Here are the Power Rankings as of Feb. 13, following the EBAL Tournament. The next two weeks bring us the North Coast Section Playoffs and likely rematches between the top EBAL teams.
This is the best part of the season for the fans!
1. De La Salle (21-4): The Spartans move back to the top spot for this week after winning the EBAL Tournament. Promises to a thrilling two weeks.
2. Dublin (16-5): Tired legs got the best of the Gaels in the EBAL tournament, falling to Granada in the semifinals. This team is getting the much needed rest heading into NCS and will be among the favorites.
3. San Ramon Valley (14-8): Lost to De La Salle in the semifinals but does have a 2-0 mark against Granada this season so the Wolves will stay one spot in front of the Matadors this week.
4. Granada (15-7): Made a great run to the finals of the EBAL tournament, but that was not unexpected given how well the Mats have played in big games. Even in their losses they have always been right there and have shown the can beat any team in the league.
5. Dougherty Valley (18-5): Late season injuries have hurt the Wildcats, but a healthy DV team is fully capable of making a run to win NCS.
1. Carondelet (24-2): Part two of this epic matchup of Carondelet and San Ramon Valley went to the Cougars as they handled the Wolves 64-49. Next up should be the NCS finals. This is an intense rivalry.
2. San Ramon Valley (24-3): When the Wolves and Cougars meet for the third time, there will be added motivation – if that’s possible – for San Ramon Valley following some Carondelet pictures and comments from their win in the EBAL Tournament.
3. Monte Vista (17-9): The third best team in the EBAL is something to brag about given the power of the top two teams. The Mustangs will look to make some noise in the playoffs.
4. Amador Valley (17-9): Did get the best of Granada the last time the two met so makes the jump over the Matadors this week.
5. Granada (20-5): Rounds out the top five and ended the playoffs with wins over Foothill and California. Depending on seed, could make a run in NCS.
The EBAL regular season has come to close, bringing the North Coast Section playoffs into action. Here are your final regular season rankings.
1. De La Salle (15-6-1, 11-1-1, 34 points): The Spartans earned the top spot for the regular season by easily outdistancing the rest of the EBAL. Ended the last week beating Granada 3-0, then ending with a big 1-0 win over California.
2. Dublin (11-5-5, 8-3-2, 27 points): The Gaels finish second in league, one point ahead of Cal. In the final week of the season, Dublin topped Dougherty Valley 2-1.
3. California (13-5-5, 8-3-2, 26 points): The Grizzlies took the Spartans to the wire but fell 1-0 in the last week of the season. The loss may sting a big but be sure Cal can make noise in the playoffs.
4. Monte Vista (12-3-4, 6-3-4): Monte Vista righted the ship closing the regular season with a 3-2 win over cross-town rival San Ramon Valley. Will look to recapture early season form in NCS.
5. San Ramon Valley (8-9-6, 4-6-3, 15 points): With NCS waiving the minimum qualifying record this season, the Wolves should find themselves with a berth in the postseason.
1. Monte Vista (13-0-4, 11-0-2, 35 points): Going through the EBAL grinder without a loss does not happen very often but that is just what the Mustangs did this season.
2. Carondelet (16-1-2, 10-1-2, 32 points): The Cougars suffered only a late season loss to Monte Vista and will look to turn the tables come NCS time.
3. Amador Valley (7-0-8, 5-0-8, 23 points): Finally broke their streak of ties with a 7-0 win over California, but them came back and ended the week with a pair of 0-0 finals with Foothill. Offense needs to find some consistency to be successful, or the Dons better be working on their penalty kicks for NCS.
4. Dublin (14-5-3, 7-4-2, 23 points): The Gaels started the week with a tie against Monte Vista, then closed out the final week of the regular season with wins over Dougherty Valley and Livermore.
5. San Ramon Valley (10-5-3, 5-5-3, 18 points): Capable of playing with anyone in the league but has lacked the consistency to make it to the top of the league.