SBLive’s LA City Section Top 10 Boys Basketball Rankings: Hamilton debuts at No. 9

The winter 2021-22 LA City Section high school boys basketball season started on November 12th. Here’s a look at the top teams in the LA City Section a month into the year. SBLive’s LA City Section high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and will be released every Monday throughout the spring 2021 season.

SBLIVE LA CITY SECTION TOP 10 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS

December 13th, 2021

1. Taft (8-1)

Last week: 1

The Toreadors are 8-1 with their best win coming against Windward. Earlier this season they were upset by Alemany 74-65.

2. Fairfax (3-2)

Last week: 3

Fairfax has won two games in a row thanks to beating No. 6 Westchester 61-45 and No. 9 Hamilton 85-45.

3. El Camino Real (4-4)

Last week: 2

El Camino Real scored an impressive upset win in their first game of the regular season beating Santa Clarita Christian 56-55. Clark Holden had 23 points in the victory. Since then, the Royals have beaten Providence, Alemany and St. Monica and lost to South Pasadena, West Ranch, San Diego and Culver City.

4. Birmingham (4-4)

Last week: 6

Birmingham lost their first game of the season to No. 10 Palisades 68-64 in overtime, but the Patriots picked up a nice City win over Crenshaw last week 74-71.

5. Granada Hills (3-3)

Last week: 5

Senior captain Khalil Forrester has had a strong start to the year for the Highlanders.

6. Westchester (4-3)

Last week: 9

Westchester makes a move up the rankings this week after falling to No. 2 Fairfax 61-45, but beating No. 10 Palisades 51-48 in overtime.

7. Venice (7-5)

Last week: 8

Venice has beaten No. 9 Hamilton who has beaten No. 10 Palisades so the Gondoliers are No. 3 in the Western League at the moment on paper. In the actual league standings, Venice is No. 2 behind only Fairfax.

8. Grant (2-0)

Last week: NR

Grant returns to the rankings this week after two blowout wins to start their season over Verdugo Hills and Chavez.

9. Hamilton (5-7)

Last week: NR

Hamilton makes this week’s top ten after beating No. 9 Palisades 53-48 last week. As things currently stand, an argument could be made for Crenshaw to be ranked over Hamilton because Crenshaw beat Price and Hamilton lost to Price, but the Yankees get in this week because they have a better marquee City win (Palisades) than Crenshaw does.

10. Palisades (3-4)

Last week: 4

Palisades beat No. 4 Birmingham in overtime earlier this season, but dropping games to No. 6 Westchester and No. 9 Hamilton last week drops the Dolphins to No. 10 this week.

In the mix: King/Drew, Gardena, Narbonne, Crenshaw, Poly, Chatsworth

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