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. 25; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 12-4

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 15-1

3. (3) Vallejo 17-3

4. (4) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 16-2

5. (5) Berkeley 14-2

6. (6) De La Salle (Concord) 11-5

7. (8) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 19-0

8. (9) Oakland 13-3

9. (10) Newark Memorial (Newark) 15-4

10. (11) Mt. Eden (Hayward) 15-1

11. (7) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 13-3

12. (12) Serra (San Mateo) 13-4

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

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

15. (15) Mitty (San Jose) 14-4

16. (18) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 16-3

17. (20) El Cerrito 14-3

18. (nr) Foothill (Pleasanton) 14-3

19. (nr) Hollister 16-3

20. (16) San Leandro 11-5

Notes & Highlights

After dropping an overtime game to Oakland Tech at the Martin Luther King Holiday Classic, De La Salle almost lost another close game the next night to Deer Valley. The Spartans were rescued by Cole Kelly's basket with 12 seconds left that gave them a 37-36 win. It wasn't as difficult in the team's next game as De La Salle defeated Pittsburg, 53-42.

Drops from last week's top 20 included Fremont of Oakland and Hayward. The Tigers lost in three overtimes to St. Joseph of Alameda, while the Farmers dropped one, 65-55, to San Leandro. St. Joseph faced Salesian later in the week in a crucial ACCAL matchup and lost 44-42. Salesian may be 13-6, but the Chieftains look like a top 20 team, too. That's a squad that could be on the rise.

The team that the San Jose Mercury-News listed at No. 2 in its CCS rankings last week, "San Benito," is the same one we've now got at No. 19 in these rankings. It's just that we choose to still call "San Benito" as Hollister, which is what almost everybody in Hollister calls the school. San Benito is the school's official name. Besides, Hollister Haybalers just sounds 10 times better than San Benito Haybalers.

Hard to believe that St. Francis, the same school that's been in the last two CIF Div. II state finals, is now 0-7 so far in the WCAL. The Lancers lost their most recent league game, 70-61, to Serra of San Mateo. Vic Esposito tossed in 20 points to lead the Padres, who will probably battle Mitty for this year's league crown. One of Serra's losses, by the way, is to Newark Memorial, which is helping the Cougars climb up the rankings as they keep winning in the MVAL.

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