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, Feb. 1; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 14-4

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 17-1

3. (3) Vallejo 19-3

4. (4) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 18-2

5. (5) Berkeley 16-2

6. (6) De La Salle (Concord) 13-5

7. (7) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 22-0

8. (8) Oakland 16-3

9. (10) Newark Memorial (Newark) 17-4

10. (12) Serra (San Mateo) 15-4

11. (11) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 16-3

12. (15) Mitty (San Jose) 16-4

13. (13) McClymonds (Oakland) 14-7

14. (9) Mt. Eden (Hayward) 16-2

15. (16) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 17-3

16. (20) San Leandro 13-5

17. (17) El Cerrito 15-4

18. (nr) Salinas 16-4

19. (nr) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 16-4

20. (nr) Bellarmine (San Jose) 13-6

Notes & Highlights

No. 4 Amador Valley broke out to a 22-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and went on to fairly convincing 77-66 win over Foothill, which also has been highly-ranked this season. The two arch-rivals always seem to bring out the best in each other and Foothill did stay within striking distance behind Adam Greenaway, who finished with a game-high 29 points. But the Dons were much more balanced as Brandon Allen netted 20 and Andy Bocian had 19.

Bishop O'Dowd is still waiting for head coach Mike Phelps to return to the bench, but the way the Dragons are going if Phelps is superstitious at all he might want to stay in the wings even if he's cleared to come back. O'Dowd faced Mt. Eden last week in a matchup of top 10 Bay Area teams and it was a total romp. The Dragons won, 80-36, and nobody in the lineup had more than 14 points. They should move up to No. 9 in this week's state rankings.

In yet another showdown last week of two top teams from the same league, Berkeley stayed on top in the ACCAL with a 62-58 win over El Cerrito. The Yellowjackets didn't take control until the very end when they scored the final seven points of the game. Robert Hunter-Ford's three-pointer that tied the game was the key basket of that run.

Watch out for Bellarmine in the CCS Div. I playoffs. The Bells moved to 8-1 in the WCAL last Friday with a 50-41 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral. They do have six losses on the season, but one of them was in a close game to Loyola of Los Angeles (one of the top 10 teams in SoCal) and another was to Brophy Prep of Phoenix (one of the top five teams in Arizona).


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