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Ethan Erickson, Marcus Damuni rally Kahuku past Roosevelt

By Paul Honda on January 19, 2019

Ethan Erickson scored 13 points, including a go-ahead follow shot with 2:28 left, as Kahuku rallied for a 50-47 win over Roosevelt on Friday night at the Rough Riders’ gym. Marcus Damuni led Kahuku with 15 points. The Red Raiders have pulled themselves out of the lower levels of the OIA East and are now 3-3 (12-7 overall) with close wins over Kalani and now Roosevelt. “Fourth quarter, you can see how good we can be. We played great defense […]

Hoopbook: Cardiac Cougars stun Radford in OT for state berth

By Paul Honda on January 18, 2019

The ups and downs had the Kaiser Cougars singing the blues at times. On Thursday night, a stunning overtime playoff victory had the Cardiac Cougars singing in triumph all the way back to East Oahu. Kaiser is in the state tournament thanks to two crucial wins in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I girls basketball playoffs. On Wednesday, the Lady Cougars overcame Nanakuli 56-40. One day later, Kaiser went to Radford, which finished second in the OIA West, and won […]

OIA loses a berth in boys hoops state tourney

By Paul Honda on January 16, 2019

The OIA will have an allotment of five state-tournament berths in Division I boys basketball this season, losing a spot form its usual six, according to Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Chris Chun. With St. Francis moving up from D-II to D-I, the ILH now has seven teams in the higher classification. The breakdown of total number of teams in D-I, by league, looks like this Division I boys basketball KIF: 0 ILH: 7 OIA: 14 MIL: 5 […]

No. 2 Punahou escapes against No. 3 ‘Iolani 57-56

By Paul Honda on January 15, 2019

The numbers weren’t so shiny for No. 2 Punahou. The grit certainly was there in abundance. Down eight points in the third quarter, Punahou went on an 18-3 run to seize the lead, and No. 3 ‘Iolani missed two layup tries in the final seconds as the Buffanblu escaped with a 57-56 win at Hemmeter Fieldhouse on Thursday night. The comeback was especially explosive as Jakob Kimura scored 10 of his 23 points during the third quarter. That turned a […]

Q&A: Kamehameha boys hoops coach Larry Park

By Paul Honda on January 15, 2019

When the Kamehameha Warriors hired Larry Park in the offseason to become their boys varsity head coach, old-timers and former Warriors were among the few who knew the name. Park coached under legendary James Winchester in the 1990s, part of a coaching tree that includes former Kamehameha head coaches Jesse Nakanishi and Julian Nakanishi. Winchester’s strategic use of fullcourt defensive pressure was a key to the Warriors’ state championship season in 1992, and when Jesse Nakanishi was head coach later, […]

Maryknoll bumps Punahou out for No. 1 in boys Top 10

By Paul Honda on January 14, 2019

This week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 may be the most convoluted and, to a lesser degree, confusing selection process in a year of tremendous parity. Maryknoll took the reigns for the first time this winter after gathering six out of the 11 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. In all, four teams received at least one top vote, but the Spartans finished with a double-digit margin ahead of No. 2 Punahou. Maryknoll (18-2, 4-1 Interscholastic […]

St. Francis needs OT to earn first ILH D-I win

By Paul Honda on January 12, 2019

One of the reasons why a team with 12 losses already this season is practically bullet-proof when it comes to statewide respect. The St. Francis Saints showed once again why they’ve earned every bit of that rock-solid appraisal on Saturday night. No. 7 St. Francis rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 2:24 to outlast Mid-Pacific 71-63 in overtime. That spoiled MPI’s homecoming night. Both the boys and girls teams lost games in OT before a packed house at […]

No. 2 Maryknoll knocks off No. 1 Punahou

By Paul Honda on January 12, 2019

It was a rickety afternoon at the free-throw line for the Maryknoll Spartans. After putting in extra work at practice and on the road in recent weeks, the Spartans saw a downturn at the charity stripe in a crucial battle with No. 1 Punahou on Saturday. Kalai Akaka was there to hit the big foul shots once again. Akaka accentuated a versatile performance — 10 points, six assists and a steal — with 6-for-6 shooting at the foul line. He […]