The Bay Area Preps HQ voters didn’t budge this week.
They kept Bishop O’Dowd, Salesian and Bellarmine in the top three spots despite three victories by Dublin in a five-day span that propelled the Gaels to the East Bay Athletic League championship and No. 1 overall seed in the North Coast Section playoffs.
In the section’s new six-team Open Division, it’s Dublin seeded No. 1, followed by Salesian and O’Dowd.
Dublin began the season ranked 18th, worked its way to No. 1 and then slid after a three-game losing streak.
It’s been a slow climb back toward the top.
O’Dowd, meanwhile, will bring a 14-game winning streak into its Open Division playoff opener Thursday night against Dougherty Valley at Laney College.
The Dragons have not lost to a Bay Area team all season.
Salesian has won 17 of 19. The Pride has lost to one Bay Area team this season — to Dublin, 66-61, at the Gridley tournament Dec. 14.
Third-ranked Bellarmine closes its regular-season schedule Tuesday at archrival St. Francis.
The Bells must win to finish in a likely three-way tie for the West Catholic Athletic League championship with Archbishop Mitty and Archbishop Riordan.
As always, votes were cast by the Bay Area Preps HQ’s staff, with first-place votes worth 25 points, second-place 24 points and on down the line.
On to the rankings …
Records through the weekend
No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd (19-7)
Voting points: 98
Previous ranking: 1
What they did: beat Castro Valley 78-61, Berkeley 92-64
No. 2 Salesian (23-5)
Voting points: 95
Previous ranking: 2
What they did: beat De Anza 73-50, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 57-44
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