hills was surprisingly close, but weird things happen in the Pirates' gym. If Leigh sweeps Pioneer, a league championship is within reach, even after losing a pair of games to fellow contenders Silver Creek and Independence when the Longhorns were hit by a COVID wave.
Burlingame's stunning loss to San Mateo leaves the Scots in the driver's seat for the PAL South title. They'll visit the Panthers for a makeup game on the final night of the regular season, though they can't overlook Capuchino or rival Sequoia before then.
Tuesday's win at San Lorenzo Valley was closer than expected, but the Mariners locked up a share of the SCCAL title with a 61-55 win. To settle the score with Santa Cruz, they'll have to hope the Cardinals somehow miss the Open Division and end up in Division III.
An offensive drought took the Falcons out of the SCVAL El Camino lead, scoring just 36 in a loss at Los Gatos and 47 at Lynbrook, but a share of the league title and a deep run in CCS Division III are both extremely realistic aspirations for Patrick Judge's team.
A 13-point win over Silver Creek has the Chargers trending upwards again. They'll finish the regular season with Independence and Pioneer, then could easily run into Pioneer and Leigh again in the CCS Division II playoffs.
A lack of depth may have finally caught up with the Raiders, who were outpaced on Friday night at Leland after beating the Chargers at home. Apollo Eugene is still one of the best players in the BVAL, but other teams have better supporting casts to accompany their stars.
Something clicked for the Bears after losses to Carlmont and Burlingame. Menlo-Atherton has now won four straight, with three coming in blowout fashion. The fourth evened the series with Carlmont, who the Bears could get a rubber match with in the Division I playoffs if the chips fall properly.
Despite a three-point loss to Fremont that further complicates the SCVAL El Camino race, Los Gatos is ranked for the first time this year, largely because of Friday's 57-36 win over Saratoga.
A win at Palo Alto, the Titans' first since 1998, has Gunn into the Top 25 for the first time this season. As good as Gunn's season has been, the Titans could be bogged down in CCS Division I seeding unless they surpass some of the teams ahead of them in a tightly-packed SCVAL El Camino race.
The Chieftains hold on to the 25th spot despite struggling with Alisal at home on Friday. Thursday's trip to Christopher will decide the PCAL Gabilan title.