Boys make it No. 1 in both hoops polls for Maryknoll

Maryknoll boys basketball coach Kelly Grant got to coach his son, Payton, who is now a senior, during the high school season. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

There was more than the falling of one giant tree in this jungle.

Maryknoll knocked off No. 2 Kamehameha and No. 1 Punahou in a three-day span this week. Today, coaches and media rewarded the Spartans with a No. 1 ranking in the new Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10. Maryknoll received six of the 10 first-place votes.

This also means that Maryknoll has the top ranking in both boys and girls basketball polls for the first time in a decade.

Maryknoll (21-4) won at home against Kamehameha 50-39 on Tuesday, then walked up the slope and upset Punahou 49-48 on Thursday. The Spartans are 6-1 in league play, tied with Punahou for first place. They capped the week with a 62-37 win over Saint Louis.

Even with the rare 1-2 knockouts, Maryknoll coach Kelly Grant didn’t vote for his own team at No. 1.

“Both Punahou and us are one win apiece against each other. They beat us by five (47-42, Jan. 4) and we beat them by one,” Grant said. “This was the most difficult week to vote. I went to watch Kahuku. They are really good and should receive voting acknowledgment.”

Punahou (22-2) dropped to No. 2, the first time all season the Buffanblu haven’t been at the top of the poll. They received three first-place votes. Punahou’s loss to Maryknoll was bookended by wins over ‘Iolani (52-39) and Mid-Pacific (64-40).

Kamehameha (18-5) also dropped one notch and is No. 3. After the loss to Maryknoll, the Warriors won at Saint Louis 78-59 and edged ‘Iolani 37-36.

St. Francis (22-3) remained at No. 4 and earned one first-place vote after defeating Hanalani 85-32 and University 59-43. The Saints are 5-3 against teams in the Top 10 this season, including a 55-48 victory over Maryknoll during the Punahou Invitational. Their three losses were against Punahou (twice) and Kamehameha.

No. 5 Kahuku (21-3, 9-0 OIA East) eked out wins over Farrington (64-56) and Kaiser (48-42) to remain unbeaten in the OIA East. The Red Raiders have won 10 games in a row since losing to Punahou 50-48 at the St. Francis Hoops Classic.

The rest of the Top 10 is also status quo with Kapolei (14-4), Lahainaluna (13-6), Kamehameha-Hawaii (16-3), ‘Iolani (12-10) and Campbell (15-5). Aside from the 10 ranked teams, only two other teams received votes: Kalani and Leilehua.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 9/19
1.Kahuku (12)129
4.Kamehameha (1)82
7.Saint Louis57


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