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Espinas, Falcons stifle McKinley

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2017

Kaylie Espinas scored all 12 of her points in the first half and Kalani locked down defensively in the second half for a 38-33 win over McKinley on Monday night at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Logan Luke and Heidi Kishiba added seven points each, and Alayna Akiona scored six key points, all in the second half, for the Lady Falcons. Kalani improved to 2-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East (5-6 overall) with the scrappy win. “It’s an ugly win, […]

Pupule ballot: Sabers rattle roundball cage

By Paul Honda on December 11, 2017

Once again, Maryknoll is a unanimous pick at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Girls Basketball Top 10 this week. On my ballot, there’s one distinct change: Campbell. The Sabers pass my litmus test. Once we get below the Elite Teams (Maryknoll, Kamehameha); the A-/B+ teams that have championship talent and development labs (post underclassmen — Konawaena, Lahainaluna, ‘Iolani; the unbeaten, somewhat disrespected D-II program that beat two ranked teams soundly (St. Francis); the overachievers (Punahou, Waiakea)… we have Campbell. Of […]

Naha, Maryknoll each finish 2-1 at Classic

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2017

Naha Senior of Okinawa went 2-1 in the ‘Iolani Classic girls tournament, beating host ‘Iolani and Miramonte (Calif.) after losing to eventual champion Centennial on opening day. It may be the best win-loss mark by a team from Asia in the tournament’s history. > Jin Lin (Nanjing, China) 1-2 (2012) > Shenzen (China) 1-2 (2014) > Tsinghua (Beijing, China) 2-4 (two entries), 2011 (most recent) The Bears weren’t just fast and tough. They embraced the 30-second shot clock, seemingly happy […]

Maryknoll reaches back for flexibility

By Paul Honda on December 10, 2017

The blueprint for the team in white, maroon and gold is simple enough. The generic 2-3 zone is not quite what Maryknoll does, but in the hands of coach Chico Furtado, it is flypaper-sticky. It is Boeheimian. It is what the Lady Spartans used to bring the whirling, beautiful motion offense of Oregon City to a proverbial thud. The Pioneers, runners-up in Oregon 6A girls basketball last season, shot 2-for-14 (14 percent) in a pivotal third quarter. That set the […]

Walker, Brink lead ‘Iolani Classic all-tourney team

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2017

One won a championship and the other fell just short, and both are underclassmen. Centennial’s versatile, tough junior, Eboni Walker, was named the most valuable player of the ‘Iolani Classic after her team got past pesky Southridge 53-43 for the title. Walker did a lot of tough work on the glass, rebounding against the likes of Cameron Brink, a battle between a 5-foot-11 player and a 6-4 center. In many ways, Walker’s strength in the paint, coast-to-coast playmaking and all-around […]

Day 3: Centennial wins Classic, Maryknoll 3rd

By Paul Honda on December 9, 2017

The final day of the ‘Iolani Classic girls basketball tourney is here. Capsules are below. Naha City (Okinawa) continued a magical run by stunning Miramonte (Calif.) for fifth place. ‘Iolani routed Kalani in the seventh-place game. Championship game Centennial (Nev.) 53, Southridge (Ore.) 43, final Justice Ethridge pumped in 25 points as Nevada 4A defending champion Centennial (Las Vegas) outlasted Oregon 6A defending champion Southridge 53-43 for the crown. Junior Eboni Walker added nine points and was named the tourney’s […]

‘Lesson learned’ for Maryknoll after loss to Southridge

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2017

The defending Oregon 6A state champions are picking up where they left off. The Southridge Skyhawks were 27-2 last year, beating Oregon City in the state final for the crown. They hadn’t played a game since until this week. So far, so good. Southridge is 2-0 after a 63-39 runaway win over Hawaii’s No. 1 team, Maryknoll, in the semifinals of the ‘Iolani Classic on Friday night. For Maryknoll, a team that is long and tall by Hawaii standards, it […]

Day 2: Centennial, Southridge on Brink in ‘Iolani Classic

By Paul Honda on December 8, 2017

The second day of the ‘Iolani Classic girls basketball tournament is underway. Consolation results are below, and semifinal updates will also be posted here and on Twitter @hawaiiprepworld and @staradvertiser. Centennial 72, Oregon City 60, final (semifinal) Eboni Walker finished with 22 points and Justice Ethridge added 21 as Centennial advanced to the final of the Classic. The Bulldogs will meet Southridge (Ore.) in the 7 p.m. championship game on Saturday. Maryknoll will play Oregon City for third place at […]