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Kameron, Kordel Ng to play in New Zealand tourney

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2019

A roster that includes some of Hawaii’s top basketball players, including former professional Derrick Low, also has a bit of Saintly thumbprints. Brothers Kameron and Kordel Ng are on the roster of the Kingdom of Hawaii team and are set to fly to New Zealand for a Pacific Rim-wide tournament on Thursday. Kameron Ng, a senior, and Kordel, a junior, are the only Hawaii prep players on the roster. “We’re going to play against other national teams, Poly national teams. […]

ILH rules against curtailing coaching restrictions

By Nick Abramo on March 16, 2019

At their postseason meetings, the ILH basketball and volleyball coaches voted to request the elimination of coaching restrictions. The ILH athletic directors, however, voted to keep the restrictions in place. By rule, ILH coaches are not allowed to coach players from their varsity teams during offseason periods, excluding summer. There is one exception: Varsity coaches who coach a club team can coach up to three of their varsity players on the club team. The state’s other leagues — BIIF, KIF, […]

Kameron Ng repeats as Gatorade Hawaii player of the year

By Billy Hull on March 15, 2019

St. Francis senior Kameron Ng won the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Basketball Player of the Year award for the second straight year on Friday. Ng, who finished second to Kahuku’s Tolu Smith in the Star-Advertiser player of the year voting as a junior, is up for the award again this year. The All-State team will be released on Sunday, March 24. The 5-foot-9 shooting guard averaged 24.4 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game this season. He got […]


Hoopbook: Vacancies at ‘Iolani, Saint Louis, Castle

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2019

Coaching changes happen often enough, and they go unnoticed at times. The boys basketball season has been over in Hawaii for less than three weeks, but the changes coming could have a domino effect with more impact than usual. It began with news that Sol Batoon had been released after two seasons as Saint Louis coach. That was relatively sudden, given that the middle-school and elementary-school level teams have been more active than usual under Batoon’s watch. Playing in youth […]

Maryknoll’s Makoto Kamata headlines ILH basketball all stars

By Billy Hull on March 11, 2019

Maryknoll senior Makoto Kamata was named the ILH Division I boys basketball most valuable player today. Kamata and coach Kelly Grant took the top awards for the ILH all-star teams that were voted on by league coaches. The complete list of winners is below. University’s Leif Fautanu was named MVP in Division II and Christian Academy’s Matthew Tokuda won the honor in Division III. DIVISION I Most valuable player—Makoto Kamata, Sr, Maryknoll Coach of the year—Kelly Grant, Maryknoll FIRST TEAM […]

Kameron Ng caps storied career with MVP award at Classic

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2019

Senior exhibitions, all-star games, showcases — they are unpredictable. One year, almost nobody played defense in the ILH-OIA boys game at the Geremy Robinson Senior Classic. But more often, neither side is content to go through the motions. Tonight, the ILH prevailed in a thriller, 88-87, over the OIA that showcased the best of the private-school league and the best of the public schools. The ILH saw a 10-point lead dissipate on Saturday night as the OIA got a huge […]

Iolani coach Dean Shimamoto has the Raiders No. 1 in the boys basketball Top 10. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

‘Iolani’s 3-time state-championship coach Dean Shimamoto retires

By Paul Honda on March 1, 2019

After a decade as the head coach of ‘Iolani, one of the most successful boys basketball programs in the state, Dean Shimamoto announced his retirement today, He shared the news this afternoon, not long after speaking with his team, the same one that finished third in the state. Over the years, the Raiders, by and large, often overachieved, beating taller and bigger teams with more athleticism. They did it the old-fashioned way, putting in reps on the hardwood and in […]

Students, faculty celebrate Maryknoll’s state title

By Paul Honda on February 28, 2019

Hectic, yes, but the Maryknoll Spartans would have it no other way this week. The Spartans rode a No. 1 ranking and top seeding in the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships to a state crown on Saturday night, setting off a week of celebrations across the community. Maryknoll capped the season with a 50-34 win over Punahou in the final, completing a 30-2 season. That included a ceremony on Thursday morning in the Maryknoll Community Center with the entire student […]