Kalaheo still No. 1, Kahuku rises to No. 3

Kalaheo forward Kekai Smith (3) looks to shoot in the championship game of the Punahou Invitational. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser
Kalaheo forward Kekai Smith (3) looks to shoot in the championship game of the Punahou Invitational. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser

It took a few weeks, but Kalaheo is finally a unanimous No. 1. The Mustangs beat Punahou at Hemmeter Fieldhouse on 41-40 just before the regular season began.

Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
1. Kalaheo (15), 150, 1
2. Punahou, 134, 2
3. Kahuku, 119, 4
4. Iolani, 103, 5
5. Leilehua, 76, 6
6. Saint Louis, 67, 3
7. Lahainaluna, 50, 7
8. Campbell, 38, 9
9. Farrington, 29, 8
10. Maryknoll, 25, 10
ARV: Pahoa 12, Kamehameha 12, Kaiser 4, Baldwin 3, Moanalua 2, Waiakea 1.

Pupule’s ballot
1 KLH. Fluid at times, herky-jerky at times. The 2015 Mustangs understand how to win: with great defense. 
2. PUN. Until JB Kam posts up, they live and die by the perimeter shot. 
3. KAH. Darth Maul of the OIA. Dressed in fierce red and black. Feared and loathed by so many within the OIA — and out of it. I’m hearing more and more antipathy toward Big Red because of the controversy regarding its New Zealand transfers — the legality of their paperwork, to be precise. Can’t we all just ball in peace?
4. IOL. Return of the Jedi. 
5. STL. The loss to KS says more about KS than STL.
6. KS. Losing record in ILH, yes. But they beat STL. Also beat LEI.
7. LEI. Losses to almost all of the above teams. 
8. MS. Beat STL, almost beat PUN. 
9. PAH. Currently 18-1, the Daggers were actually 17-1 going into last week’s games. Only loss is to… STL.
10. LAH. They have a loss to PAH on the books. 

Close, but…
FAR. Lost to KLH, struggled past MCK. They’ve gotten a lot out of a 6-foot and under roster. 
CAM. Unbeaten in the OIA West, no signature wins. Yet. Center David Marrero (6-5) is one of the best shot blockers in the islands. 
MOA. Lost to KAH and ROOS.
BAL. Losses to ROOS, LAH and MAUI.
KAIS. Lost to KLH 71-57, beat ROOS. 
MCK: Barely beat CAS, lost to FAR. Turnovers killing the speedy Tigers. 
ROOS. Lost to KAIS, beat MOA. 


  1. Hoopwaiian January 28, 2015 1:54 pm

    Two triple doubles. Followed by a 39 point onslaught against HPA last night. Leads the state in scoring, steals and assists. Tolby “Asian Mamba”:Saito.

  2. Observer January 30, 2015 9:13 pm

    Pahoa and Lahaina shoudln’t be ranked.

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