Hoop kings: Punahou coasting at No. 1

Punahou’s Cole Mausolf looked to pass the ball during the second half of Thursday's game against the Maryknoll Spartans. Cindy Ellen Russell/crussell@staradvertiser.com (Jan. 4, 2017)

Coaches and media gave Punahou nine of 10 first-place votes as the Buffanblu remained at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 released Monday.

Punahou edged Maryknoll 47-42 and Mid-Pacific 46-39 last week to open Interscholastic League of Honolulu play. The Buffanblu are 18-1 overall. The only loss came against Lincoln (Calif.).

Kamehameha (15-3, 2-0 ILH) received one first-place vote for the second week in a row. St. Francis (18-3) remained at No. 3, the highest ranking for a Division II team since Farrington in 2012. Maryknoll (16-4) is at No. 4.

The Buffanblu host the Warriors tonight.

Kahuku (17-3) leaped two notches higher to No. 5. The Red Raiders overpowered Kalani 70-43 and pulled away late to beat Roosevelt 69-52 last week. Kahuku is 5-0 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East.

Kapolei (10-4) remained at No. 6. The Hurricanes lead the OIA West with a 5-0 mark. Maui Interscholastic League leader Lahainaluna (11-6, 6-0) bumped to No. 7, the highest ranking of the season for the Lunas.

‘Iolani slipped two spots to No. 8 after nine-point losses to Mid-Pacific and Kamehameha.

Kamehameha-Hawaii and Campbell round out the Top 10.

Kalani (four), Leilehua (three) and Kailua (two) also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kahuku (10)100
5.Saint Louis53


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