Marcus Knott had to be happy to see the latest Sac-Joaquin Section power ratings.
Knott's Merced boys basketball team didn't drop despite losing Friday night's game to Golden Valley.
Merced (8-2 Central California Conference, 16-9 overall) remained at No. 5 in the Division I ratings.
Merced should be able to hold its spot or move up if it can close out the regular season with wins against Los Banos tonight and Buhach Colony on Friday.
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Golden Valley (8-2, 21-4) also remained at No. 3 in Division I with two wins last week.
It appears GV won't be able to catch No. 1 Folsom or No. 2 Rodriguez.
Golden Valley can stay at No. 3 with wins over No. 8 Pitman and Atwater this week.
Other teams did take a fall in the ratings.
The Livingston boys basketball team's loss to Central Catholic resulted in a drop from No. 4 to 6 in the Division III ratings.
The Mariposa and Le Grand boys remained at No. 9 and 11, respectively, in Division IV.
On the girls' side, it looks like only Turlock will qualify for the playoffs out of the CCC.
No. 20 Golden Valley (6-4, 11-13) would need to win both of its game this week and get plenty of help to sneak into the playoffs.
Hilmar (11-2 Western Athletic Conference, 21-3) has the top rating of any local girls team with the No. 3 spot in Division IV.
Le Grand (13-0 Southern League, 22-2) is two spots behind Hilmar at No. 5.
The playoff brackets will be released on Sunday afternoon.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at email@example.com.