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Boys Hoops Rankings December 18, 2017

A new week is here and things have shuffled a bit. Our top 10 teams remain the same, but some have moved around a bit. Here is our top 10 for the week of December 18, 2017.


  1. Foothills Christian – Foothills is now above .500 for the first time this season after steamrolling Canyon Crest and La Jolla over the past few days. Taeshon Cherry, Derrick Carter-Hollinger and Yassine Gharram are gelling together on the court and big test lie ahead. The Knights will face Rancho Bernardo, Mater Dei and Westchester over the next two weeks with games against Grossmont and always pesky Westview in the mix. (Last Week 1)


  1. Mission Bay – The Bucs have been idle for over two weeks with back-to-back games in the Sweetwater Lion’s Tournament coming this week against Pt. Loma and El Camino. The lone Bucs loss to Great Oak is looking worse as the Wolfpack have dropped two in a row to Riverside Poly and Los Osos but Mission Bay has a tough enough schedule to maintain their standing with some key victories down the road. Foothills Christian, La Jolla Country Day and two league meetings with Saint Augustine await our current #2. (Last Week 2)


  1. Torrey Pines – It is never a surprise when Coach Olive’s crew jumps up the poll, consistency is a staple of the Falcons year in and year out. Perhaps no team in the county had a more impressive last few days than Torrey Pines, with an overtime win against Vista which propelled them into the championship game of the North County Classic where they downed San Marcos. The Pope-Sullivan combination is proving lethal for Falcon opponents with lots of season to go. (Last Week 5)


  1. Vista – The Panthers and Torrey Pines went to the wire in the semi-finals of the North Coast Classic. A two-point victory over Army-Navy was starting to look somewhat worrisome before that result. Consistency will be the key for the Panthers as the season moves on. The Panthers will travel to the Classic at Damien over Christmas break and Long Beach Poly is ready to greet them. Schools that schedule heavy against Southern Section opponents have seen late season success over the past several years. (Last Week 3)


  1. Mater Dei – The Crusaders once again become a tough team to peg in our top 10. The Crusaders aren’t the type of team that “may” beat some of the top teams on this list, they actually HAVE beat one of them already. A victory over Vista would have looked a lot nicer if the Panthers could have downed Torrey Pines, but it is a big win regardless. Mater Dei gets a 12/26 date with Foothills Christian on opening night at Torrey Pines, so we won’t have to wait long to see where the Crusaders “could” be on this list. (Last Week 4)


  1. Saint Augustine – Over and over again Saints continues to be the team that we all know is probably lower than they should be, but their schedule hasn’t allowed us to see the real fruits of their labor. Opening night at Torrey Pines will also help us sort out the Saints’ standing in our pecking order as they take on the Falcons at the Olive Garden. A young crop of talent will be eager to put the county on notice. (Last Week 6)


  1. San Marcos – The Knight’s schedule has been very meh for most of the season. Then came the later stages of the North County Classic. San Marcos disposed of a solid Poway team for a second time this season and dismantled an Army-Navy team that gave Vista all kinds of trouble. A win over the Falcons at home in the Championship game may have propelled the Knights right up to #2 or #3 on our list, but for now we will have to see how San Marcos fares at a loaded Christmas tournament in Walt Disney World. (Last Week 7)


  1. Santa Fe Christian – After a loss to Torrey Pines, the Eagles rolled to four straight wins, including topping good squads in Poway and La Costa Canyon. The Eagles will have more than enough to deal with in the Coastal League once league play begins. (Last Week 9)


  1. La Jolla Country Day – A narrow three-point win over Rancho Bernardo either told us a lot about the Broncos or a lot about the Torreys. Country Day lost to to Torrey Pines by a similar margin to their Coastal League counterparts Santa Fe Christian, but another narrow victory over Carlsbad to begin the month leaves some questions. Country Day gets a shot at #2 Mission Bay on opening night at Torrey Pines. This will be an interesting matchup for the Torrey’s considering their loss of size and the resulting quicker lineup. (Last Week 8)


  1. Cathedral Catholic – The loss of Freshman guard Alex Wade to injury is good news / bad news for the Dons. The good news is that the Dons may be able to surprise a few teams down the line come closer to playoff time if Wade has the strength to return late in the season. The Dons get a shot at a La Costa Canyon club that has already seen losses to Vista, Saints and Santa Fe Christian. A loss there and some of our bubble teams may be jumping up into the top 10 in the meantime. (Last Week 10)


Bubble: Christian, Rancho Bernardo, Montgomery La Costa Canyon, Francis Parker

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