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LIVE BLOG: ‘Iolani Classic, day 1

By Paul Honda on December 13, 2018

Clovis West (Calif.) is coming off a 32-4 season, fourth in the CIF, and features two D-I recruits. Incarnate Word of Saint Louis (Mo.) features three D-I recruits. Yes. It’s that kind of tourney where Hawaii teams are, once again, a long, long shot to win it all. Friday’s games >> Sacred Hearts vs. Kalani, consolation, 3:30 p.m. >> Kaiser vs. Lahainaluna, consolation, 5 p.m. >> Clovis West (Calif.) vs. Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Mo.), semifinal, 6:30 p.m. >> ‘Iolani […]

Tourneys abound: St. Francis, Walter Wong, Kaimuki, ‘Iolani Classic

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2018

The holiday season is busy enough for shoppers and those of us driving in vehicles who aren’t shopping. Then there’s rain that slows all traffic to a crawl. Then there’s prep hoops. The onslaught of tournaments is upon us in full, thick morass. The Walter Wong Invitational tipped off on Monday with four games. Host Saint Louis is coming off a title run at the St. Joseph Cardinal Classic in Hilo. The Crusaders didn’t play on Monday, but Kaiser routed […]

No. 1 ‘Iolani prevails over No. 9 Punahou

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2018

The bounce-back is often easier said than done, especially with so many giveaways. Coming off a loss to Kamehameha, the No. 1-ranked ‘Iolani Raiders got a resilient performance from senior Taylor Wu and gritty effort from sophomore Alexsandra Huntimer in a 52-37 win over No. 9 Punahou on Monday night at Hemmeter Fieldhouse. ‘Iolani improved to 3-1 in Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls basketball action (11-1 overall). Punahou is now 1-1 in league play (5-1 overall). Wu led the Raiders […]

‘Iolani remains at No. 1 despite loss to Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2018

‘Iolani remains atop the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 for a third week in a row. The Raiders lost to then-No. 5 Kamehameha on Friday, but still collected more points in the rankings. ‘Iolani played without starter Lily Lefotu Wahinekapu (ankle), which may have played a role on the ballots of coaches and media. Kamehameha (7-2) improved to 2-0 in ILH play and is now at No. 2 in the Top 10. The Warriors gathered six of the 10 first-place […]

VIDEO: No. 5 Kamehameha upsets No. 1 ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2018

No. 5 Kamehameha visits No. 1 ‘Iolani in a key ILH girls basketball showdown. Warriors center Kalina Obrey leads the way with 16 points and 14 rebounds in Kamehameha’s victory.

Blakeney, Cannon spark Kaiser over Kaimuki’s ironwoman 5

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2018

There’s power in the trenches, which is why the Lady Cougars of Kaiser rely on Stephanie Cannon and Tanya Blakeney. The high-energy posts combined for 25 points and 19 rebounds as Kaiser overcame a Kaimuki rally for a 52-42 win at Ted Fukushima Athletic Complex on Saturday night. Blakeney, a 5-foot-11 junior, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cannon, a 5-9 senior, had 11 points and nine rebounds. Kaiser improved to 2-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East (8-3 […]

Obrey’s 16/14 powers No. 5 Kamehameha over No. 1 ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2018

Kalina Obrey has been on this road before. This time, the evolution of her game is a big reason for No. 5 Kamehameha’s stunning 49-45 win over No. ‘Iolani on Friday night at Father Bray Athletic Center. Obrey pounded inside for 16 points and 14 rebounds, adding two blocks as the Warriors won their season opener in Interscholastic League of Honolulu play (6-2 overall). “It means a lot, but it’s still early. We can’t take anything for granted. We’ve still […]

Hoopbook: Namoa’s grit, Kordel Ng’s superpowers

By Paul Honda on December 7, 2018

The OIA-ILH Challenge is underway, but let’s go back nearly a week, please. On Saturday, the Konawaena Invitational concluded. Kalani completed a sweep of opponents with a 50-41 win over then-No. 4 Lahainaluna. The 3-0 run at Col. Ellison Onizuka Gymnasium began with a 66-54 win over host then-No. 2 Konawaena and a 60-51 victory over then-No. 7 Hilo. Maybe the highlight of the tournament was Thea Hanato-Smith‘s game-winning bucket to give the Alumni a 44-42 win over Konawaena’s varsity. […]