State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

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Eight teams go into this week’s lists as newcomers, led by D5 Ribet Academy, which is going in way up at No. 4. Bullard of Fresno also jumps in front of several teams in Division I.

With the regular season coming to an end throughout the state this week, the No. 1 teams in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for boys are Mater Dei of Santa Ana (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Alemany (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda (D5).

Here is the third listing of boys teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Feb. 11 with some teams that have results included for this week):

CIF Division I

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-2

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 23-1

3. (3) Etiwanda 26-1

4. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 22-2

5. (5) Taft (Woodland Hills) 24-3

6. (6) Loyola (Los Angeles) 21-4

7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 21-5

8. (9) Jesuit (Carmichael) 21-5

9. (11) Oxnard 24-2

10. (NR) Bullard (Fresno) 24-3

11. (8) Westchester (Los Angeles) 20-6

12. (13) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 23-1

13. (NR) Mission Viejo 23-3

14. (NR) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 19-0

15. (14) Santa Monica 18-8

Drops: Previous No. 10 Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo); No. 12 Buchanan (Clovis); No. 15 Lutheran (Orange).

Bubble: Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 22-4, Central (Fresno) 18-6, Clovis West (Fresno) 17-5, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 22-5, Foothill (Tustin) 21-5, Lutheran (Orange) 15-11, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 16-10.

Comments: There seems to be a significant drop in the quality of teams after the first seven or eight in this division. We had three teams from down below drop out for the second straight week, partly because a lot of these teams are inconsistent. Bullard of Fresno avenged a loss to San Joaquin Memorial with a win over the Panthers early this week and has been ranked on top by the Fresno Bee for most of the season. Mission Viejo also avenged a loss last week by knocking off Capistrano Valley.

CIF Division II

1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 21-3

2. (2) Newark Memorial (Newark) 20-4

3. (3) Mayfair (Lakewood) 21-5

4. (4) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 24-2

5. (5) Compton 17-9

6. (6) Sacramento 20-5

7. (9) Antelope 24-1

8. (NR) Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 23-3

9. (NR) Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 23-2

10. (10) Canyon (Canyon Country) 23-3

Drops: Previous No. 7 Serra (San Mateo); No. 8 Hoover (San Diego).

Bubble: Chico 20-3, Cupertino 16-6, J.W. North (Riverside) 21-5, Lincoln (San Diego) 16-8, McNair (Stockton) 18-4, Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 19-6; Palo Alto 18-4; San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 17-7.

Comments: Mitty and Newark Memorial continue to look like the class of the north, but in the south it could be more muddled. We like Mayfair a lot, but the Monsoons haven’t played a quality opponent since the Torrey Pines tourney in late December. Compton did lose a game last week, but it was to higher-ranked Price (D4) and it wasn’t enough to cause a drop in the divisional rankings. It was hard to drop both Serra and Hoover, but Ocean View is a No. 1 seed in its playoff division in the Southern Section and impressed many when it beat Mission Viejo at the Nike Extravaganza. Murrieta Valley’s higher ranking is based on the Nighthawks also having wins over the only two teams they have lost to.

CIF Division III

1. (1) Alemany (Mission Hills) 23-4

2. (2) Damien (La Verne) 24-2

3. (3) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 20-4

4. (5) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 19-5

5. (6) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 19-6

6. (8) Foothill (Sacramento) 23-3

7. (9) Calabasas 23-3

8. (4) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 23-3

9. (10) Pasadena 19-7

10. (NR) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 20-7

Drops: Previous No. 7 Campolindo (Moraga).

Bubble: Campolindo (Moraga) 18-4, El Camino (South San Francisco) 21-4*, La Canada 15-11, Monterey 20-4, Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 23-5, Palm Springs 18-6, St. Augustine (San Diego) 21-5, Sierra (Manteca) 22-2.

Comments: In the big picture, Alemany’s loss last week to Harvard-Westlake doesn’t hurt much because the Warriors already had everything wrapped up in their league and for a top seed in the CIFSS playoffs. Damien is in a different division in the CIFSS so Alemany and Damien would not potentially meet until the regional playoffs. Sacred Heart Cathedral also lost a game last week, but it was to D2 No. 1 Mitty and it was in overtime. No shame there and no drop, either.

CIF Division IV

1. (1) Salesian (Richmond) 24-2

2. (2) Serra (Gardena) 24-2

3. (4) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 21-4

4. (6) La Verne Lutheran (La Verne) 19-6

5. (3) Price (Los Angeles) 19-7

6. (7) Windward (Los Angeles) 18-8

7. (5) Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 23-4

8. (9) Crespi (Encino) 20-6

9. (10) Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 21-2

10. (NR) Army-Navy (Carlsbad) 19-6

Drops: Previous No. 8 Muir (Pasadena).

Bubble: Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) 22-5, Christian (El Cajon) 15-6, Justin-Siena (Napa) 20-6, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 16-7, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 21-5, Modesto Christian 20-5, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-5.

Comments: This is shaping up as a strange division statewide heading into the section playoffs. While Salesian appears far, far in front of any other NorCal squads, there are seven teams in SoCal that are not just among the best in D4 but have been playing at top 20 statewide overall level for most of the season. The other major development in this division is previous No. 8 Muir having to forfeit all of its wins on the season due to the use of a player that has been ruled ineligible. The Mustangs were 24-1 on-the-court at the time of the forfeits being announced, then lost in their regular season finale to Pasadena. It’s a tough break for coach Gamal Smalley, who vows to hang in there and bring back another strong squad next season.

CIF Division V

1. (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 22-4

2. (2) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 19-7

3. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 21-1

4. (NR) Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 15-9

5. (4) Renaissance Academy (La Canada) 19-6

6. (5) Village Christian (Sun Valley) 24-2

7. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 21-4

8. (7) Providence (Burbank) 23-4

9. (8) Central Catholic (Modesto) 22-4

10. (9) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 21-5

Drops: Previous No. 10 Branson (Ross).

Bubble: Branson (Ross) 18-8, Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 15-11, Fresno Christian 21-1, Liberty Christian (Redding) 19-1, Ripon Christian 20-5.

Comments: Branson only lost by one point to bigger school Novato, but somebody had to drop to make room for Ribet Academy going way up. The Fighting Frogs posted a 57-56 win over previous No. 4 Renaissance and almost all of their nine losses are to quality opponents. Ribet also features 6-foot-4 guard Tyler Dorsey, one of the top freshmen in the state and nation.

Note: Paul Muyskens contributed to this report.

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