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Week 5 LA City Section boys basketball rankings: Washington Prep cracks top 3

Washington Prep is number three following an impressive showing at Damien.

Every Tuesday, Scorebook Live California’s Connor Morrissette will release his LA City Section boys basketball rankings. His Week 5 list is below.

1. Fairfax (11-2)

Fairfax lost to St. John Bosco and Ribet Academy at the Classic At Damien. Their best wins on the year are over Northern California’s Dublin and Westchester.

2. Birmingham (9-4)

The Patriots went 1-3 in the Classic At Damien after beating Long Beach Poly in their opener.

3. Washington Prep (9-9)

Washington Prep was one of the surprises of the Classic At Damien. They advanced all the way to the Gold Division championship where they fell to Santa Clarita Christian 75-52.

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4. Westchester (7-4)

Westchester's best win is Santa Monica. They've played a tough schedule and will be battle tested come playoff time.

5. Gardena (11-3)

Gardena's best wins are over Long Beach Poly and St. Francis, but they fell to Santa Monica.

6. King/Drew (10-3)

King/Drew dropped two games at the Classic At Damien. They have time to regroup before playing no. 3 Washington Prep in January to begin Coliseum League play.

7. Palisades (7-6)

The Dolphins are exceeding expectations with recent wins over Taft and Providence.

8. Taft (9-3)

Taft has a good record but dropped a key City game to Palisades last week.

9. El Camino Real (7-7)

ECR beat a banged up Windward team earlier this month, but they're still waiting for things to click.

10. University (9-3)

University has won nine in a row after staring the year 0-3.