1. Bishop O'Dowd (5-1)
The Dragons went 4-1 in the Tarkanian Classic, falling only to Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei 63-59. This included victories over Durango (78-31), El Camino Real (63-60), Bishop Gorman (68-54), and Oregon City (52-30). Next up is the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic starting Thursday as they take on O'Dea-Seattle in the first round.
2. Monte Vista (7-0)
Everything has went right for Trevor John and the Mustangs so far, as they dominated a talented Freedom squad on Tuesday 71-54 behind Rishi Satoor's 19 points. Trevor John and Spencer Rust contributed a combined 48 points in a 73-50 victory against Skyline on Saturday. Now the main focus is on the Modesto Christian Tournament next weekend.
3. Sacred Heart Cathedral (4-0)
A huge 73-64 victory paced by a stron 13-point out from Evan Davison over Campolindo has helped its cause, and a tough nonleague schedule is helping Sacred Heart Cathedral get ready for challenging WCAL play, especially after a 59-52 win over Castro Valley 59-52 on December 14th.
4. El Cerrito (9-0)
A strong start to the season has given the Gauchos a No. 4 spot, especially after winning by a combined 16 points over Newark Memorial and McClymonds. Guard Tyrell Alcorn is off to a quick start with 16 points in the victory over Newark.
5. Campolindo (5-3)
Nothing has deterred the Cougars despite the loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral. They ran over Vanden-Fairfield 66-47 and also defeated Newark Memorial by 19 points the week before.
6. Mitty (5-1)
Despite falling to North Little Rock 77-74, the Monarchs bounced back defeating Case (Wisconsin) 73-62, and has given them extra confidence heading into the Modesto Christian Tournament.
7. San Ramon Valley (9-0)
We underestimated this talented Wolves squad early on, and after defeating dominant Castro Valley 49-48 on a buzzer beater from senior Jerry Karczewski, they are more than deserving of a top 10 spot. David Gunn lead them with 17 points and Karczewski added 16 including four 3's. Now the Wolves prepare for the St. Francis Holiday Tournament.
8. Riordan (5-2)
After falling to San Ramon Valley, the Crusaders bounced back romping Salesian 47-31 and Temidayo Yussef-led St. Joe's 53-46 backed by Jiday Ugbaja's 24 points.
9. Freedom (6-2)
Following a tough 17-point loss to Monte Vista, the Falcons reclaimed its touch going 3-0 the rest of the week, including a 64-49 victory over Montgomery. Rodney Pope led the charge with 21 points.
10. Montgomery (3-2)
This is the year for Montgomery hoops, and everything has proven its point so far despite falling to Freedom 64-49 in the Roy Ghiggeri Invitational.
11. St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-3)
Despite falling to Riordan, the Pilots are off to a fast start against tough nonleague play led by Long Beach State bound Temidayo Yussuf.
12. Castro Valley (6-2)
Although it was a loss, it wasn't a bad loss as the Trojans fell to San Ramon Valley at the buzzer 49-48 on Saturday. The Trojans now prepare for the Modesto Christian Tournament.
13. Half Moon Bay (7-0)
Defeating a strong Burlingame squad has helped the case, and a close 40-38 victory over Menlo on Saturday helped keep the Cougars undefeated. Corey Cilia and Rico Nuno each had 11 points in the victory over Menlo.
14. St. Ignatius (4-3)
Led by Trevor Dunbar, this was another strong week for St. Ignatius defeating Marin Catholic by 9 and Aragon by 42.
15. Moreau Catholic (5-2)
This hasn't been quite the start the Mariners wanted, but nonetheless its only two losses came to the hands of Monte Vista and Mitty. On Saturday, they routed Marin Catholic 77-61, including 25 points from sophomore Oscar Frayer. Freshman Damari Milstead has turned some heads, with 14 points in the victory. Moreau will compete in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic next weekend.
16. Salesian (6-2)
The loss of Jabari Bird has affected Salesian, but not as much as you might think. They deafeated an above-average Vanden aquad 61-46 on Saturday, while also escaping against Freedom by 2 early in the season.
17. Burlingame (6-1)
Dominant victories have been the main recipe for Burlingame, averaging a 24-point winning margin per victory. An early loss to Burlingame is the only thing holding them back, but defeating Serra 60-57 gave Burlingame the Top 15 spot.
18. Serra (4-2)
This wasn't one of the Padres better weeks, falling to Burlingame 60-57 and St. Mary's Stockton 63-54. A strong outing in the Tim Cole Classic on Thursday can help Serra reclaim its act, and get them back to their original form.
19. De La Salle (4-1)
Playing without big-man Patrick Marr has held the Spartans back, but not too much with its only defeat coming to Serra. Their averaging winning-margin is 25 points. Coach Allocco and the Spartans now prepare for the ever-challenging MaxPreps Holiday Classic.
20. St. Francis (5-0)
A lackluster strength os schedule has held the Lancers back, however, they came out victorius over Central Catholic 52-38.
21. Dougherty Valley (8-1)
A dominant 8-1 start has been magnificent for the Wildcats, with its only defeat coming to San Ramon Valley in the final seconds 50-48. Kamar Reese is off to a strong opening thise year.
22. Heritage (6-4)
Inconsisteny has hurt the Patriots, but a narrow 2-point loss to Antelope showed that Heritage can compete with almost any oppent they face. They finished in fifth place in the Don Delson Class at Dublin this past weekend, with victories over Concord and Clayton Valley in the final two rounds. Shon Briggs had a stron showing, with 33 points in the loss to Antelope, including 18 in the fourth quarter.
23. College Park (7-2)
Defeating Newark Memorial 56-54 helped prove College Park belongs in the Top 25 after last years cinderella run to the state championship. Junior Washington baseball commit Joe DeMers paced them with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals.
24. Newark Memorial (2-4)
The Cougars have struggled as of late losing 4 straight since defeating Bullard-Fresno. During the skid, they have fell to Sacremnto, Campolindo, El Cerrito and College Park.
25. Liberty (6-2)
Despite a rocky start to the season, Liberty has picked it back up, with a 49-42 victory over Granada. The Lions now prepare for the Enterprise Tournament.
Just Outside: Las Lomas (6-3), Amador Valley (8-1), Granada (6-2), Concord (6-2), Miramonte (4-4), Dublin (4-3)