There are no trap games in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu boys basketball gauntlet.
None, nada, zilch. Zero is no hero for ILH coaches, who have gained a few white hairs over the course of a fan-pleasing, drama-filled season on the hardwood from top to bottom. Maryknoll remains at the top of the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10 today with nine of the 11 first-place votes cast by coaches and media.
Maryknoll (22-2, 8-1 ILH) led all teams for the third week in a row. The Spartans have also won five games in a row over Punahou, Mid-Pacific, St. Francis, Saint Louis and Punahou. A showdown of impactful proportions awaits on Tuesday when No. 2 ‘Iolani visits Maryknoll.
‘Iolani (19-6, 7-2 ILH) rose one notch to the second spot after three narrow wins last week: Saint Louis (60-55), Mid-Pacific (37-34) and St. Francis (70-66).
Punahou (22-4, 7-3 ILH) played without standout defender Kaulana Makaula, who visited USC on a football trip and committed to the Trojans. While the 6-foot-3 senior enjoyed his stay in LA, Punahou lost in overtime to St. Francis, 84-81. Two days later, the Buffanblu lost at Maryknoll, 51-39.
Makaula is back now and Punahou has a key game at ‘Iolani on Thursday.
Damien, this year’s Division II wunderkind, remains locked at No. 4. The Monarchs are still unbeaten in ILH D-II after a close 43-37 home win over Hawaii Baptist. The Monarchs are 7-2 against Top 10 teams, but haven’t played a ranked opponent since losing to Punahou on Dec. 22.
Moanalua (15-6, 7-1 OIA East) rose two spots to No. 5. Na Menehune have won seven in a row since losing their league opener at Farrington on Dec. 28.
St. Francis (18-15, 4-6 ILH) moved up three posts to No. 6 after an intriguing week that included the OT win at Punahou and a 70-66 loss at home to ‘Iolani. The Saints have home games against Kamehameha (Tuesday) and Mid-Pacific (Saturday) to close out the regular season of what could be the final boys varsity games in school history.
The Saints have an 8-14 record against Top 10 competition.
Lahainaluna (13-5, 8-0 MIL), Kailua (15-10, 7-2 OIA East), Mililani (11-5, 8-0 OIA West) and Farrington (12-8, 7-2 OIA East) round out the Top 10.
Farrington fell five spots to No. 10 after losing on the road to Kaiser, 62-53, and Roosevelt, 74-70.
Nine other teams received votes, a high for the 2018-19 season. Among them is Kapolei (12-7, 7-0 OIA West), which has just four votes less than Farrington. They were 4-4 without point guard Ja’Shon Carter, who returned for the start of the regular season and has fueled the Hurricanes’ unbeaten run.
Other teams that received votes: Kapolei 10, Saint Louis 8, Kalaheo 6, Waiakea 4, Hawaii Prep 3, Mid-Pacific 3, Lahainaluna 1, Leilehua 1, Roosevelt 1.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
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