Kailua’s Surfriders Holiday Classic draws No. 1 Saint Louis

Throwback Thursday: Kailua Surfriders head coach Wally Marciel celebrated an upset win over Kalaheo during the 2016 season. Krystle Marcellus/Star-Advertiser

Five of the state’s Top 10 boys basketball team are heading to Windward Oahu on Thursday.

The Surfriders Holiday Classic opens championship-bracket format action with defending Division II state champion Kohala against No. 10 Campbell at 3:30 p.m. Kohala features brothers Landon and Layden Kauka, as well as a thrilling run-and-gun style of ball that has been a tradition for decades. Campbell was a finalist in the D-I state tourney last year. The Sabers are coming off a loss to University, a D-II powerhouse that lost to Kohala in the D-II state title game.

The big draw is Saint Louis, the two-time D-I defending state champion. The Crusaders will play University at 6:30 p.m.

Kamehameha and Kailua shared the No. 5 spot in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 and will face unranked competition today. Baldwin will play Kamehameha at 5 p.m., while Kailua hosts Waipahu at 8 p.m.

Last year, ‘Iolani defeated Kailua in the final, 64-50. Campbell took third place with a 48-47 win over Kamehameha.

Thursday’s games
Kohala vs. No. 10 Campbell, 3:30 p.m.
Baldwin vs. No. 5 Kamehameha, 5 p.m.
University vs. No. 1 Saint Louis, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Kailua vs. Waipahu, 8 p.m.

Friday’s games
Semifinals, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Consolation, 3:30 and 5 p.m.

Saturday’s games
Championship, 7:30 p.m.
Third place, 6 p.m.
Fifth place, 4:30 p.m.
Third place, 3 p.m.


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