Serra of Gardena and El Cerrito get jumps this week into the Top 20 among boys teams. For the girls, another clutch outing from Jordin Canada helps Windward beat Long Beach Poly and push the Wildcats up to No. 2.
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NEW BOYS BASKETBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS
It’s a bit of a shocker to see St. John Bosco of Bellflower fall out of the Top 20, especially due to a couple of wins by the Braves the really stand out, but their Trinity League loss to Orange Lutheran last week gives us no choice.
Of course, Bosco can climb back in next week if it knocks off No. 5 Etiwanda at the Nike Extravaganza. A win in that game by the Braves also would help Mayfair of Lakewood, whose early win over the Bosco doesn’t hold as much water as it once did.
The team back up on rise this week is Chaminade of West Hills, which returns the top 10 due to Bishop Montgomery of Torrance hitting a down slide with three losses in its last four games. The Knights, however, remain in the top 20 because of their overall body of work.
(Compiled by Ronnie Flores with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, Jan. 25; previous rating in parentheses)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 20-0
2. (2) Loyola (Los Angeles) 18-1
3. (3) Centennial (Corona) 16-2
4. (4) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 12-4
5. (5) Etiwanda 18-3
6. (6) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 16-3
7. (7) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 19-2
8. (8) Monte Vista (Danville) 18-0
9. (10) Westchester (Los Angeles) 17-4
10. (11) Chaminade (West Hills) 16-2
11. (13) Chino Hills 17-4
12. (14) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 17-3
13. (15) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 15-6
14. (16) Compton 17-4
15. (17) J.W. North (Riverside) 18-0*
16. (NR) Serra (Gardena) 15-6
17. (9) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 17-4
18. (18) Cantwell Sacred Heart (Montebello) 15-5
19. (NR) El Cerrito 20-1
20. (20) St. Augustine (San Diego) 19-2
*Forfeit loss not included
Dropped Out: Previous No. 12 St. John Bosco (Bellflower); No. 19 Mayfair (Lakewood).
NEW GIRLS BASKETBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS
So much for one national ranking having Mater Dei of Santa Ana at one point behind Long Beach Poly and Berkeley St. Mary’s and even behind another team the Monarchs beat in the opening round of the Nike TOC, Homewood-Flossmoor, the top team in Illinois.
With Long Beach Poly’s 38-37 loss last Saturday night to Windward, which came down to Jordin Canada making a free throw with 3.4 seconds left, it’s a piece of cake to put California’s top three in a pecking order of Mater Dei, then Windward, then Long Beach Poly.
The No. 4 spot is now not so easy. The factors in moving defending CIF Open Division champion Bishop O’Dowd to that position and to the top spot in Northern California include a head-to-head win over Berkeley St. Mary’s, which also has a win over Stockton St. Mary’s. There’s also a close loss to Long Beach Poly and the fact the Dragons now have all their players after transfers became eligible earlier this month. The final factor is that O’Dowd will have a tougher road in the CIF North Coast Section dealing with Miramonte of Orinda than St. Mary’s of Stockton will have in the Sac-Joaquin Section.
(Compiled by Harold Abend with assistance from Mark Tennis; updated through games played Saturday, Jan. 25; previous rating in parentheses)
1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 17-1
2. (3) Windward (Los Angeles) 15-2
3. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 15-2
4. (7) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 15-3
5. (4) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 16-5
6. (5) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 14-4
7. (6) Carondelet (Concord) 14-3
8. (8) Salesian (Richmond) 16-5
9. (9) Serra (Gardena) 17-2
10. (10) Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 19-1
11. (11) Etiwanda 13-5
12. (12) Miramonte (Orinda) 17-1
13. (13) Camarillo 18-3
14. (14) Chaminade (West Hills) 17-3
15. (15) Clovis West (Fresno) 15-3
16. (16) Enterprise (Redding) 17-1
17. (17) Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills) 16-5
18. (18) Bishop’s (La Jolla) 17-4
19. (19) Troy (Fullerton) 15-5
20. (20) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 16-2
Dropped Out: None.
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