Week 5 Northern California Signal The Light Basketball Rankings
1. San Francisco (8-0): The Rams remain the top team in our week five rankings following two wins last week. San Francisco won in two blow outs as the Rams crushed Contra Costa 105-71 and dismantled 6th ranked San Joaquin Delta 112-55 at home last weekend. San Francisco has started the season off winning their first eight games of the season, and San Francisco seems to be a class ahead of everyone in the first month and a half in the season. This week, the Rams will have four games as they will travel to 2nd ranked Santa Rosa on Wednesday in our game of the week, and follow that up with a game against Hartnell on Thursday, San Jose on Saturday and North Idaho on Saturday.
2. Santa Rosa (6-1): The Bearcubs move up one spot in our new rankings following a win last week over Los Medanos. Santa Rosa went on the road and picked up a 93-73 win in their lone game last week. Santa Rosa has started the season off winning six of their first seven with their only loss against Western Arizona on November 3rd at the San Francisco Tournament. This week, the Bearcubs will suit up one time as they will host top ranked San Francisco on Wednesday evening in a battle of our two top ranked teams in Northern California for week five.
3. Gavilan (9-1): The Rams move up one spot in the rankings after winning three games and winning the Monterey Bay Classic. Gavilan cruised past Alameda 97-56 in the first round, followed that win up with a 64-54 win over Irvine Valley and won the championship game 66-60 with a win over tournament host Monterey. Gavilan has now won nine of then to start the season with their only loss coming against Allan Hancock at home this season. This week the Rams will have three more games as Gavilan will host Skyline on Wednesday and follow that up two games at the Skyline Classic. On Friday, the Rams will face 5th ranked Las Positas and follow that up with another game on Saturday against Redwoods.
4. Columbia (6-0): The Claimjumpers move up one spot in the rankings after Columbia picked up two wins last week. Columbia beat Folsom Lake 88-68 and followed that up with a crushing 90-65 win over Lassen which was in our rankings a week ago. Columbia is one of two undefeated teams left in California junior college basketball, and this week the Claimjumpers open up the Modesto Tournament against Folsom Lake on Thursday.
5. Las Positas (6-1): The Hawks drop down three spots in the rankings after suffering their first loss of the season at the James Clark Classic. Las Positas picked up a 81-79 win over Merced and followed that up with a 98-65 win over Siskiyous in the semi finals. In the finals Las Positas suffered their first defeat of the season as the Hawks lost to Sacramento 90-86. Las Positas has won six of seven to start the season, and will have two games this week as the Hawks will face 3rd ranked Gavilan at the Skyline Classic and follow that up with a game against West Valley on Saturday night.
6. Fresno (3-3): The Rams move up one spot in the rankings despite having a bye last week. Fresno has started the season off winning half of their games but two of their losses have come against the top ranked team in Northern California and their other loss was against the second ranked team in the state. Fresno will go into the Modesto Tournament this week and face off against Cosumnes River on Thursday in first round action.
7. Yuba (6-3): The 49ers move up three spots in the rankings after picking up a win last week in their lone game of the week. Yuba went on the road and picked up a 86-73 win over De Anza last week as it was the 49ers third win in a row. Yuba is 1-2 in games against ranked teams and this week, the 49ers will have two games this week as Yuba will face Siskiyous at home on Tuesday and follow that up with another home game against Sierra on Saturday.
8. San Joaquin Delta (6-2): The Mustangs drop two spots in the rankings after going 1-1 last week. San Joaquin Delta lost to top ranked San Francisco 112-55 in the first night at the San Francisco Tournament but followed that game up with a 78-71 win over Sequoias. Delta is 2-2 against teams within our rankings and the Mustangs are off to a solid start winning six of their first eight games. This week, the Mustangs will be on the road on Thursday as Delta will face off against 9th ranked Canada in a battle of ranked teams inside of our Signal The Light Basketball Northern California rankings.
9. Canada (7-1): The Colts move up three spots in the rankings following a win last week. Canada went on the road and picked up a 78-68 win over De Anza in their lone game last week. Canada has won seven of eight to start the season with their lone loss coming against Los Medanos. Canada has not faced a team inside of our rankings but this week the Colts will be tested as they will face 8th ranked Delta at San Mateo College on Thursday and follow that up with a road game in Visalia against 10th ranked College of the Sequoias on Saturday.
10. Sequoias (4-3): The Giants drop two spots in the rankings after going 1-1 last week. Sequoias has started off the season looking for consistency, as the Giants picked up a 82-66 win over Contra Costa but the next night lost against Delta 78-71. The Giants three losses have come against ranked teams inside of our rankings and this week Sequoias will be in action twice at home. Sequoias will face San Diego Mesa at home on Friday night and follow that up with a home game against 9th ranked Canada on Saturday night.
11. Cabrillo (6-3): The Seahawks move up four spots in the rankings after a 3-0 week. Cabrillo rolled over Ohlone 84-53, followed that up with a 60-53 victory over Cuesta and blew out Butte 67-49 in action last week. Cabrillo has now won six of nine to start the season and the Seahawks are 0-3 against teams within our rankings for week five. The Seahawks have this week off and will return to action on December 14th against Reedley at the Delta Tournament.
12. Sacramento (7-3): The Panthers jump into our rankings for the first time this season as Sacramento has won five straight games after starting the season 2-3. Sacramento picked up wins over three ranked teams last week as the Panthers beat Reedley 74-71, followed that up with a 75-66 win in overtime over Feather River and won the James Clark Classic with another win over Las Positas 90-86 in the championship game. Sacramento is 3-1 against teams inside of our rankings and the Panthers are playing solid basketball at the moment. The Panthers will be off this week and return to action on December 14th against West Valley in Saratoga.
13. Feather River (6-1): The Golden Eagles remain at number thirteen in the rankings following a 2-1 week at the James Clark Classic. Feather River picked up a 90-73 win over Napa but lost to Sacramento in the semi finals of the tournament. In the 3rd place game, Feather River slipped past Siskiyous in overtime 94-91 to pick up the win. Feather River is 0-1 against teams within our rankings and the Golden Eagles will face off against De Anza on Friday at the Foothill Tournament.
14. Mendocino (6-2): The Eagles move down drop five spots in the rankings after going 1-2 last week. Mendocino suffered a home loss against Butte 52-51 and then suffered another loss against Shasta in consecutive games last week. Mendocino did pick up a win as the Eagles cruised past Redwoods 87-50 in their win last week. This week, the Eagles will face Ohlone in first round action at the Modesto Tournament on Thursday.
15. Reedley (3-1): The Tigers remain in the rankings after a 2-1 week but drop two spots in the rankings. Reedley lost in opening round action at the James Clark Classic against Sacramento 74-71. After suffering that loss, the Tigers picked up a 74-60 win over Napa Valley and won the consolation championship with a 72-71 win over Cosumnes River. Reedley has started off the season winning three of four and will be in action this week on the road against Merritt on Tuesday and follow that up as the Tigers will take part at the Foothill Tournament as Reedley will face Butte in first round action on Friday.
Signaling a Light: American River (4-2), Diablo Valley (3-2), Lassen (6-4)