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Order restored at ‘Iolani Classic in 2017

By Billy Hull on December 15, 2017

Last year was an unprecedented edition of the ‘Iolani Classic for local boys basketball teams. For the first time in tournament history since its expansion to 16 teams, three teams from Oahu finished in the top six when it was all said and done. It was an even more incredible feat considering Hawaii teams (excluding host ‘Iolani) had gone winless in the opening round in 12 consecutive years. Punahou in 2004 was the last team to win a first-round game […]

Fairfax brings history, Montverde brings Barrett

By Paul Honda on December 15, 2017

There once was Yates, the human basketball team blur, as it were. Scoring and scoring and running and running. Full-time intensity and speed for 32 minutes. Of course, longtime ‘Iolani Prep Classic fans recall Oak Hill, which seems to be here playing for the title every year. There are powerhouse teams that don’t play roundball these days, like Montrose Christian, which featured a younger Kevin Durant. There are teams that left their mark three decades ago, like the West Philadelphia […]

Miller’s case against OIA pushed back to January

By Jerry Campany on December 13, 2017

Kapolei basketball player Jalen Miller had his temporary restraining order pushed back to January, putting the Hurricanes coaching staff in a dilemma. If Kapolei plays Miller, whose parents sued the OIA and Department of Education to allow him to transfer from Mililani to his home district of Kapolei, and the family loses the suit, the Hurricanes would have to forfeit the games he played in. The OIA boys basketball regular season starts Dec. 23. Miller’s family recently sued schools superintendent […]

Tolu and Hugh miss each other by a year

By Nick Abramo on December 10, 2017

Hawaii basketball bigs are rare. Bigs with immense talent are even more scarce. That’s why the state’s fans just missed a large-scale collision. One year off to be exact. Tolu Smith, who stands 6 feet 10, is here and ready to lead the Kahuku Red Raiders this season as they defend their Division I state title. But Hugh Hogland, ‘Iolani’s 6-9 man in the middle for four seasons, is now playing in college — at D-I Portland. “It would have […]

Crusaders race from banquet to victory

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2017

It was messy and it was gritty. Saint Louis will take the win every time, and it never has to be pretty. Noa Purcell, arriving straight from the football team’s banquet, powered his way to the hoop and scored 23 points as the Crusaders edged Roosevelt 56-53 on the final day of the OIA-ILH Challenge at Moanalua High School gym. Trailing 54-53, Roosevelt had a chance to take the lead with 12 seconds left, but Jared Elwin — who had […]

Morales, Santiago lift Govs over Trojans

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2017

What a difference one year can make for the Farrington Governors. Once one of the youngest lineups in the OIA, Farrington was fully equipped to control the tempo once again, racing past Mililani 68-52 on Wednesday night at Kitamura Fieldhouse. Reymar Morales led the way with 19 points and Ehzikiel Santiago added 15 for the Governors, now 4-3 in nonconference play. Using a three-quarter press, the Govs were opportunistic and leapt to a 20-8 lead in the second quarter. The […]

Arceneaux, Clemens spark Punahou over Reed

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2017

Cole Arceneaux scored 13 points and center Duke Clemens added 10 as Punahou blazed to an 85-71 win over Reed (Nev.) on Wednesday in the opening round of The Classic in Stockton, Calif. The Buffanblu led 51-33 at halftime. Arceneaux had a team-high four of Punahou’s 16 steals, and also dished seven assists. Hunter Hosoda added nine points and three steals. Punahou (6-0) will meet a hometown team, Lincoln, in today’s matchup.

Defense carries Kamehameha over ‘Iolani for title

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2017

Moments into Kamehameha-‘Iolani, chapter 1, year 2018 A.D., the tempo was slow, the pace was like nothing seen throughout the Surfrider Holiday Classic and the Raiders seemed to have the Warriors set up perfectly for a stunning fall. Instead, Kamehameha met the challenge with maximum defense, turning a 10-all game into a 19-12 halftime lead, and went on to a 47-30 victory over ‘Iolani on Saturday night to capture the tournament title for a second year in a row. Kamren […]