These are the final preseason rankings as EBAL play begins Jan. 5. It figures to be a nasty season in both the Mountain and the Valley divisions as this may turn out to be one of the deepest EBAL seasons in some time.
Included in the girls’ rankings are how our local teams fared in the West Coast Jamboree.
1. Dougherty Valley (12-0): Just keeps cruising, winning its own tournament by taking three games by a 210-120 combined margin. Scheduled to face a tough Granada game for its EBAL opener, but the game has been postponed because of COVID.
2. De La Salle (10-2): The Spartans had a great run in a tournament last week, beating Porterville, Bishop Manogue (Reno), and Mountain View (Orem, Utah) before falling 55-54 to Mater Dei in the finals.
3. Dublin (6-3): A week ago these rankings were bulletin-board material for the Gaels as they were “on the bubble.” No more as the team is finding their stride right in time for the league grind.
4. San Ramon Valley (6-2): The Wolves keep their spot for now as we head into the first week of the league campaign.
5. Granada (8-2): The Matadors are losing some games to COVID protocols, bur hope to be ready to host Monte Vista on January 7 for their opener.
On the bubble: Amador 8-3, Monte Vista 7-5, California 8-4, Foothill 9-4.
1. Carondelet (9-1): Could be a lopsided, run-away league this year. The Cougars advanced to the finals of the top division of the West Coast Jamboree and lose 56-50 to DeSoto of Texas, the No. 2 ranked team in the country.
2. Granada (8-0): The Matadors were not able to play in a division of the West Coast Jamboree due to health and safety protocols. Tough first week of games with Dougherty Valley and Monte Vista on the slate.
3. San Ramon Valley (10-2): On a roll, the Wolves head down to San Diego for a holiday tournament and roll to a 4-0 mark and the tournament title.
4. Amador Valley (10-3): The Dons take the Turquoise-division of the West Coast Jamboree, beating Half Moon Bay 51-38 in the championship game.
5. Monte Vista (8-3): The Mustangs drop a pair of tough tournament games, losing 48-41 to Del Oro and 51-45 to Christian Brothers.
On the bubble: Dublin (7-4), Dougherty Valley (6-5).