ILH title up for grabs between state’s top two teams

Maryknoll's Marcus Tobin (22) tried to drive on Punahou's Duke Clemens in a game earlier this season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The Maryknoll Spartans reign at No. 1 for a fifth straight week in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 today.

Meanwhile, the Kalani Falcons (15-8) stepped into the poll for the first time this season after an overtime loss to Kapolei in the OIA quarterfinals.

Maryknoll (26-2) has already clinched a state-tournament berth and will meet No. 2 Punahou tonight in the ILH tournament final. Punahou (25-4) needs a win over regular-season winner Maryknoll to force a league championship game. Punahou has also clinched a state berth.

Damien (25-2), the surprising Division II force this season, moved into a tie for No. 3 with ‘Iolani (20-10). ‘Iolani meets St. Francis tonight to determine third place in the ILH tourney. An ‘Iolani win means the Raiders will seal the third and final berth to the state tourney. If St. Francis wins, they take third in the ILH tournament and will meet the regular-season third-place team, ‘Iolani, again for the state berth.

Moanalua (18-6) is at No. 5, moving up a notch this week. Na Menehune host Kahuku on Monday night in the OIA semifinal round. Both teams have already sealed state berths.

St. Francis (21-16), Lahainaluna (14-5), Kailua (17-11), Kapolei (16-7) and Kalani round out the Top 10.

The list of teams that also received votes shrank this week. Eight teams were in this category a week ago. This time, it’s a season-low three teams: Kahuku, Hawaii Prep and Farrington. Mililani dropped out of the poll and did not receive a vote.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Mar. 27
1.‘Iolani (2)85
2.Maui (6)80
4.Saint Louis (2)75
8. Waiakea20


  1. ??? February 11, 2019 6:50 pm

    Has anybody seen “Recruited not Rooted” ?
    I haven’t heard from him since he talked smack when St Louis was undefeated 8-0.
    I told him STL hasn’t played anybody yet and he said “you don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground”.
    STL finished 10-10 and now he is MIA😂.
    That’s ok. Football season is near.

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