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State Divisional Boys BB Rankings

2/9/2012

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No new No. 1 teams this week, but Gardena Serra is a new No. 2 in Division IV. Westchester also is coming on strong in Division I.

A staple of the Cal-Hi Sports rankings system for more than 30 years is the divisional breakdown of teams leading into the CIF state basketball championships.

Here is the second listing of boys teams this season with analysis and bubble teams for each division (records listed after games of Feb. 4 with some teams that have results included for this week):

CIF Division I

1. (1) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 22-2

2. (2) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 21-1

3. (3) Etiwanda 24-1

4. (5) De La Salle (Concord) 20-2

5. (6) Taft (Woodland Hills) 22-3

6. (4) Loyola (Los Angeles) 20-4

7. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 18-5

8. (13) Westchester (Los Angeles) 19-5

9. (10) Jesuit (Carmichael) 19-5

10. (11) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 21-3

11. (NR) Oxnard 23-2

12. (9) Buchanan (Clovis) 20-3

13. (NR) Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 21-1

14. (NR) Santa Monica 16-8

15. (8) Lutheran (Orange) 14-10

Drops: Previous No. 12 Fairfax (Los Angeles); No. 14 Mission Viejo; No. 15 J.W. North (Riverside).

Bubble: Central (Fresno) 17-6, Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 21-5, Fairfax (Los Angeles) 17-9, Foothill (Tustin) 19-5, Mission Viejo 21-3, Palisades (Pacific Palisades) 15-10

Comments: The team to watch in this division is Westchester of Los Angeles. Coach Ed Azzam’s club moved up five spots in this division this week and is looking more and more like it can give Taft of Woodland Hills or any other team in the L.A. City Section a real run for its money right now. The Comets, of course, have a tremendous history of success that can only make the players that much more confident. They have won six CIF Division I state crowns and have never lost in a state final.

CIF Division II

1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 19-3

2. (2) Newark Memorial (Newark) 19-4

3. (3) Mayfair (Lakewood) 19-5

4. (4) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 23-2

5. (6) Compton 16-8

6. (7) Sacramento 18-5

7. (5) Serra (San Mateo) 19-3

8. (9) Hoover (San Diego) 23-3

9. (10) Antelope 22-1

10. (NR) Canyon (Canyon Country) 21-3

Drops: Previous No. 8 Palo Alto.

Bubble: Chico 18-3, Cupertino 14-6, J.W. North (Riverside) 19-5, Lincoln (San Diego) 15-8, McNair (Stockton) 16-4, Monte Vista (Spring Valley) 18-6; Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 21-2, Ocean View (Huntington Beach) 22-3, Palo Alto 17-4; San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) 15-7.

Comments: Compton and Sacramento went up by one after Serra of San Mateo suffered a loss to No. 1 Mitty. The other Central Coast Section team to lose was previous No. 8 Palo Alto, which was knocked off by Cupertino. Viking fans probably aren’t too upset, however, because all they have to do is watch alum Jeremy Lin play for the New York Knicks.

CIF Division III

1. (1) Alemany (Mission Hills) 22-3

2. (2) Damien (La Verne) 22-2

3. (6) Sacred Heart Cathedral (SF) 18-3

4. (4) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 23-1

5. (5) Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 17-5

6. (3) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 17-6

7. (7) Campolindo (Moraga) 18-2

8. (8) Foothill (Sacramento) 21-3

9. (NR) Calabasas 21-3

10. (10) Pasadena 17-7

Drops: Previous No. 9 Oak Park (Agoura Hills).

Bubble: El Camino (South San Francisco) 19-4*, Palm Springs 16-6, Mt. Whitney (Visalia) 21-5, Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 19-7, St. Augustine (San Diego) 19-5, Sierra (Manteca) 20-2.

Comments: Sacred Heart Cathedral jumped up to No. 3 after wins last week over Valley Christian of San Jose and St. Francis of Mountain View. The Irish face D2 No. 1 Mitty of San Jose on Saturday. New No. 9 Calabasas also is now No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Div. 3AA rankings. Alemany and Damien are on top, meanwhile, in Div. 3A and Div. 3AAA, respectively.

CIF Division IV

1. (1) Salesian (Richmond) 22-2

2. (3) Serra (Gardena) 23-2

3. (2) Price (Los Angeles) 18-6

4. (4) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 20-4

5. (5) Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 22-3

6. (6) La Verne Lutheran (La Verne) 18-6

7. (8) Windward (Los Angeles) 16-8

8. (9) Muir (Pasadena) 24-1

9. (7) Crespi (Encino) 19-6

10. (NR) Central Valley Christian (Visalia) 19-2

Drops: Previous No. 10 Modesto Christian.

Bubble: Army-Navy (Carlsbad) 18-5, Justin-Siena (Napa) 19-5, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 14-6, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 20-4, Modesto Christian 19-5; Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 20-4.

Comments: There were just some slight adjustments among this bunch for this week with Serra and Price flip-flopping and Crespi dropping behind Windward and Muir. Modesto Christian dropped a game to Weston Ranch of Stockton to cause the Crusaders to fall below Central Valley Christian, which notched a quality win over Mt. Whitney.

CIF Division V

1. (1) St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda) 20-4

2. (2) St. Bernard (Playa del Rey) 17-7

3. (3) Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) 18-1

4. (4) Renaissance Academy (La Canada) 19-5

5. (5) Village Christian (Sun Valley) 22-2

6. (6) Capital Christian (Sacramento) 19-4

7. (7) Providence (Burbank) 21-4

8. (10) Central Catholic (Modesto) 20-4

9. (9) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 20-5

10. (8) Branson (Ross) 17-7

Drops: None.

Bubble: Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 13-10, Fresno Christian 19-1, Liberty Christian (Redding) 18-1, Ribet Academy (Los Angeles) 12-9, Ripon Christian 18-5.

Comments: We couldn’t really do anything to Renaissance at No. 4 for losing a game since the loss was just 54-45 to 2011 D3 state champ La Verne Lutheran. The Wildcats also still have a 16-point win over No. 5 Village Christian.

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