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. 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 15; previous rank in parentheses)

1. (2) Technical (Oakland) 23-5

2. (1) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 29-2

3. (8) Hercules 25-8

4. (5) McClymonds (Oakland) 20-10*

5. (9) Berkeley 25-6

6. (3) Montgomery (Santa Rosa) 29-4

7. (4) Mitty (San Jose) 29-6

8. (6) Newark Memorial (Newark) 25-5

9. (7) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 25-5

10. (10) De La Salle (Concord) 21-6

11. (12) Vallejo 25-6

12. (11) Oakland 19-8

13. (13) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 27-1

14. (14) Salinas 25-5

15. (15) Serra (San Mateo) 23-6

16. (17) California (San Ramon) 19-8

17. (19) Bellarmine (San Jose) 19-12

18. (18) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 27-5

19. (16) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 24-5

20. (nr) Deer Valley (Antioch) 19-9

Notes & Highlights

Why is it that everyone seems to look at Hercules making it into this week's Div. IV state final as some sort of major surprise? In fact, the Titans have been among the state's top five or six ranked teams in the division for nearly a month. They shouldn't have been seeded sixth in the NCS playoffs in the first place. Then when Berkeley (a team Hercules beat twice in league) forced Oakland Tech to overtime in the NorCal Div. I semis, it wasn't a shock at all to see the Titans advance past Monte Vista Christian in the NorCal Div. IV final.

If Hercules wins this week against Horizon of San Diego in the state finals, then you can call it a big upset. Horizon's only loss this season has been to defending Div. I state champ Westchester and it just beat a 35-1 team in the SoCal Div. IV final.

Oakland Tech will be No. 1 in the region for the second straight year no matter what happens this weekend in the state finals. Previous No. 1 O'Dowd saw its crazy season end in the NorCal Div. I semis in a 64-60 loss to Valley of Sacramento. The Dragons had to play that game at Valley due to a loss to Valley way back in December. Valley's six losses during the season overall must not have counted in the eyes of the NorCal seeding committee.

The only team to drop out from last week's top 20 was El Cerrito after the Gauchos were drubbed, 82-50, in the NorCal Div. III playoffs by Foothill of Sacramento. Deer Valley, which knocked out De La Salle in the NCS playoffs, was picked to go in.

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