Avea, Ng pace HHSAA all-tournament teams

Kahuku senior swingman Samuta Avea whoops it up with his team as he clutches the state championship trophy. (Feb. 17, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
Kahuku senior swingman Samuta Avea whoops it up with his team as he clutches the state championship trophy. (Feb. 17, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Kahuku’s Samuta Avea and St. Francis’ Kameron Ng were named the most outstanding players of the Division I and D-II brackets at the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.

Avea, a 6-foot-6 senior, was a key contributor in Kahuku’s rise to the first state title in school history. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in the title-game win over Punahou. Joining him on the all-tournament team are teammates Dan Fotu and Jessiya Villa, Zayne Chong and Cole Mausolf of Punahou, and Hugh Hogland of ‘Iolani.

Ng had 16 points and four steals in St. Francis’ 52-46 win over Kalani for the D-II title. His teammate, Boris Vukovic, also was picked to the D-II all-tourney team, along with Kalani’s Jaemi Harris and Micah Kawano, Peter Konohia of Seabury Hall and Jerry Lawson of Le Jardin.

Kameron Ng is a sophomore guard at St. Francis.
Kameron Ng is a sophomore guard at St. Francis.


  1. Redlentless Fan February 18, 2017 4:50 pm

    Congrats to all the boys! Too bad some boys had to be left off, but that’s the way it goes.

  2. Loca1boi February 18, 2017 8:13 pm

    I hope somebody does at least an all defensive team. Seriously, we gotta at least have 6 guys recognized for their defensive prowess. Show the kids there’s honor in playing hard-nosed, scrappy, bust your elemu defense.

  3. Redlentless Fan February 18, 2017 9:13 pm

    Loca1boi totally agree. Who would your top 6 be?

  4. flyinghawaiian February 18, 2017 9:58 pm

    Congrats to Kahuku and St. Francis for winning their respective divisions. All the games were exciting and full of great competition. Only have one question: Why does a team get to play in its home gym for a State Semi-final game. Not to take anything away from Kalani but the State Tournament Committee needs to find a way to make all games at a level playing field. Reading the article not only did they get to play in their own gym but they also practiced in the gym the same day of the tournament. No other teams were able to practice in the gyms that were hosting the games. Kalani could of played Seabury Hall at St. Francis at 7:00pm instead of playing at Kalani. Did it make a difference, maybe one point. Would of saw a St. Francis versus Seabury Hall rematch of last year. Need to look at this.

  5. Loca1boi February 18, 2017 11:48 pm

    @Redlentless Fan.. Solely based off of the state tournament games, I feel the defensive player of the year gotta go to Cody Sauvao. I’m not the best judge for the entire first team because I didn’t watch every game in the tournament, but I feel Ah Hoy belongs on the first team. Honestly, Avea and Fotu could even be added on that but I would like to see guys on the all-defensive team who weren’t named to the original all-tourney team (unless you just had a ridiculous stud player).

  6. Uncle Joe February 19, 2017 7:56 pm

    The Iolani kid, Baldomero is a tough defender.

  7. Redlentless Fan February 19, 2017 9:26 pm

    Loca1boi – Yup. Agree with your post! All would be deserving.

    Uncle Joe – Baldomero for sure. All hustle. Gave the top scorers on other teams a really hard time.

  8. mauinokaoi February 20, 2017 9:06 pm

    Chandler Dobson of Seabury Hall- Viskovic of Hawaii Prep- 4 points
    Pepe and #10- kalani gurards- 4 points
    Falk- Honokaa 3-16. (scored 12 and 18 in other two games)

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