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. 8; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 15-4

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 19-1

3. (4) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 19-2

4. (3) Vallejo 20-4

5. (6) De La Salle (Concord) 14-5

6. (7) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 24-0

7. (9) Newark Memorial (Newark) 19-4

8. (8) Oakland 16-4

9. (10) Serra (San Mateo) 18-4

10. (11) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 18-3

11. (5) Berkeley 16-3

12. (12) Mitty (San Jose) 18-5

13. (18) Salinas 18-4

14. (19) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 18-4

15. (nr) St. Joseph (Alameda) 16-7

16. (nr) Fremont (Oakland) 12-9

17. (nr) Skyline (Oakland) 13-8

18. (13) McClymonds (Oakland) 14-8

19. (nr) Hercules 12-0

20. (15) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 18-4

Notes & Highlights

It's rare during the various league schedules to have as tumultous a week as the teams in these rankings did last week. Four new teams had to go in as well as figuring out what to do with previous No. 3 Vallejo and previous No. 5 Berkeley, who both lost.

Teams dropping out were previous No. 14 Mt. Eden of Hayward, which lost to Hayward, 78-67, on the heels of an embarassing rout to Bishop O'Dowd the week before; previous No. 16 San Leandro, which didn't fall for losing to O'Dowd on Friday but had to go for losing to Moreau in overtime earler in the week; previous No. 17 El Cerrito, which got rocked by Hercules, 96-78; and previous No. 20 Bellarmine of San Jose, which lost twice in taking a big hit toward any hopes the Bells had of winning the WCAL round-robin title.

John Winston, who played last year at Salesian of Richmond, sparked Hercules to its win over El Cerrito with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Harry Brown scored 28 points for the Titans, who earlier in the week knocked off Berkeley, 52-47. Like Winston, another of Hercules' top players was at a different school last year. That would be Warner West, a guard who was at Vallejo.

Speaking of Vallejo, the Apaches were stunned in a Monticello Empire League game last week, 68-67, on a wild three-point shot in the closing seconds. Coach Duke Brown's club only dropped one spot in the Bay Area rankings, though, since Berkeley also lost.

No. 1 Oakland Tech survived another shootout in its lone game of the week with a 75-65 victory over Oakland High. Ayinde Ubaka rained down 37 points on the Bulldogs, but their one-two punch of Quentin Thomas and Leon Powe was to much. Powe finished with 31 points. Both Powe and Ubaka have committed to Cal.

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