With holiday tournaments wrapped up, here’s a look at the top boys high school basketball teams in the LA City Section to begin 2022. SBLive’s LA City Section high school boys basketball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Connor Morrissette and are released every Monday throughout the 2021-22 season.
SBLIVE LA CITY SECTION TOP 10 BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
January 3, 2021
1. Taft (9-1)
Last week: 1
The Toreadors are 9-1 with their best win coming against Windward. Earlier this season they were upset by Alemany 74-65.
2. Narbonne (9-8)
Last week: NR
The Gauchos enter the rankings at No. 2 thanks to their 51-47 win over Fairfax on Dec. 20. Three Narbonne players had double-doubles in the win: Kiki Leafa put in 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Christian Gill scored 14 points and 11 rebounds and Ijezie Anopueme had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
3. Fairfax (4-5)
Last week: 2
Fairfax drops a spot after losing to Narbonne 51-47 and falling 64-42 to San Gabriel Academy in the Classic at Damien. The Lions’ best wins have come against No. 5 Westchester and St. Paul.
4. Birmingham (4-4)
Last week: 4
Birmingham lost their first game of the season to No. 9 Palisades 68-64 in overtime, but the Patriots now have transfers and football players eligible to play so they should improve. Birmingham’s best win this season came against Crenshaw 74-71 on Dec. 11.
5. Westchester (6-3)
Last week: 6
Westchester opened up Western League play with a 61-45 loss No. 3 Fairfax and a 51-48 overtime win against No. 9 Palisades. The Comets have won three in a row after winning their two games at the South Pasadena tournament against King/Drew and Campbell Hall.
6. Venice (7-6)
Last week: 7
Venice has beaten No. 8 Hamilton who has beaten No. 9 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.
7. Grant (5-2)
Last week: 8
Grant recorded three blowout wins to begin the year over Verdugo Hills, Chavez and Reseda. The Lancers are 2-2 in their last four games with wins over Shalhevet and West Covina and losses to View Point and Faith Baptist.
8. Hamilton (6-8)
Last week: 9
Hamilton beat No. 9 Palisades 53-48 on Dec. 8 and has been in the Top 10 ever since.
9. Palisades (3-5)
Last week: 10
Palisades beat No. 4 Birmingham in overtime earlier this season, but dropping games to No. 5 Westchester and No. 8 Hamilton moved the Dolphins down from their previous top five ranking.
10. Gardena (10-3)
Last week: NR
Gardena debuts this week. The Panthers’ best wins have come against Crenshaw, St. Paul and San Pedro. All three of Gardena’s defeats have come against. good teams (Crescenta Valley, No. 6 Venice and Rolling Hills Prep).
In the mix: El Camino Real, Granada Hills, King/Drew, Crenshaw, Poly, Chatsworth, San Pedro, LACES