Exhibition basketball hasn’t been limited to Oahu by any means.
A four-team tournament was held at Maui Prep last month, played by club teams with players from Lahainaluna, Baldwin, Maui and host Maui Prep. Oahu teams, mostly private schools or clubs comprised of private and public school players, played a modest number of games in the latter half of February. Saint Louis was 13-0 in exhibition play, while Damien played several exhibition games and scrimmages.
On the Big Island, Kamehameha-Hawaii and Hawaii Prep played a boys game on Friday. Earlier in the week, HPA hosted the Kona Stingrays Basketball Club team.
Today, four games are on the slate at Hawaii Prep. In the first game, the host Ka Makani defeated Honokaa BC, 65-43. In the second contest, Kohala’s NSP BC is playing Kealakehe’s Shut D BC. In the afternoon, Shut D meets Honokaa, and in the finale, HPA takes on NSP (4:30 p.m.).
(Update: NSP defeated Shut D, 51-41, and Honokaa defeated Shut D, 40-28. HPA defeated NSP, 57-40.)
NSP’s squad is comprised of Kohala players who won the Division II state title last year.
All four matchups are live streamed on HPA’s YouTube channel.
Live stream: Honokaa 40, Shut D 28
All teams were tested for COVID-19 on Friday.
The last game is uniquely interesting. HPA beat Kohala twice last season in BIIF play, but Kohala won the D-II title and went on to capture its first state championship.
The games at Castle Gymnasium are dubbed the “HPA Aloha” games, a tournament without trophies.
In Friday’s matchup, Jaye Walker scored 19 points and Tre Walker tallied 12 in HPA’s win over Kamehameha-Hawaii. Dorian Roque-Kuamoo led the Warriors with 16 points.
In the girls battle between HPA and KS-Hawaii on Thursday, Ka Makani prevailed, 38-37.
In the boys junior varsity matchup, Roi Endo’s eight points led HPA in a 38-34 victory over KS-Hawaii. Josiah Williams scored 10 for the visitors.
On Tuesday, Bear Wawner tallied 14 points and Jaye Walker had 11 in a 48-35 win over the Stingrays, a squad mostly comprised of Konawaena hoopsters. Josh Gacayan led the Stingrays with 12 points.
The teams also played on Feb. 25.
Live stream: Hawaii Prep 68, Kona Stingrays 41 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn9FzLnsUMg
On Feb. 24, the Kona Stingrays girls team topped HPA, 69-38.
The first exhibition hoops game at HPA this winter was on Feb. 20, a win by Ka Makani over Christian Liberty, 65-15.