Since the college tournament doesn’t do much for me, I put every Hawaii state champion boys basketball team into a 64-team bracket. I am not sure how I will determine each winner, perhaps by straight votes with Paul Honda or Dave Reardon picking if there are no votes. Jerry Campany is the tiebreaker, and we don’t want any of that. I will put each matchup on our facebook page, comment on who you think would win. I didn’t allow top seeds, just staggered them by era. I added the seven division II champions to get to 64, but did not include the AA champions from 1965-1982. The first round:
1957 Saint Louis vs. 2013 St. Francis
Saint Louis: beat Hilo 65-55 behind 20 points by Richard Apao and 12 by Lum. Other players were Plunkett, Naniole, Lutero, Mahiko and Pang. Coached by Walter Wong.
St. Francis: beat Kailua 39-34. Players: Autin Ursua, Sosiua Havea, Matthew Nuumanaia, Shabir Lynton, Blayne Wong, Keola Kealoha, Kyle Lau, Kalani Akana, Nayton Koki, Janson Kupau, Keoni-Tom MIllare, Daron Sun, Lachoneus Tautuiaka. Coached by Sol Batoon.
1988 University vs. 1989 Radford
University: beat Maryknoll 38-36. Alvarez, Miiho, DeCorte, Quitan, Stewart, Williams. Coached by Darryl Gabriel.
Radford: beat Kamehameha 57-55. Parham, Smith, Cooper, McCoy, McMillan, Davis, Jordan, Burnley, Curry, Dunbar. coached by Jim Alegre.
1973 Leilehua vs. 2004 Iolani
Leilehua: beat Hilo 56-52. Rick Wagner, Ward, Okamura, Kaloi, Caubet, Comiskey, Bonta. coached by Richard Townsend.
Iolani: beat Kalaheo 64-54. Derrick Low, Todd Blankenship, Ryan Hirata, Kyle Pape, Nip, Street, Yasuda, Tollefson, Shoji, Carney. Coached by Mark Mugiishi.
1972 Kailua vs. 2005 Iolani
Kailua: beat St. Louis 65-44. Smith, Schiessel, Naihe, Akamine, Marin, Casey, Ryan, Lauritzen, Hussey, Souza, Kahibaum, Mills. Coached by Merv Lopes.
Iolani: beat Kahuku 63-51: Pape, Young, Nip, Kang, Dung, Morikuni, Mounts, Kealoha, Shoji, Takamori, Eberlin, Yama, Marciel, Kepoo. Coached by Mark Mugiishi.
1965 Kamehameha vs. 2012 Punahou
Kamehameha: beat Kailua 55-49: Gurczynski, Hodges, Hess, Sabas, Perry, Winxhester, Warrington. coached by Jack Herbertson.
Punahou: beat Kahuku 59-52. Buckner, Tanuvasa, McAfee-Torco, Velasquez, Johnson, Gruebner, Matsukawa, Lakalaka, Taniguchi, Henderson, Fey. Coached by Darren Matsuda.