New State Top 20 Boys BB Rankings

Westchester retains its No. 1 ranking as playoffs begin in most of Southern California. Comets won last weekend in New Jersey by one point despite TV broadcast and other journalists who had them with one less point. Meanwhile, St. Mary's of Berkeley has been bumped up to No. 11 and Villa Park is one of three newcomers this week with a No. 18 ranking.


(All divisions; NorCal & SoCal combined; last week's ranking in parentheses; through games of Feb. 9)

1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 24-2

If Comets can get same scorekeeper they had in New Jersey last weekend, they really would be unbeatable in the playoffs.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 22-4

Wesley Washington scored 21 in 90-62 win over St. John Bosco. CIFSS playoffs begin Friday vs. Hemet (11-12).

3. (3) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 26-3

Lions rolled to easy wins last week and took No. 2 seed in L.A. City playoffs behind Westchester.

4. (4) Centennial (Compton) 25-0

Not much a problem this time vs. El Segundo as Apaches won, 66-42. Sterling Byrd rolled up 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

5. (5) Eisenhower (Rialto) 23-2

A 72-45 win over Fontana wrapped up third straight Citrus Belt League title and pushed league win streak to 33.

6. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 23-3

Jackrabbits host Glendale (12-14) in CIFSS playoff opener. Could meet Ike in Div. I-AA finals.

7. (7) Technical (Oakland) 21-3

Tenacious defense forced 31 turnovers as Bulldogs downed Oakland, 67-51, in battle between two NorCal ranked squads.

8. (10) Horizon (San Diego) 20-4

With only one game last week coach Zack Jones decided to start gearing up for the playoffs by resting some starters and spreading the scoring around. 

9. (11) King (Riverside) 24-3

State Athlete of the Week Marvin Lea has the Wolves thinking big for the postseason.

10. (14) Dorsey (Los Angeles) 17-5

Winning the Coliseum League title over Crenshaw and Fremont helps the Dons jump up four slots in this week's rankings.

11. (19) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 22-2

Panthers impressed in win last Saturday vs. Salesian and jumped up this week with the aid of a Riordan loss.

12. (16) Clovis 19-4

Who's hot? Outside shooting was key in previous win over Clovis West. Must be again in Friday's rematch.

13. (17) Clovis West (Fresno) 21-3

If Golden Eagles avenge their loss to Clovis, they'll be in position next week to jump back up to the No. 8 spot in the top 20.

14. (8) Riordan (San Francisco) 24-2

This drop might be a bit harsh since the Crusaders lost to a good team (San Mateo Serra) on the road and in overtime (62-55).

15. (15) Serra (Gardena) 23-3

Cavaliers are champs of the tough Del Rey League thanks to Bishop Amat beating former No. 12 Bishop Montgomery.

16. (18) De La Salle (Concord) 18-4

It's great to see State Football POY Derek Landri mixing it up inside and scoring an occasional basket.

17. (20) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 23-2

J.J. Brull warmed up for the postseason with 24 and 23 points in easy wins by the Falcons over Poway and Vista.

18. (nr) Villa Park 24-3

Hard to believe the Spartans actually lost the last time they played El Modena. They won rematch, 74-50, behind Brice Prather's 24 points.

19. (nr) Crenshaw (Los Angeles) 19-7

We put the Cougars into this week's top 20 based on their win over Fremont knowing that they might be bounced from the playoffs this week for using an ineligible player.

20. (nr) Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 20-4

Brandon Rohe went 6-for-6 on 3-point shots in Eagles' 84-58 victory over Servite of Anaheim.

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