Here are my first EBAL Basketball Power Rankings for both the boys’ and girls’ teams as of Dec. 12. It’s the non-league campaign for both the teams and for myself. As is the case for the teams, expect my best rankings to mature as the season goes on. There has to be a starting point, so here we go with the top 5 for each!
1. Dougherty Valley (7-0): The top spot will be ever changing with this talented group of teams, but right now must go with the Wildcats, the lone unbeaten team at this point. An 80-42 win over host Palma in the finals of the Palma tournament was a statement win.
2. De La Salle (6-1): Only loss has come to 5-0 Campolindo and has wins over Serra, Sheldon, and Marin Catholic, all three of which are traditionally strong programs.
3. San Ramon Valley (5-1): The Wolves won their own tournament beat Granada 65-58 in the finals. The one loss comes 49-34 to Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton.
4. Monte Vista (4-1): The Mustangs have one loss, a respectable 60-51 defeat to St. Ignatius.
5. Granada (6-2): The Matadors look to be the real deal this year and played well to advance to the finals of the San Ramon tournament before falling to the hosts.
On the bubble: Dublin 2-3, California 4-3.
1. Carondelet (3-0): The Cougars, always a powerhouse, has won their three games by 47, 60, and 16 points. Looks as good as advertised.
2. Granada (5-0): Coming in to this season I was told this was a good team and although it has not been the toughest schedule through the first five games, the Mats have been getting the job done.
3. Monte Vista (6-1): The Mustangs lone loss has come to unbeaten Heritage and that was by just six points.
4. Dublin (4-1): Started 4-0, winning by a combined 217-58 in those four games. First loss came against San Leandro by a 54-41 final. Not sure of strength of schedule, but they are putting points on the board.
5. San Ramon Valley (3-2): The losses have come to Pinewood and Vanden, both strong teams. San Ramon has been one of the standards of excellence in recent history and there is every reason to expect another strong season.
On the bubble: Amador Valley (7-2), Dougherty Valley (3-1).