OIA loses a berth in boys hoops state tourney

Elijah McGruder (50) and Moanalua will have one less spot in the state tournament to compete for this season. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

The OIA will have an allotment of five state-tournament berths in Division I boys basketball this season, losing a spot form its usual six, according to Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Chris Chun.

With St. Francis moving up from D-II to D-I, the ILH now has seven teams in the higher classification.

The breakdown of total number of teams in D-I, by league, looks like this

Division I boys basketball
KIF: 0
ILH: 7
OIA: 14
MIL: 5
Total: 31 teams
ILH: .226
OIA: .452
MIL: .161
BIIF: .161

The tournament is a 12-team field. The ratio by league:
ILH: 2.7 teams
OIA: 5.4
MIL: 1.9
BIIF: 1.9

This rounds off to three ILH teams, five OIA, and two each for the MIL and BIIF. The ILH playoffs will be in early February. The last day of the ILH regular season is Feb. 4. The OIA D-I and D-II playoffs begin on Feb. 5.


  1. notes January 17, 2019 6:45 pm

    leave it to the ILH to try to screw over public schools. not only do they buy their championships, now they want to stack the playing field even more in their favor by reducing OIA state playoff spots. sad! OIA and all outer island leagues should leave the HHSAA and create their own league. this corruption needs to stop

  2. Realist January 18, 2019 2:08 pm

    Its not the ILH fault, its been awhile since ILH has 3 berths when the whole ILH fills the top 10 in the state. Its the formula that determines how many teams not the ILH. St Franica so happened to move up this year so it gave another berth to the ILH. OIA should be happy with 5 berths because 4 of them will probably have losing records playing weak competition.

  3. SKT January 25, 2019 8:12 am

    To me I just want the best teams in the D1 to be in the state tournament. That’s how it should be for a “State” Title. For a 12 Team State Tournament the selection should be as follows;

    OIA -4 teams
    ILH-2 teams
    BIIF-1 team
    MIL-1 team

    Remaining four spots should be a play in.
    OIA 5th place vs ILH 5th place
    ILH 3rd place vs OIA 7th place
    BIIF 2nd place vs OIA 6th place
    MIL 2nd Place vs ILH 4th place

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