A lot can happen in one year, especially for the Kamehameha Warriors.
The Warriors collected all 10 first-place votes today as a unanimous No. 1 choice by coaches and media in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10.
“Our players deserve all the credit,” Kamehameha coach Larry Park said. “They support each other so well, but the ILH is so tough. We got Punahou tomorrow, then Saint Louis and Mid-Pacific, then ‘Iolani on Monday. All very well-coached and each poses a different challenge.”
Kamehameha edged Maryknoll, 46-43, and outlasted Damien, 61-56, and moved up one notch from the No. 2 spot. Last season, the talented, young Warriors battled through the ILH slate, upset eventual Division I state champion Maryknoll along the way, but were spectators come state-tourney time.
Maryknoll dropped to No. 2 after the loss to Kamehameha. Coach Kelly Grant predicted in preseason that no team would go unbeaten in the rough-and-tumble ILH, but the Spartans already have wins over two of the top six teams in the state during league play.
Kalaheo improved to 5-0 in OIA East play (15-7 overall) and moved up to No. 3, swapping places with Punahou (12-7, 2-1 ILH). Punahou lost to Maryknoll 44-32 on Saturday.
Moanalua was tied at No. 10 with Kahuku last week, but dropped out of the poll after a 37-33 loss at Kalaheo on Saturday.
Waiakea (nine), Na Menehune (eight), Saint Louis (five), Mililani (three) and Kohala (one) also received at least one vote.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Jan. 20|