Boys basketball

Post-game interviews following Kahuku’s championship-game win over Punahou in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at Stan Sheriff Center, Feb. 17, 2017. Snapple shower for Coach Brandyn Akana Guard/Forward Samuta Avea Guard Jessiya Villa Forward Dan Fotu Coach Brandyn Akana

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There is no closet space for excuses, but there is a prayer closet for the devoted. All the years that Kahuku had enough talent and schematics and willpower to capture a boys basketball state championship — three seasons of reaching the finals, to be exact — those elements were not quite enough. Three times, Kahuku […]

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This time, Saint Francis finished the state tournament the way it started. Last year, the Saints were awarded the top seed in the Division II boys basketball bracket but settled for third after a three-point loss to Seabury Hall in the semifinals and watched University celebrate the title. The Saints got back to work this […]

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Facing a 13-point deficit with less than 90 seconds left, Kalani nearly completed the arduous climb in Friday’s Division II state championship game. But the furious rally stalled after closing to within three with 22.6 seconds remaining, leaving the Falcons again just short of the peak. Saint Francis managed to protect just enough of the […]

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Kahuku’s Samuta Avea and St. Francis’ Kameron Ng were named the most outstanding players of the Division I and D-II brackets at the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. Avea, a 6-foot-6 senior, was a key contributor in Kahuku’s rise to the first state title in school history. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four […]

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The fourth time is the charm for Kahuku boys basketball. After three previous trips to the state championship game in Division I and its predecessor, top-seeded Kahuku finally broke through on Saturday with a 70-55 win over second-seeded Punahou. In a basketball symphony of roles and explosions, the Red Raiders got perhaps their most balanced […]

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In three short years, the Lahainaluna Lunas have transformed from a competitive program to a Division I elite-level squad. Coach Jason Justus drew up the play on Friday afternoon against ‘Iolani during a third-place game at the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. Final seconds, ‘Iolani up 58-57. Steven Kama sets the off-ball screen for Cley […]

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Captain Whitlock and his teammates went out with a bang. Kalaheo ended its season by beating Leilehua 50-43 in the fifth-place game of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. It was all that the Mustangs wanted, but all things considered — and that includes a monster Kahuku squad that was a nemesis in the OIA […]

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And then there were two. Two in the Division I finals of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships. Two in the D-II title game. To this point, merry tales for the finalists. Bittersweet lingerings for the defeated. First, the defeated. D-I Lahainaluna (23-2, 10-0 MIL) WOW. I’d seen what Coach Jason Justus implemented when he […]

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There is no real finality for the Final 4. But it is certainly a Fantastic 4. The Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships enters day 3, and there haven’t been any serious surprises. But there is some history. >> Lahainaluna’s venture into the Division I semifinal round is the first for the program since 1957. As […]

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