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LIVE BLOG: Saints-Buffanblu, St. Francis Classic final

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2018

Three games are in the books on the final day of the St. Francis Holiday Hoops Classic. Now it’s the championship game between No. 1 Punahou and No. 6 St. Francis. No. 1 Punahou 87, No. 6 St. Francis 55, FINAL Punahou (11-1) has won nine in a row since losing to Damien two weeks ago. The Buffanblu resurgence continues with a second-half tsunami that left the fatigued Saints far behind. Jakob Kimura and Tamatoa Falatea led the way with […]

Q&A: Stephenson on giant slayer Damien’s first loss

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2018

They were and they are, still, the giant slayers. Damien’s unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night with a 65-58 loss to nemesis St. Francis. The resume speaks for itself. Wins over St. Francis, Kalaheo, Punahou, Kailua. A 9-1 overall record. Not bad for a Division II program. Running the table in preseason would have been a simple, if enormously difficult, antidote to the naysayers who have knocked the Monarchs for declaring as a D-II team back in […]

Q&A: Durant on St. Francis’ ascent to tourney final

By Paul Honda on December 12, 2018

A year ago, it was St. Francis that rebuilt that unique template of what a giant slayer could be. In the 2017-18 season, Saints were unbeaten against all competition through preseason with the exception of two close losses to mighty Punahou, which went on to capture the Division I state title, and one to Kamehameha. St. Francis went on to capture its second D-II state championship in a row. The boys basketball squad made the long-awaited move up to D-I, […]

LIVE BLOG: St. Francis Holiday Hoops, semifinals

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2018

It’s been a flip-flop kind of day in the schedule here at St. Francis already. Because Kahuku and St. Francis are also playing concurrently in the Walter Wong Invitational, tournament officials swapped game times. Waiakea stunned No. 10 Kailua in the scheduled consolation game at 3:30 p.m. Then No. 1 Punahou met Lahainaluna in a semifinal at 5 p.m. The Buffanblu won handily. (See results below.) Next, No. 3 Damien and No. 6 St. Francis clash in a rematch. Damien […]

Tourneys abound: St. Francis, Walter Wong, Kaimuki, ‘Iolani Classic

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2018

The holiday season is busy enough for shoppers and those of us driving in vehicles who aren’t shopping. Then there’s rain that slows all traffic to a crawl. Then there’s prep hoops. The onslaught of tournaments is upon us in full, thick morass. The Walter Wong Invitational tipped off on Monday with four games. Host Saint Louis is coming off a title run at the St. Joseph Cardinal Classic in Hilo. The Crusaders didn’t play on Monday, but Kaiser routed […]

Punahou up to No. 1; unbeaten Damien falls to No. 3

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2018

What a difference a week makes, no matter how perfect a team can be. Damien fell from the No. 1 spot to No. 3 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 today. The Monarchs are now 8-0 after winning their lone nonconference game of the week against Kapolei. Earlier, they posted stunning wins over Punahou, St. Francis and Kalaheo, winning the Damien Invitational and Pete Smith Classic along the way. The Monarchs declared for ILH Division II in June and […]

Shimamoto: Running Raiders could be running even more

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2018

In the aftermath of a 68-62 win over Kailua, ‘Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto thought of one thing. The Running Raiders could do more. No. 4 ‘Iolani is now 5-0 in preseason action. The win over unranked Kailua is a gem worth building on. Kailua is putting together a strong nucleus — 6-foot-6 Isaiah Hopson did not play in last week’s loss to Baldwin — and was coming off a 68-63 win over No. 8 Kamehameha. Shimamoto knew it would be […]

No. 2 Buffanblu close out OIA-ILH Challenge 3-0

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2018

For one half, the Kailua Surfriders looked like everything Punahou coach Darren Matsuda had concerns about. Second-ranked Punahou (8-1 overall) didn’t let up, using constant pressure over 94 feet of hardwood to overwhelm Kailua 80-55 on the final day of the OIA-ILH Challenge at Moanalua High School. The Buffanblu completed the tourney 3-0, defeating Kapolei (71-41) on Thursday and No. 7 Kalaheo (81-79) on Friday. It was a much different story in the first half, when the Surfriders led most […]