The shuffle continued today for every team in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 except for one.
While Punahou remains atop the poll, Farrington and Lahainaluna entered for the first time this season.
No. 9 Farrington (8-6) may be the hottest team in the Oahu Interscholastic Association after posting wins over then-No. 7 Moanalua and then-No. 9 Kalaheo in the past two weeks. The Governors are 3-0 in the East’s blended schedule. They will play in the OIA Division II playoffs after the regular season is done.
No. 10 Lahainaluna (7-5) is 3-0 in the Maui Interscholastic League after wins over Maui and Kamehameha-Maui last week. Prior to that, the Lunas earned wins over St. Francis and Rex Putnam at the Lahainaluna Invitational. They also split preseason games with Kalaheo.
Punahou garnered all 11 first-place votes from coaches and media and is No. 1 for a third-straight week. The Buffanblu (16-1) opened Interscholastic League of Honolulu play with a 50-28 win at Mid-Pacific on Thursday. They have won 14 games in a row since a week-one, nonconference loss at Damien.
The Buffanblu have a busy week ahead with games at Kamehameha on Tuesday, at St. Francis on Thursday and against Maryknoll at home on Saturday.
Maryknoll (16-1, 2-0 ILH) hopped two notches to No. 2 after posting wins over St. Francis 65-52 and ‘Iolani 62-54. The Spartans have won four games in a row since losing to Damien at the Punahou Invitational. They have not permitted more than 55 points in a game.
The Spartans have three key games this week: Saint Louis, Kamehameha and Punahou.
‘Iolani (9-5, 0-1 ILH) dropped to No. 3 after the loss to Maryknoll. The Raiders visit Mid-Pacific on Tuesday and Saint Louis on Thursday, then host Kamehameha on Saturday.
Damien (16-2, 3-0 ILH D-II) slid one spot to No. 4 despite posting wins over University and Le Jardin. The Monarchs have a 6-2 record against Top 10 teams, but will possibly have no ranked opponents again until the state tournament.
Saint Louis (8-0, 1-0 ILH) rose to No. 5, its highest ranking of the season, after edging St. Francis 64-61 on Saturday. The Crusaders have three home games in a row: Maryknoll on Tuesday, ‘Iolani on Thursday and Mid-Pacific on Jan. 15.
Kailua (10-8, 2-0 OIA) also moved one notch higher to No. 6 after a big road win at Kahuku. This is Kailua’s highest ranking of the season. The Surfriders host Kalaheo tonight and Kaiser on Wednesday, then travel to Farrington on Friday.
St. Francis (14-11, 0-2 ILH) dropped two places to No. 7 after losses to Maryknoll and Saint Louis. Senior guard Kameron Ng re-injured his ankle against Maryknoll, but returned to play against Saint Louis. The Saints host Punahou on Thursday and visit Mid-Pacific on Saturday.
Kalaheo (10-10, 1-1 OIA) bumped one spot higher to No. 8 after splitting two OIA East games last week. The Mustangs travel to rival Kailua tonight, then host Kaimuki on Wednesday and go back on the road Friday to play Castle.
Kamehameha and Kahuku dropped out of the Top 10. Kamehameha (11-5, 0-1 ILH) had been voted in every week until today. The Warriors lost at Mid-Pacific on Friday 59-53.
Kahuku (10-6, 1-2 OIA) lost to Kailua 58-52 and Kaiser 45-43 last week.
Teams receiving votes in today’s rankings: Kamehameha, Moanalua, Kahuku, Mid-Pacific, Hawaii Prep, Waiakea and Kalani.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10