Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Ratings (Boys)

In support of our weekly highlights show that airs every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV, Channel 4, in San Francisco, here's the top 20 rankings so far for the 2002-2003 boys basketball season. Presented by the good folks at Team Dealer, Inc., our Bay Area Top 20 includes teams from the CIF Central Coast and CIF North Coast sections only plus teams from Solano and Napa counties of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.

(After games of Saturday, Jan. 18; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 11-4

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 13-1

3. (4) Vallejo 15-3

4. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 15-2

5. (7) Berkeley 12-2

6. (5) De La Salle (Concord) 9-4

7. (9) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 12-2

8. (11) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 18-0

9. (3) Oakland 13-3

10. (13) Newark Memorial (Newark) 13-4

11. (8) Mt. Eden (Hayward) 13-1

12. (10) Serra (San Mateo) 11-3

13. (16) McClymonds (Oakland) 13-6

14. (12) Skyline (Oakland) 12-6

15. (15) Mitty (San Jose) 12-4

16. (20) San Leandro 10-4

17. (14) Fremont (Oakland) 10-7

17. (17) Hayward 9-4

18. (18) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 14-3

19. (17) Hayward 9-4

20. (19) El Cerrito 11-3

Notes & Highlights

Previous No. 3 Oakland went down in just its second OAL outing as the Wildcats were felled, 65-61, last Friday by McClymonds. Junior guard Antonio Kellogg could be a name to watch for Mack as he tossed in 23 points, compared to 16 for Cal recruit Ayinde Ubaka, who plays for Oakland.

One team moving up due to Oakland's loss was Piedmont Hills. The Pirates also can now lay claim to being the only unbeaten team in the Bay Area (other than some really small school we're not aware of) thanks to a 59-55 loss by Mt. Eden of Hayward to San Leandro. Piedmont Hills rolled on last Friday with a 64-44 win over Mt. Pleasant. One of the team's top players is Jeremy Jones, who had 13 vs. the Cardinals and is coming off an All-CCS season in football.

None of these rankings includes any results from Monday's Martin Luther King holiday event at St. Mary's College, and it would be a big upset if either Oakland Tech lost to De La Salle or if St. Mary's of Berkeley was able to beat Vallejo.

It only took two weeks for every team in the West Catholic Athletic League to suffer at least one loss. Mitty's 67-61 win last Friday over Serra took care of that as the Padres fell to 3-1 in league and the Monarchs improved to 3-1. Mitty's turnaround from last season's winless league season is one of the best stories so far this year in the Bay Area. Credit head coach Brian Eagleson and returning seniors Stephen Chang, Clint Allard, A.J. Purdy and Brad Adams for sticking it out during some rough times.

If you're a fan of balanced scoring, check out the Berkeley High Yellowjackets. In the team's 63-42 win last week over Encinal of Alameda, Berkeley won it by that much even though no players were in double-figures in scoring. Marco Pollard, who doesn't even start, finished with nine points, while starter Jack McSweeney also had nine points.

A freshman to watch is Zac Tiedeman, a guard from No. 7 Montgomery of Santa Rosa. Zac had 12 points in the Vikings' 86-48 win over Ukiah last week and is starting to get very comfortable in the lineup. He's the younger brother of senior standout Tyler Tiedeman.

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