Maryknoll boys No. 1 for third week in a row

Maryknoll guard Jaylen Cain (25) drove to the basket ahead of Punahou forward Kaulana Makaula (20) during the second half of an ILH boys basketball game on January 18. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

For the third week in a row, the Maryknoll Spartans are No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Boys Basketball Top 10.

The Spartans collected all 10 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. Maryknoll has earned an automatic state-tournament berth by winning the ILH regular season. They can win the league title outright with a win over No. 2 Punahou (25-3) tonight in the playoff tourney.

St. Francis (26-3), which edged Maryknoll at the Punahou Invitational in December, remains at No. 3.

Kahuku (23-3) took a big step higher. The fourth-ranked Red Raiders remained unbeaten in OIA play, defeating Moanalua 72-53 in the quarterfinals last week.

Kapolei (16-4) is in lock-step with Kahuku, now No. 5 after a 63-38 playoff win over Kailua.

Kamehameha (20-8) slipped two spots to No. 6 after a 72-50 playoff loss to Punahou. The Warriors’ season is over.

The rest of the Top 10 remained the same: No. 7 Lahainaluna (17-6), No. 8 Kamehameha-Hawaii (20-3), No. 9 ‘Iolani (14-11) and No. 10 Kalani (12-4).

The Raiders’ season is also over.

Kalaheo (three), McKinley (two) and Roosevelt (two) also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Nov. 21
1.Kahuku (10)100
6.Saint Louis 45
8. Kapolei28


  1. Loca1boiAnonymous February 5, 2018 9:19 pm

    D2 needs to have their own rankings already. I cant see SFS continue to be ranked above any other D1 ILH teams, especially one that beat them.

  2. Northshore February 6, 2018 6:00 am

    @Local1boiAnonymous: I agree but the SA sports department still doesn’t get it. When there’s separate divisions playing for different titles (conference and state) there should be separate rankings and this also applies to Hawaii high school football and other sports. It’s funny how much effort is put into the rankings by comparing Japanese Sumo rankings with basketball ranking..just doesn’t make any sense. This is not Japan. Hopefully in the future, the SA sports department will do high school rankings the way it should be…by division.

  3. Paul Honda February 8, 2018 6:31 pm

    Each league has its own criteria for D-I and D-II. OIA goes by power rating (win-loss record) and shuffles the deck every two years. Even though the National Federation strongly discourages the practice of classification via power rating. But it works for the OIA, so they do what is best for them. As long as each league has a different set of criteria, our rankings will remain as is. If and when the leagues have a common and uniform criteria, then it makes sense to have corresponding Top 10 polls.

  4. Paul Honda February 8, 2018 6:35 pm

    The teams are ranked on my ballot numerically, so what you’re saying is that you don’t actually read the numbers. You just want to gripe about the “sumo rankings” that I have fun with.

    What the sumo stuff is actually about is this: there are usually tiers or levels of teams in any sport. One team could be No. 5 and another No. 10, but they’re closer in competitive level than the teams at No. 2 and No. 3. Plus, it’s fun for me while I’m grinding out a list of 35 teams.

    YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME TO PROVIDE YOUR LIST OF 35 TEAMS, BROTHER. And as I said to Loca1boy, until each league has the same, uniform criteria, we will continue to collect votes from coaches and media for one poll.

    Question: Do you really think it makes sense for any school with 3,000 students to be in D-II, playing the likes of Hawaii Prep (200 students), Waialua or Makua Lani? We don’t. But it is what it is. We just do our polls and Maryknoll is the Chiyonofuji of boys basketball right now 😉

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