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. 15; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Technical (Oakland) 17-4

2. (2) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 21-1

3. (4) Vallejo 22-4

4. (5) De La Salle (Concord) 17-5

5. (6) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 25-0

6. (3) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 20-3

7. (7) Newark Memorial (Newark) 20-4

8. (9) Serra (San Mateo) 20-4

9. (10) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 20-3

10. (11) Berkeley 19-3

11. (12) Mitty (San Jose) 20-5

12. (14) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 20-4

13. (13) Salinas 20-4

14. (18) McClymonds (Oakland) 16-8*

15. (15) St. Joseph (Alameda) 18-7

16. (8) Oakland 16-6

17. (19) Hercules 14-8

18. (nr) California (San Ramon) 16-7

19. (16) Fremont (Oakland) 13-10

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

Notes & Highlights

The highest ranked team to lose last week was previous No. 3 Amador Valley as the Dons had their hopes of going unbeaten in the East Bay Athletic League spoiled with a 40-39 loss to California of San Ramon. In such a low-scoring, intense, every-shot-is-contested type of game, Brian Elbogen's 20 points for the Wolves seemed like a 40-pointer in normal circumstances.

Serra and Mitty are going to share the WCAL round-robin title, but Serra won a coin flip to earn the top seed for this week's league playoffs. In the WCAL playoffs, being the top seed is sort of like being the pole sitter for the Daytona 500. Historically, your chances of crashing are more likely than actually winning the darn thing.

It was a great week for St. Joseph of Alameda. The Pilots won our Monster Game of the Week, 67-51, over St. Mary's of Berkeley and then cruised past St. Elizabeth of Oakland, 68-36, to improve to 9-1 in the BSAL. Cameron Quick lived up to his name for St. Joe with 22 in the first game with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the second.

Speaking of great weeks, then there's Leon Powe. The Oakland Tech All-American had 41 points and 11 rebounds vs. Skyline and then came back with 30 points and 15 boards vs. Fremont. The school also retired his No. 44 jersey before the Fremont game, which was Powe's last regular season home game. Tim Pearce of Fremont had 34 in the same game and earlier in the week netted 31 for the Tigers in a big win over Oakland.

Here's a freshman to watch: Chris Blackwood. He also happens to be the son of Miramonte head coach Tom Blackwood. Chris did all he could in the Matadors' 56-55 loss last week to Northgate of Walnut Creek and wound up with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

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