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Defending the hill: Lunas edge Mules for 1st win

By Paul Honda on December 2, 2017

Pretty basketball is high scoring much of the time. The Lahainaluna Lunas aren’t always pretty. In fact, with a 31-30 win over Leilehua on Friday afternoon at the James Alegre Invitational, they were more than happy to embrace winning ugly — specially against a talented Mules team led by Liam Fitzgerald, who had little room to operate and managed to score 16 points. “If we shot the ball better, it would be better. We’re shooting 36 percent over the tournament,” […]

Felix’s hot shooting boosts ‘Iolani over Kailua

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2017

Frankie Felix sure came up big in the nick of time. With point guard Noah Bumanglag out (concussion), Felix sparked a big rally with three 3-pointers during the second quarter as ‘Iolani overcame host Kailua 66-56 in the semifinal round of the Surfrider Holiday Classic on Saturday night. Felix connected on two more treys in the third quarter and finished with 19 points to lead the Raiders. Kekoa Lee added 14 points in a battle that tested the Raiders’ mettle. […]

Frank’s 3-point barrage sparks Kamehameha over St. Francis

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2017

Another tight thriller between Kamehameha and St. Francis. Another close win for the Division I Warriors. With hot perimeter shooting by Laamea Frank — 7-for-8 from the arc for 21 points — and a dogged effort in the paint by Kobe Young and Kamren Victorino-Kato, Kamehameha escaped with a 71-66 win over D-II St. Francis on Friday night. The 6-foot-6 Young, providing strength in the post, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Victorino-Kato had a team-high 22 points, hustling […]

Life After Hugh: Raiders in relentless mode

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2017

Four years of Hugh Hogland, an all-state player of the year, was a godsend and blessing to the storied boys basketball program at ‘Iolani. Dean Shimamoto embraces the challenge in year one, post-Hugh, now that the 6-foot-9 standout is now at Portland University. The Raiders were in scrappy, hustling, air-tight defensive mode from start to finish in a 53-40 win over an equally tough Maui Sabers team on Thursday in the opening round of the Surfrider Holiday Classic at Kailua. […]

VIDEO: Kahuku hoopsters rally past Campbell

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2017

Kahuku opens its nonconference schedule with a battle at Campbell. Western Kentucky commit Tolu Smith scores 27 points in his Hawaii high school debut as the visiting Red Raiders rally. Marcus Damuni‘s putback with :13 left lifts Kahuku to a 43-41 victory.

VIDEO: Caravalho’s clutch shot lifts Honokaa

By Paul Honda on December 1, 2017

Kolten Caravalho hadn’t scored all game, but when his Honokaa Dragons needed a shot-maker in the clutch, he came through. Caravalho’s bank shot in traffic at the buzzer lifted Honokaa over Radford 37-36 on

Victorino-Kato, Young power Kamehameha over Campbell

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2017

(Updates with all quarterfinal results at the Surfrider Holiday Classic.) The long wait for game No. 1 was well worth it for Kamehameha. Kamren Victorino-Kato poured in 12 of his 16 points in the first half as Kamehameha blazed past Campbell 62-38 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Surfrider Holiday Classic at Kailua High School gym. In other quarterfinal games, St. Francis overwhelmed Waipahu 85-41, ‘Iolani fought off Maui 53-40 and host Kailua downed Waianae 75-23. (See […]

Smith pumps in 27 as Kahuku rallies past Campbell

By Paul Honda on November 30, 2017

Tolu Smith is just a high school senior, and he is the real deal. His spin moves near the block recall a young Hakeem Olajuwon, though the “Dream” was a college freshman when he was unveiled to American roundball enthusiasts. Smith’s soft touch near the rim? Very Timmy. As in Tim Duncan, which isn’t a stretch considering Smith is 6-foot-10 — like Olajuwon — and Duncan was listed at 6-11 through his NBA career. Smith’s father, Galen Smith, played college […]