New State Overall Top 20 Boys BB Rankings

Long Beach Poly and Oakland Tech now in the top five for Eisenhower and Compton Centennial. Redondo and De La Salle also make major moves upward. Biggest shakeup of the season probably will be for next week's ratings.




(All divisions; after games of March 2)

1. (1) Westchester (Los Angeles) 28-2

It's doubtful national No. 5 Comets will allow repeat of last year's stunning upset in first-round of SoCal playoffs.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 27-4

Wonder if Monarchs will enjoy this year's Div. II playoffs as much as last year in Div. I when so many other strong teams were in their midst.

3. (3) Fairfax (Los Angeles) 29-4

Didn't drop Lions in the state after losing to Westchester again since margin was only 57-50. Only team to beat Hawaii state champ Iolani.

4. (6) Poly (Long Beach) 28-3

Almost put Jackrabbits at No. 3 after strong week, but they still moved up into top 25 of Student Sports FAB 50.

5. (7) Technical (Oakland) 25-3

After win that clinched OAL title, players said, "We want Westchester," to Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area host Robert Braunstein.

6. (8) Horizon (San Diego) 25-4

Nate Carter has not had to shine alone so far in postseason; others stepping up big for SoCal Div. IV top-seeded Panthers.

7. (9) Clovis West (Fresno) 27-3

Playing at home against Ike could carry Eagles to SoCal Div. I semis, but then Westchester likely awaits.

8. (14) Redondo (Redondo Beach) 23-6

Little wary of putting Seahawks this high after last-second wins over Santa Margarita and M.L. King, but starting five is first-rate as has been schedule.

9. (15) De La Salle (Concord) 25-4

Spartans looking for another game against Oakland Tech in NorCal Div. I final to show how much they've learned since being dominated by the Bulldogs in January.

10. (5) Eisenhower (Rialto) 27-3

Could've not dropped the Eagles so far, but loss to Poly came in game they fell behind by 20 points.

11. (9) M.L. King (Riverside) 27-4

Tough road ahead for Wolves as they have to travel to Helix of La Mesa for first-round SoCal Div. II playoff game.

12. (4) Centennial (Compton) 28-1

First loss of the season by Apaches came by just two so they were able to stay ahead of six-loss team they lost to.

13. (11) St. Mary's (Berkeley) 27-3

If guard John Sharper and big man Simon Knight both get hot in the same game, watch out.

14. (17) Garces (Bakersfield) 27-4

Rams were intense on defense and balanced on offense vs. SJ Memorial, two good things for upcoming SoCal Div. IV playoffs.

15. (18) Verbum Dei (Los Angeles) 27-3

The way the Eagles looked in win last week over Serra, coach David Greenwood has a good chance to win third Div. IV state title.

16. (20) Loyola (Los Angeles) 26-4

Cubs' CIFSS Div. I-A crown only merits a No. 7 seed in SoCal playoffs and date with L.B. Poly in round one.

17. (12) Serra (Gardena) 26-4

Still like the fact the Cavs won the Del Rey League over Bishop Amat and Bishop Montgomery.

18. (nr) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 24-6

Knights are poised to win a third straight Div. III state title, but they might have to beat Centennial a second time.

19. (nr) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 27-4

Irish defeated Riordan for the second straight time, but could be forced to make it three in a row in NorCal Div. III final.

20. (nr) Carlsbad 27-4

Home cooking could carry the Lancers all the way to the SoCal Div. I championship game.

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