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, March 1; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 25-1

2. (2) Technical (Oakland) 19-5

3. (3) De La Salle (Concord) 21-5

4. (4) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 27-0

5. (5) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 24-3

6. (6) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 23-3

7. (7) Newark Memorial (Newark) 24-4

8. (8) McClymonds (Oakland) 19-8*

9. (9) Mitty (San Jose) 25-5

10. (11) Serra (San Mateo) 23-5

11. (12) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 24-4

12. (13) Salinas 24-4

13. (14) Vallejo 24-5

14. (16) Oakland 19-7

15. (17) Hercules 18-8

16. (10) Berkeley 22-4

17. (18) California (San Ramon) 19-7

18. (19) Bethel (Vallejo) 21-8

19. (20) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 23-4

20. (nr) Acalanes (Lafayette) 20-6

Notes & Highlights

The best matchup in the opening round of the CIF North Coast Section playoffs is in Div. I where No. 16 Berkeley and No. 17 California will get together. The team that got treated the worst in regards to its power ranking seeding was Hercules. The Titans, who have won 13 straight games and surged past Berkeley in the ACCAL, were only slotted in at No. 6 in Div. IV. Marin Catholic was seeded No. 1 with a 20-8 record.

Hercules put the finishing touches on a 71-69 win last week over Berkeley in a game in which no spectators were allowed. It was the completion of a game on Jan. 7 in which a brawl broke out involving spectators and players and action had to be stopped. Harry Brown won it for the Titans by netting a 15-foot jumper with just 2.5 seconds left.

We're not sure if we've ever heard of a team that had three weeks off before its first playoff game, but that was the case at Piedmont Hills as the undefeated Pirates had to shake off some significant rust in beating Andrew Hill, 64-57, in their CCS Div. I playoff opener. It was the third win in three meetings for Piedmont Hills over the Falcons.

No. 1 Oakland Tech has to lose twice this week to be denied another Oakland Athletic League crown. The Bulldogs, who beat Oakland High, 65-55, in their regular season finale, will play either Oakland or McClymonds on the final. After losing to Tech, Oakland clinched its spot in the OAL playoffs with a 79-62 win over Fremont.

The only team to drop out of last week's rankings was St. Joseph of Alameda, which fell to Kennedy of Richmond, 55-48, in the Bay Shore Athletic League playoffs. Devin Peal poured in 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Kennedy in that one. Acalanes of Lafayette was picked as the replacement. Kennedy then lost to St. Mary's of Berkeley, 56-50 in overtime, in the BSAL final. Larry Gurganious scored 18 second-half points and finished with 20 to lead the Panthers. He's just a sophomore and is a former Play of the Week winner.

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